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ASLOR Newsletter, July 2013

Dear ASLOR Member,

Abraham Speaks about Core Beliefs

Here is inspirational and practical advice from Abraham as channeled by Esther Hicks on how to find your true direct and core beliefs.

I offer you peace.
I offer you love.

I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.
I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the Highest Source.
I salute the Source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.

Gandhi's prayer for peace
 
Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!
 

ASLOR Newsletter, May 2013

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the May 2013 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

Excerpt from My Dinner with Andre

This is a thought-provoking excerpt from a film made in 1981, titled My Dinner with Andre.

                                         

Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
      Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
      Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
      Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
      Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
      Build it anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
      Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
      Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
      Give best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
      It was never between you and them anyway.

Macadamia Nut Burgers with Minted Plum and Red Capsicum Salsa

1 vegetable cube
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
1½ cups raw macadamia nut
1 tablespoon tahini
¼ cup nutritional yeast (savoury)
1 carrot, shredded

Saute vegetable cube in oil over medium heat.

Chop macadamias in a food processor until it forms a coarse meal and add all other ingredients except carrot.
Pulse until rice is partially broken down yet still with texture. Do not make smooth!

Mix in carrot and form into 6-8 patties and let sit for 10 miutes.

Use a medium hot skillet, sauté the patties in a little oil until golden brown on each side.

Serve with the following salsa:

Salsa

1 light fleshed plum, chopped coarsely
2 small capsicum, red and yellow, chopped coarsely
1 finely chopped chilli (optional)
2 Tablespoons mint, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil, flax oil or hemp oil

Stir all ingredients together and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Sit .. Breathe ... Be

It is the emptiness of space that gives the stars their beauty.
It is the separation that makes the homecoming joyous.
No spice makes food more delicious than an empty stomach.
The stillness defines the breeze.
The lull makes the wave.
The plateau prepares one for the climb.
Cultivate quiet, stillness and rest.
To be constantly active negates activity.
Sit …. Breathe …. Be.

from toyoulovegod.org

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, March 2013

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

Bashar is the name given to a being channelled by Darryl Anka, who shares with us wisdom relevant to our everyday life and spiritual progress. Here are two short videos from his youtube channel, BasharCommunications:

The Law of Attraction:

                                         

Living In The Moment:

                                         

Recipe – Smoked Tofu, Seaweed and Rice Salad

If you cannot find enoki mushrooms, use fresh shiitake with stems removed and saved for later use. Plain button mushrooms may also be substituted.

Salad

3 cups organic wild rice, cooked or sprouted
1 package organic smoked tofu, cubed small
1 cup fresh organic mung or soybean sprouts
1 organic red capsicum sliced thinly
1/4 cup arame sea vegetable, soaked in warm water for 2 hours, drained and rinsed and chopped coarsely
1 package organic enoki mushrooms, separated, cleaned and chopped if desired
½ cup sliced organic almonds, lightly toasted

Dressing

3 Tbs organic red wine vinegar
1 Tbs organic tamari
1-2 Tbs organic toasted sesame oil
1 Tbs organic dark agave syrup or other sweetener
Pinch of red pepper flakes
½ tsp sea salt
1 Tbs fresh organic ginger, finely grated

Mix together salad ingredients. Whisk dressing ingredients and stir into salad. Serve.

Now

Now is the culmination of everything thus far.
Now is the starting point of everything yet to be.
Now is all that there is and all that you have.
Enjoy now.

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, January 2013

Dear ASLOR Member,

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2013 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

10 Ways to Express Yourself in the New Year – and Anytime of the Year

1. Live with the 3 Es: energy, enthusiasm and empathy.
2. Every time you drink water, toast to something beautiful in life, such as the company of a loved one.
3. Eliminate clutter in the home, the car and the office. Let a new energy enter your life.
4. Take time to hug a friend.
5. It is not necessary to win every argument. One must accept that the others have their own views, which you can learn from.
6. Make peace with your past, so as not to ruin your present.
7. Stop comparing your life with others. You have no idea of the highways they have travelled during their lives.
8. Nobody is responsible for your happiness except you yourself.
9. Remember we have no control over what happens to us, but only what we do.
10. Each day before going to sleep, say “I am thankful for …. Today I succeeded in ….”

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, MAY IT BE A BEAUTIFUL ONE.

This is a great way to approach the new year:

Look forward with readiness to receive. Look back with knowledge gained.
Look forward with joyful anticipation. Look back with compassion.
Look forward with hope. Look back with forgiveness.
Look forward with trust. Look back with gratitude.
Look forward with confidence. Look back with a sense of accomplishment.

Borlotti & Potato Burritos

3 cups cooked organic borlotti or pinto beans
1 tsp organic cumin seeds
1 habanero chili, minced (can use a milder chili if desired, and recommended if you have a low heat tolerance!)
1 tsp organic dried oregano (or 1 Tbs fresh)
1 organic vegetable cube concentrate
2-3 Tbs organic olive oil
1/2-1 tsp organic good quality sea salt
1/3 cup organic tomato paste
1/2 cup water
4 medium organic potatoes, diced
2 heads organic broccoli, diced
1/2 cup nutritional (savoury) yeast

Sauté the cumin, oregano, potatoes and olive oil in a heavy skillet. Add broccoli and cook for another minute. Add all other ingredients and cover, simmer until potatoes are just tender when pierced with a fork.

