Close the Door

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Close the door.

Its the end.

Your Universe has restructured itself.

To what you ask,

You lowly yogi you.

To the door to the realm of the demons.

Let the golden age begin!

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Mama’s Fire another poem and a recipe

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This is another more from the founder kind of post.  It is just for fun.

First the recipe:

Now David and I became friends in collage as he was my collage room mate and later we shared a place on the upper east side together.  Many fantastic stories later, he gave me this recipe, It was great to reconnect.  So here it is:

The Mama’s Fire Egg Sandwich from my friend David B.

3 eggs

2 tbs milk

1/2 teaspoon Mama’s Fire Tibetan Hot Sauce paste

1 precooked yummy sausage of your choice

1 sourdough role

Break three eggs and scramble with the milk until fluffy.  Set the prepared eggs aside.  Cut the sausage in half and put in a pan over a medium heat.  Brown on both sides.  Put the sausage on your plate.  Put your cut role, cut side down on the pan to toast.  As soon as the role is finished take it out put it on your plate with the sausage on the bottom half of the role.  Next, put 1/2 teaspoon of Mama’s Fire Tibetan Hot Sauce in your pan with your fluffed eggs.  Mix the Mama’s Fire into your eggs while you scramble them.  For those who like it hot, add more oil.  The oil holds the heat the paste has all the flavor. That is how I cook with it.  When done put your eggs on your sausage.  Put ketchup on if you like.  I’ve have always liked ketchup on my egg sandwiches. Put your top half of the role on top and enjoy yourselves a sandwich.

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At the End is at the beginning

At the end is at the beginning.

Where does a yogi go from here?

Trained not to desire, only to surrender.

At the end is at the beginning.

The beginning of an adventure.

Golden gates of bodhi bliss,

Protected oceans of Tara.

At the end is at the beginning.

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A Mama’s Fire Poem

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This post is more from me the founder, it has been a while since I shared a poem with all.  Here is a short on that came through recently,

I am a lowly yogi

it is true

I like to dance and sing and play like you.

A prankster fool

A goofy fool

A peaceful fool

Dark age met.

Let us close the door

And don’t open it again.

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Reggae 4 Us – now the official sponsor of Mama’s Fire

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Jah bless us all!

My director of operations wrote this and I just had to share it with you all!

MAMA’S FIRE radio spots are now being heard in the United Kingdom at Reggae4us.
Through the kind words and efforts of a local radio station personality here in Salem, Oregon (who you may have seen christening our billboard) talking with a reggae performer in New York – Faraji, and then conversations with the director of distribution for Reggae4us, the great Sir Daddy D, an internet radio station in the United Kingdom; Mama’s Fire Gourmet Sauces has made a connection which hopefully will be our toehold to taking the sauces to the United Kingdom. It will do so by way of a radio spot now being played through the airwaves they broadcast.

The beauty of it is that the station is an internet station with steady listeners from around the globe; UK, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Japan, and a multitude of cities throughout the United States.     The DJs play all genres of Reggae music to appeal to those of all ages and styles of appreciation. Both the old and new reggae, torch singers, soft and easy music, love songs, upbeat sounds, historic music, and even touches of country & western.

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An additional feature to this station is that they have a chat room attached to their website and welcome listeners to log in and converse with the DJ who happens to be broadcasting tunes and conducting interviews with known artists in the world of Reggae music. And you’ll get to talk to others as well from all around the world. And if you log in and start interacting with others it can become addictive. The conversations there cover just about anything that you can imagine. Questions and answers about the music of the moment; who, where, why, and when it was created; topics of food (think Mama’s Fire) are always popping up; and just folks meeting others and having fun in the process.

And who is this station you ask? It is none other than Reggae4Us, the internet’s number 1 station. The station slogan is simple – More Life ~ More Love ~ More Respect. It is led and hosted by a gentleman by the name of Derek Lewis who goes by the name of Sir Daddy D when he is broadcasting along with about 20 other DJ’s who broadcast from their own home studios providing a marvelous array of sounds to all who love music.

The station plan is to open a Reggae4Us store to sell music and station oriented things to listeners; with Mama’s Fire Gourmet Sauces also being available. Details are not yet available whether or not they will maintain an internet site for the store. But never-the-less, our best wishes go out to them and their efforts.

If nothing else…log on via their attached player and have a listen to some music to enlighten your mood. You don’t have to log into the chat room, but hey, try it…you just might like it.

