Roots—highly underrated. I was struck by the profound strength and stability underlying a grove of trees when a national forest ranger described the floods in the late 1800’s, caused by cutting down too many trees along the Hudson and Shenandoah Rivers at Harper’s Ferry. It's all about the roots inter-woven and dense, holding the soil together. I'd never considered that before. It was an "aha moment", as I connected the physical reality to the psychological one. No wonder we are stronger in numbers.
New Year’s Resolution solution Why make resolutions? Are we just setting ourselves up for more stress with our expectations? Resolution comes from the word, resolve. Maybe we should just “solve” our issues instead of re-solving them. The solution may be in how we frame our goals and aspirations. This year, let’s make it more fun! Try this: Let your (re) solution be a template for your new year. Progress comes from baby steps. Intend that each day is a little better than the day before. Frame your resolution in a positive way:
- If it’s about eating, don’t think about denying yourself pleasure. Avoiding temptation takes too much energy. Instead, place your intention on loving what’s good for you. Convincing your self to prefer salads is more constructive than saying that you can’t have that luscious chunk of chocolate.
- If it’s about procrastinating, imagine yourself to be a master of time management. No one wants to be told to change, particularly those of us with authority issues!
'Got Mashed Potatoes? Great way to use up your left-overs and respect the sauerkraut tradition on New Year's Eve. Music: Stevie Wonder, Reggae Woman
- 4 c mashed potatoes, organic with skins
- 1 egg
- 1 c shredded sharp cheese
- 32 oz sauerkraut
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t pepper
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t tyme
The Art of Heartitude. Did I make that word up? It was on my mind as I surfaced from delicious deep sleep on the snow-crisp, cold morning of the newest year to date, 2018. Heartitude: n., the state of having a heart-felt attitude; a feeling of love; an opening the heart chakra; use of love and compassion in decisions and relationships. January 1, 2018. Wow. I slept in this morning—because I could. Designating January 1st as ‘my day”, I have been taking liberties with my personal choices —what to do, when and how. Freedom is an elixir. A good way to start a year, methinks.
Not in the brightest of moods? Recently, a discussion group that I belong to posed the question: What have you done to bring joy into your life during times you don't FEEL joyful? I’d been wrestling with this lately because cold weather had me feeling over-dressed and frumpy—which in my experience, often leads to weight gain and poor body image. Maybe you can relate. There must be as many strategies as there are people, but one that works for me is to—Dress the way I want to FEEL —and build on it from there.
Trying to stay good-natured is a challenge while you hurt! Pain erodes your attitude; it's difficult to ignore driving and nagging pain. I too have some issues, so I’m sharing some of my personal strategies for dealing and alleviating the issue of sitting too long.
- 1 1/3 cup (about 8 ounces) red lentils, picked through and rinsed
- 7 cups water
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 c. canned and chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
- 1/4 cup Braggs Amino Mins (unfermented soy product) or 1/8 Soy Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
Wash red lentils and add to pot of water.
Bring to boil as you chop the veggies
Add to simmering water to make broth
Add garlic, cumin, cayenne and simmer for 1 hour
Add Braggs (or soy sauce), salt and pepper
Let simmer on low heat until the lentils begin to soften and thicken
You can blend for smooth texture or eat it lumpy--if you like veggie texture!
Delicious and nutritious
- 2 Canary tomatoes-small, full of flavor; Chopped.
- 1 1/2 oz nice hard cheese; Chunked
- 2 T White beans (Alubia, here in Tenerife)
- 2 perfect olives
- 1 pickled garlic clove (comes in the jar of olives)
- Dash of coarse salt
- Sprinkle of coriander
- Black Pepper