Ups & Downs & Upside-downs

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Hi everyone!
I will start off by saying that this week has been a little all over the place. It has gone up and down and upside-down more than once, and I am still belted in this roller coaster car, while occasionally putting my hands up in the air and letting out a huge scream! I must look at it in this light because when I can make stories out of my life, especially the sensitive and uncomfortable moments, then I can relax and move into acceptance about them, and ultimately, teach others to do the same.
My life has been full of miracles and miracles in disguise. Or, in other words, blessings and blessings in disguise. The miracles in disguise are tricky, though. Their disguises are so genius that I have a hard time identifying them as miracles because I am feeling feelings that really freak me out. And when I feel feelings that do this, I automatically want out and I react. I will give myself credit, I am much much better than I used to be at pausing when the uncomfortablilty arises because of the awareness and space that I have created, but, some feelings can feel really gross and my first thought is “get out!” when they show up. The thing is, when I get out or react too quickly, I miss what is really happening. Usually, I am so focused on the one star in the sky, that I miss all the others that are shining all around it, you know? There is something much bigger than me orchestrating things here and there is a natural order to things that is quite beautiful.
I have talked about my black present analogy before and I will again because I have been speaking about to to people all week and it rings true for me right now more than ever. The Universe gives me these gifts in life… Just like the miracles and the miracles in disguise… I will receive these gifts wrapped in all different packaging; some gifts come to me sprinkled with glitter, some are in bags with colorful tissue paper exploding out of them, some are bedazzled with ribbons and bows… I love those gifts! Bring em on! Then, some gifts come to me in black wrapping paper…with scorpions and snakes slithering all over and the most uninviting aura surrounding them …those I am quick to toss to the side. Who wants to see what’s inside of that package, right? Yeah, but if I pause with that black package, sit with it for a moment and wait for the scorpions and snakes to crawl away and the aura to settle, then I can slowly start to unwrap the black wrapping to see what’s inside. When I do this, I always find a beautiful lesson of love.
So, right now, in my life, I am sitting with my “black package.” It was delivered to me over the weekend, and I quickly discarded it as fast as I could. I felt the package calling me back, though… So, I went to my recycling bin (ha!), and grabbed the package back up. Are ya still with me here? 🙂 …The snakes and scorpions have crawled away, thankfully, and it is not as intimidating; there is even a sense of peace about the black package and my energy. I have begun to peel off the black paper, slowly, one piece at a time, because that is all I can handle, but I feel so loved and supported through it all by the Universe and Spirit. It is a beautiful process and I never thought I would I could admit that. I am anxious, but excited to see what kind of miracle lives inside.

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This week’s recipes are incredibly simple and deliscious! They are both vegan and gluten free spreads for toast, bagel or English muffin. I think they make great snacks, desserts or breakfast treat.

Peach Butter
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You will need:
2 peaches

To prepare:
Peel the peaches and then cut up the pea he into pieces. Place the pieces into a food processor and blend until smooth. Then add the peach yumminess into a pot and heat on medium until it starts to boil. Turn the heat down and simmer, stirring occasionally for a couple minutes. The peaches will thicken. Spread on some toast and sprinkle with cinnamon and viola!

The next toast spread is…

Carrot Butter
You will need:
1 cup steamed carrots
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

To prepare:
Steam the cup of carrots until soft. Add the carrots to food processor and purée. You could also mash the carrots in a bowl with a fork. Then add the other ingredients and mix together. Then, spread on some toast or whatever you prefer and maybe sprinkle some hemp seeds on top. Enjoy!

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Light & Love,
Amanda

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hOMework.

Phew! It has been a while, my friends! I thank you for your patience, for the universe has been throwing all kinds of groovy things my way and I simply have not had the time the sit down and blog. Feels good to be back!

Last night, my most favorite author, teacher, and spirit junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein, was at my school. She gave a magnificent lecture and she had her book signing for her latest book that was launched, May Cause Miracles. I love this woman and the inspirational journey that she lives and sprinkles into the world! The energy in the room was illuminating and I think every cell in my body was jumping and jiving out of gratitude!

