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    Liz's Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Liz’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    December 2013

    The other day I was making banana chocolate chip pancakes (see recipe below).

    I have begun making them quite frequently as they have become a favorite. The consistency of the batter is a bit different. The liquefied bananas make them a bit harder to flip and they take a bit longer to cook.

    I noticed that when I was feeling confident about the flip it worked seamlessly, and when I had doubt, the pancake inevitably folded or fell on another. In short, it was a mess—sometimes I could fix it and sometimes it just turned into a ball of cooked goo. From a taste perspective all was perfectly wonderful but … not as I had planned.

    So I did an experiment. Prior to each flip I chose to be confident or concerned. Each time I chose to be confident the flip was perfect. Each time I allowed doubt into the equation there was something that wasn’t quite right. It became a game with fascinating conclusions.

    Let’s think about the things we do in our lives that are affected by a similar thought process. How often do we begin a task—simple or complex—with a preconceived notion of doubt or concern? How often do we begin a task or performance or project with total surety? What would happen if we left the worry out? Whether we believed it or not, we proceeded with utter and complete confidence? What if we fully acted as if we felt completely sure of ourselves? Would the complex become simple?

    I believe we can choose. Start with something simple like flipping a pancake or locking your bike. Basically start with anything that you are not sure you can do with ease. Begin as simply as possible and do your own experiment. I know when I try to lock my bike at times I struggle with pulling the cord through etc. etc. Next time I will approach it with complete confidence and see what happens.

    There are so many ways to live our lives with more ease, reduce stress, feel happier, and be healthier. Let’s start with confidence and pancakes.

    Let’s build the muscle and see what happens. I would love to hear your adventures. Please post. Share with me at info@yourinspiredchoices.com or on Facebook.

    With confidence,

    Liz

    Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    2 cups unbleached white flour
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    ¼ cup unrefined sugar (can use less)
    1 tsp of baking powder
    1 cup of milk (amount to preferred consistency)
    1 egg (optional)
    3 ripe bananas – Place bananas in blender or Vitamix with a small amount of water and blend to a fluid but not watery consistency
    1 tablespoon of oil – if desired
    1 or 2 pat(s) of butter for the pan or griddle

    Mix ingredients in the order listed.*

    Pour some batter into a one-cup measuring cup and add mini chocolate chips. You must add chips based on the amount of chocolate you prefer in the pancakes.

    *It is not advisable to add the chocolate chips to the entire mixture. This recipe makes enough to save and use again within the next couple of days. If saving is not desired to reduce proportions.

    Let butter melt in the pan- when bubbling- mix batter with chips and spoon out to create the pancakes. Heat till bubbles appear and flip with confidence.

    Happy eating!

    Mindfulness and Creativity in Healing in Miami

    mindfulnessLast week I had the honor of leading the opening meditation session and two workshops on Mindfulness and Creativity in Healing at the (CCA) Colon Cancer Alliance National Conference in Miami. I say honored because I was surrounded by people who are engaged in the joy of living, who are fighters and who want to change the world and the survival rate of people with colorectal cancer. So here is where people begin to turn away. One fact I learned is that people don’t really want to hear about this most preventable form of cancer because of where it is in the body!!

    The focus of so many of the survivors of stage 4 and (lower) colon cancer is to increase the rate of screenings for people under the age of 50. There are so many people being misdiagnosed and diagnosed late with colon cancer. All we need is prevention to save thousands of lives. Survivors and their families are working tirelessly to spread the word, implement screenings in areas they do not exist, and find funding for colonoscopies for those that do not have insurance or cannot afford to have them. Their work has saved many lives.

    Find out about your family history, talk with your physician about early screening with or without a family history, and listen to symptoms that seem unusual, no matter what. You know your body best. If you are concerned that something isn’t right, persevere! We all know the prep for a colonoscopy is not a lot of fun, but it could save your life.

    Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is an amazing resource and support community. A great book about being a your best health advocate is: When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests by Leana Wen, MD, MSc, George Washington University.

