Monthly Archives: May 2014

I seriously need your input :)

Hi folks,

As you’ve probably noticed, my posts have recently been erratic and not half as regular as they used to be. The reason is that I’m working with a writing coach and striving hard to produce a book in the near future. The book is going to deal with the spiritual, deeper issues providing answers to life’s perplexing problems.

So, here’s what I need your help with :)! Could you please write and let me know what is the most perplexing spiritual problem you are facing, or have faced, and are looking for answers for! I promise your comments will be confidential and not mentioned anywhere — neither here, nor in the book, unless you expressly give me permission and want me to quote you. Thank you!

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks in advance for this help.

Wishing you peace in your journey 🙂

Some fun wine quotes :)

Wine lovers, and all others who like a good quote will get a kick out of these :)!

*  “The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath*, 1452-1519 — Would you believe he said this ;)? I admire the man still more now!
*  “Give me books, fruit, French wine, fine weather, and a little music out of door, played by somebody I do not know.” ~John Keats, famous English poet, in a letter to his sister Fanny, c.1819
*  “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books.” ~Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist, 1822-1895
*  “Port is not for the very young, the vain, and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.” ~Evelyn Waugh, English writer, journalist, reviewer, 1903-1966
*  “Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.” ~Plato, Greek philosopher and mathematician, 428/427 or 424/423 BC – 348/347 BC) — Hmmm… did he mean it was alright for girls to start before 18 ;)?
Make it a great day! 🙂
*A Polymath is someone who knows a lot about many different things

What’s so special about Champagne?

2013-10-22 14_40_54As I started to gather information about champagne for this blog, I started getting pretty confused. Wikipedia and some other sources almost categorically suggested that champagne has been made special only because of media hype and publicity by vested interests for profit, and that its prices are overblown. Loving champagne as I do, I was disappointed to read all this ;)!

As I kept looking I found this wonderful website whose author has described the whole process of how other sparkling wines are different from champagne. Instead of re-quoting from there I’m sharing the link here so not only can you read all the details but also discover a very interesting wine related website:

http://winevibe.com/tips-faqs/how-does-champagne-differ-from-sparkling-wines/

thCAWUDVOWFor my part, I’m going to post some of my favorite ‘Champagne Quotes’ for your entertainment :)!

*  “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” ~Dom Perignon

*  “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” ~Winston Churchill

*  “In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

*  “I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry, and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” ~Lily Bollinger

*  “Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient Champagne.” ~Dorothy Parker

*  My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.” ~John Maynard Keynes

*  “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” ~Noel Coward

*  “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.” ~Bette Davis

*  “Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.” ~Paul Claudel

*  “In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.” ~Willie Gluckstern

*  “Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.” ~Brigitte Bardot

*  “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” ~Mark Twain

So, which quote did you like the best? Which one describes how YOU feel about Champagne? 🙂

 

The practice of Gratitude <3

As the readers may have noticed, I’m a big proponent of the practice of gratitude! Here are three versions of the same sentiment…

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And, here are lines from the author Melodie Beattie that I love very much:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melodie Beattie

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Be grateful…be blessed! <3

Who are you, ‘really’?

I have found, that life is life! The best we can do with it is to live it. But better than best would be to make it count—not for anyone else, but to make it count for YOU! No matter where it takes you, don’t give up on it, because no matter where you may find yourself, unknown to you, just a few steps away, is a turn in the road that you can’t yet see, leading you to your best ever life!

Many people start withdrawing from life as sorrows hit them. These sorrows come from losses…the loss of a child, a loved one, someone close to us, or the loss of material stuff, an income or prestige of some sort. Many people’s only identity is these external fixtures, that a quirk of fate can take away from us. How strange then, to be so disconnected with yourself, that  according to you, you’re only a ‘title’ — a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher etc… or a ‘proprietor’, an ‘owner’, of a business or property, or material wealth etc. What if this title, or what you own, gets taken away? Who would you be then? What would be your identity?

This piece is not a lecture about materialism—it is about the REAL person who lives inside you. Most of us are not even aware of this ‘person’ that lives inside us, waiting for its day in the sun?

