Veggie burgers are always popular at potlucks and are great for lunches or snacks when traveling. They are simple to make and extremely healthy and well balanced. I posted the recipe a while ago, but now we have a video that should help you to make your own. They are pretty much a complete meal with vegetables, protein and grain. This recipe makes a bunch of small burgers – vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free.
Since I don’t use exact measurements, I use the texture to determine some of the quantities. The video should help you to get a sense of the consistency you are looking for. Note: in the video I am making a double batch using 2 cups of quinoa. The recipe below calls for 1 cup of quinoa which is more standard for a family.
Basic Recipe for Veggie Burgers
•Take one cup quinoa and add two cups water • Bring to boil then turn off and let sit with cover for 45 minutes • Put quinoa in large bowl and mix in finely chopped** 2 carrots, 1 large zucchini, 1 onion, 1 beet or other veggies such as kale or mushrooms. (I don’t recommend using sweet peppers since they have a lot more water content and would make them too moist) • Mix in sprouted beans, black beans, garbanzo beans or refried beans
• Add in sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if desired • Add tomato sauce for extra flavor but not too much • Stir and season with your choice of herbs, sea salt, or Spike (my favorite) • Add in flax flour (or any gluten free flour) to create the consistency to form into a patty • Form into patties like biscuits and place on oiled baking sheet • Bake at 400 F (204 C) for 15 minutes, turn over, cook 15 minutes more
Eat as a stand-alone snack, main course or like a burger with all the toppings. But no need for bread or bun!
Since the very beginning of Soundings of the Planet in 1979, Dudley and Dean Evenson have been privileged to collaborate with outstanding musicians from around the world. Recently, Dean has enjoyed recording and performing with 11th generation Indian sitar masters – Deobrat Mishra and Pt. Shivnath Mishra. Their popular album on the Soundings label, RAGA CYCLE, is a blend of ancient ragas and modern interpretations. This fall, Deobrat Mishra is touring in the Pacific Northwest and Soundings is pleased to sponsor his Evening Ragas Sitar Concert in Bellingham. His concert tour is a benefit for the Benares Music Academy and the Daya Foundation which empowers people through yoga, two very relevant organizations.
Deobrat Mishra brings his energetic and innovative playing style back to Pacific Northwest. He is one of the most creative and innovative sitar artists in India. He was taught by his father, Pt. Shivnath Mishra, who had him performing on stage when he was five years old. The father-son duo has toured extensively in India, Europe and the Pacific Northwest to sell out crowds and more recently, Deobrat is traveling solo with a tabla player. Dean Evenson will join him on flute in Bellingham.
Sunday September 25 – Evening Ragas Sitar Concert –
The Majestic on North Forest, Bellingham, WA. Saturday October 1 – Raga Singing & Kirtan –
3 OMs Yoga. Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Concert details here.
Deobrat has received numerous music awards over the years. Selectivity, melody and rhythmic complexity are typical features of his lively playing style. He is Director of the Benares Music Academy on the Ganges whose mission is to keep classical Indian music alive. The Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music provides musical training and home for students ranging from the community of ‘untouchables’ in India, children of impoverished musicians who can’t afford to pass their traditions along, as well as to international travelers. Students have the opportunity to study music that engages the brain, heart, body, and mind toward integration, optimism, and service. Classical Indian music instruction is offered by scholarships made possible by these events.
DAYA Foundation is a change-agent organization based in Portland, Oregon that empowers students to discover their essential life skills through the yoga. Students are from diverse populations, including those isolated by trauma, incarceration, residential treatment centers, or with mental or physical health challenges. Their prison programs train adults in custody to become yoga instructors for other adults in custody.
Dean Evenson has loved nature from his early days as a bird watcher, an Eagle Scout and camping with his family. His peace music began with flute at 10 years old, so as he grew up, the idea of combining nature and music together became a natural course of his life path. In 1979, Dean was one of the first musicians to combine the sounds of nature with his peaceful music and in the process, he helped birth a whole new genre of relaxation and meditation music.
