Mind/Body Connection: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Transcendentalist

One with Nature

I have been thinking of Ralph Waldo Emerson quite a bit lately, especially while walking the dog in the woods and photographing Dead Tree Images. I was first introduced to him in high school and then later in college, his words and philosophies have always resonated within me.  Ralph Waldo was an American Transcendentalist and I love this description of his movement on http://www.biography.com › People , and I also love this quote from A Cosmic View. I guess you could say I am feeling very transcendental these days!

“Emerson became known as the central figure of his literary and philosophical group, now known as the American Transcendentalists. These writers shared a key belief that each individual could transcend, or move beyond, the physical world of the senses into deeper spiritual experience through free will and intuition. In this school of thought, God was not remote and unknowable; believers understood God and themselves by looking into their own souls and by feeling their own connection to nature.'”

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What you want from life cultivate within yourself. When you become what you want you will have it wherever you go. 
 
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The Thanksgiving Day Plate

The Thanksgiving Day Plate

I received this photo from one of my guests, and was happy to see the outcome of a week’s worth of shopping,preparing and cooking. The funny thing about being the host of the party is that I have no real recollection … Continue reading

Inspiration #5: The Art of the Chopped Salad

cucumbers, lettuce, tomatos, potatos, eggs, olives

Chopped Salad
by madame b

When I  started this blog (about a month ago), one of the many recipes I was going to stir up in my pot, at least once a week was soup .  Then I was thinking every other week because the family would say   “soup again”  but I thought it would be fun for all to look forward to a once a week ritual…a reason to stay tuned in.  I”ve cooked a lot of things recently due to inclement weather on the East Coast, but I haven’t made another soup  soooo…, I was thinking I always throw together a large salad …,maybe forget the soup and go for the salad…, a new salad once a week.  I can call it Salad of the Week.  What do you think?  I could even add in some good salad dressings recipes.

Anyway, the one thing I love about large salads is that they are super resourceful. You can use anything in the fridge. A can of beans hanging out on a pantry shelf could always act as a nice accompaniment. Hard boiled eggs, a couple of boiled potatoes, those olives that need to be used…, the list is endless.

I made a salad the other night.  I loved, loved, loved arranging the perfectly chopped vegetables and placing them on a large board. Put the greens here, the purples there, the red down there, oh here comes Mr. Egg, and don’t forget the roasted butternut squash from the other night.

The board is becoming a great canvas for my chopping.  I think I have created this week’s salad masterpiece.