To say I’m having the time of my life is an understatement, although my life is far from perfect, things go awry, sadness visits and tears flow like a river…I’m still having the time of my life….on PURPOSE!! Unrolling my yoga mat daily, sitting in meditation and moving through asanas my body request is like a vitamin to jump start each day. Each day I’m reminded directly and indirectly how fleeting life is, I awoke Monday morning to hear a neighbor literally losing his mind, I watched as cops led him away. After inquiring what was going on I was informed the man stopped taking his medication and literally began to lose his mind….his image stayed with me all day, and my heart ached as I added him to my prayer list. You never know what another human is experiencing in between their ears, that’s why I try to live a life of loving others as much as I love myself.
Since I recently began sharing yoga tutorials with you, I’ve become much more aware of the importance of sharing yoga with you off the mat, creating a lifeof balance….living, giving, and being Love…..you see, practicing yoga on your mat is great, but we must continue to practice yoga off the mat…..living with a PURPOSE!
Cooking is something I love, it brings such a sense of peace within, and sharing what I’ve cooked brings joy within……I’ve been spending a lot of time at my community kitchen the Peterson Garden Project(PGP) (http://www.petersongarden.org/ ) volunteering and fellowshipping with my community members. The mission of PGP is to teach community members how to grow and cook their own foods, I don’t have the space to garden but always wanted to, this year I’m so excited to have a community plot to grow my own food!! After inquiring about how to obtain a garden spot I was informed the plots go quickly, I was determined to get a spot at the garden I desired, so I set my alarm to guarantee I would secure my place……registration opened at 8am and I entered my credit card information at 8:01am…..I’m so excited to have my plot and can’t wait to garden with my community members this year!! Living my life on purpose also led me to another heart desire, as a pediatric nurse who no longer works in a clinical setting, I wanted to do something positive for the children in my community, something I would enjoy and would complement my schedule….well I did not have to search long, at a recent social event, in conversation I mentioned how I wanted to work with children in my community, and just like that I was contacted….literally the next day. Now I’ll be reading with children at an elementary school a stone’s throw away from my abode!
It’s been super cold here in Chicago, and as I walked home from an early voting location, I decided I wanted to make a healthy, yet hearty soup to warm my soul…..I’d like to share this recipe with you, it’s inexpensive, vegan and vegetarian friendly packed with so much flavor, I hope you enjoy!
Chickpea and Spinach Curry
1 can coconut milk
2 cups chick peas
1 cup diced tomatoes
1-1/2 teaspoon yellow curry
1 teaspoon of each (or more, depends on your taste desired)
1-1/2 cups of fresh spinach
½ cup water
Sauté garlic and ginger in coconut oil, add the brown sugar and curry. Next add the tomatoes cook until starts to thicken, then add coconut milk and chick peas. Add spinach slowly, cook until it begins to wilt….And there you have it!! **Note these are not exact measurements of seasonings, add or decrease as you desire**
Always Live Your Life, On PURPOSE!!
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