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Mantra for Monday no. 79



A comfort zone is exactly that. A cocoon, a warm fuzzy blanket where nothing unexpected happens and everything goes to plan. There is nothing inherently wrong in enjoying these moments...in fact it could be argued you should enjoy and appreciate their simplicity and embrace them for what they are.
BUT
Also see beyond, the thoughts, feelings and fears that tickle away at the corners of you mind...
What if?

Life is a continual exploration both physical and mental, from the crazy moment we emerge from the warm bubble of our cocoon into the reality of the universe. We are born to live and grow....true life and true growth comes from pushing those boundaries, from taking a tentative step, through embracing and expanding our comfort zone and ultimately enriching our life and the lives of those within it.

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Silent Sunday no. 79



What is my Silent Sunday ?
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Inspired in June

June =  half way through the year = crazy!

This month hasn't been so much different to last in terms of its craziness although at least the whole birthday thing is somewhat now in the distance (not that I am wishing it away, just the pressure that accompanied it). I still have a few plans on horizon and achievements to be fulfilled but I'm putting myself under that little bit less pressure now.

It's been an 'up and down' month emotionally, I'm not sure why but I seem to keep beating myself up about at about a lot of things which is frustrating, so I think a little time out is in order. Some kind of meditation retreat may be on the cards, if any of you ever been on a retreat please let me know how it went for you?

So the biggest achievements this month?  Apart from my Tough Mudder (which I have already talked enough about!!) My other little achievement actually happened just last week when I gave my first official presentation in the corporate world to talk about plant based nutrition and healthy baking to a small office group as part of their 'wellness month'. I gave a cooking demo (this recipe if your are curious) and a little talk about me and my blog and then handed out plenty of tasters that I'd prepared just before I arrived. It went really well and I had such a buzz for ages afterwards... I love it when people are so inspired to try something new!

So, now here is June…the best bits! 

Just kinda loved these apples dancing about the bowl

Yet to be blogged...but you will love it! (yes it involved quinoa)

My first fresh figs

Birthday trip in London...beautiful sunlight.

Lovely new snacks to try... choc coated pumpkin was the best!

still on my London trip- no need of explanation ;-)

Vegan buffet cafe with the family- yum!

Experiment with sweet polenta

Yet to try it out but excited to do so!

Choc mint 'smoosh' bars... part of my Wholeplus collection

Setting up my Father's Day card

Twist on the original breakfast cookie using quinoa!!

Loving the coconut water.

First home grown pak choi

I was just in time for vegan pizza day with a sweet version.

Tough Mudder...just emerged from the ice swim

Tough Mudder... Just crossed the finish line!

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Mantra for Monday no. 78


Success and failure are not mutually exclusive… You can't have one without the other

It is the same with happiness and sadness in life... To fully appreciate embrace, appreciate and encompass happiness you need to have experienced sadness. Life without its extremes would be no life at all.


The quote above came from Bounce, a book I was given as a present a couple of years ago as I began along this mindful journey. It holds a lot of truths for me since my own biggest downfall is the expectation of being to run before I can walk. I know this is crazy, maybe even arrogant to think that should be the case ...but my irrational mind often runs away with itself before I am able to to catch up and give it a good talking to. 

I am getting better at 'failing', I am happy to accept failure that opens new doors and direction for investigation, but the hardest sense of 'failure' is when that doorway is not immediately obvious and you don't know how to move forward. Take a step back and let the possibilities present themselves- that's the part I still need to work at!

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Mantra for Monday no. 77



Last week when I felt life was getting a little crazy and things felt a little uncontrolled and overwhelming... I needed a sense of grounding so I wrote myself a set of simple rules for 'daily positivity'. Some might sound cliched but for me they are brief and meaningful and allow me time to stop, think and create a more realistic sense of perspective. (The tea quote was just a nice little line I saw and reminded me of my thoughts).

  • start every day off with a smile from within
  • think of one think to give thanks for last thing at night
  • take apple cider vinegar each morning (I've just starting this habit as a trial)
  • close you eyes and truly appreciate the first few sips of each cup of tea throughout the day
  • feeling down? Do 5 minutes of any form of physical exercise
  • boredom or nervous hunger? pour a mug of tea and then see how you feel.


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Mantra for Monday no. 76



This is so very true to me and something that I come up against time and time again that stalls my action.

I remember a few years back how I wouldn't join the ladies squash club because I didn't think I was good enough at playing squash...yet all the time knowing that a squash club was exactly the place that you go to learn to be better. The irony is crazy yet I still stalled on joining for a good few months.

This is so closely related to the idea of the 'perfect moment' or 'when i'm good enough' and my drive to be as good as can be in all aspects of my life, as positive as that may seem often serves to prevent me from starting at all. 

mabtStarting means being open to failure and the potential manifestation of weakness...yet ultimately failure and weakness is the only true path to growth and strength.


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