What a beautiful way to spend Sunday evening with Danny!
The shower of the healing sound was just so amazing… Together with the rain drops sound created more rejuvenating energy. As soon as Danny hit the Gong, I was instantly thrown into the space of the cosmos. The sound was so powerful, but yet so soothing at the same time. I never experienced sound like this before. The vibration of singing bowls, gongs and chimes were just like the waves of the ocean. Every time the waves of sound went through my body, I felt all the blockage was cleared. Everything was just washed away... I felt as if not only my vibe had rose, but the space, the land and everything surrounded us rose its vibe after the session. Leaving only beautiful energy. What a wonderful experience…
And I thank all my friends who experienced this magical moment with me… Thank you for taking a risk to come all the way from far away places. What a scary adventure driving through mudslides, and fallen tree wreaks in the storm…
And Danny, Dany Dany... ... ...
You are the best sound medicine man! You created the sound out of pure LOVE. You healed us in an amazing way... I hope I will have a chance to collaborate with you again.
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For this event, I prepared food that harmonized with Danny's session. The menus was burdock tea infused with ginger, dried apricots and orange peels as a welcome drink, winter vegetable, daikon, seaweed soup with baked mochi, green salad with beets marinated in a special pear & cranberries sauce, vegetable chirashi-sushi, steamed broccolis dressed in a creamy tofu source, Turnips pickles in a traditional Kyoto style, strawberries tart in a non baked oil free cuscus shell & nettle tea, Although it was a bit challenging to cook in the dark because of the blackout, I was so glad that everything turned out to be OK, & everyone loved it!
The first time you taste amazake, you will not believe that the sweet, ambrosial flavors of this pudding like substance comes entirely from grain. Amazake, literally "sweet sake", is a nonalcoholic fermented food made by incubating a mixture of cooked rice and koji, rice cultured with an Aspergillus mold, for several hours. The surprisingly concentrated sweetness develops as the abundant digestive enzymes in koji break down the complex starches in rice into easily digestible, natural sugars. This naturally sweet rice preparation has been used in Japan for centuries. as the base of a delicious, warming drink.
Brown rice amazake is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as the B vitamins niacin and thiamin, and is low in fat. Whole brown rice contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus and iron. Unlike other intensely sweet foods, which are usually made up mostly simple sugars, amazake provides a slow but prolonged source of energy that is calming and soothing.
Amazake is the perfect food for people suffering from poor digestion, since its ingredients are predigested into simple nutrients by the traditional fermentation process. For this reason, it is also considered an excellent food for young children. Like miso, amaze has an abundance of active enzymes that help your body break down proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrate into simple amino acids, fatty acids, and simple sweet sugars.
This information is based on the book “Japanese Foods that Heal" by John and Jan Belleme.
Here's the recipe for amazake from Peaceful Cuisine. Ryoya has a lot of amazing vegan recipes. A few years ago, I had his cooking class in my kitchen when he came to CA., and we had a great time!!
Blood, the essence of life, includes red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma, or the fluid in which the other elements are suspended. Blood disorders range from a mild tendency to bleed to severe hemophilia, from RH incompatibility to leukemia. Modern medicine treats blood products, including artificial substances, to fortify and purify the blood. In macrobiotic healing, blood is directly related to diet, and changes in our daily way of eating can strengthen or weaken the blood. Broadly, all sickness and disorders are related to our blood quality. A balanced way of eating, centered on whole grains and vegetables, will create healthy blood and protect against most diseases.
Under normal conditions, blood is produced in the intestines. Food molecules are absorbed in the villi of the small intestine and enter the bloodstream, where they change into white blood cells, plasma, and eventually red blood cells and platelets. The iron core of the blood, hemoglobin, has a construction similar to that of chlorophyll, which has magnesium at the center of the molecule instead of iron.
Through transmutation, magnesium from plant foods, in combination with oxygen circulating in the cells, changes into iron, contributing to the formation of strong blood. The intestines create white blood cells and plasma, and later with the assistance of the liver and spleen, white blood cells changes into read blood cells.
