Peanut Butter & Coconut Balls

Ingredients
• 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
• 1 1⁄4 cups organic creamy peanut butter
• 3⁄4 cup ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt
• 3 tbsp. raw cacao (may be omitted)
• 1⁄2 cup honey
• 1/16 tsp. salt
• 1 cup+ shredded coconut
• 2 oz. 70%+ dark chocolate, melted  (if desired)

Directions
Line cookie sheet with wax paper. Soften coconut oil. When soft, add the peanut butter, ricotta cheese, cacao, honey and salt and mix well with a mixer. Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
Pour 1 cup of shredded coconut into a small bowl. Remove mix from fridge and scoop a small spoonful of mixture and drop into the shredded coconut. Using fingers or a clean spoon roll dough around in coconut to cover. Set on a cookie sheet. Continue until all are formed/covered. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for approx. 30 minutes to set. Transfer to container and store in the freezer or the fridge.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”  Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing” Helen Keller

One of the most profound experiences I  had in 2017 was a face to  face encounter with a bear.  It was most terrifying and most exhilarating.  Bob and I spent the month of June in the wilderness of Canada on the shores of Lake Superior, his family cabin.  Yes, it’s quiet.  Yes, it’s stunning.   Yes, there is no electricity or Wi-Fi and cell service can be found on few areas of the beach, if you stand correctly.  I have many favorite activities there, but my most favorite is time in the woods with the pups.  One day, we went deeper than usual and a bit off of the rugged trail of Lake Superior Provincial Park.  I spotted a cluster of orchids and captured a few with my camera.  I enjoyed their beauty along with other more common plants.  It’s extremely quiet during the day when the sun is high in the sky.  The birds are napping and the only sound is a twig breaking underfoot.  A week later I decided to venture to the orchids again.  I wanted to see if there were more clusters.  I spotted them and as I walked over to capture their image, Scout began barking, unusual even for him in this serene environment.  I looked up to where he was running and saw a bear peering, not at him, but at me.  This is what went through my mind in the second I saw her, before I ran….she was beautiful:  a honey colored snout surrounding her black nose and huge sensitive eyes looking at me curiously.  Wow!  Then in that split second, adrenalin kicked in and I ran like crazy wondering if I could navigate or even follow the rustic trail with break neck speed.  I yelled as I ran, “Rocky, Scout come!”  I imagined Scout going face to face with this beautiful animal and being tossed aside a bloody mess, with Rocky licking his wounds.  I continued yelling as I ran, praying they were following me.  I hoped she turned back into the woods with her curiosity satisfied.  They did catch up with me and I then followed them as we raced through the woods back to the cabin.  The image of this beautiful creature still lingers in my mind, in that split second, I felt a connection with her.  I was too stunned to capture a picture and too scared to linger, but her image and my exhilaration will remain with me.  I wouldn’t ask for an encounter like that, but I am so very grateful that I experienced it.  I am curious too and I know she and I have more in common that we could ever imagine.  

 

Focus on Feeling Good…..and a little child shall lead them.

My little granddaughter heard an older brother scream in frustration about all the things he hated. Hours later when the thought was put in her head about time for bed, she started quietly saying all the things she hated. I ask her about something I knew she loved, her princesses. She immediately changed her attitude and said, “I love my princesses.” She is so close to purity at 5 that she was able to make an immediate transition from feeling bad to feeling good. She relaxed and enjoyed the music that was playing in the vehicle, got home and was easy about readying for bedtime.

It may take us longer from feeling bad to feeling good, because we carry a lot of baggage in the form of grief and unwanted experiences, but the possibility for us is exactly the same. We can get to feeling better, we can experience joy, relief. We just need to change our point of focus onto what we love, what makes us feel good. This simple yet profound exercise, repeated over time changes our life to what we know to be true from within: the deepest yearning, that propels us and gives breath to our dreams, ambitions and goals.

Take an evolutionary leap to a place that makes your life harmonious and happy. How? By realizing that you are a powerful creator. We all are.
Detoxify your mind, by allowing good feeling thoughts to pervade.
Focus on feeling good. Place good feeling thoughts in your mind.
Find the best feeling thought you can muster and stay with it until you feel better. Then continue, moment after moment, day after day. Live your life….pay your bills, take out the garbage, but always practice feeling good. Then see your life transform.

