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When was the last time you had a really good look at your tongue? It’s normally something we take for granted. However, the appearance of the tongue is considered an important diagnostic tool in Eastern medicine. Alongside pulse, nail and facial diagnosis, experienced Ayurvedic practitioners use tongue analysis to detect health issues that may take years to show up on conventional medical tests.
All the same, once we establish the basic gist of tongue mapping, it’s an easy enough practice to do on our own.
The tongue shows when we are in toxic overload, as indicated by the coating on the tongue — which is referred to as ama (or waste) in Ayurveda. Ama is a byproduct of the detoxification we experience at night while sleeping. If we leave this film on the tongue after awaking, we reabsorb the toxins back into the system, which in turn taxes our health. However, if we scrape this coating away first thing before eating or drinking, we’ve taken an effective step towards maintaining vitality.
Before we dive into the actual practice of tongue scraping, let’s have a look at the benefits of tongue diagnosis. According to Svastha Ayurveda, it can alert us to:
Since each area of the tongue is associated with a particular organ, we can observe if a certain system is under duress. Take for example the front of the tongue, which is related to the heart and lungs. If we have an issue in one or both of these areas, it will show up in the form of swelling, a filmy coating, discoloration, bare patches, cracks or creases.
The same for the liver, spleen and stomach area that falls in the center region of the tongue. The back is associated with the kidneys, small intestine and colon, where toxicity in these organs will manifest as a coating, usually yellowish or white in coloring. The tip of the tongue corresponds to the thyroid and the vertical center represents the spine.
Tongue coating and coloring
Teeth marks on the side of the tongue
A crack down the center of the tongue
Multiple cracks spanning the tongue surface
Indentation in the heart area of the tongue
Small red papillae on the surface
A simple method to detoxify each day is to scrape the tongue upon waking and before brushing your teeth. Taking a few minutes in the morning to clean the tongue will improve dental health and breath, reduce mouth bacterial load and remove harmful toxins from the body. It can also enhance your sense of taste.
To begin, you will need a tongue scraper made of metal (gold, silver, copper, tin, brass or stainless steel). In a pinch, you can use the side of a spoon.
Sheila Patel, M.D. of the Chopra Center recommends the following protocol:
From an Ayurvedic perspective, this ancient practice stimulates the organs, reduces illness, improves digestion and increases clarity of mind.
“You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served.” ~Nina Simone
In my short life, I have left many jobs or situations. Some might call this “quitting.” Why has quitting gotten a bad rap?
Spiritual teachers and wise people often advise letting go of situations that are no longer right for you. It doesn’t seem like we’ve gotten this message. I don’t think quitting is such a bad word.
I quit my job just recently. And I feel great. Other things that I have chosen to leave: multiple jobs, a few relationships, and one PhD program (more on that later).
Most people equate quitting to giving up. They think, “Oh, you just don’t feel like working anymore. Oh, you didn’t try hard enough.” This sort of thinking is what convinces people to stay in situations that are not serving them, not allowing them to be their best, or worse, hurting them (physically, emotionally, or spiritually).
The job that I recently decided to leave was having a damaging effect on my life. Even people who love me (bless their hearts) have told me to stay in my job.
It’s easy to let outside sources sway your decisions. Friends and family mean well, but they are not the ones living your life. You need to do what’s right for you. As I see it, it’s a strong decision to take a step that supports your health and well-being.
That’s not to say there won’t be consequences. I still need to pay my rent, buy food, and provide for my companion animals. It’s all possible with a bit of planning.
I accepted that my current situation was hurting my health. And so I quit. These are the reasons I am proud to be a “quitter”:
Yes, this is a legitimate reason. You are allowed to enjoy your life! Actually, I would encourage it.
If you’re not enjoying your life (the everyday, mundane parts), then something needs to change. You don’t always need an explanation. Following your heart is totally okay—you deserve it.
Life is constant change, and we are always growing (whether we admit it or not). I try to be intentional about this. Am I growing in the direction I want to?
This was a big reason I left a PhD program that I was enrolled in. The academic, competitive environment wasn’t teaching me how to be a version of myself that I wanted to be. I left so that I could continue growing on my path to being a kind, generous person who lives according to my values.
I think perseverance is a trait that we tend to over-value. Sticking it out is great—if you still believe in the goal and enjoy the work.
It’s expected that you won’t enjoy every minute; it’s called hard work for a reason. But sticking it out just for the sake of it? Not something I believe in.
If you’re no longer engaged in your work, it’s time for a change. You are not a failure. Plans change and that’s okay.
When you stand up for what you believe in and make bold life choices, it increases your self-confidence. You learn to trust your own judgment and your ability to deal with difficult situations.
You don’t always need to follow the crowd. As you learn to make decisions for yourself, you will become more and more confident in yourself. And after all, your life is for you.
Ah, the possibilities. I have been dreaming of starting my own businesses, working for myself, and living a more creative lifestyle for years. What was I waiting for?
It’s easy to make excuses when you have a day job. I told myself that I didn’t have time to work on my “passion projects.” I decided to make my whole life a passion project and in order to do that, I needed to create space by clearing out what’s not working. Goodbye, cubicle!
When you say “no” to something that’s not right for you, you are allowing yourself to say “yes” to the things that are.
I am proud of the times in my life that I have showed perseverance and gotten through something tough. But I think I am more proud of the times I have taken a leap.
I quit because I wanted better for myself, because I know I deserve it, and because I wanted to. I’m not advocating that everyone go out and quit their jobs today. But it’s important to keep assessing your life and see if you want to continue choosing what you chose in the past.
