Manifest Monday // Your Guide To De-cluttering Your Mind

This week is dedicated to ridding ourselves of the old to make space for the new and in the spirit of all things cleaning, this Manifest Monday we’re exploring how to de-clutter our minds.
trail om
Why? 
Have you ever listened to the little voice in your head and realized that it never stops talking? The one that’s saying “yes” or “no” or “what is this lady talking about?” as you read this post right now. That one. It’s the one that clutters our minds with incesent chatter and worry and nothing that’s ever truly important and like a messy room, when we have so much clutter, we can’t see things clearly. We can’t think clearly.
  • One thing that might happen with meditation is space. Finding those moments where the internal chatter ceases and there is a nothingness, a no-thing-ness. But how we do begin to clear out our minds? We meditate!

 

Now one of the greatest hurdles most people face in starting their meditation practise is.. Well.. Starting! It’s why one of the top things I’m asked about my lifestyle is: “how do you meditate?” and I love answering this question because it’s simple: I meditate differently all the time. I do what I feel like that day, in that moment and that’s exactly what I want you to do. Do as you feel! You can’t go wrong. So first things first, forget what it’s supposed to be! It’s not supposed to be anything, no-thing. If you are silent and observant, you have found your om in meditating.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you read through my guide to decluttering your mind:

  • Shift happens
There is no one outcome to strive for, nothing to expect. Transformative shifts in meditation happen in their own time.
  • Meditation is nothing serious, seriously!
Let it be simple, let it be fun, let it come easily. Laugh at the voice in your head, smile to yourself, enjoy it. Meditation is nothing more than sitting and observing. Through serious  meditating you will come to see that there is nothing serious about it!
  • You are not your thoughts
That voice in your head? You’ll come to know it through meditation and you will see that it is not actually you. When you know this, you can observe it and you won’t take what it is saying so seriously anymore.  But don’t force it, simply observe what the voice has to say and put nothing to it, it’s just a voice after all.
 
  • You don’t have to clear your mind
There is no harm in having thoughts. Pay attention to the space between them, eventually that space becomes bigger, but for now, simply choose which thoughts you care to listen to and allow the others to pass. In the same way you would let go of something old in your room, release any thoughts or beliefs that don’t serve you.
 
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
– Deepak Chopra
  •  Keep at it
To maintain peace and balance and clarity, you must continue to practice the things that bring this to you. Meditation has no finish line, it has no end. Commit to it everyday, if only for 5  minutes a day and it will start to become a habit and eventually, a lifestyle.

Suzanne Eden

Sprout Your Way to Wellness with Live Buckwheat Granola!

Liven up your kitchen this month with sprouting! It’s simple, you don’t need anything fancy (though a sprouter will be on my Christmas wish list this year) and it’s a fantastic way to turn your favourite foods into superfoods. This simple and delicious recipe for raw sprouted buckwheat granola is the perfect way to sprout your way into this wholesome habit. Buck up and try it!
Brunch
From Food to Superfood
When you sprout a seed, you activate it to begin growing into a plant. Buckwheat, by the way, is not a grain at all but a seed and though named buckwheat, it is entirely gluten-free. Just think, taking a dormant food that’s been sitting on a shelf and sprouting it to life? That’s bound to be good for you! And you’re right, sprouting:
  • Activates the enzymes

The more enzymes in the food, the easier it is for your body to digest and the less energy spent digesting means all the more energy for you!

Holistic fact: experts say there may be up to 100x more enzymes in sprouts than raw fruits and veggies!
  • Makes the nutrients more bioavailable 
A fancy way of saying your body will obtain more nutrients from sprouted buckwheat than non sprouted. And supplying our body with the most nutrients possible is the key to our health.
  • Power up the protein!

Already a fantastic source of protein (being a complete protein like its cousin quinoa),  sprouting enhances this protein profile! In fact, lysine (one of the proteins most abundant in buckwheat) is significantly increased and this protein boosts the immune system making it a powerhouse as we head into winter. Note: the same happens for the vitamin and fibre content too!

  • Incredibly alkalizing to the body

This will significantly reduce inflammation; the underlying cause of most pain and illnesses.

