Go to www.yogatoday.com for NEESHA ZOLLINGER's 30 min. yoga class, Release & Manifest for more instruction on how to calm the nervous system and enact the power of manifestation. The riots on the Nation's Capitol have shocked us all. It was a jolt to the planet's nervous system and to the numbness we've developed in response to the constant barrage of drama, pain, and suffering. Covid, racial injustice, hatred, and fear infiltrate our lives on a daily basis. As much as we do our best to maintain our work and family life, it's difficult to manage the stress and the rising cortisol hormone levels wreaking havoc on our psyche and bodies. The status quo can no longer remain, we have had it - enough.
How are we to heal and rebuild? If we can begin to change how we communicate to ourselves, with more kindness, this will automatically extend to others. We are to look beyond race, religion, sexual preference, and social, economic, and political affiliations to see one another with a new lens. Hatred and fear of others stems from unconscious or conscious hatred and fear of ourselves. Projection and judgement onto others is an automatic response when we don't understand what we are feeling towards ourselves. It is our responsibility to treat ourselves, and thus everyone else, with compassion, empathy, patience, understanding, and love. Only then can this sickness of fear and hate be expunged from the planet.
It truly does start with ourselves.
A peaceful state is what allows us to manifest more easily and effortlessly. Trust, letting go, and being thankful for exactly where you are, regardless of difficult circumstances, allows for an opening to receive. It is critical to release expectation and attachment to a desired outcome. This may seem counter intuitive, especially when we desperately yearn for something, but it is the feeling of want that builds a barrier between us and our dreams. Trusting that your intention or goal will come exactly as it should, creates an energetic shift internally, and only then do you open a new door to possibility. Regardless of your outer circumstances, you can give yourself an extra boost of appreciation and gratitude. Peace of mind in our brains and bodies is basically how we gain manifestation powers. This is how our thoughts become reality.
Exercise, yoga, meditation, journaling, and eating a healthy diet are all ways to calm our nervous system, feel more peaceful, and amp up our ability to manifest. My new favorite morning ritual is making a Golden Turmeric Latte. This elixir is not only surprisingly delicious, but the curcumin in turmeric calms and regulates neurotransmitters in the brain. When turmeric, a root from a tropical plant, is consumed regularly, its anti-inflammatory properties rival the effectiveness of some drugs, without the side effects. According to the US National Library of Medicine, extensive studies within the last half century have demonstrated the protective action of curcumin in almost all the disorders of the body.
Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation.
It amazingly fights inflammation at the molecular level.
Curcumin is an antioxidant, improves brain function, lowers heart disease, decreases depression, reduces joint pain, treats heartburn, aids digestion, improves skin, detoxifies the liver, may help prevent alzheimer's, fights age-related chronic diseases, and is antimicrobial and anticancer.
Turmeric has been consumed for ages in India as a medicinal herb. I recently asked myself, why haven't I been drinking this tasty latte everyday for the past 20 years?
Golden Milk Turmeric Latte is the perfect winter drink and this is my favorite recipe after experimentation. It is soothing, warm, spicy and flavorful with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, and cayenne pepper. Pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin. If you don't have cayenne, you can substitute black pepper. I love the spice of cayenne as a morning wake up. I juice the ginger and turmeric roots and keep a jar in my fridge for the week, but you can substitute the spice powder for the roots. Vanilla is my go to sweetener because it's low glycemic index and is NOT an inflammatory like most sweeteners.
Golden Milk Turmeric Latte Recipe
75 ml fresh ginger root juice - You can substitute 1/2-1 teaspoon of ginger root powder
75 ml fresh turmeric root juice - You can substitute 1/2-1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper - Enables absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric.
1/4 teaspoon cardamom - Antimicrobial
1 cup of favorite milk
1/2 cap full of vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon
Experiment with your favorite amouns!
Heat milk in a pan till warm, stir in ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cardamom, and vanilla. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the top. Drink!