Lately I’ve been spending my time in Michigan. It is such a beautiful place to be during the changing of seasons. The trees fill the sky with an array of orange, greens, reds and purples as their leaves slowly remind us of the bitter-sweet truth that while all good things come to an end, the process can be beautiful.
Today, along with the past few days, this fall season has been reflecting my own shift. It may very well be the lack of sunshine and habitual absence of quality time in nature that has me feeling quit emotional; however, I wasn’t going toilet the weather determine my mood.
The first step to changing anything though is becoming aware that there’s a problem. Okay, so the weather is gloomy, now what to do about it? Well, when life hands you sadness, accept it, befriend it, then make some cookies! I’ve learned well enough that when life gets you emotional the best way to come out of it, is to go through it.
Your mind will feed you lies, depending on the way you focus on things. When were focused on what’s wrong; like the lack of sunshine, energy or ambition, you will create emotions based on that view. Taking action when you’re feeling down and uninspired can feel like a forced, unauthentic act but thats not the case.
In my experiene, we become so entrenched in our mind-stuff that we forget what’s authentic or not. It’s during times like this when we can take a physical action to then shift our minds. Alan Watts says “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.”
Thoughts are things, they will materialize our perception, but to stay stuck in our own perception is not wise. You dont’ learn from thinking what you already know, you learn from doing what you’ve never done. For me, learning something new and getting out of the entrenchment of my own thoughts was a new cookie recipe!
Sometimes all it takes is a simple act to create a domino effect in our live; sweeping the floor, taking a bath, giving a compliment, standing up straight, smiling, screaming, hitting a punching bag or making cookies for example.
Why make regular cookies when you can make superfood cookies?
My suggestion is that whatever you do, d it 110%. Do whatever it is so good and so fully and complete that you don’t have to redo it. When your mad, be completely mad, when you’re making cookies make them the best damn cookies in town. When we live experiences fully we become engaged in the moment, utilize our full potential and recognize the ultimate reality; not just our perception of it.
When I make cookies…I make cookies! These particular ones showcase two Jing Herbs; He Shou Wu and Chaga.
He Shou Wu is powerfully effective for soothing the nervous system, building essence, blood and fertility. They are restorative Jing herbs that bring new energy to our root of the skeletal system. It is traditionally renowned as an anti-aging tonic, believed to restore an aging person back to youth. This is because most aging is due to a lack of vital Jing essence or constitutional energy. A simple way to think of the way Jing Herbs work is similar to the way deep rest, meditation or a walk in the forest restores your energy.
Chaga is delicious, plain and simple. It has natural occurring vanilinin, an anti-oxidant compound found in vanilla bean. It exhibits high levels of anti-viral properties which make it a great health and longevity tonic. Viruses and bacteria not only effect people’s immune systems during the fall and winter months attributing to colds and flu, also attribute to gut-brain associated mood imbalances. By keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria you are more likely to keep a stable mood. When my mood starts slipping the first thing I do is care for the gut. Probiotics, enzymes and chaga are great was to do this!
Pistachio Maca Fudge Cookies
- 2 Scoops Chocolate Classic Sunwarrior
- 1/2 cup sprouted almonds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- Small handful raw pistashios
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons maca
- 1 teaspoon he shou wu
- 1 teaspoon chaga
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 pasture-raised egg
- 2 “squirts” Body Ecology Stevia
- 1 teaspoon grade B maple syrup **omit if you have sugar issues
- In a food processor; blend nuts and seeds — except chia seeds — until they form a mealy texture.
- In a separate small dish add liquid ingredients and let sit while mixing dry ingredients [egg, chia, maple syrup, stevia] The chia will form a gel.
- In a large glass mixing bowl combine all dry ingredient [Sunwarrior, maca, he shu wu, chaga, cinnamon]
- Fold the nut/seed meal into the dry ingredients
- Add the liquid ingredients and mix until a fudge, cookie-dough consistency
- Form into cookies and place on glass dish greased with coconut oil
- Put in refrigerator for 30 minutes then enjoy!