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.
It’s been a while.
I do my best in greeting the world and each day with an open heart and soft eyes.
I want to share with you a video that really moved me.
This short film illustrates the wonder of our world, its beauty, its people and how profound living a life with gratitude can be.
After you’ve watched it I hope your hearts too feel open to all of life’s blessings.
Have a peaceful holiday season and may your souls fill with Centerpeace.
Whether you love to garden, have the space to plant or simply just love to cook with Mother Nature’s finest, there is nothing quite like fresh herbs. This season make a pot full of fresh basil, spearmint, rosemary and chives and don’t forget fresh cilantro. The combination of all four look gorgeous together and will give you a variety to choose from all summer long.
Fresh basil with tomatoes and cucumbers…yum. Spearmint sprigs in your favorite iced tea make it a most refreshing afternoon beverage. Rosemary can be added to most roasted veggies, chicken and fish dishes, and chopped chives are always great to have on hand. Summertime guacamole is extra special with cilantro. Not to mention, once all of these are ready to harvest, they look beautiful in a vase (instant centerpiece) adding an aromatic freshness to the air….
Try it — you’ll see just how fulfilling it can be to take ingredients from the earth and bring them directly to your table…..with a bath in the sink first of course. Enjoy!
Spring ahead with lots of exercise and healthy eating – they go hand-in-hand. The energy and stamina we enjoy largely depend on what we put into our bodies. Eating clean with fruits, veggies, fish, beans and nuts provides us with all the essential nutrients necessary for healthy living.
The health benefits of spinach are numerous, and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. Spinach is at the top of many “super food” lists because like other dark leafy greens — kale, collards, swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy — it’s loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids. Eaten raw for a salad, it is truly a nutritional powerhouse. When ordering a salad, I always ask if spinach can be substituted for the lettuce, knowing that spinach far outweighs lettuce’s nutritional benefits.
This is one of my favorite recipes:
Spring Baby Spinach Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette
¼ C orange juice
2 tbls minced shallots
1 tbls fresh thyme
2 tbls grated orange peel
1 tsp honey
½ C olive oil
½ C white wine vinegar
For salad, combine 3 sectioned oranges, fresh baby spinach, ½ C diced green scallions, and 2/3 C walnuts or almonds (optional). Can also add feta or gorgonzola cheese.