Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Global Mala (that's us!) :)

There are so many amazing events upcoming reminding us of our peace and interconnectedness--I am so joyful to see all of the beautiful beings who are working together to share loving intentions for the earth and eachother!

Here is a wonderful post about one called the Global Mala Project from Peggy and Curtis on their Solutions blog. It describes an ecstatic string of loving consciousness rising to connect all beings and the earth.

From their site:
"As we approach the Autumn Equinox it is a time to recognize the abundance that summer has brought us. Fall is a time for celebrating harvest and enjoying a last taste of freshness as we shift into a cool, more introspective time.

On September 23, the fall equinox, people all over the world will be participating in a "Global Mala". We will be creating a wave of sun salutations sending peace energy into the global consciousness. To become involved, all you have to do is perform the salutations. If you want to go a step further, look for participating local yoga studios or encourage your local studio to participate. There is a website, www.globalmala.org, where you can find out alot more. Check out the videos they have posted there which are truly inspiring."

Their posting is wonderful--you can check it out here: click for link

I was thinking of a picture to illustrate the idea of a beautiful human chain reaching lovingly around the earth (the Global Mala), and I thought of the most amazing thing. Every year the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathers somewhere in the states for 2 weeks of camping, music and joy, culminating in a silent peace circle thousands strong at noon on the 4th of July. Everything is free or for barter--$ is only allowed for donations for food ingredients for those who travel outside of the gathering for supplies to feed everyone inside. It was so beautiful to experience that--all of the same love we extend to our friends and community, to all beings, and the planet, but in that moment, you can actually see it happening on a bigger scale. (Feels just like sangha!).


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lovely potluck day

Had a wonderful day today at our monthly community potluck. It was a busy day for local events (a music festival and an Arts for Peace and Justice exhibit that Daniel played music for) and some friends were away doing other things, so it was a small group but full of love! It was sweet to have more time to talk and we could actually all fit at one table for once! Afterward, we relaxed with music (and naps for some--I meditated with all my raw energy!) before a wild storm blew up. It was very exhilarating and woke us up nicely! Daniel's out with some of our friends from potluck at a drum and percussion open-mic night at Suba, a great local place with music and cultural events. 3/4 of the audience drum with those on stage--really amazing! (Not bad for Central Pa!).

Another lovely aspect of the day was the peaceful, easy feeling of moving through the day feeling so calm and centered, a joy to clean and get things ready for potluck and feeling so much energy when cleaning up afterward. I feel more drawn to keep things organized and the energy clear when I eat raw--it's delightful and I'm sure reflective of what's going on interally, manifesting outwardly. I've been eating more greens and really seeing how much better I feel when I am conscious of that. I was reading about the alkalizing effect of greens and the potential for acid pH to cause anxiety and even depression, (among, of course, many other disease states). It is such a gift to have a clear mind and great energy to share...

Here are some pics of the raw portions of the potluck. (3 or 4 of us eat raw and the rest love healthy, organic, vegan food. I love my friends so much and love to see them--it only feels like a joy to offer foods that everyone will feel nourished by and also have fun sharing new raw foods for them to try!).

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Present moment, wonderful moment

Had a nice day--was feeling a little out-of-sorts in the cooler, rainy weather, so took River to the library and then to meet a dear friend, Robert, at Luna Pastel, a lovely local raw food cafe. (He treated me to an amazing raw birthday lunch--thanks Robert!!). It was so nice and I felt so much lighter afterward--resonating with the energy of my wonderful friend and the love-vibes in the food and the cafe! Matthew of Solive and the cafe shared a great quote from Thich Nhat Hanh and then Robert followed up with a reading from a pocket notebook he always carries, reminding me that we always have the opportunity to come back to the present moment, with awareness--residing in a quiet mind of love. So many blessings all around us, every moment...

