Light up the ego

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Hello to you all!
I just adore this quote by Louise Hay. I know that have mentioned her in previous posts; she just has this way of delivering the most liberating information in her books. This quote being one from her book, You Can Heal Your Life.
This quote is the truth, too. When I am stuck or upset about something, I am usually looking at the situation from a victim point of view; or an ego point of view. My ego will separate me from whatever it is that I am upset at and blame it on that, which in turn, does nothing but give all my energy and power away to that person, place, thing or situation that I am in shambles about. When things upset me, I am operating from the ego and in the space of fear. I began A Course in Miracles on January 1, 2014, and I have learned that when I am in fear, it is the ego talking to me, it is a projection of my past and it is not real. In all my life situations I am either coming from a space of love or fear; fear is not real and love is all truth; fear is dark and love is light.
So, here is my solution and my practice when my ego flares up and I seem to be upset; when I am perceiving something from the ego lense, and I feel tense in my body and upset in my mind, it is directly because of my ego-driven thoughts. With practice, I am becoming more aware each day about which thoughts are puppeteered by the ego and which are escorted by love. To release my ego and soften my thinking, I first notice my ego-driven thoughts. In other words, I light up my ego. Once I notice what is happening in my thoughts by lighting up my ego, I can forgive it and move on from the illusion that it created. To forgive also means to overlook something, stop blame, or let go of. When I forgive my ego, it cannot keep me in the victim role head-lock or in the arena of fear any longer; I can move from the constricted space of upset to a much more expansive place of love. When I shine the light of truth on my thoughts, I can own what is happening, stay present and bathe in the love.

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Another way that I stay in the love boat is by creating, tasting and sharing this next recipe with you!Mmmmmmmm! 😉

Gluten free/ and vegan…

BLT (really, BLTA, for the avocado)

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You will need:
2 slices of gluten free bread, or bread of your choice (I use Food For Life’s Rice & Almond)
1/2 avocado
1/2 small tomato
Veganaise, to taste
A little bit of kale, or any other leafy green
Tempeh (for the bacon)

The tempeh bacon recipe was inspired from http://www.chezbettay.com/pages/basics1/basics_How_to_Make_Vegan_Bacon.html

For the tempeh bacon marinade you will need:
1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil
1/8 cup + 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1/4 cup applecider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 cup tamari
1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
1 teaspoon of black pepper
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

To prepare tempeh bacon:
Mix together all the ingredients for the tempeh bacon marinade in a pan and start to heat it up. Take the tempeh out of its packaging and cut it so it is in strips… Like bacon would be. Then set each piece in the marinade, cover pan with a kid, and let it summer for 5 minutes. Then, flip each piece of tempeh and cover for another 5 minutes. Viola! Tempeh Bacon!

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I was shocked by how extremely tasty these guys were, despite the weirdest combination ever of ingredients! I could have eaten all the B without the LTA!

For the rest of the sammy, toast the bread in the toaster, if you like that kinda thing. To assemble, lay bread flat on a plate. Add the bacon to a slice of bread, first, that will be the bottom of the sandwich. For the top, gather up a little veganaise and spread it. Then, add the tomato, avocado, and lastly, the kale all piled up on top of the bacon, and close it up with the veganaised slice of bread. So good! I served it with green beans. And, I had left over tempeh bacon, you should, too, to make another BLTA for dinner the next night! Yes!

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Enjoy! Share with others! Stay in the love!

Love & Light,
Amanda

Set Your Alarm to Self Love

Hi Beauties! Yes, I just called you beautiful…just incase you haven’t acknowledged yourself to be,yet, today. 🙂
Since 2007, I have been on this dazzling path that has dominoed into all kinds of radical shifts of love in my life. I say 2007, because July 3, 2007, was the day that I hit rock bottom physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It was also the day that I decided I was going to unlearn all of the behaviors that no longer served me, one by one, a day at a time, and replace them with things that raised my vibration, filled my heart with love, and dipped my soul in happiness!
Some of those behaviors include telling myself I’m beautiful, along with other love-charged affirmations! At first, it was a really icky feeling, because I didn’t believe it when I told myself I was beautiful or smart or strong. It took a while to get to that place of self-loathing, right? It certainly didn’t happen over night. So, I understood that unlearning these patterns and moving to a place where I felt deserving of the compliments I gave myself would take a little time, too. I trusted in the process (& I still do!), and when self-help books, positive articles, and swanky spiritual gurus told me to look in the mirror and tell myself “I love you,” to take myself out on dates, to invest in crystals that carry special energy (I LOVE rose quartz & it’s healing energy!), to care for my body, to take mini vacations, to meditate, to explore, to hula hoop, to do yoga, to go back to school, to quit smoking, to find awesome girlfriends, to quit drugs and alcohol, to be around animals, to stand on my head, to sing, to cleanse myself in the ocean, to treat myself to a chocolate bar, to buy new clothes, to give myself a hug, to find a guy that treats me well, to help people, to start a blog, to be close to my family, to connect with kids, to build a fort in my living room out of furniture and blankets, to read books, to dance, to be of service, and most importantly, to forgive myself, I did it. I did it over and over and over until compliments to myself didn’t feel so funky and doing things for myself didn’t feel so weird because I now believe that I deserve them. I replaced my old thoughts with new ones and my old behaviors with ones that served me. And most importantly, I still do these things. I am still listening and seeking out people, places, and things that I can get information from to build myself up! Because, you know what, when I build myself up, I am building up others, too, and raising their vibration, and that energy is scattered all over the world, lifting everyone up. And that’s what it’s all about anyway, right?

