The meaning and essence of the mantra Har Har Mukanday is liberation from the obstacles that hold you back. Chanting this mantra helps you turn your challenges into opportunities.
What a mantra for this time we are living in!
Try chanting this mantra every day in April if:
...you find yourself sinking into fear or anxiety
...you are feeling stuck
...you are running out of projects to complete at home
...you are uncertain about your future
...you are tired of being in the house
...you are frustrated by your current circumstances
...you are bored with technology
...you are worried about the health of yourself, your loved ones, your finances
...your mind isn't turning off even when it's time to sleep
...you are consuming too much media
...you feel things will be different, but aren't sure how
...you are feeling called to make changes in your life big or small.
Chant the mantra with music or without. Commit to chanting it daily for a minimum of 11 minutes and notice the shifts that take place within you. Shift your vibration and your mindset. And turn your obstacles into opportunities.
Notice shifts in your vibration, emotions, mindset and thought patterns.
And turn your obstacles into opportunities.
We all experience stress and frustration right? And in this pressure cooker environment we are currently living in that stress and frustration can seemingly come out of nowhere. Maybe you have been managing everything in your life so well for the last few weeks and are suddenly feeling stress or anxiety creep in. Or maybe you are missing your normal outlets - sports, meals out, social activities, classes - and feel the confinement is getting to you.
Take a deep breath.
It's okay and you are allowed to have the feelings you are experiencing. This is your time to use your tools. Get your heart rate up, move your body vigorously, it will help you return to a more relaxed state. Today I felt it... and a run while talking with a friend was my salvation. I was able to speak my mind, feel validated and exercise all at the same time. We need that and it's good to know who you can turn to when you are feeling, stressed or scared or frustrated or uncertain... or all of the above. Breathe deeply and allow yourself to experience your challenges as gifts. Learn what you can and keep moving forward.
I use Momentum as my home page and when I opened a new tab this morning, the message there was Invest in yourself. It's an excellent daily reminder to do one thing to nurture and invest in myself. That could be anything from making the challenging sales call to creating space for a bath to pushing myself on my run to eating a nourishing meal. Set a goal to do one thing to invest in yourself every day. This allows you sense of control and mastery in your life as you send yourself the message that you matter.
Last night we had our first rainstorm of the spring. Thunder and lightening makes my pup nervous so he woke me up as the lightening began (he knows that thunder is coming!). As a result, I had the gift of lying in bed in the middle of the night sandwiched in between my cat on one side and my pup on the other - it's amazing there is actually room for my husband and me too - listening to the pouring rain, the thunder and experiencing the lightening. Despite the crashing thunder and the pounding rain on the window, it was peaceful. It felt cleansing like Mother Earth is giving us a much needed shower. I find myself thinking twice before touching anything outside of my home with my bare hand these days. The rain felt like a momentary reprieve where all was cleansed and pure. I felt very grateful for the quiet time in the middle of the night. Cozy, cuddled and at peace (I wish I could say the same for Ollie). And I find myself anticipating the storms this afternoon and some warmer weather and what it will bring.
1. Find and experience Joy
2. Move your body
4. Be in community
5. Eat fibre rich whole foods
In light of all that is happening, I'm finding myself going into my cabinets and freezer to use items I have on hand to supplement fresh veggies. Doing so, preparing simple meals, brings me back to Greens, Grains & Beans. Here are a few of my recent combinations:
1. Roasted green beans and potatoes with creamy polenta and chickpeas sautéd with garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper.
2. Tacos with Pinto beans, rice and roasted onions, corn, green, red and yellow bell pepper in a corn or flour tortilla, topped with salsa.
3. Baked tofu, spinach sautéd with garlic and sliced avocado folded into a flour tortilla.
It can also taco too in my humble opinion!
If you are looking for creative ways to use the things you stocked up on last week, I recommend popping them onto a pre-made pizza crust or into a tortilla. Trader Joes makes these rectangular pre-made pizza crusts, all you have to do is top and put into a pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes.
There are 2 crusts in a pack and last night I slathered one with tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and sautéd kale and the other was topped with refried beans, salsa and roasted peppers and corn. To make the peppers and corn, I roasted sliced peppers and corn (tossed with oil and spices like cumin, garlic, salt and chili powder) in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Sprinkle both pizzas with nutritional yeast and pop into the oven (follow package instructions). I think kids would have fun making this with you!
All of this took me about an hour to make, but I did make my own mashed potatoes, salsa and refried beans. Using store bought items will mean dinner is ready even faster. Enjoy!
Suddenly, we find ourselves in un-chartered territory.
We have heard from you - we know you are feeling stressed, worried, uncertain and afraid.
Schedules have shifted, life is different. You are doing your best to keep up with it all.
For some, navigating and managing constant change feels easy, perhaps exciting. For others, not having that routine and predictability is down right terrifying and anxiety provoking. You may be finding you have more time on your hands right now and you aren't sure what to do with yourself or perhaps you are working non-stop and are busier than ever before...
Please know we hear you and we are here for you.
When you are feeling stressed or perhaps even bored try on one of these suggestions:
Eesh, I was away unexpectedly! As a small business owner, we have been working to manage the daily shifts, unpredictability and trying to determine how we can best support our community during this time of uncertainty. The result has been long days, phone calls, conference calls, networking with other business owners, figuring out technology, listening to concerns, easing fears... all while trying to keep up with my own practice, fitness, eating and staying hydrated, caring for my family, home and friends... trying to make time for rest. And I know you are in the same boat. I think that's what has helped me, the knowing we are all in this together. I will do better with writing, but may need to step away from daily posts for a bit. With that said, my intention is to remain as consistent as possible and provide helpful content and a touch stone. You are not alone. Stay safe and healthy.
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.