Bowl Full of Gratitude

A couple of years ago, my daughter painted this Buddha bowl for me for my Birthday. I love it!

When we sit down to eat together as a family, we each take a minute to write down something that we are thankful for. Then we place what we are thankful for in our Buddha bowl and read them later.

We leave our Gratitudes with no names, all anonymous.

At the end of dinner or during another dinner, we pass the “thankful bowl” around and each person takes a piece of paper out of the bowl. Everyone goes around the table and reads the gratitude they pulled from the bowl.

Its amazing to learn what everyone is thankful for! The warmth and love in the room after everyone reads is so unforgettable.

I have posted some of our gratitudes below.

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Buddhaful Notes

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world.
~BuddhaP1100967I’m grateful for still having my wits, to some extent, about me.

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~ Jean Houston P1100964

We can never hold on to love, we can only give it and receive it. ~Michelle Frascogna P1100969

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
~Marie Lloyd P1100973

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
~Tecumseh
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As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.
~Thich Nhat Hanh P1100971 You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
~Henry Drummond
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The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
~Barbara de Angelis
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When you climb to the top of the obstacle that is blocking your view, you are able to look at your situation from a different perspective. ~Lucy MacDonald

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~Albert Schweitzer
Buddha-full bowl of Gratitude
Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Do you have something that you’re grateful for? If you are so inclined, please share it below!

Your joy is the physical manifestation of gratitude.
~Lucy MacDonald

Joy and Gratitude,

Michelle

Kiwi Apple Spinach Smoothie

My daughter and I were in the grocery store the other day and she found some organic kiwi. Its so funny that we can get organic kiwi in Montana in the winter but she really wanted some. So we bought some.

Kiwi’s are a fun little green fruit with dramatic black seeds in the center. You can eat the skin but I find its fuzzy texture to be not so appealing. Its like trying to kiss you husband who has stubbles on his face and then really all you get is whisker burn, only with a kiwi you are eating it. So needless to say I like to peel my kiwi.

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Kiwi actually has amazing health benefits:

  • Kiwi’s Phytonutrients Protect DNA – Fascinating. Anti-oxidant properties of the kiwi fruit have the ability to protect DNA from oxygen-related damage.
  • Premier Anti-Oxidant Protection – An excellent source of vitamin C that helps neutralize the body of free radicals. Free radicals might sound cool, but they actually cause damage to our cells and lead to problems with inflammation and cancer (which is not so radical if you know what I mean). And since vitamin C is so good for the immune system, kiwi may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections.
  • Fiber for Blood Sugar Control Plus Cardiovascular and Colon Health – Pretty loaded but the fiber in kiwi has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, which in turn may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Kiwi is helpful in keeping blood sugar levels of diabetic patients under control. As an added bonus, fiber is good for binding and removing toxins from the colon, which is helpful for preventing colon cancer.
  • Protection Against Asthma – Eating vitamin C may be effective in protecting against respiratory symptoms associated with asthma like wheezing.
  • Protection Against Macular Degeneration – I remember my Great Grandmother telling me I need to eat my carrots to keep my eyes in tip top shape, but it looks as though eating kiwi might be even more important than carrots because they are high in anti-oxidant vitamins A, C & E that protect agains vision loss.
  • Cardiovascular Health – Eating kiwi everyday may significantly lower your risk for blood clots and reduce the amount of fats (triglycerides) in your blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health.

Have you had your kiwi today?

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Kiwi Apple Spinach

  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs walnuts
  • 3 pitted dates
  • almond milk, tea or water

Place all ingredients in blender. Feel free to use fresh or frozen fruit. If you are like me, you can add some extra protein like spirulina or another green powder. Have fun with it, blend it together and enjoy!

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As we continue into into the New Year with new intentions and dreams for a brighter, happier, more prosperous future, take a minute to think about these seven beautiful ideas to ease your mind and anything you maybe struggling with along the way.

7 beautiful ideas to ease life’s struggle when taken to heart:

  1. Make Peace with your Past so it doesn’t spoil your Present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time Heals Almost Everything. Give Time Some Time.
  4. No one is the reason for your happiness except you.
  5. Don’t compare your Life with others; you have no idea what theirs is all about.
  6. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know all the answers.
  7. Smile! You don’t own all the problems in the world.

Lots of smiles and green smoothies!

Michelle

2013 Inspiration Board

For the New Year, my daughter and I made creative and inspiring collages to help us stay focused and reach our goals. Its so easy, anyone can make one!

First what we did is get a piece of poster board. Morgan chose red because colors really inspire her to get things done! I chose black because its simple and I wasn’t sure what I was going to put on my board!

Second you are going to need supplies to decorate your board with. Magazine cut outs, photos, ribbons, stamps, glue, tape, scissors, ect. Start putting things on your board! Have fun with it! There are no rules!

In my last post about a pineapple basil smoothie we talked briefly about Inspiration boards. They are wonderfully helpful for wedding planning, party planning, nursery planning, trip planning, new years goals and resolution planning & just plain inspiration!

What’s on my inspiration board?

Michelle's Inspiration Board

Ideas that help me to find my voice, follow my heart and love unconditionally.