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Oceans and Oceans of Kindness

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Happy 2012 darkest Night of Don Season from Mama’s Fire

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Karma, it is the darkest night of don season and our opportunity to burn some of it off!

My tradition over the years is to make a batch of my Mama’s Fire Tibetan Hot Sauce during don season as a way of celebrating the darkest nights of the year with a feast.  I know the sun is coming back and things are getting lighter but this is the time when the dons are out playing and it can feel quite dark indeed.

It is a great joy for me every time.  Watching the hot oil hit the vegetables and cook them on the spot in an instant.  The caldron of bubbling oil  gives a great sense of joy and excitement for me.   It is magic every time.

I have a further tradition to feast during this time and it always seems to ease the darkness of the dons.  One of the things I love to feast on is ribs (beef or pork) and I make some darn tasty ones to be sure.  I found over the many batches of sauce that I have made that I always have left over garlic.  I work hard to shuck it and so of course, I don’t want to through it away, so I cut it up fine and put it in a jar and pour some of my hot sauce oil over it and bake it.  This is the beginning of my rib recipe.

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Ready to eat and oh so good!

I take the garlic baked in the Mama’s Fire Tibetan Hot sauce oil and I put that on the ribs and bake them for two hours at 250 degrees.  I am always very generous with my sauces and this make a difference in the end result.  Messy for sure but it is a mouth watering messy.  The way ribs should be.  The house fills with the aroma of garlic and meat, it makes me hungry just writing these words.   Once the meat is done it is easy peasy from there.  I take my ribs out to the grill and cook them off with my Mama’s Fire BBQ sauce, not long, just enough to get the barbeque sauce grilled onto the meat.  Then I let them stand for five minutes and they are ready to serve.  Give it a try and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.  My family and friends never are and it is always a celebration!

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We are all happy and full, what a joy to celebrate in this way.

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Mama’s Fire finds a new home at the Naropa Cafe in Boulder, CO

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Mama’s Fire’s founder has been written up in his alumni magazine, wow!

Well it has been a while since I have written and I can’t wait to share this news, I have had the great honor of being written up in the Naropa Alumni Magazine.  I cannot tell you how both overwhelming and cool it was to read this article by Ariella Ruth Goldberg, MFA.  Here is the link to “Loving Kindness with a Side of Hot Sauce”

Of course I could not help but to post here on my blog, thank you so much for sharing my story in such a beautiful way:

Loving Kindness with a Side of Hot Sauce

By Ariella Ruth Goldberg, MFA

Jesse Thompson (MA Contemplative Psychotherapy, 2003) is the epitome of a Naropa alum. He works as a clinical psychologist, a field that supports the well-being of others; while on the side he’s an entrepreneur. Thompson is the founder of Mama’s Fire Authentic Tibetan Hot Sauce, a business that he’s endlessly passionate about, which also funds Sacred Works Projects, a nonprofit that is very close to his heart.

When Thompson was getting ready to graduate in 2003 with his Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa, he became inspired by the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and other teachers that were coming over from Tibet that he encountered during his time at Naropa. Around this time was when he had the desire to give back to the community, even though he learned from his peers that it is often difficult to receive funding for projects such as this, he decided to start the Sacred Works Project with a friend. “I learned to appreciate the importance of Loving Kindness while at Naropa University and my mission became to make a business entity which was based in bodhicitta Loving Kindness. This became the Sacred Works Project,” Thompson said. He was inspired by the kindness he felt in the teachers he encountered at Naropa, and he was determined to put that kind of kindness into the world.

While still passionate about practicing Loving Kindness through the Sacred Works Project, Thompson also began working in psychology upon graduating from Naropa. As his day job, Thompson has worked as a clinical therapist for several years, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. As a clinical therapist, he has mainly worked with patients who suffer from severe trauma, and dealing with that amount of trauma naturally came as a challenge. He felt it was important to meet everything in his life with Loving Kindness, which is a notion drawn directly from his time at Naropa. This positive act came in the form of really getting the Sacred Works Project off the ground. In order to do that, he needed to find funding.

“Mama’s Fire was born as a cottage industry to support my love and my mission to financially back projects of Loving Kindness. I felt that if people could pay their bills doing sacred projects which brought about kindness, then they would do just that,” Thompson said, proudly. This Tibetan hot sauce recipe came from a Buddhist teacher that Thompson studied with in Portland, Oregon, when he was searching for a good authentic Tibetan hot sauce recipe, which led to his business Mama’s Fire Authentic Tibetan Hot Sauce. The sauce comes in a short jar, and is an oil-based sauce, which sets it apart from many others on the shelves. Because of its different appearance, sales weren’t great at first, so Thompson focused on another spicy product.

