Thursday, July 11, 2024

Summertime Smoothie Time

“The journey is part of the experience—an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”
- Anthony Bourdain

Freshly made fruit smoothie, ready to be devoured on a very hot day

One of the hardest parts of trying to eliminate processed sugars from your life can be summed up by the comforting words of: Summer and Ice Cream.  Enough said.

However, I have discovered a solution to this perplexing problem that is, dare I say, more delicious than ice cream?!  I might be slightly biased here and perhaps I'm just trying to will that statement to be true.

There are a lot of smoothie options out there however this one is, by far, the most delicious and also the easiest to make.  It's a whopping 2 ingredients.  You ready for this?  I don't think you are but here we go anyways:

Sunday, July 7, 2024

What is Life?

"The world you perceive is made of consciousness; what you call matter is consciousness itself." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Is the poppy alive?  How about the honey bee?

Hands and knees digging into the soil, face an inch or two above the ground, staring bewildered at a bright orange pumpkin that is perfectly centered on a 1 foot by 1 foot red brick on the very corner of the garden.  The pumpkin was not placed there by any human, it appears to have found the most perfect spot for it to grow, all on its own.  My eyes trace the 20 foot vine back to the main part of the plant.  The vine appears to have, over time, walked across the garden, bumped into the brick and just so happened to grow a pumpkin in the exact spot where the brick was.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Build the Environment

Ladybugs Loving the Chamomile

When issues in the garden arise, avoid focusing on trying to solve a single problem.  Instead, step back, view it from an eagle eye view and focus on building the environment as a whole.  Provide nature with everything it needs to thrive and it will be able to take care of itself.

When you try to solve problems individually, you end up bouncing from issue to issue playing whac-a-mole as you try to contort and control the environment to your will.  If the environment has everything it needs, everything will stay in balance and issues will sort themselves out on their own.