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