Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Yesterday I had an interesting experience. I went to teach my LGBT senior yoga class at Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill. A yoga class ended prior to mine and I heard a girl speak with the instructor that she wasn't going home for Thanksgiving because she did not believe in it.
Now, many people today in the PACNW have been socially engineered by the social justice media, which some of this stuff has a point but what they don't see, recognize or believe is that the media is making them heartless monsters.
Human history has always been bloody, hard and intense. Life today is no different. It's the same story but different characters and locations. But, for one who attends a yoga class, how can you not believe in Thanksgiving? The basis of yoga spiritual theory is to become a more thankful human being.
It was the complete opposite of what I experienced where my senior participants tell me weekly how thankful they are for my class, my teachings and my spirit.
Putting history aside, it is the one day of the year where we can put life aside and give thanks to everyone and everything on this planet.
The Thanksgiving meal itself is the consumption of the earth. The plants. The animals. The grains. All of that has been sacrificed or given for your nourishment. Even the plants are alive. Everything from the earth that is consumed has breath, air or spirit that awakens our souls. This is something our ancestors understood amidst hardships.
I live in Seattle, but my hometown is in Cleveland. Several people invited me to Thanksgiving and although I can only attend one event, I am most thankful for people to even think about inviting me somewhere.
After the Camino, I walked forward in life and reached a peak level of gratitude. For some odd reason, if death chose me on the camino or say, on the flight away from the Camino, I sat there in utmost gratitude for everything that entered my life. If I died, I would've happily died.
I've traveled. I've been married. I've had amazingly good and bad times with family and friends. I've succeeded at work. I've failed at life. I've been in love several times. I've met soul mates. I've experienced unconditional love by my cats. I've been abundant. I've been poor. I've lived out of bag.
I've experienced basically everything good, bad and in between. What more do we humans want out of life?
I fight for women, but I also fight for men. I'm an Aquarian so equality is important.
On Tuesday I had a conversation with two men who work the desk and security at the Gates Foundation. We chatted briefly about dating. And they said women are confusing. They said if I buy flowers say yellow roses, she sometimes complains that it's not red. I said get rid of her. She's ungrateful and won't be happy.
How do people go through life not aware of the kindness or the thoughts that people do? If one cannot be thankful to receive flowers - how much does their soul need to evolve?
Modern society is decadent that we've lost connection to everything God, the planet and people do for us.
Give thanks on this day to everything that's entered your life, good and bad, and every molecule of nourishment that enters your mouth.
From me to you, Happy Thanksgiving.
It seemed like yesterday that I cooked for the "You Are Enough" Yoga Retreat on Bowen Island in Canada. Some energy shift in September occurred and I believe this retreat was the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
I found peace, calmness and serenity in my life. And to me, cooking is therapeutic.
The days were long, working from 6am to 9pm, but none of it felt like work. It is amazing when we work with our passion it doesn't feel like work. It's like getting paid for doing something you love. And I love cooking. It's a moment where creativity ignites and the head, heart and hands unite and share some TLC.
There is a reason why people love mom's cooking. Her energy imprints the food and everyone loves mom and her cooking (well most at least).
While at the retreat, the students experienced yoga in the eco dome while I plugged in ambient music in the kitchen and let the creativity begin. Now waking up at 5am to make pancakes wasn't easy, but enjoyable because the results were well worth it.
For this recipe, I used my Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Pancake recipe but used butternut squash puree instead of pumpkin. At the retreat, I doubled the recipe and made 3-4 inch pancakes instead of the larger ones as seen in the pumpkin pancake recipe.
Both the pumpkin and the butternut squash are sweet, savory and smooth. The subtle spices enhance the flavor of traditional squash, making it a perfect fall and winter treat.
Coupled with the herb butter, this is a breakfast that features full on fall and winter flavors.
For this recipe, you can use canned butternut squash puree or puree steamed or roasted squash. Regardless of what you choose, both taste great but as a general thumb of rule - fresh is better.
At the retreat, I paired this with agave roasted figs with sage. This would also pair well with myBaked Apple recipe.
However you eat it, I guarantee you'll love this recipe. Between the savory butter and the sweetness in the maple syrup, this is a breakfast bursting with flavor and freshness.
From me to you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and I hope this is part of your holiday brunch menu this fall.
“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”
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