Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Wood Horse which moves quickly and invites us to take lots of action. I love taking action as much as the next ambitious lady out there. I also know I need to pause at times. One of my overarching life lessons is to practice the fine art of slowing down. While this year has gotten off to a bumpy start, it is key to stay connected to our hearts in order to enjoy the ride.
In the spirit of the Wood Horse year and staying grounded, I am sharing a recipe that is very dear to me. It is a tonic I drink in the afternoons or before meditation or yoga. This tonic brings awareness into my heart and clams my spirit. I created this tonic with two of my favorite Chinese supplements, Pearl (made from ground pearls) and Reishi (a powerful medicinal mushroom). They both have a host of health properties which we will be going into more detail on the blog soon. Today I want to focus on their spiritual qualities.
In Chinese medicine Pearl and Reishi has been used for centuries to tonify Shen.
Shen can be translated as “Spirit” or “Mind”, and implies our consciousness, mental functions, mental health, vitality, and our “presence”. Shen lives in the heart. -Sacred Lotus
[Shen..] embodies consciousness, emotions, and thought. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Shen is said to preside over activities that take place in the mental, spiritual, and creative planes. -Acufinder
Pearl and Reishi promote a peaceful spirit, calm heart, and quiet mind. Reishi is also widely used as a Shen protector.
When I drink this tonic the effects are immediate. I feel a wave of clam come over me which allows me to go deeper into my heart. With a clam heart I can purse spiritual matters from a centered space. This is a powerful tonic to support your spiritual practice. It will help you feel emotions in a clear and open way.
This tonic also includes my favorite Chinese longevity tea, Gynostemma. In Asia, Gynostemma is known as “southern ginseng”. It supports a healthy immune system and contains antioxidants. Traditionally it is used for digestion, liver, cardiovascular, and respiratory function. I drink this tea often in the cool weather. It has a slightly sweet taste and makes a wonderful base for this tonic.
Heart Tonic No. 1
- 1 c. gynostemma tea, warm
- 1/4 c. fresh almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. cold pressed coconut oil
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp. pearl powder
- 1 tsp. reishi powder
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until warm.
- Pour and drink slowly.
If you prefer it a little sweeter add 1-2 more dates and that should do the trick. Enjoy this heart focused tonic. I would love to hear what you think and how it supports your heart.