Touchstone for Life Newsletter - May 2020

Dear Friends,

Standing in the uncertain. Fear tries to knock you down but you can get up again. Fear is paralyzing. Are you stuck? Let’s get moving. Don’t wait another minute. Be brave. Have courage. Create confidence. Shift fear into love. Old systems and paradigms have to break down before they can be replaced. The breakdown is the precursor of a breakthrough. The darkest time is just before dawn. We can each contribute to accelerating this transformation by choosing love and confidence. After all, the only thing that’s certain is the uncertainty of the present moment. To be able to stand patiently in that, we need compassion, patience, resilience, and the understanding of ourselves and all others. Now is the perfect time to reassess your priorities. Here’s what I believe: with lives and lifestyles around the world being affected, the one thing we can count on to pull us through is love.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and loved ones healthy and safe during this crisis.

Love and appreciation,
Gary

ONE-MINUTE WISDOM

 Most of us have experienced the ability to accomplish more than we thought we could, but this is only part of the possibilities that await us. The other part of the “doing” calls on us to trust that we have help from the entire universe.  

THE POWER OF MEDITATION

Often the only reason people are unhappy or disharmonious in their personal relations and/or in career is more about the resistance to a circumstance which they find themselves in, rather than the circumstance itself. In the same way, a lifeguard advises that you swim with the riptide instead of against it, the Universe wants you to accept this moment. Itʼs a gift. Ultimately if you understand that the Universe is conspiring to make you happy, you will begin to view all things, that is, all problems and opportunities as gifts.

The dictionary defines harmony as, “accord, agreement, and peace”. In order to attain inner peace, your thoughts and vision must be aligned with your actions. What does that mean? It means that you are responsible for what you think. If you are feeling in dis-accord, start by saying “yes” to anything that presents itself. Does that mean negative situations? Absolutely not – I think we all know the difference. Still, the Universe sends you exactly what you call in and/or what you need. How then do you find your own inner harmony? The answer: You must first learn to recognize what harmony is for you. Next, start to recognize when you are receiving offers and gifts from the Universe that will put you more in alignment with your best self. And then just simply say, “yes.” For instance, if you have been thinking about opening a book shop for many years and have never gone after it and then suddenly someone offers you a bookstore manager position, your first inclination might be to decline the offer. You might think things like, “I am overqualified,” or “I donʼt want to work for someone elseʼs book store.” And that may be true. But maybe if you stay open to the “yes” of it, there is another way to view the opportunity. Maybe it showed up to teach you how to run a bookstore. Or maybe the Universe wants you to be there so you can learn how to do it better. Quite possibly it showed up to reignite your passion that at the moment you havenʼt been pursuing. Because passion without action can become – not always – inertia. And then, we are out of alignment and typically not at peace. If you want inner harmony, start first by saying “yes” to your life.

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TUNERIC: The Spice of Life

There are just a few plants deserving of the honored title of “Super Food”. Turmeric is certainly one of them. The broad range of proven health benefits is impressive. There is an excellent reason that people in India and many other countries consume turmeric in their food and beverages every day—it keeps them healthy! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the spice that gives Indian curry its yellow color. The popularity of turmeric tea may be one of the reasons that Okinawans have one of the world’s longest lifespans. Its well-deserved nickname in India is “the spice of life”.

Turmeric is a rhizome, related to ginger, that is native to Asia. It has been highly respected and valued for at least 4,000 years for its wide range of health-promoting benefits. It is the richest source of beta carotene delivering extraordinary antioxidant effects. Bright yellow-gold in color, and bitter, astringent, and pungent in taste, turmeric has a long history of delivering health benefits.

In the last decades, many scientific studies have proven what Ayurveda and Chinese medicine practitioners have been saying for millennia: Turmeric is VERY good for us.

  • Supports a weight loss program by A) increasing metabolism, B) improving liver function, C) lowering LDL cholesterol, and D) reducing inflammation.
  • Promotes healthy skin– historically the blood purifying effects of turmeric were shown to help promote healthy and beautiful skin, so it may support people with psoriasis, eczema, hives, and (Use caution if applying it topically–it stains.)
  • Soothes and repairs the digestive system; and support, stimulate, detoxify and protect liver health and function.
  • Mood elevating effects– Researchers have found that curcumin may enhance the important brain chemicals serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine.
  • Provides anti-inflammatory effects which appear to surpass hydrocortisone–for joints, and for respiratory issues including allergies, asthma, and bronchitis

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AFFIRMATIONS:
 

Today, I am more loving and compassionate.

Today,  I am calm and confident.

Today,  I have the patience to see my way through this situation.


 

 

DAILY EXERCISE

MEDITATION EXERCISE

(Playing soft music will enhance this exercise)

Start by sitting comfortably in a darkened room. Relax into your chair, visualizing a blue light at the top of your head. Picture this blue light traveling the length of your body, from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes, a short section at a time.

Pause at your head. Do you suffer from headaches, strained eyesight? What might be causing this, do you think? How do you feel about facing the world? Accept any answers that come to you. Allow yourself to relax and visualize any tension dissolving in the blue light before moving on.

Pause at your shoulders and the top of your back. Do your shoulders feel loose or tense? Is one side more knotted than the other? Do you feel any tension at the base of your neck? Why might this be so? What could your shoulder and upper back be telling you about the burdens that you are shouldering? Allow yourself to relax further and visualize any tension dissolving in the blue light before moving on.

Pause at your back and midriff. Do you experience back pain or any discomfort here? What could your back be telling you about the support you need? Allow yourself to relax and visualize any tension dissolving in the blue light before moving on.

Pause at your lower abdomen and hips. How loose do your hips feel? How comfortable do you think your position is in the world? What problems might you be trying to digest? Allow yourself to relax once more and visualize any tension dissolving in the blue light before moving on.

Pause at your legs and feet. How tired or vital do your limbs feel? What could they be telling you about your standing and your direction in the world? Allow yourself to relax further and visualize any tension dissolving in the blue light before moving on.

With time, quiet reflection on your physical being, combined with the peace that meditation can bring to you.  It may help you to understand your body’s messages for you, and banish your aches and pains. By becoming familiar with the ways in which your body physically embodies your world, you will begin to identify the thought patterns that have shaped the way you live. These thought patterns form the conditioning that governs many of the ways in which you respond to the world. Once you are aware of the role that conditioning plays in your life, you will be able to take conscious steps to overcome it where necessary.


 


 

 

MINT
CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES



Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 12-14 Palm-sized pancakes 1x


Scale

Ingredients

Made from homemade cashew milk that has been seasoned with cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg
 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of fresh spinach
  • 1 c. almond milk, divided into quarter cups
  • 1 tsp. mint extract
  • 1 1/2 c. of all-purpose flour (or all-purpose GF flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 c. aquafaba or 1 Tbsp flax meal + 4 Tbsp water)
  • 1/3 c. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
 

Instructions

  1. Blend ¼ cup of almond milk, 1 cup of spinach, and min extract in a blender.
  2. In a bowl combine flour and baking powder well.
  3. In a second bowl whisk together honey, olive oil, vanilla, and egg.
  4. Combine wet ingredients and spinach mixture with flour and baking powder. Whisk well until all lumps are gone. Gently fold in chocolate chips with a spatula.
  5. Heat frying pan on medium heat. Working in small batches, use a quarter cup measuring cup to add pancake batter onto a hot pan. Each side will take 1-2 minutes. Flip when pancake begins to bubble.
  6. Continue to work in small batches until pancakes are finished. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips if desired and enjoy!


https://www.forkandbeans.com/2018/03/11/mint-chocolate-chip-pancakes/
 

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