I have something veryyy exciting news for all of my readers!!!!
I will now be creating my very own recipe content for Snapshot of Wellness readers! And I am starting with these organic - healthy - filling - energizing - delicious bars that I have named, Organic Bucktown Chocolate Bark!
All recipes that I create will be named after the people & places that I love most! What better place to start then the neighborhood that I have lived in for years, Bucktown/Wicker Park. Bucktown is also one of the most creative neighborhoods in Chicago (and my favorite place to be)!
This 1st recipe was a bit accidental. I was extremely hungry - craving sweets (nothing new about that) - and this week my budget is more limited then normal. So, what started as a happy accident in gathering whatever I had in the pantry has turned into a new business venture on my blog! It's a reminder to keep an open mind to whatever is possible!
Since I will be sharing SW recipes, let me tell all of you that I will get better with time with the 'how to make'. What I mean is, I don't measure things rather I 'toss a handful' of this and 'sprinkle' a bit of that, etc. You get the idea! I think this Bucktown Chocolate Bark is fool proof though and you can experiment as I did!
Do know I only use the most pure organic ingredients so you can trust me there! And I will only share what is absolutely delicious!
1 cup & a half - Organic Whole Almonds (unsalted)
A small handful of each: Hemp seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds (use any seeds you wish - as many or as little via variety).
2 cups of organic pitted dates
1 large scoop (and a half if you are a chocolate lover) of Raw Chocolate Cacao (great source of iron)!
And the last ingredient was Organic Maple Syrup which I poured on top (I think about two tablespoons).
Mix all ingredients in the food processor starting first with the almonds alone until they are a flour consistency. Place the rest of the ingredients in together & pulse until the texture is that of a grainy pie crust - that's how you will be using it. I hope that makes sense.
I have no idea what size the pan I used is (I have to get better at this - haha) but, place the mixture in a pan lightly coated w coconut oil. And just use your fingers to spread out & pat into a firm base.
Freeze this for 30 minutes.
While that's in the freezer, take a small bag of vegan cacao nibs or chocolate chips of your choice and melt in pan. Pour over the base that you just placed in the freezer & then freeze for an hour or two.
What you will have are these crunchy chocolatey bars that have so much texture!!!! They are SO good with the benefit of no blood sugar crashes! Eat without the guilt! And they do not taste 'healthy'. They taste rich and indulgent.
P.S. My recipes moving forward will have more photos as a 'how to' as I go!
Sarah Baker, the talented powerhouse who is the creator of the well known digital mag., The Balanced Babe, shared that she was hosting an event titled 'Holidays Beyond Expectations' at The Rooted Center in Wicker Park. Sarah hosted alongside two incredible women, Marcy Cruice, The Detoxitarian & Shruti Sekhri, the Founder & Facilitator of The Rooted Center.
I was intrigued! The purpose of the event was to give us ideas, tips & tricks as to how to navigate through the stresses of holiday season! And I think all of us can agree this is no easy task between the hustle & bustle of traveling, buying/wrapping gifts, mailing cards (yep, I still do that), visiting w/ friends & family, most of us gaining weight and well, feeling frazzled & often depleted. Pure holiday madness!
The Rooted Center, which you will learn about in 1 minute, is located in Wicker Park so I just conveniently walked over. Let me just share with all of you that I was expecting your typical wellness event: Mingling w/ wellness minded folks, nibbling on yummy healthy treats, several bloggers snapping photos in between introducing ourselves to one another, listening to a well meaning presentation on health w/ a few good takeaways & on my way home I go! I should have known that when Sarah Baker is involved in anything, it's not 'typical'....aka her Be Healthful Retreat this past year which blew-our-minds - the digital magazine that she curates - being a Health Coach that practices what she preaches & teaches, etc. Sarah ALSO is an International Super Model too so, at this point, your thinking 'this chic's talent is ridiculous'. And you then find out she is the most down to earth & genuine person - filled w/ integrity. Dear Lord, you are thinking - ha! A rare gem that Sarah (smile)!
Back to last night...
I don't even know what to say right now about this event other then....it was so AMAZING! And I expected NONE Of what would take place.
Alright, how do I explain The Rooted Center?!