Another influence on his work has been his contact with Native American wisdom that teaches about nature perceiving the Earth as a living being which provides for our physical sustenance. The indigenous people call her Mother Earth and it is this concept that has caught the attention of Dean and Dudley who have dedicated their lives to bringing awareness to the importance of respecting nature. They see nature, not just as a resource for human development, but as having value in itself, for itself. Humans benefit greatly from healthy, natural ecosystems. When nature is out of balance, human populations are affected, not just the animals and plants. It is in all our best interests to do what we can to protect nature and give back to the Earth.
We hope you enjoy this short video of Dean Evenson discussing his philosophy about nature, music and peace.
“When we can relax ourselves into nature and experience the beauty and complexity of the natural world around us, we began to see how we do fit into this amazing system. We realize our responsibility to care for the life that is around us, knowing that life gives back multifold to an energy that’s given into it. You put a seed in the ground, add water and light, and that one little seed grows into a big plant. Some of the plants even have fruits and vegetables that are shareable as food. The natural world is a support system for all life and especially the human population so that we can evolve into greater things. It gives us immense pleasure to be part this beautiful, living system” ~ Dean Evenson
To these ideas of music and nature, Dean adds the concept of peace – both inner and outer peace. For almost four decades, people have been using Dean’s music to support their meditation and healing process. The gentle tones of flute, joined with nature sounds, create a perfect environment of Peace Through Music. When a person experiences inner peace, they will be a peaceful influence on the world around them. Everyone benefits from one individual living in harmony with themselves and their environment.
Thank you for watching and sharing. When you comment on our blog, we will send you a free mp3 track of our music as a thank you. We send you blessings of Peace Through Music!
Change is a constant factor in our world but few know how to successfully circumnavigate unwanted events or issues that show up in life. During our four decades together, Dean Evenson and I have discovered some helpful tips on how to sail through changes of life’s inevitable ups and downs and move forward in a positive way. Today, we share some of those ideas with you.
Years ago, we were living in an old farmhouse in upstate New York with some fellow video artists. We had recently learned the concept of ‘go with the flow’ but hadn’t really had a chance to put this principle into action. Soon we got our opportunity. Our landlord decided to evict us – and we found ourselves facing a cold winter with no apparent place to go. We decided to apply our newly discovered principle and allow ourselves to ‘flow with the changes’. Instead of complaining about our predicament, we said to ourselves ‘there must be something better coming along’ and we prepared to move forward. Our neighbors and friends were very surprised at our attitude and watched us as we approached a big transition in our living situation without knowing where it would take us. Fortunately, we ended up finding another country house near Woodstock, New York that was large enough for us and a few others. We packed up and moved our whole household there just in time to beat the winter snow. From then on, with every change that came our way, we kept a positive attitude and things always got better.
Years later, we heard Dr. Deepak Chopra explaining what he calls ‘the sea of infinite possibilities.’ We were very inspired by his approach to being open to and actually benefiting from change. He said that since we never know what’s in store for us and sometimes so-called ‘bad’ things happen, we often resist them and let our fears rule us. He suggested we imagine behind us a sea of infinite possibilities, ever undulating and evolving that is always ready to present us with favorable choices. He pointed out that fear, worry and getting upset cause these potentials to freeze up and block the flow the universe is able to provide for us.
