Lentils, Lifting People Up, Codfish Cakes, Thanking The Universe


Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Meditation, Recipes, Spiritual Teachings, Things I've Learned | Posted on 03-31-2014

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Last week I had some delicious healthy food (ate out at both a vegetarian Indian restaurant and a Moroccan one (not vegetarian),  as well as some interesting insights. Here’s some of what I learned:

Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

  • Lifting people up, is way cooler than shooting people down. Today I read a blog post complaining about how a guest blogging site had been penalized by Google, and I soooo wanted to comment that they got what they deserved (old Jill mentality). But thankfully, my inner voice (new Jill!) told me to just forget about it and move on.A bit later in the day, I recognized someone on Facebook as the writer of a parenting column in our local newspaper back in the 1990’s when I was a mom at home with little kids. I remember thinking how cool it would be to write parenting articles, and in fact, it was her column that was part of my inspiration to start my parenting website back when there were only 2 other parenting websites out there! I decided to contact her publicly on Facebook and let her know that although we had never met, her column inspired me. I told her how having my parenting site had also lead to my successful website marketing career. She was most appreciative of me letting her know, and it really felt good! You see, so many people that I have surreptitiously helped through the years through my High Rankings Advisor have told me how much my articles helped their businesses or careers, so I was glad to pay it forward. And in a way, this parenting column writer touched all those people as well!

Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014

  • The DoYouDoYoga.com website  has some of the best articles. I think some day I will write and submit one there for publication.
  • How to make homemade tartar sauce using a Greek yogurt base. I looked at a few recipes online and finally ended up using full fat Greek yogurt, chopped up dill pickles, some of the pickle juice, spicy brown mustard, few drops siracha, capers, a tiny bit of honey, a sprinkle of dill weed, and some ground black pepper. I didn’t really measure anything, so can’t help you there! My husband and son really liked it on the New England Codfish Cakes I made it with. (I microwaved the fish for a few minutes rather than boiling it as the recipe had directed.)

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

  • I found an old writing notebook from when I took a creative writing class in college and read through the stories. I didn’t remember them at all, and was pleasantly surprised at how good they were! I was cracking up at some of them. I’m sure my former colleague Pauline would probably not be surprised as she always told me that when it came to my writing, I was my biggest fan! True dat.

Friday, Mar. 28, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014

Thank You Universe!

Thank You Universe!

  • How to make an amazingly healthy muffin for one in a couple of minutes. Incredible, delicious, quick, healthy and super filling!
  • From now on, whenever I think or say, “Wow, that was lucky!” I’m going to reframe it as “Thank you Universe!” instead.

Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014

  • Our thoughts create a perception of our reality. Our reality is our mind projected outward. While I’ve heard similar things, I never heard it put quite that way. This was learned from a man named Jamie Smart.
  • Talking to my son about what I currently understand about mind, thought and consciousness sure makes the ride to Providence go by quickly!


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Since your son is a studying neuroscientist, what were his thoughts on that topic? Did he share how the brain works such to create what you understand as mind, thought and consciousness?

He did actually! Which doesn’t contradict anything as that’s the hardware, and what I was talking about is the software.

I believe he found what I was saying interesting, and he did agree with some of it, but for the most part he was skeptical. I am hoping when he has some time he’ll look into it more as I surely didn’t do a good job of explaining it. I’d be interested to see what he thought after hearing people speak about it who have a better understanding. He did seem intrigued when I told him how there have been many people who have had addictions “disappear” over night after they have an epiphany and start to see where their thoughts and feelings are actually coming from. In fact, there have been many prisoners and others in very bad circumstances who have been helped immensely through their understanding. I think Tim was going to look up that part more when he had a chance.

Overall, I believe he agrees that thoughts do in fact create feelings, which is one of the main principles to understand. (Took me awhile to understand it!)