I realize that sometimes this blog makes me seem like a free-loving, bell bottom wearing hippie with all its yoga and veggie talk. This post will do nothing to dissuade you of that assumption. I’ve come to peace with that! Today’s post is about hippie green juice and meditation. Both of which have been pretty non-existent in my life lately.
First, the hippie green juice.
I can’t remember the last time I dusted off my juicer. I definitely go in phases with it. Sometimes having 3-4 a week, then waiting weeks before I use it again. This morning I looked in the fridge and realized I had a lot of odds and ends sitting around. This is going to sound ridiculous but I take great pleasure in using up the random broccoli stalks, the last of the Swiss chard or the other half of an apple that I didn’t eat with breakfast yesterday. There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing the food I buy and knowing it won’t go to waste. Sort of like checking off a to-do list.
Luckily, all those bits and pieces ended up making the perfect hippie green juice.
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 stalk of broccoli, roughly 3-4" long
- 4-5 big leaves of Swiss chard
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1" knob of ginger, peeled with a spoon
- Prep your fruits and vegetables for the juicer by washing, slicing and peeling where necessary. Place all ingredients into your juicer.
- Drink immediately.
Fresh, bright, green goodness. Now, if only I didn’t have to clean the juicer.
Second up, meditation:
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a meditation practice. I’d like to. It would be beneficial, I know that. But I can’t seem to find the self-discipline, which is incredibly frustrating because I have loads of self-discipline in many other aspects of my life. I have little problem with eating well, exercising often, getting enough sleep. Why is sitting still and clearing out the chatter so hard for me?
Then, last week, I ran across this on Twitter. A 21-day meditation challenge presented by one of my favs, Oprah! I actually ignored it the first time I saw it, but then it surfaced again two days later elsewhere on the web. It got me thinking that maybe the universe was telling me something. So I signed up and did my first guided practice yesterday.
The whole meditation took about 15 minutes and wasn’t nearly as hard as it usually is when I go it alone. I’m going to try really hard to complete the whole thing and will report back when I’m through. If you’re interested you can still sign up and start with yesterday’s practice today. If you decide to try, let me know how it goes for you.
With that, I’m off to drink my hippie green juice, do some yoga and clear my mind. Om shanti.