Category: Wellness

Treat Your Body (& Your Microbiome) Like a Temple

Your body is an ecosystem to itself, host to trillions of microorganisms residing within the environmental niche of your human self.

Several hundred different species of bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses and other cellular organisms live in your gastrointestinal tract, mouth, vagina and skin. They are collectively referred to as your microbiome and you plus them compose a single ecological unit that has co-evolved synergistically since the beginning of time.

The cells of your microbiome outnumber your own cells ten to one and account for a 100x greater fold in gene expression than what your human genome is capable of. While DNA is 99.9% similar between every person, our microbiomes are incredibly diverse and scientists are correlating specific microbiome patterns with certain disease states and behaviors, and is accounting for more than what genetics alone can predict.

A thriving microbiome serves vital immunologic, anti-inflammatory, metabolic and homeostatic functions. It helps us digest food, produce vitamins, educate our immune system, pull nutrients in, push toxins out, protect from disease, fight off harmful microorganisms, and even regulate mood.

Studies have linked changes in the microbiome to obesity, heart disease, arthritis, IBS, allergies, diminished response to cancer immunotherapies, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, pain sensitivity, eating behaviors, stress responses, emotional dysregulation, and even social interacting. We are thus on the verge of a new health revolution that’s asking “If we damage our microbiome, what other health problems are we causing?”.

The process of building your microbiome starts immediately after birth. We’re born sterile inside. Passage through the birth canal introduces both gut and skin microorganisms from your mother. Breast milk introduces more bacteria from all over the body. Food from dirt takes over and the microbiome fully matures by age three. It’s a process of symbiotic co-evolution where our microbiomes are as much a part of our human landscape as the person themselves.

When things go wrong with the microbiome, from stress or diet, it becomes depleted, thinned, and overrun by pathogens. This eliminates the protective effect and the gut lining becomes exposed. Direct effects of inflammation cause the gut to erode (leading to poor nutrient absorption and food sensitivities) and even fall apart (leading to leaky gut and direct input of toxins to the bloodstream).

So what’s the #1 way to treat your body and microbiome like a shrine? Remove toxins and pathogens from your body while focusing on what goes in through diet. Agricultural and pharmacologic antibiotics kill off the microbiome, so do food pesticides. GMOs, food irradiation, microwaving, overcooking and over-utilized sterilization processes deplete the microbiome before food even hits the plate. Replacing good ingredients with refined sugars, processed flours, fillers, etc. serves to support yeast and parasite growth that competes with and replaces the microbiome. Finally, modern world stress weakens and inflames our microbiome, which in turn sends out the immune-mediated biological markers that augment self-fulfilling cycles that spiral us towards autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue and pain.

  • Recommendations suggest getting the most probiotic diversity from diet by eating probiotic foods ranging from kombucha to sauerkraut and yogurt.
  • Prebiotic diets utilize natural forms of fiber that increase GI motility and bacterial turnover, which encourages low populations to flourish. Inulin and oligoscaharides make the best prebiotic fibers and are found in foods like onions, garlic, asparagus, green bananas, and whole grains.
  • Fruits and vegetables are #1 source or probiotic and prebiotic foods. Modern diets lack sufficient fiber. Fiber not only feeds the microbiome, it aids stool transit times. Digestion is a time-sensitive process by which we want to absorb the good before things begin to putrefy.
  • Removing toxins from your diet and body is tough no matter how carefully you choose food. According to David Sandoval, pesticides are found in >75% of the food we eat and every American tested has been shown to have it in their bodies. Chelation is a difficult process by which we use substances to bind and remove toxins/metals from our body. Chlorella is a normal microbiome organism that produces glutahione, the major natural chelator in humans. Other products like Biome Medic ® are being marketed as pesticide chelators.
  • Avoid antacids in leu of having natural stomach acidity that kills harmful bacteria.
  • Chew food well. Saliva has many semi-dormant probiotic bacteria that get mixed into and activated with food, and can literally make a scoby out of each meal.
  • Processed sugars and corn syrup inflame your cells and serve as superfood for yeast and candida mold species that take over and replace the normal microbiome. Yeast is not probiotic. It produces large amounts of gases CO2 and ethanol which further irritate and compete for your body’s use of oxygen.
  • Meat protein is hard to digest, which not only slows transit time, its byproducts of metabolism (ammonia, sulfites, methane and ethanol) could be comparable to the main ingredients in household cleaners, explosives, and gasoline.