Want to feel energised and alive? Eat live foods!
buckwheat granola
Where to begin: 3 Steps to Get Going and Get Growing!
Step one: Something to Groat About
The search begins in your local health food store where you’ll find organic buckwheat groats. These will be light in colour as opposed to brown which means they have been toasted, this is Kasha and won’t sprout.
Holistic life hacks: finding them in bulk will save you money and time running to get more when you become addicted to the granola! (I admittingly have to hide it from myself to avoid going through an entire batch in one day)
Step two: From Seeds to Sea Monkeys
Now you’re home and ready to take those  gluten-free seeds and bring them to life!
Simply submerge your seeds in water for an hour, then drain them, rinse them, and set them in a strainer with a plate underneath to catch any water, covering the strainer with a nut cloth so they can breathe. Don’t own a nut cloth? Use a thin dish rag, cover the entire top, but leave a side exposed so that they can breathe without drying out.
Now watch the magic happen!
What to look for? They sprout little tails ( just like growing a plant) and start to resemble something along the lines of sea monkeys. It’s a proud moment.. and then you eat them.
Sea Monkeys
Step 3: TLC
A couple of times a day, rinse your buckwheat as the seeds will get slimy and to keep them from drying out. In about 48 hours you will have beautifully sprouted live buckwheat ready to dehydrate! Don’t own a dehydrator? Neither do I (and though I’d LOVE to have this on my wish list, they are very expensive) so I’ll show you how I use my oven to dehydrate instead.
Why not bake them? 
Cooking kills your live food, destroying the enzymes and nutrient value you just cultivated. Dehydrating keeps all it’s benefits alive!
granola
Live buckwheat granola 
This recipe is low glycemic and a fantastic blood sugar stabilizer. It has the sweet, cinnamon spice taste and wholesome crunch of regular granola while being :
Dairy free
Gluten free
Refined sugar-free
Vegan
and wholesomely energizing
Recipe
Ingredients
3 cups sprouted buckwheat
1/4 c coconut nectar
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
Sprinkling of Himalayan salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to the lowest setting possible
  2. Mix all ingredients together and adjust flavours as desired.
  3. Spread mixture out evenly on a sheet of parchment paper.
  4. Pop in the oven and prop the door open with a wad of tin foil. Note: setting a fan up in front of the door for circulation will better mimic a dehydrater but isn’t necessary.
  5. Leave to dehydrate for 2-3 hours. This depends on the temperature your oven is set to, how open the door is, etc. Flip them gently with a spatula about every half hour, give or take, to ensure even dehydration.
  6. Remove while golden and crunchy but not entirely brown, you don’t want to keep them in there so long that they cook. Allow 5 minutes to cool (if you can) and enjoy!
The switch up: 
I wanted to give you a super basic recipe with as few ingredients as possible but you can customize this recipe in all sorts of wholesome ways:
  • apples
  • different spices including ginger
  • some carob or raw cacao for chocolate granola
  • soaked nuts and seeds (most only need to be soaked overnight)
  • berries
Enjoy with almond milk, over smoothies, as a salad garnish or in a trail mix (a superfood indeed!)
You name it! So many possibilities to enjoy!
Happy sprouting and wholesome crunching,
Suzanne Eden

Manifest Monday // 17 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like OM

Lotus and silence and peace, oh my!

 

One of the single, most powerful ways to revolutionize  your health; mind, body and spirit? Meditation! It’s free, it’s always accessible to you and you need nothing more than, well, you!  There is no need for a witch’s ruby slippers, your somewhere over the rainbow is right here. Simply come to lotus and repeat: “there’s no place like om, there’s no place like om, there’s no place like om”

summer om

From reduced anxiety to increased happiness, we’ve all heard the benefits of meditation, but here is a round up of my favourite great and powerful reasons to get meditating every single day:
1. The fountain of youth
  • Meditation has been shown to increase the length of your telomeres (the “caps” at the ends of your chromosomes) which slows aging and is a strong indicator of longevity. This occurs by way of your increased ability to manage stress and encourages feelings of well being which in turn promotes the health of your telomeres to lengthen them. No munchkin telomeres here!
2. More effective than Morphine
  • Meditation has been found to be more effective than morphine, a drug that is toxic and harmful to the body, by reducing pain by up to 50%!

