Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Raw vegan deserts using nuts and seeds are awesome because they are packed full of anti-oxidants, which means they are good for our skin, they are a great protein source and are high in omega 3’s. Which means you can have your cake and eat it too! 😉

Ingredients
3/4 cup or raw walnuts
3/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of dates
2 cups of raw cashews (soaked for 4+ hours min)
1/4 cup of agave syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 vanilla bean
8 – 10 strawberries

Method

Crust 
3/4 cup or raw walnuts
3/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of dates (add more if needed)
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until dough-ee.
line the bottom of a spring cake pan and place in freezer to harden while mixing filling.

Filling
3 cups of raw cashews (soaked for 4+ hours)
1/2 cup of agave syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1/2 cup of coconut oil
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
layer filling over crust about 2cm thick
place back in freezer while making sauce

Strawberry Sauce
8 – 10 strawberries
4 dates
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until a saucy consistency.
spread over top of filling and put back into freezer before serving
Enjoy!

Osho – Shiva went on Making Love


OSHO – excerpt taken from: Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Vol. 8, Ch 4 

Let me tell you one story, one of the very daring and courageous stories. Such a courageous story is possible only in India. 

You must have seen a lingam, Shiva’s symbolic representation as phallus. There are millions of temples devoted to Shiva’s lingam. In fact you will never find a statue of him. His statues have completely disappeared; only the symbol has remained. The symbol is not only lingam; it is yoni also. It is both, man and woman. It is man into woman, it is sun into moon. It is the male meeting the female. It is yin and yang in deep sexual embrace. This is the indication of how the inner man meets with the inner woman, because the inner has no face. That’s why Shiva’s statues have disappeared. The inner is just energy, so the lingam has no form; it is just energy.

But the story is told…. Don’t be shocked by it, because the Western mind has become much too afraid of reality.

The story is that Shiva was making love to Devi, his consort. And of course when a Shiva makes love to his consort, it is no ordinary love. And he does not make love with closed doors; the doors were open. There was some emergency in the world of the gods, and Brahma and Vishnu and the whole crowd of gods had come to ask Shiva’s solution about some urgent problem. So they came in the room – the privacy of Shiva became a marketplace – but he was so deeply in love that he was not aware that a crowd was watching. All the gods became voyeurs. They could not leave, because something tremendous was happening. The energy was so high; they felt it. They could not leave. They could not disturb, because it was so sacred.

And Shiva went on making love, and on and on and on. The gods became worried, whether he is ever going to end it. And they were in such a problem that an urgent solution was needed. But Shiva was completely lost. He was not there, Devi was not there – the man and woman have completely merged into each other. Some unity has happened, a great synthesis, a great orchestra of energies.

They wanted to stay, but then they become afraid of the other gods. That’s how the puritan mind works. They were very interested in seeing and watching, but they were afraid because if others saw them watching and seeing and enjoying it, their prestige was at stake. So they all cursed Shiva: “From today your form will disappear from the world and you will always be remembered as a phallic symbol”: lingam in yoni, sun in moon, the jewel in the lotus. “Now you will be remembered always as sexual orgasm.” This was a curse.

This always happens. I have one friend who is very against pornography, and his whole library is full of pornography. So once I visited him; I said, “What is this?” He said, “I have to read all the pornographic books just to criticize them. I have to be aware of what is happening in pornography because I am so much against it.” He is eating his cake and having it also.

The other devas cursed Shiva, but to me that curse seems to have proved to be a blessing, because the symbol is really beautiful. It is the only phallic symbol in the world worshipped as God, without any condemnation. Hindus have completely forgotten that it is phallic; they don’t think that it is phallic. They have accepted it deeply. And the symbol is beautiful because that is not only Shiva there, there is yoni also. Yin is also there. The lingam is placed in yoni; both are meeting. It is a symbol of meeting, of orgasm, of energy becoming one.

