The Raw Zinger Mousse

The Raw Zinger Mousse is pretty special why? Well it’s a dessert so that makes it a treat, but unlike most desserts/treats that leave you feeling slightly naughty and guilty this little warrior is a healer and especially at this time of year with a rise in coughs, colds, flus and overall poor health.
The Zinger part of the mousse is a jewel of the healing world turmeric, which in short dries up the mucous and removes it safely from your body, it is so awesome you could be suffering from tonsillitis and rather than suffer the best part of 1-2 weeks you could be on your way to great health in just a couple of days when you add this little jewel to your pantry. Like all things in life the magic occurs when your in a relationship and for this Zinger relationship we have coupled turmeric with ginger, which needs no introduction, we all no this fiery root is a great healer.
As usual I put together this dessert with no attention to detail, but simply through feeling the balance of the flavours as I was creating it and I encourage you to do the same remember mistakes are ok and it’s better to make mistakes and learn than follow blindly in my humble opinion. Below are the ingredients I used:

Ingredients:

Fresh Turmeric Root
Fresh Ginger root
Filtered water (about 300ml)
1tbsp – coconut oil
1 – Avocado
2 tbsp – Cacao powder
1 – pinch Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp – spirulina powder
Cashew nuts
Flax seeds
6 – fresh dates (pitted)

Method:

Take the skin of the turmeric and ginger and place all ingredients into a high speed blender (vita mix or similar), you will need a high speed blender if adding the cashew nuts and flax seeds, if you don’t have a high speed blender leave those ingredients out; you can grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder if you have one of those. Pour the smooth mixture into your serving bowls and place in the fridge, the longer you leave them in the fridge the harder they will set. Take out sprinkle some hemp seeds or anything else you wish to on top and dive into your Zinger for great health.

Another great use for turmeric is tea:

Ingredients:

Fresh Turmeric
Lemon
Fresh Ginger
Honey

Method:

Blend the ingredients in a blender except the honey, then place in a sauce pan and heat. Pour the tea through a strainer and then add the honey. Cheers to great health.

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach

Bowing Meditation (Day 55)

The last 5 days of bowing have been a struggle in one sense; finding motivation to actually complete the bowing has been both challenging and insightful; insightful because I know that I always feel better after completing my practice; I have noticed that I am healing physically, emotionally and spiritually, which is both great and should be a source of motivation, for this reason it is insightful because I am finding it hard to motivate myself to take part in something that I know is good for the whole of me and then this reflected to me another insight about my life; how often do I put of doing things that are good for me because my motivation is low?

The challenge was despite the lack of motivation to get into the practice each day and not give up; giving up is easiest and most likely when I lack motivation to do something, but for the reasons stated I knew I could not give up and so I bowed my 300 bows each day.

The actual practices themselves have not been challenging and have actually been very insightful and healing. The main insight I had was that if I bowed faster than my thoughts my body temperature raised I would sweat, but I found a rhythm that was peaceful and flowing and I realised that my previous pace was caught in the ego by this I mean I would bow at pace that allowed me to think and analyse too much; where as when I picked up the pace, let go of tension and simply bowed my thoughts were a lot less and I noticed I had accumulated a lot more energy for my meditation practice afterwards.

This may seem counter intuitive to move faster to gain more energy! the truth is in the practice and I would say in my early sessions I would have tired instead of feeling re-energised, this is for many reasons, but the one that matters is the mind would still have been distracting me from the experience I was having for example when I was pushing mysef faster and thoughts such as I can’t keep going at this pace for another 50 bows would come in and so the mind would add extra fatigue onto the practice.

Now through this practice I have found I can calm the mind and energise the body, the calming of the mind comes from simply focusing on the bowing and the breath and nothing else, other thoughts come in to the mind for sure and I may find myself distracted for 5 or 6 bows, but if my focus is simple I can bring the mind back to the practice and keep going, it is the present mind that allows a fast paced bowing session to be re-energising instead of exhausting, another way of looking at it, if I bow fast with the intention of completing my practice quicker I may find myself fatigued by the end, but if I bow faster with the intention of allowing the mind to be in the present moment and no thought of the goal of completion an interesting thing happens! I arrive at my destination quicker and full of energy, at least this is what I have observed through my experiences over the past 55 days.

