Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This Must Be Bliss......Pecans and Whiskey

Perhaps I am committing some awful act of blasphemy but my home presently has the sweet aroma of pecan pie and I am inclined to feel this could be true bliss. Now I know the senses tend to be illusory on our quest for the ultimate truth.... but it just smells so very good! This must be where pecans go when they die.

As long as the fragrance does not bind me, does not cause "attachment", this can be a moment of true bliss....right? :)

Well, I just tried a new recipe a friend recommended for Pecan Whiskey Pie and by the smell of it, I think it will be outstanding. It is incredibly simple to make and if you need a little something extra on the table this holiday I highly recommend it.

All you will need are eggs, maple syrup, sugar, butter, and pecans ( and whiskey, bourbon or other alcohol, if desired.) I am going to direct you to a really lovely blog for the sweet details.  Click here for the recipe I used.

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday filled with peace, love, light and bliss!!!

The finished product!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why wait?

Each month I attend a wonderful Raja Yoga satasang at The Integral Yoga Institute. (For those unfamiliar with the word satasang-  in sanskrit sat = true, sanga = company. A satsang is generally a gathering of people who get together to discuss truth, yogic teachings etc., and work to assimilate them into their daily lives.)

This last satsang was so much fun and I wanted to share our "homework" with you and a beautiful lesson.

It began with a well known story of Swami Kriyananda and a few of his devotees. They had saved and saved to buy a new van for their ashram. When they had finally saved enough money and bought the van, the very day they were driving back they had a minor collision and the new van got  terribly scratched.

All the devotees were extremely upset. Swami Kriyananda, however, was just sitting there with a big grin on his face. When the devotees asked him why he was smiling, he said "Will you cry about this forever?", to which they agreed they would not. His response, "So why wait!"

I think this lesson is so beautiful and I have been thinking on this all month. Our "homework", so to speak, was to see if we could let go of all those things that bother us just a little quicker. There will be trial and sadness but will we be affected by it forever? Will we hold onto these things? Why wait to let them go? Why wait for your happiness! Get it now!

So don't wait another second!