I love to make this awesome summer salad, inspired by a taste/sample I had at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op years ago. No specific measurements… play and add the amounts you prefer:
1) First, I cook up some quinoa, a complete protein vegan food!
2) Cool & drizzle on a little olive oil.
3) Next, I mix in chopped tomatoes & cucumbers, plus some feta cheese (see vegan “feta” recipe below), and perhaps some chopped, firm avocados (or slivers on top as pictured).
4) Often, I’ll add in a little extra olive oil, if extra moisture is needed, at the end… Simple as that!
5) It’s also nice to place on a bed of your favorite lettuce mix for added nutrients
For Vegans, please substitute feta cheese with your own dairy-free alternative… home-made VEGAN FETA (which I got from the “Happy Herbivore” website):
Break tofu into a few large pieces in a mixing bowl and set aside. Whisk all remaining ingredients, except nutritional yeast, together. Pour over tofu and mix with your hands, crumbing the tofu into smaller pieces as you go. Set aside and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast over top and mix. Taste, adding more nutritional yeast if desired.
In the end, I have found that what is most important is for me to love me.
Because if I love me…
I honor my life and myself.
I show up even more authentically.
I love and surround myself with love.
I live in a way that aligns with my personal values, regardless of exterior opinions.
So, I am able to truly appreciate all the beautiful BEing, things, and experiences life offers 🙂
Though, sometimes I fail and am imperfect. And I remember, after all, to love myself still.
Please click the below image to take a peek at the video. It’s wonderful.
What is an artist?
Art is not just painting a pretty picture.
It’s putting your heart into creating and expressing something.
Waking up and getting straight to “work”… sometimes forgoing the shower and forgetting to eat, because your passion supersedes basic human needs.
Feeling alive. Manifesting something from the mind into reality.
I feel we are in this human incarnation to create, to express… and everyone who creates and expresses is an artist.
What are you creating or expressing today?
This morning, I was listening to a replay of a favorite radio show of mine, Coast to Coast AM. The guest on this particular show talked about burning sage (also known as smudging) as a means to clearing energy, which I have done before, yet she gave a great tip: Before you start burning your sage stick, open a window or door in the back of your home. Start burning in the very front of your home and work your way towards the back (making sure to get the corners, and any other hidden spots, of each room). Once you finally reach the open window or door in the back, smudge it. Close the window or door and smudge it again (though I found I needed to keep the door open longer to filter out the excess smoke).
After completing my new clearing, I felt drawn to sit for meditation and also to dedicate the upcoming session to unconditional love. I’ve always heard of dedicating a sitting to something, but never had, and usually just get in to position, settle my body, and focus on breath. I noticed that in this session, with the preceding dedication and smudging, it had a much more “alive” quality to it. Was it the fact that I had a dedication? Was it the smudging? Intuitively I felt that, no it wasn’t necessarily either of these (though they certainly may have helped), it was what I was dedicating the session to: Love.
Have you ever noticed that when you are in love, you feel so alive? So present. So grateful. So connected. I think these may be the keys (to feeling alive): Being present, being grateful, and being connected.
How can we attain this?
What would happen if we all lived, moved, and had our BEingness in love…
Lived in a way in which every thought, action, reaction, word, and choice came from a place of love?
Would that make us more present, and grateful, and connected?
How would our world change?
The ripple effects would be insurmountable!
I will practice this today; join me?
P.S. Another great practice, especially when you are in a hurry or too much in your head: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh