Posts Tagged ‘chai’

It’s Friday night, and raining again.  There’s a cool breeze and a thick fog outside. Even though summer is close on the calendar, tonight feels more like fall, with a slight chill in the air.  Brought to mind a few of my cozy favorites.  A hot cup of homemade chai, Rumi and a little Coldplay in the background.  Yes, all feels right now.

The following recipe is from a dear friend, direct from an ashram in India.  It’s super delicious.  I like to mix it up with some star anise(one of my all time favorite’s) and/or some black peppercorns.

A Taste of Chai…

1 cup pure water

1 cup soy or almond milk(or a blend of the both)

6-7 cardamom seed pods

5-8 cloves

2 T fresh grated ginger root

2 t organic sugar(could play around with less, stevia or agave)

1 t black loose leaf tea(Taj Mahal’s Orange Pekeo is good)

Boil water, ginger, cardamom, and cloves.  When boiling-add tea, milk and sugar.  Boil gently a second time, strain, pour into mugs with a cinnamon stick and ENJOY!

These flavors *rock* together…so warming & comforting.  And when the sun does decide to come out, its great iced too.

A Taste of RUMI…

So, I had the great fortune to meet Andrew Harvey @ the Omega Institute.  He is a lively soul full of passion, and exuberance.  Below is one of the great mystical poet’s(Rumi) works…translated by Andrew:

Jasmine comes up where you step.

You breathe on dirt and it sails off  

like a kite. 

You wash your hands and the water you throw out

shines with gold.

You say a line of scripture

and all the dead commentators lift their heads.

Your robe brushes a thorn bush

and a deep chord of music comes.

Whatever you break

finds itself more intelligent for being broken. 

Every second a new being

stands the courtyard of your chest

like Adam, without father or mother,

but the beginning of many generations to come.

I should rhyme that fifty times!

The beginning without any

inclination to end!

But I won’t. I close my mouth

in hope you’ll open yours.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :o)

Until next time,

Breathe Joy…

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