The Secret Garden: Secret Garden Carrots: Candle Magic Meditation
The Secret Garden
A lonely child, raised in India, comes to live in the English countryside in a dismal old manor house. She is orphaned, disagreeable and completely out of her surroundings in a home that seems to have many secrets. However, it isn’t long before an old rusty key, a sly fox and a communicative robin seem to guide her to a hidden locked garden gate behind overgrown hedges. Long forgotten like so many of the locked rooms and secrets in the mansion. This movie is adapted from the delightful children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, created for children of all ages. It brings us into the garden of hope that Mary discovers and as she begins to save it, it truly saves her and all around her, transforming their dark, dreary world into one of beauty, light and life. There’s some good old fashioned mystical Indian magic too! There are many movie versions of this timeless tale, each one slightly different, all perfectly peachy. The last line in the Time Warner version is something like this: “If you look at things just right, you’ll see that all the world’s a garden”. Don’t let the adult in you, keep you from enjoying this timeless children’s classic.
Bela’s Secret Garden Carrot Salad
1 pound carrots, peeled and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. paprika
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
Boil carrots in salted water until crisp tender. Drain immediately. Whisk the oil and all ingredients in a
large mixing bowl. Add the carrots to the dressing and stir well to coat. Let the salad cool to room temperature, then serve.
Candle Magic Meditation for Finding Your Way Around Any Dark Places
Using a white tapered candle that is placed so that it is just below eye level, dim the lights in your room and place yourself so that you are about an arms length distance from the candle. Gaze into the flame deeply for about 2 minutes. If your eyes tear, that is normal and actually good for your health. Close your eyes and try to affix the after image of the flame at the point between your eyebrows. Hold this inner image until the flame dissipates. Good for eyesight, good for activating the Yang energy in the body and good for learning how to deeply meditate. It’s also fun to try to capture and hold that ever illusive after image.
Happy Yoga and Eating!
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