As we go through life, symptoms arise that require our attention and often feel like an inconvenience that we want to get rid of as quickly as possible. A fever, a cold, or a chronic condition like diabetes or arthritis.
And we shared recently about how symptoms seem to appear suddenly, out of the blue, but how the condition that the symptom is related to has been developing for quite some time. We used the analogy of putting pebbles in a glass of water.
This week we want to share some thoughts about how symptoms may be more than just informing us there’s an imbalance. What if symptoms were an invitation to slow down and listen, slow down and connect, get present with our own body and listen to see what it needs. Let us explain:
Symptoms are like a tap on the shoulder alerting us that there is an imbalance. But what if they’re more than that, too? What if they’re an invitation to reconnect and deepen in our relationship with our own body?
Slowing down and listening when we have a symptom may not be all that different from slowing down, connecting and listening to what an upset child has to share so we can learn how to help them return to their well being, their state of natural balance and ease.
Give it a try. Next time a symptom comes up, pause and connect. See if an awareness comes about what’s going on or what your body needs to restore balance. Let us know what you find. We’d love to hear from you.
Our recipe is another one of dark leafy greens. Today it’s collard greens. The garlic and hemp hearts make this such a delicious treat that supports the body to higher levels of health. Enjoy.
To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill
Sauteed Collard Greens with Garlic (Serves 2)
1 bunch collard greens (5 to 6 leaves), wash, de stem and cut into 2 inch strips
1 teaspoon Avocado oil
3 tablespoons purified water
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon mirin or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
Warm the oil and water in a large pan. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Add the spices (sea salt through red pepper flakes), stir and cook for 1 minute until toasted.
Add the collard greens, stirring well to coat with the oil and spices. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add the mirin, stir well, and cover pan. Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for about 5 minutes more or until soft. Add the hemp seeds and stir well.
Serve and enjoy.