Your Animal Spirit for Today
November 9, 2013
Fox medicine represents the ability to blend in. She can change colors to blend with the seasons—becoming almost invisible against a backdrop of snow or foliage. Fox also has an amazing sense of smell that enables her to sniff out dangerous situations. Be like a Fox—street smart and safety savvy—don’t call attention to yourself as today is a day of watch and wait.
by Michelle Schoffro Cook
Turmeric is not just for curries anymore. New research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found the key ingredient in the spice turmeric, curcumin, enhances the activity of the cells’ energy centers to speed metabolism. Given overweight and obesity rates, which are at an all-time high, this new information offers assistance to the millions of people trying to lose weight.
This information follows a lengthy list of other studies showing curcumin’s ability to prevent or delay cancer, prevent and even improve Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, heal heart disease, arthritis, and depression.
Of course you can still enjoy turmeric (fresh or powdered) in curries, but don’t hold back with this spice. Add it to soups, stews, and salad dressings too. The USDA study found that supplementing with 300 to 500 mg of curcuminoids (the collective name for the active ingredients in turmeric) worked best for boosting metabolism.
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Trial and Error
Learning to Trust Divine Guidance
by Madisyn Taylor
Keeping an open mind is the most important step when learning to listen to divine guidance.
Anyone who has asked for divine guidance knows that it can be challenging to trust it when it comes. This is because divine guidance comes in many forms and it is sometimes hard to locate it. We aren’t sure if we are meant to trust our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams, or our intuitions to be the carriers of divine wisdom. We are not sure if advice from a friend is the form in which the guidance has come into the world, or if our own opinion is the source of wisdom we need to take seriously. The ability to sort all this out comes with trial and error, and the best way to learn to recognize divine guidance is to engage in the process of asking and receiving.
Sometimes when we ask for guidance, we already have a sense of what we want to hear. At such times, receiving guidance can be difficult, because we don’t want to hear anything that appears to be in opposition to our desire. Therefore, one of the most important qualities we need to cultivate if we are to receive guidance is an open mind. It helps to acknowledge what we want, and then to symbolically set it aside, making room for whatever wisdom comes through to us.
Cultivating an active relationship with the divine is the essential ingredient to being able to receive and trust guidance when it comes our way. We can make a daily practice of this by using a set of runes, a deck of cards, or a pendulum. We can also use our journals, developing a relationship with the divine through the written word. As we request and receive guidance, we might take notes on our experiences. Over time we will begin to recognize when we were able to hear correctly and when we were not. In this way, we will gradually attune ourselves to our particular relationship with the divine. Begin to trust the guidance you are receiving and soon you will find it flowing with ease.