Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Nourishing Soul Moved to a New Home!

Please join me at my new and improved site: 

http://thenourishingsoul.com/

See you there!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Part II: What Have I Been Missing? I'm Forgetting My iPhone More Often!

Following up with last week's post "What Have I Been Missing?", I realize now a very large large part of the reason I am not more Present is because I spend too much flippin' time on my iPhone. 
 
Have your found yourself doing any combination of this in the middle of a conversation:
  • Checking and/or Responding to Email
  • Checking and/or Responding to Twitter
  • Checking, Updating your status and/or Commenting in FaceBook
  • Checking and/or Posting to Instagram
  • Texting someone else
  • Playing Candy Crush or some other game? 

Or how about this: Texting someone who is actually in another room of the house?
 
I am TOTALLY guilty of this behavior. 
 
While playing in my little "iPhone World", I am not paying full attention to the person right in front of me that is trying to connect and have a conversation with me. I am probably missing more of their conversation than what is happening on FaceBook.
 
Not to mention that it is rude to the other person. 
 
An Open Apology to those I have done this to - which is probably almost everyone:  I am VERY, VERY SORRY.  I was rude and inconsiderate.  I am working on being more present and I will do my best to not do this again.
 
My beloved iPhone and I have this great relationship!  iPhone is the first thing I look at when I wake up: How many emails do I have?  What is the temperature outside? And the last thing I look at before going to bed: What are they saying on FaceBook, what is the weather going to be tomorrow? 

Tomorrow?  Hmmm that isn't being very PRESENT, is it? Am I really missing that much if I don't check several times a day? Am I going to melt if I get a little wet?  Probably not. 

In addition to last weekend's Kundalini Yoga Level 2 Teacher Training - Conscious Communication (more about that in a future post) and watching this video, it really helped me to focus my awareness on how present I am with others.
 
 
Stay Tuned for next week for the Conclusion of "What Have I Been Missing?", weighing in on the balance of practicing to be more Present, Communication, Relationships & Technology.

Have a great Week!  ;-)
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Part I: What Have I Been Missing?

Staying present, in the moment, focusing on the here and now is a struggle for me. Many times I replay what was said earlier in the day or the day before.  And usually it is negative stuff - that's not good.  Many times I think about what I have to do TOMORROW and I get anxious about it - that is totally no bueno!

I wonder how much of TODAY have I missed? 
I wonder how much unnecessary stress I am putting on myself?
Probably a lot.

For both our psychological and physical well-being, it is very important for us
To stay Focused on the Present Moment
To stay Focused on TODAY. 
To stay Focused on being Present in Conversation with others. Listen, I mean REALLY Listen, make eye contact and refrain from formulating what we are going to say next or checking our phones when someone is talking.
(Oh boy, how often have I done THAT - check my phone when someone is talking? Shame on ME!)

There is nothing we can do about the Past, it is done, over. 
Let it go and learn from it.
The future, isn't here yet. 
It is out of our hands and there is nothing we can do about it NOW.
Don't we have enough to deal with TODAY?

A new practice for me, right now is to remain present.  

Maybe this simple thought will help keep me on track: 




Photo Courtesy of: Picsbox.biz  

AHHH MINDFULNESS!  I talk about it, but how often am I actually PRACTICING it?
 
Yep, I am still working on that and I am going to need help! 

Hmmm maybe I should post it on my cubicle wall at work so I can see it every day?  

Here is a beautiful poem about focusing on TODAY

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

“There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.

Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is YESTERDAY with its mistakes and cares,

Its faults and blunders, Its aches and pains.

YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.

We cannot undo a single act we performed.

We cannot erase a single word we said. YESTERDAY is gone.

The other day we should not worry is TOMORROW.

With its possible adversities, Its burdens,

Its large promise and poor performance.

TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control.

TOMORROW‘s Sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,

but it will rise.

Until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW, for it is yet unborn.

This just leaves only one day . . . TODAY.

Any person can fight the battles of just one day.

It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternity’s -

YESTERDAY and TOMORROW that we break down.

It is not the experience of TODAY that drives people mad.

It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY.

and the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.

Let us therefore LIVE BUT ONE DAY AT A TIME.”

~ Author Unknown

Let's practice MINDFULLNESS NOW!  :-)

Photo Courtesy of Domonique Wilson
 
 
Resource:  www.purposefairy.com 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

All HAIL to the KALE!

 
Today, October 2nd, is National Kale Day!
 
Photo Courtesy of: National Capital Vegetarian Association

 
What is so special about Kale? 
 
It's a super food!
  • providing 134% of your daily Vitamin C needs
  • providing 684% of your daily Vitamin K needs
  • providing 204% of Vitamin A
  • an excellent source of calcium and iron 
I am seeing some Superhero Powers right there with all those vitamins!
 
