Thursday, December 15, 2011

Is your life missing something????


Let me start this post out by apologizing it has been way too long for me to give you a new post. I do have to admit life got in the way...I hope this will not happen in the future. Now that I have that out of the way, let's move along to the good stuff.....

If you are like me...I love reading blogs. My favorite moments are when I find a post that is meaningful to me.....from a stranger. Today I had one of those moments. My most recent favorite blog is A Blog about Love. I love being able to see a couple discuss their lives so openly. You can see the love they have for each other and everyone around them...even if it is a stranger. 

In their latest post, Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" book came up for discussion. I do have to admit I have yet to read this book but have heard much about it. But even while never having read this book, this excerpt is very poignant to me during this busy holiday season. 
Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.  The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
Try this for a couple of weeks and see how it changes your reality:  Whatever you think people are withholding from you - praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on - give it to them.  You don't have it?  Just act as if you had it, and it will come.  Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving.  You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow.  Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won't even know that you have it.  This includes abundance.  The law that outflow determines inflow is expressed by Jesus in this powerful image: "Give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. (Luke 6:38)"
I am a firm believer in karma.....the concept of what you give to the universe is what you will get in return. While you may not believe in karma or instead call it something else, how much could your daily life or mindset change if you make one step to change your own internal perception?? To give to others, support, love and anything they need during their own struggles with life instead of focusing on your own internal wants, needs or desires. 
How many time have you vented about others around you because of "their" actions or their non-actions???? 

I have to admit I have done it myself many times. So after reading this moving post, I thought it important to pass along the topic on here.  I guess in this holiday season while we get caught up in the gifts, parties, or the material things....maybe it is time to step back and remember the spirit of the season and turn it into a every day action. If you are looking for something in life, maybe you need to learn to give to others....and you might be surprised what you will receive in return.

To get started on this change of mindset, I decided to take a traditional recipe and change perception...I hope you enjoy a twist......Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies. What have you done to change your perception and try to follow this concept?? Or what could you do???


Chai Snickerdoodles
2 C Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger (ground)
1 tsp Cardamom (ground)
1/2 tsp Allspice (ground)
1 C Unsalted Butter, soft
2 Eggs
1 Egg White
2 tsp Vanilla
2 C Unbleached Flour
1 C Pastry Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp Baking Soda

Preheat the oven to 350F. 

In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice. Put 3/4 cup of spice mixture in a separate shallow pan, set aside. In original large bowl, combine butter and remaining sugar mixture until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.


In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Incorporate flour mixture with butter mixture until well blended. 


With a dough scoop, make 1 inch balls. With your hands make the ball smooth and roll in reserved spice mixture. Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake for about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.