Are you overfeeding your pet peeve?

Pet Peeves are a big commitment. I recommend you don’t let one in your front door, or go out to find one. They are hard to handle and guaranteed to drain your energy.

People report the following problems with peeves.

  • stop-over-feedingyour-pet-peeve-2Once you get a pet peeve, it takes over your life.
  • Pet peeves show up everywhere, bouncing up and down to get your attention.
  • You can’t train a pet peeve to stop bugging you.
  • They constantly demand you take them for mental walks.
  • They are irritating, irrational, and irascible.
  • The more you feed a peeve, the bigger it grows.
  • The bigger it grows, the more it annoys you.
  • Some people enjoy commiserating with each other about their pet peeves.
  • There’s a lot of one-upmanship with pet peeve owners. Everyone believes theirs is more annoying than yours.
  • Once you have one, they are hard to get rid of.
  • Animal shelters do not accept pet peeves; no one wants yours.

How to remove a pet peeve from your life

  • By refusing to feed it, your pet peeve will cease growing, shrinking over time until the day it vanishes from existence.
  • You can train it to become invisible to your sight, even if other people continue to see it.
  • Positivity pets and pet peeves don’t get along. If you bring a positivity pet home, your pet peeve will flee.
  • Scientists report that pet peeves appear to be self-sufficient. If you release yours into the wild, someone out there already collects peeves just like yours, and they will be happy to take yours in and feed it.

A note of caution; once your peeve is gone, you may find you miss it. It’s tempting to offer to walk a friend’s peeve, or sneak some food to it now and then. Refrain. Feeding a friend’s peeve is tantamount to reinforcing a disfunctional situation.

I’ve managed to dwindle my pet peeves down to only one; people who collect pet peeves. But I’ve stopped feeding it, so I am hoping it will be gone – any day now.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

Loving note: the idea of pet peeves came from my husband, Ron. In the middle of a conversation, he said, “people need to stop feeding their pet peeves” and I rudely left him to run to the computer to write this. My doing that is probably one of his pet peeves.

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Pathwalker: A Soul’s Journey through Reincarnations

Looking for a fast paced, insightful book to inspire your life? The first novel in my “Cave Time Chronicles”, Pathwalker: A Soul’s Journey through Reincarnations, journey of a woman moving through parallel lives, is now available here on Amazon!

This fantasy adventure explores existence in an unfamiliar life, facing an onslaught of crises, and out of desperation applying spiritual principles offered from multiple traditions. Are they merely wishful thinking, or do they actually work if trusted and applied? Unlike some spiritually focused books, this is not a “preachy” book, but a moving story interwoven with a wealth of inspiring life events to lead us through a rich and fulfilling life.

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Wacky Vegan Chocolate Cake with Einkorn Flour

Einkorn is an amazing flour, made from an ancient, unadulterated wheat that contains high nutrition and does not cause inflammation. Many of you have asked for specific instructions for using Einkorn flour when baking this recipe, so I’m re-posting with specific instructions. The original vegan Wacky Chocolate Cake recipe made with standard wheat flour was posted here.  Learn more about baking with Einkorn flour here.

This eggless, butterless, milkless cake was popular during World War II when the egg and dairy ingredients were scarce. It is the most moist, delicious chocolate cake I’ve ever come across. Many people mistakenly think it is a mayonnaise cake. It’s always a hit!

gluten-free-chocolate-cake-2Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Einkorn flour
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground flax meal
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cooking/salad oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  • Sift together the einkorn flour, flax meal, cocoa, salt, sugar and baking soda.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Beat the batter well so that the flax meal will release its binding properties thoroughly.
  • Bake in greased loaf pan or 8×8 square cake pan at 350 Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes. It is done when an inserted toothpick pulls out clean.
  • Makes 12 cupcakes, or mix up 1-1/2 of this recipe for a 9×13 pan.

Flax is added to serve as a binder, since Einkorn has very little gluten and needs a binder or it will be too crumbly. You could substitute 3/4 tsp xanthan gum, but my family doesn’t like it’s tendency toward slimy texture and it causes gas in some people.

Be sure to use finely ground flax meal. Coarsely ground flax meal doesn’t release sufficient mucilage to bind. If you aren’t sure if yours is finely ground, process it in a blender until it’s soft and fine.

