Animal Meditation

Today I started reading 5 Powerful Meditations to Help Heal Your Animals by Kathleen Prasad.  Meditation is hard for me as my brain is non stop flitting from here to there and everywhere. I still try. And the moving meditations like Tai Chi and some of the Qi Gong exercises suit me. However I wanted to give this a try.

When ever I practice Reiki on myself, my animals, especially Kona – one of the cats, and Chorizo – our dog are drawn to it. They nudge my hands away from me to them. What happened with this meditation was similarly amazing. This particular meditation was breathing in light and with each exhale letting the light spread over my body and into the universe. I had my eyes closed focusing on the light, and picturing the milky way; feeling very sedate.

At one point my eyes opened slightly and scanning the room Chorizo was in a very deep sleep in the chair to my right. Kona crawled into my lap was gazing up at me,  and then curled in my lap. My other two cats Lou and Lua were lined up in the room one behind the other staring at me quizzically.

The only one of the furries not present was Stu our rabbit. His cage is open all the time, but he doesn’t like to venture out.  I like to imagine he was feeling a deep sense of relaxation in his own space.

I managed to sit this meditation with no music or anything for about 20 minutes. This was really great for me. My mind wandered and I could bring it back.  I think what helped me here was not just the benefits to me, but how this would make a quiet peaceful space for the animals as well.

Have Your Toast and Eat it Too

I was really in the mood for a nice slice of toast and there was no bread in the house.  This was my fault – I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $7 for the loaf of hearty whole grain gluten free bread that I really enjoy.  I thought maybe it was because of the raisins and pecans.  However, the plain loaf was closer to $10! Had I always paid this amount and just wasn’t paying attention?  I just felt that I was being extorted because of my dietary needs.  “I’ll make my own” I said. True, the cost of these specialty flours is quite dear.  But I had a bunch at home for experimenting.  True too, I could follow the tried and true recipes from the gluten free bread books but I didn’t have those flours; and then I would miss out on the fun of experimenting.

What I did instead was use the recipe for my gluten free challah rolls as a guide.  I really like the texture of the rolls and applied the principles to what came out as very tasty buck wheat bread.  Between my husband and I it was gone in just a few days.

It went well for veggie sandwiches and just as easily held peanut butter and preserves.  While it was entirely satisfying there are still some kinks to iron out before I share the recipe – so stay tuned.

Let me know how you have satisfied your toast cravings.