Archive for December, 2007

Making space for the new

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I have been decluttering and cleaning for the last 2 days. I first learned about the power of decluttering 12 years ago in Karen Kingston’s book “Creating sacred space with Feng Shui”. I have been doing it regularly ever since. You can check out Karen’s website here.  2 years ago I decided to radically simplify my life and focus on what really matters to me. It took me 1 1/2 years to clear years worth of stuff.  Every 3 months I will look around and see what needs to go. It is amazing how attached we can get to stuff. But taking time to do it is so very worth it. It always creates a shift in my life. And it definitely creates an aura of peace. On Saturday I did a marathon session of 12 hours of clearing and cleaning. It was mostly cleaning as I thankfully have overcome the huge mountain of stuff. I also rawganized my kitchen. I was buying so many fruits and they had to be distributed all over. Now I have a huge fruit basket and everything is beautifully dispayed in there. All my nuts, seeds, superfoods are now in one place as well. YEAH! I assure you I could not have cleaned 12 hours in a row without raw food. 2007 has been amazing as I have been able to accomplish so much with Raw Energy. So now I am making space for an awesome 2008.

Decluttering also totally puts you off shopping as you realise how much you already have. It is amazing how mindlessly we buy stuff  that justs sits and piles up and takes the energy that could be used somewhere else. Decluttering is the best antidote to this. It also makes me feel really abundant as I realise how much I have.

Talking about stuff please take time to watch this 20 minute powerful movie called “The story of stuff” and share it with your friends. If you ever wondered why we can buy some stuff incredibly cheap and where stuff really goes, you can now find out. We are using way too much stuff that are toxic to us and our planet. This movie provides food for thought.

As part of becoming more conscious of what we buy we also need to become more conscious of what we put in our mouths. So I hope you have put eating healthy, well and raw on top of your list for 2008. We are our best asset and the better we do, the more we can give back to the Collective Consciousness.  Natalia Rose, one of my inspiration for going raw, has put together a free collection of raw and vegetarian recipes for kids. Check it out and choose a few to use with your family.

For now I will say “Auf Wiedersehen”. This is german for bye bye but also means see you again. I will take some time to spend with my family, nurture my heart by fussing over them and recharge to get 2008 off to a great start.

Happy Holidays wherever you are. See you again. I am blessed to have you be a part of my life.

Love, Peace & Goodwill always.

Fatma

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How colorful is your life?

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I like to take time for reflection any chance I get. December is a high energy month with many multicultural festivals, the soltice and the year end. In December I like to dig deeper. What has worked and what can be improved? What would I like to evolve to in the New Year?

Do you remember how movies started out. They were black and white with no sound. Then sound was added followed by some colors. Now movies are technicolor with hi digital sound effect making movies more vibrant, alive and real. More fun too.

How colorful is your life? Are there any dreams that you let go of, are there any seeds you forgot to sow? You missed the boat? Never mind. There is always another boat in the harbor. Let’s step into our boats and sail the ocean of life. We might encounter a few storms on the way but we also know that the sea will calm down, the sun will shine and winter will ALWAYS be followed by spring. Which ports would you like to visit and which ones will you pass by?

Your life is a painting you paint. Use the colors YOU love and infuse it with the song of your heart.

It is also a work in progress. You can always take the brush and paint another picture and sing another song. You can also sit back and enjoy what you have created.

I wish you many beautiful pictures and a lot of joyful songs.

Fatma

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My house of belonging

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Today it is 10 years since I first came to Canada. To a country and a house that did not feel like home. Much has happened in this 10 years including the home birth of my daughter Safia. My house feels like home now with a lot of my love vibrating thoughout. It is where I see my clients, where I share food with my family and friends and where my soul houses for now. I came across the following poem a few years ago in a book by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is by David Whyte.  I am sharing this poem with you as it describes how I feel. My house of belonging is a celtic phrase meaning that your body houses your soul. My house of belonging means feeling fulfilled by a strong sense of belonging to yourself.

My house of belonging

“I awoke this morning in the gold light turning this way and that

thinking for a moment it was one day like any other.

But the veil had gone from my darkened heart and I thought

it must have been the quiet candlelight that filled my room,

it must have been the first easy rhythm with which I breathed myself to sleep,

it must have been the prayer I said speaking to the otherness of the night. 

This is the day you realize how easily the thread is broken between this world and the next.

And I found myself sitting up in the quiet pathway of light,

the tawny close grained cedar burning round me like a fire and all the angels of this housely heaven ascending through the first roof of light the sun has made.

