Hi Sacred Backyard Readers! This porridge recipe I am going to share with you is super vital. Fall is here in the beautiful Northern California Mountains and I have been enjoying some amazing walks along the river. Instead of snow fall its leaf fall for now and many days of the week I am greeted by the Great Blue Heron perched on a rock in the river. My connection with the heron has been going on for over a year now and its a really special one. It’s a bit of a story so I will save it for another post. I also have been visited by the snake medicine, owls, a lady bug; this amazing totem literally crawled up next to me on the couch while I was listening to an Eckart Tolle video, how serendipitous. And of course the blue jays sing and make their presence well known here. Nature loves to be seen for its true essence and nature is a place where we can all feel secure, held and inspired if we are present to its sacredness. The Great Blue Heron is such an auspicious and potent medicine for me. The heron symbolizes having one foot in the manifest word and one in the unmanifest realm. The form realm and formless realm. It is a great reminder to live up to what we are, Human Beings. Human is the form aspect and the Being is the formless aspect that truly grounds us into the here and now and connects us to the flow of life. Any time we are here now we have life flowing through our vortices, its similar to allowing the blood to flow thru our veins accept here we are speaking of our energetic body.
The 80/20 Principle is a great one to apply here. If we put 80% of our attention into being (the deeper aspect of who we are as the observing presence) , literally feeling our true nature through presence and 20% attention on our goals and tasks in life we allow the great primordial intelligence to flow through us and create lives of deeper meaning and purpose.
So as the fall has set in I am enjoying warm porridge before my walk, which is jing building and anti-inflammatory too.
First: Make your coconut mylk, i choose coconut over any nut mylk b/c it is anti-inflammatory and really does not have a high omega 6 ratio like nuts which can create inflammation. So there a couple of ways to do the coconut mylk; 1. you could buy young thai coconut meat (often in the freezer section) and blend them with water then heat that on the stove until warm. I add stevia and sea salt to taste. Or pick up some organic coconut cream with no other ingredients in it and NOT from a can. I made the mistake of doing that once, buying canned coconut mylk and ended up with a big fat headache. Mine comes in a little box, I hope you find it at your store. Its so delicious and all you need to do is soak the bag in hot water then as it gets soft simply open the contents into a blender. Now add 3 or 4 cups of almost hot water. Now blend on high and add in stevia to taste.
Note: If you are using fresh coconuts utilize the coconut water to make kefir and opt to just use fresh water in your porridge and sweeten with stevia to keep this ketogenic, especially earlier in the day you don’t want to spike insulin, you become more insulin resistant in the latter part of the day.
Next: Grind 2 tablespoons of flax seeds and set aside. These are high in omega 3 and great for reducing inflammation keeping your fatty acids in balance(as are the chia seeds that make up the most of your porridge). Put the desired amount of chia seeds in your mylk that’s warming on the stove. If I am making two portions I usually do about 1/2 cup chia as it will swell up a good bit. Now let the chia start to swell and stir, add the ground flax and incorporate well.
Then: Once its warm to the touch and the chia seeds have swelled up a bit pour into bowls. Top with Jing tonifying Goji Berries and a few fresh pomegranate seeds. Fatty acids from this breakfast are also jing tonifying and this supports a ketogenic body ecology diet approach. These fats are so healthy for the brain and give our kidneys nourishment.
Lastly: Top with fresh organic cinnamon to seal the matrix of the the porridge allowing our organs to test on to the food ( I spoke more about cinnamon and turmeric being super foods that seal the matrix of meals in a prior post). Enjoy in presence and great love will imbibe you.
What do you feel about this recipe or the medicine we gain from nature? Share your experiences with animal totems, jing building foods or how you enjoyed the recipe below. And do share this post if you feel inspired. Lots of love from us here at the Sacred Backyard, Dodee Ji & The Great Blue Heron;)