Magical Meditation & WIAW!

Hello everyone!  Hope you’ve had a great day!

I’ve just come back from another magical afternoon with my workshop children.   I led three meditation groups this afternoon (2 workshops and 1 playtime session).  Today ,we did ‘Wishfulfilling Jewel’ meditations.  It was beautiful to see the children in such peaceful meditative states, followed by enthusiastic, animated discussions about their experience of the meditation 🙂

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While I keep the meditation session short (5-10 minutes), one boy carried on meditating for another 35 minutes whilst the rest of the children watched a film. He was totally absorbed in the meditation and completely still.  It was incredible to watch!

At playtime, I’m teaching a Year 6 (10 year old) girl how to meditate. Today, she joined in with Lil’ L and his friend who had already come into the classroom to meditate.  Lil’ L led the introductory breathing meditation, then I continued with the wishfulfilling jewel.  For some reason, this meditation seemed to have physical effects on the children.  Two of them said that their hands were tingling and the tips of the girl’s fingers had turned red and hot.  Lil’ L actually heated up during the meditation and was sweating.   However, soon after meditation finished, he cooled down.  I’ve never witnessed anything like this before, so I’m not sure what it means.  I’ll have to consult the experts 😉

In the workshops today, we started watching ‘The Legend of Buddha’ (an English-speaking Indian animation film).  I must have seen this film at least six times already (and saw the first half twice today!) but it still moves me every time I watch it.  The kids love it too!

Next Wednesday is the last workshop sessions of the term.  The children have worked so hard and, to show my appreciation, I’ve got a little present to give to each of them.  I’m really looking forward to seeing their faces when they open it.  I can’t say what it is yet, as I don’t want Lil’ L to find out, but I’ll reveal all next Wednesday 😉

I also had some pretty cool eats today, and as it’s time for the lovely Jenn’s ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ party, I’ll share them with you.  Here goes…

Breakfast
Hot lemon & water
3 vegan blueberry buckwheat and oat pancakes (left over from last night’s dessert).

This is one of those flukey shots where I took one photo and it actually turned out okay.  Normally I take a gazillion photos to get one that I’m happy with, so this was a very rare occurrence!

Lunch
At the weekend I trialled a festive version of my classic lentil and nut loaf.  This basically meant that I added nuts that I consider to be ‘festive’ (hazelnuts and chestnuts) and glazed the top of the loaf with lots of delicious cranberry sauce.

 

I only got round to tasting the loaf today.  As I needed a quick lunch, I simply ate it cold with a side serving of raw kale coated in Good Hemp oil and sprayed with B Shot raspberry balsamic vinegar.

Check out how sunny it was when I attempted to take a photo!  We’re still having some crazy weather for November!

The cranberry sauce glaze was lush! 

Snacks & Drinks
Nettle tea
Peppermint tea
A little water (not enough)
Black coffee & 1 Amaretti biscuit (to test that they were edible 😉 )

Today I made a batch of Amaretti biscuits, which I’m planning to give as presents to friends, family and Lil’ L’s school teachers.  I got great feedback when I made these biscuits last year, so I’ve been looking forward to making them again.  They are really easy and quick to make! (recipe below)

There was no light by the time the biscuits were ready to be photographed, so I've had to resort to an old, bad photo from last year 🙁

Here’s the recipe:

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes approximately 40 biscuits.

Ingredients
325 g / 11.5 oz / 3 1/4 cups ground almonds
300 g / 10.5 oz / 1 1/4 cups unrefined caster sugar
3 organic, free-range egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 170C / 325F / Gas 3.  Line baking sheets with parchment.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm.  
3. Gently fold the sugar, almonds and extracts into the egg white, until you have a smooth paste.
4. Roll the mixture into small balls (approx. 1 tbsp mixture per ball).  Flatten slightly and place on the baking tray approx. 2cm / 3/4 inch apart.
5. Bake for 20 minutes or so, until lightly golden (the biscuits will remain soft until they cool down).
6. Leave to cool completely before gently peeling off the baking paper.

