Sunday, 23 September 2018

Pause For Renewal

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I was reading articles about stillness.  I was trying to get a deeper understanding of what exactly stillness was because so many people seemed to identify it so differently. 

I flipped links on Google, and I found this gem of an article.  It comes from Uplift.  The link is here….https://upliftconnect.com/the-power-of-pause/?utm_source=UPLIFT&utm_campaign=b6d28e78f6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_13_09_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19c1fc07c2-b6d28e78f6-113379021.  Here is an excerpt from the article.

We are starving for stillness and silence in our culture. Doesn’t it seem like there is noise and chaos everywhere? The truth is that the world is not going to slow down and get less noisy simply because you want it to. You have to commit to taking time to pause. I’ve grown to appreciate that pausing truly is golden. Taking breaks settle me in a matter of minutes.

I didn’t always feel this way.

I used to surround myself with noise. I’d fall asleep with the television blaring, have pop music playing in my car and home, and talk, talk, talk until my throat was sore. Now I seek silence every day and I encourage you to do the same.

This struck a chord in me and around me.  This… this is what they are talking about "in stillness".

Blessings.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Bee and Jupiter

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This is a great little teaching story about wanting power and control.

The Bee and Jupiter

A BEE from Mount Hymettus, the queen of the hive, ascended to Olympus to present Jupiter with some honey fresh from her combs.

Jupiter, delighted with the offering of honey, promised to give whatever she should ask.

She therefore besought him, saying, "Give me, I pray thee, a sting, that if any mortal shall approach to take my honey, I may kill him."

Jupiter was much displeased, for he loved the race of man, but could not refuse the request because of his promise.

He thus answered the Bee: "You shall have your request, but it will be at the peril of your own life. For if you use your sting, it shall remain in the wound you make, and then you will die from the loss of it."

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.



Saturday, 15 September 2018

RECIPE–HEALTHY FRUIT AND VEGGIE CRACKER

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As we get more into Fall, there is an abundance of great, fresh vegetables and fruits available for making all sorts of dishes.  And, if you are like me, something new, gluten free, and easy to make, is the type of recipe that I am looking for.  Luckily, I found this recipe many years ago.  I am now sharing it with you!

Walk in peace,

Judith


HEALTHY FRUIT AND VEGGIE CRACKER

This is a great versatile cracker/thin bread that just goes with everything!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C walnuts
  • 1 1/2 C almonds
  • 1/4 C ground flax seeds soaked in 3/4 C water for 1 hour
  • 3/4 C ground sesame seeds
  • 2 LG carrots
  • 1/4 C red bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 pear, cored but not peeled
  • 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 orange (peeling included), seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper

Preparation:

Grind nuts in food processor and place in a large bowl. Continue processing and adding ingredients until all are added. Mix well. Your mixture will be a kind of "rose" pink. Pour out to about 1/4" thickness onto dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about 3 hours @ 115 degrees. Flip and continue drying for another 6 hours. If you want a crispier cracker, spread thin and dry for additional time.

If you do not have a dehydrator, pour on to cookie sheets covered with parchment paper, and use a setting of 190 degrees. Flip after 3 hours, depending on how crispy you like your crackers.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Angels Speak - Patience

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The Angels say that humans have little patience for most things. Everyone is always in a hurry.  If one's path gets blocked, they have no patience and turn to anger to resolve the situation.  This trait was the beginning of road rage.  People traveling have no patience for someone who is a more cautious driver or simply a slower driver. 

Humans are like that with their food, their sports, and their jobs.  Everyone wants everything instantly, and without road blocks.

Those who have patience, are generally without ego, and are able to "go with the flow".  They are on their way to that mindfulness and acceptance of life.  Very little slows them down.

Many blessings.

Friday, 7 September 2018

The Illusive Happiness

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The topic of happiness comes up again and again.  Happiness is a different "thing" to each individual and therefore, it is hard to quantify or to describe.

Some of the things that people say make them happy:

  • Completing a job that is well done
  • Hiking with friends or with my dog
  • Having a meal with family/good friends
  • Watching my child grow and change
  • Playing the piano
  • Watching a movie
  • Baking
  • Surveying which is part of my job

All these offerings of happiness show the uniqueness of each individual's specific "happy".

Today, try to find those moments that make you happy!

Many blessings.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Angels Speak - If You Are Happy

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The Angels say that if you are happy, then you will be happy anywhere.  They say that the sad part of life is most humans look to find happiness outside of themselves.  The unhappy people look to find a person, or thing, or job, or location, that will make them happy. 

The Angels say that the happiness, the joy of life, must come from within.  Happiness is a choice, regardless of your circumstances.

That last bit – regardless of your circumstances – is a bit hard for most of us to swallow.  We believe/feel that "something" is against us and that we have the challenge that we are facing. 

The truth of happiness seems to be that it is illusive for many, for various reasons.

Many blessings.