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High Vibration Foods

July 29, 2010 By: Laura Bruno Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


“You are what you eat” can seem like a scary prospect in today’s world of GMO Monsanto processed McCraziness, but it also offers a chance to liberate yourself with every bite or sip you take. Imbibing foods with a high vibration can heal your cells, improve your mood and literally “sing the body electric.” But where to begin? The King of Hearts says, “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” But I say, “Once you start you won’t ever want to stop!” Here a few tips to set you on your way:

1) Anything in its uncooked, minimally processed raw, sprouted and organic state maintains or amplifies its originally high life force.

2) Greens!  (Because they grow UP towards the sun, and also because they alkalize your system, letting you move into a positively flowing space.)

3) Food and water infused with Reiki. Even if you only know Reiki Level 1, you can hold your hands above your food/water (or imagine doing so) in order to activate its enzymes and life force.  A highly love-infused blessing will increase vibration, too.

4) Raw cacao, provided you treat it with reverence and love, and not just as “candy.” Consider raw cacao in the same category as tobacco or alcohol, both sacred substances, which can become addictive or vibration lowering if abused.  Raw cacao in small, loving, deliberate doses can have the effect of opening and softening the heart, inviting bliss and increased awareness.  If you don’t feel it, don’t worry.  No one’s making you eat raw cacao!  You will know if it resonates with you.

5) Spirulina and/or E3Live.  These tiny, ancient organisms bring us closer to the original, watery love-vibe of Mother Earth.

6) Organic Goji Berries. A Tibetan wonder, perhaps the most studied “superfood,” goji berries visibly raise the vibration of people who regularly consume them.  I can usually “pick out” the goji eaters or goji drinkers in a crowd.

And speaking of the King of Hearts, let’s not forget the tea! You can have a (medicinal) tea party any time of day or night with herbal wonders like pau d’arco, tulsi or licorice — all of which act as adaptogens and adrenal support. Less stress effect and better health=higher vibration. More please!

This excerpt was originally published 10/10/08 as part of a longer article on Laura Bruno’s Blog.

Green Bliss Smoothie

July 28, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


The trick to making any major change is to embrace the process and go gradually. Earlier this year I began to explore raw foods with an open-ended intention: to arrive at a way of eating that fully supported my mind, body and spirit and that left me feeling vibrant, balanced and aware. A few months in I added the intention to have a daily green smoothie. At first I would have one a few times a week, and now 7 months later I look forward to it each morning.

I love experimenting with all the beautiful superfoods out there and devour books and blogs and videos on raw foods daily. My latest favorite is something I’m calling Green Bliss. It’s the richest, loveliest emerald green and maybe it’s just my changing taste buds, but I sometimes think it’s too delicious to be a plant-powered healing potion.

This green smoothie is especially beneficial for women and is ultra-rich in key nutrients like iron, Omega fatty acids, calcium and protein, plus powerful phytonutrients that fight disease. These nutrients are also calming to the nervous system and tissues. I swear you can feel your body coming alive as you drink! Try one when stressed out, having PMS or to move past a craving. The deep level of nutrition will satisfy what your body is really asking for. You’ll find yourself alkalized and revitalized with a steady source of high-vibration energy coursing through your being. To make it simply combine all of the following ingredients in a blender and whip it up. Read more »

Meditating to Free the Mind – Celebrate Your Dreams part 2

July 27, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Video


Welcome to part 2 of Celebrate Your Dreams: Meditating to Free the Mind. We are only a breath away from freedom, love and connection. Live in your essence now!

If you haven’t seen part 1 yet, click here to view.

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Each video has an accompanying worksheet to deepen your experience. To receive the worksheets simply add your name to our email list and check the “Celebrate Your Dreams” interest box in the confirmation/profile settings email you receive. The worksheets will be automatically sent to you within 24 hours of confirmation. Email us or comment below with questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!

