#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.

 

#soulSOLUTIONS: inside an ashram; my interview with the directors of Ananda L.A.

Check out my first interview for our #soulSOLUTIONS series.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 9.56.20 PMDarmadevi and Narayan Romano are an awesome young couple that have dedicated their lives to their spiritual practice. As the directors of Ananda L.A. (which is part of the global movement Ananda, founded by Swami Kriyananda & based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda), these two teachers live in an Ashram and support others on their journey to self-realization, through the practice of Kriya Yoga.

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Thanks! Jesse

#soulSOLUTIONS: Your vision board makeover

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 3.38.49 PMIt’s time for your vision board makeover!!

In this #soulSOLUTIONS we get clear to what we’re all TRULY interested in experiencing and how your vision board can support you in staying aligned with the highest vision of your life.

 

 

 

 

#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!

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