A Game for Cultivating Gratitude: Gratitude A-Z

 

What Exactly is Gratitude?

The National Institute of Health defines gratitude as having appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation. The practice of gratitude reminds us of the miracles which unfold in our lives everyday. It grounds us in the present moment and supports us in cultivating positive perspective. Cultivating this sense of appreciation or thankfulness can be done in many ways, one no better than the other. One must simply find the practice which works best for them. Continue reading “A Game for Cultivating Gratitude: Gratitude A-Z”

Roasted Sweet Chili Almonds with Lime – Deliciously Addictive!

The invitation to attend a Mexican themed dinner party put me into creation mode. I wanted to contribute a tasty treat others could snack on while socializing, which was also vegan and easy to prepare. A quick rummage through the pantry gave me the inspiration for these sweet, spicy, deliciously addictive roasted almonds.

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Roasted Sweet Chili Almonds with Lime

10 minute prep              20 minute bake

Ingredients:

4 cups raw almonds

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Cacao and Walnut No Bake Cookies – Vegan Style!

Although dessert items aren’t usually on my regular day-to-day menu, this week they seem to be at the top of the list! These rich chocolaty walnut cookies have been the replacement for my usual green smoothie, acting as the breakfast of champions (which I wouldn’t recommend doing too often). I’m not feeling too guilty though! This 30 minute, one pot wonder boast several heart healthy ingredients such as walnuts, oatmeal, peanut butter, and cacao. Whether deciding to enjoy them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, you’ll find yourself in chocolate walnut-y heaven.. not a bad place to be!


Cacao and Walnut No Bake Cookies

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Got 5 Minutes? Deliciously Creamy Tomato Soup (Raw/ Vegan)

Craving something creamy, savory, and full of fresh spring vegetables? Me too! This 20170425_192845recipe is full of fresh veggies and contains vitamin, mineral, and anti-oxidant rich cashews. It’s the perfect balance of salty, savory, and sweet; combining vine ripened tomatoes and immune boosting garlic and onion. Make it for lunch or serve it for dinner, either way you’ll be satisfied!


Creamy Tomato Soup

5 Minute Prep                              2 Minute Blend                              Serves 4

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Choose Your Own Adventure: 11 Musical Meditations

Making coffee, driving, working, making dinner, hanging out with friends/ family, working out… there’s a song for every occasion. Turning on the radio, plugging in headphones, or watching as the needle hits vinyl is the beginning of an adventure. And similar to a  Choose Your Our Adventure book, music takes us on a journey through crescendos, soft moments, and lively beats depending on who we choose as our guide.

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Listening to music is more than a journey or leisurely pastime. Pushing play on your favorite song causes an immediate drop in blood pressure, release of dopamine (feel good hormone), and reduction in cortisol (stress hormone). I could get more into the science behind music and it’s connection to our nervous system, but when it comes down to it, you can feel it. You feel the changes in your body when you listen to music; the heart rate changes and chemicals are released into the blood stream. At it’s most basic level, music is vibrating energy and we are vibrating energy. No wonder we like music so much! Continue reading “Choose Your Own Adventure: 11 Musical Meditations”

Three Mindfulness Practices You Can Do Anywhere

Ruminating thoughts, worries, anger, and/ or fantasizing can take up the majority of our brain power and hours in the day. Breaking this repetitive thinking, or looping cycle, leads to less stress. One way to break this cycle is through practicing mindfulness.

Studies demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness practices, pausing and reconnecting with the present moment, and their positive effects experienced by the practitioner. But sometimes it’s difficult to take a moment to ourselves, leading us to never fully experience the present moment. Our society tells us that if we aren’t actively producing, then we should be. Our self worth may come from doing, leading to less being. Doing has it’s place, but it isn’t everything.

Let’s take back our being, living with more presence and aliveness, so at the end of our lives we aren’t merely a list of tasks completed, but an array of experiences which led us down a path.


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