  • Places: Manchu Picchu, Hawaii, Alaska, Israel, Greece, Big Sur, Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Bali & Spain
  • Yoga and Fitness: You cannot “do” yoga, yoga is a natural state.
  • Beautiful Living Food For Life: Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates. Im not on a diet, Im eating & living healthy.
  • Think Abundantly. Energy Follows Intention.
  • To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  • Dream Home Ideas: For one day when my husband and I build a house.
  • Writing: To write and create to share with the world!
  • My Family: My husband who believes in me and allows me to be myself. My daughters, anyone who is a parent knows that when your heart is walking on the outside of you, wonderment follows pushing us to be our very best in ways that we could never imagine on our own.
  • Meditation and Opening to Miracles.

Inspiring Morgan

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

Enjoy the little things in life… for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the  big things.

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

Pause for a few seconds to observe the flow of your breath. Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence.

Love me when I lease deserve it because that is when I really need it. ~Swedish Proverb

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

The divine light in me sees the divine light in you.

Eat more vegetables. Be present. Help others. Hike often. Recycle. Pay it forward.

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. ~Anais Nin

A great relationship should be based on two main principals: First, appreciate your similarities, and second, respect your differences.

A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.

Whether you realize it or not, your entire life is spiritual. ~Shalvah

You are divinely beautiful like strawberries and butterflies.

When you let go of your desire to control the situation, you open yourself up to miracles. ~Shalvah

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Meditate.

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. ~C.S. Lewis

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~Swami Vivekananda

Wow. That is a lot of quotes! Dare to listen to your inner voice! Visualize and make it happen! One thing that I did not put on my board that I would like to share with you is my cat Chester. I love this fuzzy guy. Chester Copperpot has lung cancer. Once upon a time, before we knew him, he was a stray kitty, wandering around Whitefish Lake trying to catch bluejays to eat. He was skinny and a little skittish at the time. My daughters found him and he became part of the family. Chester has always been a heavy breather and snorer but he seemed fine. This last fall after our other kitty passed away of old age, Chester started coughing. It seemed very uncomfortable for him, so I took him to the vet. He had a high white blood cell count which indicated infection. He was given medicine and was fine for a few months when the coughing started again. I took him in again thinking he might have allergies. This time he had an X-ray. The X-ray showed that Chester had a BB in his lung. We can only conclude that this happened to him before he come to our family, as we have never seen this sort of wound on him. The constant toxicity in his body has lead to the formation of cancer in his lungs. Chester inspires me because he is very receptive and he responds to the energy around him and he responds accordingly much like a shock absorber as he helps transmute and balance human energies on an emotional level. Anyone who has ever been upset and had a cat come and sit on their lap, know what I am talking about here. Chester has been an amazing addition to our family, if anyone has any experience with Kitty lung cancer, I would love to hear about it.

Chester Copperpot

Whether is traveling, food, family, juice fasting, exercise, people, art, what inspires you?

What would you put on your Inspiration Board?

May many blessings fall upon your in this exciting new year!

Love,

Michelle

Happy New Year Pineapple Basil Smoothie

Happy New Year!

A new year often comes with resolutions and commitments in hope of success and joy. Many people want to improve different spheres of life, like our career, finances, health, love life, ect… it is often difficult to know where to begin. We often get overwhelmed and within a few weeks we are back to our old habits, which can be very frustrating.

To start the New Year off on the right foot and move us through this powerful time in our lives I propose instead of making New Years Resolutions, take time to make an inspiration board.

What is an Inspiration Board? Its anything you want it to be! Ha! It is a photo collage that inspires you and drives you to help you reach your goals, to stay focused, organized and makes you happy. It’s a two dimensional art project that YOU create to inspire you to live the best life possible! There are no rules, guidelines or limits. Dream BIG and see what you can do!

I am working on my inspiration board today, will post more about it later!

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In the mean time, I offer this recipe for you to protect you from the negative tendencies of the past, to push through to a new level of health and wellbeing. Power packed with enzymes and anti-oxidants its the perfect smoothie to start 2013 off right.

Pineapple Basil

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1Tbs green powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk or tea

Place all ingredients in blender and blend! Enjoy your delicious and pleasantly power packed smoothie!

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Basil is an amazing herb that protects cell structures as well as our chromosomes from radiation and oxygen damage. Basil also helps the body get rid of unwanted bacterial growth and has many other positive benefits for the body.

  • Anti-Inflammatory – helps relieve inflammatory health problems related to rheumatoid arthritis & inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Anti-Bacterial – helps to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth.
  • Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health – Basil is a very good source of vitamin A that helps protect cells from free radical damage and helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream. (Only after it has been oxidized does cholesterol build up on the walls of the blood vessels, initiating the development of atherosclerosis, whose end result can be heart attack or stroke.)
  • Basil is a Good Source of Magnesium – which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, and therefore improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms.
  • Good Source of Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium and Calcium.

Pineapple has many amazing benefits as well:

  • Anti-Inflammatory – Bromelain is a proteolitic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) found in fresh pineapple. It is often used to treat muscle injuries and when applied topically it helps speed up wound healing.
  • Digestive Benefits – Bromelain enhances the effects of the digestive enzymes and helps prevent heartburn and ease diarrhea that may be caused by a deficiency of digestive enzymes.
  • Anti-Aging – Bromelain is a natural anticoagulant that works by breaking down the blood-clotting protein fibrin.
  • Improve Immune Function – Bromelain triggers beneficial changes in white blood cells, thinning mucus and is therefore effective in treating chronic bronchitis and asthma. Bromelain also enhances the effect of antibiotics (see basil above).
  • Protects Against Macular Degeneration – Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes? Well, pineapple is even better!

Here is to a healthy and happy New Year!

In love and light,

Michelle