Aloha Beautiful Souls,
This week’s post includes a section of my new book, Conscious Cures ~ Soulutions to 21st Century Pandemics, which launched exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Global Pandemic. With the virus mutating it’s time for us all to ponder the changes we wish to see in the world and take action. I also share one of my favorite comfort food recipes, Thai Coconut Chili Carrot Soup.
We have so much to talk about if you care about making a positive difference in your community and the world. You’re reading this post, so I am confident you care! I would ask you if you’re in the trenches fighting for social and environmental justice or if you are watching from afar, not sure how to participate. We have been wired to follow laws that do not always serve the betterment of us, and if we divert or resist, we’ll suffer the consequences. So, what do we do?
Most of the dysfunctional systems and antiquated laws were made by rich, white men wearing suits, and they have taken it upon themselves to tell us the right way to live. Unjust laws have manipulated the growing divisions globally and in our country. What do you think? If we could talk, I would say striving for justice is worth the risk, and supremacy of any kind is destructive. All life has value, even a virus that is “pseudo-alive,” such as COVID-19. Viruses, which have been around since the beginning of time, challenge our concept of what “living” means, but they are vital members of the web of life.
If we could talk, I would share with you that the big lesson here is not to judge but rather be truthful, be discerning, and take action. We often think we can read a book by its cover. Frankly, I learned a long time ago that this is bullshit. More than ever, I am taking the time to have a more open, honest, and precise read of others and the pressing issues. I’m opening “their covers” and digging deeper, front to back, inside and out, and making up my own mind.
It can be hard to find someone to turn to whom you can trust to help navigate the 21st century. Please know that millions of like-minded people are motivated and available to walk beside you on your journey out of fear and into courage. It all starts with getting clear on who you are and listening to your inner voice. It is a prominent position to be in when you are making a positive difference. Future generations are counting on us.
It’s time to get serious about how you can influence the changes you wish to see in the world. Nothing in Nature is constant except change, but it’s up to us to decide how we will behave and what shifts will occur. Indeed, the world needs to change. With change comes both joy and grief. Letting go of addictive habits and unsustainable ways may feel like chaotic disruption, but relief will follow. A healing crisis is imminent and uncomfortable. Now is the perfect time for us to evaluate the choices we’re used to making unconsciously — our diet, lifestyle, purchases, community involvement – and start living more consciously.
Being receptive to others’ perspectives helps to open our minds to possibilities beyond the old beliefs that no longer serve us or the world. When you are loving and compassionate rather than fearful and miserable, you become independent from the greedy, misguided controls that no longer serve you or the greater good. We all deserve to feel like a human being, rather than a human doing.
Maybe now is the time to reconsider your life and change where you live, how you live, and what you are doing for work and play. It is time to move beyond fear and focus on opportunities. If you ever thought about becoming a lawyer for social and environmental justice, now is the time. If you ever thought about shifting your political views, now is a good time. If you ever thought about being a farmer, a steward of the land, now is the time. If you ever thought about learning how to sew, garden, or repair things, like helping to repair your community, now is the time to start. I hope you realize how you are an integral part of the world and a key instrument for change.
The world as we know it has changed forever. Yet, with love and support, we can snap out of denial, acknowledge the challenges, and gain the strength to act on the opportunities. Big changes happen when we identify the positive things we love to do.
I’ve lived as a free spirit most of my life, choosing not to conform to society’s pressures. I continue to follow my heart and swim upstream to achieve my dreams. It was tough to break into the business world as a woman back in the ’80s, but I persevered. I stayed true to my values and created a beautiful life by believing in the power of each moment. Being a free spirit helped me find my various circles of support to help me grow. Over the years, working with the soil and my communities, I’ve strengthened my roots, followed my intuition, and learned to adapt and grow through challenges. And you can too.
We can choose to act boldly, be honest about the situations at hand, and find ways to reform the antiquated, oppressive systems. Implementing productive and positive advancements is how we will survive with grace, dignity, and the means to carry on. What matters is that we pay attention to the signs and work toward a more unified tomorrow. Ethics and integrity must take precedence.
If we could talk, I would assure you that there is no absolute cure-all for everyone. A cure is a remedy, and considering some people are allergic to antibiotics and vaccines, while others swear they ward off illness with garlic and thyme oil, we must find what works for each individual person. We all have our opinions and beliefs.
Thai Carrot Coconut Chili Soup
Makes 4 servings
Carrots are available year-round, they are affordable and loaded with health benefits. United with coconut milk, beneficial spices, and chili sauce this Thai-inspired soup will knock your socks off. It’s easy to make, and a crowd-pleaser, so consider doubling or tripling the recipe.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (or vegan option)
- 1 pound carrots, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 13.5-ounce can unsweetened organic coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons Thai-style chili sauce
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger – or ½ tsp powdered
- 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric – or ½ tsp powdered
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- Salt and pepper to taste
Suggested garnish ingredients: Fresh cilantro leaves, rosemary, diced or whole roasted cashews, a dollop of yogurt, sliced red peppers, etc.
- Melt butter or plant based option in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped carrots and onion. Add salt and pepper and cook and stir often until vegetables are soft for about 15–20 minutes.
- Add broth, coconut milk, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and chili sauce. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat. Let the soup simmer for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are very soft. Stir occasionally.
- Cool soup slightly, then puree in a food processor or blender. Reheat and eat! Garnish with fresh cilantro, a splash of chili sauce, and toasted cashews.
You can thin the soup with water to desired consistency.
I like to double and sometimes triple all my soup recipes. They freeze for up to three months. For best results in freezing soup, choose the right container. I recommend gallon-sized freezer bags—they hold a lot of liquid and lie flat, conserving freezer space. You can also use quart-sized bags if you want to freeze individual portions. Any food-safe, airtight container also works.
For best results, cool your soup to room temperature before freezing. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before transferring it to the freezer.
Move the soup from the freezer to the fridge the night before to thaw.
Big Love ~ Mama D
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