SOULFUL REFLECTIONS

This is one of my favorite meals once the weather warms up! Its so refreshing to have as lunch or dinner outside in the grass, usually with a nice cold beer! This dish is also super easy and requires no oven or stove or anything as well! You basically chuck a bunch of ingredients in the food processor and whiz that around, let it hang out in the fridge for a little while then its done. It’s a perfect go to for those hot days when you can’t make yourself turn the hot appliances.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 large tomatoes chopped (make sure they are fresh and really ripe!)
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • 1 stick of celery chopped
  • 1 large english cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 a red onion chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 11.5 oz cans tomato juice (you would use 23-24 oz any type of tomato juice you choose, I personally like just plain tomato juice.)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper


Instructions

  1. Mix all the chopped veggies together
  2. In a food processor add the tomato juice and garlic and process until smooth.
  3. Add 3/4 of the mixed chopped veggies and the red wine vinegar and the cilantro and pulse until chopped small but still a little chunky. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste, I usually end up adding 1/2-1 teaspoon of each.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, the longer the more the flavors meld and the better it tastes.
  5. To serve top with some of the reserved mixed chopped veggies, some more cilantro. I love serving it with crusty bread topped with avocado.

This is seriously so good and so refreshing! Perfect for the warm summer weather! As always, let me know if you make this!


Via: Beats and Bare Feet

The consequence of loving myself is that I must also love my story.

A story that contains sexualized violence, beginning when I was a baby and not ending until I was 19 years old. Ironically, however, it is exactly this story of pain and suffering that has brought forth a life full of love and light. Without it I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today… and I quite like that person.

 

It was my step-mum, also a survivor of sexualized violence who just happened to be a yoga instructor, who suggested I explore yoga as a means to heal. Not realizing that the practice was about releasing through toxins – physically and emotionally – I didn’t quite understand how it was going to help, but I decided to give it a go.

 

It didn’t take long for the practice to unleash the emotional trauma that I had spent years stifling, protecting deep within the confines of my body. Needless to say, I wasn’t too keen about experiencing these emotions. They were more than terrifying.

 

Lost and confused, I reached out to my step-mum. Her words were simple, yet deep: “It takes great courage to be vulnerable”.

 

And so I continued to practice.

 

For years I practiced within the safety of my own home, until one day a studio opened up down the road. It was the combination of my step-mum’s encouragement, along with my own curiosity, that led me to those doors. With my legs shaking and breath short I made my way inside. I quietly placed my mat in the back corner of the studio, lining up the edges just so with the hardwood.

 

It was here that I met my teacher – Michelle. She radiated love and light. She was powerful, confident, and tender. Her voice rang through the studio like a beautiful songbird. Her passion was deep and her attention to detail was remarkable. Every once in a while she would praise me, “Beautiful, Patricia… Yes, you’ve got it, Patricia, right there!” Sometimes she would thoughtfully offer me a nurturing assist or an adjustment for proper alignment; her touch was so gentle and healing. She was enthusiastic and really and truly cared.

 

It was the safety that Michelle brought into the studio that enabled me to linger in meditation. I felt, for the first time in my life, a sense of stillness. Peace.

 

But what was even more magical is that I was able to sit within the chaos that was bubbling up inside my body and trust that it was simply a process… of experiencing and releasing.

 

The more I sat with this chaos the clearer things became.

 

What I’ve never shared with Michelle, until now, is that it was her yogic wisdom that guided me through the process of accepting that I was beaten, molested, raped… damaged. These same teachings guided me through the process of forgiving my uncle for a lifetime of violence.

 

But more than acceptance and forgiveness, advice gently spoken from my teacher’s lips, alongside a perfectly postured practice, I was led to a place deep within my Self. A place that asked me to do the unthinkable.

A place that asked me to forgive myself... Love myself.

 

And so I did. With the guidance of my teacher and the support of my practice, I began to appreciate the person I am and the story that has helped to create me.

