Thursday, August 26, 2010
AUGUST 27, 2010 A HUNDRED YEARS OF LOVE
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."
"God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. "
"Good works are links that form a chain of love."
"I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness."
All these quotes have something in common. They were quoted by a person I admire, in the past, in the present and in the future. Her name is Mother Teresa. I came to appreciate her wisdom, love, and serenity as I got older. I even began to read her sermons and quotes and follow her path when I became sober. I love to smile. It is a natural way to express love. Try smiling as you walk down the street. Keep your head high and smile. It does make a difference to everyone who may look your way. It is your gift for a grateful day.
When I meditate and pray I do it for nothing except faithfulness. I do not ask for anything in particular. I do it because I want to, not because I have to.
Did you ever say, "Good morning, God" and " Goodnight God?" It doesn't matter who your Higher Power is! Say Good morning--and mean it!
The plants in this world are a gift from your Higher Power. Love, Pray, water and nourish the plants.
Ocimum minimum is a charming plant in the pots on the terrace. As it blows in the wind, I glance at the New York City skyline. When I water the pots it is fragrant of lemon and spice. It is one of the varieties of basil, dwarf basil to be exact. All of the types of basil are popular flavoring herb. I haven't found any medicinal use as I study this herb. The basils are some of the most delightful of all seasoning herbs. I prefer Rosemary and Thyme. It has been said that the Romans thought one should curse and use profanity when sowing the basil to insure its germination. There is a French phrase meaning 'using abuse' -"semer le basile". Pliny, whom I read in Latin class says it is an aphrodisiac and was given to horses at the mating season. In my heritage land of Italy, women are said to wear basil because of its supposed efficacy in engendering sympathy. Perhaps this is why the Itaians are so sensitive and sympathetic to certain things. Bacon said, "It is strange which is reported that basil too much exposed to the sun doth turn into wild thyme"
In general, Basil (Ocimum basilicum) of the family Lamiaceae (mints), is a tender low-growing herb. Remember Lemon Balm, peppermint and spearmint are also in the Mint Family. As most of us know, Basil is a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Southeast Asian cuisines of Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The plant tastes somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, sweet smell. Besides the dwarf basil, there hare many varieties of basil. That which is used in Italian food is typically called sweet basil, as opposed to Thai basil, lemon basil and holy basil, which are used in Asia. While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including African Blue and Holy Thai basil.I thought basil was native to Italy. Of course I did, I am Italian. It is not! Basil is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia.
Back to ulcer disease. Yesterday was licorice day. Today is Cabbage day. Do you remember the fad diet of Cabbage Soup? A friend of mine had a carbuncle or boil of his right buttock. In our office that day was a man from Transylvania. He said to apply a cabbage leaf to the area. By morning, the boil which was building up pressure had opened up. I can only conclude that the cabbage leaf or plant has some medicinal properties. Cabbage is a popular cultivar of the species Brassica oleracea Linne (Capitata Group) of the Family Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae) and is used as a leafy green vegetable.
It is a herbaceous, biennial, dicotyledonous flowering plant distinguished by a short stem upon which is crowded a mass of leaves, usually green but in some varieties red or purplish, which while immature form a characteristic compact, globular cluster (cabbagehead).
The plant is also called head cabbage or heading cabbage, and in Scotland a bowkail, from its rounded shape. The Scots call its stalk a castock, and the British occasionally call its head a loaf. It is in the same genus as the turnip – Brassica rapa. The cabbage leaves often have a delicate, powdery, waxy coating called bloom. The occasionally sharp or bitter taste of cabbage is due to glucosinolate(s). Cabbages are also a good source of riboflavin.
Did you ever look at cabbage? I never did. I really do not like cooked cabbage. I love it in its raw form. Cabbage is a leafy, green vegetable that resembles a head of lettuce. The leaves are a denser and lighter in color but cabbage are related to broccoli and cauliflower. There are 2 different types of cabbage, the lighter colored, mild flavored crinkly leafed Savoy and the heavier deep red burgundy colored red cabbage.
They all have the same beneficial cabbage nutrition.Besides the riboflavin cabbage has lots of minerals, vitamins, Vitamin C, niacin and B6. The B vitamins are needed to reduce the cardiac risk factor homocysteine which has been associated with stroke and heart attacks. Also, these vitamins can help break down fats and fatty acids to make them more digestible. They can also help cleanse the body and prevent kidney stones and regulate blood pressure.
There are other vitamins in cabbage including vitamin K, vitamin A, and Folates. There is not enough Vitamin K to interact with the conventional drug, coumadin but I wouldn't eat excess cabbage either. These vitamins are known to protect the heart, control cholesterol and help maintain insulin blood levels. This can help prevent diabetes. But perhaps one of the most important things these vitamins do is to prevent diseases like cancer. Any leafy green vegetable contains cancer fighting agents and can even help people who have had cancer in the past. I always encourage cancer patients to drink a green drink. I use one available at Longevity Nutritionals.( www.longevitynutritionals.com ) Why do I like this one over others? The answer is simple I helped put the proper vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants in a complete green formula. The best part of our green drink is that is tastes good. Taste is very important.
Omega 3 acids are also a part of cabbage nutrition. Many cultures who consume a lot of Omega 3 acids are known to have little or no cardiovascular diseases or high blood pressure. Younger children can also benefit from eating cabbage because it promotes healthy development of the nerves, brain and eyes. There was a blog in March 2010 about the benefits of Fish.
Cabbage is naturally low in fat. So if you want a nutritious snack with lots of potential for healing that is low in fat--CONSUME CABBAGE. It contains a large amount of fiber which is beneficial for digestive health to maintain a healthy weight. Everyone seems to be seeking sources of fiber--I usually use cabbage as a fiber in addition to to ther fruits and vegetables. Although it is low calorie, it also contains carbohydrates.What vegetable doesn't contain carbohydrates? The answer is none. All fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates. But, it is a lot better than consuming bread, pasta, and cake. Since the calorie count is so low, the carbohydrates simply give the person more energy throughout the day. Women with extreme cases of post menstrual syndrome and menopause issues who eat cabbage on a daily bases can get relief from their symptoms. Cabbage has an amount of natural estrogen found in many vegetables. People who suffer from breathing difficulties or asthma seem to do better when they eat cabbage and even depressed people can be cured by eating it. The vitamins associated with cabbage naturally raise serotonin levels to make a person happier.
Eating cabbage everyday is a great way to get most of your daily vitamins in one small, low calorie serving.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was a Catholic missionary who gained international recognition for her humanitarian work. She was Algerian by birth but went to India as a nun and missionary, where she received "the call within the call" an “order” to help the poor, sick and dying. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.