Thinking About New Beginnings…With Lessons Learned and Memories of the Passing Year

World peace prayers in northern India; blessèd transforming moments with the Brazilian healer John of God at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY; and personal blessings and spiritual inspiration from H.H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet in New York.

Looking at my calendar of 2014 it seems to have been a courageous year.
• Overcoming operation and illness at the beginning of the year with alternative medicines, homeopathy and herbal remedies plus diet, realizing at the end of the year that the most important healing tool is the state of mind and balancing emotions.
• Traveling to faraway places to heal, sharing foreign cultures, rituals, religious ceremonies between thousands of fellow Buddhists from all over the world…
• a rich, colorful 365 days that form a huge rainbow of light over me.

When meeting enlightened beings and experiencing their energy, the awareness of oneself becomes more pronounced, as if lifted from one level to the next. It helped to give me a sense of my essence on a deeper level, opened my heart to forgive and forget old obstacles that are blocking my cure. I experienced the power of their energy in those moments — like a mirage — yet their strength and compassionate embraces made me feel so close, as no family could be closer. These blessings are transformative and affect the cells in the body to reverse dis-ease.

It is not my faith that makes them so powerful in my eyes — but their deeds and behavior towards all sentient beings and all that exists in this world, from the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms.

I focus to bring this healing energy into the New Year, to improve my own wellbeing and share it with all I will come in touch with.

The mystery of life is to see rebirth in each new year, to find love where there was sadness, forgiveness where there was hatred.
Recognizing the obstacles and diseases in your life as your tools, since you somehow created them, or they were sent to you, is the beginning of your healing.
“Your biggest enemy is your best teacher. Be grateful for it,” is the Dalai Lama’s motto and belief, while living with the fact that the Chinese government occupied his country by force since the last generation.

The gifts for this holiday: believe in yourself with an open heart, take good care of yourself, and listen, first of all, to your own inner voice…and your life will unfold with ease.
Happy holidays,
Your friend, Sylvia

For me, this year is ending with a great detox cleanse for lymph and liver, which also strengthens mental clarity.

I found this tea recipe on the beautiful island of the grand Bahamas from the Tree of Life, an old native recipe that brings new life into the tired winter body:
Pick a handful of madeira leaves and chickweed, wash and dry, then crush in a bowl into small pieces. Boil for 5-10 minutes. Once ready to drink, add raw brown sugar. Make enough to drink throughout the day whenever you get thirsty.

Since these ingredients are difficult to find, except for by special order, here is another wonderful recipe for winter with readily available components and great results:
Cut 3 lemons in half and squeeze the juice thoroughly. Place the peels into a pot, cover with spring water and bring to a boil. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, then add the fresh lemon juice and heat it all together briefly. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper— enough to barely sting your lips—and add a spoonful of honey. Your liver will be grateful for this detox tea, especially after a rich holiday meal.

Here is a healing recipe for sore throats with loss of voice, laryngitis:
Peel a white onion and cut it in half. Place into a pot and cover with organic whole milk. Bring to a boil and let it steep in the milk till it cools down, ready to drink. Remove the onion, add a spoonful of honey and drink the brew slowly.
I learned this recipe from my grandmother who served it to our actor friend a few hours before opening night for a great theater performance. When the curtain was rising his voice was back.