"Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life that is spent in a miserable way." - Alan Watts
In Sanskrit the word shanti means peace. Often at the end of a yoga class the instructor will say “OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” wishing peace to all. We say shanti 3 times to send peace to the types of suffering that can be caused:
- Adhyamika - peace from sufferings we cause ourselves with feelings of greed, lust, hatred, anger and jealousy
- Adhibantika - peace from sufferings caused to us by others with judgements, gossip, hurtful words
- Adhidaivika - peace from sufferings cause by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornado’s, landslides, earthquakes, etc. World peace.
Wishing you peace and love, OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI.
Joy comes from living in harmony with ourselves each moment of each day. Joy is a choice that comes from accepting and living fully each moment of our lives, knowing that each day and each event is important.
Pass joy on with a smile and a kind word to all who come along your path.
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and protein. They also contain calcium and magnesium! Chia seeds become a gel like consistency. This is an easy recipe that you can put together and enjoy for breakfast with a piece of fruit or as a snack!
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberry’s
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- Cinnamon (optional)
In a large jar, combine the almond milk and maple syrup. Close the jar and shake to combine. Add the chia seeds, dried cranberry’s, slivered almonds, ground flax and cinnamon to the jar, close and shake well.
Refrigerate until thick, (at least 4 hours) shaking or stirring occasionally. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!
During a drive through rural India, we learned of the uses for cow dung and how it is considered to be sacred.
Some purposes include:
- bio-gas (green energy) –it is rich in methane so cow dung is used to provide a renewable and stable source of electricity and fuel
- heat source as cow dung is naturally hot
- floor coating on mud floors as it helps with the absorption of water
- balances the pH in an acidic pond
- supports to dry out straw and the straw protects the cow dung from rain and pests
There is so much pollution and plastic that does not give back to the environment. The rural communities are very cautious and use all the resources they have at their disposal. As they live off the land, they are very aware of not wanting to create further waste so they find all possible uses for what we might consider to be waste.
How do you do your part to create less waste and to help preserve our planet? Take reusable bags grocery shopping (they are more comfortable to carry too), refill your water bottle, compost food scraps. Look at how multipurpose cow dung is and just think of the possibilities! Who knows, maybe someday we will be able to fuel our cars with cow dung!?!
A review on the holistic products Laura took travelling to India with her - some definite recommendations for what to pack on your next adventure!
"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit." - Wade Davis
The world is made of an intricate and limitless web of different perceptions, different interpretations, different views on how to understand humanity and the everything that surrounds us.
What is your perception of the world? How do you experience the beauty of a new culture? A new way of living?