Would You Like Me To Include You In My Meditations?

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“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation is the cornerstone of my life. It is the first thing I do when I wake up each morning. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed.

I don’t just meditate to find stillness and peace. I also use meditation for shamanic and mystical work. I use it to connect with and help my students, I use it to access healing, and to share and support energies.

This week I’m working on some very specific areas for emotional and spiritual healing that may also have an impact on physical well-being too.

For the next few days I am focusing on supporting you to move through and begin to resolve feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, overwhelm, emotional isolation and powerlessness. My aim is to find the places where emotion has become stuck inside you, causing you to become out of alignment. I am also looking for the old stories, traumas and memories which are subconsciously shaping you in opposition to your soul’s true nature. In my meditations I will dissolve these outmoded energies and stories, returning them to love and releasing their patterns from your energetic field.

As your energy comes back into alignment with your true nature, your vibration will rise and you will be more easily able to express yourself creatively and emotionally. It will increase your sense of self-awareness and self-trust.

I meditate twice a day, morning and evening. I also connect with some people during my night-flying practices. If you’d like me to include you or a loved one specifically in my meditations just let me know in the comments below.  And, of course, I love getting feedback about anything you notice as a result of my meditations.

Much love, Nicole xx

A Witch’s Brew – Herbal Tea Recipes from my Cauldron

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
– C.S. Lewis

I don’t think I could say it better than C. S. Lewis! As much as I love coffee, tea reigns supreme in my house.  Yesterday I blended and batched up a Channelling Tea blend for 30 people (I’m afraid that recipe remains secret for now).  Herbal teas are a wonderful tool – not only are they enjoyable to drink, they also have medicinal or energetic qualities that further enhance your tea drinking experience.

All of the following recipes are steeping teas, which means that you pour boiling water over the herbs and leave them to steep.  Some can be made directly into your cup.  For others, use a teapot with a strainer, or a teacup infuser so that the herbs can be removed when the tea is ready (usually 3 to 5 minutes).  Your tea can be sweetened to taste if desired, but should be perfectly pleasant without any sweetener at all.  Here are some of my favourites:

Meditation Blend #1

Place a few slices of raw ginger root,  some thinly sliced lemon and a 1/2 teaspoon of lavender blossom in a cup, and pour boiling water over. (If you’re using a big mug, you may want to add up to 1 teaspoon of lavender, but it is quite strong, so trial your quantities!) Steep for a few minutes before drinking.  This can also be made in a pot – 1/2 teaspoon of lavender per cup, and your ginger slices.  But leave the lemon in your cup for best flavour and results.  This blend is great for everyday tea – it calms and soothes the nervous system, relaxes you, aids liver health, and improves digestion.

Image from pitchforkdiaries.com

 

Immune Booster Tea

Measure the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix together well and then store in a jar. I refer the quantities in ‘parts’ which means you may use a teaspoon or a tablespoon as your measurement tool – whatever works for you!) To prepare the tea for drinking use 1 teaspoon per cup, pour boiling water over and steep for 4 minutes.

4 parts peppermint leaves, 4 parts rose hips, 2 parts dried lemongrass, 2 parts nettle leaves, 2 parts red clover.

This is lovely with a little raw sliced ginger in your cup as well.

Chipmunk Tea Party by Red Clover – Image from redclover.deviantart.com

Infection Fighter Recipe (great for colds and flu, and to reduce congestion)

Mix equal parts of dried Chrysanthemum Flowers, dried Rosebuds, and dried Hawthorn Berries (you can usually buy all of these ingredients in a Chinese grocery store – the Hawthorn berries are often sold as dried flakes of the fruit).

Make this straight into a cup or mug and just sip your way around the flowers, or make into a teapot for a bigger brew.

For best effect steep for 5 minutes before drinking.  This may be sweetened with honey, and once again you can also add lemon and ginger – which tastes absolutely delicious.

Image from highdesertgarden.com

Enjoy these simpler recipes, and I’ll come back soon and share some herbal tea decoctions, which take a little extra extra time, but are well worth the effort.

If you really enjoy tea, I also recommend my homemade chai recipe, where you make your tea mixture from scratch.  It’s an all-year favourite in my house.

Nicole’s Chai Tea Recipe

Happy sipping, and I hope this encourages you to drink more tea!

Much love from me and my kitchen cauldron ♥ xx