Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Inspired raw posts

Hello everyone,
Spending so much time these days with my dear son and husband, having lovely adventures in the woods and with friends in sangha and community, but not so much time online!  (The beautiful days keep calling me outside and I feel so much love for nature and all of it's creatures--even the occasional fly (River says, "Don't smack it, Mommy, it's alive!"). ).  From the mouths of babes...  I wanted to take a moment to say hi and send a blessing and a hug.

Some free flowing happiness this week:
Appreciating simpler raw treats: all the lovely fresh pears around now and looking forward to heading to the CSA this weekend for fresh local transitional organic apples; love their dinosaur kale in my green apple and almond smoothies...

The addiction to clutter continues to dissolve as we clear out old things we don't use to allow them to become new comforts for other dear beings flowing on their journey through this joyful and bittersweet life...

Feeling the love and inspiration flow from posts by Raw ModelWe Like it Raw, Raw Food Right Now!, and as always, the resonant words and images over at RawketScience as well as the words of Eckhart Tolle, reminding us what is real and true--to trust what resonates in the heart until the mind agrees and sings the same song.

Blessings to you, beautiful beings on your loving path.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Living in peace

Wow--feeling an intense urge to continue to clear out and let go of lots of clutter and things we don't use.  (In keeping with the environmental blog action day happening all over the world of blog, we sent tons of things to GoodWill, and hope that they all find another happy home!). Interestingly, I felt much more of a natural desire to eat light, raw foods all day, too.

To be honest, it was easy to get a little carried away with wanting to get there already, and forget gentleness and flowing with it and my sweet husband, so I felt drawn to practice these three things today, and made them like a mantra:

A friend also passed on this lovely email on Peaceful communication today, from Jinjee at TheGardenDiet.com:

10 things we can do to contribute to internal, interpersonal, and organizational peace
1 Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

2 Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

3 Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

4 When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

5 Instead of saying what we DON'T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

6 Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we'd like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

7 Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone's opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

8 Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

9 If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what's wrong with others or ourselves.

10 Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

For more info on nonviolent communication see www.cnvc.org

(I feel so happy to experience the sweetness of human beings acting in such loving ways and with these intentions! Blessings and peace to you, for all that you contribute to the world! Love, Marykaye)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Still here...

I'm still here and flowing into the cooler fall weather.  Not sure why, but I've been feeling some aversion to the idea of raw entrees, although "greens, greens, greens" are my mantra and my intention.  

Some random thoughts from the last couple of weeks:
I found a neat article on greens and why to stay raw that I found interesting and helpful. Daniel had an inspiring weekend "Smoothie Extravaganza", and I posted a great recipe he created for a low-sugar green smoothie on Gone Raw here. Some lovely posts by Keiko Cacao Ti on Love and Gratitude have lifted me up.

It's been so busy around here lately, with the Little Buffalo Festival, events like the drum circle and clearing out the house, open to living in community again...

Here are some pics of the festival, with friends Lara and Josh leading the children's parade... Lara did an amazing Fire Dance at the end (I'll post a movie of it as soon as I get it onto the computer) while Daniel and many other wonderful musicians shared their musical gifts in a lovely synergy. The park has a great stage in a valley embraced by rolling green hills and trees all around, with a peaceful lake just above the valley, waiting to be discovered at the top of the hill in the second picture. (It was a fun adventure to trek with River to the top of the landing and beyond up into the woods, only to wind down a quiet path through the forest and back down behind the stage.). The event had many other great workshops on alternative energy, creative expression and yoga, and the best part of all was that it was free and organized by local artists and musicians.

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Hope you all are well and holding images in your mind of your highest Self and greatest happiness for you, your family and community...