in the musical realm

“In the sculptural, pictorial realm we look at beauty, we live it, whereas in the musical realm we ourselves become beauty.  In music man himself is creator.  He creates something that does not come from what is already there, but lays a foundation and a firm ground for what is to arise in the future.”  –Rudolf Steiner

quick feng shui cleaning up and clearing out with affirmations

Having your space clean and organized is a basic tenet of feng shui.  (I am a dabbler in feng shui.)   Clean out and clear out under your bathroom sink using using your own affirmation or Louise Hay’s affirmation “I am healthy, whole, and complete”.  Don’t just move things around, get rid of things that you have not used (you know those things you move in order to get to the things you actually use).  Everything in your space takes up a fragment of your attention, and those little bottles can add up.

Even if you don’t believe you have chakras (energy centers) in the bottom of your feet, you and your feet can tell if the floor is clean.  You know what a dirty floor looks and feels like, gross.  Don’t you deserve a clean floor?  Of course!  So vacuum, sweep, and mop your floors today while saying as affirmation of your choosing.  Or use Louise Hay’s “I deserve the best, and I accept the best, now.”

If you take care of your things, health, and space that you have now in the present moment, the universe will bring more to you.  With gratitude and appreciation, you demonstrate that you are capable and ready.  If you put up feng shui cures without cleaning up and clearing out, you could be bringing in more clutter to you.

april 3, 2011 what we’re eating this week

I am mostly using recipes from Jewels and Jill Elmore’s cookbook “The Family Chef” this week.

“jewel’s favorite soup jill makes” (cannelloni beans, chicken stock, garlic, olive oil, onion, celery, tomatoes, kosher salt, parsley, parmesan)

“better than jill’s lentil soup” (olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, fennel, shallots, saffron, tumeric, coriander, chicken stock, red lentils, 1 cup “a different color tomato soup”, salt)

“a different color tomato soup” (yellow tomatoes, shallot, garlic, thyme, olive oil, chicken stock, salt)

“kiko’s succulent pork chops” (pork, thyme, sage, parsley, shallot, lemon, olive oil, shitake mushrooms, salt and pepper, butternut squash)

“papa’s chicken” (chicken, salt and pepper, parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic, olive oil, lemon)

“super-easy bean salad” (white beans, cucumber, fennel, tomatoes, celery, parsley, chives, dill, lemon, olive oil, sherry wine vinegar)

and “acorn squash soup” (acorn squash, vegetable stock, Bragg’s liquid aminos (like soy sauce or tamari), cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, plain nonfat yogurt) from the cookbook “A Simple Celebration” by Ginna Bell Bragg and David Simon

quick feng shui clearing and cleaning for health and wealth

Kitchens represent wealth.  So today I am just going to clean out the fridge of old leftovers and wipe and dry the shelves.  If I set my intention and use an affirmation, the process seems to be transformative.  Make up your own affirmation or use Denise Linn’s “I am clearing all that I do not need out of my life.  I am clearing away blockages, and abundance is flowing to me.”
Bathrooms represent health.  So for today I’m just going to clean the toilet, wipe the sink, and clear out one drawer.  Use your own affirmation or Linn’s “I am safe and centered no matter where I am.  I am clearing out all that I do not need out of my life.  Fresh, invigorating energy [and health] fills my life.”  Or use Louise Hay’s “I accept and deserve perfect health now.”   There, now we’ve set your intention and sent it out into the universe.  We started the energy moving.  Pay attention to what comes to you no matter how seemingly small and insignificant.