“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.”
Rest In Peace Thich Nhat Hanh October 11, 1926 – January 22, 2022
Thay, Rest in Peace, gentle soul and beloved teacher. 🙏🏽 Thich Nhat Hanh was my first Buddhist teacher. This picture of “Peace is Every Step” is the actual book I bought in the late 70’s when I first began studying Buddhism. I’ve been practicing his meditations for over 40 years.
I’m grateful I was able to meditate listening to his “Mindful Breathing” track on Insight Timer today. His voice is such a sweet vibration in my ears and heart. I’m grateful for his peaceful, gentle impact he’s had in my life. 🙏🏽📿
#repost • @thichnhathanh
The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at 00:00hrs on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95. We invite our global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world.
“The more aware of your intentions and your experiences you become, the more you will be able to connect the two, and the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power.” – Gary Zukav
Join me for a popup Intention Setting Workshop this FRIDAY December 31st 8-930am PST via ZOOM.
Grab your journal, pen and yoga mat as I lead you through vinyasa yoga, journal prompts, and meditation to set intentions to lead your life with purpose and mindfulness. Format is roughly 45 minutes vinyasa yoga, and 45 minutes intention setting exercise and meditation.
November and December tend to be busy times in my life, not just because of the holidays but, also because my family is full of Sagittarius birthdays, including mine. 🙂 When life feels hectic and cluttered, I pause and gather up my tools to destress and focus: breathe, meditation, yoga, nature walks, and filling my mind with thoughts and teachings which promote calm and clarity. My wise friend on my nightstand, “The Four Agreements”, reminds me how to rewire my brain to clear the clutter and create space for joy and ease.
“In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.”
Introduction from “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
I highly recommend reading the entire book and listen to each of my podcast episodes. Notice what shifts occur when you bring these four agreements into the forefront of your thinking. Repeat these meditations often. I’m curious how these agreements impact your life! Drop a comment below.
Spiritually Fit Yoga podcast episodes on The Four Agreements
Do you place more importance on infrequent events than valuing everyday routines? It’s a little humorous thinking about me getting excited about another load of laundry (YAAY!) or schlepping my daughter to one more school function, and, yet, I can imagine in the future I might reflect on wishing I appreciated all of these ordinary moments like precious jewels of memories.
Consider noticing the charmed moments in your every day life.
Every full moon is an opportunity to release what no longer serves you.
Full Moon Ritual
Meditate on what no longer serves you.
Write it down on a piece of paper.
Burn it, shred it, flush it – mindfully dispose of the paper, the words, the energy of what you are releasing, until the paper has burned to ashes or has completely transformed into unrecognizable pieces.
Repeat the mantra below and/or repeat one or all of the following affirmations. Repeat them aloud. Repeat until you feel a lightness, and, really really let go of attachment to holding on to what no longer serves you.
Take some time to receive and allow the fullness of the moon to amplify your release.
Journal if you’re moved to write and reflect.
Full Moon Release Mantra
sounds like Og-knee Me-Lay Puro Hee-Tom, (roll the “r” in Puro)
Translation: “I surrender to the fire of transformation.”
Repeat out loud 3 times, whisper 3 times, then silently 3 times.
Full Moon Release Affirmations
“I release you.”
“I let you go.”
“I loosen my grip on you.”
“I vow to stop using you as an excuse.”
“I give myself permission to give you up.”
“I cast you out and take back my power.”
Feel free to share your experience after completing your own full moon ritual. Leave a comment below or DM at instagram @spirituallyfityoga. May you feel allow the opportunity to welcome a freedom from what no longer serves you. Namaste.
One of the most important and effective forms of self-care is the one that I often skip when I feel busy, overwhelmed, or tired: cooking a homemade meal.
I confess, sometimes the most challenging part of cooking is grocery shopping, it’s not my favorite activity and I’m making peace with it. It’s nothing new to plan ahead and prepare your shopping list and yet it’s a mindfulness habit I am cultivating. Even with cooking, setting an intention can ease my suffering and bring ease to shopping. For those of you who LOVE to shop, you may not relate to my struggle, but, for those of you who dread getting groceries, I know you can feel my pain! LOL
So…a few weeks ago, my daughter and I had a lunch date at Urban Plates and we fell in love with their Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Pesto. She requested we get it more often so I set an intention to make it at home. I found this recipe for a Urban Plates mock tomato basil soup:
Since we were stopping at Trader Joe’s I bought the ingredients using all TJ products then I modified the recipe accordingly, and it turned out delicious! Yum!
Mission accomplished! I had a list, one-stop shopping was easeful, cooking the soup was so fast and simple it barely felt like I was cooking. And, yet, the house was filling up with the aromatic smells of the onion and garlic then the sweet tang of the simmering tomato soup. This semi-homemade recipe was such a great recipe for my daughter to learn. The soup was delicious and was enjoyed for a few days including for my hubby and daughter’s lunches easily stored in a thermos.
This recipe can easily be adapted to be gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or made with a meat broth.
