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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Solstice Afterthoughts

Somewhere and sometime I was celebrating the winter solstice. Whether I was lighting a fire or a candle, feasting or preparing for a feast, or practicing generosity by giving of myself, the ritual was symbolized in a life-death-rebirth deity way, or as the year reborn whilst the sun ebbed.
The Shortening Winter's Day

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Solstice means standing-still-sun. Ancients celebrated and observed this phenomenon all over the earth. Stonehenge is one site where ancients and moderns observe both winter and summer solstice. It's an awesome manifestation of wonder. So is the Sun Dagger site in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It is "An assembly of stone slabs on an isolated butte in New Mexico collimates sunlight onto spiral petroglyphs carved on a cliff face. The light illuminates the spirals in a changing pattern throughout the year and marks the solstices and equinoxes with particular images. The assembly can also be used to observe lunar phenomena. It is unique in archeoastronomy in utilizing the changing height of the midday sun throughout the year rather than its rising and setting points. The construct appears to be the result of deliberate work of the Anasazi Indians, the builders of the great pueblos in the area." The quote is from The Solstice Project, a site about protecting Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon.

My afterthoughts about this December 21st were brought to awareness after reading a poem by St. Francis of Assisi.
                      Wild Forces
There are beautiful forces within us.
   Let them turn the mills inside
         and fill

   that feed even 

I quote from Love Poems From God.

The wild forces within me are the rituals and celebrations that still live.  Perhaps I just want to acknowledge a Celtic awareness along with the many winter solstice symbols.  There are 5 that all symbolize protection and:
  1. evergreen - prosperity, life continuity
  2. holly - good luck, old solar year
  3. oak - endurance, strength, new solar year
  4. mistletoe - peace, fertility, rest
  5. ivy - fidelity, healing, marriage, and victory.
All of the above are lovingly renewed mid-winter as well as many other symbols.

Music tends toward sacred old hymns, bells, flutes, faeries, and specific ethnic songs from around the earth. Here are some examples:
As you can see, the standing-still-sun has grown somewhat commercial in these present times.  At the very least we can give tribute to the many offerings these products and memories or protection of memories that still revel around this magnificent earth. We can also continue to wonder . . . wonder what the Druids would think of the commercialization of the sun ebbing.                                        

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Help For Returning Warriors

In all my years of life on earth there has always been war. One can take this negatively or not since war doesn't have a very good rap. One positive result from war that has evolved is attention to helping our returning warriors. Since war seems to be non-stop, we must look at our sons and daughters that have made it out of war alive. They are suffering, too.

A friend of mine, Laura Whittemore, has co-authored a book about helping these warriors. "It is a guide to help our veterans orient themselves to a new way of thinking about this life changing event that has affected over 300,000 military service personnel and is being called the “signature injury” of the current war. The book provides insight into the symptoms of MTBI and suggestions for treatment to expedite the healing process. Most importantly, this book inspires hope to the veterans that they will get better, they will learn to compensate and discover their own resiliency and resourcefulness."

Now you may wonder, "What is MTBI?" It stands for mild traumatic brain injury - an unfortunate and common returning warrior symptom. The title of the book is Recovering from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI): A Handbook of Hope for Our Military Warriors and Their Families. When you click on the book title you will be at the Brain Injury Hope Foundation site. You can order the book there, and receive some valuable information and hope for "those with a MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) get back on their feet, so once again they can help themselves become the self sufficient person they once were. Therefore being able to give back to the community financially while sharing their authentic self with the world."

Perhaps you know of someone who could use this help? If so, please pass on the book and site info as a giving gift. Healthy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Delicious, Easy Gluten Free Meals and More

The excitement has begun with healthy meal recipes. A true revolution of delicious, easy gluten free meals is showing up everywhere! Major brands of processed food like Betty Crocker, and General Mills are now offering gluten free cake mixes! I never thought I'd see the day this would happen.

Are you always hungry for great healthy meal recipes? Personally, I would rather cook on my own so I'm sure that I'm getting organic, low glycemic, gluten free meals. I am grateful that the big food mills are finally awakening to the gluten free revolution, but they are more expensive than non-gluten free mixes. Just check them out in your grocery store, and compare prices.

I have a solution for you. It is a great,one of a kind cookbook with 75 recipes that are completely:
* gluten free
* sugar-free (except fruit)
* digestion-friendly (eliminate IBS)
* allergy friendly (wheat, gluten, soy, etc.)
* low glycemic and delicious too!

This book,
Fun With Gluten Free/Low Glycemic Food! offers the added benefit of low glycemic foods. They are highly important for optimum health, because they affect hunger, appetite, and blood sugar levels. The glycemic index of foods is actually a ranking of foods and their result on blood sugar levels. High glycemic foods are cabohydrates that break down quickly during digestion. Low glycemic foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly during digestion; they release glucose into the blood stream slowly.

Two great advantages of using (eating) low G.I. foods are:
1. they help burn body fat, not muscle
2. they help fill you up, keeping your appetite satisfied longer. So, you satisfy your appetite while releasing fat.

Most of the recipes also have guidelines for sugar and flour substitutes. Diabetics can also use these recipes. In fact, it is the first cookbook of it's kind because it is easily converted with vegan and vegetarian options too.

Bonuses, plus an 8 week 100% money back guarantee are your with Fun With Gluten Free/Low Glycemic Food!.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chocolate Love: Intentional Chocolate Love

Do you always get a good vibe just thinking about chocolate? I do, and it gets to be a challenge waiting for the urge to eat chocolate to dissipate. Sometimes I tell myself that once I have accomplished a certain task (post a blog, vacuum a rug, exercise, etc.), then I can eat a chocolate treat. It's a similar challenge to my first cup of coffee in the morning, I get it after I meditate.

Naturally these challenges are not always fulfilled in the orderly fashion just mentioned. The chocoholic in me may lack discernment about need, desire, addiction, and overwhelming gotta-have-some-now thoughts. Ahh, so maybe here is where intention enters. Not only my intention about eating chocolate, but the chocolate vendor's intention. I'm referring to a product called Intentional Chocolate. It is chocolate that has been "infused with positive intention by meditating Tibetan monks." Not only that, but the company donates half its net profits. It looks quite nummy, and is considered a gift from the heart by many.

One way to give this is through an
Intentional Chocolate $25 Gift Certificate. If this isn't enough, then go big with this.

Chocolate is cultivated from the cacao tree in; the Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia, Samoa, and new Guinea. Intentional Chocolate is grown in Hawaii by founder and CEO, Jim Walsh.

The word
cacao is Mayan (found on pottery as early as 500 A.D.). No one knows how much earlier the bean was used, however the general consensus is that it was used earlier. Once Chris Columbus checked it out and sent it back to Europe, it was mostly used in beverage form until sugar was added to it. Then the Dutch got serious with chocolate production in 1828. They produced a powder from roasted cacao beans, and eventually a solid. Thank you, I am intentionally and eternally grateful for the Dutch endeavors. The Swiss followed along quite nicely, too.

Chocolate is a worldwide phenomenon that seems divinely related because of the "feel good" nature of it. There is caffeine, theobromine, phenylethylamine, and anandamide found in various amounts in the cacao bean. They are all chemicals that are stimulants, except the last which is a neurotransmitter that is found naturally in the brain. These may be the reason for the HIGH, the good feeling from eating chocolate.

Top that information off with monks embedding positive intentions and the good vibes just don't get any better!
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