Saturday, July 12, 2014
Remember we must pay attention without tension. So begin with your eyes closed and a few deep breathes. Try to release all stress and all thoughts. Just focus on your breathe. We will visualize an object. Once you fully visualize this object you will reach a state on concentration, the ability to fully hold one image in your mind. To do this we will use the seven rays of discernment. This can be used for any object, person or place.
Let’s envision a sun flower.
What is this? Whose flower is this? Where is this sunflower? How does this sunflower grow? Which flower is this? (Tall, cut, growing, wild, cultivated), why is this sunflower a flower? When is it not a flower?
Facts – the sunflower opens towards the sun every day and closes at night until it is in full bloom. When is it not a flower? When it is harvested and used as a valuable food source- the oil and the seeds are very nutritious. Practice concentration – attention without tension -Look at life with a discerning eye and ask the seven questions; what, who, where, how, which, why and when. In this you will begin to discover the true nature of life.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Let’s make dinner. Tonight we are going to have a salad, ratatouille and macaroons.
Radish salad – radishes you will recall are low in calories, high in fiber, good for circulation and brain health.
1 bunch of red radishes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 scallions minced
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley minced
½ tsp ground pepper.
Trim radishes and coarsely grind in a food processor. Put olive oil, parsley and scallions in a small pan and heat stirring until tender. Stir in radishes and stir for about 2 minutes. Remove form heat and top with pepper.
Place leaves of butter lettuce on a chilled plate with crumbled goat cheese. In the middle place a scoop of the radish mixture. Serve with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
For dinner it’s off to Provence for ratatouille
1 bunch scallions
2 small zucchini
2 medium tomatoes
1 small eggplant
1 tsp minced garlic
2 medium sized skinless/boned chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons of Herb de Provence or 1 teaspoon each of basil and thyme (the Herb de Provence adds a different flavor as it is mixed with lavender. For a more spicy and less herbally taste use basil and thyme.)
½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper
Chop scallions; slice zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and chicken into bit size pieces. Coat a medium size deep skillet with olive oil and sauté garlic and scallions until tender. Add chicken and stir for 2 minutes. Add vegetables and spices. Stir and cook for another 10 minutes or until vegetable are tender. Let sit for about an hour. Reheat before serving. Serve in bowls with a side of French bread
Calories appx. 223 per serving
Serve with a white wine – a Sancerre works very well with this dish.
Dessert – Bring on the macaroons! Arrange a few macaroons on a small plate. In the center place a small scoop of vanilla sorbet or ice cream. A little French ice wine from Quebec adds an extra touch.
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Saturday, July 05, 2014
Concentration means to hold your attention without tension. It takes great effort to hold your attention and then it takes strength, balance and flexibility to hold your attention without tension.
With concentration there is effort. There is conscious thought but not that of mental activity. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. It takes effort to keep your mind from wandering. It takes effort to release the body-mind from tension and stress. But notice if you begin to apply a little effort to the attention of your breath your body-mind will relax and you experience inner balance, strength and quietude. The tension in your body-mind will be removed.
As you go about your daily life consciously choose where best to apply your attention. Hold it with inner strength, balance and flexibility and you will consciously have mastered the art of concentration. When you master attention without tension you will be able to achieve anything you desire.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Perhaps this is simply the darkness that has come just before the light. Darkness is necessary. It teaches us to appreciate the light. Kali (the cosmic energy of darkness) reminds us to stay stable and yet flexible at the same time. These are necessary when darkness invades.
In a world full of darkness, obstacles and negativity, finding purity and health, sparks the majestic spiritual self with a power that overcomes all limitations. The body-mind is only a reflection of the health and conscious awareness of the soul. By simply observing the body-mind one can determine both the nature of one’s journey and how far down the spiritual path an individual has ventured. As the spirit takes on the light of wholeness and holiness, the body-mind becomes the embodiment of spiritual fitness.
Just as the body-mind must attend to health and fitness if it is to enjoy a quality life, so must the spiritual self-awaken. And more times than not, spiritual awakening comes about in the depths of chaos and darkness. It is only in the dark that one can truly find and appreciate the light, and thus we plunder deep into the dark night of soul so that we may have the opportunity to experience the radiance of the light. It is only the soul that can find its way out of the dark and past the obstacles of chaos.
From the Doctor Lynn book Aero*boga-the way of the heart
Practice Spiritual fitness – Aero*boga- fitness for the body the mind and the soul
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
A Recipe for Love – A morsel of delight
The macaron's origin isn't clear, but it may have been brought to France from Italy as early as 1533 by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs. Macarons gained fame in 1792 when two Carmelite nuns seeking asylum in Nancy during the French Revolution baked and sold macarons in order to support themselves. They made simple macarons from a combination of ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar. No special flavors and no filling.
It wasn't until the 1900s that Pierre Desfontaines of Parisian pastry shop and café Ladurée decided to take two cookies and fill them with ganache. Today the macaron is a delicious treat of thin, light crust followed by a layer of moist almond meringue with a center of silky smooth filling. Lucky for me and lucky for you these little love cushions are now available here in the states. Nothing tops a French meal off like a little morcea (morsel) of macaron.
On Valentine’s Day 2011, I was in French class and one of my class mates brought in boxes of French macarons to share. They came from Paulette Macaron in Beverly Hills, California. You can order them online at paulettemacaron.com. These delicious little morsels mixed well with our conversational French as we licked our fingers and continued to pass the cookies around the room. The chocolate were divine! I think I’m in love.
Macarons are made from egg whites, sugar and almond flour. Among their many health benefits almonds are good for heart: Mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart diseases. The presence of magnesium in almonds helps to avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce C-reactive protein which causes artery-damaging inflammation. Almond is also a source of folic acid. They therefore help to reduce the level of homocystein, which causes fatty plaque build-up in arteries. What’s good for the heart must be good for love.
I read recently that macarons are the new dessert de jour. Cupcakes are passé. So I bought a box of macarons and served them as a dessert along with a little fruit sorbet. Light and fluffy these little treats called pets in French (meaning either little farts or little meringues- depending upon whose interpretation) brought joie de vivre to the night.
Whether a cookie or a meringue these almond delights are healthy and heavenly. Almonds have been a part of many cultures and have made their way into many dishes. The almond is a symbol of faithfulness. Making the macaron the crème de la crème of love.
In Greek mythology,a princess, beautiful and faithful to her prince and lover, Theseus goes down to the sea each day, hoping to see her lover’s ship returning from the Trojan War. When it does not look like the fleet will ever return, she dies of grief and is changed into an almond tree to commemorate her faithfulness.
Now that’s love….
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Once upon a time there was an archery contest. A fish was tied to a pole. The eye of the fish was used as the target. Many people came forth to hit the target. Each time someone came forward the judges would ask, “What are you aiming for? The contestants each said the fish. Each one missed the target. Then one archer came forward and was asked, “What are you aiming for?” He replied, “The eye. All I see is the eye.” He alone hit the target.
To hit your mark you must shut out all irrelevant and disruptive data so that you can gain the concentration needed to hit your mark. Our mark is to quiet the mind and find peace and serenity. To accomplish this we must practice balance, flexibility and strength. That is why we practice yoga.
To hit your mark you must shut out all irrelevant and disruptive data so that you can gain the concentration needed to hit your mark. Be quiet, be still and be at peace and you have hit your mark.
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