A very useful and powerful exercise in therapy circles is to make a list of all the ways you and your acquaintances describe and see you (an impression you’ve taken a lot of trouble to create) and then one by one, remove these descriptions till you are just YOU, without a name, title, wealth, material possessions.

Who would you be then? Would you know this person that you truly are, inside? How closely do you recognize her/him? Do you like this person? Could you live with this person if the trappings were taken away? Yes? No?

Think deeply about it, then proceed to become the person you could love, respect, honor, trust, and feel safe with. If you’re not there yet, there’s work to be done!

Question: Are you a ‘locavore’? Answer: HUH?

I know, I know — of course you don’t know what’s a ‘locavore’! Well, let’s start at the beginning, shall we? A carnivore is a meat eating animal, a herbivore is a grass and plant eating animal, an omnivore is an animal that eats meat and plants — but what’s a locavore? I can hear you losing patience ;)…

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Well, I too didn’t know until half and hour ago… it’s a word so new even my computer is refusing to accept it :)… but while reading a food magazine I came upon this term. Apparently, it’s a new one, and has recently gotten invented in California — and it means ‘to eat fresh and local’ — yep… with more and more emphasis on eating local produce, at its peak of freshness, this new trend is catching on everywhere, although slowly. And a very good thing too, I say — foods that come to us from far off places just don’t have the crispness, the taste and the zest which a freshly picked vegetable or a freshly plucked fruit has.

Spring and summer abound in fresh and local, so a perfect time to really give our taste buds a treat and give them the experience of the ‘real’ taste of thing! I find it so satisfying to bite into a crisp and fresh vegetable, or a fruit, and feel its juices explode in my mouth! How about you?

So now, are you a locavore? Let’s hear a resounding, YES! 🙂

 

What is Reiki?

imagesAs an ‘energy’ healer/therapist I’m often asked this question. The simple answer is: “Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the ‘receiver’ by means of touch, activating the natural healing processes of the receiver’s body, and restoring physical and emotional well-being.” What this definition is missing is the fact that this first step leads to core healing at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels 🙂

imagesTo explain further, it is a technique that balances the energy in our endocrine glands, which are the energy centers that can become over or under-energized, depending on a person’s lifestyle or simply their pace of life.

It is said that ‘stress’ is the biggest killer of our age! When coping with stress, don’t underestimate the value of ‘Reiki’ (pronounced ray-kee), to bring your body and all its systems into balance.

I hope you’ll try a session soon!

If you have a quiet home

I just returned home after a hectic afternoon with friends from my flamenco group — an hour of intensive practice; some time devoted to discussing our progress and planning future practice sessions, and some to planning our forthcoming trip to Seville, Spain. Added to that was a bit of urgent shopping, for items I had to run around a bit to find. When I finally got home, turned the key in my door and stepped into the hallway, I was, as I always do, filled with a sense of deep peace and quietude.

I feel very blessed to have such a peaceful, quiet home, in very quiet and peaceful surroundings. As I connected with this tangible feeling of tranquility, the lines from a poem I had learnt in Grade 7 flashed through my mind. The name of the poem was ‘A Quiet Room’, written by Patience Strong (her ‘nom de plume’/pen name).

“If you have a quiet room
Then you are truly blessed.
For only in a quiet room
Can heart and mind find rest.”

I changed the word room to ‘home’ in the title of today’s post because that’s my situation, but for those who have only a room they can call their own, in a larger home or building, I hope it’s a quiet one, a calm one where you can be still within. For, to hear inner wisdom we have to have quiet surroundings, or the external noise just takes over our life.

I often wonder at people who need constant noise around them, and when they’re by themselves they have headphones or earphones stuck in their ears with sometimes music blasting away so loud that others around them can hear it. When do these people enjoy the sound of silence, I ask myself.

We live in miraculous bodies, that also receive intelligent information from nature, from the Universe, and if we’re never calm and quiet, within and without, chances are we’re existing at a very superficial level, completely disconnected from our Source!

My wish for everyone here is a few moments of stillness and quietude in your day so that you may walk more gently through your life <3