(Note: this article is a repost and was originally published last year.)
How do you start your day?
I wake up every morning with my youngest in the crook of my left arm. She often dictates how my morning starts, so an early bedtime the night before makes all the difference in our morning flow. I often carry her to the couch in the family room and light the fire, unless my hubby has already done it. I light incense as a reminder that today is new and sacred. Next, I make lunches for my children. My husband often makes breakfast and he always makes me a cup of his delicious Chai. This single act of service on his part warms my soul. Even if I wake up sour and tired, holding that tea in my hand feels like a gift.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
I do Kundalini yoga and meditation. Even if I only have a few minutes, taking the time to do this gives me the shift I need. My wise husband also helps me and often calls me out—and honestly, I am so grateful for this.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
True bliss comes simply for me. Being healthy, happy and whole is enough. Connection to all the parts of my life. A warm bath with Epsom salts.
What are you currently reading?
All my Kundalini yoga teacher training books in preparation for The Year of Fierce Grace. And Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants.
What are you listening to right now?
Nirinjin Kaur, Guru Singh, Gurunam Singh
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Start with a wallop of ghee in my favorite red pot. Sautee garlic and onions and add whatever veggies I have in my pantry. Then I add a cup of quinoa and two cups of water & simmer until the water evaporates. I top with more ghee, braggs and cheese. Sometimes I will also add lentils or left-over chicken, or even a sliced avocado.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I take baths everyday. I use high quality pure skin care—Living Libations are my favorite.* I meditate. I keep my life as simple as I can. When it is not simple, I trust and know it will pass and, in the meantime, I strive to bring as much grace as I can. When I fail doing that, I learn from it and move beyond.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Good, healthy, organic clean food. Creative, inspiring conversation. Laughter. Connection to all the parts of my big beautiful Life
How do you make space for play?
My husband reminds me. I can be serious, so he lightens me up. And my children demand it. Honestly, this needs more cultivation on my part.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
- When the pressure is on start and the pressure will be off.
- Recognize the other person is you.
- Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos will clear the path.
- There is a way through every block.
- Don’t judge your insides by other people’s outside.
- Let it go.
- Keep on moving forward.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
I am a student of life. I create the life I have by the thoughts I have. Within me lies everything I need to flourish. Surrounding myself with others who are excited and have clear and conscious intentions keeps me aligned and turned on. Nothing outside of me will give me value—only I can give myself value. My home is my oasis of healing and love. My kitchen serves as my church, and my wood table is the altar of my family. Letting go of imperfection is an everyday lesson for me. My children are my greatest teachers. I am humbled daily, and I am grateful for this. The love I feel in my heart—that I know my mother gave me—is the key to my success. I teach what I need to master and I love that life gives me daily opportunities for growth. I am alive and healthy and grateful, and I choose to smile at others daily and to know that lifting others up is an act of service. And I am grateful to others who lift me up, too…
About Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss, devoted mother, wife & actor, is the founder of Annapurna Living—a lifestyle brand designed to nourish, uplift, and inspire women to create the life they crave. A passionate Yogi & teacher of Kundalini yoga, she teaches meditation through online courses that elevate & empower all women to live with mindfulness and devotion. She makes her home in Los Angeles. Read more on Carrie-Anne's about page.