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Shrimp and Tomato Scampi, hCG Friendly

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Shrimp and Tomato Scampi, hCG Friendly

I love garlic and shrimp! This is a delicious combination. Recipe below is for hCG. But this can be easily adjusted for maintenance or a regular meal.

 

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz Shrimp de-veined and shelled
  • 8 oz tomato or the exact weight you need
  • garlic powder to taste
  • garlic salt to tast
  • 2 tsp lemon juice more or less
  • 13 tsp fresh horseradish root more or less for tast
  • 2 Tabl Chicken Broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked Paprika to taste

You have 1 ingredient in your Pantry.

Directions

  1. Remember all your spices, broth and horseradish for hCG need to be check for sugar. I make my own broth and my own horseradish root. You can make this without the horseradish.
  2. Put your shrimp in a cooking pan in a single layer. Sprinkle on your lemon juice, a little horseradish root and juice and add your chicken broth to the pan. Sprinkle garlic powder over the top of the shrimp, as much as you think you will like. Let this cook while you chop your tomatoes. Then add the tomatoes to the shrimp and sprinkle with garlic salt, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and let cook and blend flavors for just a couple of minutes. Shrimp is done when it turns orange.
  4. Notes: The way I made it covered with the tomatoes I used made it soupy like in the picture. You can leave out the chicken broth or use less and cook uncovered for less soupy. You can also use Roma tomatoes which have less juice. And you can cook the shrimp, then add the tomatoes and leave them raw.

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Strawberry Sherbet, hCG Friendly

Here is a great recipe for hCG, hCG maintenance or anyone looking for a cool refreshing snack.  Enjoy!  Just in case you thought you couldn't enjoy "ice cream" on hCG.  

One of the keys to successfully doing hCG and staying on the program is not feeling cheated.

I've been helping people doing hCG for 7 years now.  For me, the answer to being 80 lbs over weight was hCG.  I had tried several options that didn't work before.   I gained weight as an adult having babies and just not eating right.  Then it really got out of hand with some health issues and medication.  No matter what I tried it would not budge.  I had adopted a very healthy life-style, exercised and decided I was healthy and overweight.  At that size - I just didn't feel good and was always looking for answers.  Along came hCG which solved 1 problem, getting rid of the weight.  The 2nd problem was keeping it off.  That has been my journey.  I've learned what foods I can and cannot have and I've learned it might take a couple of years to heal so that I can eat without gaining weight.  If you have thought about hCG, give us a call.  Our products and service are top notch and we support you all the way.

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Strawberry Sherbet, hCG Friendly

 

This is a great cool refresher for anyone.

Course: Dessert, Frozen

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 8 oz frozen strawberries
  • 8 drops vanilla Stevia extract
  • 14 cup water more or less as needed
  • ice as needed

Directions

  1. Place strawberries, water and stevia in blender and blend until smooth. You can add more or less water and ice to your liking. Can make about 2 cups.
  2. Optional, splash of lemon juice. Or use Orange stevia extract.
  3. When not on hCG you could use coconut cream, coconut milk, nut milks, or regular milk in place of the water.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Natural Yeast

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Chocolate Zucchini Fermented Cake

This amazing chocolate cake took a healthier twist by fermenting the flour and the chocolate.  Natural yeast helps make gluten more digestible.  I'm sure there are even better ways to make it healthier. <br> <br>You can add more or less zucchini. You could also sub in applesauce for some of the oil.

Course: Desserts

Cook Time: 50 min

Total Time: 50 min

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 12 cup Natural yeast starter
  • 12 cup water
  • 2 14 cup fresh finely ground wheat flour can be half wheat and half white flour
  • 12 cup cocoa powder
  • 12 cup honey raw
  • 34 cup raw sugar or more depending on sweetness
  • 12 cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 12 cup butter softened or melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups zucchini shredded
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or carob chips

