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I recommend only what I believe will support and guide you in your healing, growing and realizing your highest purpose. The following is a curated list of of this month's highlights for you to find support on your wellness journey.
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Love, Rachel Harvest
WHAT I AM READING
This book is like a big hug for who you truly are. I've done a great deal of work on my personal integrity. As is the way, the more I get myself in to, the more work there is to do. When I picked up this book, I was feeling disconnected from myself and emotionally destroyed. This book brought me back to me. I had be completely spread out, taking care of another's feelings and emotions and trying to fix some things that were just not in integrity with who I am. I love the way this book outlines what goes into personal integrity. It relieves any moral or "I'm supposed to" thoughts and ideas that hold you back from yourself. It gives serious, effective exercises to tune in to you and tune out the rest. I went into a significant overhaul in the 6 weeks that I spent reading and doing the exercises. For the first time in my life I got that my self-work is for ME, not to makes sure everyone else is happy and feeling good. In fact, I truly got, in my bones, that anyone else's happiness had NOTHING to do with me and what I do or don't do, say or feel. If you want to step into YOU, try this book on. Do the exercises, all of them and let me know who you find yourself to be.
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WHAT I AM COOKING
I'm obsessed with my Instant Pot and with this recipe from Mama In the Kitchen.
Chickpea Sweet Potato Tagine
- 1 1/2 c dried uncooked chickpeas
The next day, drain and rinse.
The Stew Broth
Mix the spices together in a bowl:
- 2 T flour
- 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- pinch to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
To make the broth, whisk the spices with:
- 2 c vegetable stock
Beans, Broth and Veggies Go Into the Instant Pot
Place the following ingredients in order in your Instant Pot:
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic, minced
- 2 green chili peppers, optional
- drained and rinsed chickpeas, from previous step
- 1 # sweet potatoes, chopped in big chunks
- 1 pt cherry tomatoes, whole
- 6 pitted dates or dried apricots
- 1 cinnamon stick
- all the broth, from previous step
No need to mix. Cover with lid, close off vent, and set to cook for 10-12 minutes. Wow, you’ve got so much time on your hands to do something else. Allow pressure to come down naturally. Season to taste, if needed.
- 4 oranges, sliced in segments
- 1/4 – 1/2 c olives, to taste
- a handful of parsley or cilantro, chopped
- with cooked couscous (I added the excess juices from the oranges in the previous step to the couscous too.)
- top with garnishes
The olives and oranges as a garnish is INSANE it's so good.
Thanks so much for this recipe Mama In The Kitchen!
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MY DIY SELF-CARE PROJECT
A massage before bed, even if it's just a quick rub to apply oils, helps circulation, healing, release of the day and a cool, calm entry into lullaby land. I recommend a 10 minute practice of skin brushing (we will discuss next time) followed by 10 minutes of self-massage. While applying pressure in long weighted strokes on limbs and circular motions at joints, the abdomen, heels, feet and hands, think about the day and silently or out loud say "I let go of..." for each event you recall. Practice declaring your let go of the good, the not so good, the laughter, the worry, the ideas the thoughts, feelings and to-do's for another time. Just let go and give yourself the gift of touch to aid the process.
- 1 - 2oz dark colored glass spray bottle
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops cederwood essential oil
- 10 drops wild orange essential oil
- about 2 oz almond oil to fill remaining bottle
- Drip oils into glass spray bottle.
- Fill remaining space with almond oil.
- Screw on lid and shake vigorously before each use.
I only recommend therapeutic grade essential oils because I believe that if it's going on your skin, it should also be able to be ingested. Get therapeutic grade EOs from DoTerra here.
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WHAT I AM USING FOR SUPPORT
Buddhist prayer beads or malas (Sanskrit: mālā "garland") are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and therefore the term "Buddhist rosary" also appears.
Conventional Buddhist tradition counts the beads at 108, signifying the mortal desires of mankind. The number is attributed to the Mokugenji Sutra wherein Shakyamuni Buddha instructed King Virudhaka to make such beads and recite the Three Jewels of Buddhism. In later years, various Buddhist sects would either retain the number of beads, or divide them into consecutive twos, fours, for brevity or informality. A decorative tassel is sometimes attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one's local tradition. Because prayer beads are often painted in pigment, various traditional schools attribute a consecration ritual by the Sangha to the beads, to "open the eyes" for the purpose of achieving Enlightenment unique to the Karma of each believer.
