New passions

Currently just started at MUIH (Tia Sophia)…so excited and passionate about this new journey.. also started yoga classes too. Hoping at some point I will be able to branch out into a world where I can incorporate my passions on a daily basis… I am looking forward to learning as much as I can then becoming a life coach … and if my yoga passion remains over time I may look to becoming a yoga teacher…

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All in the hopes to live a simple, mindfulness life of joy, peace and much love 🙂

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Mindfulness:

© 2001 Tu Hoang

It is not easy to let go of our thoughts, feelings and tension as they arise. Commotion, distractions and other people requiring our attention surround us. We cannot always maintain a beginner’s mind and often we cannot afford to focus on our breathing because we are actively responding to something; this is especially true with first applying Zen techniques. But like everything else, continued practice allows us to live these techniques not just merely apply them.

One way to over come the initial hurdles of applying Zen in a busy day is to be Mindful; basically to be self-aware and self-monitoring with the aim of accepting all of the thoughts and feelings that arise in us without judging them or shutting them out.

When you are focused on your breathing, with a Beginner’s Mind you will sense feelings and thoughts arising. Focusing on your breathing will keep you centered, and with a Beginner’s Mind you will observe thoughts and feelings without judging them; rather let thoughts and feelings rise and subside while you pay attention but not cling to them.

In Zen, all that arises within us are natural; they are a result of what we are and how we are connected to the world. Our eyes, ears and nose sense the world; we perceive, conceptualize and feel because that is the statement of our body.

When we are mindful of anger, sadness, nervousness and joy we acknowledge them, welcome them when they appear but we do not cling to them. When we feel love or happiness we welcome these feelings. It should be the same with anger and nervousness. All these feelings are our mind, body and consciousness communicating to us. When we are mindful of them we can only become wiser and more insightful.

I may get nervous before a test. ‘I am nervous. Hello nervousness, how are you today? Glad to feel you again.’ Focused breathing keeps me centered. When the test begins my nervousness naturally subsides. ‘Farewell nervousness,’ and I am completely in tuned with the task at hand.

Do not try to resist or suppress your feelings. That only means you have turned your mind to them and are clinging to them even more. Let your feelings and thoughts. Be mindful of them. I find that as the situation dictates my distracting feelings and thoughts subside allowing me to respond unencumbered by the task at hand.

Focused breathing, Beginner’s Mind and Mindfulness are basic Zen practices. They are almost common sense but often we become mired in the complexities and details of every day living and lose sight of common sense wisdom. Zen is not a monastic way of life. The Zen ideal is to experience and embrace life experiences full on; not editing out the bad bits because there are no bad bits, just things are they are.

M.I.A

I have been M.I.A due to being very sick — some how I ended up with the flu along with Pnuemonia so I have been down for the count. I am still not 100% yet …good thing I am off work until Tuesday 01/21/14. I am starting to go stir crazy but at the same time I just don’t have the energy and walking short distances make me so winded– sigh :-/ Hoping for more of an improvement by the time I go back to work..

Once I am back to a healthier me, I am hoping to post more…

Lastly, I wanted to advise the muffins were a yummy success for the adults in the household… however my child, who will be 3 in June, loved making them along with the chocolate chip part of them..but that was it. LOL It’s still a keeper and we will try the recipe again….

Baked Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go–Making these today more on this later..

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(makes 24-25 cupcakes)

Adapted from: Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal.

  • 5 cups rolled oats (400g)
  • 2 1/2 cups over-ripe mashed banana (For all substitutions, see nutrition link below) measured after mashing (600g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 NuNaturals stevia packets (or omit and use 5 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice–such as pure maple syrup or agave–instead)
  • optional: 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 2/3 cups water (640g) (If using the liquid-sweetener option, scale water back by 1/3 cup.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp oil (45g) (I really like coconut, but veg oil will also work. For lower-fat substitution notes, see nutrition link below.)
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional add-ins: cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, ground flax or wheat germ, raisins or other dried fruit, etc.

Preheat oven to 380 F, and line 24-25 cupcake tins. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including banana). Mix wet into dry, then pour into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. I also like to then broil for 1-2 minutes, but it’s optional. These oatmeal cakes can be eaten right away, or they can be frozen and reheated for an instant breakfast on a busy day.

Per cupcake:

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Day 1 of the New Year..

Frustrations all around… ready for the new healthy eating part of my new year other than can’t food shop until Saturday along with my partner with these changes haven’t read the paperwork yet.. sigh..

Oh well.. off to the races… so far a protein shake that still has 23 carbs … the power and milk combo… sigh.. at least I still have 22 carbs in cycle one (breakfast/snack).. however it’s 1113am so the morning cycle is almost over..

After food shopping on Saturday I will be able to be on a schedule a little better… here’s hoping that this change works.. 🙂 Here’s to a better me!!