The daffodils are in bloom and the color of yellow is found throughout the season. From the sun's rays to the distinct color of yellow, my soul has evolved from winter hibernation into the realms of rebirth. If you've followed me, you know much I preach about studying nature.
Living in Germany ignited my sense of appreciation for history, heritage and continual soul evolvement. I got even more in touch with nature than I have ever imagined. I always enjoyed the beauty of nature, but when you absorb the lessons and the powerful energy, you become your own shield madden, a wise and victorious spirit who can conquer the dark from within.
And in this time of gaining light, the inner-rebirth sheds it's old skin, and there is only room for more light. We are all cracked. And those cracks help the light come in. I have been spending time in nature, solo, which is where I do most of my deep thinking. Right now I am in-tune with the forest.
Normally, I am a fun-in-the-sun beach gal, but Mother Earth is calling me to the forest. And while I spend my time in forest-like and garden-rich areas in Seattle, my attention has been brought to the daffodils.
Their stems so strong, amidst their fragile frame, I noticed how much the stems look like green onions.
From an artistic perspective, the two are so similar in how the top of the stem is a dark green, and nearer to the root the stem lightens toward white.
Anytime I think of green onions, I reminisce on my backpacking days throughout Asia. One of my most memorable, and spiritual, journeys included trekking throughout the fields and mountains in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
We slept in poor villages where they cooked us pad thai and wrapped served it inside of a banana leaf.
Along with the daffodils, I have come to appreciate these gigantic leaves in Seattle. I do not know the name of this bush, but the leaves, so big, they look as if they can become a shelter for a lost bunny who doesn't want to get wet from all of the rain.
I am not sure where the forest will lead me, but regardless of the outcome, nature is the wisest teacher. Ironically, a song I once loved came into my life. Carbon Based Lifeforms, "Photosynthesis," which it's one line lyrics state, "What about the forests?" The creators are Swedish - could anyone be more rooted to the forest than the Scandinavians?
And photosynthesis is what we need more of now than ever. Breathe in the light. Breathe out the dark. Shed that skin and do not be afraid. When you trust in the universe - no matter what lessons come your way - you evolve not only into a wiser person, but know that the universe will have your back - no matter what. Nothing in life is easy. Once you understand this, you can embrace life's challenges. There is always an outcome, or a rainbow waiting on the other side of the bridge.
"During photosynthesis plants emit light, called fluorescence, that humans cannot see."
For this recipe, you can cook this with or without tofu. I baked my tofu with a corn starch coating to make it crispy. However, it is not required. Tofu is excellent for the extra-protein, and the meal tastes excellent either way. I prefer it plant-based though.
Cold Vegetable Sesame Soba Noodle Salad
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
1 8.15-oz. package of soba noodles (or more)
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup kale, finely chopped
1 yellow pepper, finely sliced
Optional: 1 block of pressed tofu, baked
Sesame Dressing Ingredients:
2 green onion stems, chopped
3 small garlic cloves, diced
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce)
1/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp cane sugar
Pinch of salt, paprika and ground ginger
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package directions. Meanwhile, begin the sesame dressing. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and let it sit while you prep the vegetables. Place a bit of oil on your hands and gently massage the kale between your fingers. When complete, mix the veggies in a separate large bowl.
Once the noodles are done, rinse in cold water. Once cooled, mix the noodles and dressing with the vegetables. Serve cool.
If you want the tofu, press the tofu as directed in this link. Next, mix cornstarch and a bit of water together until you make a paste. Cut the tofu in cubes and rub the cornstarch on top. Bake at 350-degrees for 10 minutes. Flip the tofu and bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy. Alternatively, you can use this recipe.
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Bunnies and spring chickens have a deeper meaning of life than just guzzling down a box of peeps. It's about the energy of the land. It's the renewal and rebirth aspects of life.
Like a flower, spring is the time of the year to blossom into a new pattern in life. Plant the seeds and watch your life grow. The more we realize that we are a part of nature the more we understand our very own human nature. Regardless of whether you believe in Easter from a Christian or a pagan perspective, even the word "resurrect" symbolizes rebirth.
The interconnectedness is there, you just have to "see" it. Our eyes are good at looking but our third eye is excellent at seeing.
As always, inspired by the sun,
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In my previous blog, Vegan Sugar Cookie Bunnies Topped with Homemade Frosting and Vegan Lemon Cake Topped with Coconut Cream Frosting I discuss how colors affect people. Color therapy is something that nature blossoms naturally. The beautiful array of pink and yellow naturally inspire the energy of spring, Easter and rebirth.
The colors of spring, Easter and artificially-colored peeps inspired this recipe. As a child I loved peeps. I don't eat them but I adore their symbology. The small marshmallow bunny and chicks are so cute.
Sadly, they contain artificial coloring and ingredients that do not fuel the human spirit. I am in the midst of playing around with naturally-dyed frosting.
Color has meaning. Spring represents pastel colors, which symbolizes feminine, delicate and springtime energy. It's no secret that humans have naturally connected light colors to these representations because nature blossoms various hues of pink and yellow.
Everything in life is energy. Flowers have patterns that exude a certain type of beauty and energy. Ancient cultures and deities are linked to specific trees, flowers or animals.
Camellias represent admiration, perfection, good luck and gift to man. The yellow forsythia is one of the first flowers that bloom in spring. This flower symbolizes anticipation, which roots to the yearning we have with the sun and the summer season. By this time of year we are eager for longer days and warmer weather to warm our souls. And there is no other color that can represent the sun like yellow.
The more in-tune I get with nature, the more I am inclined to consume all-natural sweet treats. Lemons represent purification and although sweet, let's purify our souls through this time of rebirth. Small and tiny like peeps, I hope you enjoy the light and airy color and flavor of this recipe.
And for Easter, I bring you this sweet, guilt-free treat. Be sure to check out my thoughts about Easter with this week's Sunspiration.
And with my love for quotes, I end this blog with a quote inspired by the camellias.
A long time ago, there were lovers that lived on the opposite ends of a river. They promised to meet when the camellia flowers bloomed. But it rained so much the boat couldn't cross the river. So the two couldn't meet, even though the camellia flowers had all bloomed. Lets meet again. Before the camellia flowers wilt.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com