Quick & Hearty Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup Recipe

I made this soup on a particularly chilly day. It was the kind of cold you can feel creeping into your bones. Like most things I make, I did not follow any recipe and roughly measured. I prefer the go with a what feels and smells good approach. Disclaimer: sometimes it’s disastrous. Ingredients: Prep work: 1. Dice the onion to desired size. Here’s a great quick video tutorial if you’re feeling knife skill shy.  2. Cut carrots to desired but even size. 3. Pull the thyme off of the stems. (I prefer using fresh thyme that I store in the fridge or freezer for a longer life span) Cooking: 1. Coat a soup pot with olive oil and turn on the heat to a medium-low setting (usually 3 if your stove’s got numbered knobs). Wait for the olive oil to open up. You’ll smell it when it’s hot enough. 2. Throw in the diced onion and stir. Then leave it alone for a minute or so and stir again. Repeat for a few minutes until the onion begins to become translucent.  3. Add in the garlic, minced/mashed in a garlic press or finely cut; stir and let it cook for about

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All that is born dies. All that dies is reborn.

All that is born dies. All that dies is reborn. This past year has been one of constant reflections, joys, and mourning. I fell and unraveled on the floor more times than I care to count, but I also saw the truth underlying my trauma and I opened up the windows for guidance to come forth. And it did.  My yoga practice has served as teacher, healer, lover, and friend over the past years. Like a true healer it exposes every part of myself that I deny or seek to hide, and like a powerful mama it holds me as I process the shattered and shining pieces of myself. The wisest of teachers tell you that you don’t need to go anywhere to experience spiritual growth, because even if you run to the other side of the world (which I almost did) the parts of yourself you seek to hide from make their presence known…you are always stuck with the full spectrum of YOU, but you also always poses the capacity to learn, heal, and transform. All is within, all of your insight and self-sabotage, and it’s unescapable, which is why I think we choose to run or hide. Because

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Why try yoga?

I still remember the first time I tried yoga. It was at night and I practiced on the carpet in the living room. My teacher(s): the Yoga Zone folks on Hulu. I still can’t confidently point to one reason I wanted to try yoga. The best I can come up with is that I wanted to lose the weight I needed to keep in the first place. (and I hated exercise) But we all have our stories. The weight stayed even though I certainly broke a sweat. What I lost was much more important—the disconnection to my own body. For the first time I could truly feel myself take a breath. I could feel the internal sensations of my legs. That first hour brought an explosion of energy formerly blocked. The sweetness of the last pose—savasana—where you just lie there with nothing required of you infected me like a sweet dopey drug. When I got off the floor all I could feel was the desire for more and more and more. But why should you try yoga? Why would you want to go out and buy those tight fitting “yoga pants” and sit on the floor without the guarantee that

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MOVEmber

This month is ripe for introspection. Pause. Listen to your breath. Pause. Listen to your internal dialogue. Pause. Listen to your soul. Continue reading

Intention.

Live every day with intention. Take a moment today to explore what that means for you. How does or would that look like for you? What is your intention? Continue reading