Recipe ~ Filipino Champorado (Chocolate Rice Pudding)


Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding)
Champorado ~ Total Time: 30 mins | Makes: 6 servings
Champorado, also called chocolate rice, is versatile. Jun Belen, an Oakland, California–based cook and food photographer, grew up eating it for breakfast on chilly winter mornings in Manila, with pan de sal (soft, buttery rolls) and fried salt fish. He also ate it chilled as an after-school snack with evaporated milk poured over the top. We prefer our champorado made with good-quality bittersweet chocolate and served warm as a luxurious ending to a meal.

What to buy: Since this recipe contains so few ingredients, be sure to use good-quality chocolate. Missouri-based bean-to-bar company Askinosie imports single-origin cacao from Davao in the southern Philippines and produces a 77-percent bittersweet chocolate with earthy and slightly smoky flavors that really shine through in this simple recipe.

Although rice does not contain any gluten, short-grain sweet rice is sometimes labeled as glutinous rice or sticky rice and can be found in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores.

Game plan: The liberal garnish of rich evaporated milk is traditional, but feel free to substitute regular whole milk or half-and-half.


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup short-grain sweet rice, also known as sticky rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk



  1. Create a double boiler by filling a pot with 2 inches of water and bringing it to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set it over the pot. (Do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.) Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. Transfer the rice to a medium saucepan, add the measured water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and melted chocolate to the rice, whisk to combine, and return to a simmer. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside until the pudding has cooled slightly but is still warm, about 45 minutes. (At this point, you can cool the champorado completely, transfer it to a container, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
  4. Spoon the champorado into serving bowls and drizzle each with evaporated milk.

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ September 27, 2014

little gold heartAnatthajanano doso,
doso cittappakopano;
bhayamantarato jātaṃ
taṃ jano nāvabujjhati.

Hate brings great misfortune,
hate churns up and harms the mind;
this fearful danger deep within
most people do not understand.

Itivuttaka 3.88

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika


HA’AWINA NA UHANE ALOHA ~ Pilikia (negativity, entanglements)


broken harpIt’s not the situation that causes pilikia; it’s your attitude toward it. You are in Hell Hotel and out of your kapu space. Check out now! Return to Pono, forgive yourself and go back to the hana (the practice, the work). Mahalo e pomaika’i pilikia. Kalana nui au. Accept, thank and bless (ho’oponopono) the pilikia as you cut its energy cord from your aura. This is how you transmute pilikia into Aloha.


Ha’awina Na Uhane Aloha ~ Aloha

ALOHAAlo-Ha ~ I present to you the “Breath of God”
ha – I Greet You with the Breath of God,
alo – I present my Self to you (similar to Namaste’, but not)

Two inherent truths: We are spirit beings, and, we are here to live the hu- man experience. Lack of self-love offends who and what we really are and blocks our ability to truly love others and receive love from others. Break the cycle!!  Live Aloha!


Recipe ~ Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crunch Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


1 (16.5-ounce) boxed spice cake mix
1 (15-ounce) can plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cups chopped pecans
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350° F and lightly spray a 9X13 baking dish (or pan) with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the cake mix, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes.

In another bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. Stir until mixed, adding more lemon juice if necessary to get the mixture smooth and just pourable.

Pour half of the cake batter into the baking pan and then drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top. Gently spread the cream cheese mixture as much as possible, but don’t stress over getting it perfect. Top with the remaining cake batter and spread evenly.

Mix the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in another bowl and sprinkle over the top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is set. Cool before slicing.


Seeds For Meditation ~ On Worrying and Compulsive Thinking ~ Alan Watts

Every so often, we need an angry voice to speak its truth to power and shake us up in the process.  Sometimes, we need the dissatisfaction of others to understand what justice actually is. If you feel lost in the mire of helplessness and distraction that defines much of popular culture, watch this video.

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ September 25, 2014

2mice“Yathā ahaṃ tathā ete;
yathā ete tathā ahaṃ.”
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā,
na haneyya na ghātaye.