Once our food was as pure as the earth, water ran clean and dirt was full of minerals. We lived by our gut instincts. We woke by the sun, slept by the stars, and a real circadian rhythm vs. go-go modern day challenges. We did not eat coloring, flavoring, added sugar, binding agents, fillers, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, radiated ingredients, and GMOs.

The microbiome is not well understood yet is receiving a lot of recent attention, this may be because our modern world has made it almost impossible to care for it. Evolutionarily, microbial symbiosis of the intestinal tract started in the ocean when we were primitive wormlike ingestive tubes, and we have since evolved into a complex single ecological unit. We know the microbiome has widespread physiologic roles that are positive for us, that we use the same chemical messengers, share DNA, low numbers correlate with different disease conditions, and while it cannot speak, it has mastered unique ways of signaling the entire body. All together it raises a very esoteric question of whom exists for who. It’s like the alien invasion never left, they still reside inside and are desperately trying to tell us something about both our environments… so what is your gut telling you?

By Dr. Jonathan Bloch, Blissology 300-hr YTT graduate
Check out Jonathan’s teacher profile to learn more.  

7 Ways Mindful Breathing can Wonderfully Change our Life

“Breath is the way in.” This mantra from Eoin Finn, founder of Blissology and one of my yoga teachers, sums up a practice that’s transformed my life, and very well could yours too: mindful breathing. Regularly pausing to breathe with intention is a gateway to all sorts of juicy awesomeness, infusing our minds with peace and hearts with joy.

One of the main ways I discern when something is important in my life and/or a life truth is when I get the same message from multiple sources. Years ago another yoga teacher of mine, Meghan Currie, said: “Breath is boss.”  Reflecting on this, I think it’d be fair to say Meghan first opened my eyes to see the gift of mindful breathing, while Eoin and Blissology’s teachings opened my hands to better feel and receive the gift at a deeper level.

I think the Truth Meghan opened me up to and Eoin helped me receive at a cellular level is that there’s something mystical and magical about breath, and I’m not alone. In quite a few languages, especially ancient ones, there is one word for “breath,” “Spirit,” and “spirit/soul.” It seems that from early on humans realized there’s something enlivening, spiritual, connective, and even Divine about the breath. Regarding the creation of humanity, traditions commonly speak of our Creator breathing life into the first humans. Breath is a wonderful way in, to connection with self, others, and Something/Someone bigger than and beyond ourselves (who I name “God,” but you might have a different word/name).

I’ve taken to calling our breath a super power each and every one of us has. I say that because when we’re faced with stress, when our body-minds begin to go into fight or flight mode, we can reset our “status” to calm by purposefully slowing down and deepening our breath, which takes us into our parasympathetic nervous system (or “rest and digest system”).

A quick search on Google reveals studies show we have 10-60,000 thoughts a day, nearly all of which are the same dang thing over and over again. Even worse, the vast majority of our thoughts are negative. Sad as this is, I think it makes sense as the fabric our capitalistic culture is built upon is formed with threads of fear, lack, scarcity, and competition, wherein only a select “few” can win at life. The news, advertisements, papers, and son on bombard us with negativity, so we naturally think accordingly.

This is where the power of breath comes in.

Each of us has an authentic and true self, an identity minus our achievements, possessions, money, accolades, and such. This beautiful center of us knows we are worthy, belong, and are loved just as we are, no doing required. Last time I saw Meghan, at a workshop she was guiding, she asked the group of us: “Can you think and breathe intentionally at the same time?” We looked at each other, cocked our heads in thought, and threw out some speculations before she said, “I don’t know, but let’s try it out!”

I bring this up because there’s something about purposeful breathing that quiets our minds, lessens our negative and obsessive thinking, and puts us in tune with our peaceful and joyful true self.

