The Mind and Shadows of the Mental Body

by Elder Mountain Dreaming

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Holistic healing of the Mental Body / Mind is generally the first approach to the spiritual path, especially when dealing with any mind, body or emotional body issues. Learning to Silence and Quiet the Minds insistent call of mind-noise, distractions and attention getting behaviors. We heal by learning to listen if a talker and sharing if we are a more silent or shy person.

For those not in crisis, there are silent retreats (Vispasana) and peaceful heart and a more committed Buddhist Mediation practices in which there are several. Some of the issues the mental body has are more severe and should be addressed with a talk therapist first. Only those who do not like medications and are firmly committed to practices everyday, should consult a holistic healer or shaman.

1. All or Nothing Thinking of Duality
Looking at life in two categories, fight or…

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Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

By Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Known also as the poet’s marigold or pot marigold, calendula brightens garden beds, pots, vases and culinary creations from spring to frost {or beyond} with its sunny flowers.

The flowers smell like honey, slightly spicy and woody- reminiscent of fresh rhubarb or angelica flowers- and their flavor is pleasantly mild and vegetable-sweet. Traditionally, the golden petals were used to flavor and color broths {hence the nickname “pot marigold}, butter, cheese. The dried petals even were used as a saffron substitute because they impart a rich golden color. In my own kitchen, I use calendula in vegetable dishes, salads- particularly egg salad- custards and puddings, herb butters, baked goods, with grains and in mild-mannered soups.

For best flavor, gather the flowers at their peak bloom. Gently pull the petals from the bitter center disk and discard it. The petals can be used either whole or chopped. {Note that the petals are…

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