In the beginning of the year my fiancé and I moved from Seattle to Western MA because of his job. The move has us closer to home and family but unfortunately we had to leave Seattle sooner than we would have liked. We found a great area and a cute house close to downtown. I got started at a wonderful ashtanga studio and things are going well. However, I would be lying if I said there aren’t days where I am incredibly homesick for the Pacific Northwest.
Since I am not working at the moment I have a lot of time to devote to yoga. About a month ago however, I hyperextended my knee and my practice had to change dramatically. At first I was hesitant to take a step backwards, and let go of some things I had already achieved in my practice. Then I gradually began to move towards a more mindful practice, where I listened to my body and backed off when I felt pain, which was a huge challenge for me at first.
Letting go of something you are accustomed to, whether it is your yoga practice, lifestyle, location, job, relationship or anything else, it can be difficult. For me, learning to cope with our recent move and my knee injury has been the most arduous.
One thing I have learned is that you cannot sit idle and waste your time thinking about how much you miss something and instead need to use that energy to propel yourself forward into a new life. The same can be said about my knee injury- wasting time and energy thinking about my previous practice is not beneficial to anyone. Instead I need to use that energy to propel myself towards developing a more mindful practice.
This lesson to focus your energy on moving forward is not easily learned, and even harder to apply- the idea has challenged my emotions, relationship, and my overall attitude towards life… But I know that in the end I will come out ahead of where I started, having learned an invaluable lesson; that perseverance and constant forward motion is one of the fundamental steps in being happy, no matter what the circumstances.
…Now another invaluable lesson- making 40 frozen breakfast sausages for 1/4 of what you would pay in the store!
- 1 lb ground chicken thigh
- 1/2 lb - 1lb ground pork*
- 2 tsp ghee (or fat of choice)
- 1 yellow onion (cut into 1/4’s)
- 1 apple (peeled, cored and cut into 1/4’s)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1tsp. sage
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 2-3 tbsp good quality REAL maple syrup
*the less pork, the sweeter the sausage ;)
Peel, core and cut apple into quarters. Put into food processor with onion and garlic. Pulse until well combined. You can leave the chunks larger if you want bigger bites in the sausages.
Heat ghee over medium heat and sauté the apple, onion and garlic mixture until it begins to brown (10-12mins). Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool.
Combine the chicken, pork and spices.
Add the cooled apple mixture and maple syrup and combine well.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form the mixture into patties and arrange on cookie sheet.
Freeze the sausages on the cookie sheet and store in containers or freezer proof bags…
Or cook some of them up right away!