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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanilla Peach Pops

Credit: Love and Lemons



Those of you that follow us on Pinterest know how much we love looking and sharing healthy recipes.



This summer delight comes from the food blog, Love and Lemons, and we just can't wait to try them!!



Read the original recipe here.



Vanilla Peach Pops


Yield: 10 popsicles




Ingredients
1 3/4 cups Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk
2 teaspoons (melted) coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
tiny pinch of salt
4-5 ripe peaches, chopped


Instructions
Bring vanilla almond milk to room temp, (otherwise the melted coconut oil will harden as you add it). Whisk the almond milk together with coconut oil, maple syrup and a pinch of salt.
Slice peaches into small pieces and drop them into a popsicle mold.
Pour the almond milk mixture over the peaches. (Depending on the size of your peaches you might have extra). Place sticks, then freeze overnight.


Notes


Don't use unsweetened almond milk or you will have to add more sugar to the recipe.

If you don't have a popsicle mold, you can freeze them in little cups.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chakra Balancing and Cleansing Meditation

Every Tuesday, Katalin Matyus hosts the "Ultimate Success and Happiness" Workshop at LiveWell and offers great insight and practical advice to help take your life to the next level. Come join us next Tuesday at 6pm in room 218 located on the third floor of 921 Boylston St. near the Student Activities Center.

This exclusive sneak peek of the material she shares inspires and calms.




Chakra Balancing Meditation

1. Sit comfortably, with the spine erect.
2. Focus on each chakra, one at a time. Start at the base and move your way up. 
3. Simply, intend for each chakra to be balanced.
4. As you pause at each chakra, feel that it is. Do this in whatever way makes sense to you.
5. Stop when you feel it is complete. 

It can take as little as a few minutes or up to 15, do what feels right. Relax and mentally scan your body; you probably feel more secure and balanced. Remember that wonderful feeling and call upon it in stressful moments! Do this exercise as often as are able; it's especially helpful as an aid to falling asleep, and if you are preparing to do psychic exercises or healing work. 

Chakra Cleansing Meditation (Comprehensive)

Meditation 1

Balanced, healthy chakras spiral energy into the body in a clockwise direction (from your right to left). However, stress -- physical, as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual -- can easily bring about imbalance and disharmony in the movement of the energy through the body. 

A simple way to correct such imbalances is to "spin" the chakras counter-clockwise beginning with the first, "red" chakra (the longest and slowest frequency).

1. Imagine the energy spinning in a counter-clockwise direction (that is, from your left to right) into the chakra. You may wish to make a spiraling motion with your hand over the chakra to help you visualize and stay focused. Before you move to the next chakra, don't forget to finish up by reversing the direction of the energy spirals to the normal, clockwise direction, in order to complete the rebalancing process.

2. Move upward through all seven chakras from the lowest to the highest (violet). The longer and slower you do this, the more benefit. Trust your intuition or you can check the state of each chakra using neuromuscular feedback. You'll be amazed how much better you'll feel. It can also be a productive way to use the time if you cannot sleep. 


Meditation 2

Light a candle (symbol of divine light)
Colors to think of/imagine: Red, white, pink

Breathe in and fill the heart chakras with white light - imagine it's shining brighter with every breath. 
Breathe in red light to your root chakra - imagine it's shining brighter with every breath. 
Allow the red energy of Mother Earth traveling through the spine all the way to your heart.
It creates a pink energy in our hearts.
Increase the pink energy with every breath you take 

For relationship with self:
Remember your little, wounded soul as a child.
Connect our heart chakra with his/hers and blow the pink light into theirs until the whole body is shining in pink light. 
Fill your current body with this light as well.
Let the pink light connect the aura/energy fields (painful memories look like dark spots on this doubled auric field.)
Enjoy your child self the way you have always dreamed of.
Hug the child and tell him/her that together you can learn to take actions from the heart and search for effective ways to heal both of your spiritual needs and wounds. 

For relationship with others:
Do the same with someone who we need to heal our relationship with
We heal both our defensive mechanism and negative solutions and disharmony.
As an end result we imagine the relationship healed.
Imagine telling them that we are searching for effective ways to heal both of our spiritual needs and wounds. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Grilled Caprese Salad

This delicious twist on the classic caprese salad from Whole Foods is perfect for summer picnics (the sun is finally out in Boston!)



Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 (12-ounce) container fresh mozzarella, drained and cut into (1-inch) chunks
1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into (1-inch) cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
1/2 cup basil leaves


Nutritional Info:
Per Serving: 240 calories (150 from fat), 17g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol,310mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 11g protein

Friday, June 27, 2014

Egg, Kale, and Tomato Breakfast Wraps

Sometimes we're too busy rushing out the door in the morning to eat a wholesome meal. Hopefully you get a chance to grab a smoothie or tea on your way to work or school, but on the days your stomach really needs filling, these are perfect!




