In my own personal journey, I have found that, beyond walking your path in gentle awareness, there is another key to truly and honestly living life. This key is patience. Ponder art or science, religion or spirituality, and you will find that if it is experienced, someone waited, hoped, or prayed for it. Being human requires a patience with oneself and the world around us. Patience reminds us to be present. And presence brings us into a deeper connection with living. It’s a full cycle.
I speak of patience because life in America asks us to juggle one too many tasks, and then wonder why we forgot to turn the water on to boil. This juggling act, as necessary as it may seem, causes us to struggle with awareness and presence. As a mama, I know how much energy and joy we put out into the world, that we invest in our loved ones and children. And I also know it’s effects on the body and mind if we don’t give some of that love back to ourselves.
Take the time today to extend the same generosity, love, and patience to yourself as you would those who love you. Remember:
Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind. – Dodinsky
Here is a quick recipe for those of us who might need to cut down on cooking time in order to enjoy a little more self time (or time with our favorite beings):
Winter Roasted Vegetables
- 1 head cauliflower (fresh or frozen), cut into florets
- 1 butternut squash OR 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 russet potatoes, cubed
- 1 shallot, minced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced (or 6 tbs minced garlic)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3-4 sprigs rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary)
Set oven to 450 degrees. Combine all ingredients, except rosemary, and mix well. Place springs/dried rosemary on top of the vegetables. Cook until tender (about 30-40 minutes).
For myself, I added cooked (frozen) peas. It was phenomenal! Great as a side dish or an entree for us vegan folk. You can also add nutritional yeast, if you’re needing the B-vitamins.
Tip: Make it easier on yourself and prep this meal the night before.