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!
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
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, apple, carrot, celery, and walnuts.
Pour the dressing and toss well until well combined.
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.
Nature breathes. She inspires spring. Expires summer. Inspires fall. Expires winter. Even within a season, pulsations move within the earth as nutrients are taken up, moisture drives itself into leaves and roots, rain sweeps in to cool, wind tosses leaves to receive sun, energy quivers within the entirety of the living, current life ebbs away then rejoins when it’s time.
Joseph Rain said, “Every event in nature has a unique harmony and rhythm.” Being in the Adirondacks lets me see this clearly. Pulsation dances before my eyes in the stream outside our temporary home, the flickering of fire in the outdoor pit, the breathtaking colors of autumn reminiscent of the sweetness in transition knowing that which is to come is cold and ice and white and bundling up.
This beautiful place holds the worship of eleven years with my love. Pulsation is ever present within that celebration – year to year the depth of love grows, the trust deepens, conversation is sweeter, touches more tender, and life unfolds and expands and holds us.
Slowing down is essential so we capture it all. Riding a trajectory of what we’re ‘supposed’ to do leaves no time for reflection, inner pause, connection, creativity, and just the simplest act of being curious. Slow down. Breathe. Be a copy cat of all that nature reflects to us. Love one another even more intentionally. There’ll be more to come in the most unique and harmonious rhythms.