Sometimes our life is out of our control, at least for the moment. Big social events and personal or family issues may sweep us into an unknown not-of-our choosing. Suffering happens. Old age, sickness and death are common forms of suffering first recognized by Buddha. As young Prince Siddhartha, he had never seen such things until one day he escaped the confines of the palace and came across those very conditions. He was horrified and commenced on a quest for understanding how to overcome suffering. In his process, he underwent many trials and tribulations before coming across meditation, the Middle Path and the peace of a quiet mind. The first step in the Eightfold Path he postulated is ‘Right Perception’. When things happen that are not to our liking, often the only thing we have control over is our own perception of the situation and how we react to it. When we can embrace change and tap into the ever evolving sea of infinite possibilities, we open to the opportunity of transforming what we initially perceive as a negative, into something much more positive. By simply keeping an optimistic attitude, we find ourselves working with the universal flow instead of against it. This in not to suggest letting yourself be randomly blown by the wind. Instead, no matter that happens, it is important to stay focused on your principles, values and goals. They are your moral compass and the direction your path is heading, no matter a few swerves in the road. By having a clear sense of purpose, when challenges do arise that you don’t have immediate control over, you can take a deep breath, pick yourself up, face the direction of your dreams and move on. We would love to hear how you have learned to cope with change in your life. Let us know what tools you have used to keep going when unexpected or unwanted things happen in your life. Remember, when you comment here on our blog, we’ll send you a free mp3 track of our music as thank you.
Soundings of the Planet is pleased to announce our new Soundings Podcast is finally available in iTunes. Most people know us through our award-winning healing music, but few are aware of our vast video and audio library of interviews with new thought leaders and the many documentaries we have recorded since 1970. We are now making a select number of the best of those interviews available on our brand new Soundings Podcast.
In this first podcast series, you will hear interviews with the sound healing pioneers who are featured on our SONIC HEALING MEET THE MASTERS VIDEO COURSE. The first presentation is of Dr. Joan Borysenko, our long time friend and best-selling author. Dr. Borysenko is a pioneer in integrative medicine and world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work is foundational in the international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and the spiritual dimensions as an integral part of healing. She co-founded the Harvard Mind/Body Clinic with Dr. Herbert Benson, was a licensed psychologist and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and has spent years in clinical research. She is author of numerous books, audio and video programs.
Future Soundings Podcasts will be drawing from the hundreds of hours of interviews with new thought leaders, sound healers, Native American medicine people, Tibetan monks, yogis, meditators, coaches, authors, teachers, and wisdom keepers from around the world. Subscribe to Soundings Podcast today and be inspired. To learn more about our activities and releases please visit our website and blog at soundings.com.
Do you start your day with a dose of news and then find it’s hard to get all that negativity out of your head? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed by a massive ‘to do’ list and can’t seem to complete all the tasks you have set up for yourself. I recently read a great book called The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8 am and I have been implementing the practices that the author, Hal Elrod, has suggested.
Even if you’re not a morning person, you can still have a miracle morning!
I like the idea of starting my morning with a miracle, but since I am not a morning person, I wondered if it would work for me. When I looked more deeply into the idea, I discovered that there is a lot to be said about starting your day off in a conscious, mindful way and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. For many years I have had a simple practice of doing eye exercises and a prayer before I even get up so I have at least started my day before it officially begins. My next ideal practice after drinking some water and making my tea is to do a half hour of yoga. Then if I am not in a rush, I like to sit and meditate. Often, however, the phone would ring or I would get up and move toward my computer, emails and get caught up in the outside world. Of course for most people, even taking that much time starting their day would be too much when they have to get breakfast for the family or run off to work.
Here’s my video further explaining the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. System so you can have your own Miracle Morning
Life S.A.V.E.R.S. System
With so much to do and so little time, I wondered how could a slight change in one’s morning procedure make a meaningful difference that would last all day. That’s where Hal Elrod’s system called ‘Life S.A.V.E.R.S’ comes in. It’s a very simple system that is easy to remember and simple to implement. I like that he says you can do each one of these practices for only a minute and you will still experience a beneficial effect. The main thing is to actually do the practice. I am still trying to implement it into my morning and find that when I don’t start my day with this practice and instead let myself get caught up in computer work or the outside world, my day does not go nearly as smoothly and I feel that I accomplish less.
