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Sooo Juicy!

Sooo Juicy!

It’s almost the end of my three day vitality juice fast and I’ve made nine juices in three days, nine different juicing experiences. Making juice is definitely an experience. I started making juice, oh, just about two weeks ago so I am clearly an expert. Just kidding. In fact, it’s been kind of comical how quickly I’ve had to learn on my feet through this whole fasting experience. Here, I share with you some of the things I’ve picked up through sheer trial and error in case you feel up for the delightful challenge of a juice fast or if you just want to add some of the nutritious benefits of nature’s internal body scrub to your life.

1. A little goes a long way. I quickly figured out after making my shopping list, using the 3 Days to Vitality book by Pamela Serure as a guide, and bringing my groceries home that I would have enough fruits and veggies to last for way more than 3 days of juice. Now, as a person who drank fresh juice before the fast and plans to keep making it after, that was good news. But if you’re really only planning on juicing for the days of your fast, keep in mind that less is more and no one likes ‘spoiled produce guilt’ because you just didn’t get to them in time.

2. Caress your fruit. I’ve noticed grapes love nothing better than to be submerged in a basin of lukewarm water and popped from the vine while receiving a nice rub to get the dirt off. She’s delusional from three days of drinking all her meals, you say. But I promise you, part of the fun is getting in there and getting personal with your food. Feeling the fuzziness of the skin of an organic peach under your fingertips. Connecting with the flesh of a peeled beet, knowing that the pigment will stain your hands for two days. Learning just the right angle to remove the skin and eyes of a pineapple while leaving as much of the flesh on as possible – I’m still not great at that one lol. Handling the food slowly and deliberately, with a sense of appreciation, definitely makes me feel more connected to our Earth and grateful for its sustenance.

3. Glass bottles make your juice look sexy. Once you make all that juice, it’s gonna need somewhere to go. Rare is the occasion that you will finish all you juice in one sitting. There will be leftovers. And you will be thankful for those when you are craving the greasiest bacon cheeseburger you can think of – or maybe that’s just me lol. Save up your glass bottles beforehand from your spaghetti sauce, coconut oil, celtic sea salt, guacamole, etc. Different shapes and sizes make it more fun. You’ll be avoiding storing your juice in plastics that leak bpa into your food and you’ll be helping protect our planet with your personal recycling efforts.

4. Juice it and Blend it. You need a juicer and a blender. The juicer cleverly removes all the pulp leaving behind an easily drinkable substance, which is great for items like kale and cabbage. But there will be times, like for your morning or lunch drink when you may want something a little denser for that “full” – I’m definitely not craving Mickey D’s right now – feeling. For this, you’ll need your blender to liquify, for example, some pineapple peach papaya goodness. The mash up is fantastic and you can chew each sip to savor it.

5. Green juice is not just for the Irish. It’s green, it’s mucky, it’s gross for some if us to even think about, me included. But it has a surprisingly refreshing and light taste, less swamp juice and more sporty boost Mehcad Brooks style *swoon*…I digress… As I was saying, just think of all that yummy chlorophyll going down. Add some spirulina in there for an extra algae bonus. And it’s the closest thing you’ll get to drinking sunshine.

Hope this was helpful. Let me know if you try it and how it goes for you. Now off to juice my tenth and final drink. You guessed it, the Mean Green.

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What does being a “Peace and Security Leader” mean to you?

