Author: Shirley Shivhon

L’estate

Are you Savoring the brightness of life and the sheer joy that Summer brings? Our memories of summer are usually vivid because it is a season blessed with a joy and playfulness unsurpassed by any other time of year. Our senses are delighted by bright colors, fresh scents, vibrant flavors, brilliant sunlight, and heat on …

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arrendersi

I did it. I am a proud owner of a car in Italy. A car that is registered to me and fully insured. Now, that may not sound like a big deal , and given the fact I’ve been driving since the age of 16 and have owned several cars in my adult life, I …

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Aparigraha- the art of non attachment

Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. It often translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’.  We can’t truly possess anything, so it’s a bit silly how hard we try.  We use things and people to prop our insecurities on.  It’s like putting chains on things and demanding them …

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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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