Eoin, who I’m also working on my 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with at Blissology, talks of being a “conduit of Love.” I wholeheartedly agree and find mindful breathing tunes and opens us up to more fully and freely give and receive Love. With that said, here are 7 mindful breathing practices that transform me on a daily basis in the most amazing ways that I’m stoked to share with you and hope you find helpful:

1. Breathing your daily intention

About three years ago I began starting my day by breathing an intention or affirmation. Before I even get out of bed, I take a few minutes to build the day on a positive foundation by taking sweet, deep breathes in tandem with a way of being to center my day on. While the sky is the limit here, I’ll share a few things I’ve used to help get you started.

In the beginning, I was still recovering from the trauma of divorce, so I reminded myself “you are” (on the inhale), “loved” (on the exhale). When the time was right, this shifted to “be” or “give” (on the inhale), “love” (on the exhale). Around New Years, as I reflected on my journey of growth, development and love, the following came to me: inhale “kindness” and exhale “care”. It’s crazy good how well this simple practice prepares you for the day and sets you up to do what you intend. Note, while I’m a creature of habit and don’t change this very often, it could easily be different everyday.

2. Meditative/Mantra breathing

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Do you have those days where minutes (or seconds) after waking up, your mind is flooded by cares, worries, and to-dos? Me too! Recognizing this mental storm, whenever it comes, and breathing into it with intention has an incredible stilling affect. Pick a mantra that meets you, your situation, and/or your need and breathe it. Swamped by the things you have to do? You could breathe in “I am,” and breathe out “enough.” A general one I’ve found really calming is inhaling “Yah” and exhaling “Weh” (pronounced way). The Hebrew tradition says when Moses met God at/in a burning bush, he asked the Creator for a name. The sacred name God gave Moses is Yahweh. Rabbis say part of the beauty of this revelation is we say God’s name with every breath of our lives, because inhales naturally make the “Yah” sound, while exhales give the “Weh.”

3. Noises to clear tension/stress

Whenever our dog, Biscuits, gets stressed she barks and/or shakes her body. She is so wise! When you encounter physical, emotional, and/or mental stress, set some of it free with a sigh, lip flutter, soft scream, growl, or anything else that feels good in your body (side note: do not growl immediately after your spouse does something stressful, it doesn’t end well … not that I’d know this from personal experience). I teach my yoga students this all the time, and it really is quite magical. Humor and smiling pretty much makes everything better and easier, and a fun way to clear tension is to take a Lion’s Breath (or ten), by opening your mouth as wide as you can and sticking your tongue out as far as you can with a “haaaa” sound.

4. Breathing life into tight/stuck parts

Not only does the breath help clear worries and stress, it can help transform it too. While mindful exhales can release tension, purposeful inhales can infuse physical, emotional, and/or mental tightness with greater lightness and more love. Does a place in your body feel tight? Try spending a minute or more breathing deeply into it. Is there a thought in your brain or feeling in your heart that’s stuck? Take some time to breathe light, love, peace, and/or joy into whatever it is. I should note here that nothing I’m presenting here is an “instant” cure or a magical love potion type of deal. Instead, they are practices that help shift our bodies and minds and often take time, yet, I can’t help but add that sometimes small shifts make big differences.

5. Breath prayers

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes it’s helpful to remember we’re all connected. Linking a short prayer with deep breaths can have a calming and transformative effect. What help do you need? What aid do friends/family desire? What good could the world use more of? Take three deep breaths while mentally speaking greater thriving and flourishing into the life/lives of whoever is on your mind. You could try doing this whenever it comes to mind, or you could set a silent alarm on your phone for once, twice, three times, or whatever a day and pause for 15-ish seconds to do this. A favorite practice of mine has been to stop around 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. to inhale deeply “Lord Jesus Christ,” exhale deeply “have mercy”, while holding in my mind anyone on my heart.

6. Deep breaths into back, belly and hips

The vast majority of our breath is both unconscious and shallow. I note this because slow, deep breathing calms our body and mind, while quick, shallow breathing speeds things up, sending our minds and body into a fight/flight type state. My point here is I think the rapid and thin quality of many of our natural breathing patterns literally shifts us toward being more worried, anxious, stressed, and fearful than we need to be. Still, whether my theory is right or wrong, taking slow deep breaths into your low back, belly, and hips will both feel really good and calm your body and mind, which will make you more focused and effective across the board.