You can substitute Gluten-Free Flour. If your GF flour already includes a binder, such as xanthan gum, omit the flax meal. If it does not contain a binder, include the flax meal.

Frosting: You can make vegan vanilla or chocolate butter cream frosting using your choice of nut milk and an alternative vegetable oil “butter”.

As a general rule of baking with Einkorn, I add 2 tablespoons flax meal for each cup of Einkorn flour. I decrease the liquid by 20%. Einkorn can take a bit longer to bake than regular flour – it can look browned and finished on the top, yet not be finished in the middle, so be sure to insert a toothpick in the center of a cake to assure it pulls out clean.

That’s it! Einkorn cake texture is denser and not quite as refined as usual white flour but everyone loves it.

Try this and you may never use another chocolate cake recipe. I confess – I usually eat a significant amount of the batter!

Variations

  • Substitute left over coffee, or orange juice, for the water.
  • Add coffee, almond, or orange flavoring to the frosting.

You might also want to try my Easy Peanut Butter Cookies!

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Help! I’m Stuck! 6 Steps to Breaking Free.

If you get frustrated because you want to expand further into your potential, but you remain stuck – don’t be upset with yourself. Whether you realize it or not, you are shifting into greater awareness. We all are. The current chaos on our planet is evidence that all of humanity is reorienting.

It is during chaos that new ideas are born and new pathways get blasted open.

You may look around and see people who are just humming along the same old way. The world is shifting around them and they don’t notice. That’s okay. They are in their vibrational comfort zone and aren’t ready or willing to awaken further. No judgement there. It’s their life journey and on the soul level they know what they came to do. Let them be, bless them, and then let’s be about our own business.

If this lifetime, for you, is focused on expansion of awareness, you signed up for a major shift. You are one who came to participate with, and perhaps even to lead, the evolution of humanity. It’s happening. It’s uncomfortable for many. It’s transformational. It’s what you wanted. You’re going to be fine so long as you tune into your highest wisdom and act from it.

sunflowers against blue sky

Nature thrives on change, and we exist within Nature. A seedling pushes through dirt, stretches into new territory, and seeks light. It handles drought and whips in storms. And so it unknowingly fulfills it’s purpose by feeding nectar to hummingbirds, bees and ants; shares food with birds; and cools and loosens soil beneath it’s branches so other plants can grow. If a sunflower can break free to face the sun, so can we.

In the 1990’s I attended a seminar that predicted change for humanity.

The speaker shared the following:
“Currently we experience ongoing periods of normal life which are interrupted by an occasional chaotic event or disruption. Within twenty years we will experience ongoing periods of chaotic events and disruption which are interrupted by an occasional period of normalcy.”

Spiritual leaders predicted that a tremendous change was coming to our planet and its inhabitants. They told us the only constant, the one foundation that will not crumble underfoot, is our personal soul connection to our Source.

So, here we are. The energetic and circumstantial chaos has been building for years. Some people have moved through the period of “being stuck, in chaos, experiencing unpredictable situations, and finding an unending lack of answers”. Such fortunate ones are feeling groovy in a new flow of reality, looking at and experiencing existence here on planet Earth with a new level of understanding. Others of us remain stuck.

What moves some through while others remain stuck? Who knows? We can, however, observe and learn a few things.

The following can help you release.

1) Give up having all the answers, figuring it out, mentally rehashing the same old beliefs, and making the same demands from life.

“I want a perfect mate.”  “I want the ideal job.”  “I want only people I enjoy in my life.” “I want enough money so I never have to worry again.”  If you still demand that people and circumstances outside of you change to bring the improvements you seek, you will remain stuck. Guaranteed. Truth: It is not what is going on around you that needs changed. It is who you are and how you participate with those circumstances that needs changed. Once you change how you participate, outside situations adjust to match who you are. Be the vibration to attract the vibration.

“Okay, Ellie, so just what do I need to change?” you ask? You already know. You simply have not yet summoned the courage to do what you already know to do. When I counsel with clients and share the cosmic information that I receive about them from a soul level, they inevitably say, “I’ve suspected that. I’ve known that. I just haven’t been doing it. It’s so different from what my friends/family/colleagues/partner/fill-in-the-right-word-here are doing! What will they think?” Which leads me to the next suggestion.

