My neighbor’s name is Luigi. The people on our block call him the godfather, but I don’t think he’s aware of it. Every Friday or Saturday afternoon, I’ll get a call from him saying that he has once again found himself with too much pasta bolognese, Italian wedding soup, focaccia, or any other number of Italian leftovers in quantities that could easily feed ten or more people.  “I’ve got some pasta you can’t refuse.”

This is my cue.  I carefully pick one of my loaves of homemade sourdough (based on a recipe that was never locked down until Luigi approved of course – after 8 months of trials) and mosey on over. Sometimes it’s a quick exchange through a propped door so the cat doesn’t get out. Other times its talk and dinner in the garden – a carefully tended mosaic of herbs and vegetables straight out of Sunset magazine.

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Karma Yoga

My day is filled with words. Descriptors of time and place, intentions and evaluations, reports and presentations, new observations. As much as I practice to be as concise and meaningful and as efficient in prose as practical, oftentimes my words are born haphazardly, and then meticulously sown to convey definition. And while I’ll continue to generate many words, I find that the simply translating my words into action results in a greater reward.

It seems as though grandpa was right, “actions speak louder than words.”  What he didn’t say but most certainly knew, were that actions reap greater returns. In other words, you reap what you sow.

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Amalaki, also known as Amal, is a fruit and an herb that has been enjoyed in both culinary and medicinal uses for centuries.

As a fruit (which may commonly be referred to as the “Indian Gooseberry”), it is one of natures most supreme sources of vitamin C. In fact, its juice has about 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. ( http://www.chopra.com/amalaki )

Straight out of a bunch, the round lemon sized fruit can taste potently sour. As such, it is often cooked in other dishes, pickled with spices and oil, prepared as a jam with ghee and honey, or steeped in a sugary syrup and then consumed after a meal.

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Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga

(pronounced “jnyaana yoga”), the path of knowledge, one of the three paths to liberation (the other two being the path of action – Karma –  and the path of devotion – Bhakti). It uses the mind as a tool to understand the deeper realities of the Self. To use the mind in this way effectively, it must be a good tool that is able to concentrate and explore an idea with sincerity and clarity.

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