7. “Mm mm mmm” sounds

I was first introduced to this at my first yoga teacher training, and while at first I was skeptical, now I love it so hard and teach it in yoga classes so frequently it’s ridiculous. You know the noise we make when food tastes delicious? The “mm mm mmm” noise? Try making it to celebrate other delicious things in life, like a hug, a pleasant thought, something/someone you’re grateful for, seeing something beautiful, a yoga practice, a good conversation, a great blog—the possibilities are endless. Try making a lengthy “mm mm mmm mmm mmm” now. Notice how it feels in the body. Witness the effects on your mind.

Bonus: Seeing, feeling and receiving each breath as a gift

This mentality and way of seeing life, the universe, and everything has rocked my world: Life is an amazing gift.Above I mentioned the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and many others used the same word for breath, spirit, and Spirit, and part of this wisdom is we need each breath to continue living; this breath is a gift, as is the next. The gift of each breath is a reflection and reminder of a greater reality: Life is a precious, amazing, and beautiful gift from a good and loving Source.

The more I trust this, live with a gift-centered awareness, and practice the seven things above, the more peace and joy abound. I pray they aid you on your journey and we’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences!

By Lang Charters Blissology 200-hr YTT 2017
He’s here to awaken, open to, and be love together!
Check out Lang’s teacher profile to learn more.  

Blissology Project 2018 Online Calendar

Welcome to the Blissology Project Online Calendar.

The Blissology Project is about making happiness a habit by committing to 6 Big easy Bliss Commitments for 2 weeks.

Join the fun! Share your thoughts, photos and progress with this epic community and let’s create an upward spiral together! “Happiness is Best when Shared!”

Don’t forget to join our Facebook group for our local Blissology Teachers our Global Blissology Project event.

Click on the date below to see the what to expect for yoga, high prana food recipes, the wild card and social media event timings:

Mon Jan 22
Tue Jan 23
Wed Jan 24
Thur Jan 25
Fri Jan 26
Sat Jan 27
Sun Jan 28
Mon Jan 29
Tue Jan 30
Wed Jan 31
Thu Feb 1
Fri Feb 2
Sat Feb 3
Sun Feb 4

We’ll keep updating this calendar as we go so make sure to check in daily for a new dose of 6 Big Easy commitments.

Blissology Project: Day 14 – Sunday, February 4th

This is Day 14 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

The last day of the Blissology Project 2018 is upon us! You’ve put so much time and energy forth to make happiness a habit in your life. Feel grateful for whatever commitment you were able to put forth and carry the good vibes you’ve cultivated into the rest of your life!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Double Pigeon (Agnistambhasana)
  2. Flying Pigeon (Eka Pada Galavasana)
  3. Corpse (Savasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you feel your flexibility and strength just aren’t there today then insert a pose or two that feel good in your body.

*Special Announcement: Eoin will be hosting a Facebook Live Super Soul Sunday yoga class. Tune in on the Blissology Facebook Page at 10am PST on Sunday, February 4th to get the good vibes flowing!

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

You’ve learned so many different meditation techniques and practices from an incredible array of Blissologists. Use your Wise Guide Inside to take 5-minutes to meditate on your own with whatever feels good!

Nature Appreciation

  • Go camping. Even if you can’t go today plan a trip in the near future, even if it’s just for one night. Consider it a celebration of your completion of the Blissology Project!
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation

Food Awareness

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie:

Tastes like dessert but healthy enough to drink for breakfast, or as a post yoga rejuvenator.

Ingredients:

2 – 3 tbsp raw almond or cashew butter

1 tbsp greens powder. We like pranin organics, or vitamineral greens

4 – 6 oz water//’

4 – 6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (store bought or homemade)

¼ of a small sized avocado (like a hass avocado)

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

sweeten to taste with raw honey

1 tbsp raw cacao nibs

2 – 4 ice cubes

Method:

  • Add all ingredients except the cacao nibs to a blender.
  • Pulse until smooth and creamy.
  • Then, add the cacao nibs and blend for another 5 – 10 seconds to break up the nibs into little bits.
  • Pour into a glass.
  • Enjoy.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Reflection Meditation. In Savasana position place one hand on your heart and the other on your belly. Allow space for any feelings and emotions of the last two weeks of the Blissology Project to arise. Offer appreciation and gratitude for your commitment to this program in whatever capacity you were able to contribute. You are more than enough!