You walk in & The Rooted Center has this immediate soulful vibe working through the rooms & hallway. The walls are filled w/ every form of written self expression from people of all ages. It is a creative space where you come to 'be you' and trial various forms of self expression - no judgement and total freedom. I walked in highly stressed & left with a smile not only on my face but in my heart. I admit that sounds a bit cheesy but it's actually so true. I felt like someone gave me a really long heartfelt hug for over an hour....which I kind of really needed. It gave me goosebumps. Talk about 'real connection'.
After eating delish plant based bites by Kitchfix & sipping the most yum green juices by Element Wellness, we moved into the creative & learning phase of the evening! And this is where the unexpected part of the evening started for me. We wrote 'journal style' in this beyond cool exercise led by Jacquelynn Camden-Gay on releasing feelings. We illustrated our individual form of art expression on the walls with our eyes closed which was incredibly meditative and basically got to the core of what each of us was wrestling with. And this all took place in this safe, nurturing & truly trusting space which happened to be warm & cozy too (think quaint yoga room combined with color and creativity - I know, pretty sweet).
So, I will wrap this up with ONE 'Top of Mind' takeaway from each facilitator above regarding how I am going to now better navigate through this holiday season!!!
And a special thank you:
I'd love if all of you (some of you - one of you) would join me at this cool & much needed one night event 'Holidays Beyond Expectations'! I am eager to learn how to keep this holiday season stress-free, festive & healthy (not a combination you typically see much of during the holi-dazeee)! And I so badly want to work in wellness this winter!
One lucky Snapshots of Wellness reader can join me for FREE as my guest!!!! The first to send me a tweet at @snapshotsofw will be my guest!
To learn the details via this fab event, just head over to the most amazing digital magazine on the web, The Balanced Babe & learn more!
I know that many of you are going to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday & thought I would share some of my ideas (shown above) for healthy snacks for the road (or flight)!
Preparing a container of primarily plant based snacks is not only going to satisfy your hunger until you arrive at your family or friends home but it's also going to give you an alkalizing energy boost prior to the holiday feasting you may or may not be doing (we all will be doing)!
I typically take a large container and fill it with any or all of the following:
And that's really it! I throw my container in my tote and off I go! I love taking care of my body and I need no further convincing that eating an alkalizing diet is the best decision I can possibly make.
Be good to your body this holiday season! What are your ideas for healthy snacks on the road?
I would much rather lye in bed at night scrolling through blogs vs. watching a movie or television show. For me, reading blogs has taken over reading say, InStyle or Elle magazine.
The world of blogging has exploded and what an education we all have access to on so many topics from health, diet, wellness, faith, fashion, life lessons, products, etc. We are so so so blessed to have access to all of this information......for free. FREE. You can go online for an hour and learn more about health then you might have the past year. Yes, seriously.
So, scroll through the quick gallery of my absolute favorite blogs! I have a lot more blogs then shared above that I love but these are the blogs that I do a routine check-in with each and every single week. I get excited to read all of their new posts they are sharing! It's a fun routine to make a hot cup of tea, get on my computer and comb through the blogs above. I leave that hour of reviewing what they all had to share, refreshed, encouraged and motivated!
Share w/ me below or on Twitter (@snapshotsofw) what your absolute 'go to' blogs are - the ones you read every week. And let me know what you think about my favorites above!
Let's try to get in greens at each meal this week! Who is up for the challenge? It's easier then you may think!
Here are some quick tips to sneaking greens in:
Just a short post for all of you today. Get ready for some hearty content coming tomorrow!
I am so excited that my review of Kind Organics was published today at Eco-Vegan Gal.com! I am so incredibly impressed w/ this multivitamin and the fact that Alicia Silverstone was involved was the cherry! I know when she is involved in any project, consumers are getting the best of the best via nutrition, skincare,etc.
So, without further adieu, I give me.....my review (0: And feel free to head over to Eco-Vegan Gal's site to learn everything you need to know about Eco-sustainable living!
Kind Organics: Real, Good Food in a Multivitamin
I am actually thrilled and giddy that I have been able to trial the brand new Kind Organics multivitamin for the past month and a half. The more I learned about how this multivitamin was created, the company who created it --Garden of Life—and the collaboration with Alicia Silverstone, the more I knew I was ingesting the most healthy, organic nutrition in a multivitamin for the very first time.
The collaboration was born between Alicia Silverstone, actress and author of The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama; Organic Juice Beauty skin care products; and Garden of Life, the number one selling supplement brand in the natural products industry and leader in Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition.
