TO BE ALIVE IS A MIRACLE
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
At this time of the year, connecting to the miracle of life, I feel gratitude for this gift that is mine, my life. It brings me back to what truly matters, to the essential: love and relationships. When I accept myself for who I am, with love and compassion, it becomes possible to forgive myself for my process and my mistakes, and to be my best friend. It becomes easier to forgive others and to see them as my reflection. I see that the judgements I have about them, truly are the judgements that I have about myself and I can let them go. I find peace.
We learn from our mistakes, they are teachers. There is nothing that we learn to master in this lifetime that doesn’t come with mistakes. The truth is that we learn to walk by falling. We tend to give importance to the fact that we have fallen, but the matter resides in the act of forgiveness, picking ourselves back up, and to keep repeating the exercise.
We don’t like to suffer so unconsciously we have learned to run away from unpleasant emotions. But this is at the heart of our suffering. Really, the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself.
When I become my best friend, I allow and listen to my own emotions as they come up. I don’t suppress them by pushing them down under the carpet, or run away to my addictions, be it work, eating, drinking, smoking, shopping or the internet etc… I am the one responsible for my own experience. We tend to drop everything to be there for others when they need someone to talk to, but what about being there for our own self and listen to our own little voices?
We are the love of our life when we can be there for ourselves and take care of our needs. When we are at home in our body, heart, soul and spirit, we see our own beauty. To be our best friend is to accept ourselves first and foremost, to be whom we are. Only then, can we be there for others. As Thich Nhat Hanh said: if we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.
To be alive and to live in the present moment is a miracle.
“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
The pH of Our Body is The Lotus of Our Health
What is a healthy pH and how does it affect my health?
First of all, the pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen ions in an aqueous solution. Its role is to control the speed of chemical reactions and the electrical conductivity.
Yes, we are energy!
The pH ranges from 1 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral, below 7 is acidic, and above is alkaline. The ideal pH for our body is between 7.30 and 7.45. Our amazing body will do everything possible to maintain our pH to about 7.37.
And why is that? Simply, because it is a matter of life and death.
Have I ever seen a pond which water is acidic? What happens there? There is practically no life, very little biodiversity of plants, fishes, frogs and insects compared to healthy streams of water.
But what is the problem since my body keeps regulating my pH? It is the on-going compensations to preserve the pH that causes the damages.
Do I know what can cause acidity? Yes, an acidic life style: high level of emotional stress, tension, fear, anger, toxic overload, lack of sleep, overwork, rigorous exercise, poor diet, not enough alkaline minerals, high acidic foods such as sugars, meat, saturated fats, dairy, alcohol, yeast, chemicals and all synthetic drugs. Also dehydration, superficial breathing, smoking and lack of exercise. All of this can cause the body to work excessively hard to maintain an optimal pH of 7.37.
Health is truly related to the way we think, feel, eat and live.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Our Traditional Winter Solstice Fondue
Broth for the Fondue:
- 6 cups of home made broth, vegetable or other
- 2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves
- A few drops of organic tamari sauce
- The zest of 2 lemon or 2 limes
To dip in the broth, choices of fresh vegetables ( colours of the solstice, white for the hope, red for the sun and green for nature), fishes, or poultry:
- Cauliflowers, Jerusalem artichokes
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, zuchinis
- Red peppers
- Shitake mushrooms or others
- Organic chicken or turkey
- Organic tofu
Arrange choices of fresh vegetables, fish and/or chicken in serving platters. Bring the broth to a gentle boil in a fondue pot. Pierce the food with skewers, and cook in broth mixture until done. Dip in sauces.
In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and let steep 15 minutes. Pass through a sieve. Reserve.
Sauces: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve on on the table to use as dips.
Ginger and tamari sauce:
- 125 ml (½ cup) of tamari sauce
- 60 ml (cup) of rice vinegar
- 2 green onions or 4 tsp. of chives
- 10 ml (2tsp.) of freshly grated ginger
- 2 ml (½ tsp.) pinch of sambal oeleck
- 1 ml (¼ tsp) of raw honey or maple syrup
- 175 ml (¾ cup) tamari sauce
- 175 ml (¾ cup) lime or lemon juice
- 30 ml (2 tbsp) of sake (optional)
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
To continue to be inspired on Life is a Miracle, here is this beautiful song Peia, created by Akira Chan & Ryan Williams Mitchell. In celebration of the renewal of life, I chose this film because it speaks of the healing power and medicine of the Feminine, the Moon and the Earth Herself.
In this season, we are bound to experience a spectrum of emotions going through wonder, joy, sadness and loneliness, often all at once. Being our best friend, it becomes easier to take care of ourselves, of others, to connect to the essential and live in the present moment.
From my heart, I want to wish you all a Bright Holiday Season and a Wholehearted New year!
May we find Love, Peace, and Joy within, and again, let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around us!
In Health and Happiness,
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future… but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha