With the start of the new year, chatter surrounding ‘resolutions’ reigns supreme. From family members, coworkers, and even the media, everyone seems to be discussing how they will improve in 2014. At the same time, you might even find yourself stuck somewhere between making healthful intentions and implementing them.
Mindfulness practice can help bridge this gap. When we are aware, we can change long-ingrained patterns without condemning or depriving ourselves.
Susan Guillory shares some holiday treats based on a quintessential holiday ingredient—the cranberry.
We New Englanders would not dream of missing out on using our cheerful, indigenous Cape Cod cranberries during the winter holiday season. Whichever event you are celebrating—Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa–there is always a delicious way to serve these colorful and tasty additions. Cranberries contain powerful anti-oxidants that may reduce the risk of heart disease.
As days roll on in the northern hemisphere, we’ll soon be welcoming the official start of winter. Until the solstice on December 21st, sunlight will continue to wane, reminding us that even the earth and sun are ever-changing.
In darkened nights we may enjoy our less-dominant senses: the soft crunch of footsteps in freshly fallen snow, the fragrance of simmering soup, or the warmth from holding a mug of tea. Invite the dimming of sight and the calm of cold.
Many often refer to the holiday season as their favorite time of the year. Interestingly, when you ask anyone how they’re feeling during these next few weeks, you will often hear some variation of “busy,” “stressed,” or even “broke.” Scheduling, planning, purchasing, and preparing for our many gatherings and events can be overwhelming and exhausting. We get caught by distractions and the spur of the moment impulses, riding our auto-pilot mode and making decisions contrary to our plans.
We all have our days when we’re feeling less-than-cheerful. When they come around, we’re often quick to blame external factors. Even if we can’t avoid daily frustrations like delayed trains or heavy traffic, we can always turn to mindful eating and living practices for a mood-booster—especially on those days when we have “woken up on the wrong side of the bed.”
Making sure you don’t skip meals—especially breakfast—is one of the key tenets of mindful eating. We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and recent research on breakfast gives us further good reasons for maintaining this habit.
As I had the privilege of practicing mindful eating with Thay’s monks and nuns during his recent visit to Boston, I thought I would share with you the recipes of my lunch. This menu is planned around portability and incorporating a variety of flavors and textures that lend well to mindful eating—whether you practice at a retreat or in a park on your lunch break.