Archive for March, 2010
Vegetarianism was arguably created by the Vegetarian Society in 1840. They claim it came from the word in Latin ‘vegetus’ meaning “lively”, because this is how this diet make vegetarians feel. Vegetarianism has been in existence way before the mid 19th century. There are entire cultures that have been vegetarians and have live that way for generations. Many of us find it very difficult to be vegetarians, or even conceive only eating vegetarian. However, we all realize the importance of eating healthy and including all the characteristics of vegetarianism (sporadically!) in our daily meals. As a society we are starting to realize, now, more than ever, the important that food has on our health, state of mind, energy levels, and most importantly on our planet. The recent nomination to an Oscar as BEST Documentary of the movie FOOD, Inc. has triggered a new wave of awareness and consideration of the different aspects of where our food comes from. It is after all, the most significant green or ecological gesture we can produce daily.
So, we thought we would add some delicious vegan soup to your repertoire. We present to you, our infamous zucchini soup.
2 medium size organic zucchinis
¼ cup of Virgin Olive oil
2-3 cups of water
Pinch of rosemary
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 tablespoon of aminos (salt replacement)
1 pinch of hing (garlic replacement)
¼ cup of pine nuts (optional, or other nuts)
Directions: Bring enough water to cover the zucchini to boil. Add the rosemary, black pepper, aminos. Place the zucchini in the water until it changes color (darker green) and become lightly cooked. Let it cool for 5 minutes until ready to be blended. Place it on the blender with cayenne pepper and hing. Add the cold olive oil. Blend until smooth. As a touch of taste you may broil or lightly heat the pine nuts to add flavor and texture as you serve.
I wish I had more to give you. Everyday, you offer me a way to silence my shuffle. God knows where this urban unrest comes from? Yet, in the soft amber light of the glowing candles we pause. Closing eyes is an option we can all take sometime. But what about the endless sinister suggestions that keep brewing a channel right down my middle? I am still rendering a new stop sign to that battle. “Give up already, I tell myself.” “No more tracking life, I admonish.” But I must keep admonishing myself. All the time.
Yesterday, your face looked beet root red. I concentrated on the trail of music, your brand of notes that lead us forward, and thought every new beginning made sense. For every new beginning makes a silent restoration of the past. Thus I paid homage to every ending note and stayed energized through every commencement. It would sure anatomize a new life. So when I glanced at your face and saw the flash of color spread across its horizon my hand rose tall and my arm lifted out from right underneath where will beats indifference. There I found my mystery buddy who awoke and responded to your daring happiness every time you raised or lowered the melody.
Just wanted to say I was there; I harmonized despite the battle and you showed mercy in flicking my flaws. Swept off my feet shall I say, by this Yoga!
Once you entered in the yoga center, you knew there was something special about this place. The moment I saw you entering into the center, I knew there is something special about you. The center is different, mystic, gentle, quiet and full of energy at the same time. It is the place where we all leave our worries out, and throw ourselves in the arms of that energy in it. It is with expectation, curiosity that you come through that door. And I am so glad you did. You never knew you were going to find you…
You come and participate with many words, weird words, Sanskrit words; and we chant together. We take turns to listen to each other, to let the mind quiet down. You let these powerful chant enter your being, and elevate your mood, prepare you for class. Maybe you come and sit and participate, even without saying a word, with your hearts, and your own energy. Your internal smile that breaks all barriers. You gently close your eyes, looking inside, looking for your own truth, your heart. You move your breath that just sits unmoved, holding keeping your deepest energy, inside. And, you are reminded to just simply let it out, to exhale. With that exhalation all the daily layers are peeled off, and you find your Self opened; the shoulders drop, the chest softens. Then movement dances along with your breath. Movement that invites muscles and nerves, bones and joints, fluids and blood, move in places you had forgotten were there. The skin becomes alive, the senses deepen inward, and we feel moving floating, swimming in an ocean of energy; all seems intangible, maybe not logical, but equally real.
Sweat and effort come through your body. The body takes you to places in your mind maybe forgotten. Memories, distractions, things that were inside come running out. The mind tries to hold on to things in the past, or expectations of the future. The mind jumps, kicks, rebels, protests… Finally, the asanas take you deeper; you surrender. The breath is fluent, the mind quiets down, the heart truly opens, the senses travel to unfathomable peaceful places. We reach savasana…you let go, floating like a leaf carried but gentle wind. Deep, imperceptible breath.
That special you that has walked through the yoga class at this little center in Houston – once or many times – has extended. You are now everywhere. You are in all corners of Houston, Clear Lake, Conroe, San Antonio, Austin, Galveston becoming
a doctor, Fort Davis being sharing yoga with others. You are now in the East coast getting a better education, and the West coast pursuing your writer dreams. You are North, way South, back in your home country. You are in the UK, Netherlands, India, China, Colombia, South Africa, France, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico… you are still in our hearts. You make this yoga center.
I see this special person, walking in the yoga center. That special heart. That special soul, still part, connected. I miss you. I love you most for all that you give and that you are – really.