It’s okay to quit some things, or a lot of things, if you’re like me. You deserve your dream life. Now go get it.
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In Brazil, pigs are the center of an integrated farming system, in which they roam freely through and
sustain their own food forests.
If we're serious about getting away from factory farms and away from unsustenainably-grown, toxin-laden produce, this is what it looks like.
This is the commitment, this is what it takes. This is permaculture.
This film was shot in the outback of Brazil, in the State of Goiás, during an annual meeting of the International Permaculture Convergence, with members from around the world. It describes the zone-based, biodynamic system of permaculture.
Please forgive the light-brown-haired Brazilian host, who makes liberal use of the the S-word...but it's only because it's so central to the recycled, sustainable practice of biodynamic permaculture!
Video: (26 mins and change)
Notice how coordinated they all are. What do they all say in common? Love, love, love, love, love, love.
Natalie Glasson’s message hit the ball out of the park for me.
“An explosion of light is moving through the atmosphere waiting to penetrate your being.” (1)
“It may feel that everything that does not resonate with the light is protruding from your being, wishing to remain anchored within your being while also wanting to escape. This may create a chaos within you which will be experienced at different levels for each individual.”
“In the past it has been through chaos that light has been born. Again you are moving into an experience of inner chaos awakening to bring forth and allow an explosion of light into your being.”
Totally. And I’m ready for the light.
I just spent the morning feeling bummed out, before realizing that these emotions were arising to be experienced (finally) and let go of. All they want is for me to experience them and let the river of awareness carry them away.
“Chaos doesn’t have to be something which you are fearful of or shy away from because it is seemingly not spiritual or [impossible] to be enlightened when you experience chaos.
“However your reactions are the keys which allow you to move into a space of light within your being. Can you experience chaos within your being without fear and with a reaction or response of love? This is what is being asked of you.”
No, I cannot. Not yet. Not completely.
And then the piece de resistance:
“A light which is the supreme love of the Creator and will intensify the supreme love of the Creator within you will explode within your being, it will fill every cell with light and create a powerful realignment encouraging balance, healing, further Creator consciousness awareness and resonance with the Creator. Imagine if all misalignments, blockages and limitations were dissolved and your entire being was free to reform itself into an awakened and aligned version of yourself.”
This is the Light of the Self, the Christ, the Atman. This is the pearl of great price, the treasure buried in a field, the mustard seed that will grow into a great tree.
The message goes on to amplify what we may experience in this phase of our Ascension. It promises a fourth-chakra experience. We’ve already heard the Mother and AAM describe a seventh-chakra experience and a permanent heart opening in 2017.
One aspect of their report I’m hesitant to mention because we’ve all had such difficult experiences with dates. They predict this experience for most people will haopen between Dec. 21-26, 2015:
“Many people will experience an explosion of light within their beings sometime from the 21st – 26th December 2015, those who experience it during this time will either require the collective support of others achieving it at the same time to aid their activation or are supporting the collective in their experience. Those who do not require amplification from the collective consciousness of humanity will experience their light explosion with divine timing either before or after these dates.”
Eeek! Not another date. I can’t avoid mentioning it here but I won’t mention it again, I promise.
I maintain that it doesn’t have to be the sight of a bright Light that we experience from the impact of these energies. I believe it can also be an explosion in consciousness, the vision of one’s Chosen Ideal, or other manifestations. But the impact will be the same.
For me, this ability to look upon chaos without fear or reaction is what the growth movement aimed at. It’s what est was all about, Zen, Vipassana (certainly), and enlightenment intensives. To regard everything with the same loving glance, without judgment or reactivity.
My work with vasanas could be boiled down to: Are we willing and able to experience our past traumas, now, without reacting so that we can then let them be swept downstream by the river of awareness?
You and I have been having this conversation about major vasanas (or what Linda Dillon calls “core issues”) constantly for nigh on … oh … many years now. That conversation is now being declared a “global” imperative. It’s no longer a small and local conversation, but an inclusive, planetary one. I for one am swept away by the thought.
I don’t even know what it means. I feel finished with the subject and now the planet is being implicitly asked to master it. I guess this is what wayshowers do, right? Talk about the territory they’ve been through already?
“The chaos which is arising from within your being is beautiful. You may have already experienced it in the past few weeks.”
“Be experiencing it now or about to identify it within your being. It may feel all-consuming, familiar or simply a mild frustration and yet if you are willing to recognise the chaos with awareness and love, you will accept and ignite an explosion of light within your being.”
I’m up for that. Ready, aye, ready.
Holy mackerel. The rest of Sunday’s messages are also on love. A big push in consciousness must be on. Or that’s the way it seems to me.
Now to take pen in hand and continue drawing the new map of Ascension. Ascension has had long times of gradual elevation. If we were to see the Light of the Divine Child (Self, Christ, Atman) in a fourth-chakra moment of enlightenment, as the Andromedans suggest, then that would be one instance of Ascension being sudden.
I imagine that would be followed by another period of gradual ascent. And that too would be followed by another sudden moment of “ignition” – the sixth-chakra sight of the Light in all creation.
Then more gradual ascent and then the kundalini would reach the seventh-chakra and we’d have the sight of the Light transcending creation.
And finally, at the end of our current round of Ascension, the kundalini would double back to the heart through the nerve called the Atma Nadi and permanently open the heart in the experience of Sahaja Samadhi.
This is the manner in which Ascension can be said to be both sudden and gradual.
Oh, yes, and I mustn’t neglect this diary entry. At the beginning of writing this message, I was not in the transformed space. And now I am.
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