This is the bright home in which I live, this is where I ask my friends to come, this is where I want to love all the things it has taken me so long to learn to love.

This is the temple of my adult aloneness and I belong to that aloneness as I belong to my life.

There is no house like the house of belonging.”

May you be blessed with a house of belonging.

Fatma

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Frankincense – for tranquil contemplation

Frankincense from Yemen

 Frankincense or olibanum is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. The oil is distilled from this resin. It’s essential oil is often called “Oil of Lebanon” The tree is native to the Middle East and North Africa. Omani frankincense is said to be the best in the world, although quality resin is produced in Yemen, and along the north coast  of Somalia.

 It has been used since ancient times to awaken higher consciousness, and enhance spirituality, meditation and prayer.

Frankincense is widely know as an historic biblical ingredient, and to many as one of three gifts from the visiting Magi to the newborn Jesus and as an ingredient in the Old Testament’s Exodus incense mixture.

Researchers have found that burning frankincense indoors improves the acoustic properties of the room.

Frankincense oil can be diffused, applied externally, directly inhaled or taken internally. Please use the highest quality you can find. I use the Young Living one.

In his book “Aromatherapy for healing the spirit” Gabriel Mojay says that Frankincense oil rekindles the light of the mind. Frankincense oil’s most important sphere of action must be the nervous system. It smooths the flow of stagnant Qi-energy whevever an accumulation of stress has led to irritability, restlessness and insomnia. It is also helpful for bronchitis and asthma associated with nervous tension. The oil is said to “deepen the breath”. Facilitating a state of single minded concentration, it allows the Spirit to soar. Frankincense contains the power to focus our spiritual consciousness, and imbue a potential for transcendent awareness.  Whenever we have allowed ourselves to become oppressed by the mundane or tied to the past – indeed, restricted to weighed down by any form of over attachment – frankincense will help us break free.

Use this precious gift with care.

Today take some time for tranquil contemplation.

Fatma

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7 New Wonders of the World

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I think we live on an awesomely beautiful planet. There is no end to the miracles that can be experienced. So I was thrilled to see the new internet campaign on the new 7 wonders of Nature. Bernard Weber who started the New7Wonders foundation is Swiss-Canadian like me. The first campaign was to vote for the 7 manmade wonders of the world.

The new 7 wonders were declared as following on 07.07.07

Great Wall of China

Christ Redeemer, Brazil

Taj Mahal, India

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Machu Picchu, Peru

Petra, Jordan

Colosseum, Italy

The New7wonders of Nature campaign has the Galapagos Islands, Mount Everest and Ayers Rock as likely contenders. Bernard Weber’s aim is to “create respect and enthusiasm ….. for the beauty of our planet.”

If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it.

Bernard Weber – during the announcement of the N7W of Nature campaign in Lisbon 07.07.07

Choosing only 7 does not even begin to cover it. The planet we are lucky to call home is abundant in natural beauty but I am for anything that brings more attention to the beauty and preservation of it.

You can nominate your favorite places here.

What are some of your favorite places?

Fatma

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10 things to lift your moods in 60 seconds

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I was listening to Denise Linn yesterday. I love her book “Sacred Space”. She gave out this list of things that lift your moods in 60 seconds that I am sharing with you here:

1. Move – Dance

2. Day dream about your ideal vacation

The Little Paradise

3. Have an alternating hot-cold shower

4. Aromatherapy – use high quality pure essential oils

5. Laugh for no reason

6. Do something great for somebody

7. It is not what happens, it is what you make of it that matters. Create a meaning that makes you feel good.

8. Tell somebody a story or tell yourself one.

9. Put your arms up, smile – affirm: my life is filled with vitality

10. Think of something quickly – your peak experiences, people you love etc.

Wishing you happiness always.

Fatma

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Taboule

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A healthy diet should include a large part of leafy greens. This Middle Eastern classic is an easy way to get your greens. I love it when you can take a classic and improve upon it. This Taboule is wheat free. Instead of bulgur wheat I add hemp seeds. Most people I serve it to do not even realise the switch. Yet when they eat it they say it is the most delicious taboule they have had. Now you can make and enjoy this too.

1 bunch parsley, chopped

1 bunch mint, chopped

1/2 punnet grape tomatoes, halved

1 large onion or 6 green onions, chopped

3 tbsp stone crushed olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

2-3 tbsp hemp seeds

salt to taste

Mix everything together and let sit for an hour for the flavors to mingle. I use the grape tomatoes in winter as the large hothouse tomatoes are so tasteless.

This will bring a touch of the Mediterranean sunshine to our winter days.

Fatma

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