“In order to create a genuine shift in the way we feel, in our perspective, the way we actually experience life on an everyday basis, it is essential that we look not to the past or the future, but instead to the present moment. Change happens in the here & now. How could it possibly happen anywhere else? Nothing else exists!
And that’s where meditation comes in. It is not that meditation cause the change to take place, but rather it creates the conditions for change to take place. It reminds us of that fundamental essence, which is innocent, vulnerable, gentle, kind, content, fulfilled, untouched, uncomplicated and free from habit.
I like to think of that essence as the blue sky, always present, always clear. Sure, there might be some cloudy days, but if we sit in the metaphorical deckchair for a short time, day after day, we see the clouds begin to disperse, the habits disappear…
…and we are left instead with the beauty & wonder of the blue sky.”
taken from an interview with Andy Puddicombe- author, Buddhist monk, and founder of the website Headspace– as told to Gwyneth Paltrow & featured in her weekly newsletter, Goop
With Halloween just around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit than going to a proper pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins. Everything about this day reminded me why Halloween is one of my favorite holidays: the calm autumn weather, the scarecrows lining the rows of pumpkins, finding the most creative ways to carve your pumpkin, and the salty, toasted pumpkin seeds.
| ingredients |
leftover pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
| directions |
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
After removing the pumpkin innards, separate seeds from the stringy core and place them in a pan lined with parchment paper
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
Bake 45 minutes stirring occasionally until toasted and slightly browned
My jewelry mood seems to change pretty much on a daily basis. Sometimes, a dainty, gold necklace with a simple diamond pendant wins out as the perfect compliment to an outfit, and other times, I feel compelled to layer tons of bracelets or wear a chunky necklace covered in bold stones and bright colors.