Here is his magic formula for a Miracle Morning. He calls it ‘Life S.A.V.E.R.S.’ You can do each one of these steps for as little as one minute and still feel the benefit. Five minutes or more for each one is better of course. You can also do them in any order. You may exercise at the beginning or at the end. Remember, it’s your morning practice so it needs to work for you.
SILENCE: Sit quietly, let go of busy thoughts, and focus on your breath AFFIRMATION: Affirm what you want in life to set the tone for your day VISUALIZATION: Picture yourself living your ideal life and it’s ok to be specific EXERCISE: Moving the body benefits physical as well as mental and emotional selves READ: Read something inspiring and uplifting to start your day SCRIBE: Journal your thoughts and dreams or add to that great book you are working on
Be sure to pick up a copy of the book to gain a much deeper understanding of how you can create your own miracle morning. We would love to hear your ideas of how you begin your day so you maximize your full potential. We love to hear from you so when you comment, we’ll send you a free mp3 music track that can be a perfect accompaniment to your morning meditation.
No, this isn’t a picture of a new Soundings of the Planet artist, but this musician has such a sense of freedom and great energy that we wanted to share his image. We met him in the desert outside Las Vegas after one of our spa shows and he had such bright energy we couldn’t resist snapping a pic. He fit the bill as a Peace Through Music troubadour and it seems appropriate for our July 4th post.
Now is a great chance to ponder the freedom that we do have in our country and honor the hard work and sacrifices it has taken over many generations to maintain it. In the midst of a fractious presidential campaign, we are called upon to reflect on our unity and the many things we have in common, rather than focusing on our differences. As you enjoy the holiday of this long 4th of July weekend, we hope you will take some time to appreciate our great nation with its rich diversity of cultures and acknowledge the many contributions that immigrants as well as natives have made to our country. In fact, most of us are immigrants unless of course you are a Native American!
May we all become more compassionate and understanding of our neighbors and especially of those who are different from us. We are after all one human family and hopefully we can outgrow our sibling rivalry and find peace within and even amongst those who are different from us.
WORLD PEACE Meditation
I recognize the world for all its drama as a reflection of my own inner experience. As I work to change my perception of the world, I realize I am actually affecting the world around me. As I change how I am seeing the world, the world changes with me. I see beauty around me. I see the goodness in people and honor them for that goodness. I even practice seeing our own national/political world in a different light. I see it as a process and I focus on the evolution of human consciousness as we move toward greater awareness and compassion. I see the world becoming more peaceful and just every day as I myself become more peaceful and fair within.
We love the dads of today who carry their babies in a backpack or close to their heart. It used to be this practice was only used by mothers but now fathers get to have the blessings of a much closer contact with their young children. As women have become strong and more empowered of late, we acknowledge that fathers have become softer and more gentle. We see this as a wonderful process that allows men to develop the more nurturing side of themselves and that is surely a benefit to them and their children as well. Dean Evenson got to carry his children in a baby backpack and was always around for family dinner practically every day of their lives growing up.
What is the measure of a man?
Is it by the measure of his biceps? Or the amount of love in his heart? Is it how much he can push his way through? Or how gentle he can be in carrying his child? I once heard the definition of a good ‘husbandman‘ (gardener) as one who knows when to plant the seed. I would add that it is equally important to know how to care for the seed so it can grow to fullness and bear the fruits of its harvest.
I am grateful to have found such a man in Dean Evenson who has been such a good husband to me and father to our three children. He has also been the father of Soundings of the Planet and all the musicians who have come through our studio. The burden of a father can be heavy and we need to remember that fathers need all the love and support they can get. So as Father’s Day approaches, let us remember to honor the fathers in our lives and let them feel supported too.
History of Father’s Day
We were intrigued to learn that Father’s Day was first started in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised his six children there. In 1909, after she heard a sermon about Mother’s Day being started by Ann Jarvis, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. She initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, but the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons so the celebration of Father’s Day was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
We would love to hear about your father or a dad you admire. When you comment we will send you a free mp3 of our music. Remember, dads need to relax too. When you order online at soundings.com and use the code FATHER16 you will receive a 20% discount!
