Prosperity is not in what you have attained,
but rather in what you give away...
for it is only when you become empty
that you can be filled with something greater.
There are so many things underway right now that my head is spinning! All are in varied stages of completion - many close to being finalized but just not there! I feel like I'm living in a Jackson Pollock painting!
My current situation reminds me of a theory I heard years ago about a mirror. A fraction of an inch below the surface of a mirror, everything is complete and utter chaos. Yet moving forward that minute fraction is all it takes to have everything come together with complete clarity! And I am undoubtedly moving forward!
As always, everything is as it should be. The world is abundant with love and miracles, joy and bliss.
The first day of trout was the closest Saturday to April 15th when I lived in the fishing cabin. This time of year I always feel a little homesick. Maybe eventually this time of year will come and go without my looking back.
While I was at the cabin I started painting the local fish on everything that wouldn't move - clothes, rocks, walls, my business card. An ichthyologist from Penn State helped me identify all of the fish in the creek. My pumpkin seed fish landed me a job illustrating a children's book. So many magical memories.
This is the lucky "Kiss my bass" fish. I put it by my neighbor's door in the morning and in a few hours he caught a prize winning fish!
Recently I've been reviewing values associated with colors for my rainbow course. It's time to redo my Values map based on the appropriate colors. Creating maps is such a great way to process. My next one will be a flower garden with seeds or maybe a rainbow. Either way, I want to use more color symbolism.
In the midst of our exciting new Friendship Garden business and website, half way through my Exploring Rainbows course (now working on green), and being lost in a book one of my participants brought me - A Perfect Red - reminders like Zimmerman'z "Promise Yourself" help keep me focused. Hope you'll like this too!
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Dr. Alan Zimmerman
If waters are placid, the moon will be mirrored perfectly. If we still ourselves, we can mirror the divine perfectly. But if we engage solely in the frenetic activities of our daily involvements, if we seek to impose our own schemes on the natural order, and if we allow ourselves to become absorbed in self-centered views, the surface of our waters becomes turbulent. Then we cannot be receptive to Tao.
There is no effort that we can make to still ourselves. True stillness comes naturally from moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. Just as water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate toward the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.
- Deng Ming-Dao, from 365 Tao, Daily Meditations
It seemed only fair that I join you in looking for red, so I attended the Catch a Rainbow exhibit at Rawlings Conservatory. Beautiful shades of red were in the Rainbow exhibit as well as the Mediterranean House, Tropical House, Desert House, Orchid House and Palm House.
After the exhibit, the search for all things red continued with a cheese and salami platter with red wine at Birroteca.
Asparagus Cheddar Pie
This week I'm working on Orange for my Exploring Rainbows class and my asparagus cheddar pie turned out to be more orange than expected so I thought I'd share. More orange will follow on my Lost in a Rainbow section after next Tuesday's class. Here's the recipe - very easy.
Heat oven to 375 F
Partially baked 10" home made pie crust - I baked mine for 5 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
Brush the bottom of the baked pie crust with 1 T dijon mustard, optional
I pound asparagus,, cooked
3/4 cup light cream
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fresh dill, optional
2 cups grated cheddar cheese separated into 1 1/2 cups and 1/2 cup for topping.
Hot Hungarian paprika
Cut the asparagus stalks in half and reserve the top halves. Cut the bottom halves into smaller pieces - about one inch - and place in pie shell.
Combine eggs, cream, garlic, spices and 1 1/2 cup cheese and pour over asparagus.
Arrange the top pieces of asparagus with the spear heads facing in towards the middle.
Top with remaining half cup of cheese.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes (until the eggs are set and knife inserted in the center comes out clean).
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