Baring it All

Baring it All

Before catching a flight back home the other day, I decided to connect with nature on an hour-long walk.  The air was crisp as ever, and the sunshine lit up the blue sky.  I’m always inspired by nature, but today everything seemed raw, and stripped down.  Pine needles covered the ground and the trees were losing many of their red, orange and yellow leaves.  Little squirrels played chase around the trunks of the Ponderosa pines while others collected acorns from the ground; I thought of all the work they’d need to do to prepare for winter to arrive.

There’s something genuinely beautiful about the trees baring themselves; losing their leaves and needles, they show off their many knots, scars, and weathered beauty.  This comes without reservation; no choice to be had.  It’s a season in their life cycle that allows them to shed what is no longer necessary and as a result, allows new life in.

What if you were to bare all and take this season of fall harvest, family connection and holiday celebration to shed what is no longer necessary?  We function differently than the tree; we have a choice, and we also experience fear and vulnerability.  So the question begs to be asked, how will it serve you to stay in your place of fear and vulnerability versus shedding what is no longer necessary in your life?

It is when we step through our fear and open ourselves to vulnerability that we’re able to be fulfilled.  Just as the tree, it is the time for you to shed what is no longer necessary in order to let new life in.

In the coming week I’d like you to keep a notepad and paper near you throughout the day, (or type notes into your smartphone instead).  Be very aware of your daily routine, your relationships, and habits.  How are these things in your life serving you in a positive way?  What things could you release into the crisp fall air so new life can be welcomed in?

Keep a running list of things as they come to you.  Maybe it’s time to purge the pantry, donate the clothes that no longer serve you, or have a heart to heart conversation with a loved one.  While the need for release is a common thread for all, the list you create will be unique for each of you.   Once you create your list, you’ll need to prioritize your tasks in order to purge, release, and bare it all.

There’s so much we can learn about ourselves when we decide to follow nature’s guidance.  In times of chaos we can tap into the stillness of the tree.  When you feel the need to control everything, you can observe how water flows right over the boulders and rocks that sit in its way.  We all need different things at different times in our lives.  What is it that you need to connect most with right now?

It’s a pleasure to serve you!  Feel free to email me with comments or questions: connect@angelagaffney.com.

Cheers to your health and happiness,

RECIPE:

Cream of Pumpkin Soup

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons organic butter, softened1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon brown sugar1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped onion1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons organic butter melted (to sauté onion)2 (14.5 ounce) cans organic chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F(200 degrees C). Combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread butter mixture evenly over one side of each bread slice. Place bread, buttered side up, on a baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until bread is crisp and topping is bubbly. Cut each slice of bread into 8 small triangles or squares.
2.Sauté onion in butter in a medium saucepan until tender. Add 1 can chicken broth; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
3.Transfer broth mixture into the container of a blender or processor. Process until smooth.
4.Return mixture to saucepan. Add remaining can of broth, pumpkin, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground pepper; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally..
5.Stir in whipping cream and heat through. Do not boil. Ladle into individual soup bowls. Top each serving with Cinnamon Croutons.

Recipe adapted by Angela Gaffney compliments of www.allrecipes.com

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