2) Cease living life to satisfy and please all those “others”, and begin to live it for your soul. Here’s a helpful hint: When you begin living life according to your personal spiritual understandings, regardless of how others accept you, you automatically live it in the highest way for them, too. Living from truth aligns your energy with the Source and it better supports you. The static that separated you from that support will be thinned out or dissolved. So what if others don’t understand why you are moving, releasing an unhealthy relationship, becoming vegetarian, or going back to eating meat? Once you are true to yourself, you inspire others to be true to themselves, too. Even those who resist your change may awaken in the future to your wisdom. Take action because it is right, not because it is understood or acceptable to others.

3) Do something every day for the good of others and do it anonymously whenever possible. Need more money? Share some of what you have now. Need a better relationship with a partner? Offer more to your current relationships. Know someone who is a thorn in your side? Visualize them being a nicer person and speak to them as if they are. Look for what you can offer instead of focusing on what you aren’t receiving. The more you give, the more you are attuned to receive.

4) Speak up. If you are in a situation where you feel taken advantage of, speak up about what you need and assert your rights. Holding back to keep peace, or to please others, isn’t coming from your truth. In the long run, it is toxic to you. A word of caution: this doesn’t give you the right to aggressively push your agenda. For a deeper understanding of Assertiveness, download: A Look at Being Assertive, found at the end of this posting.

5) Leave any toxic relationship or situation. I don’t mean give up on what has possibilities. I don’t mean blame the situation and escape it only to find yourself in a similar one. This is tricky. Be careful that you aren’t escaping discomfort that is intended to teach you a valuable lesson. What I mean here is to honestly offer your best to your current situation; it just might change it. For sure, it gives meaning to your current turmoil when you learn to exist within it graciously. Once you’ve tried that and learned all you can about yourself, i.e. learned what that situation has to teach you – if it continues to be toxic – get out. Now. It’s diminishing you. Set yourself free so a more enlightened situation can find you.

6) Seek out like-hearted people. Support each other. If you cannot find support in your community, start a MeetUp group to focus on self-development or other activities that enliven you. Or start a private Facebook page and invite people who are like-hearted to join it. You don’t have to be an expert – connect with others and grow together. Hint: Don’t join a group expecting it to fill the holes in your life. Join with the intention to look for ways to encourage, share, and be authentic. In doing so, you fill your own holes and strengthen your self-esteem.

You are never alone. You came to this life to learn from, and to serve, your fellow souls. In this journey you are supported by a divine energy that transcends all earthly endeavors. You are loved. Unconditionally.

Now go be the person you came to be!

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This fantasy adventure explores existence in an unfamiliar life, facing an onslaught of crises, and out of desperation applying spiritual principles offered from multiple traditions. Are they merely wishful thinking, or do they actually work if trusted and applied? Unlike some spiritually focused books, this is not a “preachy” book, but a moving story interwoven with a wealth of inspiring life events to lead us through a rich and fulfilling life.

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Perfection is a False Expectation

A man I know recently learned his daughter is pregnant, out-of-wedlock, again. Few experiences in life are as tragic as a child seemingly gone astray. Sometimes as a parent we can maneuver them back on track. When we can’t, we -and perhaps others -may label us as failures. Somehow, inexplicably, we failed at perfection.

Perfection is a false expectation.

There’s no such thing as a failure. There is only an expectation that goes unmet. A failure is a situation to learn from. It’s time to stop categorizing children, parents, or any situation as “bad”. Pointing fingers only creates guilt or shame, which exacerbates the problem. Let’s look at this from a cosmic view.

perfection-is-a-false-expectation-2Each of us is a soul, born into this life with a purpose.

Although our purpose is always meaningful to us, it may not be grand, or readily evident. Indeed, it may be as varied as overcoming a limiting belief, experiencing ongoing challenges to build courage, or living in a distressed community in order to provide support to other souls. None of these options may prove to be “successful” in the eyes of our particular culture. Living on this third dimensional planet is exceptionally challenging. It is easy to lose track of our intended purpose. A benefit of living on our planet is to gain knowledge, to expand our understanding of existence. Yet we don’t take this journey alone. We travel with others, each on her or his own search. Need I point out how confusing this can be; how many detours we take as we try out life?

