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Green Pot O' Gold Smoothie

Here is a yummy healthy, end-of-the rainbow smoothie
that I made for this St. Patrick's Day,
a green pot o' gold
just for you!

Green Pot O' Gold Smoothie
by Lea Goode-Harris

Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 1 cup cashew milk* (or nut milk of choice)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (I use white chia seeds)
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (or rice protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp fresh peppermint leaves
  • a few drops of stevia or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup water in cold weather or four large ice cubes in warm weather
  • 1 tbls raw cacao nibs

Topping:

  • Raw Cacao Nibs
  • A-bit-o-gold: Bee Pollen

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients with the exception of the cacao nibs.
  2. Once blended add in the tablespoon of cacao nibs and pulse a couple of time to distribute them evenly.
  3. Pour into a glass and top it off with a sprinkle of cacao nibs & golden bee pollen.
  4. Enjoy!

*Cashew Milk: to make one cup:

  • 1/3 cup raw, organic cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  1. blend in your blender, starting low then moving to high, until smooth, creamy, and frothy!

Santa Rosa Labyrinth's 20th Birthday

Twenty years ago today,
these twists and turns spun out from my compass
and this path with heart has taken me on a truly amazing journey!
I have watched this beautiful labyrinth
be built
in every medium imaginable,
people sending me stories and photos
from all over the world
all the while watching the neighborhood kids grow up
to dance, walk, and run its path these past years...
even as it has transformed before me,
mirroring the many changes in my own life...

weddings, deaths, births, birthdays,
celebrations, letting go's,
season after season,
days and nights...

Happy Birthday
sweet path of joy!

Marilyn Larson's song about you
is fit for today
and always...

The sun and the moon
and the sun and the moon
shine on me as I walk
on my path to and fro...
cheering my heart
as I change at each turn
with each step as I go
to and fro,
to and fro...
the sun and the moon
side by side in my heart.

Heartfelt-thanks to the many people who have helped to bring the Santa Rosa Labyrinth out into the world: My late husband Milton E. Harris, Richard Feather Anderson, Robert Ferré, Lauren Artress, Marilyn Larson, Sue Anne Foster, Alyssa Hall, Jeff & Kimberly Saward, Orin Harris, Carol Posh-Comstock, Marney Armitage, Rita Caroni & Dayle Marshall, Marty & Debi Kermeen, Lars Howlett, Geof & Lorraine Rodda, Denny Dyke, Chuck Hunner and many, many others for your beautiful creations!

Haiku My Heart ~ Tangled

Lines by Lea ~ Coloring by my dear friend Kimberly Saward©

Lines by Lea ~ Coloring by my dear friend Kimberly Saward©

Tangled lines of love
a belated valentine

just for your sweet heart

CLICK HERE for a printable PDF of my tangled heart
for you to color,
a valentine from me to you!

*****
For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

And here's a few more renditions that I've played around with using first colored pencils and then the PicsArt app that Kimberly introduced me to. Kimberly completely inspired me to play with this tangle, plain and with color. I am so grateful to her as we have sparked each other in so many creative adventures throughout the years of our friendship... The original blueprint for my tangle comes from this Zentangle® Newsletter.

b&wredzenheart.jpg

Haiku My Heart ~ Center Point

A gift of roses blooming in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

A gift of roses blooming in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

Find that center point
in the stillness of your breath
transformation blooms

*****
I feel as if every hardship from my entire life
has been preparing me for now,
for this time and space that we are living in...
yet sometimes I feel like my toolbox is empty...


The following words from noted author Diane Ackerman
came to me this past week
and I immediately felt as if I had been saying them all of my life,
they help me to find that center point
and give voice to how I strive to live...

"I will not dishonor my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace."

-Diane Ackerman

*****
For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ Grandfathers

Collage & Acrylic ~ Below:  Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota Holy Man~ Chief Joseph, Nez Perce ~  Geronimo, Chiricahua Apache Tribe

Collage & Acrylic ~ Below:  Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota Holy Man~ Chief Joseph, Nez Perce ~  Geronimo, Chiricahua Apache Tribe

Grandfathers... help us
remember the sacredness,
that we are all one


Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

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please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Sunday Smoothies ~ Butternut Squash Smoothie

Welcome First Day of 2017!

Here is a sunny first day of the year smoothie for you.

I tend to not make many smoothies in the Winter months
as they can be too cold and my body wants hot soup to begin my day,
yes, hot soup for breakfast!

But if all of the ingredients
are at room temperature to start with,
this can be a delicious way to start your day
or as a pick-you-up in the afternoon.

Wishing you all the best for this new year ahead!

Butternut Squash Smoothie
A recipe from Lea Goode-Harris

1 servings

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 1/3 cup butternut squash puree

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger (or half a teaspoon of ground ginger)

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of cashew or almond butter

  • 1.5 cups of coconut water (or almond or coconut milk. If using coconut water I add 1/4 cup of coconut milk to make it extra creamy)

  • 1 scoop of grass fed collagen powder (or protein powder of choice)

  • Optional: 6-10 drops of stevia or 2 pitted dates

  • Nutmeg or cinnamon to sprinkle on top

  • 1 wish

Directions

  1. Place all room temperature ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Don't forget the wish!

  3. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon

  4. Enjoy!

Haiku My Heart ~ Duality

Oh duality,
knowledge of good and evil,
our hearts, a door through...

*****
Walking my labyrinth
on one of these last days of this tired-out-old year...
I asked for a sign, some sort of direction
to follow in the coming new year
and looked up.
There was a half eaten apple
balancing precariously on the fence,
as well as a diligent ant marching on....
and the Garden of Eden came to mind
and the knowledge of eating of the tree of life
and how there is no turning back
only moving forward...

And the image of doing so
through the door of our hearts came to mind,
and all the myths and stories I've ever treasured
seemed to fall right then into
the palm of my hand.

Good bye old year.
With all my heart I hold out my hand
to this new year coming...

*****
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please visit our guest host Magical Mystical Teacher and other poets
at Magical Mystical Teacher

Winter Solstice 2016

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun,...
-The Beatles 1969

*****
I can remember the first time I heard this song...
sitting high above the high school football field
on the steps of the Healdsburg Cemetary as a teenager.
Something clicked inside of me that day
and that moment is forever in my memory,
as was the viewing of these life-size pieces
of amazing paper maché figures
and meeting their creator,
San MIquel de Allende artist Adolfo Falcón Garza
in October of 2012.

*****
May this return of the sun
touch our hearts
and open to this new light birthing within us all.
Solstice 2016

Twelve Days of Mother Love ~ Rest on the Flight into Egypt

1879 - Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Luc Olivier Merson, French (1846-1920)

1879 - Rest on the Flight into Egypt
by Luc Olivier Merson, French (1846-1920)

Nestled in the arms of antiquity,
cold stone in the dark of night
a light ignites,
drawing us to the center of being,
new life
despite the impossible,
despite everything that says no,
despite the icy grasp of fear
that melts
with that first glimpse of love
in the reflection
before you.

*****
For Twelve Days of Mother Love
please visit Rebecca and others
at recuerda mi corazon

The full painting by Luc Olivier Merson on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA USA

The full painting by Luc Olivier Merson
on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA USA