Serve with burritos and a large plate of raw carrots, red capsicum, avocados and cucumbers. And of course, a big jar of chili salsa to accompany!

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, November 2012

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

Inspirational Message to Humanity

This is one of the greatest speeches ever made. It was a speech given by Charlie Chaplin towards the end of his movie, The Great Dictator. This new video brings powerful imagery to his powerful speech.

                                         

If You Want to Change the World, Love a Man (edited version, from Be a Part of the Shift 2012)

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him. Choose one whose soul calls to yours clearly, who sees you, who is brave enough to be open to your love. Accept his hand and guide it gently to your heart, so he can feel your warmth. Look into his eyes, look deeply within, and see what lies dormant, awake, shy or expectant. Look into his eyes and see his fathers and grandfathers, and the wars they fought in some distant land, in some distant time, their pains, their struggles, torments and guilt: look without judgement and let it all go. Know that what he seeks is safe refuge in you. Let him bathe in your gaze and wash away old wounds.

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him. Sit before him in the breath of your vulnerability, in the play of your child innocence, softly yielding, allowing his power to step forth. And when he retreats – because he will – flee in fear to his cave, then envelope yourself in wisdoms, calm your frightened heart, centre yourself in stillness and wait patiently for his return. Sit and sing a song of remembrance, that he too may be soothed.

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him. Encourage him, feed him, hear him, hold him, heal him. And you, in turn, will be nourished and supported and protected by his strong arms, clear thoughts and focused love.

If you want to love a man, love yourself. Be grateful for the gift that is your presence, which celebrates the change that marks the new world you have been seeking, which is within you.

The Supreme Being

Many seek to experience the ultimate reality. In these two videos mystic Birinder explains how through love of our present reality we can experience the supreme being.

                                         

                                         

Organic Macadamia Nut Burgers with Minted Plum and Red Bell Pepper Salsa

1 organic vegetable cube
1 Tbs organic olive or coconut oil
2 cups of cooked organic brown rice
1 1/2 cups of raw organic macadamias
1 Tbs organic Tahini
1/4 cup nutritional (savory) yeast
1 organic carrot, shredded

Sauté veg cube in oil over medium heat.

Chop macadamias in a food processor until it forms a coarse meal and add all other ingredients except carrot. Pulse until the rice is partially broken down yet still has texture. Do not make smooth!

Mix in carrot and form into 6-8 patties and let sit for 10 minutes.

Using a medium-hot skillet, sauté the patties in a little oil until golden brown on each side. Serve with salsa.

Salsa

1 light fleshed organic plum, chopped coarsely
2 small organic bell peppers, red and yellow, chopped coarsely
1 finely chopped organic chili, jalapeno for a little bite, birds eye for a lot, it is your choice!
2 Tbs fresh organic mint, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
Juice of 1 organic lime
2 Tbs organic olive, flax or hemp oil

Stir all ingredients together and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, September 2012

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the September 2012 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

30 Second Speech by Bryan Dyson – Former CEO of Coca Cola 

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all those in the air. 

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it. 

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family and friends and have proper rest. 

Value has a value only if its value is valued. 

The Lost Generation

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite too. This is only a 1 minute 44 second long video, but it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen...forward and backward.

This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20 year old. The contest was titled “u @ 50” by AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant.

                                         

Quinoa Recipes

Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

This combines low fat and protein rich tofu chunks, fiber and iron filled broccoli and the nutrient packed avocado for a meal that sticks with you.

1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 cups fresh broccoli, lightly steamed
1 ripe avocado, diced in small pieces
1 packet extra firm tofu, lightly grilled and cubed or shredded
Sea salt or pepper to taste

You will simply mix all of the ingredients together.

It is full of nutritious ingredients that impart energy and vitality by stabilizing blood sugar levels for long periods of time. The fact that the avocado and quinoa are rich in beneficial fatty acids makes it heart healthy. The broccoli and avocado will make your skin glow and help boost your immunity.

Southwest Quinoa Bowl

This recipe combines low fat spicy soy sausages, protein-rich black beans, tomatoes, and spinach for fiber and protein rich satisfying bowl.

1 cup quinoa, cooked and seasoned with southwest or creole-style seasoning of choice
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup rinsed black beans
1 large cooked spicy soy sausage, diced
1 cup shredded lettuce to top

Mix together all ingredients. Top with the shredded lettuce, which adds additional fiber and a crunchy texture.

It is a fiber rich bowl that combines the fiber of black beans and quinoa for a fulfilling meal. The tomatoes and red bell pepper add antioxidants and vitamins A and C as well as the skin and cancer preventive antioxidant lycopene.

Upon the line of love you find the course of life

You and love are one.
When you stray from this truth, you feel pain.
Returning brings you peace.
Peace comes from love.
Love comes from acceptance.
Acceptance comes from appreciating all things.

To you from God

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, July 2012

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.

Thrive – What On Earth Will It Take?

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s really going on in our world by following the money upstream: uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. Check out the trailer for this documentary on the site link here, thrivemovement.com, and watch the movie. It’s free. The site also has solution strategies.

An Inspirational Story

My name is Mildred Honor. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa, and for over 30 years I have supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons.

During those years I found that children have many levels of musical ability, and even though I have never had the privilege of teaching a prodigy, I have taught some very talented students. However, I have also had my share of what I call ‘musically challenged’ students.