I can only say that at the moment I feel stronger, calmer and more peaceful than I have been for a long time and my bowing practice is a big factor in arriving at that state.

To you all in great health and wishing you happiness for your own journeys.

Matt

Bowing Meditation (day 50)

Day 50 has arrived and gone and I am finding it increasingly difficult to put to words what I am experiencing.
The week of bowing following the marathon 3000 bows has been a very deep and an interesting experience on many levels. To begin with I had to deal with the fact my knees were recovering from the 3000 bows and this took pretty much the whole week, but something interesting happened today; I noticed I was bowing with no pain in the knees and they were together as were my ankles, which for me doesn’t happen, I bow with my feet beginning at shoulder width apart; so to have them together pain free and with no conscious mind involved as in I had no intention to bow knees and ankles together it simply happened it felt great and that was that.
The next obstacle I was faced with was anger and I was caught of guard here for the simple reason it was my teacher who brought it to my awareness, let me explain. I completed the 3000 bows and there was no two ways about it I was angry, I was angry at being angry the only emotion to go to from there was rage, I think I did for a brief moment, but I carried on none the less and was proud of my achievement; 2 days later I met with my teacher hoping for a pat on the back instead I got a reality check, I was told my session smelt of anger (embarrassing but true) that I approached the bowing with a ‘I can do it arrogance’ and simply missed the bigger picture. Now when you have dug deep and are still sore from your excavations your rear guard kicks in and with some more anger I fought the accusation of anger (oops) I had unwittingly demonstrated the behaviour/emotion i was accused of, which left only one action! Reflection. No one had ever called me arrogant and whilst I knew I got angry I did not realise I carried anger and arrogance with me and allowed them to rule over my experience of life; so the talk I received from my teacher was exactly what I needed to hear albeit not what I wanted to hear and I commend her for her bravery as its not easy to tell others what they need to hear.
My bowing practice has hence transformed and I carried on with forgiveness and added forgiveness for being angry and arrogant and allowing myself to feel those emotions and accept them and that in itself has been very healing and transformative. The anger weighs more than I knew, it has only been since I off loaded it that I know what light feels like – I have a way to go I can still feel tension / anger in my chest and on my shoulders but each day I let go of some more and the load becomes less to carry. An interesting observation I made was I was using anger to remove anger from my body how? When I exercise I grit my teeth and thrash it out so to speak (hence yin yoga and Qi gong have been great for me to balance) so I would sweat out the old anger and replace it with a fresh store and the tragedy was I was unconscious of the whole process before; now I can sweat and work strong, but have a smile on my face and feel light, I am not forcing I am being (hard to explain but those who practice Qi gong and other energy practices will hopefully understand) before I would feel tired and sore (similar to how I felt after 3000 bows) but now I feel re-energised and full of vitality, which gives me extra motivation to keep practicing.
I am half way through the 100 days and feel much better for it, I still have lots to heal and much to learn about myself, I am for the most part enjoying this journey of self discovery and self healing, but their are times when old habits surface and tempt me to go back and so I guess I have no real way of knowing which way the pendulum will swing and where this is going.

For now good night and great health and happiness to you all

Matt

Bowing Meditation – 3000 Bows

On day 44 of my journey completing 300 bows for 100 days something happened! My teacher and guide Mater Choi Nim asked me to complete 3000 bows; I was surprised by my initial reaction Yes let’s do it, when can we do it? Then my rational mind sprung to life after Master Choi Nim mentioned we could I could complete the 3000 bows the following day. I asked, how long does that take as it dawned on me 300 bows was taking 1 hour more or less depending on how I was feeling, the reply was 8 1/2 – 10 hours! All of sudden I said oh yeah I can do that, but can we wait until next week – more for my mind than my body. That evening however, I messaged Master Choi Nim to confirm I could come in and complete my 3000 bows the next day, I had recognised my mind wanted to wait and put this task off as it seemed daunting and yet I remembered my initial response before thought was yes and I knew then my soul had decided now was the time.
I had to set some visions for 2014 a way of committing to paper my intentions behind bowing. I always struggle at this point as I have far to many visions for one piece of paper and then struggle focusing on the ones that are of greatest importance to me at this moment, but after I simply cleared my mind and committed to paper my visions for 2014 this is what I wrote:

Grow my Soul,
Complete the Brain Management Training course through Dahn Yoga,
Master my energy,
Heal my ailments,
Create a successful holistic health coaching business
Start a new life in Costa Rica as part of a sustainable Eco friendly community with my family.
Live.

At 10 am I had my visions laid out before me and yoga mat ready to journey with me through 3000 bows and so this adventure begun. The first 600 – 700 bows were ok in fact despite pain in both knees, which was eased by me loving my knees and telling them they are strong and awesome I enjoyed those first bows; this was in part due to the fact the Friday class was taking part next door and I could feel their energy and the upbeat music gave me extra strength, but by the time the students had left the centre and everything became quiet the pleasant and enjoyable experience was over.
From 800 – 1500 bows the pain, which simply became a whole body stiffness and when you need the joints to open and move freely stiffness is not good and I tried going faster to build heat and going slower to soften, I also repeated my mantras of forgiveness, acceptance and surrender, which helped a little bit, but that stiff pain would not shift except surprisingly from the knees who appeared to have found a rhythm and for this I was grateful.
The greatest struggle I had in the first 1500 bows was if the pain was adamant on staying and only getting increasingly more uncomfortable how was I going to A make it passed the 1500 and then B complete the final 1500 which could be another 5 hours of continual bowing. This line of thought and questioning was not a good place to be in simply because I was dwelling in a place I was only approaching, but not yet in. I had to get me into the present and I chose to focus on the counting and boxing them in boxes of tens and only focus on those 10s and not the 1000s ahead of me, this helped but the monkey mind thanx to the pain was in hyper drive.
At 1500 bows I had to change rooms this was a welcome break and I also grabbed a drink of water because another thing I was not able to was get my energy flowing properly – the energy flow principle is simple: water up (saliva in the mouth) and fire down (warm belly), in recent weeks I thought I had this mastered, but it would appear no as my mouth was bone dry and I needed the toilet for the best part of 2 hours so the water was down and the fire was up. The break whilst it was welcomed led to my greatest challenge Anger! When I started the final 1500 bows I was angry, the pain was still there, stiffness, soreness, neck and shoulders, back and hips were all complaining plus my dry mouth returned and now I turned into a gas ball, which also led to very interesting sensations in my gut; my mind was in over drive it was finding every reason and excuse to be angry, to complain, to moan and to give up.
In one moment of anger where my body was falling like a pile of wood to the floor (as I was stiff) and then very un gracefully getting back up just to fall down again, I roared and hit a fist to the ground releasing my anger and clearing my mind for long enough to say Matt f**k (apology for the use of language, I simply include it to get across my state at that moment) your visions, your new focus is simple: DON’T GIVE UP, whatever happens now you are going to get through this, it may not feel like a spiritual experience, it may not feel pleasant, it may not feel anything like you had expected or anticipated and thats ok, you are going to let all that go and keep going, get back into your now count your boxes of 10 smile and get through.
The truth is I ploughed through I made it to the end in 7 1/2 hours and could not move a muscle accept the one that smiled simply because if nothing else I didn’t give up, which made me feel like I had grown my soul and I also recognised that the release of anger, the gas, the sweat and the pain in general were all healing signs and I also realised that by not giving up even when every cell of my being was asking me, shouting for me to I kept going, which means I have the strength to achieve all my visions. Life rarely shows up how you expected it to, but it does always bring what you need.

