I don’t want you just to sit down at the table.
I don’t want you just to eat and be content.
I want you to walk out into the fields
where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there, far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with the mud, like a blessing.
– Mary Oliver
Thank you for taking a moment to pause and reflect with us. For our SYI family in the US, November’s full moon will rise at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday. Celebrated by gathering together with loved ones over a bountiful meal, it is an opportunity to reflect on the gifts of the earth and the joy of community.
While observing holidays and other rituals, the most generous gift we can offer is that of presence. By setting a sincere intention to stay in the moment, we are able to more fully show up as the loving soul we wish to embody. In preparation for the occasion, find a quiet moment to reflect, to connect with the season, to still the mind. Allow feelings of anxiety as well as those of joyful anticipation, to simply be. Throughout the day, reconnect with the breath and experience a grounding feeling.
Gathering around food, we are thankful for its comfort and nourishment. Can we extend that gratitude to the farmers, the fields, the soil, the sun and all things so intimately connected to our rich lives? We invite you to offer a blessing, compose a poem, or voice simple words of thanks for others to hear. A day of celebration spent in presence, with a heart full of love, this is the practice and the gift of a life well lived.
Wishing each of you, and all beings on earth, bountiful peace and contentment.
Your SYI Family
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Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
1 cup GF oats
1 Cup Pitted dates
1/2 cup Almonds or macadamias
2 TBS Coconut oil
1 TBS Water pinch salt
1.5 Cups Soaked Cashews
1 cup thick Coconut cream (No liquid- Just top coconut milk)
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 of one Vanilla Bean scraped
Pinch Salt 1 Tsp. Lemon juice (optional)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
2 TBS. Maple Syrup
1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
For the crust: Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until sticky but not wet. Spread on a piece of parchment paper, in a pan of your choice. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. For the Filling: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Take crust out of the freezer, layer the filling on the crust. For the Pumpkin swirl: Blend all ingredients. Place small dollops of the pumpkin swirl on the cheesecake filling and use a chopstick to gently swirl them together. Make art!! Place in freezer for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. Take out 30 minutes before serving. ENJOY!!!
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