The blood is normally slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.3 & 7.45. Acidosis results if the pH falls below this level. The body compensates by exhaling more acids during respiration and by buffer mechanisms that neutralize acids in the bloodstream, such as the conversion of hydrochloric acid into water, carbon dioxide, and other byproducts. Many foods in the modern diet are acid-produing, including meat, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products, sugar and other refined sweeteners, oil and oily, greasy foods, alcohol, and drugs. These foods create weaker, more acid blood, causing the lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen, heart, and other major organs to work herder to maintain an alkaline condition. In addition to chemical reactions, the bloodstream offsets acidosis by drawing upon stored minerals, including sodium, calcium, and phosphorus, in the teeth, bones, and other compact areas of the body, weakening these organs and functions in order to keep the blood slightly alkaline.
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This drink has been known to help conditions such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, atopy, bone cancer, brain tumor, breast cancer, diabetes, gout, hypoglycemia, kidney cancer, lung problem, Lyme disease, lymphoma, nervous conditions, ovarian cancer(pain), pancreatic cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, skin cancer, stomach cancer stress, stress, thyroid and throat cancer, women's reproductive cancers, and many other conditions .
Excellent for softening tightness caused by heavy animal food consumption and for relaxing the body and muscles. It is especially beneficial for softening the pancreas and helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. A small cup may be taken daily or every other day, especially in the mid- to late afternoon. It will satisfy the desire for a sweet taste and help reduce cravings for simple sugars and other stronger sweets.
Use equal amounts of 4 sweet vegetables(onions, cabbage, sweet winter squash/pumpkin, and carrots), finely chopped. In the source pan, place the vegetables in layer. The bottom layer is onion, 2nd layer is cabbage, 3rd layer is squash and the top layer is carrots. Then pour the 4 times amount of filtered water gently. Bring to boil uncovered for up to 3 min., reduce the flame to low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain the vegetable from the broth. Drink the broth only.
No seasoning is used in this recipe. You may keep this drink in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days, but should be warmed again or allowed to return to room temperature before drinking.
Chewing is also very important. Please read the artcile as below.
The essence of life is change. Like everything in nature, women and men pass through stages in their growth and development. Menopause is one of these natural transitions. As with puberty and childbirth, menopause is a normal stage in a women’s life. In the modern world, however, there is a tendency to turn the natural process of life into medical events. Such is the case with menopause.
Aging is the opposite of growth. Growth is yin or expansive, while aging is the process in which things becomes physically more yang. At the same time, her yin, invisible nature-in other words, her wisdom and spiritually-become deeper and richer.
During menopause, a woman produces less estrogen and progesterone, the primary female sex hormones. With that, menstruation gradually becomes less regular and eventually stops. If a woman is naturally healthy, these changes occur smoothly, and the transition through menopause is not accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms. However in today’s world, unnatural dietary and life style habits are causing many women to experience a variety of symptoms during menopause. Many of these symptoms continue beyond menopause into old age.
The menstrual cycle is a beautiful example of the harmony and balance of yin and yang. Menstruation is initiated by hormones produced by pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. These hormones, known as follicle stimulating hormone(FSH) and luteinizing hormone(LH) are strongly charged by yang energy spiraling down from the cosmos. This contracting force, known as heaven’s force, enters the body at the top of the head as well as the region around the midbrain, including the pituitary. As a result, pituitary hormones are strongly charged with heaven’s contracting energy. The lower body is complementary and opposite to the head. It is strongly charged by energy coming up from the earth. The ovaries and uterus are located in the lower body and receive a strong charge of earth’s yin expanding force. When the pituitary produces FSH and LH, the ovaries respond by producing eggs. When an egg is produced, it sends out hormonal message that tell the pituitary to reduce the production of FSH and LH. Yin counteracts and neutralize yang. At menopause, the ovaries no longer produce eggs, and thus the pituitary keeps producing these two hormones without the usual counteracting effect. This yang activity cause the level of these hormones in the blood to increase. At menopause, therefore, a woman’s condition naturally become more yang.
