Today a walk in the foggy rainforest, salal glistening in the rain but we, the walkers, protected by the forest canopy. The dreamy feeling of walking through the forest of hulking green giants in the fog. Christmas chocolate in the pocket, just in case. Smoke from the chimney at dusk when we return home. The reflection of Christmas lights in the window.
I am savouring a slate wiped clean of commitments and plans by the holidays. A day for leisurely cooking and baking of plant based treats. Blogging friend, David Ashton at Snow Branches often reminds us about extending our compassion to the animal world by declining to eat them. For me I am more conscious of it at this time of year seeing how simple and delicious it is to eat a plant based diet. Vegan shortbread made with "Earth Balance" and panela sugar, my mother's old carrot pudding recipe (read plum pudding but less rich) made vegan by using canola oil and EB, kale chips (recipe here) a holiday main dish created by my nutritionist daughter that includes nuts and white beans, and many other treats. The joy of spending time in the kitchen together creating and laughing,
Tenzin Palmo in her book "Reflections on a Mountain Lake" responds to a question regarding vegetarianism & Buddhism by saying: "These days, more and more lamas are becoming vegetarian, especially the younger ones, partly for health reasons and partly because they recognize the hypocrisy of talking about universal compassion and then sitting down to a steak or a chicken dinner."
|the modern family enjoys the holidays!|
|The solstice sock monkey|
As a new year draws near the following thoughts from Tenzin Palmo form a strong part of my resolve for my myself. "It is not enough to hold vast views. If there is no correspondence between these views and our conduct, we are in danger. Guru Padmasambhava once said to King Trisong Detsen, "Your view must be as vast as the sky, but your conduct must be as finely sifted as barley flour."
I hope your holidays are filled with simple joys and the opportunity to contemplate the year that is slipping through our fingers and look forward with gusto to the one tiptoeing up the path.