We all eat lies when our hearts are hungry

Sometimes it took all your energy to publish a post…

Attitudes are changing everyday. Rather than be uncomfortable, I’m trying to be optimistic.

Sometimes it took all your energy to publish a post when so much unrealistic is going on in your real nonfictional life.

We all eat lies when our hearts are hungry.

That’s how you can tell that you’re filling yourself with all the wrong things of this life. You use a lot of energy, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever.

The wildfires are turning the sky red where I am living. And when Kafka said, “I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it,” I felt a deep sorrow in me. In my memory, it doesn’t end.

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

Alexander Den Heijer

If you plant corn (32 amazing facts about corn)

“If you plant corn, corn will grow. If you plant wheat, wheat will grow. If you act in a wholesome way, you will be happy. If you act in an unwholesome way, you water the seeds of craving, anger, and violence in yourself. Right view is to recognize which seeds are wholesome and encourage those seeds to be watered.”
– Thich Nhat Hahn

32 Amazing facts about corn

1. Corn or Maize

In most countries of the world, corn is called maize.

2. The giver of life

The word maize derives from the Spanish form of the indigenous Taíno word for the plant, mahiz. It means “sacred mother,” or “giver of life.” And corn is an American English word.

3. Corn is a cereal grain

Corn is a cereal grain which was first domesticated by indigenous people in southern Mexico about 10,000 years ago.

4. Cob or Kernel

The ear or cob is part of the flower, while the individual kernel is a seed or fruit.

5. The average ear or cob

The average ear has 800 kernels in 16 rows.

6. The maize as a staple food

Maize has become a staple food in many parts of the world.

7. Types of corns

Corns have many types like Sweet corn, popcorn, flour corn, Dent corn, Flint corn, and pod corn.

8. Six major types of corns or maize

The six major types of maize are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.

9. Sweet corn or field corn

Sugar-rich varieties called sweet corn are usually grown for human consumption as kernels, while field corn varieties are used for animal feed.

10. Used in making ethanol

Maize is also used in making ethanol and other biofuels.

11. First domestication of maize

Most historians believe maize was domesticated in the Tehuacán Valley of Mexico.

12. Maize in many colors and taste

The maize can be produced in many colors including blackish, blue-gray, purple, green, red, white and yellow.

13. Different varieties of maize

While yellow maizes derive their color from lutein and zeaxanthin, in red-colored maizes, the kernel coloration is due to anthocyaninsand phlobaphenes.

14. Hybrid varieties

There are thousands of hybrids, but most fall into six general types, which are dent, flint, pod, popcorn, flour, and sweet corn.

15. The world record of tallest stalk

The world record for the tallest stalk is over 33 feet.

16. Low starch variety

Sweet corn, or sugar corn, is a special, low-starch variety with higher sugar content, at 18% of the dry weight. Most of the sugar is sucrose.

17. One bag of popcorn

One medium bag (112 grams) of popcorn provides approximately 16 grams of fiber.

Health benefits of corn

18. Prevents Anemia

Corn is rich is in Vitamin B12, Iron (2.71mg), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of red blood cells in the body. It helps in reducing the risk of Anaemia, by supplying enough of the nutrients required to produce fresh Red blood cells.

19. May Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

Choosing corn in your diet can lead to better gut health and help lower your chances of getting diseases like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Corns are also a good source of phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and ferulic acid. Ferulic acid plays a crucial part in stopping cancers.

20. Helpful in controlling Diabetes

Corns have a compound called polyphenols, it is considered protective against type-2 Diabetes.

21. A good source of fiber

The fiber in corn helps you stay full for longer between meals. It also feeds healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, which may help protect against colon cancer.

Popcorn may also help prevent diverticulitis, a condition that causes pouches in the walls of your colon. In a large study, men who ate more popcorn had a lower risk of getting diverticular disease.

22. Good for your eyes

Yellow corn is a good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for eye health and help prevent the lens damage that leads to cataracts.

Corn is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage and wards off diseases like cancer and heart disease.

23. It is gluten-free

Many people are gluten-intolerant and sweetcorn is naturally gluten free. People suffering from celiac disease are allergic to the protein known as gluten in wheat, barley, and oats.

