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What was your greatest failure?

December, the month of the calendar were we feel compelled to look back and review our entire year, make new promises, set new goals and intentions. My friend and coach Ken Fried, has been posting different questions everyday during this special month. Taking us into contemplating and reviewing our year 2015. I have taken this opportunity to really dig deep and see what has truly happened in the past 12 months of my life. Here is a little insight into one question that I feel everyone should explore before the end of the year.

On December 3, he asked: "What was your greatest failure?" Like he said, the real question is what aim, desire did I failed to take action over?

After a lot of thinking, overthinking, many written pages and 2 pens down, I couldn't keep avoiding the real failure that was coming up for me. I had failed at fully living in alignment with my values and showing up as my true self.

The typical action of falling into being the victim, while not being fully present in my life had driven me to not reached many of the important goals I had set for 2015.

But the real failure wasn't about not reaching the goals; it was about not showing up fully and living in alignment. And as a result, giving full power to my lower ego to drive me straight into an illusion. An illusion that would stop me from taking further action towards those goals that would help me live a life more aligned to my values and self.

Now, I ask myself...why did I let myself go this far? Knowing, that I carry with me the awareness and knowledge to not go there, or at least to step out of it if I do. Why go this far? Well, it is simple, knowledge is not action. It is only through action that changes happen. So this year I didn't take actions in many ways and I let my lower ego take over and control me. I gave it full power to do what it does best, protect me from the illusions I create based out of fear.

So you have a better understanding, this year illusion was, that if I actually started to value my skills and started to work full time as a body-worker, I could potentially end up bankrupt and at my parents house. Because potentially I might not gain enough clients to sustain me financially. Look at that, what an illusion. Jeez, no wonder why I was paralyzed into taking action. 

This is how powerful our minds are. So imagine what it can create if we show up fully and start living in alignment with our values. It will create light instead of darkness, love instead of fear. It will let the ego show up on its full glory as our higher self and let us become unapologetically ourselves. 

So here I am, reviewing my greatest failure of the year. Remembering that all the lessons that have been shown to me this year, in their true nature are about one thing and only one thing, to live in the now. Because when we are in the now, we are consciously present. In the now there is no past or future. There it is only what is in the moment and if what is, it's not a reflection of your higher self and your values, then it is easier to take immediate action and consciously elevate yourself to that which you want to be, your true self. Trusting that the path will unfold and the signs will be shown. Not needing to know how but only why. It is only in the now that we are fully conscious and alive. I don't know about you, but I want to live and the only way of fully being alive it is by being present. What about you? What was your greatest failure in 2015?

5 Ways to Become Vegan

I know that when most of you hear the word VEGAN it almost sounds like a prison sentence. Today more than ever I can tell you that it is not a prison sentence, it is actual freedom!

Trying a Vegan Lifestyle can be daunting and challenging and this is why I want to share 5 easy ways to start your vegan journey. 

First lets start by understanding what Veganism is.

What is Vegan?
Personally for me living a Vegan lifestyle is not only about eating a plant-based diet and excluding all that may contain or promote the suffering of animals. It is about making every choice with consciousness; How, What and Who will my choice affect. For me being vegan is using Love as my one and only Compass in Life. Is about taking full responsibility of my life and myself.

1.Gratitude

Gratitude is the key to happiness.

“Gratitude is a personality trait, a mood, and an emotion. As an emotion, gratitude is a feeling of happiness that comes from appreciation. While under a grateful mood, grateful emotions are more likely to traffic. Likewise, those with a more grateful personality are more likely to experience grateful moods and emotions.”

So, if we practice gratitude daily for what we have and who we are today, we are most likely to become a happier being. And becoming happier in our lives means that we will start treating others and ourselves the way we would like to be treated…with LOVE.

2. Compassion-

Now that you have Gratitude and Love in your life, the next step is feeling compassion. Compassion is the easiest way to start your vegan journey. Being compassionate towards all beings (humans, animals, nature and everything in existence) will not only make you more grateful and happier in your life but it will also result in wanting to approach and care for others.

Now, what is compassion? “Compassion means, “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the being that is suffering.

If we practice compassion daily, our thoughts and actions will improve towards the greater good of ourselves and the entire existence of the planet.

