When I don’t read the news, life is miraculous, amazing, full of magic and happy moments, beautiful nature, wonderful people, and timely coincidences. I’m well on my way to achieving my dreams, optimistic about the future, and accepting of whatever challenges I encounter along the way (they make me stronger).
When I read the news, or when I read people I know writing about the news, especially if their opinions are not balanced but are formed by cheap and evil, but apparently effective, propaganda, I encounter fear, anger, despair, and disbelief. Following the current events takes a lot of my time and energy, that I could have otherwise invested into achieving my dreams.
The solution seems obvious – stop reading the news, unsubscribe from all feeds of people who share them (my friends and family), but it is not really a solution, it is more of a cowardly denial, an ostrich tactic, hiding my head in the sands of this paradisiacal little town, ignoring the dangers my friends and family are facing in lands I used to consider home.
A gorgeous woman I met yesterday who left Iran years ago found middle ground, she only talks to her family and friends and ignores the news (can’t blame her!). I don’t know if this would work for me, I want to know what is going on in the world, I want to know where our collective human animal is evolving towards.
Most of all, I want peace and happiness for all.
And, really, I’m confused as to what I can do to make that happen. Probably just write about my daily experiences in a peaceful happy place, and about my dreams for the world.
Our traditional morning drink, flavorful and packed with health benefits:
1 whole lemon with skin (cut into quarters to remove seeds)
2-4 Tbsp of grated fresh ginger (start with 1 and work your way up)
1 Tbsp of honey (or to taste)
4 cups of hot (not boiling) water
1 tsp cinnamon powder (that was a new discovery, and a great one!)
Blend together until lemon has mostly dissolved. Pour into cups through a strainer.
Can also be enjoyed cold and throughout the day, but the morning one ideally should be hot.
1. Mix in a bowl about three quarts of finely shredded cabbage, a grated carrot, a tablespoon of salt, a few whole peppercorns and a couple of bay leaves, rub the salt in, wait for a few minutes for the juice to start flowing.
2. Grab a two-quart jar and watch the magic happen – three quarts compacting into two, as you keep stuffing more kraut into the jar.
3. Loosely cover with a lid to keep some air moving, and pierce it with a wooden stick once or twice a day to let the gases out. That’s it, three to five days later (depending on your temps which ideally should be anywhere from 55F to 75F) you’ll have perfectly good sauerkraut.
It can be eaten raw as an appetizer and probiotic, with some added oil (roasted sunflower being the most fragrant option), on top of salads, as a side dish, in sandwiches, soups, stews, casseroles, you name it. Some websites claim that adding as little as a tablespoon or two to every meal will make a huge difference for your health, and it can stay forever in the fridge without going bad, but I’ve never checked, it always disappears too quickly!
And what’s even better is sauerkraut juice, which you can find in some European supermarkets bottled for sale.
Let me know how it goes and if you have questions!