Dreaming is a natural process that happens just by virtue of being human. And like other natural processes such as breathing, it does its work whether or not we pay attention to it. But like with breathing, if we do pay attention, we can begin to have a different and perhaps deeper kind of relationship to it. When we learn how to purposely take deeper breaths, we begin to have new kind of living connection to our body. It can be like this and so much more when we pay attention to the natural process of dreaming. When we intentionally dive deeper into our dreams, we develop a new kind of relationship with the totality of ourselves and to the world we live in.
We are taught to strive for balance. How many times have you sworn that you’ll do better, be better, and “get more balance” in your life? Google “living a balanced life” and you’ll find over 8 million results in only .92 seconds so I’d say it’s something people are really interested in. If that weren’t true there wouldn’t be books, blogs, coaching events, and Facebook posts galore about “ how to achieve balance.” This isn’t another one of those articles. This article isn’t a “5 steps to a completely balanced, perfect, unobtainable life.” It’s designed to ask a few questions, maybe raise a few more and spark a healthy conversation about what we are all looking for.
Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup rice per serving
1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
1/2 0.7-ounce packet Italian salad dressing mix
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Do you feel like the bruised princess who slept on a pea?
Does your mattress swallow you up like a sinkhole?
Would a bed of nails be an improvement?
Do you spend more time tossing and turning than sleeping?
Do you wake up every morning with an achy, stiff back?
Are you just as tired as when you went to bed?
1/2 box (8 oz.) whole wheat Fusilli or Rotini pasta
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup brown rice
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
Kosher salt and pepper
8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 cup soy sauce
Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
Summer and warm (hot) weather are upon us shortly. This means a few extra precautions for our furry friends.
We protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun and should do the same for our pets. Animals can get sunburn, too! Apply small amount of pediatric SPF 30 to pale nose tips and bridges of noses, and ear tips. White animals, especially, are prone to melanomas on their ear (pinna tips) and eyelids when exposed to harsh summer sun for long periods of time. Animals that are coated and are shaved for the summer may need sun protection on their backs until their fur grows back, for at least a month or so.
Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Artichoke “Tapenade”
Serves 14; 2 tablespoons per serving
12 ounces roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained if bottled
1/2 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
2 ounces sliced button mushrooms
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil, crumbled
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 medium garlic cloves, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin preferred)
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a food processor or blender, pulse the bell peppers, artichokes, mushrooms, basil, lemon juice, onion, and garlic until coarse. Pour into a medium bowl. Stir in the oil and salt.
Cook’s Tip: To roast bell peppers, preheat the broiler. Lightly spray a broiler pan and rack with cooking spray. Broil the bell peppers on the broiler pan about 4 inches from the heat, turning until the peppers are charred all over. Or grill whole bell peppers over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Put the broiled or grilled peppers in a plastic or paper bag and close the bag or put them in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 5 to 20 minutes. Rinse the peppers with cold water, removing and discarding the skins. Cut the peppers in half and discard the cores, seeds, and stems. Blot the peppers dry with paper towels. Roasted bell peppers will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to four months.
This is a a great non dairy dessert with a creamy texture.Relatively simple to make,
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
10 Minute Apple Sauce
6 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
6 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 cup unfiltered apple juice
4 tablespoons cognac or brandy or a flavored liquer (such as raspberry or strawberry or apricot)
4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a microwave-safe container with a lid combine apples with all other ingredients. Close lid, leaving one corner of lid open to allow steam to escape. Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
Using a hand blender or potato masher, blend to desired consistency. Serve hot immediately or chill for later use.
For a long time, scientist wondered why people who live in Japan were generally healthier and lived longer than their Western counterparts.
One idea that was put forward was that people in Japan and Asia are generally had more active lifestyles than people in the West. However, scientists believed there was more to it than that.
After years of research, scientists found out that Japanese love of fish was a major contributor to their supreme health and longevity.
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