#soulSOLUTIONS: why fall ROCKS me…

When I was growing up in the Pacific North West I couldn’t wait for the Summer months.  Seattle can feel like one long rainy day so the modest warmth of July and August always offered a little escape from the wet jeans and windshield wipers.  I’ve been loving in Los Angeles for fifteen years now and have totally morphed into a fall-man.  Now I welcome the opportunity to wear a jacket and scarf (even if the scarf is more for fashion than function). 

1327527180_jesse-brune-lg1-300x228I also totally love the flavors of fall.  The chef in me enjoys experimenting with pumpkin and butternut squash dishes.  I revisit my famous stuffed-apple recipe, prematurely map out our Thanksgiving meal, and have fun sitting in  Starbucks to watch peoples’ enthusiastic reaction to pumpkin-spiced lattes.

In addition to fashion and food, fall gives us the opportunity to consider what we’re interested in releasing from our lives.  It’s a time of harvest; we get to harvest the wisdom that LOVE brings.  In order to do this simply, I have found it’s helpful to release thoughts, beliefs, and habits no longer serve my growth.  Are you willing to let the limited and painful beliefs about yourself fall away like the leaves on the tree?  We create space for the harvest by clearing out the clutter of ego-thinking.So, how do we do this?  We become WILLING to be HAPPY NOW.  But why leave it at “Yeah, I’m willing to be happy…”?  Why not allow your actions to align with your intention?  I invite to you carve out some time to sit in meditation and prayer.  Practice lowering the volume of the busy-thinking so you can hear more clearly the guidance of your spiritual consciousness.  Thankfully there’s a part of us that knows exactly what to do and where to go.

So, as we move deeper into fall I invite you to get clear on how you’re interested in feeling.  What thoughts and habits are you willing to release, and what loving lessons are your going to harvest and share with others?  This is the AWESOME opportunity that fall provides us.

If what I’m saying seems too far-fetched or challenging for you, it’s all good.  This is a learning process which requires you to simply take one step at a time.  All the wisdom of the Universe dwells within you – it’s just a matter of removing the blocks (judgmental thoughts/beliefs) that are preventing you from hearing your inner-guide.

I suggest finding a spiritual center,organization, or group that you like. I find it SO helpful and WAY more fun to walk this path with others.  Get involved and discover for yourself the amazing potential that lies in participating in spiritual community.  You can always join me at my spiritual home every Sunday by visiting Project: Service LA’s Youtube page and watching the service LIVE.  How cool  that there’s so many ways to stay connected! 

xxx, Jesse

#soulTALKS: What happened when I got honest with myself.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.55.07 AMWhen I finally decided to get honest with myself and declared to the UNIVERSE what I’m TRULY interested in experiencing – everything in my life started to align with my LOVING intention.

Now, I get to choose what path I am going to take. Am I making the most loving choice and choosing the path of least resistance or will I go with the ego’s plan for survival?

Each path will end at the same destination – but I prefer to enjoy myself along the way.  Hint: I’m choosing LOVE.

 

#soulTALKS: Releasing the belief that we know what’s best for us.

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 12.54.17 PMWhen we become willing to start releasing the belief that we know what’s best for us, we get access to a new experience of freedom.  

Letting go of the fantasy that something is wrong with my life feels so good and I’ve discovered a few steps that support me in being HAPPY now.

In this #soulTALKS we discuss this path to freedom and steps to help you along the way.

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#soulSOLUTIONS: Keep it simple

images-1For years I wanted nothing to do ANYTHING simple. I liked the rush of having a lot of stuff and all the commitments and upkeep that came with maintaining it. But as my commitment to peace and happiness deepened I realized that all the things I acquired were more like distractions than badges of honor that proved I “made it”.

In this #soulSOLUTIONS we explore how a commitment to keep it simple can support you in expanding the awareness of LOVE in your life.

 

#soulCHEF: oatmeal & cherry cobbler

I opened the fridge the other day to find my husband’s left-over oatmeal sitting in a bowl with some plastic wrap loosely covering the top.  “He’ll never eat this…” I thought, so I repurposed the dish and made a lil’ cobbler for dessert that evening.  The results were SO GOOD.

Super simple.  Super tasty.  And best of all … we didn’t have to waste any food.  Enjoy!

photoOatmeal and Cherry Cobbler

serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal, cold (firm)
  • 1/2 c. flour, plus 2 TBSP for later
  • 1/4 c. uncooked oats
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups of pitted cherries (berries or apples work too)
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP sugar

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, combine the cold oatmeal, 1/2 c. flour, oats, walnuts, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Mix well with an electric mixer or wooden spoon.  Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the fruit, lemon juice, sugar, and 2 TBSP of flour.
  • Scoop the fruit into a baking dish, pie tin, or individual ramekins.
  • Cover the top of the fruit with the oatmeal topping.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping has slightly browned.
  • Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  • Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

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