Monday is the day I veer off topic and write about something other than wholefood...
I had coffee yesterday with a friend I hadn't seen in a long while (yes I still drink coffee from time to time. soy milk too! that's a whole other post). It was so good to see her, so good to have a full conversation without our beautiful 5 children around. We covered the usual suspects: our kids, our husbands, creative dreams + projects, yoga, wholefood, junk food, ipads, santa, farmer's markets, naturopaths, doctors, life out of the city...
It is so nourishing to step out from the demands of family life and just be, this is obvious to say but sometimes it doesn't always feel possible or easy to do. Carving this time out for yourself when you're a mum is an art but one that becomes easier with practice. Something I've had to change is to actually speak up more and tell my darling husband what it is I want to do.
For my whole motherhood journey (actually make that for my whole life) I have felt that I have had to be supremely capable and that asking for help was admitting defeat. Crazy I know, but slowly slowly I have come to realise that that habit doesn't serve me or the people around me. By asking for help I give someone else the opportunity to step in rather than me being so fiercely self-reliant which makes no sense when you have perfectly willing and capable husband (aunts, grandmother, mother-in-law, friends) standing by like I do!
Last week I started meditating again after a long break. Ten minutes a day is my goal. Ten minutes a day won't see me rivalling the Dalai Lama for enlightenment anytime soon but I know it will bring some much needed clarity to my over-active mind and it is in stillness that the biggest insights arrive. Well, that's my experience anyway.
So while the Dalai Lama remains in an enlightened league of his own, little old me would like share with you today some of life's simple secrets that we all know but sometimes elude us. I am hoping that this list will serve as reminder to you if you are feeling a bit off track at the moment and as an affirmation if you are feeling perfectly placed.
To be vital, peaceful, joyful, creative, loving beings it serves us well to...
Breathe fresh air
Move your body everyday
Spend time in nature. Often.
Walk barefoot. Today.
Drink filtered water
Eat real food
Know that you are enough
Meditate some more
Have faith + courage
Listen to your body
Be kind to yourself
What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments...