Category Archives: The Dharma Zone 21-day Program

Join us for 21-days of deeper self-reflection, daily yoga, meditation, journal, self-care, Mirror Theory and an anti-inflammatory diet as outlined in As I Am. You will gain a deeper connection to who you are, and you life will flow back into the Zone, where synchronicity unfolds naturally.

Be sure to have a physical copy of As I Am, since the program and journal are inside the book. You can buy a copy on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/As-Am-Where-Spirituality-Reality/dp/098844495X

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Your Food Personality Type

There are many indicators of personality type, from the clothes you wear to the color of your yoga mat, or the style of your car. Likewise the foods we like to eat may reflect more than our taste buds and dietary concerns, and may also have something to do with personality type. Often people have a dominant food habit that parallels various behaviors and character traits. These broadly categorized food types, as outlined in greater detail in As I Am, are meant to help you understand your own patterns, and can also be useful in helping you to recognize when you are dealing with someone who may not be expressing him or herself from a balanced center. Some people may embody elements of more than one type. And while these categories may seem facile, you’ll be surprised to find how often they are right on target.

Sugar

The taste of sweet comes in many forms, from the obvious cane sugar, natural sweeteners and fruits to alcoholic beverages. Essentially, someone who has a need for sugar that is extreme and out of balance is seeking a substance-induced high. It could simply be an exhausted parent or overworked employee reaching for an energy-spiking sugar hit, but it often includes those who seek to sweeten how they feel, and this would indicate an imbalance of self-honesty.

Fire

Fire personality types are intense, and their intensity drives them to move. Those movements create friction that exudes magnetic warmth and desirability. They’re brilliant at fabricating stories and illusions as a means of distraction, but they dread being caught. Essentially they are hungry with a far greater intensity than the emotional sugar type. They are typically passionate yet logical, but reactive and quick to anger. Fire personalities like control. Physical addictions are common with the fire personality as well, but instead of seeking sugar they seek fire—in the form of spicy foods, sex, coffee, cigarettes, fitness and image.

Stuffer

The stuffer’s shoulders seem to carry the weight of the world, yet for whatever reason, the stuffer does not communicate, process or demonstrate inner feelings. As a result this personality type stuffs emotions with food, sedatives (pain killers, marijuana, alcohol), suppressive avoidance (tension) and/or becoming the victim of controlling relationships.

Growing numb to how they feel, stuffers tend to have a difficult time understanding their emotions, which means they are uncomfortable expressing their feelings. Succumbing to numbing eating denies and ultimately weakens one’s personal power of self-control.

Airy

The airy personality does not want to know and/or cannot handle reality. Airy types tend to lack down-to-earth common sense. They tend to be religious, superstitious and dependent. Airy personality types gravitate toward New Age communities and cults, or traditional religion. They want to believe there is a definitive, external reason for their life and that someone else has created and controls it. Since food is a grounding factor to emotions, the airy may likely avoid food or become very controlling (sometimes obsessive) about restricting specific foods (e.g. sugar, dairy, gluten, animal products). This behavior can easily be justified as perpetual purification. They fool themselves into believing their enigmatic ways are based on a true, unseen reality.

Avoider

The avoider personality type can be very frustrating in relationships—work and/or personal. Avoiders are not comfortable outside of superficial relationships where they can control how they are perceived and what expectations are placed upon them. Avoiders do not become involved with others without knowing first, that they are held in high esteem (due to their fear of rejection); and second, that no one needs anything from them (due to their fear of responsibility). If an issue arises that threatens their esteem or lack of responsibility, they will fly away, making conversation and/or resolution very difficult. By flying away, sticking their head in the sand or laughing off the situation as unimportant, the avoider deflects intimacy, accountability, emotions and fears. As far as food is concerned, we never really know what they eat!

Wall

Have you ever met a person and felt an immediate jolt of resistance? After making an introduction and attempting a truthful impression, you find that nothing you exhibited was accurately perceived? The wall personality projects perceptions rather than display who they are or their true intentions. The wall tends to be judgmental and preoccupied with mental perceptions, so much that they cannot perceive each moment organically as it happens.

