Miraval Holiday Recipe - Spiced Ginger Cake

Tis the season for baking! Bring a little sweetness to your next holiday party with this mindfully created spiced ginger cake, You friends and family will rejoice over the balance of sweet and savory in this cake and delight in knowing that it is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Happy Holidays from your Miraval Family!

 

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By Sheryl Brooks, Registered Nurse

#1 Exercise And Eat Well 

Physical fitness and brain fitness go hand in hand.  Those who engage in regular aerobic exercise tend to remain sharper, mentally.  A diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats lower the risks for heart disease, but also lessens the risk of cognitive problems, including dementia, later in life.  Your brain depends on good blood flow for its nutrients. So move your body and feed your brain well, not just to feel your best, but to think and remember better. 

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

December begins with the shadow of Saturn square Neptune still looming over an otherwise pretty nice week. The challenge is to turn our attention to the positive side of Saturn in aspect to Neptune. To inspire and uplift, to use imagination to bring compassion into concrete reality through discipline and perseverance is the true mandate of this holiday season and well into 2016. Neptune, Lord of the Oceans, has a lot to do with the natural world. Healing the planet and lessening our impact on the forests, the oceans and the animal kingdom is imperative to our survival. This requires vigilance and determination, Saturn's work.  Saturn is an earth planet, grounded and realistic but is soften by Neptune bringing us a glimmer of hope.

On December 1st, Mercury in Sagittarius is in harmony with inventive Uranus in Aries. Technological and scientific breakthroughs are possible. Sagittarius is related to foreign travel and international affairs. This week there is a large climate summit in Paris. Enlightening ideas can be spotlighted and scientific facts drive home a sense of urgency. For those Aries born near April 5-6, Leos born near August 7-8, and Sagittarians born near December 8-9 can learn new information more rapidly. Adapting to new computers or electronic tools, communications and social media are also quickened.

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and sharing our love for family and friends. With passed down family recipes, each year we plan our menu and it always tends to look the same. Why not freshen up those traditional dishes and add a Miraval inspired twist to your dinner party this year? With these mindfully inspired recipes you can create brand new traditions for your family and friends that will encourage mindful eating all year long!

Pumpkin Cornmeal Bread

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

The sun now in Scorpio, the 10th sign of the zodiac rules death and regeneration or transformation. In the northern hemisphere it is the time of falling leaves and the end of the harvest season.  Now the soil can be replenished as it lies fallow for the winter. And so November is a pivotal month asking us to turn inward and become reflective as the year nears its end.

At the beginning of the month Mercury, the planet which rules thought also enters brooding Scorpio. Searing insight into the psychological motivations of others can result in direct and sometimes tough communications.

However on November 2, Venus and Mars exactly conjoin for the third time this year but now in Virgo. These two social planets have been hanging out with nearby Jupiter all month. It is time to mingle as many will feel this as a festive few days. For some this brings new romantic possibilities. Those with a creative bent can be prodigious. This is an especially happy time for those Virgos born near September 16-17 as well as Capricorns born near January 13-14 or Taurus born near May 14-15.

Mercury on the 3rd can overestimate possibilities but turns logical on the 4th bringing clarity and order to most activities.

Then on November 5th, Jupiter and Uranus combine in a somewhat stressful angle bringing disruptions. Opportunities can be denied if behavior is too rebellious or inconsistent. The urge to be independent is strong which can inhibit cooperation. There can be a fear of attachment or conformity. However thinking outside the box can result in unique solutions. Those Aries born near April 6-7 Aquarians born near February 4-5 will feel the restlessness and impatience this period can bring.

On Friday November 6th Mercury blends harmoniously with Neptune heightening intuition and creativity. Inspiration and imagination will uplift those Scorpios born near October 30-31st, Pisces born near February 26-27 and Cancers born near June 29-30th. 

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