Relaxation Part 4

The jump from melodrama to sensual delight

Part of the on-going exploration into the fascinating work you can expect from private consultations.

 

Dr Deborah Quinn…

What if you could understand why you feel the way you do? That most of your daily experience is consumed by mere reaction to external influences, rarely expressing your authentic self.

 

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Unexamined emotional responses to people around you can disrupt your wellbeing / limit your creativity with anxiety, feeling sick and stagnation.

 

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Encourage yourself daily to pull back from the melodrama and focus on sensual delight!

 

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Photo is Smeared Sky by Matt Malloy

 

Sensual delight happens when you are able to fully RELAX and therefore connect to beauty with an open heart.

The extraordinary pleasure found in savouring foods, scents, sounds, views, relationships, nature, the arts, adventures… gets the energy flowing!

Putting sensual delight into practice

A Note From Natalie, our resident photographer and writer.

 

One of the examples that comes to my mind about paying attention and opening your heart to the possible effects of sensual delight, is from Julia Cameron’s lovely book The Artist’s way.

In her chapter on Attention, she describes the letters her Grandmother wrote over her lifetime – filled with little details about flowering lilies, roses blossoming in spite of the punishing heat; lizards sunning themselves on smooth flat rocks…

You would never know from these letters that Cameron’s grandmother was married to a compulsive gambler, losing her home over and over again.

You would never know because her grandmother focused on all the beauty in her life, not the awful circumstances she found herself attached to.

I connect powerfully with this because nature has always been such a wonderful companion to me; a source of inspiration as well as distraction. And when I look to nature – from curious little creatures on hot pavements, darting between the pounding feet of frustrated commuters, or huge vistas of sublime landscape – I am confronted with beauty. It needs no permission, it faces no possible threat from any petty daily concerns that could otherwise distress me. It is infinite in its expressions, diligent in its attention to details and utterly, utterly delightful.

Paying attention, witnessing, taking pleasure in the world around me reminds me to be loving, generous and at times peaceful. I call on it an awful lot, but it never fails in its effect.

 

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Photo Dew on Grass by Natalie

‘… the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.’

‘The reward for attention is always healing… More than anything else, attention is an act of connection.’

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, P52

 

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Photo Clover by Natalie

 

Auguries of Innocence

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

This week’s colourful recipe is from Inspiralized.com…

Important: While we hope to inspire you, you MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medication, allergies and goals.

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Purple Cauliflower Thai Green Coconut Curry with Carrot Noodles

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 3

 

Ingredients

  • florets from 1 head of purple cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon virgin, unrefined coconut oil
  • ¾ cup diced white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 5 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, Blade C
  • 5 tablespoons chopped parsley

 

Instructions

  • Bring a medium saucepan halfway full of water to a boil. Once boiling, add in the cauliflower florets and cook for 2-3 minutes or until more easily pierced with a fork, but still slightly tender. Drain into a colander, pat dry and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When the oil heats, add in the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for about 3 minutes or until onion becomes translucent. Then, add in the curry paste and stir continuously until paste covers the onions. Then, add in the coconut solids from the first half of the coconut milk can. Season with salt and pepper and cook about 2 minutes until bubbling.
  • Then, add in the rest of the coconut milk (the oil). Lower to a simmer and add in the cauliflower. Cook the mixture for 10 minutes and then add in the lime juice and carrot noodles and cook for another 5 minutes or until carrot noodles soften to al dente.

Serve garnished with parsley.

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