The Quality of our Experience is Determined by the Quality of our Attention

You may have heard the saying “Energy flows where attention goes” or “Thoughts become things” and “You get what you think about, whether you want it or not”.  All three of these statements are from different disciplines. And they all point to the same aspect of this world we live in – what you squality of our experienceee and feel depends on what you place your focus on.

When I took Level 1, I hadn’t thought much about physics. I had manifested many amazing things in my life – things that couldn’t be explained by the way the man-made world “normally” worked.   But it had been largely unconscious manifestations.  An elderly Indian gentlemen once told me emphatically what good karma I had – I think he was right.

During my Level 1 class there was talk about physics and I was intrigued. I am a learner by nature so I started learning about quantum physics. Over about eight years, as I developed my own practices, I came to understand more and more how magical this world is – how magical we are.

Quantum physicists will tell you that particles are essentially probability waves. They only stop “waving” and become a single entity when we observe them.  When we put our attention on them. Just think about what that means. When you put your attention on something, that particle stops being all possible things and becomes that one thing you are observing.

And it doesn’t matter if this is in your minds eye or in front of you. Now that’s magical.
So what are you thinking about?

~ by Nancy Marsh

Vegetables!

Lately I’ve been eating lots of Brussel Sprouts, green beans, swiss chard, kohlrabi & jicama.  Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy the unique quality of each vegetable.
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Jicama
I often refer to jicama’s taste & texture as a mix between a potato and an apple; starchy, juicy and crisp. Carefully peel or remove the skin with a knife. Cut into sections – I like them thick – and eat raw. Makes a great salad when mixed with grapefruit sections! Totally yummy. Also great with a curry dressing  or a light vinaigrette (lime/lemon juice and oil).

Kohlrabi
Slice it up thin, eat it raw with a dip or steam it lightly and mix with other vegetables.

Brussels Sprouts
These got a bad reputation in my childhood – nobody wanted to eat them, let alone go through the fuss of making them. I recently revisited this misaligned vegetable with magical results.

With a sharp paring knife, I take the bottom ½ inch off, peeling any dirty leaves with it, and mark the bottom deeply with two strokes, making an ‘X’.  It is best to steam or boil these babies.  Make sure you watch the time. Steaming often takes as long as 10 to 12 minutes. Boiling takes 5 or 6 minutes. I then coat them in either butter or extra virgin olive oil, squeeze some lemon juice on top and a healthy dose of salt. Voila! Eat it hot and enjoy.

Swiss Chard
Nice and easy, both to prepare and to eat. I take a bunch, cut the stems down to the leaf, wash very well and steam for 3 to 4 minutes. Once cooked, slice it up thin. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, some salt and yum.

The best for last? Tough to prepare – cut both tips off and wash well. I keep a bag handy for the ends as I tip them off, paring knife in one hand, bean in the other.

Easy to eat – steam for 6 or 7 minutes and then serve with salt and pepper – and chunks of cheese. My preference is soft goat cheese. If you’re making a salad, you can shock the green beans once cooked. I do this by running cold water over them.

Your imagination is the limit. Experiment with abandon!

~ Matthew Craig

Row Your Boat

Such a simple little song that was so fun to sing all together, in rounds, over and over.
Just thinking of rounds, I realized that this simple song is actually the quick guide to successful living on this planet. Let me break it down for you….
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Row, row, row
– the repetition gives away the importance of this. We must take action, and more action.
Your boat – the key being ‘your’. You have absolute control over where you go in your own boat. But there’s no way you can row someone else’s – maybe steer a little – but at what cost to your own song?
Gently – this word should be underlined a few times. Always gentle with yourself. You are the most important person in your world.
Down the stream – not upstream or against the current, not across the flow – always with the flow.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily – Yes. This means more joy than action. Joy in action.
Life is but a dream – this is not a metaphor. It’s really all a dream. And we each create our own dream as we see fit.

So what is the recipe for success by rowing? How do I dream heaven on earth? I take responsibility for my own boat, rowing with the flow, full of joy and laughter and totally aware that this dream that is my life is my own creation.

~ by Nancy Marsh