Yesterday was a very full day, but ended on a very positive note. My husband and I both had a very busy day at work, then he went to an MD appt and ended up with a flat tire from a huge pothole in the parking lot. I ran home after work to let the dogs out and warm up some supper while he waited for AAA to rescue him.
The Hawaiian BBQ tacos I made two nights ago was so easy to make that I had time to make some stew to have last night. I chose the Middle Eastern chickpea stew from the “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease cookbook.” The spices sounded heavenly and reminiscent of the Indian food we love to eat when we go out and fortunately, I had them all!
The spices really made the stew and were spicy without overpowering the dish. Here they are in the pot bubbling together before I added the broth and dropped my cell phone into the pot trying to take a picture!
This was one of the easiest stews I have made, not a lot of chopping or prepping, and once the spices, ginger, and garlic were done bubbling, you just add the veggie broth, lentils, a chopped sweet potato, chickpeas, crushed tomatoes, fresh OJ, and then some greens at the end.
I let it sit overnight in the fridge after it cooled. It thickened beautifully and I had it for supper last night and lunch today. My husband also gave it two thumbs up, so it will stay in our repertoire.
Thankfully, AAA rescued my husband last night before the meditation class we were planning to attend. Now that we have cleaned up our diet, we are trying to be open to learning about other ways to improve our health and mental and spiritual well being. One of our new friends that we met through our Engine 2 diet group, Bernie Kozlowski, teaches meditation and since my husband and I tend to get stressed about our work and have a hard time relaxing, we thought it would be a great idea. We love her and I knew we would love her class. Bernie lights up the room and is so warm and caring and the kind of person you want to be around. Her smile is infectious. It is quite appropriate that her mediation practice is called “Light your Fire Meditation.” She teaches natural meditation and it is very free form and not so structured or focused that it makes me more stressed. I think I may actually be able to fit meditation moments into my day and have already been trying to take some moments to breathe and regroup throughout the day.
Bernie did some wonderful exercises with us, including a gratitude meditation and a “do nothing” meditation. It was much easier to give myself permission to do nothing for 2 minutes when someone else was instructing me to do so, but I will keep trying to learn to let go and “just be” more than I have in the past. We are learning that the food we eat is really key and has improved our physical and emotional health and saved our marriage, but we want to continue to improve our relationships at home and in the community. Dean Ornish has written a lot about how important love and support are for our health and I think we all know this but we don’t always nurture our relationships like we should.
At the end of our meditation class last night, Bernie shared a translation of an ancient Sanskrit writing with us. It was translated by her mentor, Lorin Roche, author of “The Radiance Sutras.” This is sutra 99 and it really struck us. When my husband and I changed our lifestyle and began to feel better, we noticed we began to like and even love one another again and our world did begin to change in a wonderful way when we dared to love again. “If you want to know the universe, Dare to love one person.”