I would make a friendly suggestion to choose USDA Certified Humane Eggs, but if you want to scratch the eggs altogether, firm tofu is a GREAT Alternative! Simply wrap the tofu you want to use in a towel and place it underneath a heavy pan for at least an hour. This will help the tofu drain out excess water, which will allow it to absorb other spices very easily!

Cut your tofu into blocks and sauté over medium to high heat with a couple tablespoons of turmeric, and voila! Scrambled eggs!. …er…tofu. Its scrumptious and packs an extra punch of protein (with no added cholesterol like its fragile counterpart). Combined with kale, tomato, and hummus, this breakfast is a complete meal and has all the right ingredients to get you energized for your whole day!



Ingredients: 

5 large kale leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/4 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1 large shallot, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

4 large eggs, at room temperature

4 (10-inch) whole-wheat tortillas

1/4 cup store-bought plain hummus


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Awakening

Hey Berklee!!

It was a looooong winter and the LiveWell blog is officially out of hibernation!

This summer we have plenty of events happening and all students are welcome to join us regardless of whether you're taking classes this semester or not.

Remember to follow us on Twitter to be alerted when events may be happening soon!






Highlight of the Week

Katalin Matyus's Ultimate Success & Happiness Workshop. Below is a bit about what we have spent learning the last two sessions:


The Universal Laws in Your Everyday Life


*The Law of Divine Oneness
This law helps us understand that we live in a world where everything is connected to everything else. Every soul, living and discarnate, is connected at the level of the collective unconscious, deep within the Higher Self. We are all part of a great energy field called Universe/Source/Goddess, and because we are part of the Universe/Source/God/Goddess we are also a Universe/Source/God/Goddess.

*The Law of Vibrational Attainment
The entire Universe operates on the same principle of vibrational energy. When Einstein discovered that "matter is energy" he opened the door to merging science and metaphysics. The scientists have proved that energy cannot die, it can only transform (reincarnate), and by its very nature, energy must go forward or backwards, it cannot stand still, for to do so is stagnation, resulting in transformation. You are energy. Your skin, which appears solid, is actually trillions of swiftly moving molecules orbiting each other at a specific vibrational rate; a physical life rate you have earned in the past as a result of how harmoniously or disharmoniously you have lived your past lives and your current life up until this moment in time. When you are harmonious for a lifetime, you will have attained the highest vibrational rate and the God level.

*The Law of Resistance
That which you resist you draw to you, and you will perpetuate its influence upon your life. Resistance is fear, so it is something you need to Karmically resolve. The Law of Resistance assures that you let let go of the fear by encountering it until you are forced to deal with it by learning the conscious detachment.

*The Law of Unconditional Love
The expression of unconditional love will eventually result in harmony. Unconditional love is not romantic love. It is the acceptance of others as they are without judgement or expectations. It is total acceptance of others without attempting to change them, except by our own positive example. The law of unconditional love says, "If you go out of your way to express unconditional love, you automatically rise above fear, and, as you transcend your fears, you automatically open to the expression of unconditional love.

*The Law of Gratitude
From the perspective of Karma and the Law of One, the more you give, the more you will receive. The more you assist others, the more you will assist yourself. The power of this Law also works in your day-to-day life.

*The Law of Harmony
This law supersedes even the fundamental law of Karma, for harmony is the supreme potential of balance. The purpose of Karma is to attain harmony. If you throw a rock into a pond you disturb the harmony of the pond, you are the cause, the effect is the splash and the ripples that flow out and back until harmony is restored. Similarly, your disharmonious actions flow out into the Universe and back upon you, lifetime after lifetime, until eventually your own harmony is restored.
In case of relationships with ourselves and others, this can be imagined like scale. In healthy relationships, both parties are equal and respectful towards each other. However, once one party becomes more dominant, the relationship creates a new balance, where the other party has to give up their "equal" status. This creates a non-harmonious state which is unhealthy for both parties and the only way to resolve it is through mutual trust and decision to move back towards equal rights for both parties which leads back to harmony. In order to make the harmony last, both parties have to be consistent with their thoughts, feelings, communication and actions.


Eliminating Negative Thoughts and Beliefs

*What Causes Stress
Stress arises when we have too many unresolved actions and problems to do deal with. As each new unsolved problem is added to our plate, we start to lose the feelings of certainty and control. The more unresolved problems, the more stressed we feel. Unfortunately, normally life requires us to deal with a handful of issues at the same time, that's why our minds are in the habit of jumping around from one thing to another. Over time we wear down. We're not enjoying things and having fun in the same way anymore. This is how we lose touch with ourselves.

*How To Deal With Stress
Focus on resolving one issue at a time and suddenly life becomes less stressful, confusing and we feel more in control. That's exactly what we do in meditation by giving our minds a single thing to pay attention to and let the stress dissipate




Join us next week as we gather to talk about chakras! Tea is served.


June 17: Connect With Your Energy Centers (Chakras)







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