#soulSOLUTIONS: your cosmic PAUSE button

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 9.53.50 PMYour cosmic pause button is a spiritual tool that can totally change your game. Your words are a reflection of your belief-system. If you’re interested in experiencing new results in your daily life, then a good place to start is developing mindfulness with the words you use to describe the TRUTH about yourself. This is where the cosmic pause button comes into play; watch the short video below to learn how to use it.

#soulSOLUTIONS: when life gets good, are you still committing to your spiritual practice?

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.16.33 PMWhen life gets good, are you still committing to your spiritual practice?  A lot of people develop their spiritual practice out of necessity.  There are so many philosophies, books, and spiritual teachers out there that have tools to usher folks through challenging times.  I always found solace in my meditation and prayer practice.  I trusted that visualizing a peaceful life, offering up all the stuff that felt too heavy for me to handle, and being of service would support me in transforming unfavorable circumstances.  I was right, a commitment to my spiritual practice always helped.  Then why did it feel like I would always fall back again when life was just getting good?

I was in a pattern.  Whenever life started to get good as a result of meditation and prayer I would commit less time to it.  I was too busy enjoying the fruits of my practice to actually maintain it.  What I learned after several repeats of the same scenario was that during the times when I was experiencing greater fluxes of freedom and peace was the best time to deepen my practice.  When times get rough and you turn to a higher power for support you’re engaging in healing work.  But healing is not creating.  After we release old thought patterns and feelings that no longer serve us we replace them with loving affirmations about ourselves.  The creative process is when we nurture our new loving beliefs and the world begins to reflect these beliefs back to us as fulfilling experiences.

Saying “I don’t have enough time to do my practice today,” is the same as saying, “I don’t have enough time to put gas in the car today.”  Eventually the car is gonna run out of gas and you’ll find yourself on the side of the road frustrated and distracted with all the stuff you have to do to fix this situation.  You might not even make it to your destination and if you do you’re probably gonna be late.

Save yourself time and energy by engaging in regular practice no matter how full your schedule becomes.  When you do this something miraculous begins to unfold: your capacity for joy expands.  You build a larger container for all the good you’re creating and life becomes fuller.  The invitation is to consider just how big you’re willing to let your life get and if you’re willing to develop the loving discipline required to maintain a deepening and expansive spiritual practice?

I’m answering yes on this one.

xxx, Jesse

#soulCHEF: cilantro lemonade granita recipe

This is one of my favorite, easy-to-make low calorie Summer treats. Cilantro is one of those ingredients that people either love or despise.  I’m personally a fan and created the cilantro lemonade granita recipe when a friend dared me to make a dessert with cilantro as a prime-ingredient.  It’s cool, refreshing, and super easy to execute.  

If using cilantro in a dessert is just too much to process, you can repurpose the recipe and use it as a palette cleanser  between dinner courses.


1325624756_cilantro-articleLEMONADE AND CILANTRO GRANITA 

serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. spring water
  • 1 TBSP fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 TBSP raw honey
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • A few ice cubes

Instructions

  • place four small cups or shot glasses in the freezer to chill  
  • mix all ingredients in a blender for approximately 1 minute
  • place a medium pan on stovetop over medium-high heat.
  • pour ingredients into the pan and cook until the liquid begins to simmer, simmer for about 90 seconds
  • remove from heat
  • pour back into the blender with a 6-8 ice cubes and blend on a high for about one minute
  • pour into a small freezer-safe container and place in freezer for at least an hour, until completely solid.
  • when frozen solid, remove from freezer and scrape the top of the frozen dessert with a fork, creating a slushy consistency, repeat this process until the entire dessert is slushy
  • scoop the granita out with a spoon and serve in chilled cups or shot glass

Tip: Use 1.5 cups of water and mix in a 1/2 c. of half-n-half to make a nice creamy dessert.  

 Enjoy!

#soulSOLUTIONS: why comparing yourself to others hurts like hell

apple-orange“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  The words rang in my brain like a bell when my financial guru said them during last month’s “Proactive Abundance” workshop.  The idea stayed with me and I’ve spent time contemplating it.  Why does comparing myself to others bring up so much negativity?  Why do I tail-spin when it feels like I’m competing for something or that someone is doing better than me?

My clearest insight came through “A Course In Miracles”.  I read a passage that basically said we feel like we have to take something from someone in order to have it for ourself.  This energizes the belief that we’re all separate beings on this lonesome journey called life and there’s just not enough to go around.  The haves and have-nots, kill or be killed; that kind of stuff.

The truth is that there’s infinite abundance active in the Universe.  Unlimited in its supply, this creative potential is pre-installed in each of us and is waiting for us to activate its power.  But like a dam blocks the flow of water, our worries and doubts, sense of limitation, and habitual need to compare ourselves to others is blocking the flow of this creativity.  Every creative thought you’ve ever had is a seed of potential ready to bloom through you and  all the resources necessary to realize and experience these ideas are available right now.

Our job is to remove the limiting thoughts, stories, and habits that keep the stream of good from flowing.  Stop affirming the BS that tells you how unworthy you are, how your situation, sex, class, or race prevents you from experiencing an abundant and free life.  To live in abundance we must see it first.  Celebrate the success and good of others while knowing that you too are open to receive the good.  Trust that you’re being guided towards greatness and let go of anger when someone gets something that you wanted like a job position or opportunity.  Trust that you have what it takes to experience prosperity, because you do.

My life changed when I realized that absolutely no one could ever have my good.  That whatever success I experienced was mine to have and I had to accept the same principle applied to others.  I couldn’t get upset when I was passed up for a promotion or a better paying job; whoever got the job was supposed to get it, end of story (or beginning of story depending on how you choose to interpret it.)  When we compare ourselves to other people we’re affirming that there’s a limited supply of good in the world.  We start thinking that we’re doing something wrong and that we’re not where we’re supposed to be.  We focus on what’s wrong with us instead of what’s so absolutely right with us.

When we become willing to understand how Love works and also commit to do the work necessary to remove the blocks that are preventing the awareness of Love in our life, we  begin to understand that we are always exactly where we need to be, with all our needs met, and everything available to live a life of abundance.

xxx, Jesse

#soulSOLUTIONS: Removing your creative blocks (video)

Unknown-1We all have the same creative energy flowing through each one of us.  This energy is just waiting to express itself uniquely through you, using your gifts and talents.  This is the BEST way I know how to remove the blocks that are preventing this free FLOW of creative energy.  Creative blocks be gone!

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Thanks and enjoy!  xxx, Jesse

 

 

 

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