Taking action when you are feeling inspired and excited is easy. You are fueled by those feelings. Continuing the action when it is difficult, you are tired or sad is challenging, but when you can take action despite of this... you win. Use your breath to master your mind. Dig down, take a breath and take action. I have never regretted taking the action, I always regret putting it off.
This is an excerpt from The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz:
There is an old story from India about the God, Brahma, who was all alone. Nothing existed but Brahma, and he was completely bored. Brahma decided to play a game, but there was no one to play the game with. So he created a beautiful goddess, Maya, just for the purpose of having fun. Once Maya existed and Brahma told her the purpose of her existence, she said, "Okay, let's play the most wonderful game, but you have to do what I tell you to do." Brahma agreed, and following Maya's instructions, he created the whole universe. Brahma created the sun and the stars, the moon and the planets. Then he created life on earth: the animals, the oceans, the atmosphere, everything.
Maya said, "How beautiful is this world of illusion you created. Now I want you to create a kind of animal that is so intelligent and aware that it can appreciate your creation." Finally Brahma created humans, and after he finished the creation, he asked Maya when the game was going to start.
"We will start right now," she said. She took Brahma and cut him into thousands of teeny, tiny pieces. She put a piece inside every human and said, "Now the game begins! I am going to make you forget what you are, and you are going to try to find yourself!" Maya created the Dream, and still, even today, Brahma is trying to remember who he is. Brahma is there inside you, and Maya is stopping you from remembering what you are.
When you awake from the Dream, you become Brahma again, and reclaim your divinity. Then if Brahma inside you says, "Okay, I am awake; what about the rest of me?" you know the trick of Maya, and you can share the truth with others who are going to wake up too. Two people who are sober in the party can have more fun. Three people who are sober is even better. Begin with you. Then others will start to change, until the whole dream, the whole party, is sober.
To keep up my motivation, I try to make things as easy on myself as I can. Establishing a routine works really well for me, I find that it puts me into a flow for the day, and it starts the night before. Before bed, I check my calendar for the next day to see what I have scheduled and what my running plan is. I always prepare my hot water before bed. I boil water and put it in my Hydro Flask. In the morning, it's hot but drinkable, and this practice helps me to hydrate first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
If I know I have an early session with a client or morning group sadhana, I lay out my clothes the night before. After my alarm goes off, I just have to get up and get dressed without putting thought into it. If I'm running that day, I put my running clothes on after my morning practice, then I'm ready to go with minimal procrastination (especially when it's cold!).
While I have some variation, I try to stick to the same routines each morning so I can flow from one thing to the next and be as efficient as possible.
"Success isn't about being the best. It's about always getting better." ~ Rick Godwin
If you have a goal, a desire, a wish, but you are keeping it to yourself... Stop it. Talk about it, share it, proclaim it. Even if you are scared or have no idea how your goal will be realized. Sharing it with others helps you manifest it, it helps make it real. And you never know who will be able to support you, offer you ideas or help along the way. We are social beings, we biologically need to be with other people. Allow those in your life to support you, at the very least they can hold your dream with you. Don't delay, make it happen - today.
Don't you love when you "throw" something together, just based off of what you have in the fridge and turns out to be delicious? That was my dinner last night. While I don't have a recipe to share, I can tell you what I made. And I will definitely create a recipe for this tempeh!
The base for this bowl is creamy polenta. I followed the package instructions and added Oatly and Miyokos butter, black pepper and cayenne at the end.
The polenta is topped with kale which I cooked in a little sesame oil and seasoned with coriander, garlic powder, Braggs, turmeric, salt and pepper; sautéd onions, garlic & celery, seasoned with turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper; sautéd mushrooms, seasoned with a little Braggs, garlic powder, black pepper; sliced red bell pepper and jalepeño, cooked in sesame oil with salt, pepper and garlic powder. And the Tempeh which I marinated in Liquid smoke, smoked paprika, maple syrup, sesame oil and Tamari, I then put the tempeh in the oven in the liquid and baked for about 25 minutes until the liquid was gone. I was going for a smokey maple bacon kind of flavor and this turned out better than I expected!
I cooked the veggies separately because I wanted the onions and celery to be soft, but the kale and peppers to have some bite. I'm quite pleased with the result and looking forward to having this again for lunch!
"There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned." ~ Cherie Carter-Scott
So take a deep breath and dive in with gratitude and wonder at what you will learn next! No need to be afraid, instead, be curious and try to have fun with it. Make learning a game. How quickly and thoroughly can you learn this lesson so you can prepare for the next?
How do you invest in your self-care? If your answer is what is self-care - then we need to talk! As one who loves to help others, be of service and do do do... I find that I can put myself and my self-care on the back burner. The key is to recognize this before it gets too late. Before I get sick, feel exhausted, fight with my husband because I'm tired or pull a muscle in my back or have a stiff neck. Self-care doesn't have to be time consuming, but it's a practice that nurtures you and sends you the message that you care about yourself. That you matter. It also doesn't have to cost money! I love massages, but there are other ways I self care too.
Here are some examples:
Taking time once a week or even once a month if you are getting started, can make a big difference. Just getting out and walking around the block and breathing the fresh air can help to clear the mind and draw in the Prana or life force energy. Create a practice for yourself and find a way to stick with it. You are worth it to care for you.
I was listening to a podcast called No Meat Athlete and they were sharing that they try to focus having a green, a grain and a bean at every meal (or maybe most meals). I thought this was brilliant! It's catchy and easy to remember and makes things simple. I thought I would brainstorm a few ideas and then create some new posts around this tagged as Greens, Grains & Beans so they could be found easily. Feel free to comment if you have some favorite combinations!
1. Sautéed broccoli rabe, creamy polenta, baked tofu
2. Farro White Bean Stew
4. Steamed spinach, basmati rice, split mung dal and avocado (I will have to share this simple protein rich recipe).
5. Buddha Bowl with Tofu and Arugula
6. Sautéed kale with quinoa and white lima beans
7. Stir fried bok choy over basmati rice, topped with edamame
8. Even Taco Dip which could be topped with or served over chopped romaine lettuce.
When you feel stuck or don't know how to do something, what do you do?
Do you ask someone for help?
Google it looking for answers?
Try to figure it out for yourself?
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. In fact, doing so can save a lot of time. You don't have to know it all, it's healthy to be vulnerable and to ask for help. Plus you are creating an opportunity to truly learn something new and perhaps to even deepen a relationship with someone else.
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.