Touchstone for Life Newsletter - October 2020

Dear Friends,

As we start approaching the end of this year please don’t forget to breathe. It's at times such as these that we tend to hold our breath and manifest fear and worry in our lives. Currently, in our current situation many fears are coming up for people, and particularly if the negative darkness is combined with the unknown. We must learn to release all fears about the future. This worry and anxiety will never help us. Remember to breathe consciously and deeply. This will keep you present in your body, mind, and emotions.
 
I have incorporated a regular practice that includes meditation, prayer, healthy eating, outdoor exercise, soulful reading, and surrounding myself with positive and optimistic people. We will all get through this. Trust the process. We must create within ourselves an indestructible joy and appreciation of life.


Love and appreciation,
Gary

ONE-MINUTE WISDOM

Enlightenment is not a fixed state we someday achieve. It is a lifelong process of challenge and renewal - a vigilant championing of the inherent dignity of life through thought, word and action.

 

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Self- acceptance this is crucial to building your own courage, confidence, and self-esteem recognize your personal values and worth when giving back. Your personal story will be an asset to others. In this process forgive yourself for any decisions that have negatively impacted you or someone you care about. Take ownership of your choices, appreciate who you are and what you have now. Strengthening your foundation in this capacity gives you a place from which you can grow and expand as a humanitarian.

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READY SET LIVE

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Ready Set Live is a personal development and lifestyle, health, and wellness podcast to making your life work. This show will inspire you on a journey of discovery about yourself. Gary Quinn focuses directly on recurring problems and issues that confront us all in today’s hectic and toxic world. He responds with simple, practical, yet deeply insightful, strategies that those seeking to improve their lives and relationships can use to empower themselves. He will be interviewing celebrities, expert guests in personal development, health, fitness, and lifestyle. An entertaining, inspirational, informative show that gives you tools to find health and happiness in all areas of your life.

My last guests have included:
Walter Nudo, Debra Johnston, Gina Lee Nolin, Jonelle Allen, Joe Townley, Logan Allen, Neil Jackson, Group Love - Christian Zucconi & Hannah Hooper, Actor Eric & Eliza Roberts, Actor Esai Morales, NY Times Author & Actress Marilu Henner, Actress Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) from Dallas, Tony and Grammy Award-Winning Actor - Multi-Platinum Recording Artist John Lloyd Young from JERSEY BOYS, Academy Award songwriter Dean Pitchford, Emmy Award Actress Tracey Bregman,  Emmy Award Actor Kevin Spirtas, “E” Hollywood medium Tyler Henry, Actor Nick Hounslow, Executive Producer Kia Kiso and Award-winning director Emmanuel Itier.

BLUEBERRY VEGAN MUFFINS
  • These blueberry muffins are:

    • Quick and easy to make
    • Minimal ingredients
    • Made in 1 bowl
    • Healthy
    • Dairy and egg-free
    • & So delicious!

    These delicious muffins have been a family favorite since making a few batches over the last couple of days. They get eaten up quickly and are perfect for breakfast or snacking. And they’re great for brown bag lunch snacks too!

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 muffins 
  • Method: Oven, Bake
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose, spelt, white whole wheat or combo)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 3/4 cup organic pure cane or turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (or fruit-infused olive oil: lemon or orange)**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen***

optional garnish - a few extra blueberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix wet ingredients: In a 2 cup measuring cup, add the milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla, stir to combine a few times to help soften the large grains of sugar.

Mix dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Combine wet & dry: Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix, overmixing the batter tends to make the muffins less tender.

Storing: 

  • Counter & Fridge: Once completely cooled, store the muffins with a paper towel underneath and overtop in a container on the counter for up to 3 – 4 days. The paper towels will soak up moisture and keep them from getting too moist, losing their delicious crunchy top. They are also fine loosely covered for 1 – 2 days. Or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Freezer: Once completely cooled, wrap muffins individually and store in a freezer-safe container or baggie or up to 2 months. When ready to eat let thaw to room temperature.

Commonly Asked Questions

What types of flour can I use? All flours work well in this muffin recipe – all-purpose, spelt, white whole wheat and pastry flour. All-purpose flour will yield blonde muffins. For this batch shown in the photos, I used 1 cup spelt flour and 1 cup bread flour and the results were moist and tender. Feel free to use 2 cups of whole-grain flour with good results as well. It’s a very forgiving recipe!

Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Absolutely! You can use any gluten-free flour blend or buckwheat flour, replacing 1 – 1 the amount of flour called for. I don’t recommend using coconut flour by itself, as it’s a tricky flour for vegan baking.

Can I make bread out of this muffin recipe? You sure can! To turn this into a loaf, lightly grease 9 x 5 loaf pan, pour batter into the pan, place on center rack of the oven, and bake for 50 minutes.


AFFIRMATIONS:
 

Today, I only do what makes me happy.
 
 
Today, I break all agreements that have kept me in guilt, pain, fear, and unhappiness.
 
 
Today,  I am free to be my joyous and glorious self.


 

UPCOMING 2021 EVENTS




 

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FAITH AND BELIEF
 
 
Faith and belief are partners. With strong faith one develops greater belief. With strong beliefs one develops more faith. Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Belief is defined as something one accepts as true or real, a firmly held opinion or conviction.


If we are to accomplish our goals or dreams faith and belief are essential. We must learn to put faith into ourselves, our abilities and even into the purpose and vision that we have for our lives. We must also learn to have faith in a higher power, the universe. As this faith increases, a greater feeling of conviction and assuredness begins to develop. This turns into belief.



 
EAT MORE VEGGIES

Butternut Squash

 
Use your noodle: invest in a spiralizer and turn butternut squash into udon noodles. Cook in vegetable broth till tender, season with spices, and top with green onions, and roasted almonds. Or steam in water, then smother with pesto or tomato sauce and top with vegan cheese.

 


 


We are all beings of consciousness; everything that we are and do
begins with our thoughts.




 
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