Category Archives: Spirituality

Springtime Holistic Healing

Spring is here!  Change, growth and transformation is happening all around.  Aliveness.

So how about you?

Are you allowing yourself to enter into the energy and vitality of this season?

What is lying dormant that’s ready to spring forth?aiveness

What wisdom is wanting to emerge in the world?

What color are you blooming?

What shape are the petals?

How deep are the roots?

Are you twisty like a vine, reaching ever upwards?

Thorny with a tough bark with vibrant petals?

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Let me be clear, it’s not about more striving or making a better plan.

It’s not about self-improvement.

It’s about pausing, going deeper, listening to what’s being called forth.

What’s asking for attention?  What would really make you happy(er)?  What helps you feel alive?

Have no idea?  That’s good!  Even more of an indication that checking in with the wisdom of your heart, your body, your spirit, your higher self is what’s necessary.

Loosen the hard earth, water the roots,  tend to the saplings, remove the weeds, examine the richness of the soil…

It is scary stuff and  infinitely more satisfying than going forward blindly, unconsciously or asleep, I promise.

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Simplicity & Beauty

Here is another great article from my dear friend Sharon @ Heart of Self Care

 

Honoring The History of Beauty

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours in New York’s Museum of Natural History, something I haven’t done in decades. Much of the time I was looking at artifacts from Central and South America, tribes of people I’d never heard of and places I barely recalled from the history books of my school days.

One thing struck me over and over again – no matter how ‘primitive’ the people were, no matter how rudimentary their tools, I witnessed an inherent drive to create objects of beauty. Bowls, spoons and ritual items were clearly designed for pleasure as well as usefulness. It was almost overwhelming how intensely this desire for beauty shone.

The Clash of Beauty and Kitsch

Plastic Santas…excesses of red, green and gold…some inflatable menorahs and blue and silver tinsel to make the Jews feel included…the annual spree of glitter and excess is here!   While the human drive for beauty exists in all of us, it is overdone to the point of insanity at this time of year. For many, the holidays have become something ugly rather than beautiful, and the noisier it gets out there the more we crave quiet and simplicity.   Where do you find simple beauty in this onslaught? Is it a white bowl filled with bright orange clementines set on an empty table? A fresh bough of blue spruce lining a shelf or mantelpiece? Or maybe a single string of lights around a doorway and a grouping of candles on the coffee table to offer brightness on these dark days.   A Celebration of Instinct The desire to pull in, be quiet and keep things simple competes head-on with the push for gaiety and communal celebration in this last month of the year. Here are a few ideas for honoring the hibernation gene, which is alive in us as it was in our ancestors, and resides side-by-side with the beauty gene:

1) Overrun with magazines and catalogs? Cut images and words you find attractive and meaningful to create a collage before tossing the rest. If there is something you’ve been struggling with or worrying about, meditate on that first and see if you can intuitively create a piece that points towards resolution or offers hope and inspiration.

2) Invite a partner, friend or child to sit with you on the couch and give each other foot rubs. Gather some towels, your favorite lotion (usually better than oil for feet, they will gratefully soak up the moisture) and get some soothing music going before you start. Use the time to relax quietly together or share stories and giggles.

3) Gather a few friends for an early evening potluck, perhaps with a specific theme such as favorite family casseroles, seasonal recipes of root vegetables and savory soups, or an ethnic cuisine of your choice. Ask everyone to make enough so people can bring some home and enjoy another evening of lovingly prepared food – a real gift when they’re too busy or tired to think about cooking.  

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Most of all, allow yourself to honor your needs, whatever they may be. If filling your weeks with parties and glitter is what honestly feeds your soul, put on your party shoes and go! But if the quieter pleasures and simpler beauties nourish you, listen to that inner wisdom — socialize with consciousness and deliberation, and enjoy the solace of quiet warmth when the comforts of home beckon.   I leave you with this quote from Rumi: “You must have shadow and light source both, Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.”

