Dose of Beauty

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

Just as we need food, water and oxygen to live, so also do we need beauty in our lives to survive and thrive.  Exposing ourselves to beauty on a daily basis helps maintain good mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Beauty brings consolation in sorrow, affirmation in joy and the sense that life is worth living.  If you have been through a difficult emotional, physical or spiritual experience, exposing yourself to beauty in its various forms (art, music, nature, etc…) can be extremely healing.

20110705-042619.jpg“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”  

~ John Muir~

 

Plato believed that beauty is the sign of another, and higher, order.  The experience of beauty calls us to the divine and our need for beauty is part of our nature.  The Creator knows how important it is to our well-being to keep our minds on what is positive and uplifting.  He exhorts us to this in what has become one of my favorite verses in the Bible:

“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” 

~Philippians 4:8~

This is not just God’s equivalent of a Hallmark card sentiment. Just as eating right and exercising are critical to good health so is having beauty in our lives. When we are sick we often reach for medicine with the hope it will make us well.  I propose that in order to maintain good health in all capacities we need a “Daily Dose of Beauty.” With this in mind, one of the intentions for www.paleospirit.com is that it serve as a forum for sharing beautiful thoughts and images.

I urge you to make sure you find something beautiful to appreciate every day and make it part of your routine.  It does not have to take a lot of time and effort because beauty is all around us no matter what the circumstances. Stop and smell a flower, take a photo of something simple and make it beautiful, listen to wild birds singing for five minutes, read a story of heroism, look at a beautiful piece of art or listen to a musical masterpiece – anything to get your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of beauty. Daily Dose of Beauty Archives

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  

~e.e. cummings~


 

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Colorado Pork Green Chili (Chili Verde)

paleo colorado green chili

Colorado. Land of history, heritage, amazing mountain views, world-class skiing and much, much more. And, evidently, really good pork chili. Who knew? Well, lots of people – except me. Recently, I was watching a PBS cooking show that featured Colorado Green Chili and while I didn’t catch the exact recipe featured on the show, I got the basic idea. And after playing around with the main ingredients, I managed to achieve something really sublime.

Colorado Green Chili (Chili Verde)

Now, remember, I’m a native Texan and chili is sacred in Texas. It’s the state dish after all. (And in case you didn’t know, there’s a bit of a rivalry between Texans and Coloradans.) But major kudos to Colorado for their pork chili verde! If you are familiar with Texas chili you will know it does not (traditionally) contain beans and neither does Colorado Green Chili. Southern Colorado is green chili country and it is the roasted green chilis that make this pork chili special. I used Anaheim peppers because that was what was available in my local store. But you can use Pueblos, Poblanos, hatch chilis and others.

Colorado Green Chili (Chili Verde)

As you can see, the finished product chili verde is actually red in color – thanks to tomatoes and chili powder.  But it’s those roasted green chilis that impart the intense chili-infused flavor and heat that permeates every molecule of the dish. The chili is a cross between what I would think of as a thick chili and a soupy stew. It’s perfect for these frigid winter days we are having right now. And your home will have the most amazing aroma while it cooks.

Colorado Green Chili (Chili Verde)

I used a Dutch Oven because it is great for braising meats in a relatively short period of time compared to a slow-cooker. But you can easily convert this recipe – just check out this article for tips: Five Tips for Converting Dutch Oven Recipes to a Slow-Cooker

If you are from Colorado or familiar with Colorado Green Chili I’d especially love to hear from you in the comments. What do you think? Did I get it right? What type of green chilis do you like to use? Do Coloradans really hate Texans?

Thanks for stopping by!

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