Touchstone for Life Newsletter - August 2020
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Dear Friends,

As we move through this unprecedented summer the world currently needs your light. We are needed to turn up our personal and collective power and shine the way for a new transformational consciousness. What if each one of us steps forward to move beyond all fear and walk the path of love? How would life be different? No one does anything alone. The truth is, we all need each other more than ever right now. We need each other in so many ways, both big and small. We need to rely on one another. Lean on one another. Trust one another. Be compassionate, understanding, and patient with one another. We need to basically focus on being there for one another the best we can.

Love and appreciation,
Gary

ONE-MINUTE WISDOM

 Love is experienced when you make a heart connection when nothing is wanted or expected. Then you are accepted as you are in each other’s presence.  

WAKING UP YOUR FOOD AWARENESS

Shop consciously. Choose healthy foods that will nourish and sustain your body. Buy fresh produce. Avoid ingesting chemical fertilizers and pesticides by purchasing organically grown products, which are also generally grown more consciously. Consider a vegetarian diet; most animals, in addition to being potentially diseased, are raised on antibiotics and artificial growth hormones, which are passed on to unwitting human consumers of meat. As well, I believe meat products are filled with animal adrenaline, produced by the animal’s profound fear at the point of its killing. Mad cow disease was a gift to the spiritualization of the English diet. Do be aware though, that not everyone can tolerate a vegetarian diet as some people cannot digest pulses or soy. The key thing, if you do eat animal proteins, is to choose organic, as far as possible. Avoid the regular use of sugar and caffeine: these hollow energy sources take your body on a roller-coaster ride of artificially induced highs and crashing lows. Experiment with reduced wheat or wheat-free diet in order to feel lighter and more energized.

Get to know your farmer. Today, many communities have farmers’ markets and many in my country have community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs where people come together and support local organic farmers by purchasing a share of the farmer’s crop in advance and receiving a weekly box of fresh produce in return. A personal relationship with your farmer gives each bite you take more context. Even better—grow your own!

Prepare your own meals. Allow cooking to become a ritual of nourishment. Imbue your food with your intentional consciousness by washing it, cutting it, and preparing it carefully and beautifully with mindfulness. I believe lovingly and intentionally prepared food contains some of the life-force (chi) of its preparer; this is the profound gift of a fully conscious chef. Factory-made foods and fast foods are prepared by machines and doused with preservatives; be aware that the primary intent in their production is profit for the manufacturers’ stockholders, not loving nourishment for you.

Set your table beautifully. The ritual of setting flowers, candles, attractive dishes, and cutlery and cloth napkins will awaken the intentional consciousness that turns eating into dining. 

DON'T MISS MY NEW PODCAST

READY SET LIVE

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Ready Set Live is a personal development and lifestyle, health, and wellness podcast to making your life work. This show will inspire you on a journey of discovery about yourself. Gary Quinn focuses directly on recurring problems and issues that confront us all in today’s hectic and toxic world. He responds with simple, practical, yet deeply insightful, strategies that those seeking to improve their lives and relationships can use to empower themselves. He will be interviewing celebrities, expert guests in personal development, health, fitness, and lifestyle. An entertaining, inspirational, informative show that gives you tools to find health and happiness in all areas of your life.

My last guests have included: Jonelle Allen, Joe Townley, Logan Allen, Neil Jackson, Group Love - Christian Zucconi & Hannah Hooper, Actor Eric & Eliza Roberts, Actor Esai Morales, NY Times Author & Actress Marilu Henner, Actress Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) from Dallas, Tony and Grammy Award-Winning Actor - Multi-Platinum Recording Artist John Lloyd Young from JERSEY BOYS, Academy Award songwriter Dean Pitchford, Emmy Award Actress Tracey Bregman,  Emmy Award Actor Kevin Spirtas, “E” Hollywood medium Tyler Henry, Actor Nick Hounslow, Executive Producer Kia Kiso and Award-winning director Emmanuel Itier.

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY BAGELS

INGREDIENTS:
Wet Ingredients:

1 c. lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp. dry active yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. mild-flavored oil
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 c. dried blueberries


Dry Ingredients:
2/3 c. superfine brown rice flour
2/3 c. white rice flour
1/3 c. potato starch
1/3 c. arrowroot powder
3 Tbsp. ground psyllium husk
2 tsp. brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt



INSTRUCTIONS:
 1. Proof your yeast by whisking in the yeast and sugar into the lukewarm water. Leave alone for 10 minutes until it froths up.
 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and pour the yeast mixture in as well as the remainder of the wet ingredients.
 3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the ingredients together until a dough is formed. Your dough should be slightly sticky but not sticky enough that you cannot handle it.
 4. Divide dough into 4 even balls and roll between lightly floured hands until completely smooth. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly coated with cornmeal. Form into a bagel shape (approx. 4″ in diameter) and create a hole in the middle with your thumb.
 5. Cover and rise for 45-60 minutes. Your bagels won’t expand too much–just give the dough time to rest.
 6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
 7. Bake bagels for 20-23 minutes until they are nicely browned. You might want to flip them over halfway through the baking time to get an even brown.
 8. Allow to cool fully and then slice. Toast when you are ready to eat.



Nutrition:
Calories: 318
Sugar: 4.8g
Sodium: 280mg
Fat: 8.3g
Carbohydrates: 58g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 5g


https://www.forkandbeans.com/2014/06/05/gluten-free-vegan-blueberry-bagels/
 


AFFIRMATIONS:
 

Today, I enjoy completion.

Today, I can complete projects easily.

Today, I give myself permission to live as I choose.

 


DAILY EXERCISE


Make exercise a daily habit
- 3 simple tips


Whether you’re looking for motivation to start exercising or are interested in changing up your current routine, here are 10 tips for making exercise a daily habit.

1. Piece your workout together. You don’t need to get all your exercise at one time. Ten minutes morning, noon, and night can give much of the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once.


2. Exercise with a friend. Finding a workout partner can help keep you on track and motivate you to get out of the door.


3. Keep it brisk. When you walk, make it brisk, since this may help control weight better than walking at a leisurely pace. What is brisk enough? Walk as though you are meeting someone for lunch and you are a little late.



 

Your body talks and tells you what you want and need if you choose to listen. If you deny your feelings, emotions, need for love, and full self-expression, your body will cut off from from its supply of the vital life force. People love to deny that they are the cause of who they are. They’d rather pretend they aren’t or avoid facing the truth and dealing with it. Your world is your energy in solid form. The secret is to observe your life and then you’ll know where you are.


 


THE POWER OF BASIL
 

What are the health benefits of eating fresh basil?
 

The herb may have anti-inflammatory qualities. 
 

Basil is a potent antibacterial.
Containing just 22 calories per 100 grams, basil is nutrient-heavy and calorie-light. Basil may contain compounds that fight the effects
of aging.


 

What are the healing properties of basil?

Basil is a type of herb that has a lot of health benefits and is frequently used in cooking. Some of the benefits of basil include antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
properties as well.


 


When we choose to go with the flow of change, we have the opportunity to experience a sense of inner peace and personal empowerment.

In this way, we are aligning back to the center. With renewed love, peace, joy and power.




 
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