Touchstone for Life Newsletter - November 2020

Dear Friends,

One of the greatest challenges we have as human beings is staying in the present moment. It is easy to think about something in the past, or contemplate what may happen in the future. When you stop to think about it, this is truly a waste of time simply because the past is gone and the future is not here yet.

This month pay it forward. Practice random acts of kindness. Give till it helps. Imagine choosing each morning to seek out as many opportunities as possible to serve and offer kindness.

All we really have is right now.

Love and appreciation,


Your breath connects you to all of life. When you become aware of your breath, you experience clarity. You experience peace. You also experience that which has created you and all that you do.



When you maintain discipline over your literal use of words, you maintain control over your negative or positive frequency. When you are aware of the significance you inject into your everyday life, and how it derives from the words you use, you will become an example to others of how to use language appropriately. By eliminating any opening to put yourself or others down you will stay positive, creating a balanced state where you have eliminated the need to keep yourself in a “less than” or “not good enough” state.

Language matters and the power of what you “literally say,” and how it serves as an active force in your life. Every complaint you have can be changed by the power of thinking: “YES, I can. YES, I am. YES!”

Let’s change your mind as to how you nourish your thoughts. Let’s think of powerful positive thoughts. Let’s embrace the best of you and take your life and celebrate an ability you already have: to take control of your center of operations, which is your mind.

Clear your mind, and understand that every word you utter should have a positive influence over you, those around you, and your inner thoughts. Fine-tune your vocabulary! Give your mind a break by eliminating all negative thoughts and expressions.

The language you use requires you to carefully monitor your thinking. The words you choose will take on a life of their own, so clean up the words you use to describe anything and everything, especially yourself!



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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices

Dry ingredients
  • 2 c. Gluten Free flour
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Wet ingredients
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin puree (not the pie mix)
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1/2 c. boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • Raw pepitas for garnishing the top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the wet ingredients together.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry. With a wooden spoon, mix until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
  5. Pour batter into the loaf pan (if garnishing, place pepitas on top of batter). Bake for 50-60 minutes or until knife comes out smooth when inserted.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 303
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Sodium: 123mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g


Today, I am willing and able to expand my comfort zone.

Today, I have the talent, time, opportunity, and willingness to accomplish my goals.

Today, I accept my own self-worth with positive results for all.








Affirmations are something one can do to help create positive changes. Saying them as a daily activity will help make an big awareness change, and ultimately becoming a new habit.

When you use positive affirmations, let yourself really feel them inside your mind and your body.
Read them aloud every day. Fully feel and say each one aloud and sit with it. You may repeat an affirmation twenty or fifty times a day. Try to connect the emotion together with the affirmation. Assume each affirmation to be true to you. Feel all the positive emotions that are in alignment for this positive reality. This will help you make positive changes quickly and automatically. The affirmations will start to move you into a positive belief system that will begin to create change all around you.

Our ancestors had to contend with the dangerous world; the body's stress response developed as a survival mechanism. But the hazards they faced didn’t last long and after a stressful episode was over, the body went back to normal.

Today, most of the stress we encounter is low level and chronic. The body never gets a chance to reset, which over time can lead to cardiovascular woes and other health problems.

There are dietary factors that can have a calming effect and one of the most effective is magnesium. Found in beans, seeds, and leafy greens, magnesium is best known for partnering with calcium to build strong bones.

In addition, this mineral supports the proper operation of the nervous system and may help relieve depression.



YES, I am all expressions of love in all that I do and say.

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