A mind full of excuses – Week 12 & 13

Preamble: as work piles up and I gain direction and momentum in my life, I observe my attention slip away from meditation and into action. As you can see from my notes of the past 2 weeks I am still attempting to carve out time for the all-important mind-clearing… I’m successful at times, not so…

Meditation week 10 & 11 – hanging on…

Day 1: Sunday – no fasting, not much mindfulness either Day 2: Monday – nope Day 3: Tuesday – tried, only lasted about 8 min. and there was a lot of squirming at that. Thursday : beautiful, sunny and energy filled day. I indulged in one of my favourite childhood addictions: the swing set. Taking…

Week 8, Day 1 – a great “fasting” day

So today I decided to live by some age-old wisdom: be kind to yourself. And so, with a busy day of pottery painting ahead of me (livin’ the high life!) I had only a few kiwis and pecan nuts for breakfast, some weak coffee and orange juice and I was out the door. The intensity…

Liebster Award – Thanks for nomination… now here are mine!

Thank you A Mindful Traveler for nominating my blog for the Liebster Blog Award! It’s very sweet of you, and it’s fun to answer these questions, share fun facts and nominate other great blogs that deserve some time in the spotlight too! Rules of the Liebster Award: 1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on…

Week 6, Day 7; Week 7, Day 1: adaptation

Went through quite the adaptation process this weekend. ┬áThe mind has played many tricks on me… but I feel I’ve come out of the experience understanding it’s illusory nature just a bit better. Fasting: today I went on just tea and a shake until about 17:00 at which point I did tuck into a nice…

Week 6, day 1 – go with the flow

Today, a Sunday, should technically have been a fasting day. But I knew from the get-go that I would choose to forego my fasting day, that my purpose was served through eating and fueling my body at this time, not through rest. I had the choice to be upset and military with myself, or to…

Week 5, day 1 – chant and sing

A breathing meditation and a day of mindful eating. For reasons unknown, (although I’ve a dozen hypotheses as to why fasting is so difficult for me right now) I’ve had to keep to the food. During the past few weeks I’ve done frequent mini-fasts… More like prolonged meal waiting. Attempted a full-day fast today, but…

Week 3, day 2: a fasting day, but not this time

Arrived yesterday in a new town, new climate, new country. Didn’t eat dinner as I would have usually on the flight over and had small snack before bed. Broken and sleepless night… Result: tired, hungry and running on empty half a day earlier than I should have. Water and teas in the morning but I…

Day 14 & 15 – fastin’ and flyin’

Day 14: a social butterfly day, as I observed my reactions to new and old friends, surrounded by so many varying energies I did my best to quiet the mind in the evening. Trying does not necessarily mean succeeding. Day 15: Another fast day! And another one more closely resembling a liquid diet day as…

Day 8 – resting

Today is Sunday, therefore a fasting day. I woke up and was immediately hungry. Didn’t know how I was going to keep to today’s fast… In fact what ended up happening was that I filled in the hunger spots with copious amounts of freshly pressed carrot-apple juice and a few hot cups of tomato soup…

Day 1 (a fasting day)

Here I am in the evening, hungry (lol), with tea in hand and ready to go to bed and wake up to an epic breakfast. The fasting was alright today, although the cold, grey weather in Barcelona made it difficult to get any support and energy from the sun. Water with lemon in the morning,…

and it’s hardly a coincidence…

…that on the day before I begin my project, TED publishes this great talk by Andy Puddicombe on mindfulness, meditation and how important it is to understand the inner workings of the mind. I couldn’t agree more, nor can I disregard the recurring reminders that I too need to introduce a consistent meditative practice into…