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By Ma’at Seba
                                         The holiday season for some can be a time of great joy or
                                 a time to spend with loved ones, family and friends as well as                                       enjoying many types of festivities. Yet for others it can be a time                                   of grief, anger, depression, fear and sorrow, whether it be                                             remembering the loss of a loved one, loss of employment, loss                                    of finances or a home or just not having that special someone in                                  your life. In order to not get “stuck” into the energies of fear or                                      anger it is important to not allow yourself to fall into negative                                          thinking no matter what is happening in your life right now. Once                                  you surround yourself with people who are uplifting and have positive energy or go to a mental and emotional state that brings you joy or peace, it is much harder to dwell in the space of negativity. 
  Listed are some helpful hints for the holidays:
Give to others: the more you focus on others, the less time you have to focus on the challenges in your life, and in your giving to others, you will experience a sense of selfless joy.
1.Cook and give the food to a homeless person, a senior or to a single parent with children who are in need.
2. Cook for other family members or friends that might be having financial challenges.
3. Volunteer at a shelter or other organizations that assist those in need such as people that have been burned out of their homes, a women’s abuse shelter, soup kitchens, churches, etc.
4.Clean your house and give away anything that you are not using or have not used in a year or more (chances are that you will never use it if you have not used it by now). No matter what your circumstances there are always those who are less fortunate than you, so focus on giving to them.
5.Send cards to those who you have not talked to in a while, or to a soldier overseas.
6.Make something special and give it to someone you appreciate or to an absolute stranger.
  Focus your energies on your goals: if you do not have any goals, now is a good time to begin to start setting some, because goal setting will serve as a decision making barometer for your future.
1.Make a list of short-term goals (less than one year), medium term goals (2-5 years) and long term goals (5-10 years). 
2. Start to live your passion (if you are not already) and if you do not know what your passion is, then now is a grand opportunity to be still and find out what that is.  
3.While you are listing your goals you will also be outlining the things or people who do not fit into your plans, or might be causing a stagnation of your goals.
You will have a better view of how to navigate around some of the challenges that you might be facing now because you have clear and defined boundaries as well as outlined time tables for your goals.
  Seek out some form of entertainment: do something that will make you feel happy and/or peaceful.
1.Watch a movie (especially comedies)
2.Go to a peaceful place ( like a park or by the water – nature is always healing)
3. Play games or cards with friends
4.Listen to or watch uplifting and motivational CDs, DVDs, tapes or music
  Have an attitude of gratitude: if you make a list of the things that you have to be grateful for, it will always outweigh the things that you worry or complain about. 
1.Be grateful for the fact that you woke up, for your health, for the love of your family and friends, for the ability to have something to eat even if it might not be what you really want, to have a roof over your head, for lights and/or gas, transportation etc.  
2.No matter what your situation in life, things can always be worse so once you have written the list of things to be grateful for, re-read it and begin to have a new attitude about your life. 
  Spend more time in prayer (when you talk to God) and in meditation (when you listen to God): before the challenges and pressures of life encroach upon you, already have a consistent and regular time that you pray and meditate because it is in those times that the body, mind and spirit will become in a space of peace and stillness.
1.Prayer is the tool which brings the love and peace of God that is within you back into balance.
2.When you pray and meditate it brings you out of the space of fear because “Faith and fear can not dwell in the heart at the same time”.
3.Pray should not have to wait for a crisis or problematic situation.
4.Prayer and meditation is where you will find the answers to all your questions and problems.
  The holiday season is actually a great time to begin to incorporate these things into your life. It is supposed to be a time of giving, so give to others and don’t forget to give to yourself too, especially Love.  
  For additional information, contact Loving Life Health Food Center at (313)861-1118.  

Tips for the holiday season
By Melody Thompson
    Tis the season to be joyous! This is a joyful time for many, but for just as many the holiday and winter season in Michigan can take its toll - mentally and physically. 
  This can cause many of us to feel down and overwhelmed during the holiday. This can be tough. However, it’s not surprisingly uncommon. It’s also pretty common and easy to lean toward foods that are comforting and heavy. Be careful! Consuming these foods can increase anxiety and depression. We dedicate this issue to “Holiday Cheer”.  
Vegan Eggnog 
• 2 cups almond milk (original or vanilla flavor)
• 1/4 teaspoon cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/3 cup brandy
• 2 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  Blend all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve your delicious eggnog over ice and dress it with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
Rum Balls
• 1 Cup walnuts chopped
• 2 cups vegan chocolate wafer cookies,
• 2 cups vegan powder sugar, divided
• 1/4 cup cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
• 1/4 cup dark rum
1. In a food processor, combine walnuts, cookie crumbs and 1-1/2 cups powder sugar. Pulse to finely chop the walnuts and combine. 
2. Add cocoa, syrup and rum, and pulse
until the mixture comes together. Adjust
the consistency by adding more sugar if its
too dry or more rum if its too wet.
3. Form the mixture into 24 rum balls
using your hands.
4. Roll the balls in the remaining powder
sugar and refrigerate until you’re ready to 
     “Stressed spelled backwards is dessertS. Coincidence? I think not” ~ Author Unknown
     For more information, ideas or questions contact us at forveggiesake@yahoo.com

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