Author: Shirley Shivhon

Body Scan Meditation

We can become aware of subtle changes in our own bodies by doing a simple energy scan on a regular basis. Our bodies are the living vehicles for our spirits and deserve our loving care and daily attention. We have so much power to positively affect our health, prevent illness, and heal injuries and disease …

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Tuscan Baked Beans (fagioli al forno)

Fagioli al Forno -Italian Baked Beans – is a popular Northern Italian Dish. Beans have always been a popular peasant food, but, during the Renaissance, Catherine de Medici wanted to refine Italian cuisine, and beans fell out of favor with the nobility and the sophisticated. The poor however couldn’t be particular — they still made their bean …

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we need each other

A genuine and deep feeling of gratitude emerges as step into our receptive or yin nature and open up to being helped. Most of us pride ourselves on how self-sufficient we are. We like being responsible and being able to take care of ourselves. This is exactly why it can be so very frustrating when …

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schiacciata all’uva

Autumn is nearly here and it is wine harvest time in Tuscany.  Sadly, we had a very hot summer and were forced to pick our grapes a little early this year.. white ones middle of august and the red ones this week.  The delicate grapes are monitored daily during the month of August so they …

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the blame game

As we begin to understand that the world outside of us is merely a reflection of the world inside of us, we may feel confused about who is to blame for the current problems we face. For example, If we had a difficult upbringing, we may wonder how we can take responsibility for that, and …

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