Wall types are rigid and are driven by fear. They associate certain objects or situations with fear, and they learn to avoid the things they fear or to perform rituals that help minimize those fears. The wall personality rejects anything unknown and has poor negotiating skills—they really don’t want to hear from anyone else. This fierce belief of control creates a rigid and stubborn personality. Their food selections can be obsessive and repetitive, and they often eat the same foods every day.

Predator

Predators come in many forms and can be classified by their intention: benign or malignant. A benign predator has minimal desire or intent to cause harm to another person, but is fiercely programmed to win. These kinds of predators thrive in business and sales. They love closing deals, starting and acquiring companies or winning a new customer. They feel a sense of accomplishment when seizing control of other properties and entities.

A predator personality differs from a fire personality in that a fire thrives on being active and being seen as a winner, whereas a malignant predator seeks to seize and control other entities, always giving less than is received. Predators often eat large amounts of meat and animal products.

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Hot Oil Coconut Milk Hair Treatment

Enjoy one of our favorite hot oil treatment hair masks from As I Am‘s  Day 8′s Self-Care Treatment. This really makes your hair feel more manageable, shiner and naturally healthier!

Ingredients:

• 1 can unsweetened coconut milk

• 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil

Application:

1. The night before your treatment, pour a can of unsweetened coconut milk in a bowl and refrigerate overnight so it hardens.

2. Warm the coconut oil. Massage to scalp and hair.

3. Apply the hardened milk from roots to ends over the coconut oil.

4. Comb the mixture through your hair.

5. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Shampoo, rinse and comb out.

If you have dry ends but your scalp tends to get oily, apply this mask only to the bottom half of hair, keeping it away from your scalp.

Delicious Vegan “Caesar”

Day 2 Salad from The Dharma Zone 21-day Program Menu:

We love all the salads in The Dharma Zone 21-day program, and you would never know this was a vegan, heart-healthy “Caesar” Salad!

Vegan “Caesar” (serves 4)
Ingredients:

• 3 cups chopped romaine leaves
• 1/4 cup chopped onions
• 1 sliced avocado

Dressing:

• 1 ripe avocado
• 3 tsp lemon juice
• 2 tsp water
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 tbsp capers
• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
• sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
• ¼ cup hemp seeds

Blend the avocado, lemon juice, water, garlic, capers, mustard, salt and pepper in your food processor or blender until smooth. If it needs some thinning (depending on the size of your avocado) you can add a touch more water. The end result will be the consistency of pudding. Keep it this way to maintain ultra creaminess. Spoon dressing into a bowl and stir in hemp seeds.

Place romaine in a large salad bowl. Mix onions and avocados to taste. Drizzle dressing on top and stir until coated to preference.

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I AM You

Day 20, The Dharma Zone Program, As I Am: I AM You

 Aside from the fact that we are all one collective unconscious body, everyone in your life is your mirror. This is the greatest of all relationships secrets. What this means is that you are recognizing aspects of your own consciousness in another person. This gives you an opportunity to truly see what you are focusing on, and ultimately, to grow. The qualities you most admire in others are your own and the same goes for those qualities you dislike. To change anything in your relationships, be the change you want to see.

The beauty of this understanding is that it leaves no room for blame, judgment or to be a victim to another person’s actions or words. There is only room for real love based on understanding, compassion and gratitude. Your relationships with others are your opportunity to experience yourself and grow. They are a perfect mirror of your inner relationship with yourself and the beliefs you have acquired about life and love. In order for you to recognize a certain quality in another, it must be part of your conscious awareness. You could not see it otherwise.

Although The Dharma Zone guidelines minimize interactions with other people, positive and supportive relationships are the treasures of life. The time spent alone during the program will increase appreciation of your relationships when communications do resume. The space will also shed light on whether these relationships are trustworthy and true.

I AM You

See Yourself In Others

All beings tremble before violence

All fear death

All love life

See Yourself In Others

Then whom can you hurt?

What harm can you do?

He who seeks happiness

By hurting those who seek happiness

Will never find happiness

For your brother is like you

He wants to be happy

Never harm him

You Too Will Find Happiness

In this life

And after you leave this life

~ Buddhist Teaching