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May: Holistic practices for growth and renewal.

The month of May is like a breath of fresh air, a whirlwind of excitement and possibility. This energy encourages us to step out of our comfort zones, explore new horizons, and embrace change with open arms. It's a time to be bold, to follow our curiosity, and to seek out new experiences that ignite our passion and drive for life.


The month of May, often associated with the full bloom of spring, offers a unique opportunity to embrace holistic practices that align with the season's energy of growth and renewal. 


With the influence of Number 5, we are reminded to approach challenges with a sense of adventure and a willingness to take calculated risks. By finding the perfect balance between stepping out of our comfort zone and staying grounded in reality, we can harness the transformative power of this vibrant energy.


"Number 5 represents the themes of travel, communication, the physical body, commerce, and a kind of restlessness that needs to break free from the monotony of routine. Planning a dedicated time-out from your usual responsibilities is essential to keeping the balance this month. It can be a “safety release valve,” in the sense that you have a planned escape from the pressures of your life. "


Internally, it could go something like this, “I’m having a tough time right now, but I know I’m getting out of town on Friday and heading to the mountains!”Nam Hari.



Tantric Numerology


The Karma of number 5 is imbalance, false martyrdom, gaps in communication, contradictions and self exile.


The Dharma of number 5 is balance, sacred sacrifice, transformative exchange, intuitive communication and paradox.


May brings the first fruit of the year. It is a month to use the sensory being to express the balance between change and continuity. Passing through the tests of time and space intuitively sensing the inter-relation between the moment and the place. Consciously tuning in to the lessons being learnt through the 5 senses and associated elements that give this body and all its experience.


The physical body is the Temple of the Divine. It asks for harmony and balance in all areas of the practical life. It offers itself for the accomplishment of excellence.


The infra-structure of this body temple is nerves of steel, its vastness is the sensitivity of a multi-dimensional network of consciouness.


The mantric expression is Karta Purkh: Active creativity while maintaining intimacy with the inner stillness of being. A communicative harmony between daily life on earth and the cosmos, between action and the natural source of self.


The word we speak may be the final fruit of long contemplation, but it also contains the seeds of futures unknown.

Spiritual suggestions for the month:


– As this body will die but your words will live on. Choose carefully your speech to others

– Find a poem that really inspires you and speaks to your heart and share it with others.

– invite people to your house for a meal; serving a dish that contains love, truth and Naam.



Element of the Month : Earth


"Whenever you eat food, you swallow a part of the earth. Essentially, we take in a part of the planet to sustain the body."

Sadhguru


The earth element serves as the cornerstone of existence, representing the most fundamental of the classical and mystical elements. Its significance is drawn from its attributes of strength, wisdom, and nurturing. Being the basis of all life, the Earth element symbolizes fertility, stability, and tranquility.


As Sadhguru says "There is a deep understanding in the Indian culture that the earth is the mother. We are born of the earth. Our biological mother is only a representative who is also born of the same earth. The real mother is the soil that we carry as our bodies. The very body that you carry right now has been millions of bodies in the past – insect, snake, cow, monkey, and human being. I am not talking about the evolutionary process, but the soil going through every form of life. Soil is not a commodity. It is older, wiser, and far more intelligent and capable than you. It is a far bigger process than you are as a person. "


Aromatherapy to Balance Your Earth Element



Essential oils are effective during earth elements meaning meditation if they have an earthy aroma. For example, the essential oils that we link to the earth elemental include:


  • Angelica root

  • Bergamot

  • Cedarwood

  • Cinnamon

  • Coriander

  • Cypress

  • Frankincense

  • Sandalwood

  • Vetiver



Taking care of our five senses


The connection between the number 5, the human hands, and the five senses—touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing—highlights a deep, symbolic representation of interaction with the world around us. This number embodies the desire to explore, experience, and embrace the diversity and richness of life through the very senses that connect us to it.


In many ways, the symbolism of the number 5 reflects the essence of adventure, curiosity, and change. Like the fingers on a hand that grasp, feel, and manipulate, the five senses serve as the primary means through which we engage with our environment.


