How to Stay Grounded in the Midst of Chaos

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Mathew Fox last weekend. He is a theologian and Episcopal priest who was a Dominican friar for 34 years.

One of my favorite sayings of his life work is this…….

Our prophetic work is to interfere with all forms of injustice and that which interrupts authentic life (Via Transformativa).

It was a potent time for me to hear him in person, since we have witnessed so much “interruption” of authentic life in the past few weeks with devastating hurricanes and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. During the seminar, I felt moved to ask Mathew a question. I asked him for ideas about how we can move beyond the grief, fear and sadness that has interrupted our lives these past weeks. I  thought I would share his answer in case it helps you to move through anything you are experiencing.

His short answer was PRAY THE NEWS.

I loved how he explained this term. The news is full of negativity and yet it also has stories of the strength of the human spirit and compassion and love. We need the balance of both of these sides. Be informed, but choose how much of your precious time is spent on the negative news and make sure you balance it with stories of compassion and service and the strength of the human spirit.

I hope this brings some grounding to you as it did for me.

Sending love and compassion form my heart to yours.



Can Gut Bacteria Prevent The Flu?

Why You Might Want to Soak Your Nuts

Nuts contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that prevent them from being digested well and that can be detrimental to your health.

The answer to this problem is simple: soak your nuts and seeds

After a couple hours, much of the dust, residue and tannins from the skins are released into the water and the nut emerges with a smoother, more palatable flavor.

Benefits of Soaking

  • increased enzyme activity
  • greater absorption of the food’s nutrients by the body
  • increased digestibility

How to Soak Nuts

Soak your nuts and seeds anywhere from 20 minutes, to 2 to 3 hours, even overnight in the refrigerator. In general, harder nuts will take longer to soften. If your recipe calls for soaked nuts or seeds and you are low on time, try to squeeze in 20 minutes minimum, or just do a really good job rinsing them.

A god guide is to soak nuts according to the density of the type of nut. The harder a nut is, the longer it will need to soak. Soak almonds for 8 to 12 hours. Soak cashews for 2 to 3 hours. Soak flax seeds for 6 hours. Soak garbanzo beans for 12 to 48 hours. Soak walnuts for 4 hours.


Quick Tip #1 The soak water from nuts and seeds should always be discarded and never used as water in a recipe.

Quick tip #2 : Soaking nuts in plastic is generally not recommended as plastic can leach into the water and into your food.