How to Meditate [poem by Jack Kerouac]

How to Meditate

                      -lights out-
fall, hands a-clasped, into instantaneous
ecstasy like a shot of heroin or morphine,
the gland inside of my brain discharging
the good glad fluid (Holy Fluid) as
i hap-down and hold all my body parts
down to a deadstop trance-Healing
all my sicknesses-erasing all-not
even the shred of a “I-hope-you” or a
Loony Balloon left in it, but the mind
blank, serene, thoughtless. When a thought
comes a-springing from afar with its held-
forth figure of image, you spoof it out,
you spuff it off, you fake it, and
it fades, and thought never comes-and
with joy you realize for the first time
“thinking’s just like not thinking-
So I don’t have to think
any
more”
-Jack Kerouac, 1967

Sweet Chili Guac [recipe]

Here’s a simple guac recipe that I just love as an afternoon snack with some crackers or chips.

avocado-hair-maskIngredients:

1 avocado

Thai sweet chili sauce (usually found in the asian section of the store)

tahini

onion (chopped)

cilantro or parsley

1.  Cut the avocado in half and take out the pit.  The best method for this is to hold the half with the pit in one hand and then whack the sharp edge of the knife into the pit so it sticks.  Twist the pit using the knife and pull out.

2.  Squeeze or spoon the flesh into a bowl and mash.

3.  Add some chopped onion, sweet chili sauce and tahini.

4.  If you like add some chopped parsley or cilantro.  Both of these herbs have multiple health benefits and add some taste to the guac.

5.  Enjoy with some gluten-free Mary’s Gone Crackers or Way Better Chips!

Bakasana (Crow Pose)

Bakasana (Crow Pose)
This pose is all about courage! Double points for doing it in public!

How to:

1. place your hands on the mat in front of you and bend your elbows to 90 degrees

2. Snuggle you knees into your armpits and bring your toes together behind you

3. LOOK FORWARD

4. Begin to tip forward bringing the weight into the hands and letting the legs come onto the triceps

5. Play with lifting one toe and then the other (you can place a block under the forehead and bring the forehead down to the block if you are feeling skittish about face planting)

6. Once the feet have lifted begin to straighten the arms (I’m still working on this!)

Play. Have fun. And shake that Cowardly Lion off your back.  Share your crows in the comments!