A Clean, Well-Lighted Space

Recipe: Shake into Summer

While we are all responsible for our own healing, we cannot heal alone. Even though we may cultivate the tools to process our hurt and experiences (in fact, we must), part of the human experience is to deliver love and support through our relationships and seek it from others who provide for our highest good.

Have you ever noticed how just having someone else present to bare witness to your experience can help you travel to emotional places you’d be unlikely to venture on your own? We all need a safe place to let go, and the loving and allowing space held by a neutral other can be an incredible conduit in helping us do this. There’s a reason why emotions always come up with a therapist, or tears might flow when we receive energy work. Someone is there communicating to us in one way or another that our experience is sacred, okay, and important. When we feel this intuitively, our heart gets the green light that it is safe to go “there” and we can let go.

This isn’t a solo journey; nay, we are here to cultivate healing in and with each other. Every so often, find someone neutral to hold a healing space for you, be it through a physical touch, a listening ear, or an intention. Find someone who will support you to go deep, and go deep!

Like any sensible person, at the start of the warm weather I get the shakes — the “milk-shakes,” that is. I start to crave that thick, viscous, creamy cold satisfaction that only a blender and sweet frozen matter can deliver. So I got right on that, and came up with the below recipe – which, because it contains so much good stuff, can double as dinner AND dessert! If you are feeling extra indulgent or if you feel like sharing, add half an avocado (or a tbsp or two of macademia nut butter as my brother did) and hold on tight! 

Shake Into Summer

1 large frozen banana

1/2 cup almond or soy milk

grated ginger – 1/2 inch or so (to taste)

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp black chia seeds (optional)

4 soft dates (pitted)

In a small glass, soak chia seeds in almond milk. Set aside for ten or so minutes, until mixture has thickened. Add the dates and milk and blend on high until smooth. Then, add the rest of your ingredients and repeat. [Don’t over blend though, as this will heat up your frozen matter and you’ll end up with more of a pudding!] Now, you are ready to consume.

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