“I don’t feel as though I can reach the average person.”
“Well, Darling I’m not sure why the fuck you’d ever try to.”
The above was a recent conversation with my “editor” lady. She’s reading the book as I compose the chapters and I’m at a bit of a standstill right now. You see, when I decided to write the book, I was not even close to living my own best life. I thought I was. Hell, it’s the best life I have lived so far, but the fact remains; I have much work to do if I am planning to live up to this title.
Here’s my sample cover design…
As you know if you follow this blog regularly, I am living a life of solitude out here in the woods. I go to work, I handle my business and I am home. No cell in hand 24/7, no FB or social media at all besides the Page that supports this blog. I even left the private yoga group of my class mates because I just don’t want to do it anymore. Let’s face it; that is not real life. That is a dog and pony show. Everyone trying to “one up” the next person. One day I just got real about my need for validation, and I decided to start validating my damn self.
I started this process with a deeper continued yoga practice last year, and I must say I am finally getting it. See, at last I don’t care if anyone reads the blog, reacts to my posts, rings our phone or likes me. I love me. Flaws and all. People have been coming at me with that old line, “We will love you until you love yourself again.” Who the “F” ever said that I stopped loving myself?? I think the greatest display of self love is digging deep within and owning your shit so that you can somehow begin to fix the damages.
I’m currently taking a course on Kundalini Yoga written and taught by Guru Rattana Ph. D. In the very first class this is what I read that opened my eyes:
“You can find your true identity within yourself. Nobody can find it for you. You must get up in the morning and find your true identity. You need time to be all by yourself, where there is nobody else. It will bring prosperity. Your radiant body will become brighter. There is no make-up that works to make you brighter, or for your character. You can try anything you want, but for character, you have to work with yourself. You must make your own path in your own life for your own prosperity and richness, and you have to be beautiful, bountiful and blissful. This the way God made you.” – (Yogi Bhajan class lecture, December 1, 2001.)
If you’re interested in the much trusted ancient philosophy of Yin and Yang, this blog is not the place to learn it. You’ll have to do your own research.
Now, as far as these cookies go, I just happened to have dark and white chips, and I’m finding my own balance through yoga life, so that’s how the name came to be. Are we sitting around eating them all?? Chelle, nah!! Most are going to my co workers who have been very gracious during my recent transition to the team. Here’s the great thing about gifting cookies: if the people are awesome and love you, you gave them yummy sweets. If the people are assholes and hate you, you gave them diabetes. Either way, it’s all good on your end.
I had one of these before my yoga class this morning. With a yummy sugar free java. If that isn’t balance I don’t know what is!!
Here’s the recipe. Make some soon and then share. Don’t forget to shine.
What You Need:
1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c dark chocolate chips
1 c white chips
What You Do:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment.
Cream the butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs in the bowl of stand mixer or with hand mixer.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk well.
Gradually add flour mixture into butter and eggs bowl.
Continue mixing until everything is incorporated.
Use a cookie scoop and place on sheets about an inch and a half apart.
Bake 8-11 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove from oven, allow a minute to firm and then get them babies on a rack to finish cooling.
Once cooled, get you some!!
Just one more pic because I want you to get your face all up in that cookie…
Check out how chewy gooey that baby is. Oh, and look!! A bit of a Yin Yang in the chips!! See. Balance is in full effect, y’all.
You know I love this little blog. It keeps me in touch with the outside world while I do some inner work. Thanks so much for spending time in my kitchen and life. Muuuah!!
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