“As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I.”
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika


Recipe ~ Meatless Meatballs


Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Servings: 8
“Make vegetarian meatballs with browned mushrooms instead of meat and you’ll be amazed by their hearty taste and perfect texture. Approved for use on spaghetti!”
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs fresh white mushrooms, finely chopped
2 pinches salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 ounces very finely shredded
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley,
4 eggs, divided
2 teaspoons salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 pinches dried oregano
6 cups pasta sauce
2 tablespoons very finely shredded
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or to taste
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf (Italian)
parsley, or to taste
This recipe’s ingredients is scaled to yield a servings amount of (8). The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of (4).
1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms to the hot oil, sprinkle with salt, and cook and stir until liquid from mushrooms has evaporated. Stir butter into mushrooms, reduce heat to medium, and cook and stir mushrooms until golden brown, about 5 minutes.


2. Stir onion into mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent, 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir garlic into mushroom mixture until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.


3. Mix oats into mushroom mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently stir 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into mixture. Add bread crumbs, 1/4 cup parsley, and 1 egg; season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Mix together with a fork until crumbly. Stir in remaining 1 egg. Mixture should hold together when pressed.


4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours. For best flavor and texture, refrigerate overnight.


Recipe ~ Samoan Panipopo Coconut Buns

panipopo bunsRecipe:  Samoan Panipopo Coconut Buns

A popular, yet misrepresented, recipe is of panipopo, or coconut buns. There are many recipes on the Internet using ready-made dough, which is not authentic. An authentic recipe can be found by Lei Ne’emia. As with many people who “eyeball” in their cooking, Ms. Ne’emia’s recipe is similarly written. Here is a shortened version that hopefully will give similar results.

Pani Ingredients:
8 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c sugar (add more or less to preference)
1/4 c dry active yeast
2 c warm water

Pani Preparation:
In a large bowl, rub softened butter into flour and salt. Using of clean hands works best to create the silky, but not greasy, texture that is needed.

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Pour the sugar in the middle.

In a smaller metal or glass bowl, dissolve yeast in really warm water. Avoid using plastic bowls for this recipe. Stir until the yeast is fully dissolved. Add more warm water if necessary. The yeast should be a milky gray color and smell like bread. Pour mixture into the well of sugar.

Using a wooden spoon, fold the ingredients together. Scrape from the sides of the bowl into the middle until everything is combined nicely. If necessary, add more warm water in to make the doughy consistency, but be sure it is really thick and sticky, like pancake batter.

Cover bowl with a damp dish towel and allow it to rise in a warm, dark place for one hour.

Now, the dough should have doubled in size and have holes in it. Spread flour onto a counter top or tabletop, a thick blanket of flour is good. Knead the dough working from the edges inward. Continue kneading flour to the mixture until it can form into a ball. Do not knead too long or the buns will not be fluffy, but dense like bagels.

Cover the dough again and allow to rise another hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the dough into chunks a little larger than a golf ball. Roll each chunk into thick “strings”. Tie each string into a knot. Place about 24 knots in each large cake pan. About two and a half to three pans will be needed.

Popo Ingredients:
2 cans pe’epe’e (canned coconut cream)
1 c flour

Popo Preparation:
Fresh coconut cream is always best, but, when there are no coconut trees or coconut tree climbers to pick and crack open a coconut, it is okay to resort to canned coconut cream. A great coconut cream product is made by Kara.

Pour the coconut cream into a container.

In a small bowl, mix together flour and water to make a runny paste. Pour into container. Top off with more water to be sure there’s enough for all the pans. This mixture should be able to fill all the pans and cover at least half of the height of the buns.

Before pouring the mixture onto the buns, it needs to be sweetened with enough sugar to be a bit sweeter than you think it should be.

Panipopo Preparation:
Pour the cream mixture onto the buns. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to check the cream to be sure it is not too dry. It has to have a chance to boil and the tops of the buns to golden.

While the buns are cooling, be sure to top it off with sugar water to prevent the buns from getting dry. Cover with foil or a damp cloth should work as well.

Best served warm in a shallow bowl with some extra sauce for dipping. Goes great with a warm drink like koko Samoa.

Please note:
Coconut is a laxative if enough is eaten. Be sure to watch your intake!


