Breakfast today was a, much needed, medicinal hot chocolate. Steaming hot goodness served in a comforting bowl, not quite big enough in my humble opinion, but, it was a deLIGHT.
With an ingredients list befitting of a Goddess, and a who’s who of superfoods, it was whilst mindfully sipping this beautiful concoction that I pondered self-love and the tonics provided by the plant kingdom as medicine to soothe our heart and root us deeper into the knowing, wisdom and love of the earth.
I chose not to scroll through Instagram and Facebook whilst enjoying this velvety rich bowl of hot loveliness this morning, which was actually as big a part of the healing potential as the drink itself I think.
With Venus in retrograde right now, and the emphasis on matters of the heart and relationship, with others and with ourSelf, I thought about how important it is that we tap into the treasure trove of available support. Empowering ourSelf to be ‘comfortably heart centred’ and willingly self-loving, on a daily basis in the most important relationship we have.
Cacao happens to be one of the most heart centred plants there is, physically rich in nutrients that support heart health, whilst energetically providing the space for a deeper connection of one’s own heart to Gaia, as used and invoked by the Mayans during healing ritual and ceremony.
Later today I was in a yoga store and on the counter was a bowl of cards, of course I picked one; Self-love! Don’t you just love signs from the Universe?!
So, in the spirit of self-love I’m now at the beach, soaking up the rays and absorbing all the vitamin sea. Bliss.
Self-love can be a sticky subject for many of us, look, I’ve been reminded today of the need for perhaps a little more self-love and I’m the one writing the blog… 😉
This got me thinking, is there a way of combining loving intention with plant medicine to create a practice of self-love that we can indulge in daily to build up our self-love bank?
I say yes! And this mornings experience of mindfully sipping my medicinal hot chocolate whilst holding the intention to connect with my heart and Be receptive to its nourishment, on all levels, proved it.
After all, energy follows thought, so mindfully connecting our loving intention with our favourite medicinal tipple, daily crafting the space for this experience, to be open and receptive to the love and support that surrounds us, is a powerful ritual.
If you feel inspired to dive deeper into your self-love practice then try this –
Medicinal hot cacao self-love ritual
- Loving intention
- 2 tsp Cacao
- 1/2 tsp Reishi
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Dates
- 2/3 cup nut milk
- 1/3 cup water
- Blend all ingredients and gently warm on a stove, whisking as you go. Pour into your favourite cup and sit down somewhere quiet and comfortable.
- Hold the hot chocolate in your hands and set an intention of this experience to be a practice of self-love, that this will be a loving time and space whilst this rich medicine is loving your body, heart and spirit.
- Conjure an energy of appreciation for the plant kingdom and all its delicious nourishment and high vibrational energy contained in your cup. Intend for your body to Be open and receptive to the goodness. Now breathe deeply, relax, close your eyes and take a moment to connect a little deeper with yourself. Be aware of the aroma of the chocolate and allow it to awaken your senses.
When you’re ready, open your eyes and mindfully sip, allowing all your senses to experience its richness and flavour. Notice what feelings, sensations or thoughts arise. Be mindful of what comes up for you during this practice. Take your awareness to your heart space and allow yourself to feel the pleasure of drinking this, feeding you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Once finished, sit quietly for a few moments in meditation, allowing all the goodness to be assimilated and digested.
Thank these beautiful ingredients for their energy, wisdom, nourishment and love. Thank your body for being open and receptive.
Once you’re ready close this time and space with love and appreciation.