Each culture hands out its own rules and expectations through parents, religions, and institutions.

These conditioned beliefs then run into contrary beliefs of others, and we play soul bumper cars. Navigating this labyrinth can challenge the wisest among us. I personally have met spiritual and governmental leaders who are deemed the spearhead of perfection, and they struggle with this, too!

A Buddhist nun shared her experience of failure with me.

She was imprisoned, raped, and repeatedly beaten. She didn’t understand how she could be so persecuted when she had sincerely sought to live an exemplary life. After months of imprisonment, she grew to curse her captors, breaking every spiritual tenant she had espoused. Finally, at the end of her courage and wits, she gave up resistance and turned to love.  “The only thing left for me to do, to hold on to life itself, was to show compassion. My goal became one of  showing kindness to my guards.”

She smiled. She thanked them each time they delivered her bug-infested food. When she overheard a guard mention a sick child, as he left the room after beating her, she told him she would pray for his daughter. In the following days, he came to her cell to ask for more prayers, and finally to report his daughter was well, thanking her for the prayers. In that prison cell, a dank concrete room, she practiced simple compassion and came to understand the depth and power of love.

Her beatings decreased, were lighter in intensity, and one day she was finally released. As she limped out of the prison, permanently crippled from the beatings, she thanked her guards for their mercy. As one walked her to the gate, he quietly told her, “This is the only work I can find to feed my family. But I am a changed man. Thank you for your kindness.” Was he a failed man, or only someone trying to survive, and open to gaining new insight? Was it unfair or wrong if she was in that cell to deepen her own understanding of  love, while simultaneously teaching him compassion? Or were they both in exactly the perfect place at the right time?

It’s been said that where we are is exactly where our soul wants to be.

From a cosmic view, what is bad can be good. What does this have to do with being a parent who didn’t raise a perfect child? It demonstrates that our lives bring unexpected challenges. When we let go of resisting our life situation, and release all self-recrimination of having failed another soul, we set them free to be soul-responsible.

We cannot carry another’s soul journey in a bag on our back. After you have done what you can, open that bag, set them free, and allow them their own lessons and insights. Watch, and assist when you can, without enabling. Learn. Change. And then grow into your next level of wisdom. Set them free so they can do the same.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Are you drinking too much coffee?

It’s a new year. Time to review health practices.

Recent publications suggest drinking coffee can be healthy, within limits. How do you know if you need to cut back on the amount you drink, or to stop altogether? Consider carefully before deciding to change a “bad” habit that may be keeping you at the top of your game.

Take this test to determine if you drink too much coffee.

coffee-just-croppedIf you check 2 or more of these, you are in serious trouble, but getting a lot done!

  • You answer the door before people knock.
  • You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  • You haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
  • You lick your coffeepot clean.
  • Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
  • You chew on other people’s fingernails.
  • You can jump-start your car without cables.
  • You don’t sweat, you percolate.
  • You buy Half and Half by the barrel.
  • You go to meetings just for the free coffee.
  • Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house.
  • Instant coffee takes too long.
  • You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them.
  • You can type sixty words per minute … with your feet.
  • You’ve built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
  • You are employee of the month at a local coffeehouse and you don’t even work there.
  • You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not plugged in.
  • You want to be cremated just so you can spend the rest of eternity in a coffee can.
  • Your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil.
  • You’re offended when people use the word “brew” to mean beer.
  • You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
  • You can thread a sewing machine, while it’s running.
  • You short-out motion detectors.
  • You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore.
  • Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
  • You help your dog chase its tail.

This fun list is adapted from a Ganoderma coffee flyer from years ago. Their coffee is blended with a healthy, energizing mushroom, and is delicious. (No – not one of THOSE mushrooms…)

Not sure yet what to do about this? Let’s both have a cup of coffee, and let’s toast to a wonderful 2017!

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Who Needs Kindness?

