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!
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!
Creating a new desire works better than denying an old one.
Old dogs can learn new tricks!
Just remember that the brain loves habit and it only takes repetition to create one.
May you find the Solution that makes your life more fun this year.
‘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
Mix together above ingredients
Spray muffin cups with coconut oil
Fill cups with mixture
* for a cheesey crust, save enough cheese to spread on top
Bake 350′ for 25 minutes (longer if you like it dryer)
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.