Life is full of goosebumps.
Of course there are the moments when you literally have your hair standing on end, like when it’s cold or you have a fever. Goosebumps involuntarily develop as a response to fear, awe, pleasure, euphoria, admiration, and sexual arousal. But I believe there are also moments when you figuratively have them. Making an inventory of your personal, figurative goosebumps can instantly elevate your mood. So for example:
A moment of profound enlightenment or clarity…even if it is fleeting. Who cares if you had to go to yoga to get there. To slow down. To stop for just a few moments. You own that. It is personal and you made it happen. Your body and mind thanks you.
A wake-up call to your soul that maybe things are not quite right…and you are ready for a change. You are finally ready. Maybe your relationship with your friends isn’t what you hoped it would be. Maybe your job is no longer exciting for you. Maybe you suddenly realize that your marriage is not where you hoped it would be. Maybe YOU are not where you want to be. That moment when you take action…
A moment of bliss while dancing through the night to the beat of your being. With eyes closed, body moving, you are experiencing yourself. You are in your body. It is beautiful. You are special. You are so grateful to know yourself in this moment.
A strong connection with a new friend or lover. Like you were made for each other. Maybe you knew them before. They really understand you. They want to be around you. They love you…even if it is too soon to say it.
Making eye contact with a stranger, and then feeling the energy. Cycling by someone and for a split second…you make the eye contact. It feels so good! You made a connection. Even for a second–it’s a reminder that you are here, in the present, and you matter to someone. Even if you don’t know anything about them.
Having an epiphany, realizing what (and who) matters to you. Maybe it takes a great loss or a huge achievement to coax you into it. The point is that you got there. Don’t beat yourself up for taking so long. The journey is part of your destiny.
YES! Summer is full of goosebumps over here.
They sort of make me feel like I’m starving 😉 Sometimes a salad just won’t cut it…and your body will definitely remind you in the form of stomach pangs, grumbling, and decreased energy. It is important to give your body what it wants.
Sometimes…it might just need some fried chick-un.
This is a great recipe for newbie vegetarians that have had the goosebumps and are now ready to experiment with tofu. I love you. You are amazing.
Gluten-free, vegan, spicy, Fried chick-un style tofu
1 block tofu, drained, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup tamari soy sauce (or other soy sauce)
2 TBSP vegetable oil ( I used sesame)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning (or buy a premixed…just as good)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
3 TBSP buckwheat flour
oil for frying, I recommend coconut oil
To drain the tofu, simply wrap the block in two layers of paper towels and press firmly. After the paper towels are completely wet, remove them from the tofu. This is sufficient for this recipe.
In a bowl large enough to hold the cubed tofu, whisk together the soy sauce, vegetable oil, paprika, hot red pepper, salt, italian seasoning and black pepper. After everything is mixed, gently coat the tofu in the marinade (2). It will not absorb all the sauce, but no bother.
Next add the nutritional yeast directly to the bowl of tofu/sauce and toss everything to combine it. I would not recommend to skip this ingredient. Even if you do not like nutritional yeast (*raises hand*) it is perfect as a chick-un-y flavor here. After all the pieces are coated, add the buckwheat flour and give a final toss. You will be left with a somewhat gooey mixture around each tofu cube(3). Next fry it up, baby! Keep your oil over medium heat. Add all the cubes once the oil is hot. You will see a beautiful frothy foam surround the tofu as it fries. After a few minutes on one side, gently move around the cubes until each side is equally crisp.
Be kind to yourselves, dear readers. Thank you for all the goosebumps you’ve given me so far <3<3<3
Hoping you are enjoying your summer…and yourselves.