Being Present Moving Forward

A blog about meditation & personal growth by psychic Janet Wright

Miso & Meditation: Healthy & Comforting Rituals

Hey folks! Today I want to share something I’ve done for about a year now that was originally suggested to a few clients by their angels in readings, then of course my angels told me to do it too. They said to have a cup of miso soup first thing every morning throughout the fall and winter, and to meditate while having it. They called it “miso & meditation.” I got so used to doing it I only skipped miso soup a little in the summer, and instead had herbal tea with my morning meditation. So maybe it will work for you too, or maybe the other ideas will just get you thinking about what healthy and comforting rituals you could fit into your daily routine. Just FYI, I am a professional psychic reader and energy healer, NOT licensed or expert at all in Chinese medicine. I wrote a disclaimer paragraph at the bottom of this blog post, with a little extra info about Chinese medicine and how cool it is. :-)

So anyway, I just put a half a spoon of miso soup paste into a cup, first add some filtered water at room temp to cover the miso, then boiling water to fill the cup. Since miso paste has healthy bacteria I imagine that moderating the water temp helps keep some of the good bacteria alive, though that’s just my totally unproven method. I like drinking it pretty warm, like tea temperature. Once it sits for a few seconds then I stir it up with a spoon and mush all the miso until it dissolves. I keep the spoon in the mug and re-stir before each sip as otherwise it settles. If you taste yours and it’s too bland then add a little more paste. Personally I use it to get down some herbal supplement gel caps I take each morning too. In my super untrained nutshell- miso soup balances you out. In Chinese medicine you can have all these inner physical health conditions like damp heat, wind cold, etc. Miso soup brings you back towards the middle, closer to inner balance, so it’s one food for any time & any time of day where you don’t have to diagnose yourself to figure out if it will help.

I buy miso soup paste in Whole Foods in the refrigerated cases in the produce section. Personally I buy a few tubs at once, as I have it daily and they keep for a while on the top shelf of my fridge. Here in the photo is the brand I buy, though a client told me they didn’t have that brand and instead had a different brand in New York. You don’t need this particular brand. I just give you the photo in case it helps. That’s one of our four cats in the photo - YoYo. It’s early morning and he’s curious to see if he’s getting breakfast early. Food is always on his mind.

I think it helps to have some healthy rituals, things you do every day and don’t skip. If you can build a comforting ritual that helps you I think it’s great because you are less likely to skip it when you are stressed and need it most. Part of what I like about this ritual is the miso helps me physically, drinking something pleasant and warm brings my spirit closer to my body first thing in the morning, and of course meditation always helps. So say at a bare minimum you have a cup of miso and do my 9 minute Beginner Version: Inspiring Day meditation recording, or my 15 minute Confidence meditation, or for a longer ritual my 28 minute 7 Chakras Meditation/Healing recording. If you have them all already on your phone, your miso paste already in the fridge, then it’s a simple ritual and you can do a shorter or longer version of it as desired. Alternatively you can create your own meditation as you go, which I call freestyle meditation. Many times I will freestyle as I listen to my recordings since the recording is a nice vibration with helpful reminders and I’ll pay attention to it on and off as I freestyle meditate. I am more likely to use one of my meditation recordings for my early morning meditation as I am still sleepy and the recording gets me more present and productive with my self-healing fast. I want to get to my breakfast soon so I want to have a productive meditation before that. If for some unusual reason I wake up very hungry then I can half-listen to a meditation recording as I cook breakfast, then meditate in a focused way after breakfast. Anything is better than nothing. Plenty of people half-listen to a meditation recording as they do other things, but they do it regularly, so the beneficial centering effects do add up. Just because you don’t reach total nirvana doesn’t mean it didn’t help you and your day. :-)

Hope that helps. If you have your own healthy ritual you’d like to share or any comment feel free to comment anonymously below. It could be a centering ritual that involves focused meditation, half-listening meditation, deep breaths, walking, yoga, a quick stretch, etc.

Disclaimer & more info on Chinese Medicine:
My knowledge of Chinese medicine mostly comes from receiving acupuncture myself regularly as a satisfied patient for many years (though not lately), and also years ago I took the course Intro to Oriental Medicine at the Pacific School of Oriental Medicine, but that’s all. Because Chinese Medicine deals with the flow of energy within the body it’s sort of the physical cousin twice removed to what I do. Chinese medicine is very holistic and so they deal with all sorts of subtle and non-subtle conditions and symptoms you may be experiencing. Also it’s a very pro-wellness model which I also share, so you don’t just go when you are sick. You can go to attain even more balance and wellness at any time. Chinese Medicine training to become certified in Chinese acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine is a very intensive four year program, so I have a ton of respect for anyone licensed to practice it in a state in the U.S., for example in Illinois where we live right now. I think not all states have certifications. So whenever I write about Chinese Medicine please take it on the level of maybe your totally untrained neighbor, and ultimately consult with your own Chinese medicine practitioner for expert custom advice.

