THE LAW OF REFLECTION

I’ve heard so much about what has become known as The Law of Attraction over the last several years, but I was never really comfortable with the concept as I understood it. Now, I could be wrong, but it seems to be that the short version is you decide what you want, you tell the higher power you believe in what your desire is, and the thing you are seeking will manifest itself in your life.

The reason this made me so uncomfortable is that it seems to indicate that each of us is in control of all of our life, is powerful beyond any and everything, and is dictating to a “higher power” what it should make happen in your life. Ummm…I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been able to control anything in this world except for…not even sure what would fit in the blank here. I can’t control when it rains, how much it rains, whether my garden grows, the rate at which my child grows, the number of hair that fall out of my head each time I shower, and so on and so on…

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So, what I read recently seems to me to be a more accurate way of describing how things operate in our world. It’s called The Law of Reflection. I took this photo out my bedroom window as it demonstrated the concept rather well.

So, the short version is: as you do, so it will be done to you. When you are walking down a street, or in a store, have you noticed that when you smile at people, they tend to smile back at you? When a clerk is short with you, and you respond with a kind word, that this person appreciates your attitude and adjusts his or her own? When the sky is blue, that color is reflected in the water below? When there are grey clouds above, the water reflects that color as well? If you are generous with your time, your resources, your forgiveness, all of this comes back to you, often in greater amounts than you give? This is The Law of Reflection. This is not manipulation, which is born of selfishness. This is giving to others what you yourself want.

Do you want to be appreciated? Appreciate others. Do you seek generosity from others? Then give freely to them. Do you desire love? Then love others without condition. The Law of Reflection deeply appeals to me. It makes my life one of blessing to others, and in return, I receive the blessings that others have to offer me. This contributes to wellness, wholeness, and contentment.

Live a life based on The Law of Reflection. It will be rich beyond measure in ways you cannot anticipate.

(The Law of Reflection is taught in The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. Available at bookstores and Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARMING CAULI-SWEET SOUP RECIPE

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BUSY? That’s an understatement for many of us, and especially as the holidays approach! When I came to do this post, I noticed how it’s been almost 4 weeks since my last post…whhhaattt??? How did that happen? Well, like your life, it’s been really, really busy around here.  So, my apologies for taking so long to come back to post something of help to you!

So, how do you cope when life is running way too full and way too fast? One thing I do when time is short is make soup – quick, easy, and yummy soup! Lots of it, all at once, using my pressure cooker. Then I use the left overs for lunches, and sometimes I can even squeeze another dinner out of this recipe, as it makes 12 cups.

About 8 years ago, when we lived in Calgary, Alberta, our second rice cooker decided it was done. A rice cooker was one kitchen tool I decided I couldn’t live without, so we drove over to a large Asian market and were looking at all the rice cookers available.  A minute Asian woman came up behind us and she tapped me on the shoulder, pointed to one cooker, and told me: “You buy. Very fast. Very fast!”  “This one?” Her head nodded, and she again said, “You buy!” So we did…we bought the model she recommended, and it turned out to be a pressure cooker quite similar to the InstaPots you can get most everywhere today.

What a GREAT buy!!! It has a large capacity stainless steel interior, and cooks basically anything and everything you can think of. I had to learn how to use it by trial and error as the directions were in Chinese…but as more and more videos came on YouTube and more and more recipes became available on Pinterest, I learned how to use my pressure cooker to save me tons of time and lots of money. That’s always a win!

So, to help you through the crazy business of the holiday season, here’s a recipe you will want to make over and over. It takes very few ingredients, very little prep, and cooks all by itself while you get to do other important things.

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Place these ingredients into your pressure cooker

1 head of cauliflower, about 2 lbs.  (Wash and cut into 4ths if you wish. No need to peel outer leaves or to core unless you want to)

2 pounds of sweet potato, washed and cut into large pieces (Your choice as to the kind of sweet potato. I like the orange fleshed in this soup.)

1 – 3  or more cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped into large pieces

1 large onion, peeled and cut in half

spices of your choice : I use 2 Tbsp. organic dried dill

2 Tbsp. paprika

1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

2 Tbsp. Kirkland no salt spice

2 tsp. tumeric

salt and pepper to taste

Add 8 cups of vegetable broth. If you don’t have veggie broth, use water or a combination of veggie broth and water to equal 8 cups.

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Secure the lid on your pressure cooker, and choose the manual setting so that you can set the timer for 10 minutes.  Once the liquid comes up to temperature, the ingredients will cook for 10 minutes. Once the soup has finished cooking for the 10 minutes, allow it to vent on its own for at least 10 minutes, or until all the pressure has released on its own.

If you only wait 10 minutes after the soup is cooked before you vent the pressure cooker on your own, be sure there is no pressure left when you remove the top. Your veggies will be firmer than if you wait for 20 minutes, as they continue to soften even when the machine is no longer cooking them.

At this point, you should add:

  • 2 Tbsp. to 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast (optional – but makes the soup taste amazing)
  • 4 Tbsp. or more of Dijon mustard
  • 2 – 4 cups of plant “milk” of your choice (almond, hemp, oat, coconut, etc.)
  • Use an immersible blender or a high powered blender to make a smooth soup. If using the immersible blender, you can do it right in the pressure cooker. If using a high powered blender, do it in smaller batches rather than filling the blender full.  And that’s it! Your soup is ready – smooth, hot and very yummy!

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Grain Free Pumpkin Bars

As the weather is turning cooler, pumpkins are ripening in the fields, which makes me think of this recipe. For those of you who are looking for a gluten free, grain free. something sweet to have with your coffee, this has been a fail-proof recipe for me. Try it once, and it will become a favorite. I’m not sure where I found this recipe…so unfortunately I can’t give credit to the creator of this cake. 😦

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GRAIN FREE PUMPKIN BARS

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1 cup almond butter

2/3 cup honey

4 eggs (you can try using flax “eggs” instead)

4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (Try making your own by combining 2 tsp.ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. ground cloves)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350* F. Grease an 9″ x 13″ glass pan with coconut oil or butter.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well until a smooth batter forms.

Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake at 350*F for approximately 25 minutes, or until the centre is firm and a tester (a toothpick, a sharp small knife or a skewer)  inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool on a rack before cutting. You can top this with a whipped topping if you wish.

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Together is Better

Hello old and new friends! I have begun this website in response to a need that many people I know have expressed for information about wellness. While I am not a medical person, and do not intend any of the information I post to be construed as medical advice, I am a complete wellness advocate and researcher, and my hope is to help some on their way to achieving an abundant life of wellness!

Many of these first posts will be recipes and resources which you have already asked for. Many more will be based on the research I have done, especially over the last 10 years or so. In just the past 3 years, there has been an astounding number of books, blogs, documentaries, docuseries, films, websites, medical and non-medical articles, and YouTube videos which have flooded the information pathways, making it confusing and overwhelming on where to start if you are looking to improve your overall wellness. Further confusion has been created by media reporting on the latest fads and diets, many of which are heavily subsidized (in the background) by large corporations.

So, I will attempt to help you start simple, to make my posts fair and fun, and to give you references to sources that I have come to trust. I will attempt to give credit where I am able, and let you know when it is my opinion I am expressing versus someone else’s opinion.

Feel free to comment on any of my blog posts. If you prefer to email me, there is a contact link you can fill in. I will answer you as soon as I am able.

Here’s to embracing a lifestyle which brings you abundant life and wellness!

Joanne

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

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