Directions

  1. Put your natural yeast starter in a bowel with a lid. Add the water, flour, cocoa, honey, sugar, olive oil, and butter. Mix together. Put lid on bowl and set aside for 10 to 12 hours. More fermentation makes a stronger flavor and less fermentation is a less sour taste.
  2. After your cake is done fermenting you will now finish adding ingredients and bake your cake. I like to start this early in the morning and then bake it with dinner. You then get to eat nice warm cake that doesn't need frosting.
  3. Now preheat oven to 325 degrees after your batter has been fermenting.
  4. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. You don't need to dust with flour, just cover with butter or oil. It may not dump out of the pan to place on a separate platter.
  5. Beat your eggs and add them to the batter. Add your vanilla, and half the zucchini and mix in. Add the buttermilk and mix. Add your salt and baking soda and mix well. Add the remaining zucchini.
  6. Pour the batter into your greased pan. Add the chocolate chips all over the top.
  7. Bake in your preheated oven for 50 minutes. Remove when a tooth pick is nearly clean.
  8. It is wonderful served warm.

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Spring

Here in Arizona we are enjoying excellent weather.  Spring here lasts a little longer than many other areas we have lived.  Of course we are in a small town in rural Arizona and not Phoenix which has already seen some high temperatures.  You might notice that you are starting to get more energy.  Get outside and enjoy the world waking up.  Do some gardening, plant some flowers.  Walk barefoot for some earthing therapy.  Spring is a time of renewal and creativity.  Check out this excellent article on Chinese medicine and Spring.  Perhaps you are in the mood for spring cleaning, take advantage of your new motivation and let go of things cluttering your life.  Spring is also a good time for an internal cleansing which can often increase your energy.   Easter is on its way and for many there will be eggs to decorate, we carry dyes that are all natural and no toxic dyes.  And there many ways to decorate eggs... Stay tuned for a blog post about my favorite way to dye eggs with onions. [From the front page of my website, click on this paragraph to get access to the links for some great information on Earthing, Chinese medicine and spring and an herbal cleanse.]

Delicious and Healthier Carrot Cake, Gluten Free

This gluten free carrot cake is moist and so good you wont even know it is missing flour or half the sugar.  If you really want to use flour, I'll give you the conversion for that.  I was super excited at how well this turned out.  There are lots of recipes out there for people going gluten free and many just don't work for me.  But here is another recipe you might like as well that is gluten free.  On another post, I'll share with you how I don't think it is the gluten, but rather all the chemicals on wheat and other factors.

I didn't always love carrot cake.  In fact to my horror, carrot cake was used in my wedding cake (which I specifically requested it not to be) and I was not a happy camper as my new husband tried to feed me the traditional wedding bite.  Fun times.  In our family it seemed, carrot cake was a tradition.  And I never really liked eating carrot cake, it just never tasted good to me.  That may have been because my grandmother didn't make her special carrot cake.  For my wedding, I requested chocolate, white or red velvet cake (Mark's favorite).  My grandmother made the cake - a beautiful cake - and she make carrot cake for some of the layers including the top that the bride and groom cut and eat.  I had heard she was having lots of fits stacking the cake and I can see why - carrot cake just doesn't perform like other cake.  But amazingly she turned out a beautiful cake - with carrot cake.

As Mark stuffed a piece of carrot cake in my mouth that night 30 years ago, I was disappointed.  But, it wasn't as bad as I remembered.  I might have even liked it.  But I wasn't going to tell anyone.  I did give my mom a hard time about it.  She had her own ideas for my wedding and we joke about it.  A year later when I requested the frozen cake that the bride and groom save to eat on their anniversary, my mom informed me that since I didn't like carrot cake and she needed more freezer space, she and the kids ate the cake.

I tell this story to laugh at the great stories of our lives.  At the time, I might have been perhaps a little upset.  Today, with gratitude and love I have fun stories to tell and laugh about.  These are stores that bring joy and variety and lessons and are part of what makes us human.  

So I'll update this post with a picture of my wedding cake, when I get into my house again.  Currently we still live in temporary housing from a huge storm.