TOMATO BASIL SOUP WITH PESTO
3 jars TJ’s Giotto’s Organic Marinara Sauce
1 large onion
2 tbsp garlic minced
1 can TJ’s light coconut milk
4 cups TJs organic veggie or chicken broth
1 small can TJs organic tomato paste
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
for garnish: swirl of TJs pesto sauce if desired
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15ish minutes
1. Saute the onion till soft in a large pot with garlic and olive oil. Add marinara sauce, coconut milk, tomato paste, and broth and stir well.
3. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 5-10 minutes. (original recipe suggests 5-10 minutes but, I simmered it for about 15 minutes until it thickened a bit.)
4. Blend in a processor (optional)
Swirl of pesto is optional but, I recommend it.
Croutons on top upon serving.
A grilled cheese sandwich would make this a classic comfort food meal.
I modified the recipe to use the full tetra pack of broth which is 4 cups, the original recipe calls for 3 cups.
Since they discontinued the 28 oz. Tuscano Marinara sauce in the can, I substituted with the Organic Marinara Sauce in the glass jar which is 25 oz.
Because I find myself throwing out the remaining tomato paste in those small cans, instead of using 2 tablespoons I tried using the whole can and it gave it a nice rich tomatoey flavor.
The original recipe calls for light coconut milk in another brand but, I was in a one-stop shopping mode so it was TJ’s all the way! Next time I’d probably opt for full fat coconut milk. It was yummy with light too,
Both of TJs pestos are yummy. Try the vegetarian TJ’s Genovese pesto or TJ’s Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto.
Because I made this gluten-free I skipped the croutons but, served with TJ’s Organic Naan Crackers which my fam loved. TJs has Cheese and Garlic croutons which would give a nice texture to this soup.
I used a hand-blender but, in my opinion, it didn’t really need it. If you skip the last “blend in a processor step” I suggest smashing and mincing the garlic and make sure the onions and garlic are softened and cooked well.
Why don’t you practice some mindful coziness today! A steamy bowl of soup, hot cuppa tea, wrap up in a plush blanket in your flannel PJs and a gripping novel.
What else can you do to create some mindful coziness?
Enjoy! Happy Cooking! Share any of your variations. Leave comments below.
Sometimes a short morning stretch is just what the body and mind needs to wake up and start your day with intention and gratitude. My latest audio recording lets you mindfully move right from the comfort of your bed or on your yoga mat.
This practice includes mindful breathing, attention on gently stretching the back and whole body including the ankles, feet, and toes. This is a yoga for beginners sequence, or anyone wanting to move the body slowly and gently. Give it a try! It might become part of your daily routine to start your day feeling grateful for your body, mind, and your life.
August 22, 2021 is the date of the Full Moon, Blue Moon, Sturgeon Moon. May you release what no longer serves you.
You will need:
2 bowls, one suitable to hold water, one suitable to burn paper in
A paper and pen
Step 1. Clear Your Energy.
Imagine standing under a silver waterfall and allow all negative energies to be washed away.
Step 2. Create a Sacred Space.
Find a quiet place to sit, declutter and clean, you might like to place crystals or other special items around you, or cleanse the room with some incense.
Step 3. Set Your Space.
Light a candle – I have 2″ candles for this purpose,
Fill a small bowl with water, and have another bowl suitable to burn a piece of paper in.
Place both bowls in front of you.
Step 4. Centre Yourself.
Take a few deep breaths, centre yourself.
Step 5. Release.
Write on the piece of paper all that you wish to release from your life, what limiting beliefs do you want to be free from, what no longer serves you or what you want to let go of?
When you have finished your list, sign and date the page.
Breathe deep into your heart and declare “I now let this go. And it is so.”
Step 6. Let go.
Place a corner of the piece of paper over the candle allowing the flame to light your page – place the page into the empty bowl as it burns, watching the flames consume what you are releasing, the smoke taking your intention to the Universe.
**if your piece of paper struggles to light or burn, consider if you are really ready to let this go! Only when you are willing to let go will the page burn – the faster the flames, the more willing you are to let it go…
Step 7. Cleanse.
Then place your hands in the bowl of water. Signifying cleansing of the old and opening to the new.
Remove your hands from the water and take a deep breath.
Step 8. Assimilate.
Sit in silence for a while and see if any inspiration comes. You may even want to journal around your thoughts.
See video in Instagram about the challenge with my sweet pup, Kobe! 💚🐶 If you’re on instagram and want to share your participation, please tag me at @spirituallyfityoga and use #LYchallenge2021 so I can repost in my stories. I will mention the challenge on IG but, the full content is only available by signing up to receive the daily emails.
It’s absolutely 💯 OPTIONAL to participate on social media which is why I’m sharing my offerings via email. Sometimes loving yourself looks like unplugging from social media!! I do that myself!
Do you struggle to meditate? When I started, I found meditation impossibly uncomfortable and stressful. I was experiencing the OPPOSITE of what meditation promised me. For my yoga teacher training, I committed to it. I dropped it. I started off and on. Then, I finally stuck with it. It became a habit. And, now meditation is a part of my daily ritual, like brushing my teeth. I say it’s my favorite addiction. I love the calm I experience when I meditate, and how it helps me in my life. Like anything else, it takes practice to condition your muscle of mindfulness.
If you haven’t tried it, or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend it!
Press pause, breathe deep, even if just for 5 minutes a day, relax the body and mind.