I ate my burrito in the am, chicken and pita for lunch, rice, Korean soup with side dishes for dinner. Then Bear made cookies and I had FOUR!!!!
So, these have been creeping into menus lately and I am currently reading Sarah Wilson’s book called ‘I quit sugar‘ and low and behold there was a recipe for said activated almonds. I am going to try them out tonight. Still skeptical but it’s worth giving it a go I guess.
I am going to try out her 8 week program as it sounds fantastic and I eat that much food as it is! Another Aussie called Kate (Inspired Mood) has done the same and she makes it easier to understand.
My best snack ever: activated nuts.You can buy these in health food shops, but they’re expensive. Make your own in bulk: soak a huge bag of almonds overnight in a pot of water with a tbls of rock salt. Drain. Lay out on a baking tray and “heat” in the oven at the lowest temperature possible (less than 65 C; for gas ovens – on the pilot light) for 12-24 hours. Crunchy, slightly toasty goodness. PLUS they’re full of enzymes – activated nuts have sprouted, which means their digestive enzymes have been activated, making them easier to digest, but also great for your metabolism overall. The more enzymes you eat, the less of your own body’s enzymes are required to break down food…which keeps you younger, longer.
I shot this video for my ‘2 seconds a day’ project and it made me really sad when I watched it back. They [supermarkets] are such lonely places with, mostly, sad sad food.
The site of: my wonderful friend Jamin and catchup up with him
The sound of: the early morning and how still it is
The touch of: fresh, white cotton
The smell of: fresh lemons
The taste of: sparkling water
I thought meditation was a load of old bollocks I have to say. I use to hate sitting still, I didn’t want to focus on my body I just wanted to get out and do stuff. In 2008, I took a two-month vacation from my life and, as I have mentioned here before, spent time ‘working on myself’ at The Perth Clinic which was an excellent place for me to be at that time.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit but I was reading GOOP about 6 weeks ago and stumbled up a post titled Time Saving Apps. In there, was a not so seriously named OMG I can Meditate App. It piqued my interest.
You see some 8 weeks ago my beloved partner was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer. At the age of 65, the doctors were amazing that a man of his age should contract this type of cancer; reserved mostly for young men of 20 – 30 years of age. I was beside myself.
It’s been a bit of a hard year and I just didn’t know how I was going to take this onboard as well. Having gone to the Dr and getting the usual sleeping pills and valium, I drove home from the pharmacist thinking – there just has to be another way. I cannot ‘drug’ my way through this crisis in my life. I just didn’t want to.
It was about 5 days after that Gwyneth, of all people, came knocking on my door this this little app.
Around the same time I met up with a very old friend and business mentor who had just finished a leadership course at Harvard Business School. Not only did she tell me how tough it was (duh!) but, surprisingly, she also told me that a lot of it was taken up with mindfulness and meditation. Go figure, the world really gives you what you need, when you need it.
So I clicked on the OMG app that night and started. It’s been around 5 weeks now and some days are much tougher than others to get into the zone, but it has really given me a sense of well being where I have not needed to take anything to sleep. Not only that I can concentrate on my work much more and feel a lot more productive.
I have enjoyed it so much so that I have now joined a 5 week course at the Perth Meditation Centre, luckily enough for me it’s just around the corner from home. I start on the 07/10 and I cannot wait to see how I progress.
There are a number of great resources online that I have also been reading – my favourite so far is Tara Brach. Well worth a listen.
I took this shot at the Sand patch just outside of Albany this weekend. Now this would be a beautiful place to meditate.
As you can tell, it was a pretty tough August as well but I need to get back on track.
This has been my September. I cannot lie. It’s been hard but the lessons are worth it.