I use a mala to recite my daily affirmations. I also use it to affirm or mantra when I'm feeling anxious or uneasy. If there were XRay eyes on my pockets, you'd find me counting while I silently repeat while walking down the street, riding the subway, waiting for my tea order. I have a lot of social anxiety because of my hypersensitivity. My mala has been my best ally in a lot of almost-panic situations. It's not just for time on your meditation cushion. I got mine from AMAbodysoul in late November and I simply love her designs and the feng shui inspiration.
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WHo I AM AM FOLLOWING
Here’s an interview with Emma Viglucci about her work as a couples therapist and how powerfully her ethos aligns with all things The Harvest Method. She comes highly recommended to support you having love and connection in your life and healing the wounds of the past.
How would you describe your work?
My work is geared toward helping people become their best selves, and create their successful relationship and meaningful life. My approach flows from my MetroRelationship™ Philosophy where the Relationship is the cornerstone of our Life… There is inherent synergy in our partnership, which usually goes untapped… Our partner is our life Partner… Our partner is a Gift for our own evolution… They are the mirror to show us how we are being so we can see how we need to change. They are the playmate in the playground that is our relationship. They are the sand in our clam. They are the perfect match to trigger our sensitivities so we now have another chance to get what we didn’t get growing up. When we get our core needs met, we heal. When we stretch to meet that of our partner, we grow. I created different curricula, programs and events, including the Successful Couple Strategy™ (the Successful Couples Process™ revised), that assist clients in their personal growth and create their successful relationship and meaningful life. The work is interactive, insightful, experiential, and didactic. We do therapy/coaching sessions (inperson or remote) that are complemented by curricula and other assignments. http://www.metrorelationship.com/about-main/
What inspired you to create your brand/ethos/the work you do?
I've been forever curious and passionate about human behavior and how relationships work. I was intrigued at an early age by my parents' relationship, and later on became obsessed at creating my successful relationship. My passion has also included wellness and spirituality. Overtime, all this melded into my Brand, Philosophy and Approach. I breath, eat and sleep this stuff! LOL
How does your approach stand out? What are you doing that really makes a difference for your clientele?
We provide a home, a family for our clients. We help our clients create a successful relationship lifestyle while healing, evolving, learning skills, building connection and taking care of themselves and each other. We provide the right structure, platform and resources to assist in their transformation. The work is based on the 5 Elements of the Successful Couple Strategy:
Element 1 – Context & Mindset: Empower Yourself Shift your relationship mindset and break the impasse
Element 2 – Communication & Alignment: Improve Understanding Effortlessly get on the same page and better get each other
Element 3 – Clarity & Dynamics: Change Patterns Understand why you have recurring dissatisfying interactions and change them
Element 4 – Connection & Intimacy: Feel Connected Reignite your love, deepen your intimacy and enhance your passion
Element 5 – Collaboration & Partnership: Become a Team Create a rock solid partnership and enjoy a peaceful, joyful, and loving home
What role does developing self-knowledge, self-care, self-trust and self-respect play in your work?
My work is geared toward helping people become their best selves, and create their successful relationship and meaningful life... We help our clients: - embrace, empower and own themselves - establish a self-care practice to self/other regulate and replenish - make decisions and operate in ways that honor themselves - show-up more authentically for rewarding life and relationship experiences Personal growth is intimately correlated with relationship success.
What's one value or message that guides you and your work?
Who are your top three influencers? Who do you follow? Who's work do you respect? (Any industry or topic. I just want a sense of what inspires you)
Too many to name, but that immediate pop to mind:
How can The Harvest Method's audience contact you? (website, links for social media, email etc)
http://www.metrorelationship.com/contact-us/ (social media at bottom of page)
Want to be featured by The Harvest Method? Well, then we better get to know each other! Send me a message and we'll chat and see if we align!
Oil of the Month
Cypress Essential Oil has many uses, but I'm showcasing it for it's role in emotional support during times of transition and change.
Cypress is a much welcome old timer to our modern day woes. As the ancient symbol of solace, it is strong, and unbending, supporting us when we can bend no further. The scent calms, and is specific to grief, anger and sadness, just as it was historically used. Cypress gives a place to stand so that we may feel difficult emotions in balance, and not be overwhelmed by them. When transitions begin to shatter our protected inner world, it calms the waters, and we are escorted by cypress through our own sea of over emotions.
When life transitions, there is a sense of loss. We must pick up the pieces of ourselves that have fallen, and move forward. Post transition, we are different, as are our motivations, and how we relate to things. The color and texture of our world changes, for our relationship to ourselves has changed. To integrate our experience, and ease our personal process at this time, rub two drops on the skin above the heart before bed, a meditation or to support a good long cry while you're letting go.