Since my wedding day, I've learned to love carrot cake, but it has to be made right.   My daughter doesn't like carrot cake.  She'll turn it down or just eat the cream cheese frosting.  In general she doesn't like frosting unless I make it (as all other are way too sweet.  I "made" her try a piece of the carrot cake.  Which she did just to get my cream cheese frosting.  She declared this is the only carrot cake she likes and actually really loves it.  The next day, she asked for another piece and it wasn't just for the frosting.  

I love to bake, but wheat these days doesn't love me, I end up gaining weight.  So it is best to avoid it until my body decides to not to react this way.  In the meantime, I look for gluten free options and experiment with alternate flours like coconut flour.  I make my family naturally fermented wheat products and try alternate recipes for me.  Sometimes I have massive failures, like 2 weeks ago, I called them scrambled crepes.  This carrot cake is not only a winner for me and those looking for gluten free options, it is a winner for everyone that loves a good carrot cake on the healthier side.

Optional - you can make this cake with fresh ground wheat flour or white flour or any optional flour out there.  You could even make it from a naturally fermented starter, you would just have to adjust your liquids and use less eggs.  Coconut flour needs the extra eggs.  

Delicious Coconut Flour Carrot Cake, Gluten Free

Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
This cake can be a breakfast cake with or without the frosting. You can even add some shredded zucchini if you like. It is moist and crumbly and delicious. If you would like to use regular flour here are the adjustments: skip coconut flour, use regular white or whole wheat flour and increase to 2 cups, decrease eggs to 3. You may. If you use a natural yeast starter, you can use 2 or more cups of starter, decrease eggs to 3, increase baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons and don't use baking powder. Don't use the juice of canned pineapple unless it is not moist enough.

Ingredients

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter (or less, softened)
  • 16oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw organic sugar (more or less for taste, you can also add stevia if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or possibly more)

Group 4

  • 2 cups carrots (grated)
  • 1 cup pineapple (I used fresh pineapple, that I)
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)

Group 5

  • 1 cup coconut shreds (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Group 3

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (we prefer Himalayan or sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Group 2

  • 2/3 cups coconut flour

Group 1

  • 1 1/4 cup applesauce or fat (You can use any or all applesauce, banana, coconut oil, olive oil, or butter)
  • 2/3 cups honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 5 Large eggs

Directions

Cake
Step 1 Mix Group 1 ingredients together until smooth. Note: you can use anything for the fat/applesauce ingredient. When I made the cake in the picture, I blended 1 small apple with the peel and 1 medium banana with some olive oil in my vitamix until smooth and added coconut oil to make 1 1/4 cups. You can use all applesauce or all fat, but I would not use all banana as it will take over the flavor of the carrot cake. I wanted a little banana for sweetness. The apple and banana add sweetness so you can use less sugar. For the sweetener - I used 2/3 cup honey and my honey was very dark - so you get a darker cake. You could use raw organic sugar (use a little more as honey is sweeter but you might need a little extra liquid, little not a lot).
Step 2 Group 2 - add coconut flour to Group 1 and mix well. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes to hydrate the coconut flour.
Step 3 Mix Group 3 together and set aside.
Step 4 Prepare Group 4 ingredients.
Step 5 Now you are ready to mix the cake all together. Add group 3 ingredients to your coconut flour and egg mixture and stir in well. Then add Group 4 and 5 ingredients and mix well. Check your consistency. It should be thicker than a normal cake batter.
Step 6
Butter a 9 X 13 cake pan or put parchment paper on the pan. You can also use 2, 9" rounds. If you plan to stack the rounds I would definitely use parchment paper. Pour cake batter into your pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes for the cake pan or 25 to 35 minutes for the 9" rounds.

This is a moist cake and with coconut flour it is more crumbly. It will not have the same texture as a cake made with wheat flour. But a tooth pick inserted into the cake should come out nearly clean. It will not spring like a regular cake either. Do not over cook.

Let it cool before serving.
Frosting
Step 7 Beat cream cheese and milk together. Beat in Butter and vanilla. Add powder sugar and/or stevia. Make it as sweet as you like. We used 1/4 cup raw organic sugar and 10 drops of stevia extract. The stevia makes the little bit of sugar sweeter so you can use less. You can even use all stevia or zylitol or another sweetener of your choice.

