Finding the love in letting go & a lentil suprise

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Hi everyone!
Today, I felt called to talk about letting things go. Some things are trickier than others. It depends how much the voice of my ego gets in the way. The past week, I have been wrestling with the idea of letting my plan for my future go. I like to makes plans; plans for my future, plans for my day, plans for my yoga class, plans for my pups, plans for my meetup group, plans for my relationship, plans for my evenings..I like to set a plan in place and follow it. It makes me feel secure and safe, or at least I always think so, initially. Then, when the plan does not go my way, I stomp my feet and it gets uncomfortable real quick. The Universe has a nice laugh at my plans. I have come to respect that the Universe does a much better job at planning than I do…it is my job to just sit back and listen to the gentle guidance. Once I do this, energy flows, love is present and things fall into place almost effortlessly.
So, how do you let it go? How do you hand the wheel over to the force that is really in control and sit in the passenger seat, and be happy? For me, most things come in steps. When I take baby steps, then it isn’t so overwhelming. First, I notice what is going on. I notice the discomfort, the thoughts about myself and that the plan is not going my way. Once I am able to notice, then I find it easier to take some kind of action. Second, I send myself loving thoughts and positive affirmations; I engage in a loving and encoraging conversation with myself. I do this because usually when things do not go as planned, I start sabotaging or blaming whatever is interfering, right? Ya, so I do the opposite and I love myself through it. This might look like this: “Amanda, you are love and you are loved. Just because things did not go as planned does not mean that something is wrong, it only means that because the Universe supports you SO much that there is a bigger and better plan coming. All is well.” I continue this conversation with myself for as long as I feel my ego biting at the bit to blame or attack. Then, I visualize myself letting whatever it is go. I imagine what it would feel like if I did and usually it is a peaceful feeling. Finally, I say a simple prayer to invite Spirit in to reorganize my thoughts and energy. This may look like this: “Spirit, thank you for reorganizing/reinterpreting my thoughts,” “Thank you for helping me to let this go,” or “Thank you for bringing me back to love.” Once I have done these steps, and I move out of the way, magical things take place; the person that I need to hear from will call, text or show up in that moment, or sometimes, it is as simple as my thoughts and energy shifting which causes me to feel lighter and happier.

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I have my Lentil Suprise recipe for you today! It is so simple and the perfect meal! I had leftovers, too, so I got to eat it twice! It is gluten-free and vegan! Eat up!

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You will need:
-1 cup of quinoa
1 cup of lentils (any color you prefer…8 used red for this recipe)
-nice handful of kale
-nice handful of spinach
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-olive oil
-salt & pepper, to taste

To prepare:
First, in two separate pans, cook the quinoa and lentils accordingly. I did 2 cups of water to one cup of quinoa in one pan and the same for the lentils in the other pan. I brought each to a boil and then covered and turned the heat down to low. I cooked them each for about 15 minutes. When the quinoa and lentils were close to being finished, I sautéed the kale and spinach in a pan. I put some olive oil in a pan, the minced garlic cloves and some salt and pepper. I heat up the pan so the garlic became translucent and then I added in the greens. I covered and sautéed, moving the greens around with tongs occasionally. This probably took like 5-7 minutes. Then, to assemble, I scooped some quinoa onto a plate first, sprinkled a little with salt and pepper. Then, I added the spinach and kale mixture and then I topped it off with the mashed lentils. Viola! Enjoy!

Light & Love,
Amanda

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