Happy Thursday! We hope you are having a fulfilled week so far.
Dressing and needs. That is this week’s agenda. Mushroom-Brazil Nut-Sourdough Dressing, and Maslow. As is always the case here, if you don’t care about the true needs of your SELF, keep scrolling to get to the dressing.
We don’t know about you, but we had some emotionally challenging week since our last post. With the wildfires, tornados, and hurricane conditions, it was very difficult to stay focused and in the present. Also, we still haven’t been meditating every day, so that is a large hurdle for us. Our egos are continuously drumming up excuses for us to not meditate. Right now, our ego is convincing us that this post is more important than our SELF awareness.
What do you need? What do you really think you need right now? A bigger house for the family? More money? A better job? Right now, get rid of all the thoughts about what you think you need. Those petty needs you’ve been mulling over for months and years, get them out of your head. We’re referring to what your SELF really needs; we’re talking about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and what truly drives life. In past posts, we have discussed daily practices to get to a higher level. You may not have known it, but we were discussing a path to Self Actualization. Just a warning, there is a .0000000001 chance you will ever be a Self Actualized being. It’s too much work.
Maslow divides our needs into three sections: basic, psychological, and self-fulfillment. Below you will find a few examples of each section.
The basic section is divided into physiological and safety. Your physiological needs are things like air, water, oxygen, and the ability to sweat. Your safety needs relate to your health and well-being, and social and economic status.
The next level up is your psychological needs, and that level is divided into belonging and esteem. You want to belong to someone/thing. Whether it be a family, friends, a company, or a club; you want a sense of love and acceptance. Just above belonging, your esteem needs come into play. The areas where you find esteem include respect, confidence, and accomplishment.
Okay, the next level is a big one. SELF ACTUALIZATION. You want to find a purpose in life; you want to live up to your full potential; you want to let go of dogma; you want to devote to something meaningful, and you want to be creative and spontaneous. Do you even know your psyche wants those things? That feeling of unhappiness; that feeling of always wanting more; that feeling of a missing piece, that is you not being self actualized. Your psyche is real, and it keeps you down when you aren’t living up to your life potential.
You will probably never make it to top level, and neither will we. Why? Because of the work. You want a quick fix, right? You want to find things that just make you “happy” in the moment, right? The things we talked about over the last month- have you been committed to your practice, or did your attempts fail the minute you closed out of the post? We can guess the answer to that question. Why did you fail? Because you’re worried about your petty issues. You’re worried about what “X” thinks of you; you let the values of “Y” get you all riled up because you can’t drop your dogmatic views of the world; you keep looking at tabloids because you wish you had the life of “Z”, and you keep wanting and buying more stuff to try and find a moment of happiness. You do it, and we do it; we’re not zen masters living in a cave. We are all mostly the same in that regard, so there is your belonging level.
So far, we have three practices we are working on, right? Keep it up, and revisit posts if you need to do so. Rest assured, there will be more practices. Outside of your daily practices, what else can you do to get to the top of that hierarchy? Start filling up the holes in your hierarchy triangle. Not eating properly? Change that. Your relationships not satisfactory? Change that. As you start to fill the holes, you move to the next level. DO NOT SKIP A LEVEL. How do you fill the holes? By staying true to your SELF awareness. Again, review what we’ve discussed so far, and stay at it each day.
Now, to the dressing!
We have a fantastic recipe for you this week. Mushroom, Brazil Nut, and Sourdough Dressing. BOOM! This recipe is bound to be a hit on your dinner table. The mushrooms are roasted, the brazil nuts are toasted to bring out their meatiness, and the herbs add a nice punch to the sourdough without being overpowering. If you don’t have doTerra essential oils, season the mushrooms and stock mixture with freshly ground black pepper. Substitute the oregano oil with ½ tablespoon chopped fresh oregano.