Wild Card

  • Have a dance party! Either on your own, with family and friends, or with your Bliss Tribe celebrate your commitment to the Blissology Project. Turn on your favourite music and let loose!

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Blissology Project: Day 13 – Saturday, February 3rd

This is Day 13 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Don’t let the 13 sway you, this is a day full of all kinds of luck and blessings. You’ve almost made it to the end of the Blissology Project and you’re feeling embodied in the energy of the Upward Spiral. Let’s carry these good vibes forward today!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Side Lunge (Skandasana)
  2. Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana)
  3. Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you feel your flexibility and strength just aren’t there today then insert a pose or two that feel good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Deepen into the groove of meditation with this 6-minute Meditation for People Who Don’t Meditate. Enjoy!

Nature Appreciation

  • Eat a meal outside today. Even if it’s cold go for a walk with a warm thermos of soup. If it’s warm where you live savour lying on the grass or beach with the sun beaming down on you while you munch.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Chia Pudding:

This is both breakfast and dessert all in one and it is delicious.

¼ cup chia seeds

½ cup hot water

1 to 1 1/2 cup almond milk (I prefer to use homemade almond milk) but otherwise try to find a creamy unsweetened almond milk

1 – 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup

½ tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

½ tsp cardamom powder or cardamom seeds ground finely into a powder

1 tsp Coconut butter.

Optional: 1 tsp rose water

 

  1. Pour hot water over chia seeds and mix thoroughly.  Soak in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight to make a thick gelatinous chia gel.
  2. In a bowl or in a blender, mix in all ingredients.  Blend lightly and taste.  Adjust for sweetness.
  3. To serve, garnish with some cardamom powder, rose petals and mint leaves, or any seasonal fruit.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • When you find yourself in a bad situation today do your best to take a few deep breaths before reacting. Ask yourself, “What can I learn?” When you look back at the situation without emotion later what will you be grateful for?

Wild Card

  • Cook a meal for a loved one. You could even make your favourite meal and share the experience of mindful eating together.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 12 – Friday, February 2nd

This is Day 12 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Can you believe it’s the end of the second week of the Blissology Project. We’ve infused ourselves with so much Bliss and Joy let’s carry this forward into the last few days!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)
  2. Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana III)
  3. Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you feel your balance and strength just aren’t there today then insert a pose or two that feel good in your body.

Bonus: Explore your body in new ways with this Full Body Opening and Peace Finding Flow with Blissologist Rhyanna Watson!

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Take a few minutes to relax and centre yourself with Blissologist Leanne Hembrow in her 6-minute Relaxation Meditation. Enjoy the Bliss Vibes!

Nature Appreciation

  • Browse the internet for pictures of the wonders of the world or current environmental issues. Bonus points if you visit one of these wonders or take action to help the environment.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Pineapple + Basil Cooler:

Full of digestive enzymes, pineapple in the warmer months detoxifies and cools the body off excess heat. The lime and cayenne also help to boost a sluggish liver.

Ingredients:

1 pineapple, peeled, and cut into large chunks, discard the hard center.

8 fresh basil leaves

juice from 1 lime

Small pinch of Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

Small pinch of cayenne

Bit of raw honey if you need it.

 

 

  • Blend pineapple with tiny pinch of salt in a high speed blender.
  • Add basil leaves, lightly blend.
  • Drink at room temperature.  

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Gratitude requires humility, which the dictionary defines as being “modest and respectful.” Take some time to reflect on how you’re already a humble being and maybe aspects of your life where you could improve.

Wild Card

  • Tell a joke to someone. Really take some time to research and find the perfect one. Then deliver it with skill and flare!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 11 – Thursday, February 1st

This is Day 11 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

It’s the beginning of a new month and we’ve just transitioned from a Full Moon. The energy is potent to continue creating an Upward Spiral in your life!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Standing Big Toe (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)
  2. Heron Pose (Krounchasana)
  3. Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a pose then insert one that feels good in your body.

Bonus: Enjoy Shineologist Ann Green’s Forest Flow yoga!

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Infuse peace and joy into your life with this Loving Kindness meditation by Blissologist Lang Charters!

