Bohemian Musing ~ January 14, 2020
Whisperings from Paradise Found
Flexibility. The ability to bend in the winds of life without snapping while keeping one’s feet firmly planted in the Earth and in the Truth of one’s self. This past year has demanded, and continues to demand, flexibility. When I look around my family, my community, my country, the world and notice who has successfully chartered a course through the chaos of our current Era, I notice some common characteristics: Flexibility, Ingenuity, Perseverance, Trust, Inspiration, the Ability to Relax and Flow with Opportunities that Present Themselves.
It saddens my heart that so many people look at the past year as an awful one, especially since the upcoming one will probably not be much easier. I invite you to re-remember the past year and find the beauty and unexpected opportunities that have never presented themselves before.
I will begin: I have connected with my immediate family in a way that I never imagined possible. We have been able to weave school, work, and home together into one life, rather than three vastly different experiences struggling to keep up with one another. I have found a connection with the Earth and my physical space on the planet that I have longed for. Time not spent in "normal" 21st century activities, I have spent outside getting to know the trees, streams, plants and animals in my neighborhood. As a small business owner, I have remained open to help where it is offered...and put in the work to take it. With the help of grants, I have not only been able to keep my business going, but to expand it!
I stand firmly, without reservation, in knowing that for me, this past year has been one of the best ever. Not because I am exceptional, but because I am not afraid of change and embrace it with a heart full of love for the process of Life. I invite you to do the same! Instead of complaining about how awful 2020 was with family and friends, retell YOUR history! Begin sharing all of the unexpected loveliness you experienced and continue to experience.
May You All Find Beauty in Your Life,
This Week's Openings: Book Today
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Thursday, 21st: 1230pm
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What Oil do I Use?
Banyan Botanicals Daily Massage Oil! This oil is absolutely amazing in every way, but my favorite thing about the oil is its aroma. Every time I apply it during a massage, the smell soothes and brings joy to my spirit. I know it sounds crazy, but it's totally true. I had an Ayurvedic massage some 20 years ago, and the practitioner used an oil that smelled just like Daily Massage Oil and I had fallen in love. But she had made it herself and I spent the next 20 years half heartedly looking for something similar. A couple of years ago, I was looking for a nicer oil than the least expensive one I could find on Amazon and ordered a bunch of samples from Banyan Botanicals....AND LO AND BEHOLD there was the scent I had been looking for for the last 20 years! It's twice as expensive as normal bulk massage oil, but it's worth every penny.
"The base (of Daily Massage Oil) uses both warming and cooling oils to allow the oil to have a simultaneous penetrating and soothing effect. The traditional cooking process then brings together powerful Ayurvedic herbs like guduchi to soothe and rejuvenate; bala to strengthen; and arjuna and tulsi to invigorate, promote circulation, and support the lymphatic system.
This blend not only supports the physical body but also calms and steadies the mind with brahmi/gotu kola and bhringaraj. Finally, the oil is also pleasing, soothing, and revitalizing to the senses and spirit with a light hint of lemon verbena and lavender."
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“Listen earnestly to anything [your children] want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
Catherine M. Wallace
Katherine Lewis - The Mothers
Self-Care Tip: Hug a Tree
I'm serious. Go for a shortish walk near your home and pay attention to Trees you pass by. Find one (or more) that you feel a connection with. Put your hand on the tree, take deep breaths, quiet your mind and be open to feeling the presence of the Tree with its roots buried deep in Earth and its branches soaring into Sky. Bring some birdseed. Leave an offering for the little Creatures that live around this Tree. Come by for a visit at least once a week to build your relationship with your new Tree friend. Don't be afraid to introduce your new friend to your old friends. Notice if this relationship makes you feel different about your neighborhood or your physical place in the world.
Remember! Humor is an important part of the healing process. Let's not take ourselves too seriously ;)
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Food for the Soul: Kettle Black Kitchen
Kettle Black Kitchen is a family run operation seeded by Brian Hamilton's lifetime of restaurant experience, watered by Alicia Hamilton's organizational and management skills and fertilized by the jolt of Covid in 2020.
Here at Kettle Black Kitchen, we strive to make your busy life easier and tastier! We realize what a trying time the past year has been. It has been hard for all of us. As restaurant folk, we have had our lives turned upside down by Covid, but we're all about making lemonade in the Hamilton Home!
We try to take some of the work out of cooking, but none of the joy out of eating by providing ready-to-eat and frozen meals, as well as meal kits.