My eating habits are another behavior that I cultivated and switched around in order to make myself shine brighter! That was not done overnight, either. I started with cutting out things that did not serve me, like soda and fast food and substituting with foods that did serve me, like water and more veggies! I would change around the times in the day I would eat. I changed around what foods I would eat together. I cut out more foods that didn’t work and put in more that did. I listened to my body, and after becoming a plant-based/vegan eater on October 22, 2012, I am still listening to my body! I trust the process and it’s beautiful!

And don’t get me wrong, I am completely one-hundred percent human being and I am reminded constantly. There ARE days when I want to stay mad at myself, put myself down, or eat potato chips, or lay in bed depressed, too. But, I then forgive myself, talk about it with a friend, journal about those moments, ask the Universe to do her thang, and I move through it, like a wave that moves through the ocean.

So, since I just finished talking about food, I’m sure your tummies are a little rumbly and waiting for today’s recipe, eh?

So excited to share this new creation with you guys…

Plantbased/gluten free…

Quinoa Veggie Mash

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You will need:
-1 cup of quinoa (2 cups water)
-Butternut squash (I used frozen chunks & then steamed, but whatever you prefer!)
-Beets (I cut up 3 small ones in cubes & then steamed)
-Broccoli (raw)
-Arugula (or whatever greens leaf that suits your soul!)

To prepare:

Boil your water and cook your quinoa.
Peel, cut up, & steam you veggies (the broccoli I left raw).
Lay a bed of arugula or greens down in a dish. Scoop some quinoa and put it right on the greens. Top off with all your veggies! Mix together!
Drizzle some olive oil & sprinkle some salt (I like the pink Himalayan salt these days… It’s pink & crazy-good benefits).
Enjoy!!

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So much color I can’t stand it! I had this all by itself as a meal and some left over the next day! It would make a great side dish too… Thanksgiving, hmmmm? Feel free to add other veggies if you wish, but I loved this combination!

Light & Love,
Amanda

Let yourself off the hook!

‘Ello loves! & Happy Friday!

I woke up this morning not the way that I intended to kick off my Friday morning. Not. At. All. I’d like to blame it on a female hormonal imbalance, if you get my drift. Normal morning tasks, like walking the dogs and doing my morning meditation, just seemed so…ugh! Challenging! So, after sitting in the uncomfortable feeling chair for more than I wanted to, a voice came into my head and she said, “Relax. All you have to do is your best for today. And your best for today may be different than your best was yesterday or will be tomorrow. Embrace what shows up.” Immediately, I felt some relief.

I notice that most of the time when I am struggling it is because I am the one putting all the pressure on myself. My ego tells me it is other things…my boyfriend, the dogs, homework, hormones, the weather… But, once I move into some kind of acceptance by opening my heart, embracing what is, and letting myself off the hook, I can breathe normal again.

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So, I made the commitment to myself to do my best today by embracing what shows up and giving myself the permission to let go no matter what. This is my mantra. And when I feel myself starting to tense up, I go right to this, and I kick my ego out of the way. Pow!

Be gentle with yourself.

To go along with today’s gentle theme, I have a real simple, but fun, recipe.

Spaghetti Squash Noodles!

Go get yourself one spaghetti squash from the grocery store…

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Cut the squash in half (long ways)

Scoop out the seeds and set aside (maybe to roast & eat later, hmmm?)

Brush inside of squash halves with tiny amount of olive oil (maybe 1/2 tsp on each half)

Sprinkle salt & pepper over the olive oil coated halves.

Place squash halves on parchment paper lined baking sheet, the cut side down (or inside of squash facing down)

Roast squash for 30-45 minutes @ 375 degrees. (I think I might have done mine for 40 mins, some ovens get a little hotter/cooler than others)

Once you take the squash out of the oven, take a fork and start to scrap away at the inside of each squash half and the “spaghetti-like strands will start to form. I was so very amused with this process. It connected to me then where this squash got its name. 🙂 Leave the strands IN the squash and serve right out of it like a bowl or put strands in an actual bowl. (I just LOVE eating right out of the squash! Makes it so fun!)

Let cool for 5-10 minutes or so.

Season again with salt & pepper, or whatever seasons your wild heart desires and serve!

*I heated up a little spaghetti sauce and poured right on top of the squash, like it was a traditional spaghetti meal. I sprinkled a little nutritional yeast on top. I added a little side salad and some garlic bread, as well.

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Mmmm. Enjoy!

Light & Love,
Amanda