“Many popular drinks consumed in Western culture are depleted of vitality. Coffee, alcohol, sodas, some processed juices, and even some types of filtered water are lifeless as well as detrimental to the physical health of the body. In the scientific approach to health, drinks are not evaluated in terms of chi, or universal life force. Instead, it is the amount of calories, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals they contain that matters. When examined from a mystical point of view, on the other hand, beverages are found to be either potent vehicles of life-affirming power or transporters of soul-deadening energies.”
– Elsie Marie Collins
This quote is exactly wtf we are about here at TKM.
It’s funny that I write this as I crave a coffee, which I’m weaning myself off of, AGAIN. I’ve been called to quit the coffee for years now, and I do quit, but I always find myself back on again. Why do we crave what we know isn’t good for us?
Everyone does things at their own pace, in their own time. Oftentimes big change comes in tiny leaps – like substituting life affirming drinks in place of deadening ones as often as possible.
As the days get colder and colder, it’s important to shift away from cold drinks to warmer ones. This is another small shift that might bring the body great change. It does for me. Cold drinks in the winter make my extremities cold, make me sneeze and make me susceptible to anxiety attacks. It took me a long time to figure this out.
This smoothie incorporates warming spices – ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, which do a lot more for you than simply make things taste good. Consuming these spices regularly can help you build your immune system while helping balance your body temperature with the outside weather.
“And when you starve I carve a rhyme like a pumpkin
And in the caverns of my soul I go spelunkin” – Siah
Roast your own pumpkin, if you’re up to it.
Fall Pumpkin Smoothie
adapted from Chakra Tonics by Elsie Marie Collins
Ingredients for two servings:
2 cups or 1 can of pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup filtered water
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.