You may have situations in your life where it seems no matter how much work you do on yourself, no matter how far you’ve come, it feels like someone has erased the chalkboard of your progress and you find yourself back in the familiar treads of a pattern you thought you’d overcome. Suddenly, it’s all deja vu.
From an awareness perspective, this can be incredibly frustrating – particularly when you know you have the skillz to not go “there”, be it disordered eating or another means of coping. This can be the jump-off point into the downward spiral of shame and self destruction, or it can be a leap into the gift that keeps on giving. Your choice.
Every time we traverse that familiar territory, we have before us another opportunity to build a stronger, more loving relationship with our self. In my recent humbling return to some familiar thoughts, feelings and behaviours, I realized it was actually a call to be kinder to myself, to “go easy” on me. I had been beating myself up all week for not having listened to my intuition about something, and food showed up to manifest the flogging on a physical level. When I was able to make the connection to self love and kindness, the behaviours fell away. The food stuff was actually the light that illuminated the direction I needed to go.
Do I wish I could side step the pain of this process and skip the calories!? Yes! But at the same time, this is the stuff that a solid sense of self is made of. It is our gift, our opportunity to relate to ourselves with compassion and forgiveness. If this is something you struggle with, relate to it with consciousness. Know that it is an opportunity to get to the root of what’s really going on with you. Find the gift in it. You will be okay.
These brownies are SO healthy and simple, they will have you scratching your head wondering how life got so good! These have been the ongoing project of a friend of mine, and she lovingly shared some recent improvements she had made to the recipe. The results had me stunned. These have the texture of an Eat-More bar, but one that is full of antioxidants, omega 3s, fibre and love-filled goodness. Thanks LB!
Lavi’s Pure Love Brownies
1 cup walnuts
1 cup soft, pitted dates
1/4 c raw cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
In a food processor, combine walnuts and dates, pulse until crumbly. Add cacao and the rest of the ingredients and pulse until a solid mixture begins to form and some of the oils from the nuts start to release. Press into a square container (8×8 cake pan, or tupperware container) and place in fridge until firm. Either cut these up into squares and freeze, or eat them throughout the week as a quick love injection and energy pick-me up.