These biscuits last for weeks.  They start off crunchy and eventually become soft and chewy (but still as delicious) 🙂

This is one of the rare occasions that I use eggs in my baking.  I bought them from a local guy who keeps a few hens.  I grilled him to find out how he looks after and cares for the hens … I even asked him if he loves them! (cue amusing response to the ‘mad’ lady 😉 )  Anyway, I’m satisfied that these hens are well cared for, so I’m happy to purchase their eggs.

Dinner
Tonight, we had chestnut and green lentil soup.  This soup is so tasty and Lil’ L absolutely loves it!  He’s had it for dinner twice this week already.  Today, we served it with a sprinkling of shelled hempseeds on top, and warm seeded ciabatta on the side.

Click here for the recipe.

Lil’ L and M also had a serving of the festive nut loaf (to test it) along with some crispy kale.  They both loved the loaf, so it looks like it’s definitely going to feature on the Christmas dinner plate.

Dessert
Tonight, M made one of his ‘speciality’ smoothies for dessert… chocolate, banana and blueberry smoothie made with Alpro soya milk.  A great (sneaky) way to get some blueberries into Lil’ L’ 😉

It’s been a fantastic day all round for me!  I hope this Wednesday has been a good one for you too! 

What has been the highlight of your day?  For me, it was definitely the kids’ workshops. 

What was your favourite eats? Hard for me to choose today, but I’m going to go for the Amaretti biscuit, closely followed by the chestnut soup.

I’d love to hear from you!  In the meantime, I’ll pop over to Jenn’s party and get some inspiration for some more great eats 🙂

Happy WIAW everyone!

17 thoughts on “Magical Meditation & WIAW!

  1. Wow, that does sound like a fantastic day! And your food all looks amazing! Is the meditation class you teach through your son’s school? It sounds really neat, and something kids could really benefit from. Heck, it is something *I* could benefit from…I need to make time to do it more often!

    1. It can be so hard to find time to sit and meditate in our busy lives, but it is SO worth it! I find that attending weekly classes helps as it makes me take some time out and meditate (away from the house where there’s always a million and one things to do!)

  2. That meditation sounds amazing, more children should be able to access sessions like that I can only imagine how much it improves their entire wellbeing! I really need to get into meditation more as I know how much I’d benefit from it. Can you recommend any guided meditation CD’s or podcast type things to get me started? Your lentil loaf looks delicious, I need to make up some of mine ready for over Christmas!

    1. I’ve never really got on with the adult meditation CDs, but if I find a good one I’ll let you know. There’s a great range of kids’ meditation CDs called ‘Relax Kids (www.relaxkids.com). I imagine that adults could benefit from these CDs too! I’ve got the Nature CD, and in the ‘Mountain Meditation’, I do actually feel like I’m sitting on top of the mountain and can feel the wind blowing through my hair lol!
      I would definitely recommend going to meditation classes (if you get the opportunity) and learning how to meditate properly. I love the Buddhist meditation classes because you learn methods to train your mind, remove negativity/delusions, generate states of peace and happiness, and so forth, as well as relaxation. It’s powerful stuff!

  3. The soup looks so thick and filling, completely delish. However all of your eats look quite tasty.
    I love giving food as gifts, everyone has to eat right? So why not so give a semi-healthy treat.
    You will have to give the vegan fudge a try from Chocolate Covered Katie, it really does have a great consistency and it is raw.

    1. I’m hoping to give the fudge a try next week as it’ll be great to have some healthier treats for us at Christmas rather than all the usual sugar-laden stuff. I’ve found that I can’t actually tolerate refined sugar anymore. It makes me feel nauseous!

  4. the kids in your workshop started having physical effects because either they were feeling spiritual energy around them (energy that’s already in the room because it’s a regular place of magic practice) and because they were making it themselves. It’s normal to feel physical things when practicing things like this. I’m at a point where I could feel it at will if I chose to. So the fact that these kids are already feeling it means that it’s a good sign and that they’re in tune with magic even though they’re not conscious of it.

    1. Hi Gemma. I haven’t come across anyone else that has experiences of this nature, so it’s been really great to read your comments. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog 🙂 A handful of the children that I teach often have physical experiences during and after the meditation… sometimes parts of their body heat up; other times the room changes colour. For a few weeks, as soon as they opened their eyes they said that everything had turned blue! It’s fascinating to watch them meditate. I’m so grateful that I get this opportunity every week. It’s truly wonderful!

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