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Quiet Medicine of Winter + A Delicious Winter Meal

Updated: Mar 22, 2018

Winter is the perfect time to reconnect with our essence, our divine spark.

Happy & Healthy New Year! Yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of my Radiant Life Sacred Circle group. It was also our first circle of the New Year. Love the serendipity of how those two events shared that same date without a moment of thought or planning. It made last night’s circle even more special. Our theme for the year is ESSENCE. That divine spark, that unique light we were each born with. The thing that makes us unique and special. Who we were before our first heart aches, before we witnessed suffering, before we felt pain or experienced trauma. The little girl in each of us who loved, lived and laughed without thought. Winter is the perfect time to reconnect with our essence, our divine spark.

Winter is the season of quiet medicine. For centuries, human survival depended upon an intimate relationship with the earth, with nature but as human culture has evolved, we have lost that dependency. Yet, intuitively it is still what we are programmed to do. Take time this winter to tune into the attributes of the quiet season. Restoration, slower pace, deep roots, truce, intuition, womb, cave, sanctuary, shelter, rest, quiet, and peace.

Ask yourself “Who Am I When The Noise Falls Away?”

Winter is the time to draw our attention to our roots. While things appear to be dead or dormant above ground, the roots are deep and wide, remaining alive. We are invited to explore our root chakra, the seat of safety where we are grounded. Eating grounding foods like root vegetables with rich earthy spices & warming foods, will nourish your mind, body & spirit.

Last night I served a delicious meal that was perfect for magnifying the power of winter. Combining root vegetables with rich earthy spices, it was nourishing & grounding. It was a beautiful shade of oranges accented with green lentils. The crock pot was the perfect way to slowly draw out the essence of these tasty veggies, to slowly bring warmth to my kitchen & to fill my house with a scent that left me ready to eat for sure! I hope you enjoy the recipe….

Slow Cooker Root Vegetables

1 medium butternut squash

3 sweet potatoes

6 turnips

3 parsnips

6 golden potatoes

2 large pablano peppers

1 shallot

3 cloves of garlic

1 -2 inch piece of fresh ginger grated

1/2 chopped cilantro

1-2 tablespoons of each: curry powder, smoked paprika & ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

3 cups of water

Peel and cube all the veggies. Add to the crock pot. Finely chop the peppers, shallot, garlic and cilantro. Add to crock pot. Add spices. Add the water and stir. The crock pot is going to be very full but try to combine well. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 3-4, stirring a few times. The veggies will get very soft & as you stir a nice sauce will form. I served with a side of green lentils that I simply cooked in veggie broth. Enjoy with some fresh whole grain or sprouted breads. Dipping in a healthy oil like coconut, avocado or olive oil is the perfect compliment. Remember our bodies need healthy fats like these, even more so in the winter months.

Cooking slow foods during the winter season helps us stay connected with the more gentle pace of the season. Allow yourself to tune into the messages of winter. Allow yourself to see the many gifts winter bring and embrace the quiet medicine of it all.

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