Alicia was not content with the vitamins she was taking because of the chemical binders, fillers and coating. The vitamins she was ingesting were completely manufactured and not truly from the earth thus not in line with the quality of nutrition her body needed and deserved. She learned as I did from Garden of Life that, "Even the best fermented or cultured multis all started off with chemical isolates and tableted versions of harsh chemical binders, fillers or coating."
After searching for a multivitamin with three crucial criteria, Alicia couldn't find one on the market that was certified USDA organic, Non-GMO project verified and "real," aka no synthetics, fillers, etc. Garden of Life wanted the same thing and knew the challenge ahead of them...and it was quite the challenge. So, they set out to create it by teaming with an innovator who harvested vitamins from organic fruits and herbs. Please read about the process of creating the vitamins here as it's actually fascinating.
The result of years of research? "We are thrilled to introduce Kind Organics—a multivitamin that is Certified USDA Organic from real, whole, Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten free and certified vegan foods. Kind Organics is made with over 30 of the healthiest organic veggies and fruits available, such as organic kale, organic sea kelp, organic broccoli, organic parsley, organic ginger and organic blueberries," Garden of Life says.
So, now let's talk about my trial of Kind Organics. Having done extensive research of the products, I just couldn't wait to get started. The Kind Organics package arrived about a month and a half ago for me to try the multivitamins myself. And it arrived at a time when I was experiencing not only a horrible flu, but also riding the wave of grief having lost a loved one. The timing was ideal because my immune system needed a very serious boost. I set out and took two Kind Organic multivitamins every single day for over 30 days (and counting), ate fairly close to 100 percent entirely plant based organic whole foods and within two weeks I could feel my body healing. I started to feel back to my vibrant self.
I believe I am already the biggest fan of Kind Organics because of the absolute uniqueness in health that these products provide. The Kind Organics multivitamins is monumental in both the vitamin industry and the entire wellness industry. As Alicia Silverstone stated, "we started with food and ended with food" in the making of this product. I imagine that it will be on the shelf of every wellness expert that I know in the industry.
Kind Organics has set the bar incredibly high as far as creating the absolute healthiest multivitamin in the entire market place. I will continue using the Kind Organics multivitamin because it's responsible to ingest pure organic nutrition into my body each day. To know that I am inviting into my body 30 plus organic family farmed foods feels so healing. My research of multivitamins starts and ends with this product. It's critical that we all know what we are actually putting in our mouths when we purchase vitamins and Kind Organics has taken all the guess work out of the process.
When asked what she wants us to know about Kind Organics multivitamins, Alicia said: "I wanted to take a multi from the same types of organic, nutritious foods I eat in my daily diet. I didn't want a bottle of chemical isolates dressed up with organic fluff. The multi I wanted to take didn't exist, so that's why we created Kind Organics. This something new you've not seen before. It's 100% food with no additives and no junk. Just real good food."
If you're looking for an extra boost in nutrition, run, don't walk to your closest Whole Foods or zip over to Amazon to purchase Kind Organics multivitamins.
Hi everyone. I am not feeling well today so, I just want to share a stream of thoughts on the power of organic greens in my own life & then provide you with the most resourceful links to learn about 'why' juicing and eating greens has the ability to change your life in so many wonderfully powerful ways.
Let me first share this: I do not believe that food heals alone. I don't. Yep, just my opinion & I know a lot of you will disagree. I think healing the body requires a combination of a number of factors such as lifestyle, monitoring stress, healthy relationships, routine exercise, our 'thought' life is critical, our faith, etc.
I DO believe that food is the cornerstone to healing or creating disease so, what we eat is at the core of health & healing. People are healing from all varieties of cancers, MS, Lupus, Lyme's, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, POTS Syndrome (check out Ella Woodward's story), etc. when consistently consuming whole plant based foods. The evidence is staggering. Just ask Kris Carr!
I have been eating 'primarily' plant based since 2011. Initially I was a total junk food eating vegan. The entire vegan community opened my eyes to this other world out there (well, it felt like another world) of compassionate 'groups' from animal activists to wellness consultants, etc. And I thought I was healthy. I laugh now b/c I was consuming so much crap - yeah, vegan junk. And my progression of eating fully healthy has been slow even though I don't care to admit that (b/c I was so educated on the topic).
