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

Teachers and Donuts

“Sometimes when we try to release a pattern, the whole situation seems to get worse for a while. This is not a bad thing. It is a sign that the situation is beginning to move.” -Louise Hay

Happy weekend!!!

I am always looking for new teachers out there to inspire me, raise my vibration, and create new space in becoming the happiest person I know! My teachers come in SO many forms. They are everywhere and it just tickles me to say that because it just lets me know that the universe is always supporting me and sending me little friendly reminders that their is always more work that I get to do! My teachers include, books, audio CDs, Facebook posts, school teachers, movies, lectures, friends, parents, animals, children, my job, homework assignments, public figures, yoga, nature, the cashier at the grocery store,my boyfriend, and complete perfect strangers; the list just keeps getting greater and they always show up right on time.

Right now, one of my guiding lights has been author and spiritual luminary, Louise Hay. I am currently reading her book, How to Heal Your Life and it is nothing short of magnificent. Funny thing is, this book has been on my book shelf for almost 4 years and I just now I noticed it. See what I mean about the universe being right on time? Comical. When I noticed it, I felt a flutter through my body like every cell jumped up because I knew it meant I was ready to receive this information. Each morning I read a chapter and I sit still and meditate after. Louise has this way of gently breaking down the unproductive thought patterns that we have and how they create our external realities and then substitute those thoughts with uplifting-full-of-love affirmations that are rewired into the brain to replace the old thoughts.

The quote I posted at the beginning is one of my favorites! It rang so true to me. So many times when I am trying to implement a new behavior, it feels as if my body and mind are rejecting it at first and I tend to get really discouraged. One day this week, in particular, I felt this discouragement and it was coming out left and right all over my yoga mat and through my thoughts. But you know what, I remembered this quote and I just kept forgiving myself for the thoughts that came in that were not supportive of myself and I kept saying “I approve of myself” all throughout the class no matter what, and after that class came to an end, I felt lighter and even more ready to move forward as the spiritual warrior I am!

On that note, I will complete today’s post with a dreamy recipe that many of you have requested that I put up pronto! I love it & thank you for asking!

This recipe was inspired by another lovely teacher of mine, Oh She Glows I tweaked a few things to make it gluten-free, but these donuts will have your taste-buds shimmying and your tummy doing a little twist & shout dance!

Gluten-free/Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

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You Will Need:
1/2 tsp apple cidar vinegar
6 tbsp almond milk
1/2 cup fresh or canned pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup organic cane sugar (or white)
1/2 a banana or 3 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance (or other non-dairy butter substitute), melted
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp ginger, + 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or 1.75 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup chick pea flour

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

1/4 cup Earth Balance (or other butter sub), melted (approx estimate only)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

To Prepare:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two mini doughnut pans or two regular sized doughnut pans with Earth Balance (or other butter substitute). Or if you’re like me and you don’t have a donut pan, take tablespoonful scoops of batter and find something to press into the batter to form your own hole in the center to creat a donut.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, milk, pumpkin, sugar, applesauce or banana, brown sugar (sift if clumpy), and melted Earth Balance (or other butter sub).
3. Stir in in the dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt, and flours). Mix until combined.
4. Using a ‘zip-lock’ baggie or pastry bag, spoon the batter into the bag and then secure it with the zip lock or rubber band. Twist the bag slightly and then cut off a hole at the corner to ‘pipe’ out the batter. Pipe the dough around the circle and gently flatten down with slightly wet fingers to smooth. Repeat. Or do the other way that I mentioned in #2 if you don’t have a donut pan on top of parchment paper.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F or until they gently spring back when touched. The bottoms will be brown. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully using a butter knife to remove. Place on cooling rack for another 10-15 minutes.
6. Cinnamon Sugar: Melt Earth Balance in a small bowl and dip the cooled doughnut top into the butter and then dip top into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. You could cover the entire donut but I felt like that was too much, so I just did the tops. Your choice!

I hope you enjoy these as much as my friends and I did!

I leave you with a lovely image and quote that was posted on Facebook by my fav spirit junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein.

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Light & Love,
Amanda