*Note: to get raw organic powdered sugar, just mix your granulated sugar in a blender like a vitamix until a powder. Be careful the air will have sugar dust when you open the lid.
Final
Step 8
Do not frost the cake until it is cool as it will smash and get crumbs everywhere. You will need to refrigerate this cake and frosting as there is not enough sugar or preservatives to keep it fresh. It is so moist that it will not last outside the fridge. The cake might for a day or 2 depending on room temperatures. Obviously I learned this the hard way cooking with very low amounts of sugar.

It is a crumbly cake - so use care when serving slices. But that is the nature of using coconut flour. It would be a challenge to stack the rounds but give it a try. Don't be afraid of coconut flour.

It is hard to go wrong on this cake. If you have a little more or less carrots, pineapple, nuts or coconut - it all works, those ingredients don't have to be super exact.

Note

This cake can be a breakfast cake with or without the frosting. You can even add some shredded zucchini if you like. It is moist and crumbly and delicious.

If you would like to use regular flour here are the adjustments: skip coconut flour, use regular white or whole wheat flour and increase to 2 cups, decrease eggs to 3. You may. If you use a natural yeast starter, you can use 2 or more cups of starter, decrease eggs to 3, increase baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons and don't use baking powder. Don't use the juice of canned pineapple unless it is not moist enough.

Mullein for Respiratory Complaints and Much More

Mullein

Have you had that nasty cough and sore throat that hangs on and on? You might try some MULLEIN,  an herb that actually grows naturally in my local area of Southeast Arizona on Mt. Graham.

Mullein is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years and the whole plant is used: the leaves, flowers and roots.  You’ll find it common in the United States.  It flowers in July and August and will often be found growing by banks, roadsides in gravel or sandy soil.  Native Americans used this plant and many parts of Europe used this plant traditionally.  It is considered one of the top herbal plants in Ireland.  Click here to learn more.

Historical Benefits of Mullein

  • All respiratory complaints, clears congestion, soothes mucus membranes
  • Eases coughs, help for dry or unproductive coughs
  • Helps symptoms of asthma
  • May help bronchitis
  • Sore throats and tonsillitis
  • Earaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gout
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Supports the thyroid
  • Helps swollen glands
  • My help a migraine
  • Helps with pain
  • Mastitis
  • Diuretic 

You can make a mullein tea and it is wonderfully soothing for coughs and sore throats. Just take 1 rounded tsp of the dried herb and steep with boiled water for about 5 minutes. Drink as is or for even more healing benefits add raw local honey which is often used for cough syrups.

Mullein tea without the honey (make a stronger batch) can used topically. Just soak a natural fiber cloth in the strong tea and wrap areas affected with a wound or by gout, bursitis, bruises, achy joints and more. You can also mash and bruise fresh mullein leaves and flowers and apply a poultice.  It has great anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an antiseptic.  Use the mullein tea as a rinse on the head for dandruff.  You can also apply mullein extract to the scalp.

Some people will soak mullein in olive oil for 3 weeks and then strain. The oil can be used as a chest rub and applied to bruised skin - it is even a great topical application for hemorrhoids. Try it over areas experiencing gout. Rub this mullein oil around the ears for infection. It is beneficial for your dog’s ear infection as well.

People have used mullein to treat dry skin.   Use the mullein oil topically.  Add some dried and ground herb to coconut oil and let sit for a couple of days then rub into the dry skin for an easy preparation and natural moisturizer. 

Mullein is also used in capsule form and is found by itself or in many different combinations with other herbs.  It is considered an herb for acute respiratory and other illnesses and a tonic for the endocrine system in supporting the thyroid and reducing cortisol levels in the body which can help restore the natural sleep rhythms of the body.

You’ll find this herb in Dr. Christopher’s Master Gland formula, Lung and Bronchial formula, Cough formula, in a single herb capsule; and in Nature’s Sunshine ALJ formula. 