Patricia Arnoldin is a Halifax based yoga teacher who is currently working on her Master’s of Social Work thesis, exploring how a yoga practice can enhance feminist therapy with survivors of sexualized violence. Tricia and her partner Andrew have been blessed with three children – Nathan aged 7 and twins Mila & Laya aged 3.5 – who are some of her biggest teachers, and who are often found playing yoga beside her. Aside from being a busy mum and Dalhousie student, you will likely find Tricia on her mat, whether it is practicing or teaching. She believes wholeheartedly that the practice of yoga is first and foremost therapy, releasing the stress we place on our body every day – be it social pressure, past trauma, or day-to-day struggles. One of her goals is to be a part of the change in bringing yoga forward as a recognized form of embodied therapy for survivors of sexualized violence. You can find her at www.yogawithtricia.com, on Instagram or Facebook at Yoga with Tricia.

There's a ring that I've worn every single day for the past five and a half years. Something I've always identified as a “signature piece”. I found with a friend in an antique shop. The most beautiful and unique ring I had ever seen. A gold band that looked like a mini belt wrapped around your finger with paisley inspired engravings on the band and three turquoise stones set in the front with the belt detailing. I spotted it in December, a time when it was out of my budget. The following March, the friend brought it for me as a gift to cheer me up after my grandfather passed away. I've worn it every day since. I finished unpacking groceries from a quick trip to the store after work last night and realized this ring that I thought I was going to wear for the rest of my life was missing my index finger. It's been fitting a bit loose lately and must of slipped off without me noticing. I called the grocery store I was just at, nothing has been turned in. I called where I work to see if anyone had seen it, no dice. I tore apart my purse and car and retraced my steps without any luck.

 

Normally when I lose something important to me, I feel anxiety and sadness (this seems to be a common response, yes?). But this time was different. I felt a sense of calm about the whole situation, and was able to acknowledge that I was doing so. I knew that what is for me will not pass me and if I've really lost this ring for good, then space is being made for something better. My ego was quick to jump all over that flame but in my truest of truths, but I knew that feeling upset about the situation wouldn't do me any favours. I wrote about it to process my feelings and express my energy (because that's important, suppressing feelings just makes lessons take longer to learn). I also did two, one-card readings – one last night and one this morning with Doreen Virtue's Healing with The Fairies deck asking “What message do you have for me right now?”. Last night I pulled “Look Inside Yourself” this morning I pulled “Rise Above Your Problems” - both readings confirming what I already knew to be true: it's time to Surrender.

Surrender can apply to every single situation in your life. From being stuck in traffic, to losing something, someone or an opportunity, to future tripping about an upcoming moment; surrender to it to get through it. It's kind of like listening to your gut – in your truest of truths, you know that you will make it through whatever is happening in the present moment and deep down you know that negative thinking will not help the outcome of the situation. Realizing this won't be comfortable at first. It may seem scary to let yourself be vulnerable, to allow yourself to Surrender. But the more you do it, the better you'll feel overall, the more you'll start trusting yourself. It is what it is and there's nothing you can do about it. But that doesn't mean that you need to bring yourself down with negative, fear-driven thoughts over it. You are worth the effort it takes to Surrender and ground down in your personal truth in order to feel better in the present moment. Trusting your true-self and surrendering is something that your ego will try to tell you is hard to do. Sometimes you might feel like it's playing a trick on you, that's not surrendering. That's your ego using fear against you. You will always have everything you need in the present moment. Surrender to the present moment, consciously feel all of the feels and know that the Universe has your back in all situations. My current mantra of choice is “I surrender, I surrender, I surrender...” and I use it all the time. From having trouble falling asleep at night, to panicking when my engine light turns on while driving down the highway, to now losing something I considered to be an important lifelong possession (Mercury in Retrograde, is that you messing with my week???).

 

It's empowering to take a step back from what the present situation may look like and get perspective on what is actually happening on a deeper level. Journaling has saved me big time, I've never really kept a consistent journal until the beginning of this year and have noticed a huge change because of it. Writing helps you tune in to your feelings – simply just thinking about a situation over and over may seem effective at the time but that's the ego thriving away and stopping you from moving forward. Writing your thoughts out can make space for ways to think about things differently, at the very least it will help you process the situation and honor your feelings in that moment and in turn, listen to your personal truth. I also find it helpful to focus on how you want to feel (highly recommend The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte), it helps you gain a better perspective. Everyone will have a different way to make the process of Surrender work for them. I recommend simply starting with the “I surrender, I surrender, I surrender...” mantra and see what comes up from there. The best practice is the one that you feel most natural and comfortable with. Surrender until the cows come home and get ready for your best, brightest life.

