Nutritional Nourishment: Bread of Life
When it’s Soup season, and in moderation, there is nothing like a crusty-on-the-outside, soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside chunk of bread! I have used the above recipe countless times and love to change it up by adding herbs ad different citrus elements to experiment. You can do this with any flour to stick with your dietary needs and it works well. Only thing you need is a heavy duty dutch oven or cast iron heavy lidded pot to bake it in. We haven’t been having much of a ‘deep winter’ but it’s a good recipe to have in your box for when those days arrive.
Educational Enlightenment: Awakening from the Daydream ~ David Nichtern wears some interesting hats: songwriter and composer for television, he already holds my interest with his skill and talent to tap into emotions through music which he uses to tell a story. I have a deep appreciation for artfully scored film and he fosters this wonderfully. He is also a Buddhist teacher and meditation teacher. His latest book, digests the Buddhist painting The Wheel of Life which from our modern culture can be a little tough to fully comprehend as it deals with ancient text and imagery. The concepts of the painting, however, are not unlike much of the Christian based theology I was raised hearing (and again, not fully connecting to due to the language and context).
What David manages to do is take these principles and ideals and apply them to our current culture, our modern life and our own versions of suffering and samsara. I am not finished with the book and very excited to continue. It is, believe it or not, a page turner!
“Imagine yourself deeply asleep in a dormitory filled with everyone in the whole world. From way down inside your darkness, you hear a voice sweetly calling your name… ‘Hey! My friend, time to get up. Time to get up. Come out and play!’ You slowly open your tired eyes a little and see the smiling face of your friend calling to you. That is this book, calling out to wake us from our dreamy slumber.” —Krishna Das, kirtan vocalist (one of my first and favorites <3)
As much as I am looking forward to having this baby sooner rather than later, a wonderful positive to waiting would be the chance to attend Nichtern’s lecture and book signing at Empowered Yoga this upcoming Tuesday, January 31st. Even if I cannot attend for obvious reasons, I strongly encourage you to attend if you have any interest in this sort of thing at all.
Musical Meditation: ~ Stumbled across this enchanting and empowering tribal music. This Polish Polyphonic gem has a mix of magic from a number of Eastern European regions. I love more primal sounds as I near labor and delivery and use chanting as a way to release tension, emotions and physical discomfort during birth. This time around I have been tapping into that a bit sooner since my physical practice has been so limited. There’s a gorgeous video of one of my favorite tracks from the album here .
Cinematic Catharsis : Arrival ~ I’ve been trying to steer clear of emotionally charged or triggering films this last trimester. I had a pretty lengthy ugly cry that may or may not have lasted for over a half hour watching The Light Between Oceans a few weeks ago, and the day after couldn’t hold it together watching Finding Dory for the 12th time (I mean really?!). So I felt confident with a safe Sci-Fi alien pick that looked promising with some in depth looks at the way language is understood by our brains. I am kind of a geek about language and love learning more and more about their origins and application. I was a little disappointed when the lead character opened up her lecture about Portuguese origins and their start in Galicia only to be interrupted by the Aliens landing. Kidding, sort of, I wouldn’t have minded listening to the lecture. The film was really wonderful, but it was absolutely NOT safe for pregnant/hormonal women, just a warning. The first 2 minutes of the film takes you through the life of the lead character which includes both birth, love and loss (Insert immediate session of ugly crying).
What makes this deceptively Independence Day-esque film so Cathartic: Just watch it. The aliens themselves are actually just background for the real message and plot of the film. The way in which we perceive the world around us, including our limited grasp of time and connection. It really gets to the heart of what very well may be broken within our connection to each other as a species, and how if we only could open up past our own short-sided vision we could see the greater picture of our intended Oneness. Not only that, it even approaches how differently we might act towards one another. Yeah, shit gets deep. Highly Recommend … unless you are growing, holding, or nursing a human baby… and even if you’re a little extra hormonal. Then just queue it up for a later time.
Only critique : Wouldn’t have minded a little more Jeremy Renner on screen, just sayin’.
Pat on the back: Amy Adams is perfection in her role for sure and keeps you engaged fully.
Best Line in the film: “Ask him the Sanskrit Word for War and it’s meaning” … later explained as “Quora : a Desire for more Cows” — This line alone gets to the heart of the message before you can even understand where its going, hooked me right then and there.