Coming Back from Vacation
It’s a beautiful winter day here in Toronto- real snow sticking to the ground, the residential streets are meant for walking upon and rolling in the snow drifts- definitely not for driving.
In the quiet snow blanketed city, it is the perfect slow start to 2013. We have taken a long holiday vacation over at the Living Kitchen- a real, deep, rest. Normally we are always checking our email, sending messages in the middle of the night, and checking up on our Facebook page or bank account…even when it is the weekend or the days that were meant to be dedicated to resting. However, this time, we really shut it all off, and didn’t do anything except rest, rejuvenate and celebrate the holiday season.
We did miss writing and sharing with you and are excited to return to the blog, as well as to many projects that are in the works and that will be launching in 2013. This is sure to be a jam packed year with new programs, amazing food, and exciting people.
We were talking yesterday about setting goals and how we often get so discouraged because we say we want all of these magnificent, huge things to happen. And then we start a project, and it begins to teeter off, and we don’t keep going with it. We can’t even tell you how many of those projects have been born and then lived a very short life…sometimes even just a mere couple of hours.
So, how do you get your momentum back, once it has stopped?
Coming back from a long vacation has it’s challenges. Thankfully, we are now refreshed and ready to hit the road running again. But, it’s not always easy to jump immediately back into being busy and having booked meetings, clients, and the endless to-do list. If you are like us, do you find yourself a little bit resistant to jumping back into it- especially when a soft, feathery, warm bed is calling your name in the early morning?
Why do we lose it?
Be accepting and gentle, and release the judgement of ourselves.
We are always enough in every moment and there are different phases of life that we will always move through. In order to have periods of creation, development and growth, we must have periods of rest, quiet, and nourishment.
The thing is, when we take a longer and deeper rest- the contrast to being busy and productive is even more stark and noticeable. And, it takes something to get the movement back. If we are in constant motion, we keep building momentum and can easily do more and create more. But, when we stop, we have to start all over again from the beginning. We have to build up the energy to get back into the swing and flow of everything.
How to Get Your - Momentum, Drive, Excitement, Fire - Back
Here is what we suggest and are practicing ourselves to come back from our restful state, so that 2013 is a super power packed year and full of new opportunities, growth and expansion.
1. Wake up with the sun.
Getting in tune with nature and the seasons is such a powerful way to keep your body energized and healthy. In the winter, animals and plants spend their time in dormancy- winter is a time for rest, to prepare the body for the spring. So, honour your need to rest and sleep in the winter.
2. Visualize It all happening.
Studies show that athletes who visualize themselves winning and performing at their best, are much more likely to actually perform at their best and win. When you can visualize what you want in your mind (and feel what it feels like in your body), you will actually assist yourself in making it happen.
3. Make time in the morning for getting clear.
Do something in the morning that sets you up right for the day. Do breathing exercises, stretching, yoga, running, meditation, drawing, painting, writing…whatever it is that inspires you and gets you feeling connected- do that first thing in the morning- even if only for 3 minutes.
4. Eat food that makes you feel good about yourself.
Eat food that leaves you feeling energized and ready to take on the world. Even though so much of our power can be created in our mind, feelings, and intentions- we have to bring the physical body along with us.
Curried Squash and Yellow Pea Soup
4 cups kobucha squash (or you could use butternut squash), chopped in cubes
1 cup yellow split peas (soaked over night or at least for 4 hours, in water with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar)
4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
handful pumpkin and sunflower seeds
large handful fresh cilantro leaves (or use basil if you don’t like cilantro)
- Once the peas have soaked overnight or at least for 4 hours, drain them and rinse off with fresh water. Set aside.
- Saute the onions and garlic in ghee or coconut oil for a few minutes, until softened. Add the spices and stir for a minute, until you smell the aroma.
- Add the squash, yellow split peas and water.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes, or until the peas are very soft.
- Remove from heat and blend in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth and creamy.
- Serve with fresh cilantro and seeds sprinkled on top.
Yum to your soul, heart, and belly! And you’ll be feeling up to jumping back into life full on!!
What are you doing to ease back into life after the holidays? Let us know your ideas and practices to get your drive back…we’d love to hear from you!!