Friday, October 30, 2009

El Dias de los Muertos

I am so into Spanish culture - Spain, South America and Mexico. I love the internet.. it gives me access to so much Spanish culture. I am loving this wildly colorful sit-com from Spain filled with Spanish culture, 'Cuentame', which is totally crazy. There is a radio show I also love listening to, but to be honest I only get some of that they say.. Its like being a kid again! But the Spanish culture everywhere is very exciting, colorful, passionate.. & of course I have been reading about Mexico's ‘Day of the Dead’. Mostly in Spanish, but this info is taken mainly from

The Day of the Dead is Mexicos biggest and most spectacular annual festival - public and yet intimately private at the same time.

Its purpose is to celebrate, remember and, as much as anything, to entertain the dead.
Sometimes roads of flowers are put in place to guide the dead from the graveyard to the house where their relatives will have constructed an altar dedicated to the most recently deceased and made ready an array of sugary foods and drink.

Many commemorative ceremonies are, by their very nature, sad and sombre: graveyards themselves are not joyous places. However, the Mexican Day of the Dead is anything but sober and cheerless. It is an effervescent event, full of zest and colour, an annual opportunity to remember and re-engage with relatives and friends who have passed on.

It should be referred to the DAYS of the Dead, as there are 2-3 of them, and they last every year from the afternoon of October 31st. into the night of November 2nd. The date coincides with Hallowe’en (celebrated in Europe and the US) and with All Saints’ (and All Souls’) Day. Far from being a morbid or spooky occasion, Mexicans have a healthy, positive, carefree, ironic approach to the subject of death and this is reflected in their great festival ‘El Día de los Muertos’, ‘Días de Muertos’ or just ‘Muertos’ for short.

It’s a time of celebration as families come together to share memories of those loved ones who have died, and to welcome their spirits back to Earth and into their homes.

The more life, colour, music, dance, joy and foods that can be provided the better. It is a veritable family ‘feast’, laid on every year especially for the dead, and it aims to appeal to all the senses: attracted by the sounds (from music to fireworks), lights (of candles), aromas (of foods, flowers and incense) and general festivity, the souls can come back to Earth to enjoy, however briefly, some of the pleasures they remember when they were alive.

In small villages and towns throughout the land families still decorate their traditional household altars with much the same foods (such as tamales and hot chocolate) and flowers (such as the yellow marigold) that their Aztec (or Mixtec, Maya, Totonac...) ancestors did.

In Mexico, by tradition, the souls of dead children (‘angelitos’) return first, and October 31 is kept for welcoming them back to Earth; after they’ve left, the adult souls return on November 1. Everything is carefully arranged on the offering table, centered around the photographs of those who have died. You can’t see the returning spirits, you can’t talk to them (well, you can, but they never answer back!), but Mexicans strongly believe - and sense - that they are most definitely there with them.

The souls will enjoy and benefit from the goodness, the essence, of the foods and drinks on offer to them, refreshed for the long journey back to the other world: later the living family members will physically consume what’s there.

I have been working in a raw test kitchen for the past few months, doing some serious experimenting! Tomorrow (& today) we are creating 13 different pizzas, getting really creative with it! The Mexican one will hold an honorary place for me!! : )

Felize Días de Muertos!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Laws of Increase and Infinite Expansion & Making Happy Choices!

Thoughts from Wallace Wattle's The Science of Getting Rich:

~ we don't have to waste our time in jobs we don't like, and that, in fact, we SHOULD not.

~ each of us has within us the necessary talent to do whatever it is we would absolutely LOVE to do.

~ it doesn't take a lot of energy or will power to keep your mind fixed on something that really grabs you - but it is VERY difficult to stay focused positively on what you DON'T really want.

~ the Law of Increase which shows us that every being is either growing or dying, either moving onward and upward, or falling back and stagnating.

From Charles Filmore's Prosperity - The Principle of Infinite Expansion is "the principle of never-ceasing growth and development of God's perfect idea that is firmly fixed in all Creation." Wallace also calls it God, the Universe, the Formless, the Infinite, Supreme Intelligence, etc...use whatever works for you.

This perfect idea makes itself known is through your natural gifts and talents, through the things you LOVE to do.
The things that you're naturally good at, the activities that lift you up and carry you along so that it almost seems effortless at times. The things you'd often rather do than eat or sleep. The activities that bring you more than just momentary pleasure -- they fill you with real joy and peace.

Many of us lose touch with that joy as the years go by. We "settle down," we fall into a routine, we grow up and give up our dreams. Sometimes we get talked out of them or shamed out of them or worse. Sometimes we just decide to be what people call sensible or practical or responsible. Sometimes we don't even notice they've slipped away.

We do it for reasons we think are reasonable, for money, security, so many reasons - according to our programs.

Do the choices you make, make you happy? If not, then you are not following your greatest purpose.
When we get out of touch, disconnected from our nature, from the earth, each other and especially ourselves.. we lose sight of what out highest purpose is. It's important to think and be conscious of the choices we make. We make millions of them everyday.. everything we think about, everything we do. Are yours making you happy?

You give your LIFE to everything you give your time to.

~Thanks to Rebecca Fine and Wallace Wattles for these thoughts, which I added to. ; )

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Floating and Sandstorms

"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. ...

.. And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." ~ Haruki Murakami - Kafka On The Shore

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What an Adventurous, Colourful, Fun Filled Day!!

Color of the day: bright Orange ..with a chance of Purple tonight ..looking like Bright Rosy skies in the morning followed with wafts of Yellow.

Most Fun: Floating in my Cloud bed Covered by Mists and Jewels

Rose & Frankincense

Movie of the Day: La Joven by Luis Buñuel

Lime, Strawberry, Chocolate and Mint with Pumpkin Pie for dessert

Homework: Making masks - for Inner self and Outer self

Extracurricular: Swimming and Dreaming in Spanish

Favorite CD Today: Ralf Hildenbeutal's Hommáge a Noir

Hommáge a Noir

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pickles and Cultured Vegetables

I am researching and studying different ways to make cultured and fermented vegetables today!

There are so many different ways to make cultured and fermented foods.
In this video, Sandor Katz shows making sauerkraut the easiest way ever.