Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Favorite Simple Fish Recipe and Past Life Regressions

I started writing this post while sitting in my Past Life Regression course. Yep, I just said Past Life Regression. So not something I ever thought I would be taking a class in! Yet here I am.

Last night I was babysitting and doing my homework for the course when the parents came home (don't worry, the kids were asleep). They asked what I was working on, and I laughed. "Oh, just past life regressions." They looked at me askance and then laughed back. I saw a glimmer of interest in the mother's eyes, disbelief in the father's. They wanted to know if I had experienced any of my past lives, and I hemmed and hawed. I felt a bit protective of my experiences, knowing how deeply they had impacted me through my recent sessions. In the end, I just said I had, and left it at that.

I came to Seattle to study science, and instead I've found myself immersed in a world of faith, spirituality, and intuition. My studies at Bastyr have given me exactly what I wanted, which was a scientific background to stand on. My circumstances here have given me something else altogether. Upon first moving into my new house, I found myself surrounded by women who were more open to spirituality than I was used to on the East Coast. Growing up in a very secular world, I was surprised to suddenly find myself with three Christian roommates whose sense of life seemed so different from what I had always assumed Christianity to be. Talking with them allowed me to let go of some of my preconceptions about religion, which in turn gave me permission to explore my own spiritual side. Now, this is not a declaration of my conversion. I have never considered myself a Christian, despite celebrating Christmas and Easter. I don't see that changing. But my relationship with God, with life, even with the possibilities of other lifetimes? It's all evolving. It's hard for me to put that out there. Clearly, if you've been reading for a while, you know I'm a bit outside the box already. But this takes me into a whole other realm.

Well, I'm going to ask you to go there with me. I'm not asking you to believe what I believe. I don't think anything useful ever comes of that. I'm just asking you to keep reading another few minutes before you skip down to the recipe.

I can't remember why I decided to take a hypnotherapy course four months ago. I've wracked my brain, and for the life of me, I can't remember what my thought process was. I've never been particularly interested in hypnotherapy, but something must have spoken to me. But once I took that first course, I was hooked, and I'm now finishing up a class to become a Past Life Regression Specialist. I have been confused for years about exactly how I was supposed to be working with people. I knew, somehow, that I was supposed to work with women and health. I got my master's degree in psychology, and I knew that was part of the puzzle. It wasn't quite right though. There were too many holes. Now I'm working on my master's degree in nutrition, and I know that's part of the puzzle too. But the overall picture has still been fractured. Today, I finally get it. Psychology plus nutrition plus hypnotherapy and even past life regressions. Add into that tapping and other techniques I've been learning, and it all suddenly makes sense. I know how I'm supposed to be helping people, and I am so jazzed to do it.

This is a prelude for you. I want to tell you so much more about what I'm going to be doing and why it may help you if you're suffering from an inflammation based health problem (which is really all health problems, right?). And I want to tell you about some exciting things coming up in the next few months. But I'm tired after a long day of Past Life Regression class, and I have to get plenty of sleep before we start again tomorrow. So enjoy this recipe for my favorite fish dish. I've been eating it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner lately. It's delicious and makes me feel fancy despite being extremely simple and affordable.

Then I want you to think about what I've told you so far, and whether you might be one of my people, someone I'm supposed to be helping. Because I'm going to ask you soon for your advice on how exactly I can best help you. I have a plan, I want you to be a part of it, and so I'm going to enlist your help to make sure you and I are on the same wavelength. But first...I am getting very sleepy. I am going to fall asleep in 3...2...1.

Simple Fish with Kalamata Olives and Basil
You can use any white fish for this recipe. I often buy cod or rockfish fillet because they're the most affordable!

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 handfuls fresh basil, minced
1/4 cup kalamata olives, minced
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound white fish
2 cups chopped vegetables of choice (cabbage, kale, spinach, etc.)

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  2. While it's heating, mix together the minced basil, olives, and freshly ground black pepper. Rinse the fish and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  3. Once the olive oil is hot, rub the fish with the basil and olive mix. It won't stick too well, but just get as much rubbed in as you can. Place the fish in the pan and put any remaining olives and basil on top. Let cook for 3 minutes on one side. 
  4. Turn fish over and cook for another minute, then put the top on the pan and cook until the fish is done. Depending on the type and size of fish you buy, the time will vary but it generally doesn't take me more than a few minutes. 
  5. Remove fish onto a plate, then add vegetables to the pan and cook until done. If using greens such as spinach or kale, just let them wilt for a minute or two. Other vegetables like cabbage or onions will take longer to cook through. 
Serves 2. 

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