One such student was Robby, who was 11 years old when his mother, a single mum, dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer students who begin at an earlier age, but Robby said that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano, so I accepted him.

                                                                  

Well, Robby began his piano lessons and from the start it seemed hopeless. As much as Robby tried, he lacked a sense of tone and basic rhythm. But he dutifully practiced his scales and elementary piano pieces. And over the months, as he tried and tried, I listened and cringed, yet I tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say: “My mum’s going to hear me play something special someday.” But to me it seemed he just did not have the innate ability needed.

I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped him off or waited in her old car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming for lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability he had decided to stop. And I was glad, because he was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several months later I posted a flyer for a student recital to all my students’ homes. To my surprise, Robby called and asked if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was only for current students, so he did not qualify. He told me that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing.

“Please Miss Honor, I’ve just got to play,” he insisted. I don’t know why I allowed him to play, but something inside of me said that it would be all right.

The night of the recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to thank everyone and play a finishing piece, so that if Robby performed poorly I could salvaged it with my ‘curtain closer.’

Well, the recital went off without a hitch, the students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as if he had run an eggbeater through it. ‘Why wasn’t he dressed up like the other students?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’

Robby pulled out the piano bench and announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, dancing nimbly on the ivories. Pianissimo, fortissimo, allegro, virtuoso, suspended chords, they were all magnificent!

Never had I heard Mozart played so masterfully by someone so young. As he ended in a grand crescendo, the auditorium erupted in a standing ovation of wild applause! Overcome with tears, I ran onstage and threw my arms around Robby. “I have never heard you play like that before, Robby, how did you do it?” Through the microphone Robby explained: “Well, Miss Honor … remember I told you that my mum was sick? Well, she had cancer and passed away this morning. And, well … she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.”

As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage, to take him to foster care, I noticed they had tears in their eyes, like everyone else. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my student, although that night he was the teacher and I was the student. He taught me about perseverance, love and believing in your self.

Baked Spinach and Pumpkin Couscous for 2

Olive oil spray
200g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup couscous
40g spinach, trimmed and shredded
2/3 cup tomato purée
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup parmesan, finely grated (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Lightly spray a char-grill with olive oil and heat on medium-high. Grill the pumpkin slices for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred and starting to soften. Cut into 2cm cubes.

Meanwhile, place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour over 1/2 cup of boiling water. Fluff up the couscous with a fork until most of the water has been absorbed, then cover and allow it to stand for 2 minutes. Fluff up with a fork again and stand, covered, for another 2 minutes.

Stir through the spinach and pumpkin, then spoon the mixture into a 3-cup ovenproof dish and gently press down.
Add the tomato purée in a bowl and season with pepper. Cover the couscous with the tomato mixture and sprinkle with parmesan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned. And enjoy!

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, March 2012

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter

The Trees’ Message to Humanity by Oribel Divine

“Know that our love for humanity is deep and profound for you are the caretakers of the Earth, and this is your domain. This is your world to love and to cherish. We only remind you of the great responsibility you have so that you can fulfill it.”

The purpose of trees is to spread love in merely being.

                                         

 

A Reminder

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on a sheet of paper. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. At the end of the class the students handed in their papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate piece of paper and listed what everyone had said about that individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Instantly, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered, 'I didn't know others liked me so much!' and other such comments.

No-one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter, the exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another.

Years later, one of the students was killed in war and the teacher attended his funeral. The church was packed. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'Yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, Mark's former classmates organized a luncheon. Mark's mother and father attended specifically to speak with his teacher. 'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.'

He carefully removed two worn pieces of paper. They were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. 'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates gathered around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.' Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.' 'I have mine too,' Marilyn said, ‘in my diary'. Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her book, took out her purse and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said, and continued: 'I think we all saved our lists.'

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried.

We forget that life will end one day perhaps because we don't know when that day will be. So please tell the people you love that they are special.

And remember, what you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.
 

Natural Seasoning

Switching to a natural foods diet sometimes means saying goodbye to some of your favorite recipes because they call for store-bought ingredients (e.g., bouillon) that are full of hidden MSG and other health-depleting additives. However, if you are dedicated enough and willing to experiment a little, it is often possible to find homemade equivalents that will serve your purpose just as well. For example, following are homemade versions of widely-used seasoning mixes, all of which can be prepared ahead of time for added convenience.

Taco Seasoning

It is simple to make your own homemade, additive-free taco seasoning using nothing more than dry seasonings and salt. This recipe is so delicious that you won't even miss the MSG! Combine the following dry spices and store the mix in a sealed container:

2 tsp chili powder (see recipe below)
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)

Chili Powder

You may assume that chili powder is just ground up dried chili peppers, but often this is not the case. Check the ingredients list on the chili powder jar in your cupboard, and you may be in for a shock! Many varieties contain MSG, anti-caking agents, and other flavor enhancers and additives. The good news is that it is quick and easy to make your own. Combine the following dry spices:

6 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp dried red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cayenne
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves

                                                                     High Altitude Plane

Calibrate Your Happiness Altimeter

How happy are you right now? How happy do you intend to be today? Set your purpose for a higher level of happiness and you will be happier.

The altimeter in a plane tells a pilot how high the craft is above the ground. Before takeoff, the pilot sets the altimeter based on atmospheric pressure. Similarly, before you get out of bed or begin your day, you can set your purpose as to how happy you will be.