Mullein is generally considered safe with no serious side effects.  It is loaded with minerals and vitamins.  It combines well with black cohosh, lobelia, comfrey, plantain, and garlic. 

The herb was a favorite of Dr. John R. Christopher who said we should all keep some handy. 

If you are wild harvesting, please make sure to learn all you can to get the right plant and proper preparation.  You may want to lightly scrub the hairs of the plant leaves as they can be irritating to some.  Remember don’t take all you find in nature – leave some for the next person and for nature.

For us when we catch a cough or sore throat, I brew up large pots of herbal tea with mullein, usually comfrey, marshmallow root, catnip, peppermint and red raspberry leaf.  Sometimes I'll add fresh ginger root to the mix but you can use dried ginger root as well.  You don't have to use all those herbs, just mullein will work great on its own.  I add honey and keep everyone drinking.  It helps hydrate by keep fluids in the system and helps speed up healing.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.  If you feel this information is valuable, please pass it along.  As always we appreciate you supporting our business.

Kally
Indigo Mountain

 

Ladies Night Out Main Street

April 1st, 2017 is the spring time date for Ladies Night Out in Safford, AZ.   Businesses will be open in the evening from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  

Check out the Facebook Page for more details:  Bi-Annual Girls/Ladies Night Out on Main Street

Most businesses have specials, promotions, and some pampering treats.  Bring your friends and your daughters and anyone else that feel like a Ladies Night Out on the Town.  

At Indigo Mountain, we'll have a drawing (no purchase required) for a FREE give away.  You can also try out our amazing therapeutic beds for free (first come, first serve):  The BioMat and The Vibroacoustic bed.   Come see us on April 1st to find out our special treats.

 

Key to Happiness, Play Time

This week, we got to attend a toy show. What is a toy show? It is a place where toy vendors display their goods for buyers, toy store owners. They display and show off their new products, newly imagined offerings and in some cases inventions for play time. It is super fun! We spend 2 to 3 days playing with lots of cool stuff and trying out new board games. We've made some great friends with other like-minded silly folks.

Play time is essential for kids, which is one reason we have a Toy Store - to promote healthy imaginations, fun and games.  But, play time is also essential for adults.  It helps with stress and is a great connector to other people.  It enhances learning and improves productivity.

This year we got to take Riley and Rachel, our teens. Usually kids are not allowed, but they recently let older kids go. We consider our kids to be our expert advisers in the toy industry, so we were super excited to have them along and they felt important to be along with their name badges as buyers.

I asked them what they thought about the toy show. Both exclaimed they had a great time and that it was a lot of fun.

This was Riley's comment about the toy show:

"It was great, all the adults were playing with the toys and games and having fun and being creative. There was so much creativity, people laughing, having fun and sharing with each other."

I guess outside of our life, he doesn't see adults playing and having fun.

Hmmmm, got me thinking. Perhaps the adults of the world need to let go and play and laugh and have fun with each other. As a kid I remember my parents getting together with other parents and playing games. The world was happier then, is that why? World peace through laughter, fun and games. Don't be so serious.

I should point out; this wasn't about video games, no video games there at the toy show.

My daughter Angela has been going to toy shows with or for us. She finds them so fun. In fact she just went to the New York Toy show to work at a booth for free, just to be able to go because it is fun. The last toy show we were at with her, she started a snow ball fight with many vendors in the aisles.

This year's shenanigans involved an air swimming shark, an air rocket, a wooden bow and arrow and a sewing needle. Rachel our daughter was asked to shoot down the air swimming shark. She knocked off a fin sending it to the ceiling. So we loaded an air rocket with a sewing needle and blasted away getting the shark down with one shot. Everyone had a good time.



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We learned a new game called Happy Salmon, a fast paced game involving lots of high 5's, pounding it and trading places.

One of the many hot items are toys that people can fidget with. Studies show certain people actually can focus better and do better on tests when they can fidget. As a youth I doodled while talking and often chewed on pencils. One of our kids turned to origami, folding complex designs while listening to lectures. Rocks, thinking putty, fabrics, knobs and small toys are favorites.

