The only reason you are alive is that far more has gone right for you than has gone wrong. Your dreams are for your joy; even if they lie crushed on the ground, you need not make them responsible for misery. If you raise your eyes from the shards you’ll find more dreams all around, and many of them can come true. ~Martha Beck
New Age dabblers insist that if they can just focus their mind on a huge house and a career as a movie star, they’ll “manifest” what they want. These methods try to force reality to cooperate with the small imagination of our personalities. It doesn’t work. A wayfinder’s Imagination doesn’t dominate reality. It feels into Oneness, falls in love with “what wants to happen,” and gives itself to the vision created by that love.
When we force ourselves to connect against our heart's desires, we create false, resentful relationships; when we disconnect from the people who deplete us, we set them free to find their tribes while we find ours.
If you opt to write your life consciously, you'll find that a tale acknowledging your hero's strength feels truer than one depicting you as a victim. You'll see that whatever your physical size, you really are a bigger person than any bully. You'll learn that the truth, no matter how hard, always strengthens you more than a lie, no matter how nice.
I was chatting with a fellow yogi this morning, and she asked me how my extended vacation went. I said, "It wasn't what I expected." (I know never expect anything). I stated, "I suppose the busy experience was more than I asked for, but maybe it was JUST what I needed." Sometimes, we get exactly what we need, and not necessarily what we want or get." It's all good!
1. Rose's Luxury Washington, D.C.
2. High Street on Market Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3. Estela New York, New York
4. Tosca San Francisco, California
5. Westward Seattle, Washington
6. Central Provisions Portland, Maine
7. Hot Joy San Antonio, Texas
8. Thai-Kun Food Truck Austin, Texas
9. Maurice Portland, Oregon
10. Grand Central Market Los Angeles, California
Action for Happiness, assures me it is possible, whatever our circumstances, to feel that bit better. It's all about perceptions and tools, we might not be able to change the often depressing world events around us, but we can control, to some extent, how we feel.
Action for Happiness's program has ten points in total, but I agree on doing 4. So, here we go. For seven whole days, I have to...
1. Write down 3 things every day that have made me feel happy and thankful.
2. Perform 30 minutes of physical exercise a day.
3. Respond constructively to other people, their ideas, plans and achievements.
4. Look for ways to perform acts of kindness for others.
Many of us have spent a lifetime trying to be what we're not, feeling lousy about ourselves when we fail and sometimes even when we succeed. We hide our differences when, by accepting and celebrating them, we could collaborate to make every effort more exciting, productive, enjoyable, and powerful.
Our garden is filled with fresh and ripe Okra. Ready to pick and cook up some homemade meals. And since I've never made an Okra dish, I had to scavange the internet. I found one, A Chef in the Field | Okra!!
Okra, Crab and Corn Tacos Yield: 4 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, finely diced
2 ears of corn, cleaned and corn removed from the cob
1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium to high heat. Add the onion, corn and okra. Salt liberally. Sauté until mixture begins to brown, adding more oil if necessary, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Add the crab and cilantro leaves to the okra mixture and toss.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat tortillas up over high heat. No oil is necessary.
4. To assemble, place two corn tortillas on each plate and spread on a layer of avocado sauce. Spoon the okra mixture onto the tacos and serve with one lime wedge per plate.
2 large, ripe avocados, pitted and removed from skins
(*Chef’s tip: have one extra avocado handy just in case the sauce isn’t thick enough)
1 jalapeño, seeds removed for mild sauce or intact for hot sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove
1 cup water
Salt to taste
1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
2. Pulse a few times and then blend on high speed until pureed. If the sauce is too thick, add more water. If the sauce is too thin, add more avocado.
After hearing the sad and tragic passing of Robin Williams, I have been reflecting on all of the movies I watched him in character. There are so many. Some well-known, others, quietly make notice on hidden shelves. Each of his movies were pivotal and taught me life-lessons. These are my top 5 movies of Williams with life-altering performances:
What did you do for fun as a child? Our fun preferences appear very early in our lives and tend to remain extremely stable over time. What was fun for you at age 2 will probably be the most fun you can have at 92.
The effect of emotional venting is to sustain an unsatisfactory status quo. Most people think the opposite, that complaining is part of an effort to change an unsatisfying situation. Nope. Complaining lets off pressure so that we neither explode with frustration nor feel compelled to take the often risky steps of openly opposing a difficult person or situation. Keeping emotional pressure tolerably low doesn't change problematic circumstances but rather perpetuates them.
Tomatoes make this recipe fresh and delicious, and they also are packed with cancer-fighting lycopene.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 oz packed spinach (4 c)
2 (6-inch) whole-grain pitas, halved horizontally
2 lg plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 lg eggs
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 oz reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled (⅓ cup)
1. HEAT the oven to 450°F. 2. HEAT 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, in batches if necessary, and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. 3. BRUSH inside of each pita round with 1 teaspoon oil. Place pita rounds, oiled side up, on a large baking sheet and bake until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. 4. DIVIDE tomatoes and spinach evenly among pita halves, leaving an empty space in the center of each for an egg. Crack 1 egg into the center of each pita. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, return to the oven, and bake until yolks are lightly set, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until cheese has softened, about 2 minutes more. Serve warm.
NUTRITION(per serving) 250 cal, 13 g pro, 21 g carb, 3 g fiber, 13 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 500 mg sodium
This month, especially if you have a lot to do, try doing more of nothing. If you don’t meditate at all, try 10 minutes a day. If you do meditate, double your time. Then notice the velocity at which things get done. If you don’t notice an improvement in a week, quit. But give it an honest try!
If you think there is no action that you can perform in your current circumstances that will increase the supply of love in the world, you are believing a lie. At the very least, you always have the option to offer yourself kindness and understanding. That alone can increase the supply of love in the world.