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.

Meditation Question: How can I visualize gold energy?

Hello everyone! This is the very first blog post of this blog, which is dedicated to meditation, personal growth, self-healing, etc.! :-) I want to invite everyone to send me any question you have that you'd like answered here. You can post your questions & comments below.

So the other day a new phone reading client who had been meditating with my meditations on and off for a few weeks asked me "In your meditations you often mention using gold healing energy. I am having trouble visualizing the color gold." Well first of all, good for you for being able to visualize any color at all! I started meditating in college, 1988-1992, which makes me 45 now to spare you the math! Back then all I could see was the color black, everywhere. No forms or shapes- nothing. I don't think I expected to see anything anyway, and was just meditating to feel better and since it worked for that I stuck with it.

Then a few years later when I heard about visualizing your energy and that all energy had color, I still could only see black with no form or shape. I kept meditating and eventually I could see black with some form and shape, then some bits of color. I learned that energy that is a gold color/vibration helps one to let go and heal. I wanted to visualize the color gold when I was meditating too, even though it's not actually necessary. If you create gold healing energy with your intention then you really did it, regardless of how well you can see it. Creating is what you do with your intention or thought; visualizing is more of a fun confidence-boosting extra where you can watch what you are doing. That is why in my meditations I try to say many versions such as "create, imagine, or visualize" since it all works.

visualization aid, test tube of gold leaf and water
So back to my early 20's when I was definitely wanting to visualize gold energy, but couldn't do it at all. What helped me was to buy a little test tube with gold leaf suspended in water, and hold it or keep it visible when I meditated. Every once in a while I'd open my eyes and stare at the gold color, then close my eyes and try to see it in my mind. I remember doing this over and over. It took time but it did help me to be able to visualize the color gold, at first for just a few seconds. If you are in the Chicago area you can get gold leaf in a little glass ball or test tube at Dave's Rock Shop in Evanston, IL.

gold glitter on locations of hand and finger chakras
Now I have four cats that love knocking things down, so I also have a plastic little container of gold glitter, which I hope can survive a fall more easily. I keep it on my desk because it's still helpful and fun for me to see and hold a visual example of the color gold. In this photo I show with glitter where the hand chakra is in the palm of each hand, and also fingertip chakras in the tip of each finger!

Hope this helps and keep the questions and comments coming! If you want to comment only as a guest, type your comment in the comment line, put in a fun name or your name & any email at all, then check the box for I'd rather comment as guest. I review all comments before they are posted.