The Evening Sky Report … moon sighting beyond the branches

Yet though the music of the heart may grow faint, there is in each of us an unprotected place that beauty can always reach out and touch.

When the mind is festering with trouble of the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of the mountains or fields, or listen to the simple steady rhythm of waves.

The slowness and stillness take us over …

When serenity is restored, new perspectives open to us and difficulty can begin to seem like an invitation to new growth… the heart of vision is shaped by the state of the soul. When soul is alive to beauty, we begin to see life in a fresh and vital way … When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and sanctuary.

~John O’Donohue~

 

Finding beauty in the everyday …sightings.

“When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and sanctuary.”

Last Night of Xmas Lights

Tomorrow Christmas tree will be retired … so enjoying the last night with these lights … so many memories of the holiday season held in my heart. Loved this Star Topper that projected these moving lights onto the ceiling which was so mesmerizing.  Yes, we “survived” the holiday season and now onto Year 2020 !

Love this Blue Ganesh Xmas present… the destroyer of obstacles… for all to clear the past to invite the new year- starting fresh – to be less stuck, more free … Re-starting from the base, the foundation Root Chakra, yes.

Here’s MC Yogi’s Ganesh song … where he hip-hop sings the legendary remover of obstacles … destroyer (which has a negative connotation but … obstacles such as negative or self-defeating thoughts must be … destroyed) of what blocks our path to truth; path to our higher Self to be cleared as we set our goals and New Year’s vision.

 

Ringing in the New Year with Tradition & Fusion

Last yoga class this year was the unexpected Vinyasa/Hatha Flow subbing at a local club.  Glad to be of service to close the year; now onto the tasks of service for the family and friends – it’s New Year’s Eve tradition fusing the old with the new.

Toshikoshi Soba (Ringing in the New Year Buckwheat noodles) was pre-ordered as they are limited hand-crafted by a local chef. Tempura is homemade, an assortment made to Vegetarian and Pescatarian tastes … It’s a tradition to eat the soba at midnight at the dawn of New Year …Eating of Soba at start of the year is supposed to bring about prosperity and longevity while letting go the past year’s regrets, so we all eagerly dipped and slurped in this perfectly al-dente noodles.

Preparations – Soaked Red Azuki Beans overnight … To simmer the soaked red beans with yes, you see the orange peel and lotus seeds … to make Oshiruko or sweet red bean soup for the auspicious occasion. Forgoing processed sugar in sweetening the soup by using stewed dates …

Meanwhile the American sect of the family baked POPOVERS !

While Daikon radishes for savory Oden is prepared in Umami rich broth:)

Last 2-3 years, realizing that I had been in Japan for New Year’s but this year, here in California, did not prepare or purchase Osechi (elaborate traditional Japanese New Year feast that came about so that the women of the household can be relieved from having to cook for 3 days so that they can start out the new year, well rested !) My grandmother used to make each dish, probably spending 3-5 full days working up to New Year’s Day.  Sorry, this is modern American Japanese-ish New Year celebration. Thank you for the Sweetened Black Beans – “Kuromame” made by a dear friend who makes a whole pot and shares to spread the good luck around.  Black beans is said to bring you health and vitality so that you can work for success.  Thank you K:)

Happy New Year !