The Cat's Eye Of The Storm

 

Spinning! Spinning! Spinning!

In between a pair of powerful eclipses

our quicksilver friend seems to twirl backwards

and Autumn rushes in to quicken our pulses...

Tell me, my Loves, are you feeling stressed?

the calm eye of the storm, always.

the calm eye of the storm, always.

Does everything feel like Iggy's "Lust For Life" pounding out of an amplifier in your brain
going 45 instead of 33?

For some it's back to school,
or back to work, after a holiday in the sun,
Or maybe it’s just Fall
and her sense of urgency to “do” something,
kicking up ideas like a child playing in piles of amber leaves...

No matter the why.

Your beautiful self needs a lifeline. And one just happens to appear.

A gift from Diana, Ancient Lady of The Beasts.
Mistress of Wild Things.

Her timing, as always, is purrfect.

Wild Things Brew

Per serving.

  • 1 tsp organic licorice root
  • 1 tsp organic cat's claw
  • 1 Tbsp organic Pau d'Arco
  • 1 stick organic cinnamon
  • 1 organic lemon wedge
  • Stevia to taste

Darlings, when your brain is overloaded, cortisol skyrockets, and your body begins to accelerate in its aging process. Are we going to allow that?! 
Hell no!

Your adrenals need support like mad right now. 
And this is almost too simple.
*wink*

Simply gather your herbs from the local health food store bulk dried section. (Unless, of course, you just happen to be a master herbalist with a garden that would make any witch envious.)
If you can't forage nearby, wonderfully wildcrafted herbs can be had online, from places like Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Now make your magical decoction: 
First, connect with the herbs. Touch them, sing softly to them, thank them. Listen to their whisperings.  Visualize yourself navigating the deep waters of stress with grace and ease. Feel strength and resilience within you.
Got it? Good. Keep it going while you brew.

Bring 1 cup of pure water just to a boil. Add in your herbs and roots. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer, and let the mixture gently release for 20 minutes. Make sure you cover the pot, so the essential oils don't escape during the evaporation process.
Now you can turn off the heat and allow the decoction to sit for another couple of hours if you like. The longer it steeps, the more medicinal it actually gets. 
Then a squeeze of lemon to allow absorption, a little bit of stevia to sweeten if you like, and you're ready!
It's actually quite delicious.

By the way....the difference, Beasties, between an infusion and a decoction is really just in the amount of time you let it stew. Infusions are best for leaves and petals, while a decoction gets to the insides of roots and bark. 

Are you wondering about these mysterious little plant beings?
Well, this legendary healing trio is unsurpassed for adrenal support, recovery, and immune function. Seriously. 
A must have for your natural medicine bag of tricks.

Get on it.

While your sipping your potion, consider the myriad things you can do to help manage during stressful times: yoga, getting outdoors, and getting your beauty sleep for starters. Concious breathing also helps immensely. (Can't get into that headspace? Try downloading the Buddhify app.) 


And steer clear of junk food. I mean it-NO CRAP!
Yes, for thirty seconds you might enjoy that sugar-laden brownie. Or at least the cellular memory of it.
But you know what? Feeding your negative emotions is bullshit.
Moments later, you crash. You feel lousy. Your skin looks like hell. Your belly bloats.
And you didn't solve a thing.

Why on earth would you bother?

Step it up. 
Eat some gorgeous fresh fruit when you crave sugar. Gnaw on nuts when you're so irritated you simply have to crunch on something. Wolf down a few kale chips when salt seems to be the answer. Exhausted? Drink water.

But feed yourself.

You are worth taking care of.

I wouldn't hang out with you otherwise, 
now would I?

xxx Alise

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4am Wisdom

Am I the only One 
who wakes routinely at 4 am
to lie awake and stare
to listen to the wind in the branches,
speaking.

Wandering about
in the stillness
everything breathes...
 

THE MAY MOON, THROUGH MY BEDROOM WINDOW.

THE MAY MOON, THROUGH MY BEDROOM WINDOW.

I used to refer to my 4am Decisions,
which sometimes were a bit fuzzy
particularly if I was just coming in...

Now I see it as 4am Wisdom.

Often I burst into giggle fits.
It's my comedy hour.

My overnight behavior has earned me the following titles:
The Mistress of Mayhem,
The High Priestess of Highjinks,
The She-Wolf of Shenannigans
(I'm not kidding.)

It's hilarious.

Little Witch, whatever are you up to? (actual middle-of-the night weirdness happening here.)

Little Witch, whatever are you up to? (actual middle-of-the night weirdness happening here.)

I share a household of similar beasts
so if I am restless,
so are the cats.
We are connected, of course.
The Mr. too.
There are esoteric conversations
or giggle fits
and ridiculous made-up songs.

And when it's deep,
I brood
or scribble things
sometimes I lie in bed
sometimes I need to sit in the living room on my cushions and furry nests
among the statues
because we need to talk.

And sometimes I stay awake through until 8am
watching and listening to the birds
then, full of new information
things that must be processed
I fall asleep as the sun begins to warm the room.

My awareness of everything breathing at this hour has a root.

In ancient Eastern traditions, 4am is when the lungs are at their strongest, because the circadian flow of the vital energy, or Chi, is at it's highest in that particular part of the body. Not coincidentally, it is also the hour in which the kidneys are at their lowest, hence those pesky middle-of-the night bathroom jaunts.

In some circles, it is an hour of prayer.

But tell me, 
where do your 4am wanderings take you?
To dark places
to great awareness
to peals of laughter?

Next time you're up, take 13 deep breaths. Whatever is waking you, harness that lung capacity first.

Find your rhythm.
See what comes in.
Then tweet me @veganvixen69

#4amWisdom

Meet me in the sky,
nd we'll share our adventures!

xxx Alise

Alise In Wonderland