How?

“… we … limit ourselves by an undue emphasis on ‘what’ is important… at the neglect of ‘how’.”           – – Moshe Feldenkrais

 

How many times have you caught yourself saying, “I need …” or “What the world needs is…”?

It seems to be the way of human nature.  We recognize the void.  We feel the longing.  Yet we go no further than to wish for our dreams to be fulfilled.  We spend our lives in that state of desire, unfulfilled, often raging at the powers that be, God, even life itself for the unfairness of it all.  We WANT. And we expect that something or someone outside of ourselves should make it happen.

Sometimes with great luck (and not a little nagging) we do get what we want.  More often, however, we don’t.  Yet the power to fulfill our desires (or at least make tracks toward achieving them) lies near at hand.  By shifting our focus from “wanting” to exploring the possibilities for achieving, we open ourselves, not just to the potential of having our dreams and goals fulfilled, but to empowering ourselves to be the one to make it happen.

We limit ourselves when we let desire stop us in our tracks.  We blossom when we focus on how to go about achieving those desires.

How will you make your dreams happen?

Baking Biscuits

One of the greatest of summertime simple pleasures is strawberry shortcake.  Not those spongy cakes you sometimes see in the grocery store.  No, I’m talking about honest to goodness, homemade from scratch buttery biscuit variety shortcake.  Just writing this makes my mouth water.

Alas, my days of biscuit making ended years ago when I went gluten free.  I tried.  Oh, I tried.  Never did I find a suitable alternative.  While most of the time I don’t miss bread stuffs or have found suitable taste and texture alternatives, I have a lingering fondness for shortcake that catches me up every summer.  As August wanes, I thought this summer would be like the last, and the one before and the one before and….  UNTIL…

Fast forward 20 years (Have I been gluten free that long?  Really??).   I recently happened upon a delightful cookbook by home cook Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic.

I’ve been gluten-free for 20 years.  Okay.  I already said that.  Now, for health reasons (Who needs inflammation anyway?), I’ve decided to ramp up to being completely GRAIN-free.  That’s not just gluten-free but grain, all grain – no rice, or corn or gluten-free oats or those “alternatives” like quinoa and teff.  Nope.  NO, zip, nadda grain for me.

That’s where Carrie and her book, “the grain-free family table” (she uses all lower-case so cut me some editorial slack) come into play.  I was browsing my favorite Indy book store – Prairie Path Books – when I chanced upon this delightful collection of grain-free yummies.  So far everything I’ve made has been wonderful.

Today biscuits got their moment in the sun.  The recipe is incredibly simple.  Although it calls for a food processor, I went old-school and made them by hand.  What a delight to sink my hands into the dough.  It was like riding a bike.  The memories of working dough flooded back into my consciousness and the pleasure – divine.  There is no substitute for working dough by hand.  This is a drop biscuit recipe so they are basically foolproof.  Still, working the butter into the meal… I’m in heaven.

Almond meal based, the biscuits have a light, crumbly texture, the perfect pairing with cream and berries.  I tasted one fresh out of the oven with butter and jam.  Yum…

Not the same as the wheat-based biscuits of old, but a new discovery that opens the door to many delicious treats….

I envision them with rosemary (from my herb garden) over chicken in a winter pie, with sausages and eggs for breakfast…. I could go on but for now, with the taste of summer calling, I’m off to the market to forage for berries and cream….

Life

“Life is a process not a thing.”Moshe Feldenkrais

 

How often do you catch yourself thinking, “If only…”?  It’s wonderful to dream and yet, are you using dreams as a  diversion, a way of stepping out of the reality of your life while you wait (and hope) for things to be different than they are?

Life is not a thing.  It isn’t something to be achieved.  It is something to be experienced.

Life is a messy, endless process of shifts and changes, challenges and rewards.  It’s best to embrace the whole lot, savoring the experience – regardless what shows up.

There in, lies the good life.

 

 

 

From “The Elusive Obvious” page 29

Achievement

             “…achievement is the result of what is done well and … there is no need for misery to be able to do so.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      Moshe Feldenkrais

 

From “The Elusive Obvious” Page 28

Strange?

“It is a fact that most of us are a bit queer in one way or another…”Moshe Feldenkrais

I love this quote for it’s  gentle reminder to not judge others.  We each have our quirks, however blind we are to them.  Our time would be better spent identifying those than worrying about, or condemning, the oddities in others.

 

 

 

“The Potent Self” page 59