Happiness Found In The Present
happiness is not a target, it is a state attainable by being in the present
Happiness...we all crave it, seek it, work for it, demand it, command it, embrace it, and bathe in it. When it doesn’t materialize on cue, we are saddened and disappointed. And when it is swirling around us, we are often oblivious to its magic.
The late Indian philosopher and guru Osho tells a tale of going to a lake and laying in the cool, soothing water watching birds fly by and clouds drifting past a blue serene sky. Just by being present and drinking in the beauty and splendor of life, all his emotional turbulence drifted away replaced by peaceful thoughts and nurturing feelings. So happy was Osho that he shared this experience with a friend who was in emotional pain. The next day the friend raced down to the lake to experience happiness. Hours passed as he stared into the sky – he saw the soaring birds, he saw the puffy clouds, he felt the cool water…but where was this happiness that was supposed to be so attainable? He was still miserable and dissatisfied with his current state. Upon hearing his friend’s disappointing experience, Osho counseled him saying, “Happiness is not a target…it is a state only attainable by being in the present moment. Surrender to the moment and to the universe and happiness will unfold within you. Point yourself at the target of happiness…and you will miss.”
By experiencing the present moment–and being present in it-we are able to innocently and effortlessly understand feelings of happiness and celebrate them.
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All Great Achievements Take Time
Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. To achieve maximum success you must accept that progress is made one step at a time.
A building is built one brick at a time. Football games are won one play at a time. A business grows bigger one customer at a time. You walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or an apple miraculously appears.
If you want to grow an apple, you must give it time. There must be time for it to blossom, bear fruit and then ripen.
That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.
The Single Most Important Thing for Your Health
the breathe of life
Inhale, exhale, yes BREATHING, is the most important thing! Without oxygen, your system collapses with unconsciousness in 10 seconds, and brain cells are destroyed in 4-6 minutes. While most of us our breathing, since it is part of our autonomic nervous system, we don't have to be concerned about becoming brain dead, however, many experience fatigue or decreased mental acuity which can be increased with some simple changes with breathing correctly.
Have you watched a baby, cat or dog breathe? You will notice that they breathe with their bellies. Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood, we become chest breathers instead, possibly due to the “hold in your gut” phenomena. If you are sucking in your stomach, it is harder to suck in air simultaneously. Also, anxiety and other problems can make people become more of a chest breather v.s. the belly breather, which we should all be.
Do this simple exercise to test what type you are, right now: Take both your hands, place one on your chest, and other on your stomach. If you can consider doing this with a partner so you can get feedback. Now with your hands still in place, take a deep breathe in. Did you notice which hand moved first? Repeat inhale if necessary. So, if your top hand moved first, you are a chest breather, if your bottom did, congratulations, you are a belly breather! If you are a chest breather, your goal is to take a deep breath with the intention that you will fill up your diaphragm (above your stomach) and that after a little practice, you will be an unconscious belly breather, as in you will later just do it, naturally!
Breathing is beneficial to not just your brain and mental capacities, but to every cell in your body! Each day make an effort to take at least 10 deep breaths, perhaps upon rising, bed time, or even in the car! For added stress relief, take an inhale breath for 5 counts, HOLD it in for 6 counts, and release/exhale for 7 counts (feel free to change the numbers, so long as it is progressively longer time for each step, ie. 4-5-6, 7-8-9) A life coach once shared, “breathing is as easy as 1-2-3 USING 4-5-6” for the inhale, hold, exhale. You will be amazed when you first do this and how you feel a little different and more relaxed!
Breathe well to BE well!
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Ready for Change
Declaring Our Intentions
by Madisyn Taylor
If you are feeling stuck in your life and are ready for change, take time to declare to the Universe that you are ready.
There comes a point in most of our lives when we feel ready to experience a change we’ve had trouble carrying out. Maybe we’ve been stuck in a home, a relationship, job, or a town that hasn’t felt right for a long time, but we’ve been unable to shift our circumstances in the direction we want to go. At times like this, it can help to declare to the universe that we are ready for a change. Think of it as informing a helpful friend that you need her assistance to move to the next level in your life. If the time is right, the universe will respond with opportunities and offers designed to help you create the change you wish to see.
You can begin the process of making your declaration by getting clear within yourself about what exactly you want to change. Whenever we ask anyone for help, they can assist us that much better if we are specific. The universe also appreciates our clarity and has an easier time answering a direct communication than a vague yearning. When you are clear on what you want, write your declaration on a piece of paper and place it on your altar, if you have one. If you don’t, you can also place it under your pillow or in a box on your nightstand. Set aside a period of time every day to be silent with your wishes for change, repeating your declaration like a mantra. This lets the universe know that you are ready to change and will be receptive to its efforts.
Feel free to continue to refine and redefine your declaration, and remember to be open to the many different ways in which the change you seek might come to be. Remember also to be active in your own efforts, taking opportunities that come your way, watching for signs, and always taking responsibility for your intentions. If things don’t happen quickly, try not to be discouraged; it might take time to free up energy that has been blocked and possibly serving a purpose beyond what we can understand. If you continue your conversation with the universe, declaring yourself clearly and openly, you cannot help but experience the magic of changing and being changed.
No Added Sugar Peach Melba Pie
Total Servings 12 slices
Serving Size 1 slice
Carbs Per Serving: 28.9 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
The timing on this recipe couldn't be better. Peaches are at the peak of their season and you guessed it, so are raspberries. This recipe isn't not a beginner level recipe but, if you apply yourself you will be able to make it and the reward for diligence is an amazing decedent dessert that will impress all who eat it.
For the press-in crust:
1 1/2 cups whole grain flour, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces, plus more for coating the pan
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
2 pounds ripe peaches, pitted and cut into sixths (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
2 tablespoons molasses
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 pints raspberries (about 12 ounces)
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
For the streusel topping:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup all-purpose whole grain flour
3 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 tablespoons molasses
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
For the press-in crust:
Coat a 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate with butter and set aside.
Combine the measured flour, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and pulse 5 times to evenly incorporate. Add the butter and pulse until just incorporated (some large pieces will remain). Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of the ice water and pulse until moistened throughout, about 5 pulses. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)
Turn into the prepared pie plate. Press with floured fingers or the back of a measuring cup dipped in flour until the dough evenly covers the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Place in the refrigerator to chill, at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400°F, arrange a rack in the lower third, and place a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil on the rack. When the oven is hot, pierce the base of the crust with a fork several times, line it with a piece of parchment paper, and fill it with pie weights or dried beans.
Place the crust on the hot baking sheet and bake until dry to the touch but not browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, set aside the pie weights and parchment paper, and let the crust cool slightly on a wire rack. Return the baking sheet to the oven.
For the filling:
Combine the peaches, sweetener, molasses, vanilla seeds or extract, and lemon juice in a large bowl and gently mix. Add the raspberries and cornstarch and toss to coat. Transfer the filling to the crust and place the pie on the hot baking sheet. Bake until the peaches are just beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.
For the streusel/topping:
Meanwhile, combine all of the streusel ingredients except the butter in a medium bowl and mix until evenly incorporated. Add the butter and combine with your fingers, rubbing the butter into the flour mixture until mostly incorporated but some small pieces remain. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
When the pie is ready, remove it from the oven and reduce the temperature to 375°F. Sprinkle the streusel over top and return the pie to the oven. Bake until the filling is bubbly, the streusel is browned, and the peaches are fork-tender, about 40 to 45 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack at least 45 minutes before slicing.
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