The same happens inside, but it will happen only when you drop the mind. Love is possible only when you drop the mind. But if you drop the mind, then not only love but God also is possible; because love is God.

If an inner conflict exists in you between sun and moon, then you will always be interested in the outer woman. If you are a man, you will be interested in the outer woman; you will be fascinated by the outer woman. If you are a woman, you will be fascinated by the outer man. Once the inner conflict is resolved and your sun energy is moving into the moon energy and there iB no longer any rift, they are bridged; then you will not be fascinated by the outer woman or outer man. For the first time you will be sexually content.

I am not saying that you will leave the outer woman. There is no need. Or you will leave the outer man — there is no need. But now the whole relationship will be totally different – very harmonious. It will not be a relationship of need; rather, it will be a relationship of sharing. Right now when a man approaches a woman it is a question of need. He wants to use the woman as a means. The woman wants to use the man as a means. That’s why all women and all men are continuously in a fight: basically they are fighting within themselves. The same fight is reflected outwards.

And when you are using a woman, how can you think the woman can be totally at ease with you, in harmony? She feels she is being reduced to a means. And no man or woman is a means. She feels she is being used like a thing, reduced to thing. hood. Her soul seems to be lost; that’s why she is angry. And she tries to reduce the man to a thing. She turns the husband into a henpecked husband; she forces him. And this goes on.

This is more a conflict than love – a struggle. More like war than like love – more like hatred than like love.

Once you are in tune with your inner woman and man, suddenly you are in tune with others also. Your inner conflict disappears; your outer conflict disappears. The outer is just a shadow to the inner. Then you can be related; or you may not be related. You are totally independent. Then it is whatsoever you choose it to be. If you want to be related, you can be related; but there will be no conflict. If you don’t want to be related, if you want to be alone, you can be alone; and there will be no loneliness. This is the beauty when one comes to an organic unity inside.

That’s what Patanjali’s whole effort is: how to transform the solar energy into lunar energy. And then, how to be a witness to both, meeting, merging, becoming one. How to be transcendental to them.

The mind will never allow you; unless you drop the mind. The mind always is divided because that is its very blood; it depends on division. So you are a man, you are a woman-this is division, this is mind. Who is a Buddha – a man or a woman? We have a symbolic representation of Shiva as Ardhanarishwar – half-man/ half-woman. That’s perfect. And that has to be so because you are born of a father and a mother – half of you comes from your father, half of you comes from your mother. So at the most the difference between a woman and man is a difference of emphasis; it is not a difference of quality. The woman is consciously woman, unconsciously man; the man is consciously man, unconsciously woman. That’s all the difference is.
– OSHO

Vegan Hip Hop

3 Awesome Vegan Hip Hop artists you need to check out! 


 

Grey 
He’s ever popular “Vegan Thanksgiving” song and video blew up the internet back in 2016 with Lyrics like “You can fill your plate up without all the guilt, We whip pies up n**ga, out of almond milk” Grey’s music has really got vegans in a frenzy! He has been taking his live show to VegFest’s and joining forces with animals rights groups at Slaughterhouse vigils around the USA. You gotta follow this guy on Instagram and Facebook, his music is really something cool! He also has his own clothing line Plant Based Drippin


 

Illy Rap
New York rapper Illy Rap sends a strong message with the powerful lyrical content of his music. Illy makes reference to the treatment of animals and the slavery of black american people as a similar evil and incorporates strong factual statements into his songs. The song “Bite of Hope” is both thought provoking and uplifting to give us hope for a kinder world. Illy is a loud voice for the animals across all of his social media channels, where you will see him pictured at his local farm sanctuary giving love to his animal friends. he is also creator of the Vegan Hearted cook book. Check out the song below. 


