And this too...
yackattack:

Spirulina, banana, strawberries, pear, hemp seeds, lots of kale and coconut water in my #dailygreensmoothie! #vegan #food #healthy (Taken with Instagram)

This has to good!

yackattack:

Spirulina, banana, strawberries, pear, hemp seeds, lots of kale and coconut water in my #dailygreensmoothie! #vegan #food #healthy (Taken with Instagram)

This has to good!

No matter what kind of day you’re having, this will make it (even) better. I promise. :)

THIS IS TRUE YOGA: THE UNBINDING OF THE BONDS OF SORROW. PRACTICE THIS YOGA WITH DETERMINATION AND WITH A COURAGEOUS HEART.
-BHAGAVAD GITA, TRANS. BY STEPHEN MITCHELL

THIS IS TRUE YOGA: THE UNBINDING OF THE BONDS OF SORROW. PRACTICE THIS YOGA WITH DETERMINATION AND WITH A COURAGEOUS HEART.

-BHAGAVAD GITA, TRANS. BY STEPHEN MITCHELL

themeaningofeat:

I love September. It’s still plenty warm but the mornings and evenings get a little cooler, and the first leaves start to fall gently down from the trees. Best of all, it’s an incredible moment for produce: tons of summery veg is still at its peak, plus new stuff emerges like sweet juicy pears and savoury squash. 
It’s still a great moment for tomatoes. I’m a big fan of a well-made BLT but today I decided I didn’t want to interfere too much with that gorgeous Ontario beefsteak tomato I nabbed at the market, and instead simply added meaty slices to a gentle layer of fresh basil, a generous slather of mayo, and a little sea salt and fresh pepper, all in between toasted bread. 
Tomatoes, I love you. You will be gone too soon.

themeaningofeat:


I love September. It’s still plenty warm but the mornings and evenings get a little cooler, and the first leaves start to fall gently down from the trees. Best of all, it’s an incredible moment for produce: tons of summery veg is still at its peak, plus new stuff emerges like sweet juicy pears and savoury squash. 

It’s still a great moment for tomatoes. I’m a big fan of a well-made BLT but today I decided I didn’t want to interfere too much with that gorgeous Ontario beefsteak tomato I nabbed at the market, and instead simply added meaty slices to a gentle layer of fresh basil, a generous slather of mayo, and a little sea salt and fresh pepper, all in between toasted bread. 

Tomatoes, I love you. You will be gone too soon.

 ’Swim out of your little pond.’
~Rumi

 ’Swim out of your little pond.’

~Rumi

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu
Recipe: Roasted Eggplant

I have this weakness for picking up gorgeous, locally grown vegetables, even if they aren’t my favourites to cook or eat. I just can’t help myself.. (I know, could be worse :)).

Such is the case of the eggplant. It had been patiently waiting in our fridge for some attention for over a week until I finally couldn’t ignore it any longer. So I went through my recipe books on the hunt for something other than baba ganoush. No luck there, but I did find an easy, delicious recipe on the internet. Had to share..

Dice: (keep it chunky):

1 eggplant, (no need to peel)

1 red onion 

1 red pepper

Add a good glug of olive oil, salt, pepper

Mix and spread all onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast at 400-450 until nicely roasted (about 45 min). Half way through, use a flipper to turn mixture over. Don’t overcook, as the eggplant will dry out.

10 minutes before taking out, add halved cherry tomatoes just to soften.

Remove from pan and add torn basil and feta cheese. More seasoning if desired.

That’s it! The eggplant was rich with flavour and the add ins were a perfect complement.

This dish could be added to pasta, or as side to chicken, beef, or fish.

SO good I will make this for guests.

Enjoy.

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.
Eckhart Tolle
pieceofmindblog:

“When in doubt look up.” I like this. It could mean look to your Higher Power. It could mean look up to gain guidance from the sky, the stars, the sun. Or it could mean, look up and gain a fresh perspective on things.
When I saw this I was rushing to get home, and for a moment I looked up and saw things differently: the blue sky, the colourful houses lining the street, all the surroundings I’d been missing. I took a breath, and kept walking.

pieceofmindblog:

“When in doubt look up.” I like this. It could mean look to your Higher Power. It could mean look up to gain guidance from the sky, the stars, the sun. Or it could mean, look up and gain a fresh perspective on things.

When I saw this I was rushing to get home, and for a moment I looked up and saw things differently: the blue sky, the colourful houses lining the street, all the surroundings I’d been missing. I took a breath, and kept walking.

The Simple Life

When I was younger, I was introspective and fiercely analytical in the matters of the heart. I spent several years excavating my inner landscape in various ways, peeling back the layers of my life experiences. 

Now, in my mid 50’s, I see things much simpler. Partly because it’s harder for my brain to go to ‘those’ places, but partly because I’ve come to realize that I don’t need to complicate things if I don’t have to. Simpler is lighter, and has just as much value. Maybe more. 

This applies to a lot of things in my life. One that comes to mind is the information I extract from books, especially those that speak to the spiritual side of things. 

A reoccurring theme lately focuses on a couple simple but invaluable reminders that I’d like to offer to you.

The first is that we all share human frailty. Suffering is part of the human experience. Of course we forget that, so we try to avoid it in all our habitual ways. But we’ll never get it right. We’re not supposedto get it right. What we can do is surrender to it, and open to something far greater than that tiny little perception of ourselves. That’s the seed of enlightenment.

The second is the importance of compassion for ourselves. To feel what we feel in an honest, honouring way. It doesn’t mean we need to act on it or mentally follow the story behind that feeling. But when we can hold the space for it, even briefly, it can begin to soften and open our hearts. And therein lies our true natures, and true love.

That’s it.. two simple little reminders to carry along each day. Of course practising them isn’t so simple. But that’s a post for another day. :)

Much metta.