What else?
  • It contains healing compounds that could potentially prevent cancer!
  • It is an anti-inflammatory 
  • It balances blood sugar (good for managing diabetes/pre-diabetes)
  • It is an super source of carotenoids, linked to one's level of optimism
  • It helps lower blood cholesterol levels
  • It is high in lutein and zeaxanthin compounds - needed for good eye health 
  • It is the top dextoxifing food - an antioxidant All-Star!
  • One of the easiest foods to prepare!
Sounds pretty Super to me!

Get your Kale Superhero Cape On and Celebrate National Kale Day
by trying this easy and my absolute favorite Kale Recipe!

 

Photo Courtesy of: www.foodgawker.com

 

Kale Salad with Apple and Gorgonzola
Prep Time:  20 minutes      4 Servings
Courtesy of: http://www.crabtreehealthyliving.com

Ingredients:
  • 1 large bunch of kale of your choice (I prefer Red Kale): 16-20 leaves, 12" long
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 sunflower seeds, (or pecans) toasted (you can do this in a dry skillet while preparing the rest of the salad)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup craisins (if you don't have craisins, raisins are good too!)
  • 1 apple diced (I've made this with diced fresh pears!)
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (or try feta cheese, or skip the cheese all together!)

Directions:
  1. Tear leaves away from stems and tear leaves into small pieces.  Spin or pat dry.
  2. Place kale in a large bowl.  Add salt and massage into kale with your hands for 2 minutes.  This breaks down the fibers, tenderizing and making the kale more digestible. The volume of kale should reduce by about 1/3.
  3. Place kale in a fresh bowl, discarding any leftover liquid.
  4. Stir in the onions, craisins (or raisins), apple (or pear) and toasted sunflower seeds (or pecans) into the kale.
  5. Add the oil and apple cider vinegar and toss.  Adjust seasoning by adding more salt and/or vinegar if necessary.
  6. Toss in cheese (if using).
Ummmm, not sure about Kale? This is a yummy salad that even my non-kale eaters enjoyed!  It keeps well for a few days in the fridge and travels well for "brown bag" lunches.

If you try the recipe, I would love to receive your feedback!
Enjoy!

Oh, and Thank You Ryan Gosling for making Kale look more attractive!  :-)

 




Resources:
 http://nationalkaleday.org
www.happyherbivore.com
www.webmd.com

 
 
 
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

1 DAY Left Until.....

The 2013 Stanley Cup Champions -  Chicago Blackhawks raise the Banner! 
1 Day until hockey season officially starts!

Nope, I am not too excited about hockey!  LOL

Take a look at the BLING the Hawks players are getting?  Isn't it pretty?

Oh, and being the stand-up organization the Chicago Blackhawks are, the wives/girlfriends get to pick out a piece of bling too!




Saturday, September 28, 2013

Things Will Change & Rearrange - 3HO Summer Solstice 2013



Every year, really twice a year, 3HO has a Solstice event. It isn't so much a retreat as it is a celebration and taking time out to work on yourself. These events have LOTS of yoga workshops, lots of yoga, great music, more yoga, do Seva (selfless service), great food and a pretty awesome Bazaar where you dump, I mean spend a lot of money buying yogi things like malas (prayer beads), essential oils, books, music CD's, jewlery, turban material, more jewlery... you get the picture.  (Watch the quick video above to see what it is all about)

Oh, and I met Demi Moore and her daughter Rumer at Summer Solstice- registering them for the event! Yep, they were there too!

Each Solstice experience is different and it is different for everyone. This year for me it was about setting boundaries for myself and practicing self care during my time on the mountain (Guru Ram Das Puri is in the Mountains of New Mexico). I didn't plan it that way, it just kind of happened when I got up there.

One day while I was sitting in the Tantric Shelter eating dinner, a Sevadar (selfless service person), approached me and asked me to write my name in a time slot to participate in Akand Path. Akand Path is 72 hours continuous reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikhs' book of Holy Writings. On a whim I signed up for a day to read out loud for one hour. It was the fastest and most profound hour of my life! I floated out of there and hugged the first person I saw!  Umm, not my typical thing to do.  :-)

A couple weeks after returning home, it became clear to me that my current career path is not fulfilling my purpose here on earth. Since my return from the Summer Solstice 2013, I have made steps to lead a more purposeful life and to reach out to others. I have registered to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Also, I am living more mindfully (more about that in another post) and connecting with the words from spiritual sources. Like an onion the layers are peeling away and I am starting to remember who I Am and why I am here. I am here to serve everyone I meet and assist them to live happier, healthier lives. I am here to love EVERYONE, no matter who they are!

Remember the Brady Bunch? Remember that episode when Peter's voice changed? Yeah, life is like that. Unexpectedly things happen. Things change quickly. Going with the flow is sometimes met with resistance. But why resist? This life is dynamic. Change is going to happen anyway! You know what they say - When you are through with change, you are through!

I am so glad I didn't give it a second thought that day, went with the flow and just did what my soul wanted to do.