16 February 2014

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

 ― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

19 January 2014

Rachel Carson Quotes

Some of my favourite quotes by the author of Silent Spring:

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.”

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

It is not half so important to know as to feel.

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.”

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ”

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -- whether its victim is human or animal -- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.”

“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.”

28 December 2013

little personal note today

have been feeling discontent with many aspects to my life lately, complaining to friends and generally succumbing to the negativity. I was thinking surely there is more to life, some other way to live.

Then I had a talk with my 15 year old daughter. She was talking about a friend that had been texting her, down on life, unhappy with his parents treatment of him and hating his body. She gave him some advice which I took to heart.

She told him to think happy. When she is feeling down at times, she reminds herself that she is a decent person that she doesn't "throw pebbles at babies or anything". Sometimes you have to "fake it til you make it" and it works.

She reminded me that happiness is a choice and that every day we wake up is a gift.

I don't know where she gets her wisdom from but I am so grateful to have been on the receiving end today ♥

4 December 2013

Look to this day

Look to this day,
The very life of life,
In its brief course lies all,
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.

But today well lived,
Makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow
A vision of hope.

Look well, therefore,
To this day.

     Sanskrit Proverb

6 November 2013

Butterfly Symbolism

From: http://www.spiritanimal.info/butterfly-spirit-animal/

Butterfly Symbolism

What is the meaning of the butterfly? This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.

Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
Moving through different life cycles
Renewal, rebirth
Lightness of being, playfulness
Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
The world of the soul, the psyche
A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.

Butterfly totem and transformation

The butterfly is a symbol of powerful transformations. By analogy to the development of this animal, the meaning associated with the butterfly emphasizes the ability to move from one state, perspective, lifestyle to another.

Mark Anthony Jacobson, 2009
When the butterfly comes into your life as spirit guide, you may be going through or expect important changes in your life. More than changes in your environment, the transformation the butterfly totem points to are more internal: They could be related to your own perspective on a subject, aspects of your personality, or personal habits. Personal transformation is emblematic of the butterfly symbolism.

Butterfly totem symbol of joy and lightness of being

When the butterfly shows up in your life as a spirit animal or totem, it might indicate the need to look at a conflicting situation with more lightness and different perspective. This totem animal is symbolic of lightness of being and elevation from the heaviness of tensions.

This power animal invites those who have a connection with it to bring joy and bliss into their lives. Butterflies often have bright colors. By extension, they are associated with aliveness and brightness. The message of this totem animal is to lighten up and add more color to your life. Perhaps it’s time to express yourself more fully and show your colorful personality.

The Butterfly and the world of the Soul

In many traditions around the world, the butterfly is a symbol of the soul or soul world. For example, in Chinese symbology, it can represent immortality. For the Japanese, a white butterfly symbolizes the soul the departed ones.

In Ancient Greece, butterflies represent the psyche or soul, and its attribute of immortality.

Calling the butterfly totem for support

The butterfly is a powerful animal to call when you need support in times of transition, whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or when you’re doing inner work. Great ally during intense periods of personal transformation, it will add ease and lightness to the process.

This power animal is a good inspiration for adding more color into your life and self-expression. Those who have the butterfly as a totem animal may be naturally inclined to express themselves openly, to reflect their colors into their environment.

24 June 2013

Easy Nutty Cream Sauce

Easy Nutty Cream Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1-2 tbs oil (coconut, vegetable or olive)
1/3 cup cashew butter (unroasted unsalted will have a neutral taste, and roasted will be more nutty)
1/2 - 1 cup vegetable stock (or water, add more salt if using water)to reach desired consistency
1 tbs nutritional yeast
Salt (or Braggs liquid aminos, or soy sauce)

Sautee garlic and onions in oil until tender. Add in cashew butter to melt and wisk in water until the mixture becomes very smooth. Stir in nutritional yeast and salt to taste. You can use peanut butter and sesame oil instead of cashew to make a peanut sauce, and serve with hot sauce. 

If you want really CHEESY creamy sauce, use Mad Faux Cheese instead of cashew butter! 
Serve over steamed veggies, baked or broiled tofu and noodles. Try zucchini noodles for extra health points!


5 June 2013

Seeds, part two

I tell myself, "this is but
   one moment in Time
Remember my indigenous Mind
   set into Earth
with Sunrises and Falls
   cause Change happens slowly after all"

"Share breath with the Wind
   and walk
Cleanse thoughts with the Water
   and talk
to Creator, connect spirit,
   and soul

Let the Love
   that has seeded
Take root
   and Grow"

May 16, 2013
(started November 4, 2011)