Namaste Yogis & Yoginis,
The Vedic teaching “yatha Brahmanda, tatha Pindanda” roughly translates to the English equivalent of "as above, so below". Literally "as in the macrocosm, so in the microcosm". It teaches us that the truth is reflected everywhere, and as we look around we can see examples of what's happening in the larger world being the same for smaller "worlds". We observe the cycles of life and death around us - the seasons, day & night, harvesting cycles... and we take pause – I have heard it suggested that if this is how it is reflected in the world around us... is it not possible the same happens to us? on a soul level? we die and are reborn? The truth is, I have no idea. The Buddhists could be right, the Hindus, the Atheists, the Christians, the Muslims.... in some ways it's not really important. To me, what matters most is how I live my life right now. Am I living the best I can, being the most compassionate, the happiest, the clearest, the most truthful being I can be right now? All I know is that we have opportunities to die and be reborn every day, almost every moment. Every time we let our ego drop away and open ourselves to Truth, every time we practice Savasana, every time we sleep and wake up, every time we decide to let go of an old belief or pattern and embrace a new one. We are creating and re-creating ourselves all of the time – just as we see in Nature around us – shedding our skin, casting off our shells – and evolving! Of course we can resist – we see stagnancy in Nature too. Fetid, foul pools where the water has stopped flowing... but why would we want to? Luckily for us, we have a choice. To flow and grow, to resist and stagnate... even thought letting go can be a little scary or uncomfortable, the rewards are many.
What will you choose?
SPICY RICE RECIPE
Enjoy this delicious spicy rice dish from our Spring Yoga & Food day retreat – can't wait to see what we are going to make for the Summer one!!!
Cumin and coriander rice
These are approximate quantities (from memory from the Spring Yoga + Cooking Workshop) and you should always taste and adjust if necessary ;)
6 cups cooked brown rice (start with say 3-4 cups uncooked rice)
3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter or rice bran oil)
1 whole head of garlic (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
good quality salt (sea salt or himalayan salt)
Place your ghee, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin and coriander in a large fry pan and saute over medium heat for a few minutes until the garlic is soft. Mix the cooked brown rice in and salt to taste. Juice two of the oranges and then cut the pith (white bitter flesh underneath the skin) off the remaining two oranges and cut into small cubes.
Just before you serve, pour the orange juice over the rice once its hot and mix the cubes through. You can serve this lovely rice dish with fresh coriander, nuts and seeds or with a salad, curry or tagine.
Delish and wonderful for a slow burn carbohydrate meal. Enjoy xx Skye