February 6, 2012
It is amazing how quickly emotions shift and energy changes. The only constant, is change.
I had a very stressful week, with family feuds, work stress, and being a single mom. On top of that my son recently broke his left arm severely, and he is left-handed. Ugh. He was in the hospital for two days and has had two surgeries. Things are settling now, but the whole experience was overwhelming and exhausting. Even now, when I recall the memory of his accident and how horrifying his arm looked, I become very emotional. Talk about depleted. Anyways, as stress piles on, it is hard to come to a place of stillness. My mind became so agitated and my body so tense that I instinctively knew my cure could only come from a strong practice. A strong spiritual practice. At times like these, I turn to Kundalini yoga. Amazing for cleaning and recharging. Amazing for accepting and forgiving. Amazing for letting go and learning to trust.
So I started my sunday morning with a cup of tea and a Kundalini practice. I really enjoy Sarah Klines 50 minute Kundalini yoga practice on youtube. Exactly what I needed. Feeling recharged, I dedicated my day to restoring and healing. And cleaning my messy house.
A friend of mine who is an organic farmer, stopped by in the morning and brought me two grocery bags full of organic produce from his garden. I was so happy. Fresh delicious produce. Talk about food as medicine! I made Kale chips in the oven and fresh veggie burgers with my food processor.. the veggie burgers are a favorite of my son’s.
fresh orgranic produce/ingredients for healthy nature burger
I make up my own recipes and never measure anything—Be adventurous! Experiment!
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees or 250 max!
Wash kale and tear leaves off from the stem - medium size pieces
Prepare a mixture of olive oil and Braggs, Tamari or salt to taste, and a little cayenne pepper
Massage mixture into the kale.
place on cookie sheet
cook until crisp. Usually about 1 to 2 hours
mmm delicious, nutritious and quick.
The veggie patties
Ingredients: Tomato,red pepper,garlic,kale,sunflower seeds,uncooked oats ,salt and spices to taste
Puree everything in food processor, add in more whole oats and stir. Form into patties….cook with butter, coconut, or olive oil
I put the leftovers in freezer for a quick meal or snack. mmm. Delicious and nutritious.
organic veggie patties
The day gets sweet and sticky
Pockets full of honey
Anyways, after my cooking adventure, I was motivated to clean….but I got an offer I just couldn’t refuse. “Come Harvest honey!”
My good friends called to see if my son and I wanted to come play with the bees and help harvest honey. So we spent the majority of our day building bee boxes, scraping off old wax and propolis, playing with bees, harvesting honey, spinning the honey, melting down wax, and laughing with good friends.
lots of bees, lots of honey
Covered in honey, I couldn’t stop smiling. Sticky and sweet, we drank and licked massive amounts of honey , and ate delicious pollen. I love bees.
straining the honey
This was not my first time being around bees, but it can be really scary when they begin to get upset. When I feel myself becoming overwhlemed with fear, I close my eyes and take slow deep breaths. The bees seem to relax when we relax. A good lesson, anytime we are overwhelmed with fear or anxiety, remember to breathe. Yoga and beekeeping. Yoga and life.
honey spinner extracting the honey....
My son was always a little nervous around bees, especially when we had a hive in our backyard. BUT, through bee education and experiencing the process, he now wants to be a beekeeper too. He had a blast. :)
My friend gave me a honey bee education program for kids full of information, lesson plans, diagrams, and vocabulary. Perfect for my son’s homeschool portfolio.
The day was seriously amazing.
We came home with a nice jar of honey, sticky sweet clothes, and shiny happy eyes . I had a cup of tea with a good friend, and gave thanks for the day.
Full of gratitude. And full of yoga, kale, and honey.