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Deeper Meanings

It is not always for us to know, the deeper meaning of everything that occurs in our life.

All of us who seek to be conscious and aware regard our experiences as teachers, and we try to discern what lessons we are learning from the things that happen in our lives. Sometimes the lesson is very clear from the get-go, and other times we have to really search to understand the deeper meaning behind some event. While this search often yields results, there also comes a point in the search where what we really need to do is move forward. It is possible that we are not meant to know the deeper meaning of certain occurrences. Answers may come later in our lives, or they may come as a result of letting go, or they may never come. 

We are all part of a complex system of being, and things work themselves out in the system as a whole. Sometimes we are just playing a necessary part in that process with a result larger than we can understand. It may have very little to do with us personally, and while that can be hard to understand, it can also free us from overthinking the matter. Sometimes it is best to see it in terms of karma, a past debt we have been able to repay in this way, or as the clearing of energy. We can simply thank the event for being part of our experience and let it go. This completes the process that the occurrence has made possible. 

To make this letting go official, we can perform a ritual, make a final journal entry on the subject, or sit in meditation with the intention of releasing the event from our consciousness. As we do so, we summon it one last time, honoring it with our attention, thanking it, and saying good-bye. We then let it go out the door, out the window, out the top of our heads, or into the earth through the bottoms of our feet, liberating ourselves from any burden we have carried in association with it. 









































This Sparkling Cucumber Basil Lemonade Is So Refreshing


I'm obsessed with fancy lemonade — the kind with fresh ingredients and bright flavors that cools you off and looks good in your glass. It's the perfect refreshment to enjoy while you kick back and enjoy a shady spot in hot weather.

We are at the beginning of the year's prime lemonade-sipping season, and this sparkling cucumber-basil lemonade from Kale and Caramel is definitely a step up from the standard stuff. The combination of cooling cucumber and tart lemon juice with the bright scent and color of fresh basil is just the thing to unwind halfway through the day, and invigorate yourself for the rest of it.

"Just the smell of this drink alone is enough to awaken me from my midday slump," the blogger behind The Broken Bread wrote.

It's absolutely gorgeous, too, and easy to make. All you do is blend cucumber with fresh basil, fresh lemon juice, water, and a bit of honey or agave nectar, then just add it to your glasses and top it with sparkling water. Blending the basil and cucumber until it's smooth is faster than mashing it up by hand, and it also means that the mixture becomes a beautiful bright green ombré in the glass. The end result is gorgeous, so you'll definitely want to play up the looks of the lemonade by adding a bit of garnish, like cucumber slices, lemon slices, basil leaves, or maybe a purple flower for contrast.

This would be amazing to serve at an outdoor lunch or party, or even just to enjoy sitting on the porch and looking out at the world. It's also an excellent mocktail option for anyone who is looking for something to drink that is bright and refreshing that doesn't contain any alcohol.























































































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