Guest post graciously contributed by Liz Ritoli.


My Dear Sangha,

In 1965, not long after Adlai Stevenson died, Parade Magazine featured an article about Ambassador Stevenson, which included the quote that follows. I was so moved by these thoughts that I saved the article and copied the quote with my best calligraphy pen, framed it and gave it to some close friends for Christmas. I’ve shared this often and widely, particularly in times when the fabric of life seems to be getting pulled and stretched to the point where the pattern is no longer recognizable.

December calls in the return of the light, and this welcome and uplifting celestial event is the perfect time to share this reassuring reminder with my dear friends. It is no surprise to me that Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhist, Wiccans, and Zoroastrians celebrate holidays in the month of December, the month when our Sun begins again its journey northward. This year the magical event will occur on December 21 at 5:44 PM Eastern time. I will think of each of you at that moment and imagine the many whose lives we touch through our healing gifts.

May you raise a mug of Golden Milk with those you love on the Solstice, and may you enjoy the blessings of the Divine Mother whose love is limitless.

“There is nothing which ever befalls you or those whom you love which may not be so handled as to translate it into beauty and good. Human experiences of every sort become so much material out of which to create goodness, love, and life. If pain did not exist, there would be no call for sympathy, human or divine. It does exist and therefore sorrow is in the world and thus love goes on its tireless quests. The nature of love is that it stirs at every expression of goodness.”

“The true note of life is not sorrow or sacrifice. Pain, losses, disappointments are only the incidents of life. Life is blended of many notes and voices. Joys and sorrows, work and rest alternate. The keynote of life rises out of the whole. It is not wail or grief. It is not bitter cry. It is nothing not fear. Believe me, it is musical, sweet, beautiful. It is a paean of victory. It is a love story. It is joy.”

~ Adlai Stevenson

Holding you in my heart,



Golden Milk Recipe

2 cups of whole milk or unsweetened coconut milk

1 teaspoon of dried turmeric

1 teaspoon of dried ginger

1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

1/8 teaspoon of cardamom powder

Pinch of black pepper

1 teaspoon of ghee or 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Garnish with 2 or 3 threads of saffron

Melt ghee or oil in the bottom of a small pan. Add a small amount of milk to the oil and mix in the dried spices to make a thin paste. If sweetening the Golden Milk with mashed dates, add them now and incorporate into the paste. Gradually add the milk and whisk to blend. Slowly raise the temperature of the milk and hold at a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

If using honey to sweeten the milk, add after the milk cools to drinking temperature.

Garnish with saffron.

If you are having Golden Milk near bedtime, omit the cinnamon and replace with nutmeg for a deep, sweet sleep.