    We had a lot of fun doing some Qigong, being truly present in the moment, participating in a guided imagery and using art materials to express the vitality and emotion within. CCA conference participants, you are a great group!

    Liz

    The Goddess is YOU!

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    The Goddess is YOU!

    When I created A Group for Women About Life, I had no idea what fun it would be and how impactful it would be for me as a leader and for all the women who have explored the Goddess archetypes through story, art meditation and self-expression.

    But the most powerful is the sense of community that evolves. Women of all ages and walks of life have shared their experiences of being a woman;  moving through the multidimensional roles and expectations, true feelings of heart and health.  Maiden, mother or crone we offer a richness of knowing as we walk the path on the earth today.  If we do not know, we learn about women who went before, and we create the archetypes of the women who will follow. Oh! and please don’t be put off by the word crone and don’t worry if you aren’t a mother because we are all mothers on this planet and we all feel older and wiser at times. There is grace and beauty at every stage of life.

    It is very exciting to take this 10-week program and allow its evolution into a wonderful retreat in which women may live the goddess each day in a different form. See a fabulous part of the world while experiencing the practical and the spiritual feminine while inhabiting a personal journey within a community of multifaceted women and beautiful and exciting surroundings.

    Stay tuned for more from France in August…

    Liz

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    We Who Seek

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    What is it that we seek?

    Some of us want to know our mission on this planet; some of us simply want to be free of pain.  Some want to recapture the essential joy they have known over time but find illusive in the moment.

    It is hard to understand that complete knowing and flow exists simultaneous to what appears to be the density of everyday life. We find ourselves “up against” something rather than flowing with it. We want to feel whole.

    We look outside ourselves for guidance, clearing, assistance and knowledge. When we use these helpers as stepping-stones we are walking the path of our soul. When we become dependent on someone else’s word, approval or sanction it is hard to find the true meaning of the moment or trust the wisdom that is our own.

    Understanding that density is an illusion; allowing ourselves to realize that we have choice in how our lives and emotions come to fruition; understanding that emotion follows thought, are all key to recapturing the flow of essential energy and attaining the release of old patterns.

    Confusion sometimes arises when we are in touch with the calling of our soul and our soul potential and we find limitation in the physical form. The contrast seems so great between that which is eternally in our makeup and that which is transitory. For a time the transitory has more impact, but our unlimited essence is the truly powerful player.

    Do we need assistance to learn the techniques and have the tools to proceed? Yes. Sometimes it will be mediation tapes; sometimes a teacher of mindfulness or holistic integration; sometimes counseling or therapy; sometimes yoga or art; sometimes the book that pops out at you at the library or bookstore.

    Reach out. Find your way to living a more balanced and joyful life.

    Liz

    www.yourinspiredchoices.com

    “I got my hopes up so we have to go.”

    A diverse group of children playing basketball.

    This morning I was walking down the street. While passing a young boy and his father, the little one uttered: “I got my hopes up so we have to go.”, in such a matter of fact tone that the unemotional exclamation point of the remark struck me soundly.

    He knew. He knew how simple it is to set a course and take action. How simple it is! Someone had told him something about hopes, and getting them up or not, at some point in his young life. His interpretation was spot on.

    We won’t know whether or not that came true for him, but when we isolate that comment we can take a lot for ourselves. How often do we actually get our hopes up anymore? Do we dare to dream, to create, to take action based on something we have set our sights on. Of course, sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t.  There are many variables that enter the decision-BUT-maybe we should listen to our intuition. Maybe we should listen to the creative insight or plan the way we did when WE were 4. Someone definitely told me about getting my hopes up. Many of us heard: “Don’t get your hopes up….”. This young boy had it right. If you get your hopes up it has to happen. He had decided- he knew on some level that when we aim and hope we had better take heed. He knew that action is possible and we are at the helm. We are powerful creatures. Reach out and Hope!

    Listen to this great TED TALK:http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html As Adora Svitak says- we should listen to kids. Let’s include the kid in ourselves!