We're all about health. It's a big priority in our lives and we've made a 30-year career out of helping people improve their health. So, when Connie asked recently, "What for?" we started to look deeply into why we do what we do and why we want great health. Why we want anything, for that matter. What's the "what for" behind our desires?
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As we look deeply behind our motivation for the things we want, it seems to always come back to, if I have that I'll have a feeling of well being. It's the feeling that we associate with having what we desire that motivates our drive to get it. Whether it's a promotion, a weeks vacation in Hawaii, or a piece of cake, underneath it all is the idea that when I have it, I'll feel good. I'll have a sense of well being.
So, if our desires aren't the source of our well being, because I see how the amount of money I have in the bank, say, makes me feel good sometimes and like it's not enough at other times, if the things we desire aren't the source of our well being (but what we associate well being with) can we access well being without having to chase down a dream and wait until we have it in hand to feel that feeling?
What we've been discovering, and would love to share with you, is that the well being we love and desire is available whenever we simply let our mind settle. When our mind settles, we seem to drop into a space where we find that state of well being.
If a sense of well being is the "what for" behind our desires, do we need to keep pursuing goals and dream vacations to find that state and a sense of fulfillment? Or can we find fulfillment in any moment by settling our minds in that moment, and in that leave the achievement of our goals and dreams to be "icing on the cake" so to speak.
The recipe for this week is a Taco Casserole. It's quick to put together and served with salad lettuce, tomato and avocado on top, it's a real hit.
To your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill
Taco Casserole (Serves 6) *Adapted from Mary McDougall
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, dice
- 1 Jalapeno pepper, fine dice
- 15 ounce can black beans, drained (Eden brand is great)
- 15 ounce can pinto beans, drained (Eden brand is great)
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 four ounce can diced green chili peppers
- 1 package taco seasoning or make your own online version
- 1 avocado
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 head leafy lettuce or ½ clam shell Spring Mix lettuce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 x 12 baking dish with corn tortillas. Cover with half of the Casserole ingredients above. This is the first layer.
Add a second layer of corn tortillas and spread on remaining Casserole ingredients.
Cover and bake 60 minutes.
To serve, put each serving of the Casserole on a plate and garnish with the Garnish ingredients.