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IN A SENSE : February

Issue 05 : February 
A monthly composition of Sensory Inspiration 

February, a season to reflect on the meaningful relationships in our lives and how we love and care for each other. In this issue, we focus on simple practices that foster self-love and acceptance, for we can only love others as well as we love ourselves.
Still from The Lovers, The Great Wall Walk

Marina Abramović was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1946) and is considered a pioneer of performance art. Using her body as subject and medium, Abramović explores the relationship between performer and audience. Her work focuses on themes of life and death and she pushes her physical and emotional limits in a quest for self-transformation and transcendence.

Abramović collaborated for many years with her romantic partner Ulay after meeting in 1976. Together, they explored themes of conflict and devotion. In 1983 they announced their most ambitious collaboration, The Lovers, where they would walk from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China, meet in the middle, then marry. Five years later the Beijing authorities granted them permission. They started their walk 5,000 kilometers apart. Ulay traversed China's deserts in the west while Marina climbed through the mountainous region of eastern China. The Lovers ended up being the last of their relational works.

During the years the couple waited to perform the piece, they struggled in their romantic partnership. Upon meeting in the middle, the couple said goodbye and ended their relationship instead of marrying as originally envisioned. Abramović described the spiritual journey as a romantic ending to a relationship that was filled with energy, mysticism, and attraction. You can watch a short documentary about the couple and their collaborative work by clicking the button below.


“The simple way to figure out who you are and what you want is to start aligning yourself with the things that energize you.” - Mel Robbins
We recently listened to a conversation between Rich Roll and Mel Robbins, an author and motivational speaker whose work focuses on change, motivation, and the potential for personal transformation. During the discussion, Mel talks openly about her struggles with anxiety, depression, and relationship while reflecting on the tools she's found useful in her personal growth and development. The notion of committing to oneself to stabilize and enhance all one's connections persists through out the interview. 
You can listen to the full dialog through the link below.

Bodha is a fragrance studio that invites you to come back to yourself through the healing power of scent. We recently discovered Bodha's Aromatherapy Ritual Oils and have been experiencing their potent affects while using the blends in our bath or home diffuser.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oil for therapeutic benefit. When we smell a fragrant oil, the scent travels from the smell receptors directly to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions. This can cause mood changes by altering our brain chemistry. Additionally, when essential oils are inhaled they can support the respiratory system, and relieve symptoms of infection, allergies, and headache.

Bodha's Refresh Ritual Oil is an uplifting blend of Clary Sage, Basil and Mint and can be used to revive tired nerves and inspire fresh creation. The Calm Ritual Oil includes Wild Geranium, Lavender, and Sage which promotes a sense of inner quiet and relaxes the nervous system.

Rose symbolizes love, beauty, and enchantment. The flower also activates heart energy which can promote positive change in your relationships. As the ultimate symbol of love, we were inspired to create an indulgent drink this month, featuring our tea powders and rose water.

Hojicha Rose Latte  (1 Serving)
1/4 C Water
3/4 C Milk of choice
2.5 g Hojicha Powder 
1 Tsp Raw Cane Sugar

1/2 Tsp Rose Water

- In a saucepan, warm milk and water together.
- Measure all other ingredients and add to your blender.
- Add warm milk water mixture to blender and blend on high.
- Taste for sweetness, adjust as needed.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.

Note - If you don't have an upright blender, you can easily prepare this drink on your stove top. Just add all ingredients to a saucepan and use a hand held whisk to blend. 

Variation - Matcha Rose Latte
Follow the instructions above substituting our Matcha Powder in place of Hojicha Powder.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as tapping, is a psychological acupressure technique that supports emotional health and can reduce anxiety and stress. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on a series of 9 points while repeating a phrase describing your emotional state, followed by an affirmation. The points are on the body's meridian points, which are thought to be where energy flows, as well as where it can get blocked. Tapping on these points can restore balance and flow of energy and signals to the brain that it is safe to relax.

Tapping is simple and painless and can be practiced anywhere. More information and simple instructions can be found on the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health website, found using the link below.

Emotional Freedom Technique
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