In addition to being loads of fun, this holiday season has been full of opportunities for reflection and growth, compassion, and communication. So many times we enter into situations thinking we know exactly what to expect. Years of the same patterns repeating over and over again have set us up nice and good to believe that “that’s the way it is.” But do we allow the space for things and people to change? Do we give people the opportunity to be something other than what we project onto them? When we do, beautiful things can manifest.
Often a slight shift in ourselves can ripple out to those that we love and effect change on an old pattern or dynamic. It could be as subtle as changing the tone in our voice when we respond to someone, or as huge as having a compassion-filled conversation with someone about the dynamic itself.
I had a beautiful Christmas, and I can honestly say that much of that came from keeping myself in check and doing the healing work required to show up in a more loving, more forgiving way. When we concentrate our efforts on looking after ourselves, grounding ourselves through a daily spiritual practice, and exuding a willingness to learn, we set the stage in our lives for healing to occur on all levels — in us, and in those around us.
Make a commitment this new year to yourself that will foster growth, love and healing within you. Make a commitment to yourself that forces you to step up in some way. Whether it’s a daily spiritual practice, a new way of eating, a volunteer position, or a daily gratitude list, choose something that you will be accountable for. Start with something small — the idea is consistency, not magnitude. Commitment builds character, inspires others, and effects change around you in ways you’ve never thought possible. Change starts with you.
So….what are you willing to commit to in 2011?
I have not been cooking at all this holiday season, but I can tell you what’s on the menu for New Years. It’s a (surprise!!) Dreena Recipe, straight out of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.
Thai Chick-Un Pizza
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp tamari
2 large garlic cloves (chopped)
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger (chopped)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup coconut milk
1-2 tbsp water
2 tsp agave nectar
1 pizza shell (I’m going to make my own….will post shortly)
1 cup chick peas
1 – 1 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
3/4 cup fresh or canned pinneapple
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
peanuts and cilantro for garnish.
Make sauce in a food processor adding all of the ingredients up to and including the coconut milk. Puree until smooth. Thin with water if desired. Add agave if a sweeter sauce is desired.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using pizza stone or pizza pan lined with parchment paper, place shell on top. Spread on peanut sauce. In a bowl, flatten chickpeas with a large spoon and spread on shell. The distribute bell pepper and pineapple evenly. Bake for 17-0 minutes, and sprinkle on green onions for last minute of cooking. Remove from oven when crust is golden and toppings have cooked through. Sprinkle with mung bean sprouts, peanuts and cilantro before serving. Can’t wait to try it!