In 2006, Thompson created the recipe for his barbeque sauce. Barbeque sauce was a whole new endeavor to him, and became his main focus for a while. Mama’s Fire is completely supported by donations, which allows him to put his tasty products out into the world. Like any business, getting off the ground can be a struggle. One way of getting through difficult times for Thompson was to recite this mantra: Om Shari Bodhi Sagara Swaha which translates to: I offer you oceans of bodhi kindness so be it. “I was saying these mantras just to survive, to be honest,” said Thompson, recounting the emotions of his day job, as well as the financial struggle to get Mama’s Fire off the ground and into stores. The same mantra is said over the sauces that he makes before they are bottled. For Thompson, this is a way to infuse the food with Loving Kindness. You can be sure when buying one of Mama’s Fire sauces that you’re buying a product that is made with love, and also gives a lot of love back. All of the profits from Mama’s Fire fund the Sacred Works Project.

The Sacred Works Projects are chosen based on an application process, where applicants send in a short description of the project and a full budget. Thompson’s hope is “as we get stronger, we will be able to create grants for those projects.” Currently, Sacred Works is funding the Kids Thrive Haiti Project, which is a school for girls in Port au Prince that was formed as a way to make something positive out of the disaster and devastation in Haiti.

After several years of hard work, Jesse Thompson is excited for the future of the Sacred Works Project. In order to keep those projects going, Mama’s Fire products are now sold in whole foods and independent grocers, and will soon be available at the Naropa Cafe.

Jesse Thompson’s Blog: https://mamasfire.wordpress.com/

Yes and now you can try Mama’s Fire Gourmet Sauce at the Naropa Cafe, here is the address:

The Naropa Cafe
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80301
303.546.3530

Naropa University Campus and great place to find fantastic food and killer chai tea!

Just ask for it, it is there! So now just like Salem, Oregon you can try it in Boulder, CO. at the Naropa Cafe and you can buy our sauce at Whole Foods Market!

 

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Mama’s Fire gets news from the Kids Thrive Haiti Project

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Laura and the children of the Kids Thrive Haiti Project

As I have shared in the past Mama’s Fire Gourmet Sauce began and is presently the cottage industry for the Sacred Works Project, here is the news from one of the projects we have been supporting:

KIDS THRIVE IN A CAMP IN HAITI

Summer 2012

By Laura Simms

After more than two years of living in tents in terrible conditions, the children of Routes des Freres Camp in Port au Prince, Haiti, between the ages of five and ten, have a weekly arts program called TIMOUN ESPERAYSON (children inspired). The title was chosen by their parents who wanted a name that included a sense of hope for the future.   I have been visiting the camp since June 2011.  Thanks to the generous donations of  many individuals and groups, and Sacred Works Projects who serves as our fiscal sponsor, the kids are thriving on Saturdays.

My project KIDS THRIVE has three components:

TIMOUN ESPARAYSON –  EVERY SATURDAY FROM 9 – 12 noon.    Kids play, create, work together and find joy and solace

Some parents arrive before 9 am to help clean up the area that we use; removing broken glass, dirty papers, and large stones.  One of the OFEDA women (a powerful women’s group that meets weekly in the camp) brings paper and colored markers for children that arrive early. No child is turned away or idle unless they choose to sit quietly alone.  And children too young to join in activities have a protector and lots of paper to draw.   Our camp uses the porch of a school building that is in front of the camp. The school was partially destroyed by the earthquake.  I always feel our presence is part of the victory of recovery and honoring those that died there that day.  In front of the porch there is a large open area with a flowering tree around which circle games begin.      <circle game jpg)

9:30  circle games  for 30 minutes

Playing together brings joy, but also focus, relationship, discipline, paying attention, and sheer energy output!  We have purchased balls and jump ropes. Up to 55 children have joined the circle on any Saturday. Often mothers and teenagers watch and even join us.  It is wonderful to have something structured taking place that brings everyone together.

 

10 am –   storytelling  

A story is read every Saturday to provide listening and imagination.  We try to include Haitian tales every week.  We purchased books and had my stories translated into Creole for facilitators to learn or to read.  The kids have their favorites that they like to hear again and again.

Art class in the Rues Des Freres Camp in Haiti

10:15 – 11:15      arts project

Every Saturday the kids are making drawings, designing paper houses with furniture, creating  masks, paper cut our traditional trees with birds, children and leaves,  or papier mache objects painted, and   bracelets made of glitter and banana leaves.