Recipe: Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea Recipe


  • 2/3 cup Thai tea leaves
  • 1 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (12oz can)


Bring water to a boil in a kettle then remove from heat. Add Thai tea leaves and steep for 5 minutes; remove tea leaves. Stir sugar into tea until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Fill glasses with ice; pour tea into each glass until almost full. Stir in desired evaporated milk into each glass.

Serves 3-4


Discussion: Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Meditations?

jim carrey

Have your meditations become routine and boring?
Are you wondering where that feeling of bliss and excitement went?
Meditation is the backbone of any spiritual practice, but it often becomes routine.

Here are a few tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your meditations:

Tip #1 Meditate Regularly

When you meditate regularly, you build up your prana and spiritual “strength.”

Think of it like a workout. Your first day at the gym is exciting, you feel good. But then the next day, you are tired and sore. You can stay home and lose your momentum, Or you can get back to the gym for another workout. Which one gets you to your fitness goals?

Meditation works the same way.

Tip #2 Take Care of Your Body

Your meditations will not take you far if you are so focused on the discomfort in your body that you cannot focus on prana and non-thought.

Get physical exercise and stretch regularly so that your body is comfortable in your meditation position. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine before meditating so that you aren’t jittery. Avoid foods that make you feel sluggish, especially right before meditating.

When your body is happy, you are better able to let it go and move deeper into your meditations!

Tip #3 Remove Expectations

If you find you are not getting the experiences from your meditations that you used to, it is probably because of your expectations…

Maybe you had a great experience, or you heard about a great experience, and now you are trying to recreate that experience for yourself.

You cannot force the experience. By holding this expectation, you are not only blocking the experience you are reaching for, you are also blocking new, and possible more profound, experiences.

Tip #4 View Meditation as an Exploration, Not a Task

Once you set up a regular meditation practice, it is easy to lose your excitement about meditation and all that it has to offer.

Meditation becomes a task…

Something to check off of your to-do list…

While a regular meditation schedule is important in developing a meditation habit, try to change the way you look at your meditation…

When you sit down to meditate, allow yourself to get excited about the new experience you will have today.

Tip #5 Get Back to Basics

When we get into a regular meditation practice, it is easy to forget to prepare yourself for your meditation…

You just plop down, start the music, and go…

But by taking just a couple extra minutes to prepare your body and mind for the meditation, you will get much more out of the practice.

Start by stretching and settling into your meditation position on the floor or in a chair… Take a few deep breaths, breathing in prana, breathing out all of the problems on your mind… Become aware of your body…

See how quiet your mind is, just by taking a little extra time?

I hope these tips help you to maintain and improve your meditations.

In fact, these tips can be applied to any psychic or spiritual skill that has become routine or isn’t progressing as quickly as you would like.


“Suffering Leads to Grace” — by Ram Dass

From our SoCal Halau ~ Harmony Blossom, Reiki Grandmaster and an Initiate of the A&O Order of Melchizedek
From our SoCal Halau ~ Harmony Blossom, Reiki Grandmaster and an Initiate of the A&O Order of Melchizedek

For most people, when you say that suffering is Grace it seems off the wall to them. And we’ve got to deal now with our own suffering and other people’s suffering. That is a distinction that is very real, because we may see our suffering as Grace but it’s quite a different thing to look at somebody else’s suffering and say it’s Grace.

Grace is something that an individual can see about their own suffering and then use it to their advantage. It is not something that can be a rationalization for allowing another human being to suffer. You have to listen to the level at which another person is suffering. When somebody is hungry, you give them food. As my guru used to say, God comes to the hungry person in the form of food. You give them food and then when they’ve had their belly filled then they may be interested in questions about God. To give somebody a dharma lecture when they are hungry is just inappropriate methodology in terms of ending suffering.

So, the hard answer for seeing suffering as Grace, and this is a stinker really, is that you have to have consumed suffering into yourself. There is a tendency in us to find suffering aversive, and so we want to distance ourselves from it. Like if you have a toothache, it becomes that toothache. It’s not us any more. It’s that tooth. And so if there are suffering people, you want to look at them on television or meet them but then keep a distance from them. Because you are afraid you will drown in it. You are afraid you will drown in a pain that will be unbearable. And the fact of the matter is you have to. You finally have to. Because if you close your heart down to anything in the universe, it’s got you. You are then at the mercy of suffering.

