Spirituality, Exercise & the Body

So I’ve decided to completely give up exercise for the purpose of changing my body. Instead, I use physical activity as spiritual practice.

This means, for me, engaging in 60- 90 minutes of walking meditation & light jogging several times a week. And listening to inner guidance from the still small voice. It means realizing that my body doesn’t belong to my ego.

I hate the idea of hitting the gym or exercising to attain a certain physical state. But I love approaching movement as contemplation and conscious union with God.

I’ve also realized that it is only possible to hate your body when you fundamentally misunderstand it.

There’s no such thing as your body and God.

If you understood your body as the miraculous expression of God/dess that it is, you couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

I relinquish my waistline to the All-There-Is. :)

I have absolutely no role to play in managing my body. If God can handle the entire Universe, She can handle my wellness.

Vegan Chipotle Chili

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As y’all know, cooking healthy, pleasurably nutritious meals is one of the corner stones of my self care. Here’s an easy and delicious meal I whipped up the other day in no time..

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of corn
– 1 can of beans
– 1/2 large can of whole tomatoes
– cilantro
– 1/4 cup green peppers
– 1/2 chipotle pepper (de-seeded)
– 1/4 cup “no egg” powder (thickener)
– cumin
– black pepper
– sea salt
– splash apple cider vinegar
– dash of garlic
– tofutti sour cream
– chives

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a pot with about 1 cup of water. Cook on medium/high heat, stirring frequently, for about 25 minutes.

Serve with gluten free toast, garnish w vegan sour cream & chives.

That’s it.

Makes about 4 hearty servings. This chili has more of a smoky flavor than spicy, per se. For an extra kick, add a little more pepper – or a bit of Chipotle Cholula :) Enjoy!

Non-Dairy Veganish Quiche

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K and I had a hankering for quiche the other day and decided to experiment with using non-dairy products. We swapped out cow’s milk and cheese for almond milk & daiya. We also tried our luck with vegan pie shells from Whole Foods.

We modified this recipe and ended up with this gorgeous masterpiece:

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Now, granted, we still used eggs & pancetta, but the end result was a mostly vegan & totally dairy free, ahhhmazingly delicious quiche.

Ingredients:

- 1 prepared vegan pie shell
– 5 eggs
– 1 cup daiya cheddar
– 1 and 1/4 cup almond milk
– 1 small container of pancetta or chopped ham (optional)
– 1 cup of frozen spinach
– 1/2 chopped onion
– minced garlic
– sea salt
– black pepper
– garlic powder
– parsley
– hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large bowl, whip 5 eggs and combine with almond milk, daiya cheese and spices.

3. Cook pancetta along with chopped onion in a small pan. Drain and set aside.

4. Cook spinach with garlic.

5. Stir spinach, pancetta & onion into the egg / milk / cheese mixture.

6. Pour everything into the pie crust, sprinkle with another handful of cheese and bake for 25 minutes.

7. Increase temperature to 375 and cook for another 15 minutes (check frequently to prevent over-cooking).

We found that we had to cook this longer and at a higher temp than in the original recipe. Frankly, I was surprised with how good this was. It was right up there with the quiche I had at Café Un Deux Trois last week. In particular, I was impressed with the vegan pie shell. A little Louisiana hot sauce really set it off, too.

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Enjoy! Let me know if you try this out!

Portland & Ogunquit ME

Although we got a bit sick, ran into some technical problems with the car and had to drive through the remnants of a hurricane, we nonetheless had a wonderful time visiting my mom in Portland, ME.  She was an extraordinary host, whipping up delicious, healing, gourmet dishes and nursing us back to health.

Yes, that’s my mom — not my younger sister..!

Fireworks in Portland

Fireworks in Portland

Now you see where I get it from.

Now you see where I get it from.

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Mom’s cantakerous cat, Samantha

We had a synchronicity/matrix-moment during this trip that was pretty cool.  When K and I decided we wanted to see the coast, we looked up a list of “Maine’s best beaches” and settled on Ogunquit, not knowing anything about it other than the fact that the name supposedly means “beautiful place by the sea” in the Abenaki Native Americans.  (Others suggest that it actually means “coastal lagoon”). By the way, trying to look up any information about the indigenous population that lived in Ogunquit before European colonization was a lesson in cultural erasure. Most of the websites we found were awful, celebratory portraits of the colonial “encounter” that provided very little information about the original people living there.

Just as just as we were sort of wondering “Hmm, will this place be lesbian-couple-friendly”,  I came across this line in the town’s Wikipedia page: “Over the past 100 years, Ogunquit has become a destination for LGBT tourists, and features numerous LGBT-owned and -operated hotels,restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses.”  Basically, unbeknownst to us, the Universe had led us to the gayest, most beautiful beach town in Maine!

   

We had a delicious, inexpensive lunch (burger, lobster roll and strawberry mojitos) at Frills–an easy, breezy, beautiful beach shack nestled away under umbrellas and trees.   Then we went a few doors up the street for frozen yogurt and ice cream. Yummmm.

Sand on my face.

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