It's been a looooong week, people.
We moved. Again. And anyone who challenges my assertion that moving is the most disruptive thing in life will be locked in my storage unit until I say they can come out.
The good news is that it's over. The books are unpacked and shelved (35+ very heavy boxes!), and the energy of my workspace is absolutely fantastic. My desk sits in front of a big, third-story window, facing a handsome and wise tree. Binoculars and Audubon Guide are at-the-ready for identification of the dozens of bird species who live in or migrate through Prospect Park, just a short block away.
And (insert drum roll here…) the kitchen is in full swing.
In celebration of feeling settled, I made a pot of veggie stock and some lentil soup. The nice thing about veg stock is that it's amazingly quick (I put mine together while waiting for the tea water to boil) and when it's frozen in individual containers, it provides a delicious and nutrient-dense base for so many other dishes.
Today's stock included what I had on hand: one quartered onion (skin intact), 5 cloves of garlic, 4 stalks of celery cut into 2" pieces, 2 carrots cut in 2" pieces, a handful of chopped parsley, a big jewel yam cut into about 8 chunks, about 10 peppercorns and a couple of juniper berries. The technique is equally simple: cover with cold water and bring to a simmer (not a boil)... let it gently bubble away while you work on something else.
In my case, the something else was preparation for my teaching this weekend at The Centre for Homeopathic Education. I'm honored to be a part this fabulous professional training program and invite any of you who are considering the pursuit of homeopathic studies to check out their website, or post some questions here.
In addition to the usual homeopathic philosophy, remedy study, etc., I'm also teaching a class that I developed called, "Inner Discovery for the Healer." I love this work as it provides a framework for the very necessary introspection and grounding required to stay afloat while helping others.
This journey of self-discovery is, of course, not limited to those in the healing professions… it’s really just a simple model applicable to anyone who is interested in spelunking the inner realms and learning more about the transformative alchemical process that brings us closer to knowing, to joy, and to magic.
I’ve got a couple of well4good workshops and retreats in development that will feature the Self Discovery work a complement to the usual offering of food, movement, meditation and holistic healing practices. Look for more specific information in coming weeks.
And look closely at the picture at the top of the post... that's the alcove in my kitchen. See my little faeries? They are ready for Midsummer... just about a week away.