KRS ONE
A household name to many hip hop and rap listeners, KRS One has been releasing music since the mid 80’s. He has long been an advocate for peace and change and speaks of shifting consciousness through the food we eat. He also started the “Stop the violence” movement after a band member was shot dead. In his song “Beef” KRS One’s raps in detail on how the people consuming animals take on all the sickness and stress that is inflicted on animals in the slaughterhouse, the song has been used as the outro music for YouTube Channel “Vegan Gains.”


 

Cabbage & Pineapple Salad

Cabbage is serious brain food, loaded with vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration.Pineapple, well thats just damn tasty and is packed with vitamin C, combining these two precious plant foods together raw on your plate is a great addition to any meal. It goes particularly well with Pumpkin, so for this dish I have roasted pumpkin in a small amount of coconut oil and fresh rosemary along with some baby carrots, beetroots and sweet potato. The coconut oil blends well with the pineapple!

Making the Salad
Finely shred cabbage and dice pineapple. (see pictures)
Use equal parts pineapple to cabbage to keep flavour balanced.
Sprinkle sesame seeds and flax seeds for some texture.
Serve with roasted vegetables.
Enjoy!

Watching is the key to Meditation

“Watch your mind.”

“Don’t do anything – no repetition of mantra, no repetition of the name of god – just watch whatever the mind is doing. Don’t disturb it, don’t prevent it, don’t repress it; don’t do anything at all on your part. You just be a watcher, and the miracle of watching is meditation. As you watch, slowly mind becomes empty of thoughts; but you are not falling asleep, you are becoming more alert, more aware.”

“As the mind becomes completely empty, your whole energy becomes aflame of awakening. This flame is the result of meditation. So you can say meditation is another name of watching, witnessing, observing – without any judgment, without any evaluation. Just by watching, you immediately get out of the mind.”

-Osho

Lentil Salad Wrap

A great quick and healthy vegan snack idea.
I hope this can inspire you to create your own snacks.
You can change things up if some ingredients aren’t available for you.
Tahini and Mountain bread are a great base to start,  you can try changing up the Lentils for Chick Peas or Red Beans also. Adding herbs like Basil and using Lemon juice are great ways to enhance flavour.
Its all about getting creative! 🙂

 

Ingredients
Mountain bread or any other dairy/egg free wrap bread – Mountain bread is great because its very light and easy to digest
Tomatoes
Avocado
Leafy greens – I’m using a variety of spinach and lettuce leaves from the garden
Tofu (organic)
1 can of Brown Lentils (organic)
Alfalfa sprouts
Herbs – Basil and Parsley
1 Lemon
Tahini
Himalayan Salt

Method
Spread Tahini spread over wrap
Lay over leafy greens
Dice other ingredients and layer
2 heaped table spoons of lentils
squeeze over lemon and sprinkle Himalayan Salt
Wrap Tight
Enjoy!

 

Osho – The Effects of Non-Vegetarian Food

On the body level, the right food should be healthy, non-stimulating and non-violent; on the psychological level the mind should be in a blissful state, graceful and joyous; and on the level of the soul there should be a feeling of gratefulness, of thankfulness. These three things make food the RIGHT FOOD. Remember food cannot make you spiritual, but if you are spiritual your food habits will change and you will become Vegetarian automatically.

When a person is born in a non-vegetarian/vegetarian family it is natural to learn the ways of their families. But both are unconscious. And I don’t give any value to the unconscious vegetarian. Only consciously Vegetarian has value.

Vegetarianism functions as purification. When you eat animals you are more under the law of necessity. You are heavy, you gravitate more towards the earth. When you are a vegetarian you are light and you are more under the law of grace, under the law of power, and you start gravitating towards the sky. The lighter the food, the deeper goes the meditation. I am not saying that meditation is impossible for a non-vegetarian — it is not impossible, but it is unnecessarily difficult.

I don’t give you any particular instructions, what to eat or what not to eat. I simply teach you one thing: become more and more conscious, become more and more aware, and let your awareness decide.

