An Eclipse

Smiles with Leigh

Smiles with Leigh

There was a Lunar Eclipse last night.  Wikipidia says that an eclipse is “is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer.”  I believe I’ve been in my own eclipse.  When I glance at the news, I feel the world is in an eclipse of sorts.  There is a shadow that is obscuring our view.  There is nothing more frightening to me.  I like to see things clearly, to make sound decisions based on facts and truth and to know what direction I am going.  What this entails for me is faith.  Faith in myself, faith in those that I love dearly, and faith that behind the eclipse, there lies a truth that will give me peace.

So, in search of this truth, I went to my dear long time friend’s Leigh Mallis’ Kundalini class.  Kundalini is a type of yoga that is extremly spritual and has a lot of meditation included in the practice.  I like to think of it has an excersize of body and mind.  And, everytime I leave from a class, I feel stronger in both.

During a full moon, there is a meditation that can be done for healing.  Leigh guided 24 of us women attending class through this 31 minute healing meditation.  I looked around the room to see the different faces.  I was thinking about my own need for healing and those women around me.  The faces looked like this ~ a young girl who is a rape victim, a woman batteling cancer, a woman with addiction, a woman who is pregnant, a woman who has lived her life enmeshed in her career but longing for partnership and love, a woman lost, a 6 year old little girl, soon to be a woman, a woman desperate for her own child, a woman with a sick child, and the faces go on.  All of us, different faces, different struggles, different skin colors, different bank accounts, different pasts and different futures, all wanting to heal others, heal ourselves and live a peaceful loving life.  It was really a beautiful moment.

Honestly, I haven’t been very hungry lately.  There seems to be so much sadness around the world.  But, I have faith that this will pass.  I dig deep for healing.  I have faith others will do thier own healing.  As I write this, I hear the water trickeling in my fountain, the sun shining through my window and that alone can be so peaceful.  I am sure I have writen that before.  To build strength for tomorrow we must nourish ourselves even when we are in a shadow of an eclipse.

I found this recipe last week in a HeartSmart Recipes magazine.  It is a recipe that uses cauliflower as “couscous”.  For those of us who are building stronger hearts and looking to heal, this recipe is for you.

Turkey and Cauliflower Couscous

Ingredients

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup snipped dried apricots

1 large or 2 medium cauliflwer florets

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups shredded cooked turkey breast

1 large handfull of fresh organic spinach

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 green onions sliced

Directions

Place dried cranberries and apricots in a bowl of hot, boiling water for about 10 minutes.  While those are plumping up, pulse your cauliflower florets in a food processor in batches so that it resembles couscous.  In a large rimmed pan, sauté your onion in the olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium/low heat.  Add garlic and cauliflower spreading in an even layer to brown evenly.  Stir occassionaly for about 5-10 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine.

I did adjust the recipe to make my own from the original.  The original had walnuts instead of pecans and added butter for a little extra fat and flavor.  All of which you can do too.

I would suggest going to get this magazine.  It has some other good recipes in it too and it should be out until May of 2016.  And, I would totally suggest going to one of Leigh’s classes, www.leighmallisyoga.com.  She really is an amazing woman and an inspiration to so many.

I hope whether you are a woman or a man, rich or poor, sick or healthy, you have peace, hope and healing in your heart.  Cheer’s to finding grace in the little things, faith of a beautiful tomorrow and breathing through the eclipse.  Let’s put on and share those smiles!  #itsthelittlethings

 

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