This is a time of year to notice and acknowledge the new buds in your surroundings, but also the new buds within. What dream seeds did you plant in the new year? Have you been nurturing these dreams by taking action steps that lead you toward them or away? If you are moving toward them, keep tending to them – adding love and support and giving them food to foster their continued growth. If you notice you are moving away, then take note of this too.
Each day is a new day to do it differently. Seek to understand, then make choices that foster growth in the direction you desire . You are your own Miracle Manifestor. If you are stuck, then ask for support to get re-directed. This is where community is needed; we are not meant to do it alone. Reach out!
I know from experience, I tend to be a lone ranger, but the more and more I reach out for support, especially in areas where I am weak, the easier it is. Wisdom is knowing where your strengths are and where your weaknesses lie and by allowing someone else to teach or assist you in your weak areas, you can strive and thrive creating a blissful life and having your dreams come to fruition.
There are many reasons to drink more water every day (just a few at the link) and I wanted to create a fun way to get enough water every day, so I made this recipe. Prepare in the morning and leave in your fridge or take with you to keep hydrated all day long.
2 32 oz mason jars
½ lemon squeezed in each jar
2 frozen strawberries or fresh in each jar
a few lemon slices in each jar
a few sprigs of cilantro in each jar
Gently stir and enjoy the sweet and refreshing flavour.
A simple way to figure out how much water you need to drink a day is to take your body weight, divide by 2 and that will be the amount of ounces you should drink in a day. So if you weigh 120 pounds, you should aim for 60 ounces of water a day, which is almost 8 glasses.
Recently, I’ve been attracted to cilantro. I simply like the taste, but what makes it even more attractive is its health benefits (check out this link for a great video about them).
For a simple way to enjoy it, simply boil a small pot of water and add a handful of chopped cilantro. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes then strain and drink as a tea to assist with digestion.
For something a little bit more involved but definitely easy and worthwhile to make, check out my recipe below.
Organic Nutty Salad
You can make as little or as much of this salad. Toss together these ingredients and serve with my easy frittata.
- Organic mixed greens
- Celery, chopped
- Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- Cilantro, chopped
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Sprinkle of nutritional yeast (learn more about nutritional yeast by clicking here)
- Simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium-large organic potato, halved lengthwise then sliced into thin half circles
- 1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
- 4 eggs
- Handful of chopped cilantro
- Sprinkle of nutritional yeast
Use organic olive oil or coconut oil or non-stick spray to prepare your pan. Use medium heat to saute onions and garlic a few minutes, then add potato and stir occasionally until brown ~ about 15 minutes, add red pepper. Crack 4 eggs into a deep bowl and whisk together until combined. Pour over potato mixture, turn heat to low and put on low heat, then let cook on low heat for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle cilantro and nutritional yeast on top, then slip frittata on a plate and enjoy with your organic nutty green salad.
Every day can be a blissful day. Every evening before going to sleep, I reflect on what gave me bliss that day and fall asleep with happy thoughts. I will say that I have had many days that did not feel blissful, but I realized that my lack of bliss was reflective of needing to change my perspective. I truly believe energy flows where attention goes.
I went through a worry stage that actually lasted a year. Yes a year! I did have my blissful moments, but I could easily erase those moments or feel they were too distant when I was worried. What finally got me out of this mindset was examining my mind’s patterns and practicing mindfulness daily.
Instead of trying to ignore or push away the negative thoughts, I decided to give them a voice and figure out what they were trying to tell me. When the thoughts would come up, I would ask “what do you need to be safe or let go?” Talking to my negative thoughts allowed me to change my perspective and be open to healing that aspect of myself. I knew the worry and negative voice were keeping me very far from my bliss, but by working through this negative voice, I knew I could reclaim my bliss.
A very easy way for me to send healing to this aspect of self was to simply invite healing through this mind exercise. I did this exercise in the evening as a night ritual to support my shift into a more positive mindset. It starts with a mantra, spoken aloud or recited internally, “I am open, I release, I receive healing and I heal.” I would repeat this several times, then ask for guidance in my sleep so I could wake up with another perspective. Little by little, I felt a shift.
The more I opened up to releasing the negativity, the closer I came to trusting that I could let it go and move forward. As I shifted my perspective, I made choices that aligned me to my true direction and invited more energy into my life to focus on what gave me bliss. The more time I spent in a bliss state, the more I could draw what I wanted from life. The magical thing is that the bliss state builds upon itself – the more I was in bliss, the more bliss I attracted; the worry and negative thoughts simply disappeared.
Next time you find yourself wrapped up in negative thoughts or worries, realize you can shift your perspective and when you do, you’ll quickly find yourself experiencing greater and greater bliss.
Here’s a shot of some greens from the local Living Soils Farm. On Sunday, I made a trip out to Cedar to get my greens. Adding bliss to my life is a simple drive to Cedar! I love my greens – this week I picked up arugula, mixed greens, chard and two kinds of kale. We are so blessed to have farmers like Ian and Rachel at Living Soils Farm. They are open every Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 pm . Get on their email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) and receive a weekly email from them with what’s available – always freshly picked that day. I love the drive in the country and knowing I am fueling my body with so many organic greens feeding my body bliss, mind bliss and creating beauty bliss!