It's that time of year when the stores go pumpkin crazy and we are happily joining in... BUT this easy VEGAN PUMPKIN COCONUT SOUP Recipe is worth it, we promise!!
1 onion, diced
3 tbsp vegan margarine
2 cups vegetable broth
1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp curry
1/2 tsp ginger
In a large pot, sautée the onions in the margarine for 3 to 5 minutes, until onions turn soft.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Allow to simmer over low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally...
If you want to make it heartier, add 1/2-3/4 cup of cooked rice. Serve and ENJOY!
A few weeks ago I had the experience of weeding my physical garden. Profound. In 41 years of living, it was the first time I engaged in this activity. Previously, there was simply no desire. I didn't feel connected to gardening, and quite frankly, I felt there were more important things to do. Well. Always a student, I learned 3 valuable lessons during the process.
As I weeded my literal garden, here's what I learned about my inner garden, aka, my life:
1. Clearing Out Makes Space
Clearing out the weeds makes space. So what? Well, when we weed the garden, we have the opportunity to clear out and make space for what we want to seed and bloom. We get the opportunity to ask the question, what shall I plant? Do I want to plant seeds of beauty or not? Same with life. As we clear out old, toxic, inherited thought forms, patterns, habits, behaviors, and in turn ways of being, we make room to seed what we want!
2. Some Roots Are Stubborn And Tools Are Needed
I was weeding using my bare hands to feel all of it. Some weeds came out effortlessly. Others we so deeply rooted and stubborn I cut up my hands. After enduring enough physical pain I realized -- there are tools for these stubborn ones and I will use them! No more suffering. Ah, the same is true in life. The places where we have deeply rooted ways of being, that are stubborn to clear out, often require tools. It's no coincidence that the 5 days leading up to my weeding event I was deeply immersed in my own shamanic energy healing using tools to clear deep seated roots -- both ancestral and karmic -- as well as cutting energetic cords to people, entities and situations that no longer served me. While the process was challenging at times, nothing feels sweeter than finally ripping the toxic root out once and for all!!
3. Choosing Beauty IS Peace
After the weeding of my garden was complete, I felt a wave of peace wash over me. Seeing the cleared space (pictured below) was a BIG relief...like a 2 ton weight was lifted off of my shoulders. My decision to weed my garden the day I did was rooted in my desire to create more beauty around me. By beauty I mean engaging with thoughts, words and actions that uplift and inspire...leaving someone or something more special, more nourished...more beautiful. By choosing to plant seeds of beauty all around me, inside and outside, I feel deep peace.
Coconut Creamed Spinach
Rich, creamy, and intensely satisfying, this dairy-free, vegan creamed spinach is a classic accompaniment to grilled steak or tofu!, or pair it with eggs for a modern take on eggs florentine.
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 pound baby spinach
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Sea salt and pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
Heat a knob of coconut oil in a large skillet and cook the spinach until just wilted. Transfer the spinach to a colander to drain out excess water.
In a small saucepan, sweat the shallots and garlic. Whisk in the coconut milk, dijon, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Cook and reduce slightly.
Press excess water out of the spinach and return to the large skillet over medium heat.
Pour in the coconut milk mixture, stir, and heat until warmed. Be careful not to overcook so that the spinach retains its bright color. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Serve warm.
Physical Pain, by Stephanie
Did you know that physical pain in the body is often a sign that something else in our being is needing our attention? True, sometimes our physical body gets injured, and we literally are "in pain". Other times, our emotional, mental and/or spiritual body gets injured. Over time, this injury may manifest physically as "pain".
Why does this happen? It happens to help us. Really? How is pain helpful? Well, pain is discomfort and the discomfort is meant to get our attention so we deal with the "injury" and heal it. Here at the Sanctuary there are many ways we support this process of uncovering pain.
How so? In addition to relieving physical pain, massage and yoga are often doorways for us to explore the other types of pain: emotional, mental and spiritual. For those of us ready to enter through the doorway to a deeper place, we may be curious about reiki energy healing or shamanic energy healing. These forms of energy healing are designed to bring us more fully into "what's really going on" so we may heal at the rootlevel.
The result? The pain is gone once and for all. Speaking of pulling up those roots...more on this next time!