3. Non-Violence-

Now that you have started your journey with a practice of gratitude and compassion then it is safe to say that we don’t want to hurt others. This is where the action of pledging to an organic plant based diet comes into place. It could be as easy as eating more veggies, eating organic more often, adding Meatless Mondays to your week, ditching dairy or even just adding a veggie/fruit juice or smoothie to your diet. The point here is not to go all or nothing, it is to start taking small actions in your life, so you can start seeing and enjoying the benefits of living a non-violence lifestyle. As you start with one small action, chances are you will continue to add more and more and even one day may become an organic plant based advocate.

Now lets not forget that non-violence is not just about what we eat, it is also about what we purchase as a consumer. Are your shoes and clothing made by children who are exploited and forced to work? Is your make-up tested on other creatures before you can purchase it? Researching where your purchases come from will help you make better choices about what you consume and it will have a butterfly effect on the entire planet as a whole.

Another aspect of non-violence lies on how we treat others and ourselves. When we look at the mirror, do you say to yourself “I’m beautiful!” or do you have negative thoughts? Do you judge others and wish them negativity instead of love? For me personally this one is on top of my list, without it everything else seems a little bit too hard to reach. For example, if I can’t feel & give love and compassion to others and myself, how will I take positive actions toward what I eat and consume. So remember non-violence is not just what you eat and consume is how you treat yourself and others.

4. Research-

A wise person once said “Be aware of the half truth, you may have gotten the hold of the wrong half.”

This is why it is so important to research and not blindly believe on all that is said. Unless in your heart you know it to be true, then and only then, there is no need to doubt it. Educating yourself about a plant-based vegan lifestyle and its benefits will come in handy towards your journey. From experience, I can honestly say, that the choices I make today are different from the ones when I started my journey. And that is because I keep educating myself on how to become a better person for the planet and myself. There is plenty of information in books, the internet and events, to keep you interested. If you don’t understand something ask, look for the answer but remember that at the end, all the answers are within, you hold them dearly.

 5.Responsibility-

This is the last but not least. Responsibility is a big word but in reality it is simple. Responsibility is the ability to respond, to have awareness and use it consciously. We go on in our life's reacting instead of responding to it. “Reacting comes from your memory, from your past experiences, from your knowledge. But that reaction is not going to change the situation, it is not going to change you. Response is moment-to-moment. It has nothing to do with memory; it is about your awareness. You see the situation with clarity. It is not reaction, it is action.” What I mean by all this is that when we fully take responsibility of our life and start responding to it from a place of awareness, our actions will start coming from a higher consciousness in our being, giving us the opportunity to become aligned with our values and our true self. Remember you are the driver of your life but you can only start driving it when you fully take responsibility for it.

So you see, it is not that hard to start your Vegan Journey today. Do it For the People, For the Animals, For the Environment, For You. Remember you are not alone, we are in this together!

RAW COCO BLISS BALLS

If you are like me and definitely have a big sweet tooth, then this recipe is for you.  I follow a plant-based diet and try to ingest little or no sugar. This recipe is easy, fast and it will satisfy those inevitable cravings for chocolate and sweets.

RAW COCO BLISS BALLS

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp. raw maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips (optional-if you can’t find them use more cacao powder) I personally use Lily’s Dark Chocolate Brand (vegan, natural and sugar free)
  • 8-10 soft medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds or any other nut you make like
  • 1 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract
  • Final Touches: You can roll your balls on cocoa powder, chia seeds and or coconut flakes or leave them as they are. Be creative and follow your bliss.
  • Place all ingredients into a high power food processor and blend until small pebbles form. Roll into balls and refrigerate. Makes approximately 10 -20 cookie balls depending on the size you make them.

In case you are curious, below is a little info on two of the key super food, anti-oxidant ingredients:

MACA: “This plant is known as the Peruvian “ginseng” even though it’s not ginseng at all. However, it is known to increase energy, stamina, libido and reduce stress. It is an adaptogen, meaning, it’s important to take over a longer period of time to notice the effects. Maca is also very nourishing to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands, making it great for helping to balance male and female hormones.”

Raw Cacao: “The purest form of chocolate on planet earth. This food’s effect on mood and libido is due to its natural chemicals including anandamide and PEA, which are known to make you feel more “blissful” and “loving”. Additionally, it stimulates feel good hormones such as endorphins and may increase serotonin since it’s a source of tryptophan. Raw cacao is also an excellent source of antioxidants and, last but not least, it’s also bit of a libido-booster.”

And, with these two loving, blissful and libido boosting ingredients, Coco Bliss Balls may be the perfect dessert to serve next time you have a romantic date on the agenda…