24. Eat corn if you are underweight and a good source of carbohydrates

If you are skinny and trying to increase weight, Try including corn in your diet. Because corn contains high amounts of carbohydrates and ar enrich in vitamins and minerals.

Refined corn oil is mainly composed of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, while monounsaturated and saturated fats make up the rest.

25. Prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that affects memory. Corn is a good source of thiamin (Vitamin B1) and thiamin plays a vital role in the maintenance of brain function.

It also helps synthesize acetylcholine, which in turn helps in improving memory. The suggested daily quantity of thiamin is 1.2 mg for males and 1.1 mg for females above the age of 18. Yellow corn contains 0.3mg of thiamin per 100g.

26. A good source of Manganese

Manganese is a mineral that is found in various foods including legumes, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and green vegetables. Corns are incredibly rich in manganese and contains about 127mg in per 100g. Make your diet manganese-rich by eating corn.

27. Helps in controlling Hemorrhoids

It is assumed that a person should get at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Corns are one of the best sources of fiber. Eat corns and stay hydrated.

28. For healthy Hairs

Corn oil improves the blood circulation in the scalp and it helps to get stronger hairs. Corn also contains multivitamins, but most importantly Vitamin C.

29. A good source of minerals and improve immunity

Corns are loaded with essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Your body needs these minerals daily for better function.

30. It is low in LDL Cholesterol

It is a lesser known fact that corn oil decreased LDL cholesterol by 11% compared to just 3.5% for extra virgin oil.

Researchers have discovered that corn oil helps to lower LDL cholesterol 3 times more than olive oil.

31. It is high in protein

Corn is a decent source of protein. The most abundant proteins in corn are known as zeins, accounting for 44–79% of the total protein content. Corn contains 9.4g of protein per 100g and corn provides other benefits as well so eat corn and make yourself healthy.

32. Helps in Pregnancy

Corn is rich in folic acid along with other vitamins and minerals which is important for the prevention of birth defects in babies. It is a rich source of dietary fiber, and helps in relieving constipation.

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I read this tonight

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”

— Jack Kerouac

“I love this world,” he added. “That is what rules my life. When I die, I want to have done all in my power to leave it in a better state than it was when I found it. At the same time I know that this can never be. The world has grown so complex that one voice can do little to alter it any longer. That doesn’t stop me from doing what I can, but it makes the task hard. The successes are so small, the failures so large and many. It’s like trying to stem a storm with one’s bare hands.”

— Charles de Lint (The Little Country)

Few Flowers

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures
and some books, I live without envy.
– Lope de Vega

Rumi Quotes

‘This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet.’

‘Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.
Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.
Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.’

‘There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in Love.
Only lovers can escape
out of these two worlds.
This was ordained in creation.
Only from the heart
can you reach the sky:
The Rose of Glory
can grow only from the heart.’

‘We rarely hear the inward music,
but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless
directed by the one who teaches us,
the pure joy of the sun,
our music master.’

Under the shade of trees

Today’s Quote :
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Thoreau

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

– Ancient Indian Proverb

I confess, the image quality of this post is not that good as I didn’t edit it so I am apologizing for this. Actually I didn’t want to edit it. For some reason, I want it to be the same as it is.
It was a rainy day and everything was in rhythm and it seemed to me as though that the trees were also in rhythm that day and were busy in a deep conversation with each other.
I was walking under the shade of these trees when I met these women on the way back to their home. I was a visitor there so I didn’t want to disturb them much and just stood there under the shade of these trees watching them walked away.

Image Location: Khanewal, Pakistan.

Beauty surrounds us

Today’s Quote:

“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.” Rumi

Location: Gujranwala, Pakistan.

“Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.” Rumi

Walk into the light

Today’s Quote:
“Go to a garden
And just stand in it.
Breathe in the air, the fragrances,
the light, the temperature,
the music of the different plants, insects, birds, worms,
caterpillars, grasshoppers, and butterflies.
Inhale the prana (cosmic energy) of all the abundantly
growing things.
Recharge your inner batteries.

This is the joy of natural meditation.”

– Lama Surya Das, “Awakening to the Sacred,” 1999

When I walk into my garden, I dare to see light reflecting through the pines at night.

Its kind of act like a meditation. It is as though my own soul must be bright invisible green.

“In this light, my spirit saw through all things and into all
creatures, and I recognized God in grass and plants.”