Soon after the recent wars began, Dean Evenson and I became aware of the impacts that wartime trauma was having on combatants. We heard from a psychologist friend about PTSD and terrible physical and mental conditions returning soldiers were dealing with. We learned in disturbing detail about the challenges they were facing and we wanted to help. We wondered if our peaceful music could be supportive in calming the mental demons facing veterans of wars and other traumatic events.
PTSD and Visit to Walter Reed
We reached out to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where many wounded warriors were hospitalized dealing with PTSD and physical wounds. We discovered that the chief chaplain there already knew Dean Evenson’s music and had used it in his own healing. He invited us to visit Walter Reed. There we offered workshops on how to use music to help the healing, both mental and physical. Since then, we have continued the process of getting our relaxation music and DVDs to hospitals, vet centers and individuals. We also created a simple but informative RELAXATION BASIC TRAINING GUIDE that offered tools of how to use music to support the healing process for those with PTSD.
Peace Through Music
Soundings of the Planet’s motto is Peace Through Music. We are peace-oriented musicians who have been creating nature-based recordings for over 35 years. Our relaxation and world music is heard in spas, salons, yoga and healing centers around the world. Now we are glad that it is being used by veterans to help their healing process.
“As the wounded soldiers and marines arrive every week at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it is nice to have your music as part of our care plan to meet their need to relax and rest while they recuperate from their injuries. The music also helps our patients focus on their healing and not the chronic pain they endure constantly. The soothing music of Healing Sanctuary and Healing Dreams provides a needed respite from the dreams and flashbacks of the terrors that our wounded have seen and experienced. It is helpful for them to relax and not dwell on the bad dreams or images that they can see… Some find them very helpful to get to sleep.”
JOHN L. KALLERSON, Chaplain (Major) US Army
Senior Chaplain Clinician, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
We Welcome Your Ideas
Any thoughts you may have of where we can send our music that will benefit those in need with PTSD. When you comment we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music.
I was curious about life coaching and always felt I could be helpful in that field. My life experiences have prepared me in many ways to understand issues people are dealing with. A few years ago, I volunteered at our local low power radio station and met the wives of a couple of the guys working there. These two ladies, Laura and Terri, were both practicing ‘life coaches.’ I realized that my long marriage with Dean Evenson has taught me about relationships; raising children about parenting; our ‘decade of intentional poverty’ and living in a school bus about simple living; running our music label, Soundings of the Planet, about being a successful business owner and entrepreneur; my own life path about healthy living. I had a lot of life experience, but I didn’t know yet how to translate that into being a useful life coach.
Laura and Terri invited me to join the Northwest Corner Coaches Meetup group and I got to know a lot of people in the field. We networked and put on events to raise awareness about the coaching profession. I then trained to be guide and lead AARP Life Reimagined Checkups to help people through the inevitable changes that life presents, especially for people over fifty. After that, I was able to get professional training with Impact Coaching Academy and was fortunate that Terri was my teacher. In the course, I got a full overview on how to be a coach and all that entails on a professional level and recently I received my official Life Coach Certification. I now have several clients and still have some ‘pro bono’ clients who I am working with for free to give me more experience and hopefully in the process, put my new skills to use in helping them move forward in their lives.
This past weekend, Terri and I led the AARP Life Reimagined Checkup here in Bellingham. We had a great turnout and people got to go through a process of looking at their passions, values, skills and experiences to choose ‘what’s next’ in their lives. This coming Saturday (May 21, 2016), our Northwest Corner Coaches group is sponsoring a free COACHING CAFÉ where we will share more about the coaching field, introduce people to some local coaches and offer the ability to sign up for free coaching sessions to those who attend. Click here for details. Continue reading My Coaching Journey→