Where Are You Going? A Guide to What’s Next

There is no other step on the journey that happens as instantaneously as Surrender; but, it may take a very long time until we are ready to fully do so. When we do, our prior step of soul searching moves towards its end. Nearly simultaneously, the next step after Surrender – Healing – begins.

As we move deeper into the soul level of the journey, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate out the steps, for they overlap in a very non-linear way. Once we surrender, the opportunity is there for us to discover a higher power that is always available to assist us, we exercise our free will and allow it into our lives.

Surrender is about partnering with the Divine. It is about realizing that we are not alone and that we don't have to solve every dilemma by ourselves.

Indeed, as Einstein famously said, we can't solve problems at the same level of consciousness that created them. Surrender allows us to access a higher consciousness in order to transcend the problem and move to a new level entirely. Some call this grace. We call it empowerment.

love, #krishna

National Ice Cream Day 2017

National Ice Cream Day, one of the few food holidays actually worth getting excited about, is today, July 16!  That means ice cream vendors across America are celebrating by handing out all sorts of cups, cones, and other frozen treats for free. 
While some of the sweet deals such as sweet ice cream toppings — are better than others, you can safely expect to have ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and sprinkles dripping down your hand before the day is finished.

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Here are all the places around country with special deals for National Ice Cream Day.

16 Handles: Download coupon online or on mobile app at 16 Handles and bring it to this NYC’s self-serve frozen yogurt chain’s free four-ounce order from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on today, this Sunday.

Baskin-Robbins: Free samples of the new Mint Chocolate Chip will be given out to all customers at Baskin-Robbins on National Ice Cream Day. If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, though, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days. (By the way,  today is also when Starbucks is giving away free iced teas, and Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen donuts for 80 cents when you buy a dozen at regular price.)

Carvel: Buy any size cup or cone on Sunday, and you’ll get a second one for free.

Dippin’ Dots: Free mini cups of ice cream will be given out in a two-hour window on Sunday. Check with your local Dippin’ Dots store to find out when.

Friendly’s: For every $2.99 Friend-z ice cream order on Sunday, Friendly’s will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.

McDonald’s: Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required.

Whole Foods: If you want to celebrate at home, the organic grocer’s got a 2-for-$6 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints. Some stores will also hold “Sundae Fundae” sampling events throughout the day.

Cold Stone Creamery: Members of the chain’s My Cold Stone Club can take advantage of a a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) ice cream offer for the occasion.

Wendy’s: While the promotion is unrelated to National Ice Cream Day, the fast food chain has you covered with 50-cent Frostys.


Denny’s: Get a free banana split with the purchase of two entrees. Offer good only today July 16


Dairy Queen: July’s Blizzards of the Month are Frosted Fudge Brownie and Salter Caramel Blondie, discounts on blizzards.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Whether your favorite flavor is chocolate, vanilla or something more exotic, there are plenty of freebies, giveaways and discounts to celebrate.

Enjoy!

love, #krishna

 

Intuitive Eating: Baking Ballerina 

Baking, I’ve discovered over the years that it brings me joy and the sweetest kind of healing. 

The notion that baking could provide a form of therapy has been around for years, and growing up as being a professional ballerina for the NYC Ballet at age 14 brought upon a very strict food regime. Baked goods was such a “no-no” and have been restricted all my life from these foods. Until recently, it has become even more important to dive into baking and eating foods I naturally enjoy. 

Baking demands exact measurements and ingredients, and doing things at a slower pace can help you feel calmer. Baking also provides a sense of aromatherapy,  the smell of baked goods.. these kinds of scents tend to boost positivity and relaxation. 

Following a recipe is wonderful, but one of the best parts of baking comes with the decorating portion of the project where creativity comes into play. The opportunity to express yourself (yes, even if it’s just with icing) can improve well-being as well as your ability to communicate. 

To baking, 

love, #krishna  

Full Moon in Capricorn

This Sunday July 9th there is a Full Moon in Capricorn (17 deg), and you’re likely already feeling it!