As atmospheric pressure changes, the pilot must reset the altimeter to maintain a desired altitude. Throughout the day, you can reset your altimeter with the purpose of maintaining your level of altitude.

You get to choose how happy you will be. Set a purpose now and enjoy the flight.

From god@toyoulovegod.org.

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, January 2012

Dear ASLOR Member,

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter. May the New Year bring more love and positive abundance to all.

Life is an Echo by Young Christianz

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “Ah!” And to his surprise, he hears the voice repeating somewhere in the mountain: “Ah.”

Curious, he yells: “Who are you?”

He receives the answer: “Who are you?”

And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!”

The voice answers: “I admire you!”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”

He receives the answer: “Coward!”

He looks to his father and asks: “What is going on?”

The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention." The father screams: “You are a champion.” And the voice answers: “You are a champion.” The boy hears it but does not understand.

So the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say and do."

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything. In all aspects of life, life will give you back everything you have given it.

Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember life is an echo. It always gets back to you.
 

2012 – A Message of Hope

                                           

Peaceful Warrior

The frequencies of this music are specifically designed to heal our wounded hearts, lift us up and make our souls sing.

                                            

“You hear with your ears but you listen with your heart. You view with your eyes but you see with your understanding. You touch with your hands but you feel with your soul. Your body is a portal conveying sensations. Open yourself to fully experiencing what you receive. Let your senses sample your world. Let your spirit embrace, interpret and celebrate what you receive.”

From god@toyoulovegod.org.

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, November 2011

Dear ASLOR Member,

Happy 11/11/11 and welcome to the November 2011 issue of the ASLOR newsletter.

picture of a wise steve jobs       cartoon of steve jobs in heaven

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal events in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities when confronted with life's setbacks – including death itself – at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

 

 

               split coconut

Coconut Flour

Many people are wheat intolerant or simply prefer alternatives to wheat flour, such as rice flour or rye flour. Coconut flour also provides an excellent alternative to wheat flour for baking and cooking. In addition, other products of the coconut, such as oil and milk, help to reduce weight, help with first-aid and are delicious in recipes.

Coconut flour is high in protein and fiber, is low in carbohydrates and has a great texture and appealing sweetness, since organic coconut flour contains natural sugar. Organic coconut flour is fiber from the coconut meat after the oil has been extracted.

Coconut Milk

Traditionally used in Indian curry dishes or Thai cuisine, coconut milk is used in a variety of dishes, and is a healthy replacement for dairy products. Make sure coconut milk is free of sugar or preservatives, and use it up quickly before it spoils.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil facilitates the absorption of key nutrients by the body. It helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium, necessary for the development of bones and teeth. The medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil not only are beneficial for general health, but may also help those who are trying to lose weight. It has even been found to help prevent those addicted to nicotine.

Extra virgin coconut oil has a slightly sweet taste and fresh coconut scent. Take care when purchasing organic, as cheaper brands or products with false labeling can be denatured, bleached and/or highly processed.

 

Almond and coconut oil scones

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup date sugar or 5 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 free range eggs
1 cup chopped apricots
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried, shredded coconut

Method:
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Centigrade. Mix dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients. Stir in apricots, almonds and coconut then shape scones into small rounds. Bake on pan lined with baking paper for 15 - 20 minutes, keeping a close eye on them.

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and everyone of us.” – Mother Teresa.

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, September 2011

Dear ASLOR Member,

 
Welcome to the September issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Young Audrey Hepburn
 
Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips
 
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed, never throw out anyone.
Remember if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
 
A Story of Inspiration
 
Sung-Bong Choi is a contestant on Korea’s Got Talent.  He had a very challenging upbringing. He was orphaned at age 3. After running away from the orphanage at 5, he lived on the streets for 10 years.  Now in his early-20s, he’s a manual labourer by occupation, but singing is his passion and he desires to one day be a vocalist.  See his inspirational video below, in which he beautifully sings Nella Fantasia, an Italian Opera, which translates thus: “In my fantasy I see a fair world, where everyone lives in peace and honesty.  I dream of a place to live that is always free, like a cloud that floats, full of humanity in the depths of the soul.  In my fantasy I see a bright world, where each night there is less darkness.  I dream of spirits that are always free, like the cloud that floats.”
 
 
 
Astonish Me
 
See this magical tale of adventure and discovery from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) showing some of the extraordinary species recently found around the world.  As a member of WWF has said, “Locating and recording new species is vital for conservation – as many species become extinct due to habitat loss and humanity’s impact on the planet, we need to study what’s left to understand their role in the ecosystem so that we can preserve biodiversity – it’s only by understanding can we find the solutions.”
 

 

“When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi.

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, July 2011 

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the July issue of ASLOR’s newsletter. 
 
The Meaning of Life
 
Enjoy the link below:
 
 
One The Event
 
In an effort to transform fear into love through the power of human intention, Seattle firefighter Erik Lawyer has launched a transformational event called One The Event.  Erik is the founder of Firefighters for 9/11 truth and is fully informed about information that 9/11 was an inside job.  But instead of focusing on the conspiracy of it, he has decided to focus his efforts on moving forward in the spirit of love and positive intention.
 
