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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 Kristie Snyder,
    GreenLeaf Editor

    When Pam Wooster’s daughter came home from school and asked her if she knew that the kids used disposable styrofoam lunch trays, she was appalled. She knew that after their 20-minute useful lifespan was over they would just end up in the trash, so she decided to take action. Two years later, the Ithaca City School District’s (ICSD) Food Service Program has switched to compostable trays and reduced its trash by 73 percent.

    The new trays, made of sugar ca...

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