Be the Light.

On the dawn of the winter solstice I contemplated what to manifest in the new year on the new moon next week while scrutinizing over the past twelve months assessing everything that did and did not work. Like a plant who needs the dormancy of the winter to come to bloom, we too need this time to grow our roots and let the dead foliage fall. We need to take the time to nurture and weed in order to flourish. And like flora we take this time to ground down deep into the quiet stillness. Meditation imparts our intuition and our truth.

It is perplexing when others express their dissatisfaction about their work. This is a space that we spend a majority of our time and energy. As a society we have placed an enormous importance on financial security with so little on our true purpose in life. Each one of us has an extraordinarily unique gift to offer. When we don’t align our lives accordingly how can we truly be authentic beings? Working simply to make a living means we are not living in the present. We are working towards an energetic exchange later. How can we possibly be conscious and present in the moment when all of our energy is being displaced for the future? Living in this state results in the anxiety, depression, fear and disease that is so prevalent today.

This year I am manifesting Love. A love for ourselves. As we cultivate daily practices that fulfill us we tend our personal gardens. These can be small simple acts as time spent in Nature or grandiose lifestyle changes such as embarking on a new career. Nourish the spirit and watch it blossom into the majestic expression of your being. Stop watering dead leaves. Feed the fire. Ignite that Light inside you and watch it glow. Shine on yogis, Namaste.

Full Moon Cookies

All my favorite things today: a full moon, yoga and sweet treats!  It truly is a fantastic way to nourish ourselves and prepare for all that is to come in 2017. Baking in the winter is so wonderful not only because it fills the air with deliciousness but also warms the home from the heart. So enjoy these sugar cookies, stoke your fire and shine brilliantly on this last Super Moon of the year.

INGREDIENTS

Cookies:

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl with electric mixer on medium-high until smooth.
  3. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  4. Add the vanilla on low.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and add it slowly to the butter mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff).
  6. Refrigerate, wrapped, for 60 minutes…perfect time to go do some moon salutations!
  7. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Cut into circles (think full moon!).
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes until the edges are a light golden brown.
  10. To prepare icing combine all ingredients stirring until smooth.
  11. Once cookies are cooled cover with a thin layer of icing and top with gold sprinkles.
  12. Happy Full Moon!

Kindness.

Kindness, the first of the yamas called ahimsa, is a virtue and something we all strive for. It is a characteristic valued as promoting collective or individual greatness. We are kind through our intentions, decisions and actions. What is our purpose when speaking to someone? Why are we doing this? How will our actions influence others? All of these things are in our control if we are aware and conscious of them moment to moment in all our interactions. These thoughts and actions are like stones dropped in a pond. How they are thrown determines the type of effect we will have on others. Will the water be muddied or gently ripple across the surface?

To understand the deeper meaning behind our decisions is to relate it to the planting of seeds. What we see in our life is a direct result of seeds we have planted in the past. What does your life look like today? Is it filled with joy and connection or chaos and turmoil? These are not only the growth of the seeds we’ve planted along the way, but also the seeds that continue to sprout off shoots and spread into all areas of our life.

We are all incredibly connected. This is evident in the exquisite interwoven tapestry of Nature. Each one of us exists within this tapestry and everything we do and think affects the people in our lives and their reactions in turn affect others. The choices we make have far-reaching consequences. Through mindful awareness we carry within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Imagining kindness in our fingertips and how we will touch the world keeps us present in the moment. Asking “what would love do?” keeps us connected to the greatest universal good. We are all one. Shine on yogis, Namaste.