“Well,” said Pooh, ….

….”what I like best…,” and then he had to stop and think. Because Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne

In my world, we call this infinite spacious place in time that really lasts only a few seconds our Self. The unbroken, whole, and complete aspect of our being that we are reminded of in moments of sweet bliss – like Pooh’s Eating Honey experiences. Self appears in meditation, when we hug, see a spectacular piece of Nature, or basking in the love of someone dear. Even puppy breath and wobbly new kittens can evoke Self. 

Four qualities and characteristics of Self energy are compassion, clarity, connection, and curiosity. I can just see Pooh now, eyeing that jar of honey, imagining what it would be like when honey meets his tongue, remembering the feeling of past indulgences, fantasizing the event even before it’s real. Curiously in awe and wonder of that moment about to be.

Self is an innate gift and inherent quality of our being. I’m curious how you perceive these qualities in your life:

  • Compassion
  • Connection
  • Curiosity
  • Clarity
  • Creativity
  • Calmness
  • Courage
  • Confident

Spend some time in meditation and reflection. Let me know – I’m eager to hear…….

Berry Quinoa Power Bowl 

  • 3/4 cup cooked rainbow quinoa
  • 2-3 tablespoons vanilla plant-based yogurt (i.e., soy, almond, coconut)
  • Pinch cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 8 fresh blackberries
  • 2 large fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 18 fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

1. In a single serve bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, yogurt, and cardamom until smooth.

2. Arrange toppings: walnuts, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and chia seeds on top of quinoa.

3. Serve immediately.

 

(Vegan, Gluten-Free) Substitute dairy if that’s OK in your eating plan

Credit to Sharon Palmer, RDN, the Plant-Powered Dietitian

Winter Warmth – Curried Chicken Coconut Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon Spike seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 russet potato, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (2-3 tablespoons veggie broth powder + 3 cups water)
  • Toppings – cilantro, chopped peanuts, grated carrots, bean sprouts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a large enamel-coated cast iron Dutch oven. Sauté onions, garlic and ginger for 3-5 minutes, then add the cubed chicken and cook until golden brown
  2. Add remaining ingredients except toppings. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. After ladling into soup bowls, add toppings of choice.

 

 

Brussels’ sprouts and cabbage salad

Brussels’ sprouts and cabbage salad

Ready to leap from a plant-based foundation in 2017? This recipe is ready to take you on a colorful journey. Prep time is about 20 minutes, for all the chopping, yet it yields enough for a couple of meals. Thumbs up worth it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Brussels’ sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 red Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced and halved
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (make your own if Paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, apple, carrot, celery, and walnuts.
  3. Pour the dressing and toss well until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Anticipating the good

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Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace.

When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change without pushing it away, however, or attempting to deny that it is happening. Since change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to make our response to it an affirmative one of anticipation, welcoming the new while releasing the past with grace.

One thing we can do is change our perspective by changing the labels we use to identify our feelings. We can reinterpret feelings of anxiety as the anxious butterflies that come with eager expectation. With this shift, we begin to look for the good that is on its way to us. Though we may only be able to imagine the possibilities, when we acknowledge that good is there for us to find, we focus our energy on joyful anticipation and bring it into our experience while allowing the feelings to carry us forward.

We can also choose to do a ceremony to allow our emotions to process. Every culture has created ceremonies to help people make the transition from one phase of life to the next. We can always create a ceremony too, perhaps by burning written thoughts to watch the smoke carry them away, thereby releasing them, or we can welcome new endeavors by planting flowers or trees. Some ceremonial activities such as a farewell send-off or housewarming party, we may do automatically. Society also has built-in ceremonies, like graduation and weddings, which may satisfy the need we feel. Sometimes the shift from denial to acceptance is all that is needed to ease our anxiety, allowing us to bring our memories with us as we move through nervousness to joyful excitement about the good to come.

By Madisyn Taylor (Daily Om)
Good Measures