-Jacob Boehme

Dirt, trees, leaves and feathers

Today’s Quote:
“Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.”
Malay proverb

There lies a mango tree in a small corner of my backyard which provides shade not only for us but for all the birds that visited it.
This corner happens to be a favorite spot for the birds. Mainly because there is a grapevine just side by side with a mango tree where they like to spend most of their time. As this place remains undisturbed by us so it is also serve as a good hiding place for them.

I was planning to post these photos after my exams on November but love for trees grows stronger and stronger and finally I came out of my room in the wonderland of nature.
Today, I spent my afternoon under the shade of a mango tree and was surprise to discover the small wonders of nature under it.Sharing some photos…

… of leaves of mango tree and grapevines…

Some more grapevines leaves…I love the way they grab it…

The wall is already occupied so this vine decided to land on the ground…

These dead leaves reminds me of the Autumn, not so far away…

And then I found an eggshell under a tree …

Just think, why this place is good for hiding things…

tree trunk just give it away…

Dirt, some feathers and fallen leaves…

No doubt, termites have done their job very well …

A bee hive on the grape vines…

Now comes a pomegranate tree…with lots of pomegranates…

and citrus…

“…. if I wanted to have a happy garden,I must ally myself with my soil; study and help it to the utmost, untiringly. …. Always, the soil must come first.”
– Marion Cran, If I Where Beginning Again

Keep a green tree in your heart

Today’s quote,
“Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to
call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away.
If people’s hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.”
– Langya

A Chinese proverb goes like this,
“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come”

Considering it in my mind, I decided to keep a green tree close to my heart. And waited earnestly for a singing bird to come in.
But lo! what happened.
Inspite of craving for a singing bird, a pair of crows robbed my heart!

Recently I have heard a fact about crows, they say
“A group of crows is called a murder.”

Thanks to God, they are only two of them! I am bless.

There is a tree I never walk under…

“As I age
in the world it will rise and spread,
and be for this place horizon
and orison, the voice of its winds.
I have made myself a dream to dream
of its rising, that has gentled my nights.
Let me desire and wish well the life
these trees may live when I
no longer rise in the mornings
to be pleased with the green of them
shining, and their shadows on the ground,
and the sound of the wind in them.”
– Wendell Berry, Planting Trees

There is a tree in my home garden I never walk under but I love to see its white flowers blooming in the winter season. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this tree but they say, the flowers are edible.

Photos and quotes

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
– Anne Frank

“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly,
that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an
impression of beauty and delight.”
– Gertrude Jekyll

“Soil is a resource, a living, breathing entity that, if treated properly, will maintain itself.It’s our lifeline for survival. When it has finally been depleted, the human population will disappear. …. Project you imagination into the soil below you next time you go into the garden. Think with compassion of the life that exists there. Think, the drama,the sexuality, the harvesting, the work that carries on ceaselessly. Think about the meaning of being a steward for the earth.”
– Marjorie Harris, In the Garden, 1995

“If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy,it will in the end not produce food either.” Joseph Wood Krutch
“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.”
– William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997.

“God owns heaven, but He craves the earth.” – Anne Sexton

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
– John Zabat-Zinn

“Remain true to the earth.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind.
– Scott Nearing

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

All photographs by me.

January Rose

Its a beautiful red rose from my home garden.

The roses and thorn relationship is no doubt very close and delicate and thats why many poet, philosophers, writers and politicians have quoted them in a very scented way. So here are some proverbs and quotes from throughout the world about this rose – thorn relationship .

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.”

Persian Proverb.

“From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.”

Greek Proverb

“The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.”

– Chinese proverb

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?”

Frank Stanton

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

The last quote is very close to my heart. Because I am also thankful to God that thorns have roses.

Trees descending away

It is said quite rightly about trees because whenever I see some wonderful trees my heart says,

“Why are there trees I never walk under but large and
melodious thoughts descend upon me?”

– By Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

I love this sequence of trees and the way they are descending away. Trees knows very well how to present themselves.They are thoughtful. Another quote about trees by Candy Polgar reflects my feelings.

“Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart

I love the way they are communicating with eachother and are giving us a message that everything on this Earth is alive no matter in however form it is.

image by me

A beautiful quote about roses

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

By Dale Carnegie.