Summers Bounty and Raising Ourselves Higher :)
Happy day everyone, n welcome to the beginning of the long weekend 🙂
August is a bountiful month for the majority of us, natures gifts are abundant in so many areas, we really have lots of fresh variety to choose from. All of the turns of the seasons offer us much, its great to be so filled with such choice and tasty sensations changing just as we get used to flavors. I have been traveling the west coast of Canada of recent and am really sucking up the berries n cherries n greens right from the earth, its been great. Wild foraging is a great way to get some extremely nutrient dense food for a great deal, free. Search your area, ask others and go pick the freshest of the fresh offerings you can get. We are abundant in berries greens n other edible good if we just learn more. So far this year I have foraged wild blueberries, raspberries, cherries, apricots, blackberries, Saskatoon berries, fire weed, cows parsnip, dandelion, salmon berries, mulberries, gooseberries oh my its been great. Its the best when you don’t need worry about any potential sprays and can eat at peak ripeness right off the plant. Tomatoes too n fresh greens anyone can grow indoors, or in your back yard. I currently have 4 varieties of tomatoes growing at home in Saskatoon, travels are fun, but I cant wait to get home.
While it can be the easiest time to stay raw in the summer with such variety, we learn the most from getting through the times that aren’t as easy, sounds familiar don’t it :). Every time we come to trouble and choose the higher road, serving our higher self, seeing and dismissing negative thought/action, we strengthen our positive bonds of choice. Similarly every time we allow ourselves to slip, making a excuse (we know in our own hearts when this is true) or thinking it doesn’t matter, we are in fact cheating ourselves and draining strength from our being. While it is important to be realistic and travel the road that creates the least stress possible (thinking from past experience, taking how it will effect the present, near future and longer term), we all need tread that line according to our specific situation, needs and place on our own path.
Most of us need to learn the same lessons a few times, I know I did, be easy and know that a time will come were you are simply making a choice. I used to feel compelled by negative action and thought, over stressing myself, under eating total calories, eating too much of certain fatty or salty foods, all with time these became non issues. One of the biggest lessons I had to learn a few times was that “cheating” never made me feel better, in fact it always made me feel worse, at least in one respect, more often in many. When the cards I was dealt seemed too unfair to deal with I would reach for my sedative of choice (beer high fat raw or fatty cooked foods) after a time this became more stressful than my perceived “bad hand”. Sure it took some time but seeing this and feeling it first hand made my past and present positive choices easy ones to make.
Life is going to stare you in the face at times, what will you do under that gaze, what will the bright light, or alternately the shadow of negativity drive you to exhibiting? Will you dwell, whimper and cry, as we all do at times, or will you stand up and face the present, knowing it too will pass and blast through it with positive choice rising yourself higher? Each choice gives power to the next, lets stack our cards together and see the “game” in its entirety not in the individual “hands” 🙂
I want to share on of my in season favorite recipes
Sweet Peach Heirloom Tomato Soup 🙂
Heirloom Tomatoes (1 lb – 460 g)
Peaches (.5 lb – 230 g)
Dice one or two heirloom or Cherry tomatoes and put in a bowl (enough to fill 2/3 of your chosen bowl) place equal amounts sweet ripe juicy peach and heirloom tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, pour “broth” over diced tomatoes, delicious!
For variation blend or chop in some herb, mango/lime, or red pepper.
hope you enjoy!!
Have a great weekend!
and as always enjoy much