I am now gaining momentum in consuming primarily organic-unprocessed-plant based foods about 85% of my meals each week - pretty good. And about 15% of the time, I eat vegetarian & not so healthy. And rather then focus on judging myself, I encourage 'me' to keep at the greens! And the more love I provide myself, the more that 85% will increase.
Recently, I have been experiencing first hand the healing power of greens and green juice. And once you actually 'feel' differently, you want to eat/drink more and more greens. It's such an energy source and just amazing. I am starting to really 'get it' b/c my body is responding. And when I eat badly (like last night), I wake up feeling well, pretty badly. Pretty simple logic as to what my next meal should be.
When I drink the Apple & Parsley elixir from Jus Juus in Wicker Park, within minutes, I can feel the dizziness I typically feel, evaporate. I am immediately hydrated and feeling more energetic. This is a true story... I avoided an ER visit when I was just really sick by drinking a large Apple/Parsley elixir. Think about that. I was actually blown away b/c I was able to get home, into bed and rest vs. sitting at the ER for hours, pay hundreds of dollars and get poked w/ needles. This is hugeee. It's one thing to talk, read or watch a documentary on how healthy eating plant based foods is but it's an entirely different scenario when you actually experience it for yourself. And you no longer have to 'shift ' perspective because your perspective just changes like 'that' - a snap of the fingers - and all those years of learning become present well, evidence.
I strongly urge my readers to check out the links below. And I encourage all of you to add organic greens to each meal every single day. I promise you that you will FEEL the difference. And if you really want to love that body of yours, head over to Jus Juus and get the Apple/Parsley elixir & The Hulk (I always get both now).
Be good to your body. Love your body like you love your child or the most lovable person in your life if you don't have kids. Adore yourself. Nurture yourself. Speak so gently & sweetly to yourself. And turn UP the greens!
Get educated by the best of the best:
Kris Carr www.kriscarr.com
Forks Over Knives
Dr. John McDougall
This absolutely brilliant article was written by our Founder, Jason Wachob, at MindBodyGreen.com. He is one of my hero's in life (in my 'Top Five')! It's an honor to be a contributing writer for MBG and when I see an article by Jason, I pay attention!
Today is my 40th birthday as I revisit this list that I wrote one year ago. I'm updating with a 40th lesson. Enjoy.
I've had some incredible life experiences. I've gone from flat broke to having money to being broke again, and then back. I've been told by doctors that I had incurable conditions and then completely healed myself naturally. I've had loved ones who were here one minute and dead the next. I've had my heart broken and then found my soul mate. It's been a pretty wild ride! Taking a page from Leo Babauta, I thought I'd share 39 things I've learned over my 39 years:
1. "You can't connect the dots going forward; you can only connect them looking backward."
Steve Jobs was right on the money with this one. There have been so many times when a perceived opportunity didn't work out and then a year later, there was a much bigger opportunity around the corner.
2. Working hard doesn't always mean working smart.
Just because you're working 16 hours a day doesn't mean you're being efficient with your time. You still have to work hard to succeed, but if you're not also organized and efficient, you're just wasting time.
3. Never walk away mad from a loved one.
My father died unexpectedly from a heart attack when I was 19 years old. Just a few weeks before he died, we'd had a fight because I overslept. A week later we made up. Then he died. Life is precious. One moment someone is here and the next moment they might be gone ... so treat every last word with loved ones accordingly.
4. Don't let little things get to you.
Does it really matter who is right about who did what chore in the house? You might win the fight, but you lose the battle. Don't sweat the small stuff because little things don't matter.
5. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to wellness, let alone anything.
I'm a 6'7", 220-pound man who practices yoga three times a week ... How could one diet, or one exercise program, or yoga pose work the same way it works for a 5'2", 90-pound woman who is a triathlete?
6. No one is perfect.
This especially holds true for people we put on pedestals. No matter how great or enlightened they are, they're still human. Everyone make mistakes and nobody is perfect.
7. Only take advice from experts (and being an expert probably means that person put in 10,000 hours of work).
I see this all the time in the self-help and wellness world: people doling out advice who have no expertise or life experience. Why is Charlie Knoles one of the best meditation teachers in the world? Because he's been meditating since he was four years old! Sometimes there's no substitute for hard work and experience. Only take advice from experts — and being an expert probably means having put in at least 10,000 hours of hard work according to Malcolm Gladwell.
