Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simple Meditations on Love and Acceptance

This February let’s talk about love, let’s talk about inclusiveness, and let’s talk about acceptance. Personally, I’ve been feeling ungrounded lately in the current political atmosphere of upheaval, and intolerance. It can be hard to know what to do and easy to fall into fear and negativity, or get angry and point fingers at others. It’s times like these that we need love more than ever. We need to mindfully bring it inside ourselves, and offer it out to others-- even those who challenge us. 

A good way to start, is with ourselves. Simple meditations and acts of self-love help build our reservoirs of love over time. I like to start my day off gently, allowing time to integrate dreams and meditate. I find the morning to be an easier time for meditation because my mind is calm and less full of thoughts and preoccupations from the outside world. 

The meditation I return to again and again, especially during times of strong emotion or stress starts with a simple body scan. I close my eyes, take some deep breaths and allow my consciousness to travel inside my body on an inquisitive journey toward my emotions. Our emotions tend to manifest in the same locations in our bodies, and when we see and feel them where they are we can shift energy and allow them to dissipate. For me, sadness and fear tend to sit in my solar plexus like a timid bunny. It helps me to imagine myself holding that bunny of emotion and offering it consolation, protection, and love. As I scan through my body, I offer my emotions this mantra, “I see you, I accept you, I love you, I let you go.” At the close of my meditation I bow to myself offering and accepting gratitude and love. This meditation helps me feel more grounded, empowered, and attuned for the day. 

This meditation can be expanded to our thoughts and actions toward others. Remember we are all connected, and we have the power to make or break someone’s day. When we make others feel good, we feel good. Choose to offer others the same mantra of acceptance in your thoughts toward them. When you are feeling challenged by someone, take a deep breath and say “I see you, I accept you, I love you, I let you go,” silently in your head. Take the time to shift the energy and disengage from negativity, offering love instead. This can be difficult because it asks us to be vulnerable in the face of others, but there is great power and strength in vulnerability. 

Throughout your day seek out love, notice joy, notice kindness around you, and seek out the positive. I don’t know why, but it seems like it comes more naturally to notice the what’s difficult, frustrating, or upsetting, and to engage in negative thoughts. When we make a commitment to be aware of the positive, we may catch ourselves falling into negativity over and over again. When we catch ourselves and shift our attention to what’s positive we are training ourselves to navigate challenging times with greater ease and lightness.

Remember to "be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" (Ian MacLaren), including you. When we feel overwhelmed and helpless, we must remember what a difference a little kindness and love can make. Offer yourself love, and let that love expand to the world at large, making it a better place for everyone. 

By: Kerry Newton

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Passiflora’s Wintertime Special Order Form
We have all of your winter catering needs covered, whether you’re hosting a cozy family dinner, a fun house party, planning a romantic evening in, or stocking up on some special treats to spice up the season!

Savory Dishes

Quiche (9-inch)
Can be made Gluten-Free

$24.00 or $27.00 for Gluten Free
Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Cauliflower and Cheddar

Roasted Red Pepper, Leeks, Spinach and Parmesan

Mushroom, Onion and Swiss

Vegan and Gluten-Free unless Otherwise Specified

$12.00 per Quart
Cauliflower with Coconut, Turmeric and Lime

Spiced Tomato Chickpea

Butternut Squash Bisque

Salads and Sides (Serves 5-8)
Vegan and Gluten-Free unless Otherwise Specified

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Red Cabbage, Cucumbers, Almonds, and Citrus Dressing

Orange-Glazed Beets

Maple-Roasted Carrots with Ginger and Cardamom

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pears, Pistachios, and Citrus Dressing 

$16.00 or $18.00 with Parmesan Cheese

Appetizer Platters 
All are Vegan with 18 pieces

Mini Lentil Walnut Loaves with Miso Mushroom Gravy

Hummus Pinwheel wraps with pickled onions, organic greens and shredded carrots (choice of Roasted Red Pepper, White Bean and Garlic, or Herbed Beet Hummus)

Thin Vegetable pie wedges with thyme roasted onions, peppers, and mushrooms and a lemon tahini dipping sauce


Veggie Burger Sliders
on Vegan Gluten Free Burger Buns with Microgreens
Platter of 18 Each 
(Same price for a platter of 8 full-size burgers)

$36.00 a platter
Black Bean Burger with Cilantro Lime Aioli

Beet, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Burgers with Garlic Aioli

Acorn Squash with Dried Cranberries and Pecans with Caramelized Onion Aioli


Pastries and Treats


Morning Pastries
All are Vegan

Morning Glory Muffins 

$18.50 a ½ dozen
Banana Pecan Muffins with Chocolate Chips

$18.50 a ½ dozen
Gingerbread Muffins

$18.50 a ½ dozen

Mini Pastry Platters
Vegan Unless Otherwise Specified

Babycakes Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (also Gluten Free)

$28.00 for 2 dozen
Faux Hostess Cupcake Minis

$30.00 for 2 dozen
Vanilla Cherry Swirl Cupcake Minis with Amaretto Frosting

$30.00 for 2 dozen
Black Bean Brownie Minis (also Gluten-Free)

$30.00 for 2 dozen

Pies, and Miscellaneous Desserts
All are Vegan

Apple Pie 
Gluten-Free Option Crumb Top Only

Chocolate Cream Pie with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust and Cashew Cream on the Side (also Gluten-Free)

Vanilla Custard Pie with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust and Cashew Cream on the side (also Gluten-Free)

Vanilla Rose Rooibos Tea poached Pears with dark chocolate olive oil sauce and vanilla rose shortbreads 

$20.00 for 10 halves and 10 shortbread