Moreover, the number 5's association with the senses emphasizes the importance of being present and mindful. It invites us to fully immerse ourselves in our experiences, to truly see the beauty around us, listen to the stories being told, touch and be touched, taste the flavors of different cultures, and inhale the scents that trigger memories and emotions. In doing so, the number 5 serves as a symbol of life's richness and the profound ways in which we connect to the world and each other through our senses.



RECIPE OF THE MONTH :

Matcha Latte With Schisandra Rose Elixir



Indulge in a delightful fusion of flavors with our invigorating Matcha Latte infused with the subtle elegance of Schisandra Rose elixir. This harmonious blend combines the earthy richness of Matcha powder with the floral notes of Schisandra Rose elixir, creating a beverage that tantalizes the senses and nourishes the body.


Camellia sinensis, aka matcha, contains the amino acid L-Theanine. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which in turn induces relaxation. Alpha brain waves also is the space where we often enter in meditation, and ignites crystalline clarity and receptivity. Another side effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine improves memory, increases concentration and mood. And! It ignites  production of serotonin in the brain (well hello there, happiness neurotransmitters!)


Ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder

  • 1 teaspoon Schisandra Rose elixir

  • 8 ounces (240 ml) milk of your choice (such as dairy milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.)

  • Hot water (about 2 ounces or 60 ml)

  • Optional: sweetener of your choice (such as honey or maple syrup)


Instructions:


1. Prepare Matcha. Sift 1 teaspoon Matcha powder into a cup to remove any clumps and ensure a smooth texture.

2. Pour water. In a separate small cup or bowl, pour about 2 ounces (60 ml) of hot water (just below boiling) over the Matcha powder. Whisk or stir vigorously until the Matcha powder is fully dissolved and a smooth paste forms.

3. If desired, add a sweetener of your choice (such as honey or maple syrup) to taste. Stir until the sweetener is completely dissolved.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of Schisandra Rose elixir to the cup. 

5. Serve over ice or hot with plant milk of your choice. 



HOLISTIC PRACTICES


The month of May, often associated with the full bloom of spring, offers a unique opportunity to embrace holistic practices that align with the season's energy of growth and renewal. Holistic practices, focusing on the integration of mind, body, and spirit, can be particularly powerful during this time as they echo the natural world's awakening and expansion.


One holistic practice to consider in May is the incorporation of nature into daily routines. This can be as simple as daily walks in nature, practicing yoga or meditation outdoors, or even bringing elements of nature into your living space with plants or natural scents. The connection with the earth and its cycles during this vibrant month can enhance mental clarity, emotional balance, and physical well-being. Additionally, the increased sunlight and warmer temperatures make this an ideal time to start a mindfulness practice that includes gratitude for the natural abundance around us.




Another key aspect of holistic practices in May revolves around nutrition and the use of seasonal, locally-sourced foods. Spring offers a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that can support the body's natural detoxification processes and contribute to overall vitality. Incorporating foods such as leafy greens, berries, and herbs into your diet not only nourishes the body but also connects you with the cycle of the season. Furthermore, May is a perfect time to begin or deepen a practice of mindful eating—paying close attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations of your food, which can enhance your connection to the moment and to the sources of your nourishment.



Sleeping in the Forest:

Poem by Mary Oliver


Today we offer up “Sleeping in the Forest” by Mary Oliver as our daily pause with nature. This piece is almost as soothing as the idea of spending a night on the cool mossy floor of a forest, with the stars serving as your night light. Paired with a picture by Dr. Jon Hallberg.



Conclusion:

Embracing holistic practices in May encourages a harmonious balance with the natural world, fostering health, happiness, and a sense of renewal. By integrating these practices into your life, you align yourself with the season's energy, supporting personal growth and well-being in a way that is both sustainable and deeply fulfilling.


With Gratitude,

Gabriela Ana

Holistic Health Coach

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GABRIELA ANA

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