 

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Full and New Moons are influencing us whether we realize it or not, The tide goes in and out with the moon’s new and full moon phases, and likewise our emotions are triggered by planetary movements. Knowing about what the planets are doing helps make sense of behavior and feelings.

 

What message does this Full Moon bring to us? There’s quite the feeling of electricity in the air, which can leave you feeling buzzed. This Full Moon is a degree away from Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun and Mars are opposing them in Cancer. Mars isn’t extremely close, but in this case we’re definitely feeling Mars energy, Pluto energy, and Saturn energy.

 

Full Moons amplify emotions and bring things to a head. Astrological events don’t create issues that aren’t already within you or around you somewhere. They bring things to the surface or to your attention so that they can be addressed, ideally in a healthy, positive way (that’s where knowing these triggers are happening becomes useful!). It presents a push to explore opportunities or get out of your comfort zone and express your needs.

 

The Full Moon may bring up questions like… Is there anything I’m not expressing? Are my needs or desires being fulfilled? Is there something in my life needing healing, closure, transformation or release?

 

This Full Moon is in practical, ambitious Capricorn, squaring Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter is all about expansion and abundance, and a square is a challenge and that can make things feel a bit tense. There may be some dreams you are really wanting to move into right now, The Full Moon brings your emotions to a climactic moment, so you could feel like you are about to explode, Don’t give up! This is a time to step away, take some deep breaths, do some yoga, go to a workout class, get out in nature, have a swim in the ocean, bake some cookies, anything to clear your head which is  being filled by a climax with intensity.

 

 

The Full Moon is pretty much right on Pluto. Pluto is all about deep, deep transformation. He’s about diving in to our shadow side and seeing what we’d usually rather avoid or confronting what we have a hard time owning about ourselves (both the good qualities and the not so good). Pluto asks us to look at how Power and Control are manifesting in our lives. Where is it appropriate to let go, surrender and trust your Soul to direct the show in ways you may not currently understand? Pluto helps us get clear on these lines, although we usually go through quite a bit of push/pull/resistance before we get to the clear part! Keep up and keep going!

 

Pluto will ruthlessly destruct anything we have outgrown, and whatever no longer serves us. Pluto gets you onto your highest evolutionary path, and he tends not to do it in a gentle way.  With this Full Moon right on Pluto, more people than usual will feel his energy and so be aware of the fact that this weekend can trigger a short yet intense dark night of the soul for some. Nurture yourself, take care of yourself and if you can, extend some nurturing to anyone in your circle who is going through a hard time. It is going to be a big Full Moon weekend for sure!

 

Transformative Blessings

love, #krishna

 

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Chai: Ancient Beverage 

Homemade chai ☕️ tea…

In heaven… and it’s no secret that tea is full of antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties. #chai calms the mind and this ancient beverage is treasured by people around the world for its delicious flavor and vital health benefits!

An important root used in Eastern medicine, ginger aids digestion, improves circulation and boosts the immune system. #cardamom helps detoxify the body and is found virtually in every Tibetan medicine formula. #cinnamon has wonderful digestive properties along with #clove #blackpepper #fennel and #blacktea as the botanical components have powerful health benefits that synergistically increase benefits.

love, #krishna

Indian Chai Recipe

Indian Chai

A Mind as Clear as Air Ocean Meditation

The ocean is a great place for meditation. At the beach, the boundaries between sand, sea and sky become one. It can be difficult to tell exactly where one ends and another begins. As waves reach the shore, they soak into the sand; crashing waves stir up sand, mixing it with water. Ocean mist rises as breaking waves curl around and splash through the air. This merger of water, earth and air can be a helpful creative visualization for meditation. 

With your body receiving the breath like sand receives water, allow the mind, your attention, to infuse all elements. The interaction of ocean and air creates bubbles in the water; the sand has space for air between each grain. As the air is present in both the water and sand, let your mind follow each movement and stay present with the breath and body until the breath serves to unite  mind and body just as the sea blends with the air and sand at the water’s edge. 

love, #krishna