Waking Bird is dedicated to holistic well-being, healing and        transformation within ourselves and the world around us. 


 

May the Force Be With You

Jennifer Caravella : February 12, 2016 2:36 pm : Blog

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To the deeply empathetic people who share a genuine respect for nature and the mind blowing existence of life, I fucking love you.

To those of you who choose integrity over comfort, inconveniently harsh realities over candy-laced facades, and courageously stand firm in your truth; you have every piece of my beautifully shattered heart.

To those of you who don’t fit in boxes and steer clear of the beaten track regardless of who judges, resists or rejects you; your powerful backbone is damn sexy and I honor your strength.

To those of you who passionately stand up for the underdogs and take risks to protect any living creature who does not have a voice or the ability to defend themselves, you are the righteous heroes that our world so desperately needs.

To those of you who have cultivated enough self-awareness to take responsibility for your part in this intricately interconnected world, you are the real motherfucking warriors.

To the movers n’ shakers, healers, artists, innovators, creators, visionaries, rebels and dreamers, you are and always will be the ones who actually do change the world.

Thank you for existing.

May the force be with you my friends.

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Wild-Crafted Herb Bundles

Jennifer Caravella : May 2, 2015 4:31 pm : Blog, Herbal Remedies

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I’m now hand-crafting healing herbal bundles gathered from the rural mountains of Andalucía, Spain. These wild herbs are amazingly fragrant and potent!

These beautiful bouquets can be used for the following:

  • Smudge Stick: “Smudging” is the common name given to a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition; however, the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is a common practice among many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. It is also an effective method for energizing or blessing a person, place or object. Smudging can be useful when you’re feeling depressed, angry, resentful, unwell or after you have had an argument with someone. It is common to smudge yourself, the space and all the guests or participants before a ritual or ceremony or celebration. You can smudge your home or work space as part of a general spiritual housecleaning, and you can cleanse crystals or other objects of any negative or lingering energy with a smudging ritual…read on.
  • Herbal Infusion: An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time. Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions…read on.
  • Cooking: Wild herbs not only smell lovely, they taste lovely as well. Toss a few pinches of the dried leaves and flowers in soup broths, sauces, marinaras, and more. Add a unique gourmet zest to your meal while nourishing your body with some of the best phytonutrients on the planet!
  • Vaporizing: Did you know that vaporizing is not just for smokers? Herbs such as mullien, thyme, mint and rosemary actually help heal the lungs, while lavender and chamomile can be used to soothe the nervous system and help you sleep well.

Create your own, choose 3 herbs per bundle:

  • Sage Variety
  • Lavender Variety
  • Thyme/Tomillo Variety
  • Rosemary
  • Mullein
  • Wild Oregano
  • Mallow
  • Wild Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Wild Mint Variety

…if you are unfamiliar with these herbs please let me know if there is a particular health issue you’d like to address and I’ll create a little something special for you.

Place your order here.

 

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Waking Bird labeling and packaging materials are made by upcycling stuff that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away. All labels are hand-made from discarded cardboard and protective packaging materials will differ slightly depending on what I have on hand.

 

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Vegan “Paleo” Salad

Jennifer Caravella : March 18, 2015 10:11 pm : Blog, Wellness Recipes

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It appears that the latest health fad is to eat like a Neanderthal. And apparently eating like a Neaderthal entails gorging on flesh and delighting in chocolate cake. Yes, that’s right, the “Paleo-Diet” includes a recipe for cake and frosting, cuz you know those Cro-Magnon were up their dens baking desserts n’ shit.

First, let’s be clear about the meat. Take a dive down any anthropological rabbit hole and you will learn that meat was not your everyday meal, at least not anywhere that plants grow. Our archaic friends foraged before agriculture became a reality. They ate wild plants, berries, nuts, seeds, fruits, herbs, grains, etc. That was their sustenance.

So, if eating like a caveman sounds like a healthy and romantic idea, look no further than the ground in front of you (granted it hasn’t been muzzled in cement). Get to know the wild plants. The plants that defy stone and dominate your garden. The plants that mock toxic chemicals and cold winters chill. The plants that ward off parasites and nourish the bees. The plants that most deem “weeds” and rip from the earth because they’ve yet to understand their uses and find them difficult to control.

These are the alpha plants. These are the super foods. more »

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Buddha Love

Jennifer Caravella : March 14, 2015 8:12 pm : Blog

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Your Pain is the Breaking of the Shell that Encloses Your Understanding

Jennifer Caravella : March 13, 2015 2:25 am : Blog

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“And a woman spoke, saying, “Tell us of Pain.”
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

 

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Meditation Upon Death

Jennifer Caravella : March 10, 2015 6:01 pm : Blog

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“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the way of the samurai.”

– Yamamoto Tsunetomo

 

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Occupy Your Body

Jennifer Caravella : January 30, 2015 12:28 pm : Blog

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The World’s Best Deodorant is a Fruit

Jennifer Caravella : January 17, 2015 4:41 pm : Blog, Wellness Recipes

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Yep. It is. I’ll bet you didn’t know that the humble little lime trumps any deodorant on earth. I can personally attest to its magical odor-eating super powers.

I began wiping fresh squeezed lime juice in my pits (I don’t think it’s possible to make that sound even the slightest bit attractive, so we’ll leave it at that) after a friend of mine mentioned this useful bit of info in a FB post. That was nearly 2 years ago and I haven’t spent a dime on deodorant since.

Mind you, I had long before ceased using antiperspirant chemical shit-storm sticks, rollers and what have you. Never-mind that they smell nasty and synthetic (definitely not sexy…and dude, what’s with the “powder” scent? reminds me of grandma’s diaper hut. I’ll go with the BO, thanks), they have been proven to cause CANCER. Fabulous! It’s not exactly the brightest idea to obstruct the bagillions of super handy pores that serve as channels to release toxins from your body via sweat.

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Reflexology

Jennifer Caravella : January 17, 2015 4:15 pm : Blog

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Quartz Crystal

Jennifer Caravella : January 7, 2015 6:42 pm : Blog

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