Meditation is not a means of forgetting the ego; it is a method of using the ego to observe and tame its own manifestations -Mark Epstein

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On Letting Go. . .

 

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Letting go of my daughter’s baby toys, reminds me of sweet moments past and stunning growth!

 

Letting Go is amazingly hard. Perhaps because it always symbolizes loss of some sort, but it also symbolizes growth and acceptance. Notice when you’re clinging. Notice when you are in the grasp of wanting and not wanting. This mindfulness can bring a new awareness and the ability to transform.

On Bluegrass, Monroe and the Beauty of Music

My yoga teaching mentor Rolf Gates recommends we cultivate what we find to be true and beautiful as a practice of aligning with ourselves.  Music, in particular Bluegrass music, is part of the beauty I see in the world.  In my most recent article for Limestone Post Magazine, I write on the importance of celebrating the influence of American music innovator Bill Monroe.  

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Snack Attack. . . Fruit and Nut Clusters

imageDon’t feel like you have enough time or energy to make healthy snacks, but can’t stand spending a fortune on prepared snacks?  These Fruit and Nut Clusters will save the day!  So simple and easy, these clusters will give you something you feel good about reaching for.
  1. Pick and choose your favorite combinations of fruit, nuts and seeds.
  2. Mix with your choice of brown rice syrup or corn syrup and a touch of rice cereal.
  3. Shape into clusters or bars
  4. Bake and cool
  5. Store in a cool place
  6. Try not to eat them all the first day
Fruit and Nut Clusters
1 1/2 cups nuts
1/2 cup seeds
1/2 cup dry fruit
1/3 – 1/2 cup rice cereal
1/3 cup brown rice or corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Mix all of the dry ingredients and then add the syrup.  Mixture will be very sticky.  If ingredients aren’t completely coated, add a bit more syrup.
Drop clusters onto parchment lined baking sheet or press into lined 8×8 baking dish.  Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes until slightly browned on the edges and still soft through center.
Clusters may spread a bit while baking – simply use a fork to pull the edges in while still hot – they will hold together once cooled.
If making bars, pull from pan with liner, cut into desired size and let cool completely.
Store in airtight container or wrap individually so you can throw into your bag, car or lunch box!  Try freezing bigger batches for easy snacks – they will thaw in time for snack or lunch time.

This recipe was adapted from Leite’s Culinaria and appeared on Yummly.com  I have found it to be pretty full-proof and enjoy adding more nuts and rice cereal than is called for in the original recipe.

Killing ‘Martha Stewart,’ or Letting Go of Goals and Relentless Perfectionism

I have a problem.  I struggle with perfectionism and more often than not, it stops me in my tracks and prevents me from accomplishing more.  I’ve decided to kill my ‘Martha Stewart’-like tendancies and live from a more centered place by focusing on my intentions and purpose.  Read more about my adventures in killing ‘Martha’ by clicking on the article photo below!

 

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