Allow Your Body to be Like a Tree + Plant Based Chilled Cucumber Chive Soup

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Want to try something different?

Go outside and find a tree, any tree will work. Then, just notice it. Look. Don’t question or judge the tree. Accept it for exactly how it is. Maybe it gives you shade. Maybe it doesn’t. Maybe it grows food. Maybe it doesn’t. Maybe its branches are long, maybe they are shorter. Maybe there are birds in it. Maybe it holds a swing for your kiddo. Maybe it’s old. Maybe it’s brand new. It doesn’t matter. Let it be whatever tree it is without attaching anything to it or judging it.

Give that tree five minutes of your undivided attention, and then give it gratitude for the very simple reason that it is here.

Do not read on until you’ve gone outside and looked at the tree for at least five minutes. 

Did you notice how the tree didn’t over complicate stuff?

It stood there, being a tree. It was exactly where it needed to be, doing its job brilliantly. It didn’t beat itself up, trying to be something it isn’t. It was unapologetic and steadfast in its reality of being a tree.

For whatever reason, that tree is part of this world in this particular moment in time.

And it is perfect.

Ready for part two?

Go into your bathroom or bedroom, shut the door, get naked and look at your body in the mirror. Just notice it. Look. Don’t question or judge. Accept it for exactly how it is. Maybe it’s pink. Maybe it’s brown. Maybe it’s black. Maybe it has curves. Maybe it doesn’t. Maybe there are stretch marks, scars and birthmarks. Maybe it’s smooth. Maybe it has sags and dimples and wrinkles. It doesn’t matter. Let it be your body without attaching anything to it or judging it.

Give your reflection five minutes of your undivided attention, and then give it gratitude for the very simple reason that it is here.

Do not read on until you’ve looked at your body in the mirror for at least five minutes. 

Did you notice how your body didn’t over complicate stuff? Your thoughts might have, but your body didn’t. 

It stood there, being your body. It was exactly where it needed to be, doing its job brilliantly. It didn’t beat itself up trying try to be something it isn’t. It was unapologetic and steadfast in its reality of being your body.

For whatever reason, your body is part of this world in this particular moment in time.

And it is perfect.

Allow your body to be like the tree. Let it do its job, unapologetically. With grace and perfect imperfection.

If you’re ready to let someone else plan your meals, we release two brand new whole food plant based meal plans every Friday (a Gourmet Plan and a Simple Plan) designed to make your life easier and healthier so you have more time to focus on and appreciate being you.

Plant Based Chilled Cucumber Chive Soup 

Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled and chopped cucumber (625g)
  • 1/2 cup avocado (95g)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder

Garnish

  • Toasted coconut
  • Chopped almonds
  • Minced chives

Instructions

  • Place everything into your blender, apart from the garnish ingredients and blend until super creamy and soupy. 
  • Transfer to a container and chill in the fridge for a few hours. 
  • Serve chilled and top with toasted coconut, chopped almonds and minced chives before you dig in!

Wishing you a happy week and graceful resolve to appreciate you and your perfection as you are here and now.
xo
Molly

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5 Comments

  1. Shannon Nees on April 24, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Love this. Now look at people and give them the same treatment as the tree! No judgment, just being who they are, at this given moment, doing life.

  2. Dawn Johnson on April 24, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you Molly! I needed this today.

  3. Leslie on April 27, 2021 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    Such a wonderful insight! Thank you

  4. Renee on May 3, 2021 at 8:59 am

    This is a lovely thought, I could admire a tree all day but looking at myself for 5 minutes is too hard. Right now I don’t feel perfect or just as I should be.

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl - Steph on May 3, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Hi Renee,

      Like so many things, these types of thoughts and feelings take practice. At first, it won’t feel right or true, but the more you practice that unconditional acceptance, the easier it will be.

      You are enough. <3
      Stephanie

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