Yep those wild horses are crashing around in my upstairs headspace…. again.
It happens occasionally , despite all good practices and intentions.
At least if I can't sleep, I try to put the time to good use.
I have just spent time over the last few weeks with some beautiful souls practicing what it takes to develop a nourishing relationship with ourselves.
It's a busy life. I have a heart that belongs to a few, yet connected to the world.
I have a head that sees possibilities and collaborations all the time.
I have a soul filled with wanderlust.
There is STUFF going on.
And that’s okay. I love that.
But to bring a bit of order to my inner landscape,
there are things that must be done to corral the thoughts,
and to feed, water and move the body and soul.
And those things are universal.
It's all about soul nurturing, rather than booty training.
Nurture the soul, and everything falls into place.
In a couple of short days we addressed a thing or two:
- 1. How to turn the volume down, and not emotionally attach ourselves, to the inner dialogue that incessantly goes on in our heads.
- 2. How to press the pause button on our lives, within the context of our lives…no matter what.
- 3. How the simple act of walking in nature is a grounding, and energizing start to our day.
- 4. That one conscious breathe – in and out – is a meditation.
- 5. Eating nutrient dense food satiates, and sustains us from a cellular level and we don’t need a Michelin star or hours in a day to create food that is a vital, healing force.
- 6. Knowing that digesting life is incumbent on where our headspace is, and has absolutely nothing to do with what size clothes we wear.
- 7. We understand that we are the architects of our own time, and it’s important to create routines to simplify, so that the day to day operations can be managed in order to go out and really live life.
- 8. That conscious change is brought about by the two qualities inherent in consciousness – attention and intention. . . . Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear.
- 9. It is more about observing and less about fixing.
- 10. That meditation is a form of medication…and when our soul aches, just taking a moment to breathe creates a shift in our world.
- 11. Yoga stretches the body, breathwork and awareness soothes the nervous system and allows us to find both roots and harmony in our world.
The choice is to shift from "I would like to" or "I might" or "I wish" or "I could" …
to “I am” or “I will”.
The reality is that change is inevitable but growth is optional.
Make a statement of intent, but make change an invitation rather than
just another thing you have to do.
In a world of connections and obligations that regularly grasps for our attention, the question always remains how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life.
We are a culture interested in the easy and comfortable.
We allow the noise of our culture rule our life.
You don’t need more time. You just need to decide.
What matters to you.
We only have one life, so lets pay attention.
Show up. Commit.
Just a note of warning… paying attention holds you accountable.
And that awareness can kind of suck sometimes…
Because then you have to do something about it.
Allow Mindfulness to define your days.
Mindfulness acts as a circuit breaker to the mindlessness of our life.
7 Things Mindful People do Differently and How to Get Started
Click Here for a link to this article that is a worthwhile read.
A Delicious Citrus Salad
The citrus fruits at the moment are really juicy, and delicious. As the sun came out over the weekend, I felt like something fresh and light, so I threw together a salad with citrus as the base. I didn't use a dressing - there was so much vibrancy going on, and it was moist enough, so a dressing was redundant. You will notice some pith on my fruit...I seriously failed the segmenting subject at catering college...but a bit of pith won't hurt you - in fact there are benefits to eating this white membrane - vitamin C and fibre for starters. It looks prettier without, but as I wasn't cooking for the Queen, I looked to my muses speed and ease to guide me.
Citrus is high in Vitamin C which is important in supporting collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen provides strength and structure to skin, bones, tendons and ligaments, and it can break down as we age....at my age, I am shipping in the citrus to support a firm, youthful glow! Full of antioxidants, citrus also boosts our immune system.
Fennel - also high in Vit C
Pistachios - full of magnesium and potassium, which nourish our nervous system.
I added Avocado for a bit of good fat to make the salad a little more sustaining,
and some Mint which is a great digestive.
Fennel Bulb sliced super thin ( I used a mandilin, or you could use a food processor)
Use the fronds of the fennel - chop and sprinkle over the top