Touch Yourself

July 22, 2010 By: Chiron Armand Category: Mind Body Spirit


From foot washing to henna adornment, human touch plays an important role in innumerable world traditions. Contrary to the popular belief that the spirit resides outside of the body’s needs and all attention paid to our vehicles is vanity, we find physically nurturing practices in abundance. Our very skins, muscles, and sinews are portals for our souls to experience the outside world and recognition and care thereof has intuitively been embedded in numerous religions.

While a massage from a friend or a rite of passage tattoo can alter our perspectives, the element of self-care is one that deserves a great deal of attention as well. If one adheres to the Law of Attraction which states that like attracts like, we find that the attention we pay to ourselves and our own needs in turn draws attention and nurturance to us. It’s as if the touch of our own hand beckons the touch of the Universe and beginning this work, rather than feeling dependent upon others, creates a rippling effect through many hands and hearts.

In his book Two Flutes Playing, Andrew Ramer discusses our bodies as the focal point for experiencing true joy. Neglect of our bodies results in many of us never truly reaching the joy potential that is inherently ours. This joy is not a privilege based on bodies of certain sizes, shapes, or hues, but simply a recognition of the powerful tool that our bodies are for us as spirits having a physical experience. His suggestion: every morning, touch yourself upon waking. Touch every inch, blessing your parts along the way and thanking them for the work they do and for their beauty, whether or not you choose to be aware of it moment to moment. You’ll feel the difference. No matter where you are in your relationship with your body, touch it. Adorn and massage this doorway. It’s yours, for you and your joy, until it’s gone.

St. Francis and the Sow

July 21, 2010 By: admin Category: Poetry


Welcome to a beautiful reading of Galway Kinnell’s poem St. Francis and the Sow by Roger Housden, with Celedra in Roger’s cozy home.

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Meditation to Ease Away Stress & Anxiety

July 20, 2010 By: Janna Chin Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


Ease away stress and anxiety with simple mediation for the soul

Mantra Meditation is a very simple method of meditation practice involving focusing of the mind and senses on sacred sounds that bring the mind and body into harmony. A mantra is not an ordinary material sound. It is a sacred sound vibration.

Benefits of Mantra Meditation

  • Your mind is drawn away from material stresses and anxieties. No material sound or activity can effectively accomplish this.
  • The mind becomes rested, peaceful and satisfied. Mantras have a purifying effect on the mind and heart.
  • Gradually, your mind and heart becomes cleansed of anger, envy, & arrogance. In time, you will develop more tolerance, patience, concern, & love for others.
  • Confusion and illusion become cleansed from your mind and heart, and you will experience your true identity.

Gauranga Breathing (pronounced Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah)

1. Sit comfortably.
2. Let your breathing become slow and deep.
3. Relax your body with each exhalation.
4. When your breathing is more relaxed, begin the meditation by saying “Gauranga”- in your mind as you inhale.
5. When you exhale, say “Gauranga” out loud. Stretch out the sound so that it takes up the whole exhalation.
6. Allow yourself to feel the vibrations of the Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah sound.
7. Continue repeating the Gauranga sound for 5-10 minutes to relieve your mind and body of stress and tension.
8. When practiced daily, this simple meditation can relieve anxiety, stress, depression and can also be used as an effective coping skill during stressful moments throughout the day.

Celebrate Your Dreams part 1

July 19, 2010 By: celedra Category: About Us, Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, The Longing

The beginning of a 10 part series in becoming free! Your authentic, beautiful essence is awaiting revelation and it is a breath away. Using the metaphor of a garden, we will weed out and unfold the essence of who you are.

Each video has an accompanying worksheet to deepen your experience. To receive the worksheets simply add your name to our email list and check the “Celebrate Your Dreams” interest box in the confirmation/profile settings email you receive. The worksheets will be automatically sent to you within 24 hours of confirmation. If you are already on our email list you will automatically receive the worksheets.

Love to hear your feedback and comments. Love to you!

