Primal Connection: A Need for Credence

Whether or not we acknowledge it, each of us is a part of Nature.  In past posts, I’ve written about the importance of staying cognizant of and nurturing this connection.  That is in fact the theme of Micro of the Macro.  But it’s always a delight to explore further and better understand this all-encompassing blessing.Continue reading “Primal Connection: A Need for Credence”

pH Balance Explained (And Why It Matters)

I have mentioned pH balance and acidic foods in past posts, but never taken the time to explain them.  Various parts of the human body have different pH balances, but it’s the blood’s pH that this write-up addresses.   First off, the abbreviation pH indicates the potential of hydrogen.  Hydrogen is an important element inContinue reading “pH Balance Explained (And Why It Matters)”

Working Toward Oneness: Meditation

After a 14-year hiatus, I have reestablished a daily meditation practice.  It  is part of a deep Ayurvedic cleanse I’m doing, and its purpose is to release stored emotions. After only 3 weeks, I’m already experiencing positive results; I no longer feel the stress of getting things done at a hurried pace.  My daily modeContinue reading “Working Toward Oneness: Meditation”

Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti

It’s recipe time again!  I always look forward to these weeks because they stir my creativity in the kitchen, and I’m excited to share the results with you.  This week, I’ve prepared a dish that I’ve been considering since late last year!  I have been hesitant (maybe lacking confidence) because it’s the veganization of aContinue reading “Very Cheesy Vegan Ziti”

The Gift of Rumi

Why do you stay in prisonWhen the door is so wide open?Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.Live in silence.Flow down and down in everwidening rings of being. ~Rumi Recently, I watched Rumi: Poetry of the Heart, a short documentary in which teachers, historians, and American translators shared some important events from the poet’s personal life. Continue reading “The Gift of Rumi”

Interdependent by Design

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.  ~Thomas Merton Merriam-Webster defines the term interdependence as the state of being dependent upon one another.  Examples are given for interdependent economies as wellContinue reading “Interdependent by Design”

The Gift Economy

When I was a small girl in the Southern US, my Grandmother kept a sizable vegetable garden, a large number of chickens, a few cows, and several pigs. My memories of time in the garden and with the animals outnumber any others from those days.  I befriended one of the chickens, actually a rooster, whoContinue reading “The Gift Economy”

Aspects of Autumn

If I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot Fall hasn’t always been my favorite season.  As a kid, I loved Summer, when school was out, more than any other.  (Maybe that’s true for everyone?) As I got older, vibrant colors & cooler temperatures started having aContinue reading “Aspects of Autumn”

5 Ideas to Reduce the Cost of Travel

Other than airfare, (which, unfortunately, has gone through the roof over the past couple years) lodging is usually the biggest expense when traveling.  Hotel stays are pretty pricey, so unless you have friends and family all over or a home on wheels, you might be finding the cost of traveling prohibitive these days. There areContinue reading “5 Ideas to Reduce the Cost of Travel”

Kitchen-Crafted Broth

I recently had a conversation with a member of my climbing gym’s staff about making broth.  (Yes, I’ll talk about food & nutrition with anyone!)  His version, which calls for fresh vegetables, sounded delicious.  My recipe is a bit different, using leftover pieces of veggies collected & frozen over a period of months.  And IContinue reading “Kitchen-Crafted Broth”