Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wish You Were Here

This time of year always brings reason for sadness to so many. This year, I could certainly change my long-term holiday perspective of optimism and instead dwell on the fact that tomorrow evening (X-mas Eve here in the 'States) will be the first X-mas Eve in my entire life that I haven't spent dining, bullshitting, and exchanging gifts with my father, who is now deceased. I very well could dwell on it. I could. Then again, we all have a story; we've all lost someone or something (a beloved pet, perhaps) that leaves us wanting in the worst way; we've all been through that first T-giving and/or X-mas after a difficult break-up; we've all been privy to a family member enduring the same thing this time of year. So, no tears or heartache this X-mas, OK?

Instead, in your quest to layoff too many "unhealthy" holiday treats, why don't you give the following recipe a try. Trivial, I know. How does a smoothie mend your heart? It doesn't. (Well, not figuratively, at least.) But this really is a time of year to be a bit trivial, perhaps a bit simple and childish. (This is, after all, the time of year Santa pays all good kids a visit, right?)

Now, you'll need a blender, but trust me, this smoothie has the power to transport you from the snow and ice (you can use that description as a metaphor for the emotional doldrums, if you wish) to the sun-baked tropics (happiness or contentment, if looking for metaphor) in mere minutes.

I call this smoothie "Wish You Were Here." (Cheeky, I know. But it seems we all have to name our meals in this holistic/raw food realm. I'm not sure who decided that. I think it was raw food guru David Wolfe, so please blame him!)

Anyway, Nellie P's Wish You Were Here recipe:

1 cup strawberries
1 cup diced pineapple
1 diced mango
3 tablespoons raw coconut butter
8-10 oz. purified/spring water
Blend, chill, then serve for two.

Give that a try, and see if you don't wake up in Maui with a smile on your face the next morning.

In addition, find some time to intellectually run away from it all. Find a spot where no one can bother you for a few minutes. (A corner of the house, a hill overlooking the city, an empty park off the main drag, wherever.) Stare off into the labyrinth of lights, until you reach that foggy alpha state where you can actually see people you once knew and hear conversations of yesterday and tomorrow. Let your mind run away—allow it liberation. Perhaps you gaze into holidays past; perhaps you peek into the upcoming year, foresee it unfolding just as you wish. Perhaps you simply stare into the face of gratitude with a grin and an affirmative nod.

Please stay safe this week.

Until next time...

Peace & Luv



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