Dear Friends,

February is the month of creating more love, joy and happiness. Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

This month love yourself, love others and love life.

Happy Valentines Day!

Love andappreciation,
Gary

 

 

 

 

ONE-MINUTE WISDOM

Patience and acceptance requires that you trust your divinely inspired plan for your life. Acceptance and non-attachment can and will expand your realization of the power that flows through you.

 

 

 

 

PATIENCE AND ACCEPTANCE

Patience is defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset”. Patience is the backbone of kindness. Without patience it is almost impossible to extend kindness to anyone.

When we are faced with disappointments or people who are negative that is when the application of patience can be the most helpful. Utilizing patience with others and ourselves is the best way to avoid being dragged into a negative situation or energy. Patience can act as a helpful barrier when facing challenging people or situations. With an attitude and demeanor we begin to see ourselves separate from challenges and negativity. We are then able to allow it to be without becoming it.

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY WISDOM
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia 

 

 

 

 

VEGAN BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • ¾ c. sorghum flour
  • ½ c. tapioca starch
  • ½ c. buckwheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Garfava flour (or chickpea flour)
  • 1½ c. homemade nondairy milk
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients in a blender until thick and smooth. This can be made ahead of time and allowed to set overnight and ready to cook in the morning or immediately cooked.
Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with a knob of vegan butter and pour pancake batter into pan. Once air bubbles begin to form and the sides firm up, they are ready to flip over and cook another 2 minutes or so.

http://www.forkandbeans.com/2011/08/25/vegan-buckwheat-pancakes/

 

 

 

AFFIRMATIONS:

Today, I am a loving, feeling, nurturing, and gentle person.

Today, I give myself permission to be a passionate, alive person all the time.

Today, I allow myself to be strong and vulnerable.

 

WORKING WITH PATIENCE AND KINDNESS

Understand that cultivating patience is a great way to manage disappointments or upsets with others or in any circumstances. Negative people can only have power over you if you allow it. When you are faced with a disappointment simply take a mental step back and breathe in deeply. Allow it to be as it is. With the knowledge and awareness that you do not have to become apart of it. The only way to really create this space between yourself and negativity is through patience. This patience will naturally allow you to be more kind to yourself and all others.

 

 

HOLY BASIL

It is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to counter life’s stresses. It is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus and is often planted around Hindu shrines. The Hindu name for holy basil, Tulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds.

Is an Ayurvedic adaptogen long used to counter stress. A growing body of research suggests that holy basil calms the brain and acts as a natural anti-anxiety agent and antidepressant-but without the potentially harmful side effects common to pharmaceuticals often used to treat depression and anxiety.

 

 

 

 

LIFE KEY CODE

A successful life depends on a foundation of self-trust, self-love, and self-belief.