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September CAM Gem Journal

September CAM Gem Journal

MINDFULNESS WHILE FOOD SHOPPING, A YUMMY NETTLES PANCAKE RECIPE EVERYONE WILL LOVE AND DIVE INTO THE DEEP BEAUTY OF SMOKEY QUARTZ

Bulk and Farmers Market Shopping: How to be Prepared

One of the easiest places where I've seen people become more conscious about their plastic consumption is at the market. How many times have we all unconsciously put oranges in a thin plastic bag before putting it in our cart? It's literally the most needless use of plastic because oranges have their own natural casing! Once you start you can't unsee all the ways we over use plastic while grocery shopping.
   
When going to the market it's all about being prepared. I usually keep my wax canvas bag in my back seat with several cotton produce bags and maybe two glass jars for things like quinoa or rice. These items are often in the bulk section and much cheaper than buying them prepackaged version. On a practical note bulk shopping makes a very pleasing pantry because everything is in matching containers as opposed to a random assortment of packaging.
   
Feel free to DM or email me with  any questions about shopping at the farmers market or the bulk section of your local store. Once you do a few times you'll develop your own system and then it becomes an easy routine like anything else. 
  
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Infusions and Green Pancakes

A lot of the recipes that you see using spinach can easily be swapped out for fresh nettles. To be clear nettles are a weed that grows jus about anywhere and everywhere. Out here you might also see them seasonally at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays. If you decide to take a risk and go foraging please remember they sting and fresh nettles should ALWAYS be handled with groves. Before eating or drinking them you blanch them in hot water. 
  
The below is my favorite nettles pancakes recipe that I make for the whole family. You'll end up making about 6 pancakes and they turn out bright green but honestly just end up tasting like banana and cinnamon. 
  
Ingredients 
1 cup oats 
1 cup blanched nettles
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1/2 cup milk of your choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt

Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a food blender. You will end up with beautiful bright green pancake batter. 
  2. Cook your batter in a cast iron skillet with coconut oil. You can also use a non-stick skillet with light coconut oil.
  3. Lastly, add your favorite toppings to your green pancakes. I love adding peanut butter and elderberry glycerin to mine and Dakotas. The elderberry has many immune boosting properties, so I love to use it whenever I can. 
      

Smokey Quartz

Smoky Quartz is a stone of deep commitment. She is filled with integrity, and is wanting the same fullness to reside in you. Smoky Quartz understands the beauty of leading a life with integrity as a priority, and that is all she wishes to bring to you. She is about loyalty, to the self first and foremost, and to those ideals and values that we hold dear as well. She is a gentle reminder of the commitment we hold towards the human race, Mother Earth, and our highest evolution. She is also a wonderfully grounding stone, offering us her protective presence.
  
Use this stone to bring grounding and protection to yourself and your space. Placing it near an entrance is powerful protection magic, as well as placing it near your bed while you sleep to ward off nightmares or insomnia. The energy of protection is sometimes the most calming thing.
  
Smokey Quartz and energy information provided by the radiant Ashley Abbott. Be sure to check out her sacred crystal collection and follow her daily journey on instagram. 
  

 

 

Mother The Mother 

I'm featured in this podcast by postpartum Doula McLean Mcgown. We spoke about the creative process as a mother, birth and how relaxing in the moment can often change your perspective. 

listen here

  

Chanting the Chakras: Roots of Awakening by Layne Redmond

This is an album I love to play during a morning tea session. It helps you drop into the rhythm and allows you to journey inward.

listen here

  

Local Community Awareness

Tea sits at AYAM

Saturday at 10:30am
Sunday at 6:00pm

Monday at 8:30pm

Yoga at RaMa Institute

9/2 - 9/5 at 9:00am
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Guru Jagat 
  

RaMa TV  

 I usually love traveling and doing Cha Dao outside on the road. However, traveling with a little one has changed that a bit for me and I am not able to keep my tea and tea-ware as  safe as I'd like to. Since I generally have my computer with me, I've dove deeply back into me kundalini practice. My teacher Guru Jagat created an amazing platform that not only streams live classes and workshops from the Venice location. It's nice to sit and listen to the lecture portion of the class which is generally the first 30 minutes, then dive into Kriya. RaMa TV is a great tool for me to stay on top of my practice, which has been challenging to do on a regular basis with a toddler.  

watch here

 

HAVE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE

Full Moon in Aquarius PLUS Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon in Aquarius PLUS Lunar Eclipse

Happy Full Moon in Aquarius and as I write this we are in the process of a lunar eclipse.

We are just checking all the boxes for intense astrological events this month. Especially with our second Leo New Moon in 2 weeks. 

As many of you know and practice Full Moons are about releasing, but with this astro combination that idea is intensified. With Aquarius energy writing is always a fantastic idea. Today write down what elements you've been shoving to the background and hiding in the dark. What patterns have you resolved yourself to? Those are the ones we need to bring to the surface and burn today. This is a special time that will allow us to shed things we never thought possible.

This energy doesn't end with today however. Tomorrow 8/8 we enter into the peak of the Lionsgate portal (worth googling 😉) and then on to that Leo new moon. For the next two weeks I would really try to stay as conscious and present in your daily life as humanly possible. Attempt to communicate and create consciously even in mundane daily tasks. Do things with intention and thought.

 

My overall motto during this time will be:

ENERGY FLOWS WHERE ATTENTION GOES.

Full Moon In Scorpio

Full Moon In Scorpio

Maybe I have a special affinity for this intense Scorpio moon because I have double Scorpio in my chart with my moon and rising sign. There is never anything casual about the watery emotional depths of Scorpio as it governs transformation, death and sex (read: intimacy).

This Flower Moon is giving a forceful pull, beckoning you to fulfill your Dharma (life's purpose). 

While the Full Moon often carries the theme of release, Scorpio takes this a step further demanding change in order to fulfill your dharma. Change is coming and change is constant. The only aspect of change we can control is our reaction.

How do you read the above image? Are you drowning in the waters of change? OR are you cleansing in the watery depths of our feminine energy only to emerge stronger? The later seems intense, but the transmutation of that energy is powerful. 

Change is building and intuition is riding high. Take time today to sit alone and identify the changes that have been pushing at your soul. What are you resisting about those opportunities? How can you flip the script to find power in these actions? If you release anything, release the resistance and excuses. Dive into the water. Think Transmutation instead of Change.