Are you Speaking into the Universe’s Listening?
What are you ready to create for 2017 – are your intentions clear?
I’ve a little red book containing quotes, affirmations and intentions and I’m conjuring up some more ready for 2017.
Reading it through and reflecting, I realise why some of the things came to be and also why some of them haven’t – my language wasn’t clear, the intention not confident, belief weak, and I wasn’t speaking into the Universe’s listening or my own effectively, also what was the big reason?
It’s also fascinating how some intentions came to pass a few years on and not the year of writing, again largely because I didn’t specify it and there wasn’t clarity and reason.
I’d also written down a meditation from Jack Canfield’s book – The Key to Living The Law of Attraction (2011). He suggests spending time each day in quiet contemplation, prayer or meditation and this was his simple invocation –
“…in seeking to transform our lives. We ask for guidance and clarity.
We ask that we find our purpose, our mission in life. We ask for divine inspiration.
We ask to be of service.
We ask for help in releasing any old negative or limiting thought patterns.
We ask that our thoughts and actions unfold for the greater good of all people.
We ask that miracles unfold not only in our own life’s but in the lives of others
We are thankful
We ask for peace
We ask for harmony
We ask to make a difference in the world.
There is an inner alchemy that takes place through prayer and meditation. These are the transformational processes that will change you on a cellular level. They will literally change your brain wave patterns”
It’s good to be re-minded as many of these words have also been poignant in 2016.
So a Happy New Year to you, may your spells create harmony , miracles and ood. Where will you start in 2017?
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
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Adventures from Alpha Road Allotment
This week, a frosty allotment harvest has resulted in lots of unexpected recipes being concocted. Today, I brought in my beetroot balls to defrost – a couple were grated and mixed with carrot, salt, pepper, toasted cumin seeds and a splash of red wine vinegar for a raw winter salad whilst the remainder were turned into a borscht served with crusty bread and feta cheese (recipe below)
There were many recipes for borscht online so, I combined lots of them as usual to make them fit with the ingredients I had available. The result was a meaty and healthy vegetarian supper, which even the kids enjoyed after a few protests at the start.
Beetroot Soup & Beans
- Fry 1 chopped onion with a crushed clove of garlic
- Put this mixture to one side
- Gently fry 2 sticks diced celery and 2 diced carrots for about 3 minutes
- Add 3 diced beetroots, a diced potato, some shredded red or green cabbage if you have some, if you have herbs add either dill, couple sprigs thyme etc about 1.5 litres of beef or veg stock and cook for up to 1 hour.
- Then add the onion and garlic, 1/2 squeezed lemon (or red wine vinegar), tin of red kidney beans and 1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes (can use fresh tomatoes here too) and cook for about 15 minutes
Serve with crusty bread, chopped parsley or dill if you have some (i didn’t), feta or soured cream
I’ll start to sow successional rows of beetroot from around mid March with some fleece over the top to give them a warmer start, will share photos then.
PS If you have a favourite borscht recipe I’d love to read it
Vegetable of the month – Curly KALE
Of all the brassicas I’ve trialled growing over the years curly Kale is a favourite. Not only because it is so meaty, robust and healthy to eat but it has also for the past 12 years survived deer, pigeon, squirrel, caterpillar attacks and it’s neglectful carers.
Our sandy and dry soil at the Alpha Road Alloment, Woking also provides the perfect conditions for it to grow. In our early enthusiastic years we grew brussel sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and more brassicas. However, these need netting, staking, feeding, collars and more and now that we no longer live in walking distance we’ve gone for ease over variety.
Today, an excited urge to visit and view the frosty allotment whilst my family slept on resulted in a good hair cut for a frosty and bushy kale plant. Polar beetroot balls and icy leeks were also forked and heaved out of the soil. Visiting my Sicilian neighbours chickens warmed my hands slightly, as we sprinkled them Christmas leftovers and chatted about the weather.
The kale defrosted on the way home and I’ve made a simple made up kale salad –
- threw away the tough stalks
- chopped and crushed by hand the leaves to release the fragrance
- toasted a handful or so of walnuts
- chopped feta
- spooned over cider vinegar, olive oil and pepper
More here on the health benefits
There will be regrowth from the leaves I’ve picked for more trimming soon, and I’ll plant new seeds in the Spring or cheat and buy plug plants from ebay.
To Kale or Not to Kale. #iambe
Ever had a Chi Swim, a swim where you experience calm, connection and conciousness? Nor had I, so ever curious, I decided to try it at the Christmas Day swimming session at Spectrum Leisure Centre in Guildford.
This year, I’ve explored more Tai Chi and Qi Gong and have met some very inspirational teachers and pupils. Once I stopped being frustrated with trying to follow the moves and get them right I started to just enjoy moving and being in a meditative state even if I often made it up. With each new session the sequence of moves is becoming clearer and more flowing.
Tai Chi skills for me mean connecting and communicating with breath, body and energy. For Christmas, Nanny Gill gave me Danny Dreyer’s book ‘Chi Running’ which gave me the idea to try Chi Swimming. He says the underlying skills in this running form are :
- body sensing
He continues, the process is the goal. Chi skills are valuable skills and worthwhile goals at the same time. So each time we practice focusing our mind, we are accomplishing our goal of being focused.
I largely made up my Christmas Chi Swim, I’m sure there’s plenty of writing out there about it however, I’ve decided to write from this experience first and then check what it says after as part of my own learning process.
Firstly, I looked across the water and knew that I wanted to swim 40 lengths, so set an intention to swim them in under 30 minutes. I visualised myself achieving this and sensed how my body and mind would be. I stood, breathed and centered for a moment before I got in the water.
I focused on my dantien, the energy in my core, more here. I wanted to glide through the water with minimal effort or muscle tension in my limbs with this invisible, pure energy flowing through my body.
I have swimming fins, which I’m sure are quite a cheats way to swim but they really do help with my alignment and balance and they helped me to achieve a noise and splash reduced swim. I used my arms and hands mostly in front crawl motion, focusing on long smooth, relaxed and efficient movements. I was more aware than ever of the water and felt very present to this and the noises around. My breathing was as long as deep as possible and during the rest breaks I continued to inhale and exhale with awareness.
The swim was sub 30 minutes, infact I also became less aware of the time. It’s definitely an experience I wish to repeat as I did not only feel calm, connected and concious throughout but these sensations lasted the remainder of Christmas Day.
If you’ve ever explored a chi swim or would like to find out more you might also enjoy this chi doggy paddle to get you started.