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Herbal Protocol of the Month
Stress is the #1 precursor to illness. It propels aging, causes immune suppression or hyperstimulation, irritability and reactivity. It impedes sleep. It's aggravated by all of the things it impacts and, without a conscious effort to reduce stressors and heal, it snowballs until you find yourself burnt out and suffering adrenal fatigue.
Our minds can distinguish what the stressors are - poor food choices, too little sleep, high impact exercise, emotional overwhelm, high external pressure and demand, high self-imposed pressure or demand, worry, loss, illness, pollution...all stressors. What you may not realize is, though the mind can distinguish the type of stress, the body regards all stressors the same. Fried foods and simple carbohydrates impact you physiologically the same way emotional abuse does. This makes taking the time to pinpoint all the different stressors you experience and, then, lessening or removing all that you can extremely important.
When you reach a place where stress has worn you down, there's nowhere to go but towards illness. Patients come to me with stomach upset, rashes, rapid weight gain or loss, irritability, caffeine or sugar dependency, trouble sleeping, etc. Nine times out of ten, the culprit is adrenal fatigue from STRESS.
Adaptogens are plants (herbs, roots, leaves, spices) that increase physiological resistance to adverse influences (the whole wide range of physical, chemical and/or biochemical). They have an overall normalizing effect on the person (improving many conditions and worsening none). They are non-toxic to body physiology and act as antioxidants and anticancer agents. They are proven to reduce cholesterol, normalize immunity and insulin, are radio-protective for patients undergoing chemo or radiation, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. They improve cognitive function and improve the stress response.
Adaptogens have been used in eastern cultures for centuries and are growing in popularity as non-pharmacological alternatives for treating a broad range of disease and dis-ease at its core.
Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Rosea are adaptogens that have a powerful impact on resilience to stress, without the trouble of side effects. It is important to source herbs and roots from a licensed, commendable practitioner (like myself) as well as a purveyor that takes major efforts to provide organically farmed, sustainable products with excellent quality control and transparent source information. That's why I recommend Gaia Herbs.
* These herbs are NOT meant to substitute medications that a physician has prescribed and must be discussed with your doctor, should there be any concern for medication interactions beyond those listed below. There are also some contra-indications that are important to note so be sure to read until the end.
Ashwagandha is a root from the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. It contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including withanolides (steroidal lactones), alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is used to improve and conserve adaptive energy. With routine supplementation, cortisol (stress hormone) levels, C-reactive protein and blood pressure reduce, all in relations to reduction of stress.
Possible interactions and contraindications:
Literature review reveals no adverse events were reported for the use of up to 3g/day for a period of one year.
Monitor patients with diabetes, or those using hypoglycemic agents. Patients with known allergies/hypersensitivities to Ashwagandha, or to other members of the Solonaceae (nightshade) family, should avoid using this botanical agent.
Use cautiously in women who are pregnant or lactating, due to the lack of data to show clear safety for use during these phases of life. Large doses may possess abortifacient properties. Alcohol, sedatives and anxiolytics should be avoided while taking, as it is a mild central nervous system depressant.
Use cautiously if using anti-hypertensive drugs, if you have a bleeding disorders are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet drugs. If you are taking sedative agents, inotropic or chronotropic agents
Avoid if thyroid disorders are present, to avoid hyper-stimulation.
Rhodiola Rosea is an herb from the Crassulaceae (succulent) family. It grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Asia and Eastern Europe. It contains Rosavin, a cinnamyl alcohol glycoside that is thought to be one of the compounds responsible for the antidepressant and anxiolytic actions of this plant, along with salidroside. With routine supplementation, Rhodiola Rosea increases endurance and focus while reducing fatigue. It is often used to treat anxiety and depression, mood dysregulation and is neuro-protective. it optimizes serotonin and dopamine, much like a pharmacological SSRI.
Possible interactions and contraindications:
There are very few side effects with Rhodiola.
Some anxious individuals may be over activated and become agitated.
Rhodiola rosea may also interfere with sleep in some individuals and should be taken early in the day.
It should be avoided in individuals with bipolar disorder who have a history of manic episodes when given antidepressants or stimulants and should be used with caution in general, in those with bipolar disorder.
Safety issues are not available for pregnancy and lactation and should therefore be avoided.
To purchase these herbs, please visit The Harvest Method Dispensary.