Who wants to be golden in the new year? (Crowd roars.)

Most certainly a moot question. And by “golden”, I mean it in every aspect of the word from slang usage meaning being in the right place at the right time to relating to gold by being lustrous and radiant.

As I go deeper into my spiritual journey, I feel strongly connected to the word, “golden”.

Ironic in some ways since it’s a word that describes such a highly valued material good.

However, we all live in the material world; spiritual institutions are drawn to the enchantment of “golden” as well.

For example, I teach kundalini yoga at Golden Bridge in NYC and at Golden Drum in Greenpoint.

I thought I had hit the triumvirate of sorts when I discovered the Golden Brand soy wax while forever testing during my intention candle making process.

Since antiquity, golden anything has been the highest standard. ¬†There’s been the golden mean to express harmony and balance as a way of life. And the golden ratio to express proportion and beauty in architecture, painting & music. The golden ratio is found throughout nature from a nautilus shell to parts of the human anatomy.

Maybe I’m reading too much into the appearance of the word, “golden” in my life. Maybe it’s an Asian thing. Asians love gold and gold-colored everything. And I’m triple Asian: Chinese, Vietnamese & Laotian. The odds of me preferring gold over all else is pretty big.

I did have that brief period of rebellion as a young adult when I wore only black, listened to Sisters of Mercy & preferred silver jewelry. Now, twenty plus years later, I wear a lot of white, listen to kirtan and prefer gold jewelry. Funny thing.

So where am I going with this post?

My intention is to make 2015 golden in every facet of the word – precious, beautiful, radiant, being in harmony and being in balance and being in full alignment with our divine nature. And the easiest way to start bringing that into our lives is through a delicious drink called “Golden Milk”.

Golden Milk is a drink that ensures good sleep, healthy joints and radiant vitality. So much goodness in every little sip, it’s ridiculous!

It’s main ingredient is turmeric which has huge health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also good for joints, skin and the brain. Turmuric can be taken raw but we get the most curcumin from turmeric when it is heated and it is most available to our bodies when mixed with fats and/or black pepper.

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Golden Milk Recipe:

Tumeric Paste:

4 tablespoons tumeric powder

1/4 teaspoon grounded black pepper

1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients well in small pot over medium high heat, stirring until the mixture turns into thick paste which happens pretty quickly. Cool & store paste in a glass jar in the refrigerator, good for up to two weeks.

Golden Milk:

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon extra-virgin cold pressed coconut oil

1 teaspoon or more or less (depends on your preference) tumeric paste

3 cardamom pod, punctured

1 cinnamon stick

(Optional) black strap molasses to taste

Mix in small pot and stir over low heat to warm until ingredients dispersed, do not bring to a boil.

Once cool, if you didn’t already add molasses, add agave or honey to taste and finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or ginger.

Enjoy and wishing you a Golden New Year!

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