By: Amadea Morningstar RPP, RPE
As we enter this new year together as Polarity Therapists, much is happening. There are seeds to mourn and fruits to celebrate. Fresh out of a gathering of 111 of us that brought together
both APTA and IPEA for the first time late last month, we mourned the passing of elders with Grandfather Whitewolf and everyone assembled. We celebrated the connections
these elders inspired in us, and those we sharewith one another. Ray Castellino gifted us with an inheritance of deep attunement to our family system as a group, a quiet bubbling willingness to explore the embodiment of Polarity principles directly in life. Chris McGrath left us with a fine body of Polarity colleagues and friends in the southern hemisphere, in Australia and
beyond. Maruti Seidman’s deep love of hands-on work, and his willingness to do it his own way, throughout his life, gift us with the willingness to explore, to be unorthodox, to trust our own way. All three taught with kindness and generosity this precious legacy of Dr. Stone’s Polarity Therapy. It is up to us to use our inheritance wisely. Also as I write this, many revered teachers are alive yet facing serious illnesses themselves. May we take a breath together and keep them in our hearts and prayers.
I lift two cups of tea recipes to them and everyone who catalyzed this heart felt gathering, and to us all. It’s a potent time to embrace vegetarian lifestyle, however much we can, for the planet and our own well-being. It couldn’t be more timely. This first recipe is a simple practical one. It is here to warm your core, and perk up your immune system if you’re chilled and shaky. In Ayurvedic terms, it enhances rasa dhatu agni. That is, it strengthens the digestive fire within the plasma. When our hands and feet get cold, it is a sign we need to enhance rasa dhatu agni. When
we do this, with a tea like the one that follows, you can feel the warmth coming back into your core, and the willingness of your white blood cells to defend yourself well.
FRESH GINGER CINNAMON CARDAMOM TEA
Purifying & Health Building
Recipe from Amadea Morningstar
Time: 15 minutes; makes 2 cups
Especially good in chilly or damp weather
Bring to a boil 2 ½ cups of water in a stainless steel saucepan. Add 2 – 3 quarter size
slices of fresh ginger, ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of ground
cardamom. Reduce the temperature to medium low, and simmer until it starts to
smell good – or it’s as spicy as you like. Strain and drink as needed, to warm yourself
up. This is a gently Fiery recipe.
This second recipe is for the New Year’s resolutions within us, spoken and unspoken.
It’s an easy calming way to take in some dark leafy greens, mainlining them so to
speak. Couple it with a sparkling choice to do no white sugar for a day or so, and
you’ve got the perfect combo for a mini post holiday reset.
GREEN DINO DETOX TEA
Purifying & Health Building
Time: a leisurely 15 minutes
Makes 3 (1 cup) servings
Gather your goodies:
1 quart + ½ cup water, 1 bunch Lacinato (dinosaur) kale, 1 thin slice onion, 1 slice
(2 inches thick) fresh lemon, 1 inch slice fresh ginger, ½ teaspoon ground tulsi
Bring the water to a boil. Tear the kale off the stems into the water, discard the stems or save for a soup stock. Add the rest of the ingredients, simmer until greens are tender. Strain, using the steaming water as your drink. Use the greens in whatever dish you like. (You could serve them with extra virgin olive oil and a splash of lemon or vinegar. Or some Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda readers blend the steamed greens in with Green Dino Tea, for a warm green drink. Dr. Stone could approve its definitely cleansing, refreshing, and bitter overtones.)
Effects: Harmonizes all elements. From an Ayurvedic perspective, it’s neutral for Vata and strongly calms Pitta and Kapha. This detox tea supports: plasma, red blood cells, muscle, bone, liver. Alkalizing.
EXTRA EASY VARIATION: Instead of the fresh lemon, ginger, and tulsi, use 1 Organic India brand Tulsi lemon ginger tea bag. Follow directions above.
With thanks to Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Morningstar & Lynn (2018) https://amadeamorningstar.net/books-copy/
Photo credit: Renee Lynn
Here’s an invitation to keep in our prayers and heart actions those who are struggling, including ourselves. With love to everyone, until next month,
Amadea Morningstar, RPP,RPE