Two Ayurvedic Tips to Support Winter Psychedelic Integration
“Little Darling, It’s Been a Long Cold Lonely Winter”
This George Harrison quote constantly runs through my head in the winter time. Any time the sky is the slightest bit gray or the temperature drop to 55 degrees, I desperately want to bundle up and drink tea and cover myself in warm Ayurvedic oil. I’m a big baby when it comes to the weather. To think I occasionally entertain the idea of moving to the woods of New England, Walden-Style. BRRR
Even though the winter hasn’t really been that long or cold (and hopefully not too lonely) for those of us in the North Bay, that’s no reason not to avail ourselves of all the warmth and nourishment, and coziness that is available to us. Ayurveda has is super helpful when it comes to this sort of thing, and I’ll offer a few of my favorite practices for warmth below.
For me, our integration circle is a place of warmth and nourishment as well. Even though I’m the ‘facilitator’ and not a ‘receiver’, I receive a lot from the circles. I can drop a lot of the crap I’ve been carrying around with me, drop into a state of presence that is so valuable, and listen and connect. My physical body tends to drop some of its armoring and tension, and I am able to feel a sweet sense of flow through my tissues, that feels like it is feeding me. Also, being in a conscious circle after all of the frenetic activity of the holidays is also deeply grounding. I hope this, or something similar is true for you, as well.
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A few of my favorite Ayurvedic warming and nourishing practices:
1. Warm Sesame Oil Self Massage
Sesame Oil is an Ayurvedic master medicine. It is said to feed the tissues of the body right through the skin, to relieve tension and stress on a deep, nervous system level, and to keep the body warm and supple when the days are cold and brittle. There is more, a comprehensive discussion of the benefits of Sesame Oil goes way beyond the scope of this email.
- Buy yourself some organic, untoasted sesame oil. It’s probably at your local health food store. Untoasted.
- Put some in a BPA free plastic container. I suggest plastic, because this can get slippery, and you don’t want to deal with broken glass when you’re naked. Trust me.
- Put your container in a pot of water and heat the pot. Let the oil get warm enough so that when you put it on your skin you go, ‘oooohhhh’. ‘ahhh’ is also acceptable. if you say ‘ow’, it’s too hot.
- Go into the bathroom and cover your skin. Gently massage any sore areas. Have fun with it.
- Finish up with a warm shower. don’t use too much soap, just let the warm water bake the oil into your skin.
- Clean up as best you can, watch our for slippery spots on the floor.
2. Dates in Ghee
Dates in Ghee is considered to be a Rasayana, or rejuvenation formula. I was introduced to them by Joseph of Joyful Belly. I’m going to include his recipe here. He does a much better job of explaining it all that I would. Please take some time on his site. It’s wonderful.
I hope you try these, and if you like having this sort of thing included in the blog, please let me know, and I’ll add some more yoga and ayurveda in the future.