Thursday, March 6, 2014
One of the schools I work at, signed a few of us teachers to a Mindfulness Based Stress Relief (MBSR) course. What a great idea! Taking care of your teachers!!!
I've been going doing this course now for the past 7 Saturdays. But this, was one of the most resilient meetings for me.
Let me just describe the location first...every week I make the trek towards the teacher's home. After you park your car, you take a 3 minute walk on a quiet neighborhood street. When you finally reach this Key West style home, you take a few seconds to admire it. On the side of the house, there is a narrow walkway leading you to the back of her house and her beautiful pool deck surrounded by a lush, gorgeous, and green garden. If you listen...you could hear the sounds of the birds chirping. Every so often, you'd see a parrot or a blue jay, or a robin. It really was amazing! And after observing nature, you walk into her peaceful and serene classroom. Here we usually talked and described our experiences with feelings, pains, thoughts, and emotions.
But this saturday was different, she asked us to be silent. She invited all of us in the room, to be silent, to practice not speaking, to avoid talking.
It was crazy! This lady thought I'd be silent for 6 hours? How in the world was I going to accomplish this in a group of 20 people? But for the most part, we did it. I did it. We did some yoga, some walking meditation, some feeling exercises...as for me, the best part, was eating in silence.
At lunch, I chose to sit by myself. In a little corner of the deck where the large palm trees gave shade to my area. I began eating what seemed to be the most delicious PB&J sandwich I've ever had. I smelled the air around me and then I put my nose close to my bread, my sandwich. I gave it a good whiff and then I took a bite of it. And I slowly chewed it and I chewed and I chewed. Then I paused and looked at it and back up at the bamboo and palm trees, the bushes, the beautiful roses and bouganvilias. And it sounds so crazy and weird but really...it was surreal.
Aaahhhhh but it was just amazing. Try it...try to be silent. Just smile, nod, and shrug to let others know you will not be talking.
But even more important, try the slow eating...savor your food, your meal. Not just your breakfast, your lunch, or your dinner. Every food or drink that touches your lips and your mouth. Savor everything you do. Everything you take in. From what you see, what you smell, what you do, what you feel, and you will find what you love in life. You will find about those little things that are so good and that you should be thankful for.
What type of meditation have you tried?
Monday, March 3, 2014
As I sit here wondering where will my traveling pants take me next...I have come to the realization, that I've been to quite a few cities and places in my life already! Thought I'd share some of my pit stops around the world with you:
What pit stops have you made around the world?
Friday, February 28, 2014
Today...it seemed like it was hours away!
Hubby decided he would visit me at work yesterday afternoon. Of course, I made him wait for me while I finished editing some reports. What came after brought a smile to my face...wine and dinahhhh!
I had been to this quaint little mom-pop restaurant before, La Portena, but since it is a tiny hidden gem, he and I and the waiter were the only ones in the place. The decor may have been cheesy, but the food (Italian & Argentinian) plus the bordeaux wine (yes, French wine!) we chose were to die for!!!
Nom nom nom...here I go...gaining 20 more pounds all the way home!
Have you had any good surprises come your way after a long work day?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This past weekend was just amazeballss!!
|Andrew Zimmern just being Asian!|
First a little birthday celebration with all my cousins who also had a February birthday...(5 out of the 15 cousins!!)
Then a little fun with my drunken buds...
But then...the best thing happened...surprise tickets to South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Best of the Munchies!!
Where for there was food, wine, beer, and liquor until you decide to pass out!!
What are you planning to do for YOUR birthday?
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Hello there chickadeelics,
Remember that time I told you about my bucket list? Well in it I talked about staying at a log cabin. And although I didn't get to skiing in Vail, I certainly tried my hand at skiing in Ober Gaitlinburg.
At least I was able to cross one item off my list!
Here are some of my favorite captured moments from my trip!
|The beginning of a 16+hour drive|
|The cute faces that tagged along for the ride|
|My first time skiing. This is how I spent most of my skiing session.|
|Prepping for the hike|
|I don't want to deal.|
|Up up in the air|
|Sexy ladies by the fireplace|
|in the fishbowl|
|our log cabin|
|A cookie sheet as our sled...well yes!|
|down we go!|
|beauty in the ride|
Hope you enjoyed!!