Nature Appreciation

  • Walking meditation. Find a peaceful spot out in the natural world where you can mindfully walk. Focus on each step you take. Feel the subtle sensations in your body. Notice your tendency to walk fast and rush the experience. Slow down and savour!
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Vegan Pesto:

1 cup fresh kale (if you have leftover steamed kale, you can also use that, but fresh is better)

1 cup basil leaves (fresh)

1-2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2/3 cup nuts (pine nuts are traditional, but walnut and cashew nuts are nice for variety)

3-4 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste

  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, combine the kale, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and nuts, pulsing just until coarsely chopped.
  2. Slowly add olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper, blending just until desired consistency is reached.
  3. For a thinner, saucier pesto, add more olive oil or other liquid.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude and Wild Card

  • Give to someone less fortunate than you. Is there a homeless person in your community who you could have a five minute conversation with to show you’re grateful for their existence. Get creative in the ways you can give gratitude and see how much you receive back!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

 

Blissology Project: Day 10 – Wednesday, January 31st

This is Day 10 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

It’s Hump Day in the week – we have some awesome Bliss Commitments that will leave you feeling pumped for life!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Chair (Utkatasana)
  2. Boat (Navasana)
  3. Headstand (Sirsasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a Headstand then insert an inversion of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Invite grace and loving kindness into your day with this Metta SHiNE meditation by Blissologist Ann Green!

Nature Appreciation

  • Tonight is the Full Moon. Go outside to enjoy the moon at its most full and radiant. Allow this time of transition and intention to reflect on your Life Mission.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awaereness

Simple Miso soup with Tofu and Seasonal Veggies:

Serves 3 – 4

This is one of our favourite weekday evening meals. It is simple and nourishing, full of vital plant minerals and our son loves it also, especially served on top of warm brown rice.  The seaweed if you can find it is lubricating and healing to the gut and adds a lovely salty flavor to the soup.  

 

 1 – 2 tbsp EV coconut oil or cold pressed sesame oil

3 Scallions thinly sliced

3 Carrots: peeled and thinly sliced into half moon

3/4 cup broccoli florets

3 “ long piece of daikon radish: peeled and thinly sliced into half moons

8 – 10 Shitake Mushrooms: cleaned with a brush, torn or thinly sliced

½ “ Fresh ginger: very thinly sliced

1 package organic Silken Tofu: cubed

3 cups Veggie or chicken broth infused with some wakame.  i.e soak the dry seaweed into the broth.

1 cup water

Fresh white or brown miso paste (buy an organic brand, from the refrigerated section of your health food store)

Cooked short grain brow rice.

Gomashio (a mixture of sesame seeds and sea salt) and nutritional yeast to garnish.

 

  • Warm oil in a soup pot until oil is hot.  Reduce heat to medium / medium low.
  • Add carrots, radish, scallions and ginger and cook until slightly softened.
  • Now add mushrooms and saute for another minute or so.
  • Pour in the broth and stir until warm.
  • Now add in the silken tofu.   
  • Let the veggies cook until softened but still al dente.
  • Now make the miso paste. In a separate cup, take 2 tbsp of the miso paste in a ½ cup of warm broth. Mix well until smooth and not lumpy. Slowly add this paste into the soup pot.  Let the soup warm gently for another 2 – 3 minutes, but do not bring to a boil. Add water if you need to thin the soup more.
  • To serve. Place a ½ cup of warm cooked rice in a bowl. Top with the veggies, tofu and broth.
  • Garnish with gomashio and possibly a little bit of nutritional yeast (our son loves this).
  • Enjoy.  

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip today. Rather try to be grateful and see the lesson to be learned in all situations. If you slip up forgive yourself and keep going. Notice how much energy you were spending on negative thoughts.

Wild Card

  • Talk to a plant! When you direct loving words to your plant notice how it soaks up the positivity like sunlight. Helping both of you grow in the right direction.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 9 – Tuesday, January 30th

This is Day 9 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

We hope you’re feeling supercharged after the Happy Belly Green Smoothie and from getting clear on how you can serve the world through your Life Mission in Day 8. Let’s carry these positive vibes and purpose forward today!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)
  2. Single Leg Down Dog with Bind (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  3. Wide Legged Forward Fold with Clasped Hands (Prasarita Padottanasana I)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t perform the full expression of one of the poses then insert a pose that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Centre your mind in a few short minutes with Blissologist Rhyanna Watson in her Calm Your Mind meditation.

