Let me get this one bit of sharing out of the way, then we’ll move on to everything else. Recently Judy asked me if I recalled a comment I made about dieting and inflammation. I did not recall. But that didn’t mean I hadn’t made it. As it turns out though, it was not me this time.
She came back later, and some of you may have missed it, to show us that here was the place she had been refering to. I haven’t had a chance to scope it out yet, but I do plan on going back to read further. Any time we can get more details on our health (and yes, weight loss, I’m being brutally honest here with you guys) then it’s worth checking out. Thanks Triple J!
I continued the distractions this afternoon and I’m doing much better. (I appreciate all the virtual hugs and real live sympathy!) While I still have not been getting many readings or commissions lately, I do have a tiny bit of fundage available to buy things like this, if we are extremely frugal and careful.
We NEEDED one of these so Dan can make us Clean and vegan salad dressings. I’m all about the condiments, and that doesn’t seem to be changing as I improve my eating habits. My Beloved is always grateful when he has the proper tools for all tasks. We inherited one like this many years ago from my sister and we nearly wore the damn thing out. This one was only twenty bucks. We’ll get our money’s worth out of it in the first week I’m sure.
And speaking of good food, here is what my Hurricane tossed together before she met her siblings for a late lunch yesterday then boarded her plane.
Once more, my photography skills leave much to be desired. Don’t base this one entirely on how the picture looks. It’s an enchilada dish (very casserole-like) made with tortillas, beans, corn, tofu, and TVP. That last ingredient is something I’d never heard of. Apparently not only did I need to know about it, I needed to buy some and eat more!
Sure we’d picked up Crumbles lots of times (except I keep calling them Scramblers, even though I KNOW it’s wrong) for recipes the girls were going to eat, and substituted that type of product for ground beef for years now. I just never knew it came as a dry thing in the bulk department. And I really didn’t know that I needed some.
We used a local brand of green enchilada sauce on ours (but you could make your own, to be even Cleaner, or go with a traditional option), and organic canned beans, along with some wonderful whole wheat tortillas and a square of solid tofu. She layered it all (clearly show in that above shot) using frozen spinach as one of the fillings. It was outstandingly delicious! And very simple to assemble.
See what I mean about this visit being educational? The book she brought, along with the Eating Clean ones I have from the library, will come in very handy as we refocus our food choices. More options is always a bonus. And this one was just fabulous.
On our card altar today our message is from the category of
Cheetah, Lion, Cobra, Kangaroo, Hare, Wolf, Rhino, Mountain Goat, Llama, Wild Boar, Wild Horse, Scarab Beetle, Baboon, and Tortoise.
A great number of our messengers live on the earth’s varied terrain and have adapted in very specific ways to the other animals, birds, flowers, rocks, insects, and climate they are confronted with.
Cheetah has taken the form of sight hound to sprint at 70 miles – over 110 kilometers – per hour, Tortoise makes her carapace her fortress, Baboon’s sexual desires are broadcast through vivid-colored fleshy swellings of purple and red. None is better than another, for all are prefect in their world. The lesson these animal messengers teach is that there are myriad ways to live and infinite paths to choose, all with their own validity.
We are not all geniuses – we cannot all be film stars, city millionaires, or even Buddhist monks – but we all can choose paths and lifestyles that suit our intrinsic nature. Some thrive on the thrills of cutting a deal, others find deep satisfaction in devoting themselves to their families. Still others carve to travel the world. No way is right, no way is wrong, and finally only we can choose. What is important is that like our animal messengers we are not swayed by the judgments of others nor by slick advertising, which seeks to make us hold the empty belief that objects that we never knew we needed will make us happy. Scarab Beetle dines on the waste of others, an anathema to a world which constantly discards old to buy new. But Scarab is a flawless, living jewel.”
Still the chatter within to see your true path in life.
Ancient behemoth, repository of primordial wisdoms, Rhino, like supreme masters has no need for society. Rhino stands sturdily in your cards to counsel that you still the constant chatter in your head, take time out from hectic socializing, and simply be.
At first your mind will echo with a thousand thoughts, but soon it will quieten and the true nature of your path and dreams will make themselves known. And with Rhino by your side, you may turn them into reality.”
This is a continuation on our theme of being true to ourselves, and a nicely obvious progression. In living genuinely we move forward into manifesting exactly where we want to go and how we want to get there. Stilling that Monkey Mind is not nearly as challenging as people first think when they hear the word “meditation” suggested. As I’ve said before (and describe in that last link), grabbing Three Quiet Minutes is possible in EVERY one’s day.
Foreign License Plate Report:
North Carolina , Minnesota, and Connecticut. (Plus we were behind many Stupid People, but their cars didn’t designate where specifically they were from. Evidently they were simply local idiots.)
Animal Messages – Seek Inspiration From Your Animal Guides by Susie Green