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The Great Life

By Priscilla Timberlake

the-great-lifeWhat constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book The Great Life Cookbook makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.

May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I be free.

These blessings, offered to oneself and then to others, are one expression of a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation practiced for thousands of years. I believe these simple good wishes illuminate the essential components of a great life.

The first wish is for happiness. Community, family, friends, human-to-human contact — all can be a gratifying source of happiness. For eons people have gathered to share meals together. For this reason, and the contentment that comes from serving others, Lewis and I began cooking healthful community meals in our home many years ago. How healing it is to be in the presence of others, reminding us of our essential wholeness, while eating nutritious, delicious, environmentally friendly food!

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  • By Priscilla Timberlake

    the-great-lifeWhat constitutes a great life? Having named our recently self-published book The Great Life Cookbook makes this question a particularly engaging inquiry for me. Let us explore this together.

    May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I be free.

    These blessings, offered to oneself and then to others, are one expression of a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation practiced for...

    Read more...
 
  • By Steve Nicholson

     Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year.

    —Al Gore


    We live off-the-grid, in the hills of Caroline, NY. We have a small, 820 watt photovoltaic array, and a tiny, 600 watt wind turbine. Our high performance windows, state-of-the-art insulation, and energy-efficient lights and appliances allow our family of four to lead...

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