Nature Appreciation

  • Watch the sun as it rises. Even if it’s overcast take your coffee or tea for an early morning walk while you watch the day wake up!
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Warm Breakfast Grains:

This is a simple recipe for using up leftover whole grains.  You can use brown rice, basmati rice, barley, quinoa or even cooked amaranth here.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked grains

1 cup milk (cow or soy or almond)

¼ cup raisins

¼ – ½ tsp cinnamon (cinnamon warms up the body so use less if you run hot).

1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds

Raw honey

 

Method:

Mix ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook until hot on medium heat.

This is delicious with some added ghee, coconut oil or honey. Top with toasted sunflower seeds for a boost of potassium and zinc.  

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Go on Facebook and find out which of your friends is celebrating a birthday today or very soon. Send them a quick message to wish them Happy Birthday and tell them one reason why you’re grateful to have them in your life.

Wild Card

  • Practice some Eco Karma. Spend 5 minutes of your day picking up trash outside. You can even do it in the morning on your Sunrise Walk!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

 

Blissology Project: Day 8 – Monday, January 29th

This is Day 8 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

It’s the beginning of a new week of Bliss Commitments. Let’s carry the energy of the previous week forward to make this the best Monday ever!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
  2. Camel (Ustrasana)
  3. King Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do King Pigeon then insert a pose of your choice that feels good in your body.

Bonus: Awaken a deep Joy inside of you with Blissologist Donna Williams in her Commit to Bliss Day 8 practice.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Take your mindfulness game to the next level with this Toilet Meditation with Blissologist Shelly Prosko!

Nature Appreciation

  • Find a quiet spot out in nature and place your bare feet upon the earth. Stand in a Horse Stance position with your feet wide and knees bent. Close your eyes and connect to your inhales and exhales as if the breath stems from your hands. Allow your fingers to be soft as you guide them around the body in fluid movements that feel good to you.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Happy Belly Green Smoothie:

It’s a little more complex than most other smoothies I make but it is full of good fats, vitamins and deliciously healing for your gut.

Ingredients:

1 cup very full fresh spinach

1 banana

1/2″ fresh ginger

1 scoop @praninorganic A to Z or Vitamineral Green or a similar organic greens powder,

1 tsp of chia soaked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water instead (soak for at least 5 mins),

pinch of sea salt,

1 cup coconut water.

1/2 tsp of slippery elm powder (to keep the gut lining smooth)

1 tsp flax oil.

 

  • Blend until smooth, top w edible garden flowers and sip slowly!  You can also add some granola on top and make this a filling meal.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Create a Gratitude Game. Throughout your day notice things you’re grateful for that you’ve never noticed before. Maybe it’s the way one of your co-workers greets you at work everyday. Or the way the morning light enters your room. Get creative!

Wild Card

  • Facebook Live with Eoin: How to find your Life Mission.  
  • Proclaim your Life Mission! In one simple sentence define how you want to serve the world and what your reason for living is.  

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 7 – Sunday, January 28th

This is Day 7 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

You’ve made it to the end of Week 1 of the Blissology Project. Let’s have fun with the Bliss Commitments today and make this the best Sunday Funday ever!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana)
  2. Wide Legged Forward Fold Variations (Prasarita Padottanasana)
  3. Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do Firefly (as many of us can’t) then insert a pose of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Enjoy an energizing Active Meditation and Energy Work practice with Blissologist Michael Toru!

*Note: This was posted on Day 5 of the Blissology Project but now you can enjoy it on Day 7 too.

Nature Appreciation

  • Write on a dark coloured rock with a lighter coloured rock. Draw a funny picture or write a message of love to yourself.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Bliss Balls

What can I say, these are truly blissful! Make them with love.