Everyone needs kindness. Whether they “deserve” it or not. Haven’t you had a bad day when someone said or did one small thing that gave you a needed boost? The people most in need of  kindness are often the very people who are disliked and avoided. Everyone suffers. Judging who is, or is not, worth kindness is misunderstanding its value. Life has demonstrated that when I intentionally practice kindness, I am a recipient of its benefits, too.

“Treat everyone you meet as if their heart were breaking, because it probably is.” – Dale Carnegie

An incident in my early career years brought the importance of kindness into my life. I moderated televised political candidate forums in a large metropolitan area. As leader in the local League of Women Voter’s organization, I followed strict requirements to present questions in a fair and non-prejudicial way.

The local newspaper was a major sponsor of election debates. Their political reporter, a fiery woman I’ll refer to here as Marion, was known to demand perfection. Her presence at the first debate made me nervous but she seemed pleased as the evening progressed. In addition to handling audience questions and calming nervous candidates,  I was required to strictly respond to the cameraman’s signal to stop the live forum proceedings for a commercial break. As I thanked our sponsors during one break, the cameraman signaled me to immediately resume the forum. Unfortunately, the one sponsor I had not yet had time to thank – was Marion’s newspaper.

Marion was furious. She had no idea of my dilemma; she only knew I had neglected to thank her newspaper. Red-faced, she glared at me and stalked out. I managed to complete the event, but when I got home I was totally distraught. What should I do?  What right did she have to stalk out without giving me a chance to explain? What would we do if the morning’s newspaper reports were negative? Unable to sleep, at eleven PM, I called her to apologize and explain. I figured she was already mad, so I might as well let her rant and get it over with.

As late as it was, Marion answered and listened as I spoke. Then there was silence. When she did speak, her voice was quiet and shaky. “I’m so sorry I stomped out, Ellie. This has been a difficult day for me. I just learned I have advanced cancer.”

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She poured out her distress and began crying. I learned she had no local family and few friends.  She was alone, facing the possibility of death. I offered help, and over following weeks visited her in the hospital and assisted in getting her set up when she returned home. I learned to appreciate her devotion to reporting and her wry sense of humor. Our mutual respect grew and our future endeavors ran smoothly.

I am thankful Marion stalked out that night. Every challenging situation I’ve met has overflowed with insights for me. Marion taught me to be kind regardless of my state of mind. I learned to not judge others, but instead to honor their story and support them as best I can. I learned to apologize immediately and face consequences so I don’t have to carry around the horrible feeling of having done something wrong. I learned that I can incorrectly interpret another’s intentions; Marion’s demanding quality was actually a sincere intensity to get important facts out to the public.

When I require myself to be kind to unkind people, they often soften their attitude and the situation resolves. People who are deeply suffering often pour out their hearts as if they were waiting for just this opportunity. Of course, kindness doesn’t work for everyone. Some people prefer to be unkind to push others away. Others appear to be missing some mysterious empathy gene. Those, I write off and move on, knowing I tried.

If you live with an unkind person, and they seem to take unfair advantage of your kindness, it may require setting stronger boundaries. But first, try kindness. What unkind person is currently in your life? How can you demonstrate kindness to them? Isn’t offering kindness worth a try?

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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The Gift of Creativity

Christmas is a time to give creative gifts, something children intuitively love to do. On a December morning when eight years old, I received monumental inspiration. I had recently learned from my big brother how to make ash trays out of tin can lids. You banged on the lid to make decorative dents and then used pliers to fold up the edges into pretty flutes. I would make one for Dad who smoked and my brother could use it for spare change! I surreptitiously rescued tin can lids from the trash can and borrowed Dad’s tools to sneak out to the back yard and got to work. Further inspired, I linked paper clips together into a necklace and bracelet for my sister Jane who loved jewelry. Now I was on a roll! Not sure what to give my sister Ann, my eyes landed on my favorite little pretty yellow box. It was an empty Dr. Scholl’s corn pad box that was the perfect size to hold little objects such as pretty rocks, marbles, or anything I chose to collect. I emptied out the stamps it held, which I had torn from envelopes I found in the trash. I was suddenly not so sure I wanted to part with it, but so excited to give it as a gift I just forged ahead! What to give Mom? I walked through the kitchen and heard her sneeze. Kleenex! She needed them for blowing her nose. So when no one was around I pulled a bundle of Kleenex out of the box on the kitchen counter and sneaked them up to my room.

