I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.
I honor the place in you where,
if you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
We are one.
Get stocked up on your local, organic produce for Thanksgiving. BADSEED Farm & Market is having their Thanksgiving Extravaganza tonight from 4-9 PM at 1909 McGee in Kansas City, MO. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, tonight is the night to do it. They will be opening the back part of the facility to fit in additional vendors.
We will have our fresh roasted coffee bags on sale tonight. 12 oz bags for $13.00 and 6 oz. bags for $7.00 including tax! Get stocked up and WOW your holiday guests with some amazing coffee. A great cup of coffee sure has a way of tying together a scrumptious family feast. See you tonight! Happy Thanksgiving!
Most people just throw away their used coffee grounds, but did you know there are several ways that they can be reused? In this blog we will look at 5 ways to use them.
1. Deodorize your fridge or freezer:
Place a bowl of dry coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralize any odors. You can also add a few drops of vanilla or other scented oil to the coffee grinds for a flavored coffee scent.
2. Repair furniture scratches:
Dip a cotton swab in used coffee grounds and apply to scratch on furniture. Let is sit for 10 minutes and then gently wipe clean.
3. Fertilize plants and lawn:
Sprinkle those used coffee grounds around plants or directly onto your lawn. Make sure to spread out the grounds evenly and then water. For best result reapply every 8 weeks. This will save you from having to use commercial fertilizer products, or at least cut down on them. Your wallet and the environment will thank you!
4. Ward off insects and other pests from your garden:
Cats, slugs, ants, and other insect hate coffee. You can use their distaste of this wonderful beverage to your advantage. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around plants, on your lawn, or other areas where you might have a pest problem. This will keep these critters away. As mentioned above it will also help fertilize your lawn and plants.
5. Clean those stubborn dirty dishes
Do you have dishes with layers of grime or caked on food? Sprinkle on a few teaspoons of coffee grounds and scrub clean with your sponge or cleaning cloth. The grounds will help scour away the mess leaving your dishes clean.
“We fight against our own experience. We run from pieces of ourselves.” Ven. Henepola Gunaratana
I think many people, including myself, are constantly rushing away from the present moment to an imagined and illusive moment where they are finally safe, everything is perfect, and they are happy. I frequently intend on sitting down with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence and beauty of the moment. Before I know it, my mind has whisked me away to a frantic world full of deadlines, problems to solve, and disasters to worry about. I am learning to laugh at my ego and gently let these fears and thoughts roll off the screen of my mind and allow myself to come back to present where I find my true self once again. All the scenarios I tend to play out in my mind are not real no matter how real my mind makes it feel. Reality is always to be found in this present moment, right now. Life in all its complexity, fullness, and beauty is always happening right now. Yes, situations arise that need attention and there are goals in our lives that require planning. However all decisions or actions that are made happen in the now.
There are always things in life that we can find that are negative. The other side of the coin is that there are always positive things in life at this very moment. Here is an experiment for you: Reflect on something negative and let the negative thoughts run in your mind for a minute or two. See the mind created movie play out. Maybe it is wondering how you will pay your next mortgage payment or how the cutting remark from a loved one made you feel. As you are focusing on the negativity, observe how it makes you feel inside. What are some words that you would use to describe how you feel? Do you feel spacious, relaxed, and free…or do you feel more tense, anxious, or sad? Now think of something positive. Maybe you think of a nice card or email you received, look at a beautiful tree, or even imagine a beautiful place in nature. Let yourself soak in all the positivity from this experience for several minutes. If negative or distracting thoughts arise, let them drift away and bring your mind back to your positive image. How does it make you feel to focus on the positive?
Life will always have its challenges and unexpected events as well as pleasant and joyful situations. We can choose to fully accept whatever comes to us in this moment even if they are things that we want to immediately label as “bad.” For me, when I perform the exercise above, I find that when I focus on the positive that I feel grounded and at peace. It is okay to give the challenges in life my attention and if action is possible in the now to take action. However, I am also learning that once I have taken whatever action I can in the moment, to let the thought and situation rest for the time being. I can then once again rest in the present. Also, if I am feeling a little stressed or tense, I can choose to take the time to sit and imagine something positive, however small, even if it is only for five minutes. This act of pendulating between the “good” and “bad” in life can help to restore balance to our lives and remind us of all the blessings we have in our lives. Life is full of all types of experiences from celebrations to struggles. Between these polarities is the middle path of balance. We don’t learn to dance gracefully at the start but rather Life is a journey where we learn to feel the rhythm as we go. As the philosopher Alan Watts said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”