Part of the beauty of Chinese medicine is it is completely customized to your unique state of balance or imbalance on a physical level at that time. Also Chinese Medicine maps out different times of day and can use that and knowledge of your unique balance and imbalance to give you very specific recommendations. They acknowledge that anything you ingest- all food and herbs and beverages have qualities that could make them beneficial or harmful for you depending on your typical and current state. For example your practitioner after one or a few visits can recommend herbal teas that would be good for you most mornings, or afternoons, or evenings. They can discuss with you what types of food would help you, what to stay away from, etc. I will share only some super basic and general Chinese medicine info sometimes in blog posts even though I’m not an expert because I believe it to be pretty basic stuff that would not likely be harmful. I would encourage anyone interested to seek out their own licensed Chinese medicine practitioner, licensed in Chinese acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs because they are the pros in this and can give you important custom advice and help. You can look on yelp to find one local to you that has good reviews.

Grounding & Meditation During Vacation Travel

Traveling somewhere for vacation is supposed to be a treat. Often we have high expectations and think it will magically melt away all our built-up stress, but sometimes it can be very challenging energetically. I recommend you find time for your meditation work before, during, and after when you are vacationing so you can be most able to live it up and enjoy! Since energy often is triggered early, meditating days and even weeks before a trip could really help clear you and make the trip easier for you. In a nutshell- think grounding. Especially when traveling, redoing your grounding multiple times during a day is a great idea. So even if it's a minute here, 20 seconds there, imagine your grounding nice and wide, as wide as your whole aura, flowing all the way down to the center of the earth. This can be calming and centering as it helps you to release energy that is not yours.

I have a Grounding Part 1 & Grounding Part 2 video on youtube you could watch to learn all about grounding. My Grounding Part 1 video you can watch over and over as the first six minutes is a very restorative grounding walkthrough. My Grounding Part 2 video has grounding diagrams and examples.

Any new environment, even going to a grocery store, can greatly affect your grounding. Travel and vacations often involve many changes of environment, which therefore can affect the grounding of you and those around you. Grounding connects you to the center of the earth. Of course the center of the earth is the same, but the surface of the earth can vary greatly. For example if you are in a big forest there is so much earth energy even in the air all around you. With so much ambient earth energy it’s really automatic for anyone to be very grounded. On the other hand, if you are in an airport, on a plane, in a museum, a hotel lobby, or are traveling to a major city there may be relatively little ambient earth energy around, so the average person will be much less grounded and present.

With mindfulness, you can be very grounded anywhere, even in a plane. It just may take a few moments of your conscious intention and awareness to imagine and re-create a strong downward flowing grounding. Since those around you probably won’t be consciously aware of their grounding you need to understand that they may have abrupt mood shifts or energy level shifts during the trip as they are affected by the environment and become ungrounded. You cannot control how your travel companions feel, but you can work to ensure you are as present as possible during your trip so that you can make the most of it.

My audio meditation recordings are very convenient for travel, since once you get them from your desktop computer to your smartphone you can take them anywhere on your phone. So unless you will travel with a laptop, plan ahead. Buy them and download them and get them onto your phone before your trip so they are all set on your phone for you. All the meditation recordings I list below are available for purchase here on my site for $5 each.

My top TRAVEL meditation picks for summer 2015:
Shorter travel meditation choice: My meditation recording Beginner Version: Inspiring Day Meditation is only 9 minutes long. That'd be extra cool to try when traveling too because it could help to reset your mood and outlook. This may help you be less affected by mood shifts of those around you, as it empowers you so you can change your inner state to change how you feel.

Longer travel meditation choice: My Grounding In-Depth 23 min recording could be really interesting to use before, during, or after travel since it also talks about being open to change & releasing old patterns. This could help you be open to the transformative potential of travel. Also since it has a lot of grounding and 1st chakra healing with it, it could help for if you are traveling with young children. They are connected to your 1st chakra so the more safe your 1st chakra is, it could help to calm them.

Longest travel meditation choice: My 7 Chakras Meditation/ Healing recording is 28min. It walks you through healing all 7 major chakras from 7 down to 1, and also includes affirmations for each chakra. Since with this recording you heal all your major chakras, this could be fascinating to do when you are in a place that is very different than your normal surroundings. For example if you have the opportunity to meditate in natural outdoor setting, or even just in your hotel room in different country it could help you create a kind of spiritual milestone for yourself, where you are extra open to change and healing.

Transportation Phobias: If you have phobias or stress about traveling in cars or busses or planes, I created the Driving Wellness Meditation which is 27 minutes. It also goes through all 7 chakras but is tailored to help you clear transportation stress or phobias.

So thanks to my various clients whose traveling has inspired this blog post! Please leave your comments, questions, & suggestions for future posts below. Bon voyage everyone!