Saturday, May 29, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I also decided to make my favorite soup, and thought I'd share this gem of a recipe. So here you go. Try it- I swear, you'll love it! Full of good stuff like lentils, garlic, coconut milk and turmeric. If you don't eat much turmeric, let me urge you to reconsider. Read this.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
They say that Mothers are the holiest beings of all -- so be sure to thank your mom for all she's done for you. If your mom isn't with us anymore, or you don't have a good relationship with her... you can still thank her in your mind for raising you, teaching you to tie your shoes, or any small kindness she showed you. You'll get some serious karmic rewards!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Today I was on the way to a doctor’s appointment, feeling annoyed and anxious with a cranky baby and a gas tank on low. I stopped at the gas station and stood there with the pump in my hand thinking, “Man, this sucks.” Then I caught myself and asked, “Am I actually unhappy?”
Recalling a mindfulness meditation, I continued. “Am I breathing?” Yes. “Am I in any pain?” Nope. “Am I in any danger?” Not at all. “Have I lost anything important today?” Thankfully, no. And suddenly I was aware that I was, in fact, happy -- because the real definition of happiness is the absence of suffering or unhappiness.
Chances are, like me, you’re not in pain... you’re not in any current danger and you haven’t lost anything important today. (I’m assuming you’re still breathing if you’re reading this.) Consider the entire population of the world and what most people are dealing with, and I think we can agree - we've got it pretty good!
So then my mind started scrolling through what was going right today, and what I was enjoying. Standing there watching the traffic go by, I noticed:
- It was a gorgeous day
- The breeze felt lovely on my skin
- My baby might be cranky, but he’s healthy
- I am fortunate to have a car that runs well and the money to fill the tank
What a quick switch from annoyed to happy!
So are you happy?
Here’s a quick test. Ask yourself these questions:
are you breathing?
are you in pain?
are you in any danger?
have you lost anything or anyone today?
Simple as that. If you are in pain or danger or have lost something, then hang in there. Maybe try to help someone else feel better. But chances are, you just haven’t checked in yet to find out how happy you truly are.
I shared this blog entry with my friend, Megan (thanks for the free editing, Meg!) and this was her response:
“It's important to take stock and put things into perspective. I read somewhere once that we always seem to notice the red lights we hit, but we almost never go through a green light in a state of gratitude.”