3. Better for children with ADHD than amphetamines

  • This is according to a 2011 report in the Mind and Brain – The Journal of Psychiatry here:

http://www.rencapp.com/Travis-ADHD_Brain_Functioning_and_Transcendental_Meditation_Practice.pdf

4. Take it to the classroom

  • Meditation for children has been shown to
    • Reduce exam stress levels
    • Improve concentration
    • Increase attendance
    • Improve self awareness
    • Reduce classroom disruption

    and that recieves an A+ in my book!

 

5. Ignites our inner furnace

  • This is one cool benefit as the chilly weather approaches. Meditation involving deep breathing will increase our circulation to warm our bodies, no burning scarecrows needed.

6. Keep calm and carry on

  • Meditation soothes our nervous systems to take us from “threat” mode to “challenge” mode, in turn reducing our stress to keep calm and carry on.

 

7. Get glowing

  • The positive state experienced by meditators will show in a subtle glow on an individual. Want to glow like Glenda the good witch? Get meditating!

 

8. Melt the green faced monster

  • Meditation steadies our emotions to reduce dpression, anxiety, boost our happiness and well being and reduce jealousy!

 

9. Perspective – “Toto… I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…”

  • No need to be whisked away in a tornado and thrown into Oz to gain some perspective, meditation does this without the motion sickness. It shifts our thoughts from worry and negativity to relaxation and positivity. It helps us to shift into focussing on all of the good that happens through the day instead of ruminating on negative and what’s more? This can manifest more good into our lives and boost our overall feelings of well being.

10. The gateway to lucid dreaming – “and you, and you, and you were there!”

  • Becoming more aware through your waking state will increase your ability to become aware when dreaming.

 

11. Laugh the day away! (in the merry old land of Oz)

  • Become light hearted both literally and figuratively. On a literal level, meditation has been shown to increase cardiovascular health and decrease cholesterol levels to potentially reduce arterial plaque.
  • Figuratively, meditation helps you to see that nothing in life is so serious and suddenly you’re laughing at life’s curve balls and being unaffected by the things that may once have caused a reaction in you. (Sorry siblings, you’ll have to try a little harder.)

12. Food-free anti-inflammatory diet

  • Meditation is a powerful way to reduce inflammation in the body and create an internal alkaline state to promote overall health, the same things we aim to do with our diets.

 

13. Become a social butterfly

  • Meditators tend to have the qualities that draw others to them and has been shown to increase social connections. Why? They are likely to be happier, more empathetic, compassionate and energised.

 

14. It makes your brain plastic! (and not in a BPA kind of way)

  • This is all thanks to a little somthing called neuroplasticity; the brain’s ability to structurally and functionally change to adapt to its environment and daily meditation will help your brain to do this!

15. Your Grey Matters

  • Long term meditation has been shown to increase grey matter density in our brains and why does this matter? It is associated with increased learning, memory and attention.

 

17. If I only had a brain, a heart, a home, some courage… 
  • What did lion, scarecrow, Dorothy, and tinman all have in common? All they were searching for, they already had. When manifesting your life’s desire, meditation will help bring you to everything you are seeking by showing you that  you already have it. Health and wellness? It’s yours! Reduced stress, inner peace, happiness? Learn to steady your mind and calm your body, because there is simply no place like om.

 

Sunrise om

 

The no place like OM challenge
For the month of November, starting TONIGHT, let’s meditate every. single. day! Get out your calander, buy some stickers or draw a picture every day as soon as you have done it. Whether it is 5 minutes, 20, an hour, every om counts!
Where to begin
We’re welcoming Oprah and Deepak Choprah into our homes and our OMs this month as they guide us through another 21 day meditation series and guess what? This one is centered around manifesting your life’s desires. It could not be a more seamless way to glide from last month’s theme into this one. It’s free and one of my favourite ways to begin meditating. Who better to help you jump start this month’s challenge?
This meditation series is free to a good OM here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/
Letting meditation be our yellow brick road to inner peace and happiness,
Suzanne Eden
Namaste