Support the shift by choosing to send love on 9/11/11.  See www.OneTheEvent.org
 
Beetroot
 
Picture of beetroot
 
Studies undertaken by the Queen Mary University, UK and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association have shown that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. According to the research, naturally occurring nitrates in the beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens vessels and arteries.
 
In addition, beetroot helps liver, kidney and bladder function and helps to improve circulation.
 
Beet greens are a good source of calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C. And Beetroot is an excellent source of folic acid, fiber, manganese and potassium.
 
Baby beetroot is around the size of a golf-ball and is slightly sweeter than mature specimens. Beetroot leaves look a lot like baby spinach, with red stems and veins showing through the dark leaves. Often used in mixed salads, they have a peppery taste and a crunchy texture. Use as you would baby spinach leaves.
 
Choose beetroot that is firm to the touch and look carefully to make sure it is free of mold. Buy beetroot that has the stem and leaves remaining, preferably from an organic market.
 

Spicy Turkish Beetroot Dip

3 medium beetroot, trimmed
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup natural yogurt (optional)
 
Boil beetroot until tender, then drain. When cool, peel the beetroot and chop into pieces. Blend the spices and remaining ingredients until smooth.
 

“This day commit to being genuinely and uniquely you.  Let the truth of who you are shine through.  Bask in the warmth of your genuine expression and know that you alone can be what you have come into this life to be.”

 
Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, May 2011

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the May issue of ASLOR’s newsletter. 
 
2012 – The Revolution Has Begun
 
There is no time left to be complacent. The world is changing now. Not tomorrow. Be part of the change for good. The love. Not the fear. Let go your attachment to the old world and embrace the new.  See link below:
 
 
 
 
Thai Style Quinoa with Vegetables
 
Thai dishes often have coconut milk as a main ingredient and this dish is no exception.  Coconut milk and coconut oil are often misunderstood as being “fattening” food.  However, they both have some excellent properties that boost heart health, which make them a great option for flavourful, healthful cooking.
 
The other ingredients in this recipe have health benefits as well.  Ginger is an excellent stomach tonic, as it can soothe intestinal and digestive discomfort.  Ginger has been known to help increase blood flow to the extremities, and it is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
 
Quinoa, which is a seed that cooks up like a grain, is an excellent source of protein for vegans.  Unlike many other starchy recipe bases, like brown rice and bulgur wheat, quinoa contains complete amino acids.  Quinoa is also a great alternative to pasta and wheat for those with gluten intolerance.
 
The veggies in this recipe, snow peas and broccoli, are rich in chlorophyll, fiber, iron and vitamin C.  They add antioxidant value, regulate the digestive system, and are an overall complex carbohydrate energy boost.
 
Rounding out the recipe, we have another nutritional powerhouse: avocado.  Avocado is another food vilified as “fattening”, but actually has plentiful of health benefits.  Avocado is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, the anti-cancer nutrient oleic acid, and lutein, which is great for eye health.
 
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup steamed snow peas
1 cup steamed broccoli
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup natural, chunky style peanut butter
8-10 shakes sesame oil, or season to your taste
1-2 T soy sauce
1/2 T dried ground ginger, or 1 T fresh ground ginger
1/2 small avocado, diced into small pieces
 
Begin by cooking your quinoa in 2 cups of water. Cook until the water has been absorbed, then set aside. Do not attempt to fluff the quinoa until it is cooled, as it can turn to mush easily when hot.
 
You may have the snow peas and broccoli steaming around the time the quinoa is done cooking. Vegetables should be crisp-tender so they maintain the majority of their vitamins and minerals, as well as their fiber content. They should have a bright green color when finished steaming.
 
For your sauce, combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger in a small sauce pan. Over low heat, blend all ingredients, slowly stirring with a wooden spoon until all are blended into one uniform sauce.
 
Mix the quinoa, veggies, and Thai style sauce in a large bowl or plate. Add the diced avocadoes to the top.
 

“Feelings of gratitude are compounded when you share them.  There are those you know intimately as well as those you know only in passing who provide for you in large and small ways.  A word of appreciation fills their hearts and inspires them to give even more.  More importantly, appreciation of others increases your feelings of gratitude because you are reminded of their service and how blessed you are to have them in your life.  Say thank you to someone at least once a day per waking hour this day.  Then, sit back and marvel at how charmed your life has become.”

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in gratitude and in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, March 2011

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the March issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
 
A picture of a pink orse
 
The Rose
 
The first day of college our professor challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
 
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi handsome.  My name is Rose.  I’m eighty-seven years old.  Can I give you a hug?”
 
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may.” And she gave me a giant squeeze.
 
“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
 
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married and have a couple of kids.”
 
“No, seriously,” I asked.  I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
 
“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
 
Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk non-stop.  I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine,” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
 
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She was living it up.
 
At the end of the semester, we invited Rose to speak at our football dinner.
 
She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. She cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old, we grow old because we stop playing.
 
“There are only two secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success.  You have to laugh every day.  And you’ve got to have a dream.  When you lose your dreams, you die.
 
“There is a huge different between growing older and growing up. Anybody can grow older.  That doesn’t take any talent.  The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change, so you have no regrets.
 
“The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do.  The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
 
Thus she concluded her speech.
 
Then, one week after she graduated, Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
 
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.
 

