The universe is smart down to the last quark, nano and ray of light. Not one atom is out of place in our lives. This is the theory behind 'Trusting Your Life' It requires a steadfast amount of patience, trust, and the secret sauce: Allowing.
How many of you right now at this minute would change something in your life? God knows I have about 798 things I would switch around in my present circumstance this very second to make me feel better about things. I have a few biggies at the top of my list that would really help me out. I have one or two at the tip top that would make my heart swell with joy. And yet.
I have to sit down quite regularly readjust my internal compass from wanting to allowing. Suffering in my life eases when I just move into the gear shift of allowing. This usually happens when I take a deep breath and have a good cry. Or I spend a day or two just wallowing in my sadness. Or I just stop trying and doing, and I start watching. My meditation practice helps hone my watching skills. My personal favorite form of allowing is to say (sometimes 50 times in a day) "God, show me which way to go" and see what shows up. (I have manifested 5 houses in the last 4 years with that technique) It is a very, very natural human condition to want things be a certain way (like healed or cured) instead of allowing illness. The same is true when for instance a friend dies, or we watch destruction happening in the world via the news . It seems like things sometimes just don't add up. But I think they do.
Allowing means it feels as though I continually walk a straight rope (although really it is a limitless fabric of the universe) of balancing expected outcomes of my life and trusting what actually shows up. This is hard work. Hard. Because how can we love tragedy when it shows up? How can we allow heartbreak when it tears through us? How can we accept our bodies failing when we seem to need them? I will tell you that I struggle against this like nobody's business. Just ask my CrossFit instructor. I am the smallest, least bad-ass person in class. Class would be so much easier if I just was tougher or stronger. If I was different than I am right now. But I am not. And so I go to class and smile a lot instead of flex my muscles a lot. And I am really grateful for a patient, kind and very knowledgeable instructor. And I know with Autoimmune Disease, you may struggle against what your body is doing too. No one ever in the history of ever, likes to hear bad news. Or be let down. Or think they made a wrong decision. We all want things to work out just right. And we humans are perfectionists at painting the picture of what 'just right' looks like. And every day I wake up and as sure as putting my shoes on, I set my compass on Allowing. And the reason I do this is I am forever in an attempt to stop suffering in my life, and this is a path that will accomplish that. When we stop bracing ourselves against life, cortisol starts regulating itself. Sleep becomes better. Laughter becomes more prolific. Joy creeps in through the cracks. Enjoyment comes forward. And all this talk about "stress reduction" is fine and dandy. But why not takes the biggest approach possible? Why not change your entire life's perspective? When you allow, you learn to be loving. That is the best medicine. One of my teachers said a month back: "When you take one step, God takes a thousand". For every one step you take for letting loving into your life, God will take a thousand. It seems like a win-win scenario to me.
Allowing gets us off the hook to such a degree that we can become masters of loving and accepting whatever is coming at us. And I will tell you that I think no other technique works better for regulating physiology than Allowing. Then illness becomes our teacher, not our destroyer (even if we are getting destroyed in the process). I believe in this so much that I created an entire program around this philosophy for you. Through this, we can become life long students of loving what is present. And then life can go any crazy way it wants, and yet we find space to sink into the wisdom of knowing we all are in the classroom of life. Each hard moment becomes an opportunity to get our pencil and paper out and learn the blessing on the other side of the pain. It was a custom made lesson plan all for you with nothing out of place. Easy to say, hard to do however. I have very loving teachers I call on to help me constantly re-frame this, because no matter our circumstances, we fumble. My spiritual support team helps me get up when I fall or get confused. I fumble every day. I need support regularly. The human condition can be a hard one, but love can always be on our horizon. We can keep recalibrating ourselves to choose it. I believe we just have to choose it. And then choose it again the next day. And the next. And then, those people who don't love us back, or the doctors with the bad news, they become the grandest teachers to keep choosing us and our loving. One day it will be the muscle you flex first when adversity is seemingly shaking a stick at you. And then you call on your team of support. And we will be there.
So the recipe....I was lucky to be given three wonderful pouches of grain-less flour to test. Apple, squash and sweet potato flours from a company called Anti-Grain. They are actually doing a kickstarter right now to get things going. I made fantastic Blueberry Bacon Bars with their sweet potato flour. Bacon and Blueberries are so good together!! Look out for these flours to be sold soon (I will post on my social media when they are available). I made another recipe with sweet potato flour (the strawberry lemon tart) so it is possible to find sweet potato flour online (search amazon) but I really loved the Anti-Grain sweet potato flour due to its rich flavor!
- 1 1/2 cups Sweet Potato Flour
- 1/3 cup cultured ghee
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (optional if you are coconut sensitive)
- 1 cup heaping blueberries
- 3 pieces of bacon
- 1 Tbls gelatin
- In a skillet, cook bacon until brown and crispy. Remove bacon (reserve bacon grease), let cool, chop into coarse pieces.
- In a sauce pan, add bacon grease, ghee, coconut oil and heat until melted. Add sweet potato flour and mix with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add gelatin and mix quickly. Add blueberries and mix again. Pour into a 8x8 dish and gently scatter and press chopped bacon into top of mixture. Put into fridge and let cool completely. Before serving let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.