We can create a lot of drama in our lives from the assumptions that we make about people and situations: overanalyzing and presupposing to know why something has happened the way it did. You wouldn’t go into a court room as a juror without all of the facts of the presenting case to form your conclusion, so what makes you presume to know the “truth” of a situation based on pure speculation? How much stress do we create and energy do we waste overanalyzing things when we don’t have all the facts? As much as we may hate to admit it, we only know what we know. The unfortunate reality is that time spent brooding and ruminating over a situation or circumstance not of our doing does not bring us any closer to the truth—and, more times than not, it only fuels our anxiety.
We need to let the facts be the facts and not attach to them. Try this exercise: close your eyes and picture whatever situation is causing you grief. Now take that situation and place it outside of yourself, sitting on the ground, outside of your sphere of control. Strip it down. Visualize yourself peeling away every story, belief, or assumption you have draped it with. That means that every self-assigned meaning and personal interpretation of that situation needs to go. Strip the facts down to their most basic form: information. What do you actually know? Sit. Stare at your pile. Free from all that muddled and warped thinking, free from YOUR story about it, those facts are actually pretty harmless. And that’s all you got. You can’t debate the facts. You can’t change them. You can’t control them. So just remember: what you don’t know, you don’t know—and you likely don’t need to know. Feel the freedom in letting it go. Congratulations: your life has suddenly gotten simpler.
Simple living is good—but let’s not carried away now. Why have plain ol’ waffles when you can have CARAMEL APPLE BUCKWHEAT waffles? I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…
Caramel Apple Buckwheat Waffles
Waffles (adapted from Purple Radish)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 cup spelt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp xylitol (or unrefined sugar)
- 1 cup shredded apple
- ¼ cup apple sauce
- 1 tbsp canola oil
In a small bowl, mix the vinegar and milk (to curdle). Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the apples last of all. Let sit while you make your caramel sauce.
Caramel Sauce (based on this recipe)
- 1 cup mejdool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 2 tbsp macadamia nut butter
- 2 tbsp maple butter (or use creamed honey)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp butter extract (optional)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 small apple chopped (for topping)
Combine all of the ingredients in a super power blender and blend until smooth. Cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions (I recommend coconut oil to grease the grill). Serve with Earth Balance, a generous spread of caramel and finely diced apple. Makes 5-6 waffles.