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, January 2011

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the January issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.  May 2011 bring lots of love and positive abundance to all.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is onSunday, 13 February 2010, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.  For better health and to feel better, join this sharing of Reiki.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
 
Front cover of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
 
Excerpt from Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
 
For many years I worked in palliative care.  My patients were those who had gone home to die.  They grew a lot when they're faced with their own mortality.  Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected – denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance.  But every single patient found their peace before they departed.
 
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.  Here are the most common five.
 
1.   I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself not the life others expected of me.
 
This was the most common regret of all. Most people had not honoured even half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they made or not made.
 
It’s very important to honour at least some of your dreams along the way.  From the moment you lose your health, it’s too late.  Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it.
 
2.   I wish I didn’t work so hard.
 
This came from every male patient that I nursed.  They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.  They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
 
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it’s possible to not need the income that you think you do.  And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, the ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
 
3.   I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
 
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.  Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
 
We cannot control the reactions of others.  However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level.  Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life.  Either way, you win.
 
4.   I wish I had stayed in touch with friends.
 
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks.  Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendship slip by over the years.  There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.
 
It’s common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible, but it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them.  They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.  That is all that remains in the final weeks – love and relationships.
 
5.   I wish I had let myself be happier.
 
This is surprisingly a common one.  Many didn’t realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions as well as their physical lives.  Fear of change had them pretending to others and to their own selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
 
How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
 
Life is a choice.  It's YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.
 

Have A Great Day and may you choose to live in your passion!

ASLOR Newsletter, November 2010

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the November issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 5 December 2010, from 7pm to 8:30pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.  For better health and to feel better, join this sharing of Reiki.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
 
                              Picture of an angel of light
 
Excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration Speech
originally written by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?  Actually who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn't serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
 
Tempe Stir Fry
 
1 teaspoon sesame oil                             125ml mushroom “oyster” sauce
1 tablespoon peanut oil                            2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger             2 tablespoons coriander leaves
1 red chilli, finely sliced                            40g cashew nuts, toasted
300g tempeh, diced                                 steamed rice, to serve
800g Chinese broccoli, chopped
500g (1 bunch) baby bok choy, leaves separated
 
  1. Heat wok until very hot.  Add sesame and peanut oils and swirl to coat the side.  Stir fry ginger and chilli over medium heat for 1 minute, or until softened.  Add the tempeh and cook for 5 minutes, or until golden.  Remove the mixture from the wok and keep warm.
  2. Add the greens and 1 tablespoon water to the wok.  Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until wilted.
  3. Return tempeh to the wok.  Add the mushroom oyster sauce and vinegar and toss to warm through.  Sprinkle with coriander and nuts and serve with steamed rice.

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, September 2010 

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the September issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 3 October 2010, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.  For better health and to feel better, join this sharing of Reiki.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
 
Three red coloured marbles
Red Marbles
 
I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes.  I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.
 
I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas.  I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.  Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.
 
Hello Barry, “How are you today?”
 
“H’lo, Mr Miller.  Fine, thank ya.  Jus’ admirin’ them peas.  They sure look good.”
 
“They are good, Barry.  How’s your Ma?”
 
“Fine.  Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.”
 
“Good.  Anything I can help you with?”
 
“No, Sir.  Jus’ admirin’ them peas.”
 
“Would you like to take some home?” asked Mr Miller.
 
“No, Sir.  Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.”
 
“Well, what have you to trade for some of those peas?”
 
“All I got’s my prize marble here.”
 
“Is that right?  Let me see it,” said Miller.
 
“Here ’tis.  She’s a dandy.”
 
“I can see that.  Hmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red.  Do you have a red one like this at home?” the store owner asked.
 
“Not zackley but almost.”
 
“Tell you what.  Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble.”  Mr Miller told the boy.
 
“Sure will.  Thanks Mr Miller.”
 
Mrs Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.  With a smile she said, “There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances.  Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.  When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.”
 
I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man.  A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
 
                                              Seven marbles, the colours of the rainbow
 
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one.  Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr Miller had died.
 
They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.  Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
 
Ahead of us in line were three young men.  One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts. All very professional looking.  They approached Mrs Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.  Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her, and moved on to the casket.
 
Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the basket.  Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
 
Our turn came to meet Mrs Miller.  I told her who I was and reminder her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles.  With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
 
Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.  They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim “traded” them.  Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about colour or size. They came to pay their debt.
 
“We’ve never had a great deal of wealth of this world,” she confided, “but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.”
 
With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.  Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
 
The Moral:  We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.  Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.
 
Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.  A fresh pot of tea you didn’t make yourself.  An unexpected phone call from an old friend.  Green stoplights on your way to work.  The fastest line at the grocery store.  A good sing-along song on the radio.  Your keys found right where you left them.
 
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, July 2010

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the July issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 1 August 2010, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people. For better health and to feel better, join this sharing of Reiki.
 
Where: 329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP: by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
 
                                                                          A more fancy cup of tea 
Life is like a Cup of Tea
 
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together with their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
 
Offering his guests tea, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of tea and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He told his guests to help themselves to the tea.
 
After everyone had a cup of tea in hand, the professor said: If you notice, all the nice looking, expensive cups have been taken up leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
 
Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the tea. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases, even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was tea, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cups and then you began eyeing each other's cups to see who had the best one.
 
Now consider this. Life is the tea. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just the tools to hold and contain life and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the tea. Savor the tea, not the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
 
Live simply, speak kindly, care deeply, love generously.
 
