I think the answer is in no answer. In the waiting. Can I really enjoy the hard time or times of great change? It really is a challenging battle. I think it is the best challenge of our lives. For me it is a feeling of being very vulnerable but having the unwavering power of an oak tree. I think of when that oak tree was just an acorn driving itself into the ground only to find it's lost in the darkness. Does it say to itself "I hate this. I'm ready to move on and be a big oak tree already." No. It just reaches for the next part of growing into to that beautiful tree. As the acorn sprouts it stretches for the sun not always knowing exactly where it is but the power is deep inside and in the knowing it will break through.
Right now I am channeling my inner oak tree. The knowing everything works out no matter if it is the way I envision or the way the universe gently or forcefully pushes me in the direction of my highest good. There is strength in my inner core that feels unwavering like the oak tree that can weather any storm.
One of my favorite trees growing up was this beautiful oak tree near our pond that spread its limbs creating an amazing canopy. The grayish bark with vibrant green moss sprinkled throughout was always a magnificent sight. It brought me comfort when I had a bad day and it helped me see the phenomenal beauty that is all around.
I'm germinating right now and there will always be parts of me that is getting ready to sprout. Sometimes I cut off the tops of the sprouts because I'm not ready for the part that is gleaning through. I know it will keep coming up until I am ready to step back, take a breath and know I will be okay.
Nature is a reminder that you keep going even if it seems grim but everything will shift. The sun eventually shines and blue skies breakthrough the clouds. Rest in your inner oak tree. Go inward the answers are there. The oak tree never questions if it will be a tree. Can you trust that the answers are carried within?
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha is great for energy and focus. It is like green tea with a boost. Matcha is grown a little differently because they cover the tea plants for 20-30 days before harvesting to increase the chlorophyll content which is what makes that vibrant green color. Once harvested they remove the stems and veins but grind up the whole leaf.
I'm not a fan of matcha just in water because it is a little too earthy and bitter for me. I like enjoying it as a latte with honey. It is lightly sweet and feels like a wonderful treat.
Ingredients: (Makes 1 individual matcha latte can always double or triple)
1 cup of almond or coconut milk
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
1-2 teaspoons of honey depending on preference
1/4 teaspoon spirulina
1. Warm up the almond milk over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Feel free to mix a little throughout so it doesn't get a film on top.
2. Remove from heat and gradually sprinkle in the matcha powder. Use a whisk to mix as you are adding the matcha. This is to avoid clumps of matcha; if you put it all in at once it tends to clump. Do the same with the spirulina powder. (I have also used a hand blender to mix if I find there are clumps of matcha.)
3. Mix in the honey to taste. Enjoy sipping on your matcha!
Life is hard sometimes and that is just a fact but we can still love our life in the midst of it all. I will leave you with a quote to contemplate as you sip your matcha latte. This is one of my favorite quotes and reminds me that we are just being refined when we are being challenged in life.
". . . when we long for a life without . . . difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."