I promised to offer some self care practices as we enter into December.  Tips, suggestions, recipes etc. that will help us to ground in a world that is spinning all around us.  There are more cars on the road, more parties, more events, more food,  more tasks at hand and.. just plain more of everything. It is very important that you incorporate some morning and evening rituals that can help you to remain centered, steady and at ease.

Sooo…I haven’t been sleeping very well.  And when we don’t sleep well we don’t restore, repair, digest, etc. over night… all that we need to…to start the next day on our A-Game.  In fact when I am up a lot all night…the next day I wake up groggy, slow, heavy and feeling much like I have a hang over…. I am definitely not on my A-Game!

A few days ago I was thumbing through Eat, Taste Heal.  And found this recipe.  Thought I would share it with you as it had a great effect on me.  The first night I woke up only once and then last night I slept like a baby.  I still woke up a little slow and groggy but I was in much better shape.  And I will be good as new after a few more sleep filled nights….I think for December this will be one of my evening rituals. I am still  encouraging you to have lights out my 10pm…(okay 10:30pm… but no later)

Warm Cardamom Milk

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Milk ( I used 2 %)
  • 1 tsp ghee (remember we made it in Yoga Secrets and you can also buy ready made at any natural grocers)
  • 1 tsp raw sugar ( I used coconut sugar my new favorite)
  • 1/8 tsp of Cardamom (ground)
  • 1/2 TBSP ground cashews ( I used my old coffee grinder which is now a spice grinder or you can also a food processor or use your mortar
  • 2 strands of saffron

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a soft boil, stir frequently….Recite Maha Mritjunjai Mantra or your own mantra, and ENJOY a wonderful restful night)