                                                                                A plain cup of tea
 
Spicy Chickpea and Vegetable Casserole
 
330g (1.5 cups) dried chickpeas                      2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons ground cumin                              1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon allspice                                       400g tin chopped tomatoes
375 ml (1 cups) vegetable stock                      150g green beans, trimmed
300g pumpkin, peeled and diced largely          200g baby squash, quartered
2 tablespoons tomato paste                             1 teaspoon dried oregano
 
  1. Soak chickpeas in enough cold water to cover overnight. Drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add cumin, chilli powder and allspice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chickpeas, tomato and stock. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin, beans, squash, tomato paste and oregano. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, then remove the lid and simmer, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce slightly. Serve hot.
Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, May 2010

Dear ASLOR Member, 
 
Welcome to the May issue of ASLOR’s newsletter. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 13 June 2010, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.  For better health and to feel better, join this sharing of Reiki. 
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042 
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304 
 
ASLOR Finances
 
The Committee would like to thank Alex Topic for canceling the debt owed to him by ASLOR as part of the expense incurred in starting up the Association.  This amounted to $4,000.  His generosity is warmly acknowledged by the Association. 
 
 
Oriah's The Dance book cover
Excerpt from The Dance by Oriah
I have sent you my invitation, the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.  Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want!  Let’s do it!”  Just stand up quietly and dance with me. 
 
Show me how you follow your deepest desires, spiraling down into the ache within the ache, and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day. 
 
Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.  Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without abandoning yourself when you are hurt and afraid of being unloved. 
 
Tell me a story of who you are, and see who I am in the stories I am living.  And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice. 
 
Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be someday.  Show me you can risk being completely at peace, truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment, and again in the next and the next and the next. 
 
I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.  Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall, the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.  What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness? 
 
And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the clear, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other, let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving those we once loved out loud. 
 
Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart, and I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again. 
 
Show me how you take care of business without letting business determine who you are.  When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul’s desires have too high a price, let us remind each other that it is never about the money. 
 
Show me how you offer to your people and the world the stories and the songs you want our children’s children to remember, and I will show you how I struggle, not to change the world, but to love it. 
 
Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude, knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.  Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words, holding neither against me at the end of the day. 
 
And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest intentions has died away on the wind, dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale of breath that is breathing us all into being, not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within. 
 
Don’t say, “Yes!”  Just take my hand and dance with me. 
 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, March 2010

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the March issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 11 April 2010, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling 02 8090 0304
 
Quiet
Hold still, be silent
Listen, stay quiet
Withhold your opinion
Allow truth as dominion
Expand your view because
Truth knows what to do
 
by Tara Lea Moffat
 
 
Cartoon of a flood survivor on his rooftop
 
Trust And You Shall Receive, If You Choose To
 
After heavy rains which caused massive flooding in a town, a rescue boat comes up to a house with a man inside offering a ride.  The man refuses saying he trusts God to save him.
 
A few days later, this man was in the upper storey of his house.  Another boat comes offering to rescue him.  Again he refuses saying he trusts God to save him.
 
A few days later, this man was on the roof of his house.  Another boat comes offering to rescue him.  Again he refuses saying he trusts God to save him.
 
A few days later, he was surprised to find himself in the afterlife.  God was also surprised to see him there.  He asked God after all the trust he had on Him, why He did not come and save him.  God said but I sent three boats to you, why did you not go with one of them?
 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, January 2010

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to a new and exciting 2010.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 7 February 2010, from 730pm to 900pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring: a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
How to Dance in the Rain
It was a busy morning, about 8.30am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb.  He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9am.
 
While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.  The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.  I inquired as to her health.  He told me she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimers Disease.
 
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.  He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.  I was surprised, and asked him, "And you still go every morning even though she doesn’t know who you are?"
 
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is."  I had to hold back tears as he left and thought, That is the kind of love I want in my life.
 
True love is neither physical, nor romantic.  True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be and will not be.  The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
 

A picture of a couple dancing in the rain

 
 Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, October 2009

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the October 2009 issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The ASLOR Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday 1 November 2009, from 7:00 to 7:30pm.  The President and Treasurer will be presenting their reports for the past year and officers will be voted in.  All members are invited to attend.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
The AGM is then followed by the next ASLOR Community Evening from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Bring: a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 

It’s All About Character

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
 
Pasta for the Gang
 
1 packet of noodles (cook as per packet instructions)
½ cup tahini                                    Juice of 2 lemons
½ teaspoon cumin                          2 tablespoons mirin
1-2 tablespoons shoyu                   Sea salt and pepper to taste
A handful of your favourite herb     Sunflower seed to garnish
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together and taste and adjust.
  2. Mix with cooked pasta and serve with herbs and toasted sunflower seed as garnish.

 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, August 2009

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the August issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
ASLOR Community Evening
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 6 September 2009, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring (optional): a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
 
The front cover of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth
 
Excerpt from Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth
 
There are two Zen monks, Tanzan and Ekido, who were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rains.  Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road.  Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.
 
The monks walked in silence for five hours until they were approaching the lodging temple.  Ekido couldn’t resist any longer and asked, “Why did you carry that girl across the road?  We monks are not supposed to do things like that.”
 
Tanzan replied, “I put the girl down hours ago.  Are you still carrying her?”
 
