November 19, 2012
So, this is a fabulously easy way to enjoy winter squash and I’m quite happy to say that even my hubby enjoyed it, and he usually snubs his nose to any kind of squash. Score! 🙂 I’m going to try this again today, adding sliced oranges, cranberries and chopped pecans with the apple (and maybe a little more maple syrup too)
- 1 medium sized acorn squash
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored & diced
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground clove
- dash of sea salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sweetener of choice (maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, agave, etc.)
- 2 Tbsp. melted oil or butter (I love coconut oil here)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half, spoon out seeds. Place cut-side down in baking dish with 1/2 inch water and bake for 40 minutes. Meanwhile; mix spices, sweetener & oil and toss with prepared diced apple. When squash is done, remove from oven and flip over so the cut-side is up. Stuff squash with apple mixture and bake again for another 15 minutes. Yum!
November 2, 2012
Karma Yoga is practicing being an active participant in your community without the expectation of receiving anything in return (including public recognition). Some of the most impressive social work is done without a limelight of highlighting these heroic acts. They are performed anonymously, graciously and help keep the world going ’round.
Selfless service (Seva), can be done in myriad ways; from volunteering your time, effort, goods and services to those in need, reaching out to someone, or in some way actively participating in someone’s comfort and joy (any living being, Mother Earth included). Seva is practiced by recycling your garbage & rain water, reaching out to a friend who is experiencing difficulty in life, sometimes it means volunteering at your local soup-kitchen or helping to comfort those touched by natural disasters. Acts of Seva can be providing a service, a class or assistance to a population whom wouldn’t normally be receiving it. Yoga teaches us to recognize that we are all one, inherently interconnected – so by taking care of each other, we are taking care of the world.
Your karma is shaped by what kinds of “seeds” you are planting in this life. Each positive thought, action and service you provide become positive seeds that you are planting to blossom into positivity for you. This is your reward for being self-less. Nobody has to witness your good deed, karma is the exact return of the type of energy that you put out into the Universe. One of my favorite karma quotes is from Dr. Wayne Dyer, he says “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” This teaches us to take responsibility for what kind of energy you are creating and projecting.
Looking for ways to plant good “seeds” in your community? Here are some ideas:
1.) Donate non-perishable food items to your local public food pantry. Lotus Living Arts Studio of Concord is now a drop-off location for food that is distributed by CCM, reaching nine different food pantries in Cabarrus county for those in need. Bring a food item to your next class, and make a difference, one table at a time. Here is a list of current items of most need:
- CANNED CORN
- CANNED FRUIT
- GROCERY BAGS
2.) Divine Shanti Yoga is collecting donations for an elementary school in Charleston, S.C. (Chicora School),who’s in need of basic supplies and clothing for children. The mother of a very dedicated teacher at this school is a regular attendee of classes in Highland Creek. The school provides a “clothing closet” for students who are in need, much of which is donated by its teachers. Let’s help them! Items will be collected through April, 2013. Please feel free to bring to any classes in Highland Creek, or at Lotus Living Arts any of the following items:
- PACKS OF PENCILS
- HAND SANITIZER
- NEW CHILDREN’S POLO SHIRTS (Navy Blue or White)
- NEW CHILDREN’S KHAKI PANTS, SHORTS, OR SKIRTS
- NEW CHILDREN’S BELTS
YOU are making a difference, one can of corn and box of pencils a week.
(The Divine light within me, recognizes and honors the Divine light within you. We are One.)