Love: In All Its Forms

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I’m not one for the forced gift giving or expensive dinners of Valentine’s Day but I do like the sentiment behind it.

Love.

I looked up love in the dictionary today and this was the definition that resonated most strongly with me.

Love: (noun) an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another

Because at the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about?

When we strip away the roses and the cards and the candles and the huge heart-shaped mylar balloon I saw a college student walking out of the grocery store with yesterday, we can see love for what it really is: selfless concern for others. The hope that good happens to those around us, whether we know them or not, that their load isn’t too heavy to bear, that their hearts feel surrounded by warmth, that no one has to walk alone.

It isn’t about a singular day on the calendar and it isn’t just about romantic love.

May we know love in all its forms.

Be it a phone call from a good friend. The taste of a thoughtfully prepared meal. The enthusiast greeting of a dog after a long day at work. The unconditional support of family. The hand of a small child’s in yours. The sound of an old favorite song. The kindness of a stranger. The forgiveness of a long-held grudge. The legacy left by those no longer with us. The softness in the eyes of your beloved. The allowance of some tenderness toward yourself.

Today we are reminded to open our hearts more fully, appreciate love in its non-traditional sense and know that in the end, it is indeed all around us (thank you Love Actually), if we care enough to see it.

Continuing to spread the love this afternoon. 12:15 and 7 at Sangha Yoga Boston, 4:30 at All One Yoga.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

Seeing Red

All anyone can talk about in these parts is the big storm headed our way tomorrow. It could bring up to 24″ of snow and everyone is acting like it’s the first time New England has ever seen snow. I’ve never actually experienced a blizzard myself so I don’t totally understand what the fuss is about but I’m sort of excited to see. Famous last words I’m sure.

Just in case we’re covered in white all weekend, let’s talk red today.

This recipe wasn’t intended as a Valentine’s Day recipe, I’m not really one to celebrate the holiday anyway, but as luck would have it I made this dish in February and I think it would make a great addition to a love themed dinner. It has quinoa in it after all. What’s not to love?

This was an impulse purchase. I don’t usually buy red quinoa, mostly because white quinoa is always cheaper, but I was standing in a ridiculously long Trader Joe’s line last Sunday that wrapped around the aisles and grabbed it on a whim.

When I got home I noticed an unused pomegranate and thought the two together might make a good combo. Turns out they not only look pretty together but taste wonderful.

red quinoa pomegranate salad

Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad (vegan, gluten-free)

For the salad:

1 cup red quinoa

2 cups water

pinch of salt

3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp lemon zest

For the dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1.5 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp chopped garlic

1/8 cayenne pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

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Rinse quinoa then place in a pot with water and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat for 20 minutes or until water has evaporated. Stir to fluff.

Place cooked quinoa in a big bowl with black beans and pomegranate seeds.

Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Toss dressing with quinoa, beans and seeds.

Top with lemon zest.

red quinoa pomegranate saladred quinoa pomegranate black bean salad

I ended up eating this salad for breakfast after shooting the photos. 🙂 Yum!

As a total aside, I went to my first power class in many months at Baptiste Yoga yesterday. It was so hot in the room I felt months of cold melt from my body. It reminded me how much I love hot yoga and that as a naturally cold-blooded person it’s important that I feel hot from time to time. I can’t believe I waited so long to go. I have an unlimited month’s worth of classes. If you can’t find me in all the snow I’ll be sweating it out in the studio.

Lastly, teaching 12:15pm at Sangha, 4:30pm at All One and 7pm back at Sangha today. If you’re in Boston come do some yoga!

Enjoy and Exhale!