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The Hidden Secrets Of Growing Old

July 15, 2010 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson


The Hidden Secrets Of Growing Old ~ Part 1:Pentimento

Sitting here on a May morning, curled up in my favorite spot on the chintz sofa in front of the picture window in our living room, I’m gazing at a single salmon colored rose just peeking out of its bud cover. It seems to glow with its own light. Slowly my view spreads out, easing into the quiet of the young day and drifting across Olive Avenue to the poplars in the distance.

A gust of wind shudders through the light green sheets of leaves, when—amazing!—a cold wet sting of ocean breeze slaps me in the face. In an instant, I’m smelling the briny whiff of the Atlantic Ocean as surely if I were back on the beach I used to walk as a child. How is it possible—a November wind bringing its salty self across half a century of time and a continent of space as I sit here on a summer morning in California?

This must be what my friend Joan meant some forty years ago when she told me about pentimento. I was in my early thirties then and Joan, who seemed very old to me, was in her late fifties. We’d just finished a long hike through in the green hills of southern Ontario. It must have been June because school was out and wildflowers were everywhere. We were resting on the grass, drinking from our canteens and gazing out over a field of willowy flowers with centers composed of tiny white blossoms.

“Queen Anne’s Lace,” Joan told me.

I was admiring them in my usual extravagant way, remarking on the delicacy of their faces and the graceful way they swayed in the wind.

“Where you see the flowers,” Joan replied, “I see a pentimento.”

I’d never heard the word. “It’s a painter’s term,” she said. “Canvas is so expensive that artists sometimes paint over their old pieces to have fresh surfaces. For awhile, this works just fine. The new painting completely obscures the old one. But in time the top layers grow transparent with age and then the earlier images bleed through. That’s pentimento.”

“Pentimento,” I repeated, liking the pleasant staccato of the word in my mouth.

“It comes from the Italian meaning ‘repentance,’” Joan told me. “Because the painter has changed his mind about the composition. But still, after awhile, the original is there too.” Read more »

Joyful Eating

July 14, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


If you are on a spiritual path you have, or likely will, examine what, when, and how you eat and question whether or not it serves your highest intentions. Intuition, facts, experience and other information can be used to arrive at a way of eating that is both joyful and health-promoting.

Within minutes of eating something it is being broken down by your highly efficient digestive system and the various elements of the food are making their way through every cell of your body. It’s not just a simple in-one-end-and-out-the-other kind of process. What we eat becomes what we are, so why not eat the most vibrant and natural foods possible?

When we nourish ourselves in a way that directly connects us to nature we align our highest physical,  mental and spiritual aspirations and are likely to find the sense of struggle around eating give way to ease.

More and more people are experiencing the uplifting, balancing and rejuvenating benefits of a high-raw plant-based diet.  A plant-based diet not only provides us with abundant energy, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, amino acids and other essential nutrients, but it is easiest on our environment and is the only truly compassionate way to eat.  We honor the sacredness of all beings – ourselves and the animals – when we choose to eat from the plant kingdom.

As I write I’m sipping my daily green superfood smoothie. Today it’s an invigorating and spicy-sweet blend of kale, ginger,  orange juice, mango, banana, hemp seeds, maca and MSM.  With each sip of this potent meal I can feel my cells activating, opening and welcoming all the healing and life-force giving nutrients.  With gratitude I reflect upon how this meal all came together: picking the kale from a dear friend’s garden last weekend; riding my bike on a hot sunny day to the co-op for the hemp seeds and maca; and taking the time to lovingly peel, slice and freeze the bananas and mangoes in my bright, window-filled kitchen.

Three times each day we all eat. That’s three opportunities to choose food that promotes vibrance, compassion, and energy. Three opportunities to offer a prayer of gratitude for the simple perfection of nature. Make each meal a celebration of life itself and watch the very foundation of your own life begin to shift toward strength, vitality, ease and joy!

Mind Body Spirit Love Fest

July 12, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


How can we not feel fabulously in love with life when we meditate, exercise and drink that scrumptious green drink in the morning!

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