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One Step!

stepping stones

The stepping stones of life

“Courage is nothing more than taking one step more than you think you can.” – David Ingber

This past week was Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. A day of atonement, we are encouraged to reflect on the past year, and look deep inside ourselves. Opening our minds and hearts to growth connects us to a place within that is pure, real and alive. A difficult task, yes. If we can face our deepest selves we will live authentically with our best energy.

For all of us there will be moments that steal our oxygen. It is at these times that we breathe into our pain, facing our troubles with a goal. If we avoid the pain, we can not find resolution and that pain gets stored somewhere within us with no place out…. for the only way out of the door is through the door.

We are all on a journey called life. We walk alone yet we truly are woven together, through time and space, forming community. Let us hold, help, hear, accept, and love one another in a way that shows our goodness and loving kindness.

My rabbi says that big steps are great but small steps are more stable. Whether you use your right or left foot first makes no difference. Just move….I am.

L’Shana Tova


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Farro is Healthy and Delicious – Learn How to Make Farro Salad


Farro is Healthy and Delicious!

If you have yet to try Farro, now is the time!

Farro is a whole grain that is an excellent source for complex carbohydrates. Additionally, farro has twice  the amount of fiber and protein of modern wheat.  This delicious grain has been found to stimulate the immune system, lower cholesterol and help maintain blood sugar levels. While farro does contain gluten, the gluten molecules are weaker than modern wheat, making it more easily digested.

Here is a simple recipe to introduce you to this new grain!

Farro Salad

* Cook farro according to the directions on the bag.  I undercook it, as I prefer mine with a little bite rather than too soft.

* While farro cooks, saute a chopped shallot until cooked through. Set aside in a bowl.  Then saute two drained cans of chic peas in olive oil for a couple minutes. Set aside in another bowl. Saute a box of spinach and/or arugula in olive oil and again set aside.  Finally saute chopped zucchini.

* When zucchini are cooked, add back the shallots, chic peas and greens.  Mix together and then add farro.

* Stir in one bunch of finely chop parsley, leaves only, no stems.


* Whisk together the juice from one lemon, 3 TBS olive oil, salt and pepper.

* Right before serving, drizzle the dressing, toss thoroughly and sprinkle 1/2 cup of parmesean cheese shavings to the top of the salad.

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Positivity: The Positive Pledge

The Positive Pledge

This summer I have spent a great deal of time reading. Ive enjoyed absorbing information from great philosophers which I have found energizes me and teaches me how to live life more fully.

“Count your blessings, kindness counts, broadening and building, dream about your future, apply your strengths, connect with others ,” are just a few of the themes from the book Positivity, by Barbara Fredrickson.

What I learned scientifically is that research shows that positivity prompts cell growth and development and negativity aids in cell decay. Even more enlightening but not surprising is the discovery that the movement of our bodies and the active exercise rituals we create daily accelerate cell renewal both in our body and brain. This cultivated mindset of positivity transforms us for the better emotionally and therefore our bodies respond physically. This special book shows that living a life with positive energy could be life giving.

Jon Gordon, author of “The Energy Bus”, created The Positive Pledge. Daily reminders which improve the quality of our day to day lives. May it speak to you and be helpful in cultivating your own positive pledge. Life is busy for all of us and its pace only seems to get faster. I find each day it takes conscious effort to stay focused and centered on what is really important. I know that there are sacred moments in the ordinary if our hearts are open to it and we make the time to notice those moments. Lets create more positivity together and continue to make each day its best, because we can.

The Positive Pledge
I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement and joy with those around me.I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity. When I am surrounded by pessimism I will choose optimism. When I want to hate I will choose love. When I want to be bitter I will choose to get better. When I experience a challenge I will look for opportunity to learn and grow.I pledge to be a positive person and positive influence on my family, friends, co-workers and community.When I experience a set-back I will be resilient. When I meet failure I will fail forward towards future success.I believe my best days are ahead of me, not behind me. I believe that being positive not only makes me better, it makes everyone around me better. I believe I’m here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.
When faced with adversity I will find strength.

So today and every day I will be positive and strive to make a positive impact on the world.

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