Do we really need a ‘season’ to be jolly? Doesn’t this imply that December is a great season so you should be jolly? Is it the season that makes me jolly? I can say for certain there have been times during the Christmas ‘season’ when I’ve felt everything but jolly. If it were the season that made me jolly, wouldn’t I be happy throughout the entire month of December? When taken out of context can I still be ‘jolly’ if being in Costa Rica doesn’t really feel like a typical December season?
It’s an interesting experience being in a tropical rainforest during the Christmas Season.
1) When in a busy location (school, shopping centre, public transit) or even during a family dinner. Take a moment to look at the people around you. Focus your attention on one person and say to yourself. “What I see in you that I love about myself is my…” then go ahead and list what it is you see in the other person that reflects the innocence within you. Another form of this same strategy invites you to state “What I see in you that I struggle with in myself is my…” and list a trait you judge yourself for having. Once identified, ask
Every day I walk the 72 steps from my room to the dining room or our circle space. It is a beautiful stroll, often accompanied by the songs of many birds or the lively communication from the monkeys.
Halfway up the walk there is a hibiscus branch which overhangs the path. Right above the
1 med. English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large tomato, diced
1 med. Onion, thinly sliced
2 ½ cups plain yogurt (625 ml)
1 tbsp. Chopped fresh parsley
¾ tsp. Ground cumin
½ tsp. Each ground coriander and salt
½ tsp. Each grated lemon zest and orange zest
¼ tsp. Hot pepper sauce
Pinch each paprika and black pepper
In a bowl, combine vegetables.
Whisk remaining ingredients together and toss with vegetables.
Cover and chill thoroughly.
(remember recipes are just guidelines, have fun playing around and being creative)
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