1/2 cup raw cacao

1 cup raw organic walnuts, almonds or cashews (or a mixture)

1/2 cup shredded organic coconut

1/4 cup raw organic coconut oil (softened)

 

zest from 1 organic lemon

healthy pinch of sea salt

handful of mejdool dates (3 – 4) (or other soft dates) de-seeded and soaked for 15 minutes at least

1 Raw Vanilla Bean scraped or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 – 2 tbsp Almond Butter (raw is great)

1 tbsp Chia Seeds (ground)

1 – 2 tbsp Maca Powder

 

Optional Ingredients

pinch of Cinnamon Powder

pinch of Cardamom Powder

pinch of Cayenne Powder

pinch of Ginger Powder

Goji Berries

Lavender Seeds

Raw Cacao Nibs

Raw Honey

 

Directions:

  • Chop the dates coarsely.
  • Blend all the basic ingredients in a food processor until the mass reaches a smooth yet somewhat granular consistency – it is up to you to decide how much texture or bite you would like in the bliss balls, I prefer them with a bit of crunch!
  • You may add some almond milk if the dough has become too thick and clumpy.  
  • Scrape it out into a bowl or a plate – you will need a good spatula for this.
  • Place a small amount of the bliss ball dough in the palm of your hand.  Roll it into a little ball.  
  • Set aside a plate with a sprinkling of shredded coconut and roll the bliss ball in the flakes which will cover it to look like a snow dusted holiday treat.  
  • Place on a plate and repeat.

 

Try a few different variations e.g. You could do Vanilla and Orange Zest, or you could do Lavender and Lemon, You could also do Ginger and Cinnamon, or Ginger and Cardamom, or just Lavender, the possibilities are endless.  You can also make these without the Cacao powder for non-cocoa Bliss Balls.  In that case, you might up the amount of vanilla that I suggest here and use only cashew nuts in the balls as they have a lovely delicate flavor that pairs beautifully with vanilla.

  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood
  • Bonus: Watch Insiya’s Blissology Project video from a few years ago on how to make this delicious Bliss-Ball-Ogy Snack!

Gratitude

  • Call your parents to tell them how grateful you’re to them for bringing you into the world. If your parents have passed away write a note to them to express your gratitude.

Wild Card

  • Write a handwritten card to a friend or family member who has had a positive impact on your life. Then mail it to them.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 6 – Saturday, January 27th

This is Day 6 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

You’ve hit your stride with the Bliss Commitments and can feel yourself opening up more and more to the deep joy inside of you. Let’s carry these positive vibes forward into Day 6!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana)
  2. Revolved Standing Forward Fold (Parivrtta Uttanasana)
  3. Single Leg Seated Forward Fold (Janu Sirsasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do Side Crow then insert a pose of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation and Nature Appreciation

  • Take yourself on a date to your favourite spot out in nature. Find a space to sit down and close your eyes. Allow your senses to take in the subtle sensations of the natural world all around you: the sound of birds, wind against the trees, water lapping against the shore.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Ayurvedic Chai

8 servings (maybe more). Refrigerate leftover chai for up to a week.

Ingredients:

Whole Cardamom Pods – 8 – 10

Whole Black Pepper – 1 tsp

Cinnamon –  1 stick

Cloves – 2

Fennel –  10 – 12 seeds

Fresh Ginger – ¼ “ grated or crushed, or 1 tsp dry ginger

2 cups water

Non-homogenized or raw milk (if you can find it) or soy milk – 2 – 3 cups

Tea – Peppermint tea if you prefer this non-caffeinated, or Assam / English Breakfast Tea –3 – 4 tsp

Pure maple syrup, coconut sugar or honey to sweeten

 

  1. Crush the spices in a mortar and pestle.  
  2. Add spices to ginger and water and bring to a boil.  Upon boiling, let simmer for 20 minutes
  3. Add milk, let simmer for 10 minutes more.  
  4. Finally add tea-leaves, bring to a rolling boil.  Strain and serve.  You can add pure maple syrup, coconut sugar or honey to sweeten.  

Enjoy.

  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood
  • Bonus: Insiya created a video on How to make Amazing Chai a few years ago in Bombay that you can check out!

Gratitude

  • Send a text to 3 people you’re grateful for in your life. Tell them how they’ve affected your life in a positive way.

Wild Card

  • Proclaim your spirit animal. What animal do you feel most connected to at this moment in your life. Do you love ocean water? Maybe you’re a Dolphin. What about looking up at the clouds and daydreaming about flying? Perhaps you’re an Eagle.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!