My own feeling is — remember, it is my feeling; it is not a commandment – that if you become more and more alert and aware, you will find it less and less possible to eat things which depend on hurting animals, which depend on destroying animals’ lives. This has nothing to do with spirituality. It simply has something to do with an aesthetic sense.

.              – OSHO

Mung Bean Salad with Tahini dressing

This Salad will blow your Mind! Its a flavoursome Delight with loads of Health benefits. Mung Beans are a legume that reduce cholesterol, are packed full of proteins and fibres that aid digestion and contain an enzyme called Phytoestrogen that enhances skin tone by helping the secretion of collagen and elastin. I’ve added beetroot to this Salad also for the many health benefits, this combination of vegetables with the Tahini dressing is a match made in heaven.
The amounts used and shown in pictures will make one serving. Increase ratios to make larger servings.

Ingredients – Salad
1/2 beetroot
Any combination of lettuce and spinach (I used cos and baby spinach)
Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Cucumber
1 Small Sweet Carrot
1 handful of Mung Beans
1 handful of Alfalfa Sprouts

Ingredients – Dressing
2 tablespoons of Tahini
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
1 tablespoon of flax seed or olive oil
1 tea spoon on Apple cider vinegar
Himalayan Salt

Method
Grate Beetroot and Carrot, dice cucumber, halve Cherry Tomatoes.
Mix together with Mung Beans and Alfalfa Sprouts and pour it over Lettuce and Spinach leaves.
Using a hand blender blend up dressing ingredients in a mug and spoon over the salad.

Serve – Enjoy!

Cowspiracy & What The Health – Hacked following Netflix release

Monday June 19th 2017
Both films – “Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret” and “What The Health” Facebook & Twitter pages have been hacked and their admins locked out. Following the well received release of  “What The Health” to Netflix, the social media accounts for the films have both been hacked and have been seen posting misinformation articles and celebrity garbage news in an attempt to discredit the films. 

The 2 groundbreaking films by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn have uncovered the corruption and atrocities carried out by the meat and dairy industry. The films have been said to be responsible for hundreds of thousands of people around the world turning vegan. This has been seen as a major threat to the corporations funded by animal agriculture industries that hold immense power over the populations food choices which have been linked to chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.. turning trillions of dollars to big pharma. 

If you haven’t seen the films, there is no better time than ever to educate yourself 
http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com
http://www.cowspiracy.com

Well known activists and public figures expressing there views online:

 

Sex is the Seed – Love is the Flower

“Enjoy love, enjoy lovemaking. It is perfectly natural to make noise, scream, shout. In fact, whenever two persons are making love, the whole neighborhood should know that now it is happening. Only then one day you will be able to transcend; then you will have lived it totally.

Because that expression is part of experience. The unexpressed remains unexperienced; the expressed becomes part of experience. And when you are going in an orgasmic joy it has to be expressed, danced, sung.
Love totally, love singingly, love dancingly. Love should be a joy in all its possibilities; it should not be cold. Otherwise you are simply moving into the gesture of it, empty gesture which will not fulfill.

Sex has to be transcended. I am not saying that it has not to be transcended – it has to be transcended but through understanding. Not by effort, not by force – gracefully, naturally. One day it falls on its own accord, and when it falls on its own accord it does not leave behind you any trace.

It does not leave behind a so-called saint, it leaves behind a tremendously beautiful, graceful being. Not a dead and dull person, but absolutely intelligent, aflame, divine being, full of fire, of love. The passion disappears, but it becomes compassion. And if you repress the passion you will never attain to compassion. The repressed passion will go on hanging around you; it will make your whole life dirty.

Don’t go on just thinking about women; it is not going to help. Just thinking is not going to help – go through the experience. Love a woman, fall in love, risk yourself, and forget all your traditions and conventions. And one day… that day is not far off – if you have lived intensely that day will come, that day is bound to come, when you will see sex has disappeared and instead the same energy has become love. And the love flowers; the perfume that comes out of that flowering is prayer.”
Osho