NEIGHBORCARE NEWS #37 SEPTEMBER '06
"No service is too small when given mindfully, with good intention and an open heart."
Isn’t it so that the true teacher is welcoming, and learns alongside his/her students. A true teacher inspires us to remove boundaries (those fixed things that separate us), not construct them—or at least make them movable like the lightweight and useful restraints we see wrapped around fields where sheep and horses graze.
What a true teacher says makes us nod in recognition of the gold we are hearing (not gasp or struggle or self demean) and opens us to the wisdom—to the Truth—that lives in us. What a true teacher says lifts us to a vision of who we truly-and-already are, minus the blindness that distorts our inner vision. In the company of a True Teacher, we are unafraid to face what is and unwilling to expend our forces wishing and blaming and dodging.
Thanks for letting me know if you’d
like to come to a “many hands make light work” potluck.
If for whatever good reason you’ve said you’d like to join
in (or have joined in and enjoyed the good company) but you’ve
three times or more in a row when I’ve called (for even the finest
reasons, though none required!), do call or email to refresh your willingness
to be part of our gathering. No long-term commitment required or expected.
You can attend on a potluck-by-potluck basis. The potlucks generally
are scheduled for late June, September, December, and March, the exact
date chosen a month or so before. We do welcome you!
The need for meals
increases. Email or call if you’re happy to help out. Helping
out means keeping extra portions of nourishing soups and stews, etc.
in your freezer, ready to share—or, if you’re so inclined,
tailoring what you prepare to satisfy someone’s special needs.
It occurs to me that trees in autumn ease us into
colder, sharper weather by displaying for us—via their leaves,
bright red and yellow and orange before they fall—welcome vestiges
of summer’s heat.
Watching films memorable for their power to affect and inspire
reminds us how we can transform shaky feelings and angry ones into caring
for life that crosses our path, reminds us WE
ARE EACH OTHER. These exquisitely made, more-than-the-sum-of-their-parts,
regenerative and poignant movies celebrate the potential of the human
spirit (e.g. Crash, Water,
Tsotsi ) and are not depressing,
as I see it. (In Tsotsi, for example,
deliverance and compassion rise shining—and I mean shining—from
the bowels of cruelty.) Turning away because we find the films distasteful,
we turn from what could open us—uplift
us—as well as from the potential for redemption we all share.
In each of us, no matter our circumstances, there is light and
dark. Where they meet—voilà!—there is color.
OLD PETS Do remember to warm your pet’s food slightly during the colder months, especially your older pets. And if you’re walking an older dog, you can keep walking back and forth, getting your exercise, while allowing him/her to sniff! It is easy, especially in cold weather, to want to hurry our pets along.
TIP For those of you who don’t shop much at food cooperatives, consider Marcal (completely) white paper towels and white toilet tissue. According to the label: 100% recycled. 60% post consumer. Chlorine free process.
FROM THE KITCHEN
Here’s a quick-and-easy Italian open-faced sandwich for
those who want Italian, but not all those pasta carbs. Slice a block
of extra-firm tofu, then sear slices on both sides so the outsides are
crusty, the insides, smooth. Remove from the pan. Add thinly sliced
mushrooms, green pepper and onions, then sauté. Next comes a
generous swoosh of your favorite marinara sauce and a couple of handfuls
of (organically grown) spinach or kale.
Keep stirring till the sauce caramelizes and the spinach/ kale is tender,
then add a bit more sauce to thin (but not much!). Gently stir in the
tofu so the slices remain intact. Spoon this mix onto a pocket of Joseph’s
flax/oat bran/whole wheat pita bread, pocket
unopened and toasted lightly-but till firm-ahead of time. Sprinkle
generously with parmesan/romano blend and bake till the cheese melts.
You can buy this fine pita bread—or ask for it—at most local
supermarkets. Each serving contains very low carbs and high dietary
fiber. (Compare to other pitas.) If you eat chicken, you can substitute
sautéed chicken sausage. (humanely-raised chicken, best.)This
can be a knife and fork sandwich, if you’d like. Joseph’s
makes a great (flax/oat bran/whole wheat) low carb/hi-fiber tortilla,
LIVING QUESTIONS There is the story by Tolstoy about the hermit and the emperor. The emperor seeks out a hermit to discover the answer to three questions 1) What is the best time to do each thing? 2) Who are the most important people to work with? 3) What is the most important thing to do at all times?
Following some convoluting happenings, the hermit tells the emperor. “Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only moment over which we have dominion. The most important person is the person you are with, who is right before you, f or who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.”
Develop from the heart, meditate on love, live love, absorb love, give love, and your soul will become alight. The divine magic will rest in your hands, enabling you to heal the sick, to comfort the bereaved, to bless the sorrowful, to beautify everything you touch, and to bring peace and happiness to the lives of men and women." —White Eagle
FROM THE NOT-A-DOCTOR First lines of defense for bleeding, external and internal: cayenne powder (internal, a teaspoon mixed with a glass of water) and tincture of lady’s mantle (a perennial which many enjoy in their gardens) mixed with a little water. external: these, directly on the wound. (I applied Lady’s mantle tincture—on a gauze pad—to an wisdom tooth extraction site. Doing this stopped the bleeding when nothing else worked.)
Blessings all around youthis fall and in every season,
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