Tuesday, February 22, 2011

True Love - Book Review

TRUE LOVE: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
By Thich Nhat Hanh

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This short text by Buddhist monk, activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh offers simple, lyrical meditations on how to open and access the heart. As we enter 2011, emerging out of the frenzy of the holiday season, Thich Nhat Hanh’s words are particularly relevant: the text encourages us to embrace all that this new year might hold.

The essence of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings is that to love, to truly love, is fundamentally to practice presence. Being here, in this moment, we are able to give ourselves fully to our friends, our families, our spouses, even those incite conflict in our lives. This is love. He tells us that to love in this generous self-less way is not easy. Love is a practice that we must learn and return to day after day, just as we do to yoga. Structured in brief, poetically written chapters, True Love incorporates short anecdotes and contemplative exercises that guide the reader in this practice.

This accessible book provides a rich introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh’s vast body of teachings for those unfamiliar with his prose and poetry. Profound and inspiring, it is an ideal gift for yourself or for a loved-one who seeks to deeply engage with the practice of love.

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Lasanga with a Living Twist

Raw food doesn’t mean uncooked meat!  Ok, so you knew that much.  But did you know all the health benefits that go with eating your veggies mostly raw?  Have you thought about all the nutrients we boil, bake and burn out of our seemingly healthy food?  On first glance, eating raw may seem boring, especially in the cold winter months when all you want is soup (still a good option, however …) eating raw can be exciting for your health and your palate with the right recipes.  Beyond the salad, “uncooked” veggie meals can be just as filling and heart-warming as a bowl of pasta and cheese - promise.  Try this fun recipe where you get to play with home-made nut cheese and the colors of local veggies like yellow squash and ripe tomatoes.  

For further raw reading fun I highly recommend RAW by Juliano Brotman and Real World Raw (for the fancier recipes) by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngalis.  Be warned, however, that the following recipe takes some prep work.  Read the recipe through, at least one full day prior to your raw adventure. 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

An Ode to the Moon

Some Kiss We Want ~ Rumi

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!
At night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its face against mine. 
Breathe into me.
Close the language- door and open the love window.
The moon won't use the door, only the window.

While you may or may not worship the moon - the sheer beauty of the full moon on a crisp winter night demands one’s attention and awe.  That silent moment alone, looking up at the sky in wonder, is a moment to be thankful for.  And if you dare to peek under the cover, to allow your heart to open and your mind to be free, this silence moment facilitates exploration of your connection to the earth.  You may reflect on how little your problems are when faced with the grand beauty of this celestial body.  Perhaps, even, your knowledge that without the moon’s gravitational pull on the ocean, no life would exist on earth, including yours - brings a certain appreciation toward the moon.  Now, what started out as a mere glance, with the right meditative mind and openness to the present moment, turned into a deeper understanding of the grand order of the universe and our connection to it.


Let’s give thanks to the full moon, February 18th, 2011.