8. We're good at going fast and need to practice going slow.
My friends Tara Stiles and Michael Taylor talk about this all the time. This is true for so many of us Type-A's who are always trying to jam one more thing into our already jam-packed day (myself included). It's why practices like yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are so important — they help us practice "slow" and connect us to our true selves.
9. Who you are on the mat (or at the office or the dinner table or wherever) is who you are everywhere.
My former college basketball coach, Armond Hill, used to tell us that we couldn't coast in practice and expect to turn it on during a game. You had to practice at the same level of excellence all the time. Why do so many ex-professional football players have problems with violence? It's probably because they've spent their life practicing violence on the field.
10. Sometimes you have to put things in the "I don't know" folder.
Awful stuff happens to everyone. Sometimes there's an immediate silver lining. Sometimes there isn't and at these times, you have to accept that some things just don't make sense right now. And maybe they will later.
11. Karma is real.
I've seen it happen way too often personally and for friends. If you give more, you'll get more.
12. You are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with.
It may sound like a cliché, but it's true. If you really want to change your life, you have to change the people you hang around with. Spend time with people who support you and believe in you.
13. Yoga really works.
I had two extruded discs in my lower back that were pressing on my sciatic nerve. I was in excruciating pain and two doctors told me I needed surgery. I started practicing yoga and the rest is history:)
14. Balance and moderation are key.
Sometimes we all need a cupcake. It's probably not a great idea every day, but the occasional treat isn't going to kill you. Life should be fun. Being obsessively healthy can be stressful and extremely unhealthy. Enter orthorexia.
15. Your gut is always right.
Always, always, always listen to your gut. Whenever I've gone against my intuition, it's been a disaster. Listen to your gut, it's always right.
16. If you're not happy with yourself, you'll never be happy in a relationship.
Every successful relationship starts with you. You can't rely on someone else to make you happy. Finding a great spouse or partner is just the icing on the cake, but you're responsible for the cake.
17. The future of medicine is a blend of Eastern and Western.
I'm a huge fan of Eastern medicine — acupuncture, shiatsu, reiki, cupping, herbs — you name it, I've done it. But you know what? Eastern medicine isn't perfect, and I think we'd all agree that Western medicine has room for improvement, too. But the future of medicine is a combination of both.
18. Energy (both negative and positive) is palpable.
We've all felt it at one time or another, there's that person who we always feel good around, or that person who is just simply draining. Energy is very real.
19. No one knows your body better than you.
In dealing with a parasite this past year, I enlisted every doctor and healer out there. In addition to learning that medicine knows very little about parasites, I learned that no one knew my body better than me. Some people told me things that were flat out wrong, while others told me things that made sense. It was up to me to choose who and what to listen to and decide what course of action to take.
20. Friends come and go.
Just because you were close with someone 10 years ago doesn't mean you're going to be close to them today and that's OK. People change and so do relationships. Sometimes people come into your lives at very specific times to help you get from point A to B, and then they somehow fade away. That's the magic of life and relationships: they're always evolving.
21. Dark green vegetables are good for everyone.
I don't think there's a diet out there that says green veggies are bad. Bring on the spinach!
22. Everyone deals with death differently — and every death is different.
By age 30 I had given three eulogies (and that doesn't even include my father's passing). Death is never easy and it's always different. How I felt when my father died when I was 19 was completely different from losing my best friend when I was 28, and losing my grandmother from cancer when I was 37.
23. Many forms of disease are preventable.
Many diseases — including some kinds of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease — are caused by lifestyle and diet. Through healthy living, we can not only prevent most disease, but we can actually change our genes. That's why I do what I do.
24. The universe/God /whatever-you-want-to-call-It, tends to know your breaking point.
I've often found that whenever I get very close to my breaking point, something magical tends to happen. Whether it's a profound encounter from a stranger or a big break, something always seems to happen whenever I get to a point where I've just had enough.
25. Gratitude is the key to happiness.
The common theme behind every religion is gratitude. It's powerful and it works! Always be grateful for what you have; no matter how bad things seem, there's always someone who has it worse. When I was a kid my mom would tell me, "The boy with no shoes cried until he met the boy with no feet." And as my friend, Peter Tunney says, "Grattitude is an attitude!"
26. Don't compare yourself or try to be someone else.
There's always someone out there who has more money, a more (perceived) perfect relationship, or a flatter stomach. Comparing yourself or trying to be someone else is a game you'll never win. As Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself; everyone else is taken."
