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Editor (Amadea): There is this paradox. In the East, how we live our lives is viewed thru the lens of reincarnation. Yet each life is singular. The following quote from a revered Western writer catches this poignant reality.

"One has to look on oneself as the custodian of a quantity and a quality - oneself - which is absolutely unique in the world because it has never been here before and will never be here again. But it is extremely difficult, in this place and time, to look on oneself in this way."

James Baldwin, Nothing Personal (1964, 2021)

 

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Adapt Recipes with Ayurveda

By amadeamo | May 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Adapt Recipes with Ayurveda

Cooking, eating, and improvising with ingredients goes back in human history many centuries. Our loved ones-ancestors knew well how to adapt recipes to meet their needs. For ourselves, there’s plenty to adapt to, these days. Perhaps your child or partner is allergic to garlic – or could it be wheat? Or you’re dropping food to…

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Pumfu Stew: A Unique Veggie Entree

By amadeamo | April 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Pumfu Stew: A Unique Veggie Entree

Pumfu is a high-protein plant-based food made of ground organic pumpkin seeds and water, that’s it. It’s minimally-processed, pressed into a cube like tofu, and lightly packaged. In our area, we find it sold in the refrigerator section next to the tofu. Unlike tofu, it’s pale green, made by Foodies Vegan, a family-owned company in…

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Pitfalls in Ayurvedic Self-Care

By amadeamo | April 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Pitfalls in Ayurvedic Self-Care

Pitfall: a hidden or unsuspected danger or difficulty. A covered pit used as a trap. Scenario 1: Among the pitfalls in Ayurvedic self-care and self-care in general is this exasperating reality: just when we need self-care the most, we’re too exhausted to able to do much. This is going to be a very short blog because…

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Honoring Black Colleagues in Polarity Therapy

By amadeamo | February 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Honoring Black Colleagues in Polarity Therapy

The impetus for honoring Black colleagues in Polarity Therapy came from a confluence of factors. First off, both of these women have been inspirations to me. Second, Black History Month and World Polarity Day intersected this weekend. Third, I love how NAMA has been spotlighting African American Ayurvedic practitioners. With gladness for all of this,…

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Subtle Reading Nurturance This Year

By amadeamo | January 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Subtle Reading Nurturance This Year

What kind of subtle reading nurturance will you give yourself this year? How will you feed your mind in ways that are satisfying, even healing, for you? In Ayurveda we work with the five koshas for healing. These are different levels of experience, sheaths, dimensions of being, ways that we relate to the world around…

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Top 2 New Year’s Health Tips from Amadea

By amadeamo | December 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Top 2 New Year’s Health Tips from Amadea

What are my top 2 New Year’s health tips this year? As an Ayurvedic educator, Polarity therapist, and human, here are my votes for this coming year’s most effective re-balancing actions in this moment. First of the top 2 New Year’s health tips Stop sugar. I mean white sugar, for at least 30 days. Less…

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Dynamics of Healing Chai

Dynamics of Healing Chai, and a 2 for 1 Special Treat

By amadeamo | November 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Dynamics of Healing Chai, and a 2 for 1 Special Treat

It’s worth contemplating the dynamics of healing chai as the season changes on us. This sweet, pungent, and astringent-tasting brew warms us up just when we are needing it. As the season changes, it’s time for our food and beverage choices to change some too. With autumn, we need more warmth and less coolness, more…

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A Tale of Two Broken Blenders Plastic and Climate Change

By amadeamo | August 27, 2021 | Comments Off on A Tale of Two Broken Blenders Plastic and Climate Change

In this moment so many sentient beings are directly in the path of danger. At a time like this, tending to the mundane or long term feels just that, pretty small and/or remote.  In one of those aching moments, I got an email from our good friend Ramona with a cheery inquiry “Hey! I keep thinking of…

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In the Lineage of Sister Mary

By amadeamo | June 11, 2021 | Comments Off on In the Lineage of Sister Mary

Editor’s Note: We are glad to welcome Ralph Steele as a guest blogger. This guest blog is reprinted here with the author’s permission, from a longer article that originally appeared in Tricycle. I was born on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.  There was a white only section close to the Atlantic Ocean, no blacks were allowed. We…

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Yoga the Integrity of Sobriety and Me

By amadeamo | May 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Yoga the Integrity of Sobriety and Me

Editor’s note: We are delighted to introduce our first guest blogger, Angie Athanassiades. Angie, welcome and thank you! I have written before about the integrity of sobriety, how the process of becoming and staying sober allows our self to grow whole again, to bring together all those parts whose adhesion was broken down by regular,…

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