To have finally dealt with suffering is to consume it into yourself. Which means you have to, with eyes open, be able to keep your heart open in hell. You have to look at what is, and say Yea, Right. And what it involves is bearing the unbearable. And in a way, who you *think* you are can’t do it. Who you *really* are, can do it. So that who you think you are has to die in the process.

Like, right now, I am counseling a couple who went to a movie and when they came home their house had burned down and their three children had burned to death. Three, five and seven. And she is Mexican Catholic and he is a Caucasian Protestant. And they are responding entirely different to it. She is going in to deep spiritual experiences and talking with the children and he is full of denial and anger and feelings of inadequacy. In a way, that situation is so unbearable and you wouldn’t ever lay that on another human being but there it is. What may happen is she may come out of this a much deeper, spiritual and a more profound, more evolved person. And he, because the way he dealt with it was through denial, may end up contracted and tight because he couldn’t embrace the suffering. He couldn’t go towards it. He pushed it away in order to preserve his sanity.

There is a process of suffering that requires you to die into it or to give up your image of yourself. When you say, “I can’t bear it”, who is that? In India, they talk about their saints as being the living dead, because they have died to who they thought they were. And they talk about the saints for whom all people are their children, so that everybody that is dying is their child dying. In that way, suffering leads to Grace.


Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.”

Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own.

Recipe ~ DIY Healthy Nutella!

binnyNutellaNutella is so yummy and addictive, but have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the jar?

Sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts (13%), skim milk powder, reduced fat cocoa powder, emulsifier and flavoring.

Not exactly the healthiest, however you can easily make your own using just a few wholesome ingredients!

The secret to making any nut butter is to keep blending.

Don’t be disheartened if your butter still isn’t smooth within the first few minutes, it can take up to 10 minutes of constant processing before it reaches desired consistency.


2 cups roasted hazelnuts
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cashew milk
1/4 cup cacao powder
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1/4 tsp. celtic sea salt


Put the hazelnuts into a food processor or blender and blend on medium speed for a few minutes. You might have to scrape down the sides as you go.

Add all the other ingredients and keep blending with the speed on medium, again scraping down the sides if need be. It should take up to 10 minutes before it turns into a smooth, delicious butter.


Seeds for Meditation … Colours

autumn momentPeople are colours. To me, that is what I see. Not faces, not names. But I know you. I know your colour. You are all colours. All colours in one. Not simply opaqueness, but darkness itself – you are black. Your sublime grace, innate sensuality and eloquent turns of phrase have led me down a path full of colour right into your darkness. A path of hope, of longing, of desire. Your artistry is evident, your kindness obvious as well, and your beauty is beyond tell – but it’s in your darkness where I want to dwell. Come with me on this path of uncertainty, of foreboding, of sin. Share your colour with me. Be you and only you, as I know it’s a place you’ve never been.


Mediation ~ 936 Hz Pineal Gland Activation (22 mins.)

Activating the Third Eye ~ As we evolve as multi-dimensional beings the piezoelectric calcite crystals of the pineal gland act as receivers of light and information. This audio track serves to access, activate, and increase the “secret of the brain” the Pineal Gland. 22 min. frequency assisted track. Stereo headphones are recommended.

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Seminary ~ Balancing and Fortifying Our Energy System

neuronsThe signposts are indeed indicating greater levels of planetary upheaval, potentially causing more pressure upon our sensitive, changing bodies. The more that I talk with other light servers, I am discovering that many of us are with body pains, tiredness and rising conditions of all types and scale.

It is important to remember that our entire cellular structure is changing as new electromagnetic impulses are constantly entering.

As we increase our vibration, we simultaneously detoxify from the old framework, no matter how advanced our conscious understandings are.

This purification deepens as we go and is a natural part of the experience. With this comes periods of fatigue as our body is constantly recalibrating, while making its gradual transition into a more efficient blueprint and upgraded frequency.

