With everything from transportation to electronics moving at such an unbelievable pace where does patience fit into the modern world? By definition patience is endurance under difficult circumstances or in other words the level of endurance before negativity sets in. We are all looking for a quick fix. Everything should be at the click of a mouse. Whether it be getting rid of pain, loosing some weight or simply waiting at a check out line. When did we start moving at such a pace and forget that good things come and grow slowly. Modern medicine is great but maybe there is a better way to rid ourselves of that slight headache. Not pushing ourselves past our limits can be the alternative to taking a pill. Creating some distance between ourselves and a difficult situation will enable us to see things in a clearer light. By becoming aware of how long it took to put on that unwanted weight, we can better focus on returning to the set weight our bodies are comfortable with. This will enable us to move towards our goals more slowly instead of subjecting ourselves to a fad diet or diet supplements. Has impatience made us vulnerable to quick fix scams? It may be better to stop looking at where we have to go and think about how far we have come. In all of the oldest religions Judaism, Christianity as well as Islam patience is mentioned as the most important virtues to strive for. A good way to start is to view patience as having respect for others. Then figure out what makes you impatient. Is it a particular person or situation? Write it down if possible. Then try to avoid those triggers and become more realistic about what your expectations are. Focus on what is really important. Take a break, breathe, go for a walk, or hug a loved one. Allowing a few extra minutes to accomplish something is not going to change the course of the day. James Clavell wrote in Shogun –“Patience is holding back your inclination to the seven emotions joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear, adoration and hate”. Inviting patience back into our daily lives is an integral part of healthy nutrition.
-1 cup kamut grain
-3 strips of dulce seaweed
-2 large carrots
-1 large red pepper
– olive oil
-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
-1/2 cup pine nuts
-15 white mushrooms
-3 cloves garlic
-10 basil leaves
-3/4 cup raisins
-Step 1-bring to boil seaweed in 3 cups water-Lower flame and cook kamut grain in the same pot for 1&1/2 hours. Soaking the grain overnight will cut time in half.
-Step 2– cut carrots and red pepper in small pieces and steam until soft. Set aside.
-Step 3-heat thin layer of canola oil and toast pumpkin seeds and pine nuts for about 5 min. Set aside.
– Step 4– saute garlic until tan in olive oil, add mushrooms cut into small pieces and chopped basil then cover. Salt and pepper to taste. When mushrooms are soft add raisins for about 3 min.
-Step 5-add all separate ingredients together in one bowl
Serves 6 people
Hints: This can be made with brown rice if preferred but Kamut has a special nutty flavor and it is worth the extra time.