Embrace this truth first, then allow it to transform your life

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There is no thing, nothing, outside of any us that offers healing – wholeness – peace.  It lies within us. The key is the ability to unfold our tightly protected or conditioned heart so it can release and pour forth its blessings on our life.  Our heart is sensitive and fiercely strong at the same time.  It embodies the presence of the masculine and the feminine qualities.  When balanced and open, it is the truest form of blessing on our life.  It is the miracle we seek.  It is the peace that passes all understanding and in all circumstances.  Nurturing, trusting, developing our own heart is the most important task we can be about in our daily life, because this is the key to thriving.  The transformation in our physical life is the evidence of this truth.  As we embody these truths, we can bless others from this peaceful place.  The energy of alignment with our true self, our pure heart radiates outward and transmits beams of love, joy, contentment and pure peace.  It is felt. It is experienced.  Embrace this truth, learn to trust your heart, practice living in the present moment and know that your heart can speak to you.  Nurture your heart, nurture your self.  Within lives the kingdom of heaven. 

What Lights Me Up? What Lights You Up?

IMG_4744Do you desire to get more satisfaction and peace from your everyday life?  Do you sometimes feel as if you are stuck in a rut?  If so, here is a little exercise to help you back on track.  A way to do more of what makes you feel good, so in the meantime (that place that requires work/duty) life is a bit lighter, easier. 

First, spend 5-10 minutes in quiet contemplation, mediation, or prayer.  This will help clear your mind so you can listen to your heart.  Then with paper and pen, begin writing 10 things that light you up.  Things that bring joy to your heart and a twinkle in your eye.  Do your best to cultivate some of these as you can, no pressure to do so.  Just pick one to delight yourself.

Much love to you, may we be lights in this world.

Here is my list, no particular order, because they are all important and available at different times.

  1. Walking in the woods, making trails
  2. Creating things to eat and drink in the kitchen
  3. Studying/learning new things, especially about plants and sacred things
  4. Music:  llistening and making it (piano and drum)
  5. Sewing (especially for someone whom I love)
  6. Water:  sswimming, walking near it, bathing, sitting on the shoreline, smelling it as it cascades over rocks
  7. Quiet time – alone time – writing time
  8. Candles
  9. Spending time with my husband and family, especially my grandchildren
  10. Dancing, oh the joy!  Especially spiritual dancing:  cconnecting, moving, expressing

Sleep Formula

The simple formula for a good night’s sleep:  

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Cool + Dark + Quiet2  = Good Sleep

The basic necessities of physical life are water and yes, air…but beyond that is sleep.  It is the reset function that allows you to gain or maintain homeostasis (balance).  This is essential for good health and vibrant energy.  It’s the missing link for many, so you are not alone.

 

For myself, C+D+Q2 works for consistent, quality sleep.  I have made it a choice and priority.  Just like the food choices I make, I look to the desired result for the motivation to develop habits that will be beneficial in my quest.  Are you motivated?  It does take repeated action and a desire to achieve the results, both are equally important.  So onward we go to the successful path of a sweet slumber.

Let’s breakdown the sleep formula. 

Cool.  Most find that a cool room in a cozy bed with blankets to be the ideal for great sleep. This is true for me.  Also, keep in mind that allowing your bed to be used only for sleep or for intimacy is helpful in training your body for quality sleep.  So cool, incorporates comfortable and intimate.

Dark.  Cover or remove the distracting lights of electronics.  Cover the windows with room darkening curtains or blinds will help also.  If you live in the woods as I do, then you don’t have to worry about glaring street lights, so drawing the shades is a choice. 

Quiet times two.  1.  A quiet space.   I often go to bed before my husband.  He is considerate and will use headphones so I don’t hear the tv in the other room or I tell him that I plan to use my ear buds (which I often do).   The ear buds serve two functions for me.  I listen to some meditative music or similar which offers sweet solace and leads us to number two.  2.   A quiet mind.  If you lay down and your mind just won’t switch off, there are a couple of things you can do.  One is to perform a brain dump on paper.  Just before laying down, write down the things that are on the top of your mind:  to do list for tomorrow, the worry over a previous conversation, up coming travel plans, etc.  Make it simple.  Then change directions and write a couple of thoughts/intentions you would like to happen, your dreams/aspirations.  Again, make it simple.  After that, climb into your cozy bed and listen to something quiet or inspiring.  Be sure to set a timer so it goes off in 15-30 minutes.  Anything sounds in your ears beyond that may wake you up.