There is critical need to give the body our highest priority to bring as much ease as possible to our biological shift. We can greatly assist it along by paying very close attention to its changing requirements.

This includes new choices in food, different supplementation, always more rest, more play and simple beingness, which is a constant doorknocker for me as well.

There are really no hard and fast rules anymore as to what brings increased energy vibration. It’s happening to everyone and now, it’s merely a matter of keeping our physical vehicles healthy enough to keep up. So much depends upon the personal blueprint and our ability to listen to what the body wants.

For example, having been a vegetarian for years, recently my body wants some meat and dairy to supply it with certain amino acids and protein sequences. It’s been super strange for me psychologically, but my body is feeling in much greater vitality.

Take Precious Care of our Biological Upgrade

With a much greater amplitude of energy running through the body, the nervous system and its neurological activity have a tendency to get overloaded as these higher frequencies of light try to incorporate.

If proper integration is not taken to rest the body from the outer “hustle bustle”, neural circuitry can get majorly stressed and potentially fracture causing a cascade of internal challenges.

Just like a car, any weakening in the engine starts really subtle. The messages, however, are always there and it takes a constantly “tuning in” to our body partner.

Don’t forget too, the ego mind complex is disintegrating and our thoughts are adjusting to brand new perceptions of thinking. This can also cause subtle imbalances affecting the brain waves. It is important to keep ourselves in check, monitoring and adjusting as we go, so that the mind does not get stuck in looping feedback.

The endocrine system, which regulates our physiological functioning through hormones, is currently undergoing a huge upgrade as well. It may experience tremendous energy overloads as it constantly attempts to maintain a state of homeostasis in the body’s metamorphic processes.

Glandular activity can be erratic, causing various effects in body chemicals and triggering internal agitation. If we are not fully grounded in our body, this can result in adrenal and mental burn out, frazzled energy, mind confusion and a long list of reactive emotional states. (More belly laughing is a must.)

Build Immunity to Release new DNA

Un-integrated energy overload weakens the body’s entire system of immunity, which sets up an environment for increased infection and invading germs. This causes unneeded adversity such as more colds, feeling run down, viral conditions and inflammatory responses, to name just a few.

Strong immune systems help activate and release new DNA encodement.

stem cells basicsConsider that the stem cells that form our blood are born and reach maturity in the bone marrow. Once these cells are mature, they are released into the blood stream where they travel throughout the body preventing infection and supplying needed oxygen and life force energy.

We house a lot of new DNA encodement inside these cells deep in the marrow. If we have healthy immune systems, we have healthy bone marrow and our blood is fortified with more light expanding programs to positively affect all other systems.

This is why it is absolutely crucial that we spend more time building and amplifying our entire system of immunity and to keep it invincibly strong.

Healthy Recipe ~ Crunchy Coconut Crumble Ice Cream

Crunchy Coconut Crumble Ice Cream contains no white sugar, and uses raw and plant-based ingredients. If you like this recipe, you'll love our upcoming 7-Day Snacks & Dessert Challenge!
Crunchy Coconut Crumble Ice Cream contains no white sugar, and uses raw and plant-based ingredients. If you like this recipe, you’ll love our upcoming 7-Day Snacks & Dessert Challenge!
This recipe will knock your socks off, and I am confident that it will convince any one – plant based eater or not – that raw and plant based desserts can be just as satisfying as their ‘junk’ food counter parts. This recipe is really simple to prepare, and you can have the components on hand in your freezer, ready to be mixed up whenever your sweet tooth calls you. I do recommend that you keep the two components separate until you are ready to munch to maintain maximum crunchability :)



Crunchy Coconut Crumble:

(makes at least 20 servings, depending on how much crumble you want in your ice cream)

  • 1 cup oat groats – ground into a flour
  • 2 cups toasted coconut flakes – you can purchase pre-toasted coconut or toast your own at home.
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Ice Cream:

(This is for one serving of ice cream)

  • 2-3 frozen, peeled bananas
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup crumble balls

Directions:   To make your crumble, place your oat groats, coconut sugar, chopped pitted dates, cinnamon powder, vanilla and salt in a blender or food processor and pulse until a sticky cookie dough like consistency is reached. Remove from your blender or food processor and stir coconut flakes and chopped almonds in by hand to maintain their shape and crunch. Form into 1/4 inch balls and place in the freezer. When you are ready to make your ice cream, place your frozen bananas, vanilla and coconut or almond milk in a high speed blender or food processor and process until smooth. Remove from your machine and stir in your crumble mixture. Enjoy!


