It was a beautiful day here in Fergus, Ontario. I sat in a park for my meditation and began the next leg of my journey. I have set my intention. I am going to practice every day for the coming year. I am stating this here as a support to my self and hopefully as an encouragement for you.
Vipassana (Insight) Meditation has literally changed my life. I have followed this path and these teachings ardently ever since I sat my first 10 day retreat. I am so grateful to have amazing teachers and mentors: Molly Swan, Norman Feldman and Michael Stone from True North Insight.
Another great support is the Insight Timer App. I love this app. There is a free version and a paid version. I think the paid one is well worth it. You can join our “RiverSound Retreat – Vipassana” group on this app. We also share practice every Saturday morning and Monday evening at the studio. Check out the Calendar page of this site. Join in and we will support each other in the practices of calming, concentrating, cultivating heart-opening and most importantly, wisdom.
Let me know if I can support you on your journey,
Uggh. Are you feeling it? The need to shed, to move, to stir it up, shake it off…time for a spring reboot! I love this term ‘reboot’ from Joe Cross. He’s the inspiring story featured in the film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Click here to check out all of the great supports on his site: Reboot with Joe.
Here’s a lovely thing to do for yourself. It’s inspired by a few different recipes with a bit of recipe improv thrown in. Be creative, use what you have.
Spread coconut oil onto sides and bottom of baking dish.
Mix chopped apples with 1 cup of frozen mango chunks (or anything else you like).
Add some sulphured cranberries, a few soaked and chopped prunes (or anything else you like).
Add lots of cinnamon, some nutmeg and a bit of ground coriander.
Soak some almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in boiling water for 2 minutes.
Rub the skins off the almonds and chop.
In a small bowl mix blanched almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds with hemp seeds and raw cocoa nibs (or anything else you like) with a some coconut oil (a tbsp or 2 until it is somewhat bound together).
Spread fruit into baking dish. Add the seed and nut crumble on top.
Bake 375 for 40 min. or apples are soft.
Reheat a bit with almond milk for breakfast. Add no fat Greek yogurt for a mid-afternoon snack. Add to quinoa porridge. You get the idea.
Yes, I am on of those people that puts their legs up the wall in airports.
We recently had a lovely trip to Oaxaca, Mexico but had an unfortunate night “sleeping” in the Mexico City airport on our arrival trip and a 5 hour layover in Houston on our way home. Here are a few of my tips for staying well with these challenges:
Find a quiet corner of the terminal. Put your sweater/coat on the floor, lay down and put your shins up on a chair or take your legs all the way up the wall (my fav). This relieves stress and fluid buildup in the legs. If your hamstrings (back of the thighs) are tight let your hips rest a few inches away from the wall. If you’d like a deeper but still restful hamstring stretch let your hips be close to the wall.
I also like put my elbows on a window ledge or chair back and walking the feet back so the body comes to a right angle. This is a lovely shoulder opener and counteracts the forward rounding posture of our daily habits.
Lastly, instead of getting another caramel or mocha latte try Coconut Water. It’s a no fat, low calorie, high in potassium, yummy way to prevent dehydration.
We used to call it the “witching hour” at our house. Somewhere between 3:30-5:00 when Mom (or Dad) and kids are all a bit cranky, tired and hungry. Instead of reaching for a sweet and a big mug of tea or coffee try this Restorative Yoga Pose (Viparita Kirani) instead. Enjoy.
Are you feeling off kilter, out of sorts or off balance? Try this variation of Tree Pose (Vrksasana) to explore if you are trying to hold on to something that can’t be held on too.
Bring one foot on top of the other. As you can see the easier version has the top foot angled to the side. Bring your hands to your hips to help you balance. Relax your shoulders, your jaw, your breath…
Feel the constant shifting of your ankle and foot. Let go of struggling to control this movement and surrender to it. Feel the continual shifting, the adjusting, responding to the moment.
There is no such thing as being balanced, only responding moment to moment to what arises.
People often ask “Isn’t it better to eat the veggies instead of juice them? What about all the fibre?”
Would you eat this big pile of raw veggies first thing in the morning? I wouldn’t!
Also, you do get some fibre in your juice and the body assimilates the nutrients very quickly in their juiced form. And…it’s soooo delicious.
Perfect Morning Pancakes
High protein, high fibre, rich in Omegas and yummy!
tastes better than it sounds ~ really!
2 tbsp ground chia seeds (I ground mine in the coffee grinder)
2 tbsp wheat germ
1 tbsp oat bran
pinch sea salt
3 pinches of cinnamon
»combine and mix well
half a banana, small dice
»add to dry ingredients, toss to coat
»add 2 eggs, mix well
»pour into lightly greased fry pan, preheated to medium
sprinkle top with pumpkin seeds
»when firm flip over
I served mine with no fat Greek yogurt a drizzle of agave and dried cranberries. And I have one left over to take with me for a snack later today. Happy food 😎
(My sincere apologies to the originator of this recipe.I tried to track you down to give credit and couldn’t find it.)
A Joyful & Juicy Morning
A gorgeous glass of Cabbage Rose juice. How could this day be anything other than awesome!
Cabbage Rose Juice and cacao cashew bliss balls.
This recipe is from The Juicing Bible 2nd ed., Pat Crocker:
handful spinach leaves
1/2 tsp rosemary
Thanks for visiting Riversound retreat. I invite you to join me for yoga classes by the Grand River.