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Continuing the Celebration of Love

The celebration of love can look different for everyone, especially self love, although the vibration is the same, as it comes from the heart.   Did you know that the heart emits the largest electromagnetic field of all the body’s major organs? These fields and the information encoded into them can change based on how we are feeling, what we thinking, and different emotions we take on. The heart even sends signals to the brain through a system of neutrons that have both short-term and long-term memory, and these signals can affect our emotional experiences. The emotional information that’s regulated and coded into these fields changes their nature, and these fields can impact those around us we are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself. Deborah Rozman, Executive Director of HeartMath Institute wrote:

Research findings have shown that as we practice heart coherence (consistency) and radiate love and compassion, our heart generates a coherent electromagnetic wave into the local field environment that facilitates social coherence, whether in the home, workplace, classroom or sitting around a table. As more individuals radiate heart coherence, it builds an energetic field that makes it easier for others to connect with their heart. So, theoretically it is possible that enough people building individual and social coherence could actually contribute to an unfolding global coherence. (1)   Dr. Deborah Rozman, the President of Quantum Intech. 

Self love is more than just doing something one time for yourself, it is a consistence practice of experiencing compassion, empathy and acceptance towards one self, to know we are enough, we are not defined by our past and our future holds infinite potentiality.   When love is experienced from within it can only expand outwards, raising the vibration for the good of all.   

From the Kitchen of Megan Marchese - Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Ginger

I am a huge fan of soup. I'll order it wherever I go, I'll make it year round. This simple butternut squash soup recipe is one of my favorites. It's creamy, sweet, and sharp, and always leaves me feeling warm and happy. This recipe makes enough for three servings, because leftover soup is always necessary, but can easily be doubled, or tripled if you're really excited about soup! You can make it even more easy on yourself by buying a package of pre-cubed squash, although your muscles get a pretty good workout when tackling a whole butternut squash. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Ginger

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, diced

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

2 teaspoons butter or vegetable oil

1 butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded and cubed

1 small tart apple, seeded and cubed

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1/4 cup milk or heavy cream or coconut milk(optional)

salt and pepper, to taste

In a pot, heat the butter or oil and sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until soft. Add the squash, apple, and stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for about 30 minutes until the squash is very soft. Remove from heat and, using a stick blender or regular blender, puree the soup. Stir in the milk or cream, if using. Season with salt and pepper.

*Optional - Roasting the butternut squash will give it a slightly different flavor. Preheat oven to 400. Toss butternut squash cubes in oil, salt, and pepper and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes, till soft. 

Movie Pick.....About Time

About Time….. A combination romantic comedy and time travel movie that reveals what comes from a spiritual appreciation of the present moment and all its delights. Staring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy, it’s the onscreen version of comfort food.   

About Time follows a young man, Tim, through the most pivotal moments of his life as he also navigates his family's ability to time travel. Sounds supernatural enough, but a science fiction adventure it is not. In fact, Tim uses this "power" to fulfill an ordinary life: he finds love, he gets married, he pursues a career, he and his wife have children.   

Roger Ebert wrote:  “This film allows cinematic endorphins to be released into the brain and generate a state of euphoria that is akin to absolute bliss.  To experience it, you just have to allow the analytical parts of your mind to unclench during the dodgier bits of business—all these pasty well-off people and their problems, oh woe is them!—and go with the feel-good flow.”

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