It's a simple practice, not complex, but it does require discipline. I sit up in bed as soon as I wake and write a list, somedays it's five things, somedays it's two but I write it everyday, that's the discipline. I write a list of things that make me smile, that persuade the edges of my mouth to turn upward from inside reflecting outward.
A dense foam atop a well balanced cappuccino
the smell of the crisp outside on someone when they walk past me
sun warming my skin on a chilly autumn morning
a fire in the fireplace
the softness of a dog's ear
The brain is organized into a pattern of joyful thought as it's first job of every morning by doing this, it sets the tone for the day. So, as we continue are day whatever may present itself you have half a chance at the brain trying to find a way back to detaching from drama and focusing on simple joys.
Dr. Masaru Emoto was one of the first individuals to conduct a scientific experiment on the power of positive words versus negative criticism or bullying words on glasses of water over time. He wrote a book and published these studies called, The Hidden Messages in Water. Dr. Emoto's study took bottles of water and taped pieces of paper with words of praise on some and words of criticism on others and taped the words facing the inside of the bottle. These bottles were frozen and the crystallization of the water in each of the bottles repeatedly formed beautiful symmetric crystals in the positive intention bottles and disorganized "ugly" crystals in the bottles written with criticism and mean words. The intentions we have and the words we use hold power to change how an individual looks and feels and Dr. Emoto's experiments are the physical manifestation of this.
He went on to create more experiments like this and others in the field have followed showing over and over again the power of intentions and words. I choose to give myself positive thoughts in the morning to breed beauty from within. We can't always say the right thing, avoid a criticism but we can auto correct, we can apologize for harsh words and realize the impact they have had. And we can choose not to engage with those who cannot see the damaging effect of words.
I made my birthday cake, because I love to share and cook, because I had a new cake to try and wanted to, and that is the other thing about intention and positive thought, when cooking that love can be felt and tasted in the food that is made from that state of being, equally if you're in a terrible mood or arguing while cooking I guarantee the food doesn't taste good. Give it a try, conduct your own little experiments proving the power of intention.
Clementine Madeliene Cake
1 1//4 cup sweetener ( I used coconut sugar but it does turn the cake darker )
6 pasture raised eggs
1 2/3 cup finely ground almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Wash the clementines well and soak for one hour in cold, clean, water, drain. Add the whole fruit peel and all to a saucepan, cover with water, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2- 2 hours to soften.
grease and flour ( I used the almond flour) a 10" spring form pan, preheat oven to 350F.
Drain and remove any seeds from the clementines before putting in a food processor. Add sugar, eggs, almond meal and baking soda and lemon juice in that order. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about an hour, checking periodically with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Mine was done in 50 minutes!
Dust with powder sugar.