Wow! Was I excited about Christmas that year! Christmas morning I hurried down eager to watch everyone open gifts. I hit the jackpot of joy with everyone except Ann. “Mom!!! She gave me an empty corn pad box!” No matter how hard I explained that it was my absolutely favorite box, I could not placate her.  Well, four out of five wasn’t bad. Mom blew her nose and thanked me repeatedly. Dad used his ash tray for several weeks and then it seemed to end up on a closet shelf. I was on to something here. Giving gifts was fun!

Receiving creative gifts is equally valuable.

receive-gifts-graciouslyWe may receive a gift that seems irrelevant or even silly. This is the time to look beyond the gift to the intention behind the giving.  A friend, Herb, told me of a Christmas when he received a gift from his cousin in a family gift exchange. Deb drew his name. Recently divorced, the black sheep of the family, and struggling with alcoholism, she was destitute. She shyly handed him an unwrapped gift, a simple round stone with a pink heart and the word “love” written on it with a marker. Embarrassed, she explained, “It isn’t much; it’s just what I could do”. Out of the corner of his eye he saw relatives shaking their heads and exchanging glances. Instantly, Herb realized what courage it took for her to attend the gathering, let alone give a simple gift with no perceived value. The stone reflected her search for a loving heart. He stood up, pulled her up and gave her a long hug, thanking her profusely. Tears coursed down her cheeks as she watched him put it in his pocket over his heart. He told me it was one of the most valuable gifts he ever received.

Have a creative idea?  Act on it.

Receive a creative gift? Appreciate the thought.

Can’t think of a creative gift? Write a note listing all the strengths and appreciation you have for someone and wrap it up. Joyfully share validation with another soul.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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The Gift of Presence

One fall weekend our family visited Bosque del Apache wild bird refuge near Soccoro, New Mexico, to watch Sandhill cranes, Canadian geese and wild ducks launch off the winter migration refuge ponds at sunrise, honking as they headed out for their daily feed. Our seven-year-old granddaughter joined us, enthusiastically amazed at the beautiful birds. Then she sat down to dig in the soft dirt at the side of a lake. I considered reminding her she could play in the dirt anytime – this was a special time to focus on the birds -but I refrained.

In a few moments she yelled, “Grandma! Come see what I wrote!” I was preparing to watch another family of ducks swoop off into the sky and did not want to be disturbed. I did not want to listen. “Grandma! Come SEE what I wrote! Puleeeeze!!”

Remembering my focus on holiday season “presence”, I tore myself away from what I preferred and went to join her. Etched in the dirt with her gloved hand were the words, “I love crans”.

Sandhill Cranes flying at Bosque del Apache Na...

Sandhill Cranes flying at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“See Grandma! I love cranes!” Then she stood up, opened her arms wide, looked up into the bird-filled sky and hollered, “I love you, cranes!”

Oh-my-God. What a priceless moment I would have missed had I not taken time to be present with her.

If each of us, only once a day, gave our presence to another person’s moment, what gift would it hold for both of us?

May your holy season be filled with the Gift of Presence.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Looking for a fast paced, insightful book to inspire your life? The first novel in my “Cave Time Chronicles”, Pathwalker: A Soul’s Journey through Reincarnations, journey of a woman moving through parallel lives, is now available here on Amazon!

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Use Winter Solstice to Re-Boot 2017

A template is currently forming for this upcoming year, and you can participate with its formation. At Winter solstice, nature creates a blueprint for the upcoming year.

As part of nature, you, too, are being nurtured. Who you are, and what you currently imagine for yourself – good or bad – is creating a pattern for what will unfold in upcoming months. What do you want that to look like?

Receive a powerful boost by working with Winter Solstice momentum.

abq-snowy-park-jan-101. On December 21, set aside time to sit, alone, undisturbed, and centered.

Meditate, contemplate, pray, practice mindfulness, do ceremony, chant, or any practice which quiets your mind and prepares you for transformation.

2. Mentally review all that you are grateful for.

Gratitude increases your vibration and expands your heart field. It is a preferred state of being to launch life processing or a new endeavor.