Testimonial.  One of my most productive sleep habits is a regular bedtime.  When a regular bedtime occurs, your body prepares itself naturally for sleep and you don’t even have to look at the clock to know its sleep time.  I have found surpassing my normal bedtime,  usually results in a difficult time falling asleep.  I get my second wind and that carries me onward for a couple of more hours.  This is useful for the occasion that I would like to visit with loved ones, etc.  Even when I stay up later, I try to maintain the same wake up time.  This helps me sync for sleep the next night.  What about napping?  There is nothing wrong with napping.  Personally, I rarely need a nap, but when I do, I indulge.  Naps of a shorter duration are the best for me.  I have always thrived on a power nap of 15-20 minutes 

There you have it.  The makings of a good sleep routine.  It works, I can attest.

Sweet dreams!

A Better Way

Rose from MajorieIf I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal.  And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing.  And if I should feed everything that I have to the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned up* and I have no love in me, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient and sweet; love does not envy; love is not upset neither puffed up.  Love does not commit what is shameful, neither does it seek its own; it is not provoked, neither does it entertain evil thoughts, rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth, Endures all things, believes all things, hopes all, bears all.

Love never fails; for prophecies shall cease, tongues shall be silenced and knowledge will be nothing;  For we know partially and we prophesy partially,  But when perfection shall come, then that which is partial shall be nothing.  When I was a child, I was speaking as a child, I was led as a child, I was thinking as a child, but when I became a man, I ceased these childish things.  Now we see as in a mirror, in an allegory, but then face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know as I am known.  For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13    Translation:  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Thanks to my friend, Marjorie for sending me this picture.   She took it last week, just after the first frost at her Georgian Bay ON home.  As she wrote me:  it’s beauty is still casting for me.    It reminds me of the love we share, although we have only met once.  It reminds me of the beauty of her heart and how we all have so much to give in so many ways.  Thank you my friend, for the love you share.

 

Living my Truth

If I am not living my truth, I feel it in every fiber of my being – it’s a signal – a call to make a change.  Subtle as first, but significant and shifting.  I thrive as I live my truth.

Your truth will express itself as your faith grows.  No one need convince you or it or of anything else.  It is revealed in your heart and truth always resounds with truth.

Julia R Parsell

 

Attractiveness: More than a pretty face

Attractiveness is one of your best attributes!   This is not for, or from vanity, but for the sake of positively impacting the world in which you live.

Attractiveness supersedes physical beauty or a slim physique.  Attractiveness is wholeness, a completeness that wells up from within and springs forth to the world in:  beauty, joy, balance, warmth, love, service, and grace.  It is a feature that draws others to be inspired and encouraged.

Attractiveness is a quality that all of us can possess, more often than not it gets buried.  We are all made in the image of God.  We are the fabric of the Divine.  We are one song, a poem whose richness and abundance lies in wait to be expressed positively.

When we focus on the wholeness of being, when we surround ourself with positive, pure energy; Its light begins to magnify within us.  Then, Its radiance shines forward and toward the world in which we live.

We can choose to be a vessel of attractiveness.  Here are some ideas to help achieve this:

  1. Fill your mind and body with beauty and hopeful expectations.
  2. Practice mindfulness by being fully present in the moment.  Realize that multi-tasking can be counter productive and consider focusing on what matters at the moment.
  3. Enjoy the little things in life, such as:  the beauty of a sunrise/sunset, the chirping of a bird, the sound of a train, the blowing wind through the leaves, the shapes of the clouds, the splashing of raindrops, the vista of a beautiful photo or the fact that you can read or listen.

 

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There is beauty all around.  Open your eyes to it.  Draw it in, be filled and then exhale the beauty in the world in which you live.  As images of the Creator we all have Divinity with us.  As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I can walk along side you and direct you to habits and practices that will increase your feeling of attractiveness.  It’s not just about the food you eat, it’s about the thoughts you think.  Send me a note, let’s talk.