For some welcoming the Solstice was just another day, for others a time of celebration and for many, this year is of particular significance. This Winter Solstice, followed by 12/12/12, the final synchronous day in our lifetime, is a time of renewal, re-birth and co-creating the reality of our choosing.
There are many modalities that we can incorporate into our Solstice recognition and onwards such as, toning, meditation, yoga and journeying. Of the many contemplative practices that can be employed as a tool to higher awareness, what we eat and how we prepare it and how we eat it, certainly has its place. Since it’s inevitable that most, if not all of us, will eat. Whether its part of ritual or just for the sake of satisfying hunger, most of us will on some level commune with plant beings.
So why not eat foods that will help you emerge with the shifting energies of new beginnings and possibilities.
Intuitive eating, a subject I have expanded on in previous blogs, stems from this very place of inner knowing, this all-seeing seat of intelligence. By exercising the innate knowing and wisdom that comes from awakening and amplifying the 6th Chakra, the third eye, we can learn how to direct and determine our own food choices, habits and rules.
NOW is a good a time as any to learn about feeding your pineal gland, connected to the third eye. We have finally arrived at the sixth chakra. This pineal, master gland is also known as our spiritual antenna, our gateway to higher levels of consciousness. There are many practices and habits that diminish its’ efforts at keeping us spiritually connected. The pineal can become calcified, meaning that calcium phosphate crystals can build up and ultimately affect its overall function. Some research has also linked the inefficiency of the pineal to many diseases and the standard American diet as a sure culprit. The pineal gland can also be affected by fluoride in water, lack of sleep, lack of sunlight, mercury and carbonated beverages.
However, eating to feed the pineal can enhance its ability to align with higher truths, and tap into our inner knowing. And it can be actually quite simple. Serotonin producing foods such as, bananas, almonds, and hot peppers, dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens and bok choy, are all great sources of chlorophyll that the pineal relies on for nourishment.
Moreover, seaweeds are the ideal food for the pineal, since it contains high amounts of Vitamin D, particularly if they are sun-dried. Dried seaweed such as dulse, kombu, nori, wakame are a great addition to soups, salads and dips.
Made with raw sunflower seeds, dulse flakes, lemon juice, garlic, celery, onions, garlic, herbs & spices. Great as a dip or as a sandwich spread. Enjoy!
Chakra Foods for Optimum Health by Deanna Minnich