Grounded Nutrition ~ 7-Day Snack & Dessert Challenge ~ Sept. 29, 2014


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If everyone on the planet was living as vibrantly and as healthy as possible, it would be a much different living experience for all of us.

Our mission is to empower humanity to shift into our natural states of being on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We all deserve to live amazing and healthy lives, and it starts now!

Take our FREE 7 Day Dessert And Snack Challenge … Guilt-free snacks and desserts for one week!

Includes 7 healthy snack and dessert recipes, shopping lists, daily group support and more to help you snack the healthy way!

Begins on Monday, September 29th!

Here is how the challenge will work: 

1. Below you will find the shopping lists for every item you will need for all 7 days of the challenge. Collect all your items on the list on the weekend prior to the start date. 

2. Prep any ingredients that need to be prepared ahead of time (such as peeling and freezing bananas.)

3. On Sunday, September 28th we will post your first recipe.  Make that recipe for your dessert, whenever you choose to eat it.

4. Let us know you are following along by taking pictures and sharing them with us as comments to the recipes posted, or just letting us know in comments on the page.

5. Continue on with the following day’s recipe. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the challenge! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Note:  The following shopping lists are not recipes.  We will post your first recipe on Sunday, September 28th. 

ott32All right!  Get ready to have some fun.  Make sure you get your groceries by the end of this coming weekend!

Shopping Lists: 


  • 3 apples
  • 7-8 fresh apricots
  • 4 banana
  • 7 cups fresh dates/medjool dates
  • 1 mango
  • 1 orange


  • 1 small jar almond butter (8oz)
  • 6 cups dried shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp hazel nuts
  • 1 small jar raw nut butter of choice (8oz)
  • 2 tbsp nuts of choice
  • 1 1/4 cup walnuts


  • 1 small box cup almond milk (1L)
  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips (dairy free – We like Enjoy Life)
  • 1 small container cacao or cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 small can full fat coconut milk (14oz)
  • 1 small container coconut oil
  • 1 small jar maple syrup
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • Optional:  add-in’s for bliss balls  – chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, carob chips, and the like


  • 1 small jar cinnamon powder
  • 1 bag vanilla powder or 1 small bottle vanilla extract
  • 1 small box sea salt

Preparation list: 

1. Peel and freeze 3 ripe bananas.

2. Peel, dice and freeze mango.

Tools Needed: 

These are all relatively simple recipes, but having a few pieces of equipment will make them all that much easier:

  • 1 Blender or Food Processor
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 9×9 Baking Dish
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon/Spatula
  • 1 Small Pot
  • 1 Glass or Stainless Steel Bowl (to be used for double boiler)
  • Measuring Cups

New Moon, Autumnal Equinox in Libra: A Time for Balance, Intention, and Clarity

Libra New Moon … click on image for Kari Samuels’ website.

The Autumnal Equinox

This is a magical time of year! On Tuesday, September 23, we will experience a time when the days and nights are of equal length, otherwise known as the Equinox. Since this day is all about BALANCE it’s miraculous that this experience occurs in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Everyone in the world can celebrate together!

In the northern hemisphere, the nights are growing longer. When this occurs, your energy gets drawn inward so you can find the light within. In the southern hemisphere, the sunny days are more plentiful and you can enjoy the light of the world as you bask in nature. Either way, this is a celebration of light! Nature always reminds us that whenever there is darkness, light will soon follow.

Welcome Libra

The Equinox also marks the beginning of the sign Libra. In astrology, Libra is the first of what’s known as the relationship signs, and teaches you how to find balance within, no matter what is happening around you or what other people are doing.

