I remember in high school, we could all buy roses for our friends and boyfriends for Valentine's Day and get them delivered to the school. The one strutting home with the most blood red roses at the end of the day was perceived as the most popular person.
It would always leave me with an icky feeling in my stomach, knowing that others were not as privileged as those who could afford to buy roses. It is a clever marketing trick for the flower and gift shops, and a great way to make insecure teenagers even more apprehensive by making them attempt to find their value in a symbolic gesture.
For me Valentine’s Day has become a valuable reminder to bring more loving attention into every day, however we choose to do so.
- Suze Orman
This delicious ojas rose milk can be enjoyed as a snack two hours between meals, with a meal or in the evening before bed. Remember to set an intention before you get started and stay with that state of mind. What you are embodying is going into the milk. If you cook with love one can feel it.
4 cups milk of your choice (I prefer raw whole milk from a sattvic farm or almond milk)
4 fresh dates, pitted
1 tsp. grated fresh turmeric
4 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick, or 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
2 cardamom pods (or 1 tsp. powder)
2 Tbsp. organic rose petals
In a thick-bottomed pot, bring all ingredients to a simmer. Cover and turn the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the stove off and let the milk cool down slightly.
Strain the milk into cups to remove the whole spices and rose petals. Put the dates back into the cup as a loving little surprise. Another option is to blend the milk after it has boiled with the dates, or to blend the dates before putting them in.
Serve the milk warm, decorated with some edible flowers and maybe the star anise too, on top. Take this time to enjoy the milk fully with all of your senses. Sit down in a calm, sattvic space and relax. Show your love by giving yourself or your loved ones a treat, and some quality time.
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