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There are a couple situations that reliably bring on negative self-talk and increase the nasty thoughts I think about myself. A couple nights of disturbed sleep and the grey nastiness of the slushy weather outside have led to recurring thoughts that I don’t care enough about others and that I’m not nice enough, considerate enough, or loving enough; that I’m just overall not enough.
Days like this, I need a reminder that I am enough. I need a reminder that it’s okay to be gentle with myself. I need a reminder to treat myself like I would anyone I love.
I’d never accuse a loved one of being a terrible person for the same perceived sins I’m calling myself out for… not even in my head.
I am enough. And I will be gentle with myself first.
Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.
Yesterday afternoon I was feeling a bit low and struggling to combat negative thoughts. Needing to raise my spirits before teaching yin yoga at Bound Lotus in the evening, I decided to bake a batch of muffins.
Baking generally distracts me from whatever’s swirling around my brain, but I needed a little something extra to clear those negative thoughts. Cue the Gobinday Mukunday mantra, perfect for overcoming negativity. With SatKirin Kaur Khalsa chanting in the background I stirred my way to more positive thoughts and a dozen muffins.
Listening to meditative music while baking, cooking, or doing dishes is wonderful. I can’t help but start chanting along and it turns into a quasi-meditation as my mind starts to clear.
Combining baking and quasi-meditation was perfect! The muffins are yummy, my negativity cleared, and I had a really lovely time teaching 🙂
Here’s the recipe for my anti-negativity (aka applesauce pecan) muffins.
Applesauce pecan muffins
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin
- Prepare muffin tin by lining with paper wrappers, inserting silicon muffin cups, or greasing with vegetable oil.
- Stir together dry ingredients.
- Combine applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.
- Stir wet ingredients and pecans into dry ingredients until just mixed.
- Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes; muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Cool on wire racks.