THE REASONING FOR SEASONING, more by Preeti Sharan, clinical dietition

Spices have been around for centuries and yet the Western diet is still adjusting to Tabasco, Chipotle and Curry. There is indisputable scientific evidence that almost all spices contain chemicals that have profound health benefits, thus protecting the body from numerous grave illnesses and in many cases acting as an efficient treatment for established diseases.

 

 

Cayenne Pepper helps you lose weight by boosting metabolism

 

Saffron helps you get in a better mood (treats depression)

 

Cinnamon and dried fenugreek are both known to help regulate blood sugar

 

Turmeric helps prevent Alzheimer’s, Inflammation and Cancer

 

Garlic helps reduce blood pressure

 

 But it’s not just for their medicinal values that spices are appreciated. Spices can turn the most un-appetizing food into a satisfying gastronomic experience. They often make excellent preservatives and also add esthetic value to the food.

 

So all you salt and pepper addicts out there wake up and smell the coffee!! There is more out there than just the quintessential salt and pepper shaker. Get to the spice market and purchase a spice rack or hit the closest Trader Joe’s get a colorful mix of 21 different culinary delights and make your life HOT and SPICY again!!!

Who We Are

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.         

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit peace building organization that serves the Personal Story. We find that peace is a possibility the more we know ourselves and each other through narrative. We work by invitation with individuals and communities to create culturally relevant programs.  The initial program is to give form to the  personal story with and additional program of Self-care to sustain gains made in the storytelling process. The goal is resiliency and capacity building.

We use writing, spoken word, arts processes and music in the belief that all arts extend language in ways especially in creating the coherent personal story.  We start with a very specific approach to aid people in giving  voice and image to the individual story which is then extended, explored and contained in the family story -- immediate and trans-generational  -- always referring back to the collective historical context in which our stories are held. these stories are then posted in multiple platforms in the belief that as we begin to know the personal story, we find the human story that belongs to all of us.

Our goal is to empower people  to work in community in order to transcend the suffering that results from adverse events and conditions. Our goal is to extend understanding and respect cultural practices: we are very interested in how different communities and cultures meet the challenges of being human.  

Our desire is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement.  

We provide lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities. 

While our work is highly therapeutic it is not psychotherapy.  Our processes lie closer to anthropology with its mythological underpinnings.

We invite you to invite us.