3. Contemplate that which you wish to relinquish.

This may include behaviors, habits, patterns, covenants, agreements, commitments, material belongings or relationships that no longer serve you or others in a supportive way. If something is not coming from your truth, it is time to release that energy so it can be free to re-form into your new version of being.

4. Imagine releasing this life debris back out into the cosmos.

Try one of these suggestions or come up with your own: Wrap it up in an imaginary ball of light and send it out into space. Toss it out to return to the quantum field. Blow it up with light rays into tiny particles that sizzle and disappear. See it as a mass of junk that shrinks smaller and smaller until it disappears. Write it down on paper until you feel emptied, and then without reading it again, immediately burn or shred it.

5. Visualize the “you” that you desire to be in the year ahead.

What is the outer expression of your inner Self that yearns for full expression? How will you think? Act? Make choices? What will you say “no” to? What will you say “yes” to? What people will inspire you? Who will hold you back? How you will respond to situations? What you will offer? Imagine feeling joy, contentment and fulfillment. “See” yourself as moving through life as a strong, confident “you”.

6. Thank your cosmic support.

Thank the Universe – Source – God – Allah  – Great Spirit – angels – guides – (whatever works for you personally) for hearing and supporting this to manifest. Begin and end this process with gratitude, which is a high vibration, and aligns your template with the high frequencies of cosmic support.

7. Begin to make decisions and take action based on the new vision.

This is essential! Let the universe know you are intentional, serious, and joyful with your new creation. Begin right now. Don’t wait until January 1. The momentum pushing you into your new reality starts at Winter Solstice, not at an artificially agreed upon “new year”.  Take action every day that reflects the “new” you. This reminds you of your commitment, and lets the universal support system know you are serious. Wonder-full!

One more thing – don’t be surprised if you experience flak-back.

Anytime we change life course, a strong ripple occurs in our prior momentum. The resulting energetic wave can knock us around a bit, not to mention the confusion it can cause to those around us. Recognize this flak-back as evidence that your life is shifting, and trust that reaching your next step in life is well worth any temporary discomfort. You’re shedding old skin.

You are not alone! You are one of millions worldwide who are awakening, facing an inner prompting to shift toward personal power and respectful living. These are transformational times, and we are riding that wave whether we feel ready or not. So take advantage of nature’s Winter Solstice when cosmic energy is moving in your favor.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Looking for a fast paced, insightful book to inspire your life? The first novel in my “Cave Time Chronicles”, Pathwalker: A Soul’s Journey through Reincarnations, journey of a woman moving through parallel lives, is now available here on Amazon!

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Authentic Homemade Draksha (Digestive Herbal Wine)

Draksha is an herbal digestive wine that comes from Ayurveda. Ayurveda (Science of Life) is an ancient healing system from India. This herbal wine has been used for centuries to assist with digestion.

draksha-feb-2012-1Draksha is high-octane, so don’t go wild and drink it as you would a recreational wine. Over-indulging in this digestive wine dramatically increases body heat; the next thing you know, you’ll be frantically searching for something cold enough to bring on a brain freeze. That is, if you can think straight anymore. Not smart. So use it as intended and explained below.

To use: Stir 2 teaspoons Draksha into 1/2 cup hot water. Sip before meal. Promotes agni (digestive fire) to aid digestion.

The attached pdf instructions may look complicated, but if you follow instructions, you’ll easily get the hang of it. One batch can last for months or a year, depending upon frequency of use.

 

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When serving a large dinner to guests, I like to start off with a half-filled shot glass of draksha. It not only stimulates digestion, but also enhances flavors.

Important! Read full instructions on the attached download, including those explained below the recipe table, before beginning.

 

This is offered as information, not medical advice. Anyone who should avoid alcohol due to pregnancy, liver, medicines used, or any health problem, should not use Draksha. Use with discernment. Check with your physician if under medical care. I am not responsible for resulting effects or misuse.

Ingredient amounts listed on the attached download are for a 1 gallon glass jug. For one person, consider adjusting your batch for 1-2 quarts.

Attached recipe and instructions are provided in table form, along with scheduled ingredient additions, so click here for your downloadable PDF copy: Draksha Recipe, 2016-12-17

Find additional homemade wine pic on my Homemade Wine portfolio.

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