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by Trey Tafoya

Fall Hybrid Yoga Class RRCC

2 November 2012

A Vegetarian Meal

Even though my current diet consists of mostly vegetarian meals anyway, I think it’s really neat that you have given us such a fun assignment! There has been one seasonal soup in particular that I’ve cooked a few times in the past month that I’ve especially enjoyed – a simple spiced pumpkin harvest soup that I’ve created and dubbed “October Stew”. The soup’s recipe includes pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, coconut milk, vegetable broth, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, curry powder, sea salt, and pepper. I usually also bake up some homemade crackers whenever I make soups and stews – these are made from brown rice flour, ground flax seed, and extra virgin coconut oil.

Whenever I am cooking and eating, I am usually successful at maintaining a very balanced and mindful state. I always try my best to keep in mind where all the ingredients have come from. While I prepare meals, I keep feelings of gratitude and happiness close to me and appreciate the journey that each component went through to make its way to my plate. I hang onto the same thoughts while I am eating, and this fills me with boundless joy.

For the particular meal that I chose to write about, I cooked the pumpkin soup, baked the homemade flax crackers, and also fixed up a nice side salad with homemade vinaigrette! With this assignment in mind, I was especially tentative to my thoughts. I focused only on what I was doing during each moment, and felt completely at peace. I am truly thankful to have so many opportunities to prepare wonderful meals in this peaceful and happy way, and cannot wait until every meal becomes equally as mindful as what I have experienced so far.

note: this was one of the assignments that were given to the yoga students as part of their intro to yoga/meditation class. They had to mindfully prepare a vegetarian dish based on the principles of Ahimsa (non- violence) and Ayurveda; then equally mindfully consume the dish and write their experience down. Trey has done an exceptionally nice job. Thanks Trey!

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