Studies of women in Japan, China, and other parts of the world where grains and other plant foods comprise the mainstay of the diet, show that they experience far fewer menopausal symptoms than women in the West. The Japanese, in fact, have no word in their language for “hot flashes.” These studies, in addition to the many cases of symptom-free menopause experienced by macrobiotic women, suggest that a plant-based diet reduces, if not eliminates, many of the symptoms of menopause.
The macrobiotic principle of yin and yang can help us understand why some women experience no symptoms at menopause, while others experience many. Menopause is time when a woman naturally becomes more yang. If their diet is based on more yin vegetable quality foods which counteract the effects of strong yang, then she can more easily pass through menopause without symptoms. If, however, her diet includes plenty of meat, eggs chicken, cheese, and other strongly yang animal foods, her condition becomes unbalanced and she will be more likely to develop a host of short-and long term symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy(HRT), in which synthetic or naturally-derived hormones are giving to women during and after menopause, has now become a routine part of medical practice. An estimated 40% of menopausal women in the U.S. are using HRT. Primary, an estrogen replacement made from urine of pregnant mares, is used by more than 8 million American women, making it the most popular drug in the U.S. Hormone creams and patches are being used by millions of more women. Although it is used by millions of women, HRT has serious drawbacks. Several studies have linked HRT with an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer. HRT can produce a variety of other side effects. A far more sensible answer to the symptoms of menopause is to avoid strongly yang animal foods while basing the diet of whole grains, beans, and fresh soy foods such as tofu contain phytoestrogens(phyto=plant); mild estrogen -like compounds that act like estrogen in the body. These phytoestrogens can help relieve menopausal symptoms caused by estrogen deficiency.
Phytoestrogens actually lower the risk of breast and endometrial cancer, both of which are linked to high estrogen levels in the body. Mild phytoestrogens and the potentially pathological estrogens that accelerate female cancers are both yin. Phytoestrogens are mildly yin, while potentially pathological estrogens are extremely yin. (Potentially, pathological estrogens are accelerated by the intake of milk, ice cream, sugar, and chocolate, as well as by animal fats) The intake of foods containing phytoestrogens causes pathological estrogens to be excreted from the body. The higher the intake of foods rich in phytoestrogens, the greater the excretion of pathological estrogens.
Both types of estrogen compete at receptor sites. The beneficial estrogens may block the reception of potentially harmful estrogens. This may help explain the relatively low rates of great cancer among Chinese and Japanese women. Asian women regularly consume tofu and other foods rich in phytoestrogens.
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"Through what we consume, we change the quality of our body, mind, and spirit. Each of us is responsible for his or her own life and destiny. We are our own masters, and no one can chew for us." --- Michio Kushi
If we grind and break down the morsels of food with our teeth, we are beginning essential digestion of food in our mouths, producing many essential enzymes. Saliva, called “Nectar of the Gods” by the ancient Chinese, along with vital enzymes, mixes with our food, alkalinizing each mouthful before we swallow it into our stomach, where it is more efficiently digested and “burned.” According to Yogic teachings, this creates prana (life-force energy) and with each bite, valuable anti-aging parotin hormones are interjected. Good chewers heal faster, live longer, and look younger!
Dr. Ogata, professor at the School of Medicine at Tokyo University, discovered that chewing stimulates the production of parotin hormones. These strengthen all the cells in the body, promote rejuvenation, slow aging, and stimulate the thymus glands to produce T-cells that fight all diseases.
Change is often quite challenging. To change a lifetime of eating habits takes courage... and relearning. That is why we call it a macrobiotic practice. You did not learn how to drive a car in one lesson. Therefore it would take several trials to eat, chew and breathe property.
I liken chewing well to chopping kindling to stoke a fire and ignite the wood. Imagine trying to light a large log with a small match. This is what ordinary eating is. Gulping large “logs” of food produces the epidemic of modern digestive problems. Chewing-breathing is like chopping the log into kindling - chopping breaks down the wood, just as chewing breaks down the food. Consequently, with thorough chewing, we burn our food, quite literally, producing more powerful energy.
Eating is a sacred act of creating your very life and is both a physical and spiritual act that profoundly influences us each day. Eating well is a powerful way to love and care for ourselves. Eat well and be well.
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Conscious Eating, A System for Maximum Energy and Healing By Lino Stanchich