27. Money doesn't buy happiness.
I didn't grow up with a lot of money, so all I wanted to do was make money. So when I was 27 years old and had made enough money to pay off all my college debt, was I happy? No. I learned very quickly that money doesn't buy happiness. And what's also interesting is that most successful people are successful because they do what they love to do. So focus on happiness and the money will come, not the other way around.
28. Vacations are good!
I was never a fan of vacations. And although I've never taken a 7-day vacation, I've become a fan of the 3 and 4 day getaways. Vacations work! They help you relax and recharge. Now I understand why people take them!
29. Being fit doesn't mean you're healthy.
The story that Lissa Rankin tells in Mind Over Medicine about how the fittest people in the world were some of the unhealthiest is spot on. Your thoughts, your mind, your environment — they all play a huge role in your overall health and well-being.
30. The gut is the key to so much of our health (yet we know so little about it).
Boy, did I learn way too much about this one in the past year with my parasite troubles. I felt things in my body that had some doctors looking at me like I was crazy! The gut is critical to our overall health and science is advancing rapidly here to explain why. We're about to enter the age of the microbiome and you'd better fasten your seat belts!
31. There's something to be said for being in nature.
I'm a New Yorker and prefer walking in a city over hiking. But lately I've found it really refreshing to walk barefoot in the sand or on grass. It just feels good.
32. Don't take yourself too seriously.
You have to be able to laugh at yourself. Being wound too tight isn't good for you or the people around you.
33. There's only one proper way to accept a compliment.
The words "thank you" will suffice.
34. Gluten, sugar, and processed foods aren't good for you.
I think my doctor friends, Frank Lipman, Amy Myers, Joel Kahn, David Perlmutter, and Ronald Hoffman all would agree on this one. Plus, as Kris Carr once told me, "You can't expect to live a vibrant life when you live on Twinkie consciousness."
35. Everyone has stress and it manifests in different ways.
Putting food on the table while working at a backbreaking job to make ends meet or taking care of loved one who is dying is extremely stressful. But just because you have money and perfect health doesn't mean you don't have stress. Stress follows you everywhere, it just changes. And it manifests in different ways and tends to hit you where you are most vulnerable — it doesn't have to manifest itself externally, it can manifest itself internally in the form of a weak part of your body. Stress will always be in your life so you have to figure out how to deal with it. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
36. Goals and deadlines are important, but sometimes you just have to say, "I don't know when, I don't know how, but I know it's gonna happen."
This can be tricky as sometimes we only see what we want to see, so I refer back to number 15 on this list about listening to your gut :)
37. You create your own luck.
Jim Carrey once said, "Visualization works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualize and go eat a sandwich."
38. When you've found your calling, magical things happen.
Since I launched MindBodyGreen with Tim and Carver back in 2009, magical things began to happen. Even though it took over three years for us to get any traction (see point #7 above about putting in 10,000 hours of work) and there are still some sleepless nights, whenever things tend to get tough for us, something always seems to happen and things end up working out for the better. That's the thing — when you've found your calling, magical things really do happen.
39. Everything is connected — mind, body, and green.
I know I might be preaching to the choir here, but it's totally true.
40. Meditation is game-changing!
Even though I've meditated on and off for the past few years, I recently got serious about implementing it into my daily routine about two months ago. Why now? In living "mindbodygreen" I felt that I'd been doing a pretty good job with the body and the green, but didn't have a consistent practice for my mind.
At our revitalize event this past summer, Dan Harris made clear that it's just as important to exercise the mind as it is the body. I decided I needed to make a change before my 40th. Since September I've been meditating twice a day for 20 minutes at a time, once in the morning and once at night. I've been pretty good about being consistent, having missed just three sessions during this period.
Suffice it to say I'm now totally hooked. I literally feel like a mental fog lifts from my brain after each session. I feel more relaxed. I'm calmer. I'm more in tune with my inner sense of knowing than ever before. I experience more coincidences. I also feel more intensely; if I'm happy I feel almost ecstatic, or if I'm eating one of my favorite dishes it seems to taste even better than I remembered.
Since I got serious in maintaining a daily meditation practice it's as if my life went from experiencing it through a black-and-white TV to HDTV with satellite — sharper, with color, and more channels! It's my new favorite tool in my ever-growing health and happiness tool kit, and it's something I hope everyone tries!
Photo Credit: Good Life Project
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