The Libra loves to be in partnership – whether it’s romantic, friendship or otherwise, so the tendency is to want to please other people, often at the expense of your own needs. Whenever you do this, this can throw you OFF BALANCE. Have you ever had that experience where you want something and you don’t want to cause conflict so you keep it to yourself? When you do this, you create INNER CONFLICT instead. Eventually, you need to find balance between your needs and pleasing other people. That’s what Libra teaches us!

What’s beautiful is that the day that initiates Libra, the sign of BALANCE occurs on the Equinox – the same day there is harmony between day and night and day, light and dark, yin and yang. We’re going to be in Libra from September 23-October 23. This is the perfect time for you to create more harmony and balance in your life.
New Moon Magic

AND… not only that, but on Tuesday, September 23 at 11:14pm PST (6:14am UTC on September 24th) we will be under a brand new moon. Every new moon is an opportunity for you to set your intentions for the month ahead.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself this new moon:

Am I giving to others so much that I don’t have enough time for myself?
Do I make time in my life to play, recreate and pursue my passions?
Do I give to others more than I allow myself to receive?
How much time do I allow myself to rest instead of work?
Do I keep my thoughts and feelings to myself because I don’t want to disrupt relationship harmony?
Are there any relationships in my life that are no longer making me happy?

Now ask yourself… what do you want instead?

Once you have clarity about what you really want, declare to the Universe that you will choose relationships and situations where you feel inner peace as well as outer harmony. When you do this, the Universe will respond in kind and that’s when magic happens!

Remember, your inner light will always shine no matter what season it is. So have fun, be good to yourself, and radiate love!

~ Kari Samuels


Ha’awina Na Uhane Aloha ~ Ka Lei Aloha I Na Kupuna (Ancestral Circle)

floral_parade_035Meditate on this ‘Oli to automatically activate being Pono. Visualize the lei, the eternal circle of love, in which we are surrounded by Spirit, a reminder to live in the moment and express gratitude for all our moments.

(accompanied by Ipu Heke drums)


CREATING THE LEI:   Drawing Our Sacred Circle of Learning …

‘Oli (chant):   KA LEI ALOHA I NA KUPUNA


Kahea:   Ka Lei Aloha I Na Kupuna
Kahea:   Ka Lei Aloha!

“Ka lei aloha i na kupuna
Ka lei aloha i na kupuna
Noho au i ka manawa
Noho au i ka manawa
A me na manawa iki ko’u pono
A me na manawa iki ko’u pono
Mahalo nui no pomaika’i nei au
Mahalo nui no pomaika’i nei au”
(repeat twice more)

Kahea:   He inoa no Na Kupuna!



Call (loudly spoken):   In the name of the Elders/Ancestors/Spirit!
(In the Circle of Love of the Elders)

Call:   The Circle of Love!

In the circle of love of Spirit
I am in the moment
And all my moments are pono (righteous).
I am so grateful for all the blessings that surround me
In the circle of love

(repeat each line twice and entire verse twice)

Call:   Honored (celebrated) is the name of the Ancestors!


Daily Words of the Buddha ~ September 23, 2014

double rainbow farmSabbā āsattiyo chetvā,
vineyya hadaye daraṃ,
upasanto sukhaṃ seti,
santiṃ pappuyya cetasā.

With all one’s attachments cut,
with the heart’s pining subdued,
calm and serene and happy is one,
for one has attained peace of mind.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.242

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Chabad … Happy Birthday, Universe!

blue lady conjuringEvery year, our sages taught, with the cry of the shofar, the entire universe is reborn.

And so, at that time, with our resolutions and our prayers, we hold an awesome power: To determine what sort of child this newborn year shall be—how it will take its first breaths, how it will struggle to its feet and how it will carry us through life for the twelve months to come.

In truth, it is not only once a year: At every new moon, in a smaller way, all life is renewed again.

And so too, every morning, we are all reborn from a nighttime taste of death.

And at every moment—in the smallest increment of time—every particle of the universe is projected into being out of absolute nothingness, as it was at the very beginning.

Which is why there is always hope. Because at every moment, life is born anew. And we are the masters of how this moment will be born.

Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson