Love Litany

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I once hosted my women’s group for a potluck dinner around Valentine’s Day.  Following our meal and catch-up conversations, I suggested we create a love litany. We quickly passed a rose quartz crystal (known to promote feelings of love and compassion) around our circle.  Each time the crystal came around to us, we shared a few words about something we loved.  It was amazing how quickly the mood of the entire group lifted.

I invite you to bring back that loving feeling with your own love litany. Alone, or better yet, in the company of loved ones, recite your list of loves.  Be as specific as possible, describing what you love about a certain person, place, or thing.  For instance, I love my older son’s persistence.  He’s demonstrated this numerous times, in the way he went the distance to get his black belt in karate and more recently when he taught himself how to surf.  I love the way my younger son courageously strikes out into new realms. For example, he was an exchange student to Chile and was the first from his high school to go abroad as a junior.  I also love how intuitive my husband is. He’s usually able to sense exactly what’s going on with me and will step up to help or make a suggestion that’s right on target.

Love has no limits, so there are boundless things you could add to your litany. Consider the people in your life, your pets, the activities that bring you joy, and pleasing elements of your environment. Continue your litany until you begin to run out of loving thoughts.

What I suspect may not have made into your litany was anything about yourself. If that’s the case, I challenge you to add some things you love about you.  Maybe there’s a physical attribute that you are thankful for.  In my case I’m happy for my high metabolism (thanks, Mom!) and my naturally blond hair (thanks, Dad!) What qualities do you love? I love my creativity and the way I look for the best in people. What is the best in you? Complete your litany by celebrating what you love about yourself.

Given the challenges of our troubled times, we need to have multiple tools available to support us. I hope this love litany exercise helps give you a boost.

Applesauce or Banana Muffins

muffin

2 cups gluten-free flour (sometimes I make my own, but this time I used Bob’s Red Mill All purpose gluten-free flour which has garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, white sorghum flour and fava bean flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1/3-1/2 cup agave sweetener or honey
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup grapeseed oil
½ cup milk or non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup applesauce or mashed banana
Flaked, unsweetened coconut (optional)
Raisins (optional)
Chopped pecans (optional)
Cinnamon & sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins (I used Trader Joe’s Coconut oil spray). or use muffin liners.  Whisk first 4 ingredients together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk next 6  ingredients together.  Stir liquid ingredients into flour mixture, just until combined.  Stir in coconut, raisins, and nuts if using.  Fill muffin tins.  Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.

Make 18-20 minutes.  Makes 18 muffins.