I was asked to give an answer to this question in 1000 characters or less, while applying for the IPSI Bologna 2012 Peace Symposium.  Here was my answer:

All human choices stem from one of two places: fear or love. Being a peace and security leader means, consistently guiding people, villages, nations to make choices out of love rather than fear. True peace and security comes from acting out of love for humanity and the Earth. People bend towards violence and war when they feel they have no other choice. The skilful peace and security leader shows that there are other choices and tools that will produce a more desirable result. Observing the 2007 Kenyan election crises and the mediation that followed, it was clear to me that, for the opposing parties, tribalism was a convenient political tool used to mucky the waters and carve out political hegemony. The leaders sought political gains by playing upon fears. The effective peace and security leader seeks the route that promotes unity through compassion and empathy for fellow citizens. A successful leader serves as a beacon of light, love and compassion. She knows that at the heart of conflicts are broken relationships between individuals. In her arsenal are the tools of forgiveness and service. She also knows that there is immense healing power in simply believing that change is possible.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Creating 2012 – A Letter to My Life Coach & Mentor

Hi Eluise,

First of all Happy Holidays! I hope you’re having a wonderful season filled with love and warmth. I definitely am. My heart is bursting with love and my brain is bursting with revelations. This has been such a revelatory year! The irony is that I took this time to be still and to learn about myself and my connection to God, while having one of the most movement filled years of my life.

I have had a couple key revelations over this past year that have set me on my current path, but one main one this summer, around August, that has really helped me to understand more about my purpose on this Earth. One afternoon while washing dishes it came to me that I am a bearer of light, a keeper of love. I think I mentioned this to you before. That my purpose is to serve as a beacon of light and love even when things are grim so that it exists somewhere on this earth and can be found and shared. Arguably we all have this task, but I am awake to it and I acknowledge it as my purpose. Once I accepted this, it helped to explain many things about myself. Like why I am attracted to living and working in fragile environments where there has been conflict, poverty, and chronic injustice – essentially a lack of love. Why when I go to these places I am usually openly welcomed, a way is always made for me, people accept me into their homes even if we don’t speak the same language. Why people with dark / broken elements are attracted to me, with addictions, self destructive natures, chronic negative outlooks, paranoia, etc. We are attracted to each other because they are seeking a way to be healed and I am a healer. There is an immense healing power in just believing that something or someone can be changed, reborn, renewed. And in helping people believe this about themselves and their situations. I recently went to a workshop led by Michael Dove and he rightly pointed out that we all have within us a reset button. Simple but powerful. That is in fact what I have done with myself this year, pressed reset.

Thankfully I have become wiser and I realize that it does not serve me well or allow me to use my gifts well when I am constantly exposed to fragile environments and darkness. It drains me and depletes me to the point of being fragile myself. So this summer into the fall, when I was ready to start thinking about partnership again, I began asking for a different kind of partner. One who appreciates my role as a light bearer and keeper / beacon of love and who can offer me some protection, a safe space, peace and harmony in which to bring forth my gifts fulfill my purpose, someone who replenishes me instead of constantly depleting me. Would you believe, I think I have now manifested, with God’s help, this person into my life. It’s early days, but many synchronicities keep appearing that tell me I am on the right path.

But what made me stop washing the dishes and sit down and write you this email this evening is another revelation I had – there’s something about washing dishes that apparently makes my mind work lol. I was listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer on HayHouse radio just now and he was talking about love and the power that we have to manifest change in our lives through a deep understanding of ourselves as loving giving creatures first and foremost, or as he likes to say spirits having a human experience. This made me think that it’s time for me to take this healing / life coaching gift further. And that actually, without specifically setting out to do so I have begun training for this actively all of this past year, speaking with you, listening to HayHouse, familiarizing myself with the canon, reading all sorts of things, going to church more often, learning how to pray including via dance and movement, starting to go to workshops, learning about nutrition to heal my body… I have been very much thinking about where to go / next steps for 2012. And I became very clear this evening that one of my goals for next year will be to deliberately study the art of healing – mind, body, and soul – the art of creating personal peace and harmony in order to bring forth ones gifts. So in 2012, I plan to attend more workshops where I can interact with some of these masters, read more, learn about the history of healing through love including people such as Peter Deunov and others that I may come across, learn to meditate and develop a regular practice, and journey inwardly a little more, even perhaps start writing loose fragments of a book (whose subject I really don’t know yet and probably won’t until I start writing it…)

I am glad to be able to share these thoughts with you. And welcome any guidance you have.

Love and light,

Elana

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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