Now imagine what life would be like for someone who lived like Ekido all the time, unable or unwilling to let go internally of situations, accumulating more and more stuff inside, and you get a sense of what life is like for the majority of people on our planet.  What a heavy burden of past they carry around with them in their minds.
 
Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?
 

Have A Great Day!

 

ASLOR Newsletter, June 2009

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the June issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
ASLOR Community Evening
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 5 July 2009, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring (optional): a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
 
The Invitation book cover
 
Excerpt from The Invitation by Oriah
 
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
 
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
 
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
 
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
 
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes, without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
 
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself, if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul, if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
 
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
 
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon “Yes”.
 
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
 
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
 
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
 
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, April 2009

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to the April issue of ASLOR’s newsletter.
 
ASLOR Community Evening
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 3 May 2009, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring (optional): a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
Comment received about the evening:  “It was great to meet some of the happy Reiki team and share the warmth, a very fun and strengthening evening!”
 
 
The Jar Of Life
A jar full of golf balls
 
In school, a teacher took out a big jar and filled it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. And the students said yes.
 
Then he took out pebbles and poured them into the jar.  The pebbles occupied the spaces between the golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full, and the students said yes, starting to wonder what the teacher was getting at.
 
Next he took out sand and poured it into the jar.  The sand occupied the spaces that were left.  He then asked the students if the jar was full, and the students said yes, certainly now it must be full.
 
The teacher then filled the jar with tea. And then the jar was full!
 
He then explained that the golf balls represent the important things in life, like family, friends, hobbies and other activities that you are passionate about.  The pebbles represent work or activities you have to do.  And the sand represents the little things in life.
 
He said, always fill your life with golf balls first, so that you have space to add more.  But if you fill your life with sand first, then there is no space for the golf balls.
 
One student then asked, what about the tea?  The teacher answered that there is always time to have tea with friends.
 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, February 2009

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Welcome to a new and exciting 2009.
 
ASLOR Community Evening
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening is on Sunday, 1 March 2009, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring (optional): a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
 
 
Surfing with Reiki
 
Reiki, I could compare it to how a Surfer would feel about her board.
 
As I cruise along with the love of life and then ... just as I turn around, here it comes ... The swell, the BIGGEST wave of life YET, I’d compare it to ... well, nothing is as big as the swell of the wave that is rising in the Now!
 
Thank Goodness I’ve got Reiki. Like a Surfer and her board, I ride the waves of life.
 
The waves of emotion that life sometimes white-waters us with, I take my Reiki and use it like a surfboard, skimming across and through the barrel as I can hear the crashing behind me of the thunderous possibilities of what could have been ... phheeeewwww.
 
Like a Surfer holding onto her board, I hold onto Reiki, duck diving beneath the surface and plunging a little deeper, a little braver head first into the deep ocean that is life.
 
by Taralea Moffatt

 

Have A Great Day!

ASLOR Newsletter, December 2008

Dear ASLOR Member,
 
Wishing you all the best for the Christmas season and may 2009 bless you all with joy and positive abundance.
 
Upcoming Event
 
The next ASLOR Community Evening, our first for the New Year, is on Sunday, 18 January 2009, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
Bring (optional): a plate of food or nibblies to share (preferably vegan).
 
Annual General Meeting (AGM):
 
The ASLOR AGM was held on 2 November 2008 and listed below are the elected committee members, including the officers, of the ASLOR Committee:
  • President:  Di Edwards
  • Vice-President: Paula Blaker
  • Secretary:  Alex Topic
  • Treasurer:  Teresa Easter
  • Ordinary Members:  Ronald Jore and Tara Moffatt
 
During the financial year 2007-2008 the President, Di Edwards, reported that ASLOR experienced a blossoming through the following achievements:
  • Increased membership numbers
  • Better documentation including marketing materials
  • Increased support from Friends of ASLOR
  • First Teacher's Meeting was held successfully
Di Edwards
President ASLOR

ASLOR Newsletter, October 2008

Dear ASLOR Members,
 
Here is ASLOR’s newsletter for October 2008.
 
Upcoming Event
 
The ASLOR Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday 2 November 2008, from 7:00 to 7:30pm.  The President and Treasurer will be presenting their reports for the past year and officers will be voted in.  All members are invited to attend.
 
Where:  329B King St, Newtown 2042
 
RSVP:  by email or calling (02) 8090 0304
 
The AGM is then followed by the next ASLOR Community Evening from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The Community Evening gives members a chance to share Reiki and attunements, and to mix and mingle with like-hearted people.
 
Bring: a plate of food or nibbles to share (preferably vegan).
 
 
 
                                      Knex model rollercoaster with boy playing
The Present
 
One day, a little boy named Sean asked his father for a small box of lego so he could build a boat.  His father said no, he was unable to afford it.
 
All that day and for the rest of the week, Sean kept on asking for this small box of lego, but the father continued to give the same excuse.
 
Towards the end of the month, when Sean’s father received a bonus from work, he decided to buy Sean a present.  He bought a large box of KNEX. With this box, he could build tractors, boats, Ferris wheel and all sorts of exciting buildings.
 
But when Sean received his present, he was disappointed, all he wanted was a box of lego. He threw himself to the ground and wept, and never played with his present.
 
Every moment is the present. It simply requires the ability to accept that you can play with it and have fun, and then life might turn out better than expected.

Have A Great Day!