To you all in great health

Matt
The Yoga Health Coach

Bowing Meditation (day 38-42)

Well the past 5 sessions have been pretty gruelling and this always seems to happen when you think you have a rhythm going.
I have continued to bow for forgiveness and have learnt that much of my pain over the past five sessions has been in the form of forgiving judgements and expectations that I had made/placed on both myself and others. I found myself digging deep to keep going over these 5 days as the mentioned emotions made their way through me and out of me and I have found it is only possible to release these emotions when sincerely practicing forgiveness; to explain this you can grit your teeth and push yourself through the practice and at times especially at the beginning I have done this, but you do not heal the trapped emotion/negativity because both the mind and body are tense, but when you practice with forgiveness, surrender and acceptance you keep going and you feel the emotion/energy move through you and in some cases releasing out of you and this is achieved because forgiveness, surrender and acceptance encourage the mind, body and soul to relax, which creates an opportunity to heal and grow.
As I mentioned I had to dig deep to get through, but not force; my digging deep was inwards a journey towards complete forgiveness and peace and I have to dig deep because over my life I have placed many layers of protection over my soul, why? trying not to get hurt I guess or simply not understanding what I was experiencing as I was growing up and not validating my own experience of life, leaving me doubting my abilities and not trusting myself; now the interesting thing about all that is I have always been considered a confident outgoing person, but I have found the costume I wore was covering who I truly am and I only wore it because it was accepted and expected if I wanted to fit in; to clarify I am confident and very sociable, however before I was acting now as I bow and do my practice my confidence and true self is manifesting and becoming more authentic, I have become much more positive and grateful, looking for the silver lining in every situation and that in itself is enriching my experience of life.
I have learnt from bowing, yoga and ki gong that the practice on the mat and what you observe is reflective of your life as a whole, the practices mentioned have given me a great opportunity to observe and discover me and at times that’s amazing at other times when you get shown your habits that reflect how you have been sabotaging your own life are great, but hard to digest because habits are habits they don’t like to shift easily and each time I practice I heal myself in a way that words cannot do justice.

To you all in great health.

Matt

is why I continue bowing to look deeper into who I am and heal the habits that keep me from becoming/recognising my true self.

Bowing Meditation (35-37)

Days 35-37 have been special, Adele my wife has decided to commit to 21 days of bowing and opting to simply complete as many bows as she can in the time it takes me to complete 300.
There is something humbling about the feeling you experience when you observe someone at the beginning of their journey; it brought back memories of how it was for me at the beginning: slapping my hands down, huffing and puffing, complaining, laughing and talking, essentially i would do anything to distract my mind from the task at hand. Having been there observing Adele as she bowed in for the first 30 or so bows I was overtaken by humour and found myself uncontrollably laughing to the point my belly ached, because she was simply chatting and complaining non stop, then I had empathy and compassion; finally I was very impressed she kept going and has done so for the last 3 days.
For me despite that first day where I laughed and lost my centre I have been bowing simply for forgiveness and so when the bowing gets tough I remind myself of my purpose and I find new strength, I must also add Adele’s presence over the last 3 days has been good for the soul and as a result I have felt stronger. It’s an interesting phenomenon that when you bow by yourself its much more challenging than when there’s more of you bowing at the same time, it reminds me of the old saying united we stand and divided we fall, for me at least these past 3 days have confirmed that as a team working together we are much stronger and connected.
Until the next time.

To you all in great health

Matt

Bowing Meditation (34)

Day 34 of 300 bows begun with the energy of anger, which surprised me because it was New Year’s Eve and I was in good spirits all day, but when an emotion arises it rises and I have learnt to except whatever may come my way. Despite the anger I found myself pretty calm throughout the practice, which again was a surprising observation as irritation and cranky oh and grumpy usually accompany anger, but not this time.
Going into the practice with anger and yet recognising calmness I used the session as an opportunity to clean the internal self, anger is fire and fire is metabolism and true enough the pores of the skin opened and the aggression left; by the time the practice was completed anger had gone and calm was left, which left a wonderful opportunity to sit in meditation and play with the energy that the practice had built.

Happy New year everyone.

Matt