Reaching for Orange = A Great Holiday Gift!

Keep happiness simple,” writes Andrea of The Hummingbird’s Journal, in her recent post “take one step towards your happiness,” in which she also gives a nice shout out to my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life… Thank you, Andrea! 🙂

Reaching for Orange is helping people to happy up their lives… This book makes a great holiday gift for your loved ones… or for yourself! It is available on Lulu and Amazon.

(Please note that I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I am ever grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit?

I love making the transition from Autumn to Winter feel festive, so a few days ago I happy’d up my mind with listening to the Nutcracker music whilst sipping hot rooibos chai and eating some plant-based gluten-free pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce. I also lit an aromatherapy candle with balsam fir needle oil and hung a few red and green sparkly decorations. Then I took this funny photo of my happy elf self:


Dear readers, my mission as a spiritual helper is to help elevate the human species to healthier and happier vibrations. Please contribute to the elevation by giving copies of Reaching for Orange as holiday gifts this season! Imagine a world in which everyone is reaching that Happy Orange place inside themselves! Oh, the Joy! Oh, the Happiness!

May your December be filled with uncommon delight!

With so much love,
Sister Teja


Soaked Oats: A Super Easy Breakfast Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast recipe? Did you know that oats have many health benefits?

High in antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber, oats are very good for your heart’s health, and can lower cholesterol as well as improve blood sugar control. And, if you eat a gluten-free diet, you can buy gluten-free oats.

Have you ever heard of eating soaked oats?

Yes, it is true. You do not have to spend any time cooking oats. Instead, you can soak your oats overnight. This saves a lot of time in the mornings! When my sons were little, I made them each a jar of soaked oats the night before, and in the morning when they were ready to eat, they simply opened their jars, stirred, and began eating.

So, for this recipe you will need an empty jar, oats, optional ingredients such as raisins and dates, and some pure filtered water. Sometime in the evening, as part of your bedtime routine, add ½ cup oats to the jar and top with any dried fruits you like (I prefer raisins and medjool dates), then add water until it covers the top of the dried fruits. Secure the lid tightly and sit on the counter. Then enjoy some sweet restorative sleep, with happy dreams…

In the morning, you can simply stir and eat out of the jar if you are like my sons… Or, you can pour your soaked oats into your favorite bowl. I prefer my bright red bowl! Next, sprinkle on cinnamon (I use a heaping ½ teaspoon), and any other spices you like, such as ginger powder, turmeric, or cardamom. Then add any nuts, seeds, or nut butters. I love walnuts and almond butter stirred into mine. And finally, if you have any fresh fruit or berries, you can add them also. I really love the soaked oats with strawberries and red grapes.

Before taking that first yummy bite, take a relaxing breath, cultivate gratitude for the blessing of having healthy food, and then eat mindfully. You might also consider doing a practice of offering the food to the Divine… to your concept of Something Greater, such as God, Nature, Source of All Love, or the Universe. I offer my food to Hanuman, who is an aspect of God in Hinduism. He represents Love, Devotion, Strength, and Positive Energy, so I invite those qualities to come into me through the food.

I hope you enjoy this super easy breakfast recipe! Please let me know how it goes… Who knows, it might just change your life!

Please buy organic food whenever possible, as it is best for your health and best for the environment.

Thank you for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!
I hope that these posts help you to happy up your life.

May All People Have Healthy Food and Pure Water.


Love Lentils

A Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Recipe by Teja Shankara

6 cups lentils (french green or regular green/brown)
2 yellow onions, chopped
3 full Tablespoons ginger root, chopped finely

1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp cayenne powder
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp dried oregano
4 tsp Himalayan pink salt, fine

2 heads of garlic – about 22 cloves – peeled and cut in halves
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 orange carrots, chopped
2 purple carrots, chopped
1 large stalk of burdock root, chopped
1 bunch of green kale, chopped, including stems

Suggestions for elevating your cooking to a high spiritual experience: Light candles and incense, turn on Krishna Das’ CD, Trust in the Heart (or other chanting music), and sing along while you cook! Chanting while cooking sends Love vibrations into the food!

(Read more about chanting while cooking in the spiritual practices section of my new book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.)

Soak lentils for 8 hours (or overnight), then rinse really well, drain, and add 11 cups fresh water. Chop onions and ginger while bringing the lentils to a boil. Skim off foam (for a few minutes), then add onions and ginger and bring to boil again. Cover and cook at a high simmer (at least 10 bubbles going on surface) for 50 minutes. For that 50 minutes continue chanting while chopping the rest of the vegetables. After 50 minutes, first add the spices and salt and stir well, then add the remaining vegetables, and bring to a boil again. (It takes about 5 minutes to add everything, then another 5 minutes to bring it to a boil again.) Cook again covered at a high simmer for 20 more minutes.

This entire process, including washing the lentils really well, takes about 2 hours. Enjoy!

Om Namah Shivaya! Jaya Sita Rama, Jaya Jaya Hanuman!