 

In peace and awe of human creativity,

Sharon~*

When Zero Becomes Something…

I am so excited to share this article on the blog because it infuses practical cooking tips with spirituality and mindfulness.  It is written by my teacher, healer and friend Sharon Rosen.  You can check out Sharon’s business, The Heart of Self-Care here.

Keep on the lookout for me to share some “Zero Based” recipes of my own.  What is your favorite “concoction“?

When Zero Becomes Something Instead Of Nothing
You know how it goes — it’s time to start thinking about dinner and you didn’t have time to stop at the store. Or you’re cleaning out the fridge and finding some pretty scary things, not to mention feeling guilty about having to throw those once lovely, now listless asparagus spears in the garbage.
I was once a true offender in food lunacy. I couldn’t resist the allure of beautiful piles of red bell peppers, sweet bi-color corn and crisp arugula at the farmer’s market, or the firm translucent array of fish at my local shop. I’d be seduced into buying all of it, certain I’d be psyched for doing lots of cooking over the next few days, then find myself with limp, unappealing (or worse) veggies a few weeks later.
While stuff was sitting forgotten or neglected in the back of the fridge, I’d be on to the next round of shopping and craving fresh, new foods, giving me more scary things to sort through when it came time to make room for more. And on it went until my partner introduced me to the concept of Zero Based Eating, which I’d practiced from time to time but has now become a household mantra.
Subtraction Becomes Addition
A container of leftover brown rice. A carrot. An onion. A can of black beans. Doesn’t sound too promising, does it? But saute that carrot and onion in some light oil, season with cumin, garlic (or garlic powder), coriander and cayenne, then add the rice and beans and mix till heated through and all is well mixed, and you have Mexican Confetti Rice. (Or, as we say in our house, a Mexicoction.) If there’s a little bit of cheese you can melt on top or some salsa you can spoon over it, even better.
It takes some proverbial thinking outside the box — especially if it’s a box of macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper or something equally processed — but some of the best meals can be made with little bits of leftovers and forgotten pantry items.
If you stop to think about some of the most comforting and appealing meals you’ve had, I’ll bet they were also fairly simple and accessible — toast spread with peanut butter and a cup of tea, or leftover mashed potatoes and vegetables. (Did you even bother heating them up?)
We get a little kooky with food, especially at dinner time when we feel so rushed and yet want to create something substantial and nurturing. It seems quicker and easier to pick up a pizza or some other take out food, especially with all that is abundantly available.
But we pay the price for this “ease” in so many ways — with our pocketbooks, with our need to relieve ourselves of the packaging, with extra salt, sugar, fat and additives we don’t need, and with less of a real connection to what we are putting into our bodies. Zero Based Eating is good for your budget, good for the environment, good for your body, and good for your conscience.
Start Playing With Your Food
It can be just as easy to develop your own Zero Based mindset. Start planning to make extra rice or mashed potatoes to have around as a launching point. It’s good to have cans of beans and tomatoes on hand, and you can almost always scrounge up some onion, garlic and basic veggies like carrots or that little bit of asparagus that didn’t fit in the pan the first time around.
What are some of your favorite flavor profiles? The concoction, er, recipe above could also have been made with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil to create a Chinese inspired dish. When I’m wanting a lighter, more European flair I go with white wine, tarragon and maybe some Dijon mustard sweetened with a touch of honey.
Just a few weeks ago, tired and feeling like there was “nothing in the house for dinner,” I took a deep breath, took stock of what we had, and created a meal that would have been at home in our favorite local Italian restaurant. A couple of links of turkey sausage were unearthed from the freezer and sauteed with a bit of broccoli rabe, broccoli, carrot, onion, garlic and herbs.
Too lazy to even make pasta, I heated up some leftover mashed potatoes and spooned the mixture over that, creating the ultimate Zero Based comfort meal. It couldn’t have better if I’d planned it and made a special run to the supermarket. It just took looking at what I had with eyes of abundance rather than lack, and creating something wonderful out of a lot of little nothings.
Till next time, take good care…
Warm wishes,