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Being Truly Thankful

Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are one with this great mystery that is life.

It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature somewhat unreliable. If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.

We do not have to wait to be shaken to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force that flows through us regardless of our circumstances.


Foodie Friday: Healthy Haddock Supper

(Serves 4)

500g new potatoes, halved or thickly sliced
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
4 x 150g haddock fillets
8 ripe tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper
Sprigs of dill
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Rocket leaves, to serve

1. Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Put a roasting tin in the oven to heat up.
2. Meanwhile, add the potatoes to a pan of boiling salted water, cook for 10 minutes and drain.
3. Add the potatoes to the tin, drizzle over 1 tbsp of the oil, season and scatter over the cumin seeds. Roast for 10 minutes.
4. Brush the fish with 1 tbsp oil. Add the tomatoes to the tin, put the fish on top and sprinkle over the dill. Roast for another 8-10 minutes.
5. Whisk the remaining oil with the vinegar. Drizzle over the fish and serve with rocket leaves on the side.

Being a Strong Container

We often hear people telling us to ground ourselves, but we may not be sure what that means and how we might do it. Grounding ourselves is a way of bringing ourselves literally back to earth. Some of us are more prone than others to essentially leaving our bodies and not being firmly rooted in our bodies. There’s nothing terribly wrong with this, but while we are living on the earth plane it is best to stay grounded in the body.

One of the easiest ways to ground ourselves is to bring our attention to our breath as it enters and leaves our bodies. After about 10 breaths, we will probably find that we feel much more connected to our physical selves. We might then bring our awareness to the sensations in our bodies, moving from our head down to our feet, exploring and inquiring. Just a few minutes of this can bring us home to bodies and to the earth, and this is what it means to ground ourselves.

We can go further by imagining that we have roots growing out of the bottoms of our feet, connecting us to the earth. The roots flow with us so we can we always move, but at the same time they keep us grounded. We receive powerful energy from the earth just as we do from the forms of energy we associate with the sky, and our body is a tool that brings these two energies together in a sacred union. When we are grounded, we essentially become a strong container in which our spirits can safely and productively dwell. This is why grounding ourselves every day, especially at the beginning of the day, is such a beneficial practice. Fortunately, it’s as simple as bringing our conscious awareness to our bodies and the earth on which we walk.


Foodie Friday: Easy Paprika Goulash

(Serves 4)

400g pork tenderloin, cubed
2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
500g passata with garlic and herbs
500g potatoes, quartered
500g Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
Sprigs of parsley (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Heat a large non-stick flameproof casserole, add a few squirts of FryLight and the pork, and season. Sprinkle over the paprika and fry for 5 minutes or until browned, turning as needed.
2. Add the passata, potatoes and 350ml water to the pan. Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 40 minutes, until the meat and potatoes are tender.
3. Serve with a generous dollop of yogurt and a few sprigs of parsley on top of each portion.

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