 

 

I'm a 20-something young professional in Alberta, Canada sending good vibrations out all over the place! Writing keeps me grounded in my truth while baking goods for others makes my heart sing. My happy place is anywhere with a beautiful view. I believe in the best of people and hope we all make it. If you have a dog, I want to hear about it. Follow me on instagram or twitter

 

MEET OUR LUMINARY: TARA MACKEY!

September 15, 2015

We recently caught up with our stunning Luminary Tara Mackey.
Tara is a musician, model and passionate hollistic health blogger. Her blog the organic life is full of tips and product reviews for staying healthy and happy. We love Tara's passion and fierce go getting attitude. Read our chat below and learn more about this luminous woman.

NAME: Tara 

STAR SIGN: Happily a Virgo :) 

NACHOS VS. SUSHI? I'm a home made sushi addict. 

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO TURN YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC INTO A FULL BLOWN CAREER? I had to do what my heart was telling me to do.

WHAT WAS THE TIPPING POINT? I was a year into my environmental lab job (my last "real job") and realized how absolutely miserable and sick I was.  I decided to come off of a bunch of pharmaceuticals I had been prescribed and was taking to "help" my problems (spoiler alert: none of them had helped).  I started to get sick immediately, but I also immediately started pursuing my dreams.  It was radical and beautiful.  I left my job after hiring my replacement and moved to California to create a drastically new life for myself.  Music was a huge part of that!

WHO INSPIRES YOU? Everyone!  Seriously.  I just love meeting new people.  I also love interesting musicians, open minded artists, beautiful souls, radical entrepreneurs. And cute puppies.  

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY? My vintage film camera, guitar and a wrist full of mala beads.

ANY ADVICE FOR UP AND COMING ARTISTS? Whenever you feel discouraged or off track, meditate and remind yourself of what you're doing and why you're doing it.  It's not the easiest decision to walk or invent your own path, and it helps to stay focused on YOU, even if other people are being discouraging or critical.  You got this. 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GIG? I played The Foundation Room at The House of Blues in LA for a few months, every weekend, and I just loved it.  

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TOMORROW TO MEET SOMEONE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?  I'd go to India and have lunch with Yogananda.  I'd just love to meet him in person, feel his aura and have a conversation.  

Learn more about Tara at www.theorganiclifeblog.com

While we aim to only showcase the most serene, beautiful and magical images of Lauren and friends in TUSK & CROWN, sometimes the process is not all that glamorous.

Behind the beautiful sunrises and ocean views are early mornings covering up bags under our eyes, chilly breezes and sometimes mishaps here or there. Sandy puppies who wouldn't walk out of the frames, quickly rising tides, slippery rocks and curious surfers were among the reasons for our giggly faces.

Below is a collection of our favorite blooper moments from the latest shoot with photographer Elizabeth Ervin in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Enjoy!

 

 

 

We recently went through a verbal overhaul. The line formerly known as Avigna Yoga Jewelry is now called Tusk & Crown. Why?

A few reasons... Avigna was originally chosen because it was closely related to one of the names of Ganesh, the hindu elephant-headed diety. The name Avig(h)na specifically refers to Ganesh as a lover of peace. We loved the intention behind the name but unfortunately it was difficult for many to pronounce and spell.

So we decided to move forward, in keeping with the original intention behind our line and call ourselves Tusk & Crown.

With Ganesh having so many quirks and accessories, why did we choose these two to represent our jewelry line?

 

 

In his epic mythology, Ganesha broke off his own tusk while writing scripture. His one tusk represents Ganesha's vast pursuit of knowledge. Other reflections interpret the single tusk to be a symbolism of holding on to the good and throwing away the bad.

Ganesha's crown is regal, shiny, beautiful. However, it also alludes to his knowing that there is a higher spiritual power above us. Like Ganesha's crown, our malas are meditation tools to help our wearers tap into their highest potential and investigate their own life's purpose. They are also meant to be beautiful adornments, just like Ganesha's bejeweled crown.