- 2parts Linden flowers
- 2parts Lemon verbena
- 2parts St John's wort flowers ( skip if you are taking prescription drugs )
- 1part Rosemary
- 1part Lavender flower
- 1part Vervain
- 1part Thyme
In an airtight tin or dark coloured jar. Blend Linden flowers, Lemon verbena, St John's flowers, Rosemary, Lavender, Vervain and Thyme. Store in a cool, dark and dry place.
To make: Crush a small amount of the blend to a fine powder. Measure 1 tsp per 1cup of water. Place into a warmed ceramic teapot or mug, pour boiling water over the herbs. Steep for about 15minutes, then strain the tea.
Death is something so large and intangible, that it's so hard to know what to feel once it has happened. Even once it has happened, we sometimes just so feel numb and unsure on how to actually feel. Here at the Sacred Space home, we lost the patriarch of out family this fall. A father, grandfather, husband, brother, best friend… It was the first close death that this generation of our family had to deal with.
A month later, sadness comes and sadness goes. I think of my grandmother and how she lost her soulmate of more than 60 years, how my mother and uncle lost a father. People die everyday and people are born and that's the way life goes. Nothing is lost, everything is recycled. Though it may not feel like that when you feel like a big chunk of your heart is empty. Just know that all energy and love is recycled.
When you loose someone so close to you, sometimes it feels like the world will stop spinning. It does not though. You still wake up every morning, continue breathing and slowly get your feet onto the floor. You will start smiling and laughing again, even though when it first happens you might not be able to imagine yourself doing so. We all deal with death so differently and it's unimaginable to be able to understand someones pain. Our family is an incredibly small one. With my grand-father gone, we went from seven to six. This will be the first Christmas we will ever spend without him and the thought of that is just so weird that I am dreading the holidays this season.
We think that when someone dies, you loose everything that was once them. Even though they are gone they have left you much more than you can imagine. You have lost a lot but you have also gained.
So you have lost your ground. You are kind of stumbling around life looking for a way to navigate this newness of life. You have nightmares, of your grand-father being incinerated alive, that he wasn't actually dead and they turned him into ashes, and you wake up crying. You never cry but now you are. You have your family around you though. The ones who are feeling the same pain as you but different. They understand. You cry and then you go back to sleep. You remember that he is up with all his best friends, laughing, partying and skiing. Something he couldn't do over the past years.
So you have lost so much.
You have gained a stronger family though. Your heart needs to break open so that you can grow.
You are sad and it is okay to be sad.
You and your family are the greatest legacy he could leave,
and we all cary his soul with us
his sense of humour
his endless love
his sense of adventure
to never ever give up
I know, Holiday decorations are already up and it's not even December yet. To beat the mad rush of the holiday season though, it's always nice to be a little prepared. Christmas is a time to show our loved ones how much we care for them. Spending time with our family and friends is what it is really all about. Buying gifts is not a necessity but it's always nice to receive a little something from someone you care about. We tend to rush and buy things at big stores that everything is majorly made in China in large sweatshops. Buying gifts from local artisans , not only supports your local economy but will help someone pay rent, support their families and help an individual peruse their dreams. Here are some little examples for those who live in the Mont-Tremblant area. If you know anyone else I have missed don't hesitate to comment them!
A tea shop right here in Tremblant?! Hidden away in the Petit Hameau, in Saint-Jovite, this shop has been open for about a year now. The owners are truly passionate about tea and know more about tea than humanly possible. They have a super large selections of teas, that will appease everyone. They also sell tea accessories, such as tea pots etc.
Want a way to help with those winter colds? Offering someone an appointment to the Acupuncturist is a nice way of keeping someone healthy. From the common cold, to dealing with chronic pain and even more serious health issues such as Celiac disease. Check out the website for much more information on acupuncture and more about Rosemary McDonough, the owner.
Handmade, these thermo therapeutic grain bags are made of 100% Cotton and 100% Organic Grain Oats. To be used hot or cold, they can help you relax with heat or help with many different types of injuries. You can buy these beauties online.
Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Many years ago in India it begun as a spiritual practice as a way for everyday people to connect with the divine. It's based on ancient chants that are sung in Sanskrit. If listened with intention, Kirtan has a way of quietly soothing the mind of its constant chatter, putting you in a meditative and joyful mood. A sing-along type of concert, it is encouraged to chant along with the musicians, as it contributes to lifting the transformative energy that forms.
Everyone sits on the floor with cushions during a concert. There is little distinction from the musicians to the audience. ( usually it's the ones with the big instruments … ) The Wallah, also know as the concert leader, sings the mantra, which follows by a response by the audience. While singing with others, you experience a deep rooting and connection to your surroundings and the other beautiful souls around you.