Ju Ju means energy; the experience of positive and negative forces all around us that charge our lives and shape each unique day on this planet. You know Ju Ju. It’s that thing when you enter a space and get that “off” feeling in your gut telling you it’s time to leave, it’s the woman who smiled at you when you were crossing the street yesterday, the long, warm embrace of your loved ones, the sensation of sand between your toes walking on the shore. It’s the powerful stuff that we pick up on everywhere when we let our intuition take the reigns.
We can give it, receive it, create it, share it, leave it behind, pass it on; you can even give Ju Ju a good kneading like homemade yeast bread. We need good Ju Ju. We need bad Ju Ju too though. The polar forces help guide our decisions, steer our relationships, and challenge us to think about life in new, interesting ways. It’s a balancing act; I think the potential for both kinds of ju ju live in us at once and can be used to direct people when we least expect it. Some people call it vibe, at yoga you’ve probably heard it referred to as Prana… but whatever name you give it, you know that it’s some powerful stuff.
Despite the fact that each day I generally rise to the blessings of good health, supportive relationships, and an intentional purpose; my Ju Ju reserves can still get a little low from time to time. Life gets messy, our heads get fuzzy, and the spark within us can grow dim. When I need good Ju Ju, I call my Mom. She shares her wisdom and light and helps re-ignite my own to honor and pass on to others.
This week my Mom was flanked with a host of givers. I received more good Ju Ju than I knew how to process all at once. Surprise coverage from The Kitchn, Food52, FoodieCrush Magazine, Food In Jars, an interview feature with Kaileen Elise, and the positive affirmations from readers and friends have been a needed nudge. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your energy with me this week. If I could bottle it, seal it with wax, and send it right back to each of you ten-fold I would.
Too often we disregard the profound impact that our simple words, actions, and intentions can have on the world and one another. Don’t. Seriously. We carry each other; everyday we take turns by sharing our Ju Ju. Give it away and watch it grow.
Chickpea Fritters with Tomato Jam
Slightly adapted from Whole Food by Jude Blearau
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup crushed ginger
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 large heirloom tomatoes, chopped and most of the seeds removed
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cup dried chickpeas, soaked for at least 8 hours
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- 1 handful of parsley, chopped
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 4 tbsp mint, chopped
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour
- olive oil, for frying