While we are on the topic of improving test scores, recess is so important for kids and outside play does do much for kids. Restricting recess should never be used as punishment, it doesn't work.

A Texas school quadrupled their play time and has seen amazing results in focus and behavior issues. Schools are even using meditation with fantastic results.

The simple truth is we ALL need play time. For children it is essential to developing normally and developing the brain. Kids that are encouraged to pretend and use their imaginations are healthier and more creative as adults. Play time helps connect the family and bonds form.

Make sure your kids have time to play - creative, unstructured time to play.  And spend time playing with your kids every day.  If you don't have kids, get together with other adults or help a busy family out but borrowing the kids.  Even time playing with a pet is valuable.  

The benefits of playing are real and can affect people in positive ways.  Think about the benefits:  reduced stress, improved health, learning improvement, problem solving skills enhanced, improved productivity, improved relationships, cooperation, emotional healing,  and helps you feel young.  If everyone had regular playtime it seems logical to me that we'd create more peace in our world with a bunch of people reaping the benefits of play time.  Basically more play time reduces "feistyness" of people.

How do you get your play time in?  What are your favorite games?


Have a great week!                 Kally and Mark

Join Us For Our Holiday Wish List Pampering Day

Saturday, December 10th from opening to close (special hours 10 am until 5:00 pm)

christmas-1090690_1920 Pixabay freeJoin us for our Holiday Wish List Shopping and Relaxing Party

Click on the Wish List, to print out your own wish list.  Fill it out and bring it in.  Get 15% off your wish list for items in stock and we'll even do the wrapping while you relax.  Enjoy some of our delicious teas or hot chocolate and sample our Vibroacoustic bed or BioMat for free on Saturday only.

If you are not local - you can still shop with a wish list and we'll ship it to you.  We'll even ship your items wrapped (shipping charges may apply).

 

Peace On Earth, Good-Will To Men


lotus-215460_1280-pixabay-freeThis is a wish and a greeting by many different people around the globe.  There is even an international day of peace.

I wish and hope and see peace.  Peace on earth starts with me, my inner peace.

Peace begins with a smile.   Mother Teresa

Go ahead, right now - put a smile on your face.  Keep it there for several minutes.  Notice smile-girl-1245835_1920-pixabay-freehow that makes you feel.  Smile and say hello to the people you greet today and tomorrow.  Were I go to church, there is an older couple and they sit on the back row.  They only stay for 1 meeting.  But they don't leave until they have properly smiled, hugged and given a kiss on the cheek to every person leaving.  When I have had some hard days, this one active of kindness and service has made a world of difference in helping to foster peace in my life.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.   Dalai Lama

the-stones-263661_1920-pixabay-freeThe dictionary defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; and freedom from civil disturbance.

The dictionary defines good-will as friendly, helpful, or cooperative feelings or attitude.  It is synonymous with charity, compassion, goodness, consideration and kindness.

This time of year we tend to think more peaceful thoughts and have more good-will for our fellow man.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

October 8, 2016, my community, which is out of the way in rural Arizona that a devastating national-weather-service-radar-reflectivity
storm never really made national headlines.  Click here to see pictures.  We had what many are calling a 100 year storm.  Many lost their houses and businesses and crops.   I lost my house – I didn’t lose my home.   A year ago, my neighbor lost their house to a fire, they had just moved in when the storm hit.  Then we moved out.  I was actually on my way to the east coast to enjoy some time off.  We drove thru an incredible lightning storm such as I had never seen – the whole dessert was lit up.  My son called to ask if we arrived at the airport ok.  They had a huge rain storm – lots of rain.  But that was just the radar-image-246871beginning.  I told him to check the store for leaks and got on the plane.  We were fine.

2016-10-08-23-32-00After we boarded the plane - “All hail” broke loose – literally.  Not 1, not 2 – but 3 super cells pounded our community.   There was literally a blanket 6 inches deep of hail covering the town.  The streets flowed like rivers with ice bergs.  Our roof suffered so much damage, we need a whole new roof and the ceilings all over the inside replaced.  So we currently live in temporary housing.  The next day, the streets were piled up with a 6 inch layer of hail.... seriously.  For a desert community - this just has never happened in my lifetime.

