One of the five sutras for the Aquarian age in Kundalini yoga is to “recognize that the other is you.” If we think about this, this hold so much truth! We are so quick to blame and criticize those in our lives, when really, if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s often a case of “you spot it, you got it”! This can be a particularly important thing to remember as we enter into prime time with the family, which for many of us, means a whole lot of button pushing and potential triggers into our old familiar ways of coping (helllllloooo ginger cream cookies!).
However, there is another side to this equation. How are other people treating you? And what does this tell us about how we are treating ourselves? How we let others treat us is always a direct reflection of how we treat ourselves. How can we solicit the respect we deserve if we don’t first respect ourselves? You need to go to bat for you! If someone’s behaviour towards us is hurtful, we need to step up and let that person know what is and is not okay.
And finally, are we getting what we put into our relationships? I recently read a fantastic quote: “Never make someone your priority when you are only their option.” So if you are not feeling that a certain relationship in your life is reciprocal, it’s perhaps time to reevaluate that relationship in your life.
We ARE worthy of loving, supportive relationships in our lives and this might mean making some changes and “defriending” (to use a facebook term) a few people who aren’t able to provide those things. And if it’s family we are dealing with, then remembering that “the other person is you” can help us to have compassion for that person. In both cases, YOU get to establish the boundaries and terms that feel good to you! So over the next few weeks, practice using others in your life to get valuable information about yourself, and to create and nurture the kind of relationships you want in your life — including the one you have with yourself!
Okay, okay – you know it, I know it — I love gnocchi. And after a little seasonal dish I whipped up, I love it even more. This is so simple, but oh-so-good.
Crispy Saged Gnocchi with Squash and Brussel Sprouts
2 packages store bought gnocchi (I will make my own one day!)
1 small acorn squash (cooked – try slicing in half and baking face down in a bit of water for 20 min or until soft at 350 degrees)
1 cup veggie stock (more or less depending on desired consistency)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup raw cashews
pinch of nutmeg
1 large clove of garlic
1 cup baby brussel sprouts (steamed)
2 tbsp whole dried sage or 3 tbsp fresh
3 tbsp grapeseed oil
salt and pepper
Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat and add the gnocchi. Cook until brown and crispy on one side (add more oil if gnocchi sticks). Flip gnnochi and add garlic, turning down heat and making sure garlic doesn’t burn.
While the gnocchi is a’cookin, scoop out squash into a sauce pan, and add the veggie stock. Puree using an imersion blender (or put everything in a blender) until smooth. Add cashews, yeast, and nutmeg. Season with salt to taste (depending on how salty your stock is) and finish with almond milk.
In a small frying pan, heat 1 tbsp grapeseed oil over medium high heat. Add sage and fry until crispy.
Add steamed brussel sprouts to the gnoochi and stir integrate.
Serve gnoochi drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with sage. Finish with freshly ground pepper.