We have purchased paper, crayons, paints, brushes, markers glue, scissors, buckets for water, paper cameras and huge banners. Before Haitian mother’s day over 80 children designed a twelve foot Mother’s Day card that hung in the camp until the rain washed it away!

 

11:15  a snack  

   Always includes some cookies or crackers, fruit or fruit drink and ample water.  The children grow quiet and often take home pieces for younger siblings or parents.  Sometimes teenagers who pretend this is all too “young” for them, sit down and hope for something to eat.  This is an important part of the morning.

***We hope to purchase T shirts and special sneakers for all the children this fall, and perhaps a baseball cap that says TIMOUN ESPARAYSON for their pride and joy.

 

11:30 to noon –  sharing and closure

We share our art work at the end of the morning.  Children love to have their work seen and appreciated. Sometimes the facilitator asks them for the story and the story of their picture, their dream and memory is spoken aloud. We always give shape and closure to the special day and end with a circle game including their names and feelings. The children tend to linger for a long time not wanting our program to end.  The same woman who put out the paper and crayons in the early morning is instructed to put away the paper slowly, allowing any child who is alone waiting for a parent or who longs to draw further to have a chance.  We try to send home something with each child so they can decorate their tents and share what they have done with their family

JEUNE OFEDA  GIRLS GROUP

Adolescent girls living in the camp are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment, lack of privacy or proper hygiene.  In June 2011, 15 girls between the ages of 11 and 18 founded the girls group Jeune Ofeda inspired by the potent women’s group OFEDA that meets in the camp since the earthquake.  The girlshave met weekly  – sometimes with up to 30 girls from the camp and surrounding area. They created a form for beginning  that includes a prayer and a chant with claps that starts their meeting.  They have a mission statement and rules, desiring to engage creatively and support one another.  At each meeting they talk about their lives, dance and discuss what they want for the future.

This summer  – thanks to generous donations from a family foundation and a private donor –  the girls were able to have two dance classes a month which they requested; and an ongoing writing class. I began the writing class, and brought a photographer (Ani Feuerman) with cameras to start off their plan for a book.   The writing  is now being taught by a Haitian writer and an American writer. Both speak Creole. The girls are applying for membership in the Haiti adolescent girls network that will provide funds for their projects and access to library, classes, therapy, and sharing with other girls from throughout Haiti.

In celebration of their first year anniversary the girls asked for a trip out of the camp!   Thanks again to a generous gift, I was able to hire a van and driver for a day  and take the girls from congested  Port au Prince and the camp into the Provinces. We went to the mountains to Kenscov for a picnic and pictures. Then, we drove further into the hills  beyond Kenscov to La Refuge, a park transformed  -from a colonial plantation and the half finished mansion of a dictator – into a spectacular spot   sports with gardens and beautiful grounds overlooking mountains and fields. There were cows, and chickens, and a sun drenched rain storm.  They played soccer, rehearsed their dance, chatted endlessly, sang songs and created a make shift beauty salon with five colors of nail polish brought from New York.

THE FUTURE OF KIDS THRIVE:

The children , their parents and the girls want to keep going past August.  I  promised to raise funds for  Fall classes to keep going. All of our classes are run by in country Haitian facilitators, some of whom attended my training   with  Mercy Corps after the earthquake in 2010.   The Girls have three projects:  they are applying for funds to construct a girls safe bathing and changing area where they can be private; write a book of stories with photographs to let people know about their lives in the camp and their dreams for the future; and, they want to continue to dance, learn to use computers, and study English.

We need to raise:

Timoun Esperyason:                 8 Saturdays  at $50            $450.0
Jeune Ofeda Dance Teacher    3 Saturdays                         $150.00

Dance costume, shoes and  scarves                                       $210.00

Writing classes                              12 Saturdays                     $600.00

Notebooks, pens, digital recorder, two more cameras refurbished laptop computer         $700.00

Fall trip to work with project leaders. Haiti is extremely expensive

For travel, hotel, food and translator. A five day visit      $2500.00

TOTAL      $3910.00     

If you can help us with any amount for any chosen project. That would be incredibly helpful.  Or find a school to raise funds with you.  Have a dedicated dinner party and I will send you photos and stories to share.     Sacred Works Project, inc.  is our fiscal sponsor making all donations tax deductible.  Donations can also be made online by clicking this link.

I am so happy to be a part of this project, I hope you will all join me in supporting Laura’s amazing work with the children in Haiti.

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