I would like to preface this Journal post with my sincere hope that you and your loved ones are well and healthy. My heart goes out to those of you directly affected by COVID-19.
It is safe to say these past weeks have been among some of the most tumultuous and emotional that any of us can remember in our lifetimes.
As I grapple with a drastically reduced workload (i.e. no customer service, no strategic staff meetings, no visiting our factory, no event planning) and another 30 days of shelter-in-place, I have the luxury to be very grateful. One, my family and I are faring well health-wise. Two, heroes from all walks of life are stepping up to support us in this dire time; everyone from doctors to farmers to underpaid food delivery folks deserve a special commendation. Three, there is lots of time, not something I'm at all used to.
This is often referred to as down time, but does it have to be? A foundational Stoic tenant is that while we don’t control what happens, we do control how we respond. So this is the real question: How can we use this time to get better? To be of service and use? To grow? I love Ryan Holiday's concept of “alive time,” where we’re actively striving to get better and improve as an individual when there is unexpectedly new pockets of time.
Here are a few of the actions I'm taking right now to exert some control over my personal and community's well-being:
By sharing these thoughts, I fear I'll come across as too upbeat and perhaps even out of touch. I understand that this is a list of privileges and I'm extremely fortunate. What I'm wishing to express is that we're all on our own journey right now, wrestling through this ever-evolving and unprecedented experience in a unique way. I hope you're finding ways to do what you can to cope with uncertainty and be safe. And if there's a little mental room and spare time for personal growth or to give back, bravo! Wishing good health to you and your loved ones, take care of yourself and take care of each other...
As I look at my pantry daily, I've been seeking out unique recipes that are in alignment with what I already have. This scrummy sandwich from Salt and Lavender really hit the spot! I skipped the sprouts and avocado, as I didn't have them on hand.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
1 can chickpeas drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon red onion chopped finely
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt & pepper to taste
1 heaped tablespoon mayo or to taste
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
1 avocado chopped
4 slices bread toast if you wish
Sliced tomato to taste
Radish sprouts to taste
Arugula to taste
Add the chickpeas to a medium bowl and coarsely mash them (I actually used my potato masher to do this).
Add the lemon juice, red onion, cumin, smoked paprika, salt & pepper, mayo, grainy mustard, and avocado to the bowl. Mix it together gently.
Toast your bread if you wish. Add the chickpea salad, tomato, radish sprouts, lettuce, and arugula to each sandwich.
Photo credit: Salt and Lavender
It’s a been a doozy of a week. We’re feeling it in our eyelashes and toes. Here’s a beautiful meditation from @luminous_palm that’s perfect for these times:
“Find some quiet time today or tonight to close your eyes and place a hand on your heart and breathe in long slow breaths. Invite in the fear. Imagine it sitting down in front of you. Thank the fear for trying to keep you safe. Then tell the fear “at this moment I AM safe, and I am grounding into this moment.” Then invite in love. Give it a color. Breathe in the color of love and breathe out any fear or tension you feel in your body. Repeat to yourself “at this moment I am safe and I am grounding into this moment.” See if you can can continue to breathe in and expand the love color until it fills your whole body. See if you can make it fill up the room. Keep expanding it to become as large as your house. Your block. Your city. The country. And if you can keep expanding this light and love until you visualize it spreading across the world.”
Photo credit: the amazing Mystic Mamma
We know it's almost spring, but we're taking all the steps we can to boost our immunity over here! Take a cue from the Ambitious Kitchen with this delicious and refreshing Golden Turmeric Chickpea Chicken Soup. Stay safe and healthy friends!
1 teaspoon coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 small white onion, diced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
1 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup light coconut milk (from the can)
2 tablespoons all natural creamy peanut butter
To garnish: fresh cilantro and green onions
Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, ginger, jalapeños and chicken breast. Brown chicken for 3-4 minutes, then stir in onion, red pepper and sweet potato cubes.
Cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally until sweet potatoes begin to slightly soften and chicken is no longer pink; this should take no longer than 5-7 minutes. Add in turmeric; stirring to coat the chicken and veggies.
Next add in the following: chicken broth, chickpeas, peanut butter, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. If you want more heat, add in a few dashes of hot sauce.
Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro and green onions. Serves 4.