The sole purpose of human existence is
to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
– Carl Gustav Jung
This year I am rereading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. If you are not familiar with this amazing book, it is a book of 366 short daily essays that guide you to encountering your authentic self through the principles of simplicity, joy, abundance and gratitude. Using meaningful quotes from extraordinary authors and inspirational teachers and sharing her own journey via a fully engaging writing style, I’m sure that Breathnach has positively influenced many lives.
On this go-around (the first time I read this was back in ’96) I got an idea for a technique that I could add to my daily meditation from a quote by Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way — another book that had a huge impact!) about “spiritual electricity”; How it’s always there for the asking — but we have to ask. Spiritual Electricity is described as “more energy and inspiration, amazing and delightful coincidences, and the ability to accomplish goals with grace.”
Some alarming statistics surfaced last year from a joint study by the University of Minnesota and a research group in China and Singapore; individuals who eat fast food twice a week are 30% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Double those fast food runs to four times weekly, and you are 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.
What makes fast food so dangerous? The main factor is that fast food is highly processed and largely devoid of essential nutrients your body needs to thrive and survive. Just about everything we consume has macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein and fats. Macronutrients provide the calories that are converted into energy and fuel our vital organs. They can be likened to building blocks.
Lately I’m on a detox due to an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a very insidious yeast that can cause a variety of inflammation-related disorders, from IBS to sinus and allergy symptoms, brain fog etc. Unfortunately, mainstream medicine has not done much to address this problem; in fact, the excessive use of antibiotics in treating infections is one of the main factors in candida’s “population explosion”.
I successfully got this under control about 20 years ago but the Standard American Diet is very yeast-friendly, allowing proliferation through an excess of gluten, sugar and molds found in common allergens like dairy, soy and peanuts.
Guacamole adds such versatility to a Raw Fusion Lifestyle: You can use it as salad dressing or make an impromptu meal by slicing up veggies and dip; I also use guacamole as a base for nori wraps. There are many variations to this Mexican flavorful dish. Whenever I eat enchiladas, I prefer the green tomatillo sauce so decided to use them in lieu of red tomatoes, as I prize their slightly sour taste.
Here in Florida it’s kumquat season and I almost went to the annual Kumquat Festival about 45 minutes from Tampa in Dade City but decided not to subject Z to crowds of over 40,000 for a fruit that he has no interest in. Since I have been buying organic ones at my local health food store I decided to try them chopped up on avocado toast and liked that tangy sweet/sour flavor so much that next I added them to guacamole.