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Yes, it was a night that opened my heart big, my eyes wide, and I will never forget it!

So, having said that, Gabby B. Is always talking about relationships being opportunities to grow; they are our greatest assignments. Some people will come into our lives for a moment- a stranger at the grocery store, a friend of a friend’s, or someone sitting next to you on an airplane. Others, will hang on for a much longer than a moment- a best friend, a boyfriend, or dun-dun-dun, family members. Either way, they are ALL our assignments while we are here on earth, they ALL have something to offer, and they ALL provide opportunities for us to heal and grow. Wild, right? Ha. So, I love when Gabby B. talks about this because when I am out in the world and meeting people, chilling with people, working with people I’m all bout it bout it, right? But, let’s take a trip into my relationship with my boyfriend and you will see I am “off to see the Wizard” quite a bit; or as Gabby B. would say, “I’m off to crazy town.” I have to bring humor into this somehow! Humor allows me to laugh at myself, let it go, and once again, remember that I am human.
So, I have been trying to incorporate spiritually-based exercises, meditations, suggestions from my spiritual teachers, like Gabby, that have shown up for me BEFORE I make that trip into “crazy town.” Pausing always helps, if I can pause before I pause. Sometimes, I hit the fear-gear and there is no time to pause, so I have to swerve it out or crash. Other times, I pause, and it’s beautiful because I’m not under the fear choke-hold and I can actually converse and respond to my boyfriend effectively. And, those times that I do swerve or make the trip to see the Wizard, I make sure that once I have come back home that I forgive myself and I take what I can from the situation, I learn, and I grow.
A new technique I learned from Gabby was to ask the Universe (or God, or Spirit, or Ghandi, or Krishna, or Jesus, who ever you identify with) to get involved. Again, this requires me to pause and maybe take a breath. I say something like “Thank you for helping me deal with this” or “Thank you for showing me how I can use this moment to grow” or “Thank you for intervening.” I like little prayers that begin with “thank you” because I feel like it attracts what I would like and I’m acting as if the relief or resolve is already present. And then, I listen to the Universe for her response, and the response may be something like I have the exact words to say to response to my boyfriend in a clear-connected way and the conversation between us is productive or maybe, I just feel a wave of peace and calm rush over me. Either way, when I pause and hand it over to the Universe, she is always, always able to swoop in and grace me with just the assistance I needed. Universe is always rooting for me and she always had my back!
So, their you have it. Relationships are our hOMework. I say hOMework with the emphasis on the OM because the meaning of “OM” is the heartbeat or sound of the Universe and it’s just super fun to say it that way! So, just like in school when we have homework assignments to learn from, the same goes for relationships. And my relationship with my boyfriend has been a 4 year science project; but, I’m still learning, I’m still growing, I’m still healing, and I am grateful!

And to wrap up this blog assignment I have a recipe for ya’ll, as always, to fill your tummy and fuel your body. For a couple months now I have been doing the gluten-free thing and I feel good about it. But that means that my sprouted Ezekiel bread had to go bye-bye! Since then I have been on the hunt to find a plant-based gluten free bread that is yummy! I was having a hard time succeeding at that, so I created my own bread!

Plant based/Gluten free Chia Seed Flatbread

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You will need:
1/2 cup gluten free oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup chick pea flour or garbanzo bean flour
1 cup + 1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons chia seeds

To Prepare:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Blend together all ingredients in food processor.
Pour a little coconut oil in the pan and warm up the pan in the oven.
I used a 10 inch round cake pan; the bigger the pan, the thinner the bread will come out.
Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove bread from oven and let cool.
Cut up in fun shapes of your choice! Add groovy toppings such as: almond/peanut butter, hemps seeds, fruit, veggies… Endless!

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Most importantly, have fun while you’re doing it and enjoy when your eating it!

La la la la Ommmmm!

Light & Love,
Amanda