so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
We picked raspberries this week, plump and glowing, from the garden of our friends, Ellie and Eric. After gobbling up a great many, we couldn't resist making a rich banana cashew cream to have with these succulent fruits for our breakfast the next day. Blueberries make a wonderful companion to the raspberries, their flavors and textures complement each other. This winning dish is sure to be a hit!
Ingredients (serves 2):
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1 cup pure water
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 small banana, peeled and sliced
1 Medjool, or 2 small dates, pitted
Gently rinse berries, drain.
Put cashews into a dry blender and pulverize until powdery.
Add water and dates and blend until completely smooth.
Add banana and blend until creamy.
(Add more water if you wish to make a thinner cream.)
Pour cream into bowls first, then add raspberries.
A Little Story: Moving Too Fast
One of the quirks of my nature is that there are times when I push too hard to make things happen—I'm trying to go faster than the natural rhythm of the cycle that's unfolding. And because this forcing takes me away from my spiritual center, it can create counter currents, setbacks, or feelings that I'm not doing or progressing as much as I "should".
If I remember to apply the principle and art of Wei Wu Wei—to do whatever it is I need or want to do with a sense of relaxed intention—then all flows freely and action takes place with little or no effort.
In A Cosmic Sea of Words, by Harold Klemp, Wei Wu Wei is described in yet another way: "let God be God in you." This really resonates with Rex and me, because it moves us from a mental mode into a state of pure being where life unfolds like a flower reaching its petals to the sun.
The same holds true for our lifestyle. If we just do what it is that we want to do, such as exercising or making veggie juice, and leave behind the energy draining mental or emotional aspects (the should haves and could haves), then the action becomes pure, stress free, and empowering.
So what keeps me from staying in the state of Wei Wu Wei? Allowing myself to believe in something outside of my heart and being. Shifting my consciousness from its dwelling place of love and moving it into fear based drama. Taking for granted the grace that is bestowed upon us every day—like the simple abundance of raspberries and cream.
Once gratitude comes back in full strength, then all becomes music again. Wei Wu Wei flows through the actions of the day with ease. The moment becomes the living truth, guidance comes within a heartbeat, and joy is carried into the world with a single breath.