Experience Transformation

#66 Days Towards Change

Maxwell Maltz a plastic surgeon in the 1950s began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.  He found that it would take the patient around 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.

Bringing that into his own life, he realized that it took him about 21 days to form a new habit. He talked about this in his self-help book Psycho-Cybernetics. In the book Maltz explained the power of self-affirmation and mental visualization and the connection between the mind and the body.  It went on to sell more than 30 million copies.

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One Word for 2015

For the past few years I have adopted three words to help lead and guide me throughout the year.  This has been a practice of Chris Brogan since 2006 and I adapted it for myself.  I have had some success with this type of focus.  I think it did help me in creating an internal drive to accomplish what I need to accomplish.  However it was also overwhelming.

Here are the words that I used in the past

2011 –  Acceleration, Mindfulness, and Learning

2012 – Simplify, Share and Balance

2013-  Transform, Practice, and Completion

2014 – Create, Compete, Complete

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Four Lessons to Reach Your 2015 Goals

I have tried many things over the years to reach my goals. I have set New Year’s resolutions, signed contracts with myself, masked my goals to “fool” myself into accomplishing something. Yet none of these methods have worked.

We all set goals with good intentions. We all have things that we want to improve in our lives. We all want to be healthier, to gain more knowledge, and obtain financial security. We make resolutions or promises to ourselves that we are going to improve, but the reality is we never complete what we start.

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Vegan Meatloaf

Over the last year I have learned many, many plant-based recipe’s.  I would like to share some with you so that you too can enjoy a great recipe and a healthy lifestyle.  The first is a vegan meatloaf.  I have always loved meatloaf and I have tried so many non-meat versions.  None of them have compared to the one I found on the website Eat, Live, Run.

The texture, taste and consistency of this meatloaf is great.  It not only tastes delicious with a side of steamed vegetables, but it also makes a dynamic meatloaf sandwich the rest of the week for lunch.

Checkout the recipe.

Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf

makes 1 loaf to serve 6 people

1 cup green lentils
3 cups vegetable broth
1 large yellow onion
1 large carrot
1 stalk celery
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp ground flax mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For Topping—
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the ground flax and 1/2 cup water. Set aside.

Simmer together the lentils, broth and a pinch of salt for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender and have absorbed all the broth.
Meanwhile, prepare your veggies. Chop the onion, grate the carrot and dice the celery. Saute the onion and celery in the olive oil over medium high heat for six minutes, or until tender, not caramelized. Add the garlic and carrot and cook for about another four minutes.

Toast the walnuts in the oven for six to seven minutes. Add them to the onion/carrot/garlic mixture on the stove and stir well.

Add the oregano, salt and pepper as well and then take the mixture off the stove and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the breadcrumbs, flax/water and cooked lentils and toss well. Press mixture into a greased loaf pan and set aside while you make the topping.
In another small bowl combine the ketchup, maple syrup and vinegar. Spread on top of loaf. Bake for 40 minutes and then out on a plate and enjoy!

Let me know in the comments how you enjoyed the dish!

Failing Lent

The conversations among many Christians throughout the world this time of the year revolves around what one gives up during Lent.  The season of Lent usually calls to mind a time of discipline, of sacrifice, of giving up.  Most years I have given something that I love up for Lent.  Usually it is chocolate, eating out, or soda.  Other times I have tried taking something on like exercise, clean eating, or blogging.  Actually, my interest in blogging started during as a Lenten discipline.

This year I wanted to get back to the “heart” of Lenten practices, praying, fasting and alms-giving.

I wanted to start a practice of prayer — I was planning on taking some time each day to intentionally pray for the church, my friends and family, and others throughout the world.

I was going to fast.  Besides a few youth events over the years I have never really intentionally fasted before.  I thought it would be a good thing to try and something that would help me be thankful for all that I do have in the world.

I wanted to intentionally give.  I was planning on giving my time, my talents and my treasure in ways I have never done before.  I was going to cut back in parts of my life in order to give.  Our family has a giving heart and I wanted to expand upon that.

This was my plan.

In terms of my plan Lent never really got off the ground.  The week of Ash Wednesday I had a number of unexpected things happen in my life both in and out of the church.  The next thing I knew I was a week into Lent and I had not even prepared myself.  I wanted blog more, I wanted to pray more, I wanted to eat less and give more.

I. Failed.

Then I thought that it was okay, no one is perfect I will start next week……that was around four weeks ago and no prayer, no fasting, no giving.

Granted other things have come up — I have taken on a new lifestyle practice in terms of eating.  I have new ideas to enhance my prayer life and there are possibilities to give more and I am excited about this!!!  However, this is not what I was envisioning for Lent.

So I ask myself, what happened?  Did I fail Lent? Did I fail God?

I really felt bad about it, and then I realized that I did not fail.  In fact, I am thriving more than I was at the beginning of Lent. At the beginning of Lent I had hopes and dreams for myself, I had expectations of what could happen but now I am living a life that is happening NOW.  So many times in my life I try and live my plan when in fact I should be living Gods plan.  I don’t know what is best for me – I can only guess and when I do I get it right 50% of the time.  God gets it right all the time.

So if you have been “failing Lent” like I have — don’t worry about it because God may have a plan that you don’t know about and it could help you in ways that you can’t even imagine right now.