so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Ever wonder what to do with beets greens? The night I made this spinach and beet salad, I wanted to include the tops for added nutrition. We had a bundle of herbs fresh from the farmers market, and intuition suggested that they would combine beautifully with the beet greens—and they did!
We're always excited to find another way to make pesto. This is such a simple recipe—just beet greens, herbs, green onions, oil, and salt. We've made the pesto without the herbs, and it's delicious this way too. And for those transitioning into raw food, this salad could become a substantial meal with the addition of some steamed fingerling potatoes, topped with garlic, oil, salt, and pepper.
Spinach Salad (serves 2):
4 cups spinach, chopped or torn
1/2 to 3/4 cup beets, shredded
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
Wash spinach, pat dry.
Remove any tough stems.
Cut or tear into pieces.
Cut greens off beets and set aside for pesto.
Scrub beets, and remove any bad spots from skin.
Shred, using a vegetable grater, or food processor.
Finely chop green onions.
Assemble salad: start with a base layer of spinach.
Place shredded beets on top of spinach.
Put a dollop of the pesto on top of the beets.
Sprinkle green onions on top.
Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar.
A few pine nuts, raw cashews, or a few raisins, are a nice addition.
Herbed Beet Green Pesto:
2 cups beet leaves loosely chopped into bite-sized pieces
2-4 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh herbs: we used rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage
2-3 tablespoons olive, or Spectrum Walnut, oil
1/4 teaspoon Celtic, or Himalayan, salt
Cut off long stems of beet greens (use for juicing).
Rinse leaves, pat dry, chop, and place in food processor.
Remove tough stems from herbs. Put in food processor.
Add oil, salt, green onions, and process to desired texture.
A Little Story: Lighting the Lamp!
People have asked us what happened at the Orca Sing? Did the whales come?
Before we left the house we spoke with a neighbor who runs a kayaking business and he told us that the whales had been "all over" the Haro Strait that day, and had showed up where the Orca Sing was going to take place, only earlier in the afternoon.
That evening, I saw three tiny spots, orcas far up the Strait, heading north, away from where we were. Their black fins were barely visible in the golden, sunlit waters. I sent them a telepathic message to come, but they didn't change their course. I pointed them out to a friend, Eliza, and she saw them too. The vibrations we were feeling right then held the familiar energy signature that always comes when the orcas are near—a heightened state of awareness, love, and excitement.
We had made our special "holy water" (as directed from the LiveH2O: Concert for the Living Water celebration that we spotlighted last week), and brought it to the event. After the final closing of singing Amazing Grace when the group gathered in a circle, arms around each other, I found an opening in the rocks where I could climb down and get close enough to the water to pour in the quart of our imprinted water.
As soon as I did, I felt a subtle impression that the ocean water had received our water, and had imprinted. I sensed a kind of energetic leaping out, an oh my! Only the ocean knew how far the imprinting would be carried. Turning to leave, I whispered, baraka bashad, may the blessings be. It was a beautiful moment to feel the water so alive!
A couple of days later I had a dream of seeing a landscape of total darkness. In the blackness, brilliant motes of light began to appear. Then more lights came, and more, and still more emerged. Soon the landscape transformed into a solid blaze, a mass of white light that dazzled my inner vision.
When I awoke, the dream made me think about souls in creation, and the process of spiritual awakening that so many of us are experiencing right now. I contemplated upon how we are igniting the world, just by becoming awakened ourselves, an illumination that grows from the golden elixir of the heart!