Each and every day that we wake up with the morning sun is a blessing. We've made it another day, and no matter how hard life gets, just being alive is a blessing in disguise.
The world has been messed up since the dawn of man. If life is a battle between the light and the dark, it is no wonder hardship and suffering is a part of this planet. Spiritual people believe the soul incarnates to planet earth to learn various lessons and to grow its soul.
It's no secret that humans desire change, specifically at the collective level. And many people crave change at work and are great at improving themselves professionally, but not personally or spiritually.
Some people take their spiritual growth and relationship with God seriously, where others think this type of mentality is non-sense. Regardless of what one believes, every single day we wake up with the morning sun presents us with an opportunity to change, grow and evolve ourselves.
Change takes time. Sometimes it happens overnight, but for most people it is a continuous process and most find successful change when enlightening themselves and detaching from the material world.
Even thinking about changing, or pondering about a better life, is the first step to any change. You first must have some thoughts and then eventually take action.
Most people cannot change alone. They require a support system. Logically, this would include family, friends, counselors, healers or anyone with the ability to guide others. Christians believe we need God and Christ to help us through our evolution in life.
If we are in the driver's seat of our own life, we must take responsibility for our thoughts, actions and behaviors and we are solely in charge of our emotional health and well-being.
Isn't that an amazing blessing and gift? To be able to wake up every day and start again - whether in thought or in behavior pattern - and continue to improve our lives each and every day.
What do you think? Do you think every day is an ability to change? If you have any personal experiences that can help other people, please comment below!
Who doesn't love sweet potato fries? They're simple. They're delicious. And they're healthier than regular deep-fried French fries.
Sweet potatoes are a wonderful compliment to many vegetarian Mexican dishes. And with Cinco de mayo around the corner I took a chance and tried something different - a south of the border sweet potato fry flavor.
Batch cooking on one's own can be a long process. It is important to make simple and budget-friendly recipes that do not require hours dedicated to prep work and baking. One trick to making fries more crispy without using flour or corn starch is by cutting smaller fries. The longer or thicker the fry, the longer the baking time alongside with the possibility of the fries not getting crispy.
There are many tricks to the homemade French fry trade, but if you want a natural fry without adding flour or starch, avoid super thick fries.
Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato Fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20-23 minutes
2 lbs. Sweet potatoes, washed and sliced
1 small lime, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp onion salt + garlic salt
optional: lime zest
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into slices. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and spread the sweet potatoes evenly on a greased baking sheet (use cooking spray). Bake for 12 minutes and then flip the sweet potatoes once, and return to bake for another 11-13 minutes. Adjust spices as needed. Sometimes the flavor sets in after 24 hours.
Energy is "funny." The average, mundane person might believe in energy, but has no clue how it works or exists.
The root of many issues today, individually and collectively, comes from a lack of spiritual fulfillment. So many people work dead end jobs they dislike. So many people isolate themselves because they fear getting hurt. So many people get into negative relationships because they themselves are negative or lack confidence and rush into a relationship to fulfill themselves.
Everyone's soul on this planet requires some form of healing. There is no way to live a human experience without being hurt, disappointed or let down. When that happens, the soul requires healing. When you heal the soul, everything else begins to follow. The point is to heal the trinity, the mind, the body and the soul.
As always, inspired by the sun,
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If you've followed any of my previous recipes, you know from time to time I grocery shop in my pantry and refrigerator to concoct various recipes. Although spring is officially here, I rummaged through my fridge and noticed some odds and ends. A little bit of broccoli. A few strips of kale. A bit of carrot. I had various unused veggies, and realized some form of a cheesy bake could be the next creation.
I am advocate of reducing food waste as much as possible. Because of living in Europe, the European lifestyle differs from America. European grocery items are smaller and their cities are more dense, meaning they shop for what they need either that day or for a couple of days. In America, we are car dependent and our bulk shopping culture means that buying more for less often leads to food waste.
To reduce the waste I mixed a bunch of winter vegetables together in a bowl and followed the sauce recipe I created for my Vegan Macaroni + Cheese. Mix the veggies, make the sauce, stir together, bake and voila - a perfect side dish or main meal! Hearty and healthy, this bake balances macronutrients in a clean, refined-carbohydrate way.
Vegan "Cheesy" Winter Vegetable Bake
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
2 cups (14 oz.) cauliflower rice
1 small carrot, diced
1 small head of brocolli, chopped
1 small leek, chopped
2 cups kale, finely chopped
Sauce from the Mac and cheese recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop vegetables and mix into a bowl. Make the Mac-and-cheese sauce.
In a pan, sautée the garlic and onion in butter or oil for 3-5 minutes. Add the cornstarch and mix. Next add the milk and cook for 2-3 minutes. Take the liquid and put it with the remaining ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. (To make it quicker, after sautéing the onions and garlic, add everything to the blender, blend until smooth and then mix with the vegetables.
Pour the sauce over the vegetables and mix until combined. Pour into a greased baking pan (11x7 or 9x13). Bake for 50 minutes.
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Spring has sprung and life is full of blossoms, birds and baby animals. Spring might just be my favorite season. It is the time of rebirth where nature is in bloom, the light gains speed and baby animals roam the earth. It is the time when people begin to nurture their garden for the upcoming season of sowing seeds to reap the harvest in the later summer months.
Zucchini is a popular garden plant. From zucchini bread to pasta dishes, zucchini is a unique vegetable that can be enjoyed savory or sweet. If you are looking for something different on how to use your zucchini, try these meatballs.
Like most of what I make, these meatballs are healthy and hearty and adds protein and fiber to the traditional pasta dish. Whether you want to feed yourself, your family or friends, these are not only a great addition to pasta meals, but also served as a sub sandwich.
Cooking is therapeutic. It is also the use of creative energy. It is the union between the head, the heart and the hands. If you want good health, it all starts and begins with you, your mindset and your affect.
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."
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