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We lost part of our business and all of our storage.   Plus we lost a lot of business for the month as everyone in town was affected.

Both cars at home and our RV suffered huge damage, enough for the cars to be totaled out.

The schools were damaged enough that the entire school district got 2 weeks off, one school will be closed until January and the students have be moved into other schools.

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Eastern Arizona Courier

Our community immediately was out helping everyone.  The city trash pick-up was overwhelmed and expected weeks and months of work to clean up.  Instead of sitting at home for an unexpected fall break – high school students went out as volunteers to clean up yards and homes and followed the city trash trucks around to help clean up our town.

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My poor tower garden. It like most people's plants in town were demolished.

Today, 2 months later, the trees still look beat up but the town thanks to volunteers and good-will looks pretty good.

Many are still without homes.  We were in a hotel, and a family offered their basement which we gratefully accepted.  Repairs are slow because so many people need work done.  One third of our business is still getting repairs made.

If it wasn’t for the kindness and good-will of many, so much more would have been lost.  Many people offered their laundry services to wash and dry wet things – to save them.   Many meals were shared.  And, many yards and homes were cleaned up.   Moving through trials with peace and gratitude is the path of least resistance and the path that will benefit you the most.  It allows you to have a clear head and make the best of the situation.

This holiday season will be different for me.  All my Christmas decorations were moved and macro-1251318_1920-dragonfly-pixabay-freesome destroyed.  My house got packed up while I was back East to prevent mold so we are still living out of a suit case and I’m actually missing my holiday sweaters.  For us, it will be a simple holiday without all the decorations.  We are looking for meaningful activities that will help us remember why we celebrate.

Peace on earth, good-will towards men– for me the message of the babe born in Bethlehem was one of peace, good news and good-will.  My heart is filled with joy with opportunities to serve, to visit the lonely, to smile at a stranger, to give and to receive.   World peace begins with me and with you.   It doesn’t matter our differences.  Differences should enrich our lives, not divide us.

The Dalai Lama said, “Going deeper into peace… genuine peace must come through inner peace, not through fear.”  “The key thing is a warm heart of concern for others’ well-being.”  He further explained that a calm mind is the remedy for the loss of hope and a destroyer of fear, distrust and hate.  We have the power within ourselves to restore happiness.  “You must develop compassion, not pity.”  From a visit to San Diego in 2012.

If the storms of your life or the world around you is causing you to feel stressed or upset, let go.  Look for the good.  Find things to be grateful for.  Embrace peace.

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Tips for cultivating inner peace.

  • Learn to go with the flow and adapt to circumstances. That doesn’t mean you have to accept low standards that you can’t change your circumstances.   My favorite saying is, ‘It is what it is.’ It just is, therefore work with what is.
  • Unclutter your life and simplify.
  • Be grateful. Observe the beautiful and wondrous things in our world.
  • Don’t complain and avoid negativity.
  • Spend time around positive happy people.
  • Spend a few minutes a day meditating.
  • Take deep breaths, especially when you’re feeling negative or anxious.
  • Do something you love or participate in a hobby.
  • Give service
  • Journal
  • Choose Love

We have a choice in this world.  Our happiness and our peace doesn't begin when circumstances are perfect.  It begins with us during trials and challenges nurturing our inner peace and choosing to be at peace and share good-will with our fellow man.

Enjoy this beautiful song and video from my friend Shawn Galloway,
"I Choose Love"

From all of us in our family and at Indigo Mountain we wish you peace, health and happiness.

And we wish you Happy Holidays (which means happy holy days).

Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad (Spanish) – Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian) – Kala Christouyenna (Greek) – God Jul (Norwegian) – Srozhdestovm Kristovim (Russian)

Shenti jiankang ankang xingfu [Chinese for Wishing you health and happiness]  身体健康,安康幸福!