Here are some pics from our lunch today and some meals in the last couple of days. The savory sage croquettes were scrumptious, from Gabriel Cousens' book, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine; the avocado "fries" were from Carmella at Sunny Raw Kitchen and Raw Freedom Community and the delicious meatloaf, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut were my birthday lunch at Luna Pastel--wonderful! The "hot chocolate" was a dream--almonds and brazil nuts blended with cacao, agave, cinnamon and maca, then whirled in the Vita-mix until warm to finger-touch--still raw. Alternatively, I used pecans and almonds with vanilla and cinnamon for a bed-time version. A pinch of cayenne added a feeling of warmth on a rainy day...

Blessings and love to you. :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Raw Spirit

Wow--some wonderful and inspiring speakers and info coming out of the Raw Spirit Festival. For those who haven't seen her site, Keiko Ti has some great posts on the different speakers and events there, Rawket Science. I especially loved the post on Happy Oasis (there's a part one and two), with such a lovely and joyful description of the spiritual nature of a raw lifestyle. Sparkly! :)

Hope you are having wonderful day and drinking in fresh, cool, clear air, water and sunshine wherever you are!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Love in action

This Saturday River and I had a wonderful adventure at our local CSA, Spiral Path Farm. The CSA is such a joyful paradigm--friends who love the earth and have a gift for farming allow members to pay a fee at the beginning of the season and then we all benefit from the bounty for the rest of the year! They open their farm to visits from members for many Saturdays of the season--this was just one. We have been enjoying so many wonderful local organic treats because of their generosity.

It was a magical day and such a gift to share it with my son. He loves fruit and although he is less fond of most veggies--he ate parsley and basil right from the rows! :) It is so life-changing for children (and adults) to have a connection to the earth and the food we eat, (and so inspiring to have the opportunity when eating raw and living-foods!).

Hope you are part of many wonderful organizations like Spiral Path in your area--making a difference in eachother's lives by living our right path...


Congratulations to Angela Stokes and Matt Monarch on their engagement!! What a wonderful union!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Nourishing eachother


"We usually think that parents have to nourish their children, but sometimes the children can bring enlightenment to the parents and help transform them." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
(So true--an amazing experience!).

Had a lovely day by the river with my son and nephews--I felt so grateful for a blissful moment when I was feeling so happy and content and aware of that great blessing!

Have been enjoying mono-meals of canteloupe and fruit all day, but had a grounding snack of raw almonds, brazil nut and dried cranberry in raw organic almond butter in the afternoon--a real treat!

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Hope the day finds you well and happy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Serving Love

Feeling nice today--moving along with a gentleness and sense of surrender. It is so nice to feel in tune with my body, the things it needs and desires, the intention to serve others with love. Had a neat experience--I had just made a nice salad and a plate of tarragon pumpkin seed pate with some great raw sesame flax crackers. Enjoyed the seeds and was eating the salad when it suddenly began to taste bitter to me. I decided maybe not to eat it (but didn't want to waste it) when Danielsun came down, saying he was too hungry to sleep. I asked him to taste test if for me and he was so joyful to declare it scrumptious and to help me out by eating it! (I eat that exact same type of salad every day and love it, so it felt like it was Spirit flowing for his health and well-being. It was so sweet to know that it was just time to pass it on to him to enjoy--synchronicity.) Happy to recognize the smaller and larger ways we can trust and go with the flow in our lives. Lovely!

Here's the pics of some food from today:

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Weekend by the river


We've been enjoying a cooler day today--we cleared out some of the abundant weeds growing down by the riverbank to open it up for a drum circle today. Wonderful to be outside! Been making lots of simple foods and appreciating watching things bloom. Decided to go for it and get a Vita-mix for my birthday--for some reason can't decide on the color (silly). Standing between two places--what is and what might be, and wanting to leave things most open...

Hope anyone reading this is well and happy--have a beautiful day!

Here are some pics from the week...
(The corn chowder in the first pic was amazing and let me use up some organic ear corn from our CSA.)
Here is the recipe:

2 1/2 cup almond milk
5 ears corn on the cob, shaved
1 small avocado
Sea salt to taste
Put aside one handful of corn. Blend everything else in a blender. Pour into a bowl, add the handful of corn and stir adding sea salt to taste.

- from “Living on Live Food” by Alissa Cohen


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