Sometimes those people, places and things that we rely on in our lives, that we hold as solid and use to help us steady ourselves, sometimes they give way.
We look for a soft place to land only to fall flat on our butts on hard ground. This last week, a couple of my ‘soft places’ became hard, cold, painful even. But here’s where the beautiful part comes in. Sometimes those soft places can show up unexpectedly or be found in a place where we never before thought to look. As much as falling hard on our butts can make us want to pull back and shutdown, we still need to keep showing up.
If we don’t show up, we might miss the kind smile of a stranger, the gentle reassurance from a colleague (thanks KO), or a hug offered up when least expected.
Keep feeling. Allocate some time to it. Give that to yourself. But keep SHOWING UP. Through the pain of the last week, there has been tremendous beauty. Just when we feel like we are quite alone in the world, it is then we are shown that we never truly are. It might not be in the way we are used to being shown, but a soft place is still a soft place.
So in the name of feeling very “raw,” here’s a fantastic recipe, shared by a very Undiva friend of mine, sure to nourish in times when cooking feels like the last thing we want to do. AND, they’re soft!
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1 cup agave nectar
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown rice crisps (like Rice Krispies, but made with brown rice. They can be found in the organic or all-natural section of your grocery store)
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice.
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut
In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter and agave nectar until smooth. Add all other ingredients, and stir until everything is evenly coated. Roll into 2 inch balls, and place into a muffin cup. Let air dry for a few hours. Makes about 20.