The earth is changing; quickly, yet slowly.
I found myself out in nature often this weekend before, during and after the rain.
Our time in nature started at the market. Families with reusable bags in hand. Dogs smiling from ear to ear. The smell of flowers and apples fill the stalls. I love searching for local food at the market. There’s such a fulfillment and sense of awareness that fills me when frequenting our local farmers. The healthiest decision across the board; supporting local farmers, eating organically, quality time, fresh air, exercise and satisfying the senses is what you’ll find at the market. These are all forms of hydration, for me, in life.
We most definitely got our fill of all of the above once back at home as well. As a family, we spread grass seed and transferred some plants from the front yard to the back yard. I am happy to say that we now have our patio furniture out. I am also happier to say that the deck is now safer for my active, and fast, daughter thanks to my innovative handy husband. My daughter would be happy to say that she finds worms squishy but irresistible.
Hydration. The rain came down in trickles of nourishment. I’d like to go out there in my bare feet standing in the swampy grass and look up. It’s not quite warm enough for that yet. I can guarantee that when it is warm enough I will be sure to deliberately go for a walk in the rain armed with nothing but my daughter in hand. Once we have explored and experienced whatever her hearts desire, we will come in for warm cuddles, snacks(maybe ice cream) and a big glass of fruit smoothie.
Nourishment comes in many forms.
BUT, Hydration gives a different kind of life. It gives a cool freshness throughout every organ and cell of your body. It awakens. It renews. Hydration is like a stem or trunk; it gives the life form stability and agility. The strength to develop. The hub of new growth.
I don’t drink enough water. I believe most people don’t drink enough water.
I do have as many liquids as possible in the form of tea, fruits and sugarless juices.
Do you hydrate enough to stay agile, refreshed and strong enough to develop?
I can feel when I’ve neglected my body of its natural thirst. I get flush, have difficulty concentrating or have tight, dry skin.
My Monday Motivation this week is to pay attention to hydration. Look around at how beautiful nature is during and after a good drink of water…
The differences to our quality of life when well hydrated could be comparable to these events in nature. I am thankful for the rain we are getting for all reasons in this post.
Let’s hydrate well, consistently. Let’s pay more attention to our bodies and help children and the elderly do the same.
*Watch for an upcoming post on Drinks; Juicing and Smoothies. Of course no drink talk would be complete without a little wine mention. It’s not water but, like a lot of things, good in moderation.
Austria is stunning in ways I recommend discovering for yourself. The train runs through mountains and around every range. You’ll arrive in villages hidden in valleys. Everything in this charming country exudes a freshness of life.
Meeting a Monk on his way to a feast, climbing waterfalls, wandering around gold gilded buildings in Vienna and meeting a lifelong friend in Bregenz is how this photo speaks to me.
Let us float away at any moment…
It’s hard to let ourselves completely let go sometimes.
There is absolute need to let go of feelings that hold us back from ourselves and the life that we tend to loose focus on as a result.
Possibly a break, a mindful collection of thoughts, a breath of fresh air…
Is there a place that you gravitate to when wanting to let go or let in the quiet?
The mind can be biased in choosing when to apply needed stillness.
Come up from the wave and choose it for yourself.
Surrounded in a forest of the oldest souls alive.
We had our first barbecue of the season last week and ribs yesterday.For our first barbecue; I marinated pork chops in a curried mango sauce. Then my husband barbecued them on low flame, to perfection. They were sooo good! I made a cream cheese and chive mashed potatoe and roasted veg.
I am always wanting to change up my marinades for steak and chicken. I’ve tried stock with different herbs, made pastes with chilis and lemon, the traditional BBQ sauce and pre-made teriyaki or souvlaki.
Why not use sauces that are usually marketed for other uses as a marinade, such as:
• Italian salad dressing(very good for steak)
• butter chicken sauce
• pasta sauce
• condensed soup
• zucchini relish
• broth with puréed sweet potatoe or other veg
Try them out.
Break out of your routine recipe box.