Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Welcome to our meditation... Let us take a deep breath. Do some light stretching. Relax your body. Relax your mind. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the energy flowing through you. Feel yourself becoming more calm. More centered. Let us think for a moment about sharing. When we share a piece of ourselves, we exchange it for a piece of someone else. We can share our time, we can share our joy. Something simple and enjoyable we can all share in is food. One of the easiest and most low-cost things to share is fruit. Fruits like grapes, strawberries and blueberries are easily passed to a pal, and one of the best fruits for sharing has to be the amazing and powerful orange. When someone pulls an orange out of their bag it's like turning on the sun! The energy behind that flash of orange color captures our attention and signals us of the juicy goodness we are about to take part in. As we tear into the peal the orange literally bursts open with a tangy-sweet, citrusy scent that makes us squint and smile. It holds a powerful bouquet that can fill a room in moments. Citrus is one of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy and mostly due to it's powerfully, positive effects on our brain: It has the ability to cheer us up, help us to focus, energize us and it reduces symptoms of anxiety, nervousness and mild depression. *Oranges contain 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C, a primary source of antioxidants for the body which fights off illness and is vital to our immune system. When we hand someone a piece of orange we hand them a natural, enjoyable and medicinal fruit that symbolically says, "Here, I care about you." * The World’s Healthiest Foods website is a project of the not-for-profit George Mateljan Foundation, offering recipes and healthy-eating practical tips. Eco-friendly tip of the day: Don't throw those orange peals into the compost just yet! You can bring them home and use them for potpourri. Let the peals dry out on the counter over night then put them in a bowl and add some other room freshening items if you like such as cinnamon sticks and/or other dried fruit peals and flowers. The peals can also be used as a zest for chicken, salads and muffins. The high oil content in oranges makes them great for fire kindling. The smell is pungent to kitties so you can use them to deter cats from playing in the house plants or being in places they shouldn't like the kitchen counter.