Cold and flu season has crept up again! It’s time we get back to the basics that support a healthy immune system. Most of us don’t have mom in tow to remind us of the essentials, and when life gets busy, it’s easy to forget just how important practical prevention is….until we’re lying in bed sniffling.
Enjoy this list of familiar favorites—with a mindful twist—for staving off the common cold.
To the SAVOR community,
As practitioners of mindfulness, we know that everything is impermanent and that this moment is the only moment that matters. As 2014 comes to a close, it’s natural to reflect on events passed and ponder our aspirations for the year to come.
For me, my moments of reflection come with a smile.
We often think of “slavery” as a problem of the past—a memory only detailed in history books and films. Unfortunately, it’s anything but eradicated.
The warmth and glow of a home kitchen after a chilly late-fall venture to the farmer's market can turn one to more inward thoughts. At the market, the shopping experience is usually quicker and less connected with not as much socializing than it is in warmer months. For this reason, restoring a feeling of centeredness can be beneficial when returning home with your market fare.
Food is the essence of my social life, profession, and health. This time of year, each week is organized around trips to the farmer’s markets and farms located in my area. For myself and many others, this routine is not just a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. Just recently I read a real estate article that explained the trendy concept of marketing residences for “foodies.” Some homes are being advertised not only for their kitchens, but also for their proximity to the best farmer’s markets and grocery stores!
LET’S HAVE A TASTE of mindfulness.
Take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will do. Wash it. Dry it. Before taking a bite, pause for a moment. Look at the apple in your palm and ask yourself: When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating it? Or am I so preoccupied with other thoughts that I miss the delights that the apple offers me?
Food knowledge is not just trendy these days but a form of social, physical, and personal empowerment. My acupuncturist states that “food is your first medicine” as it gives one the nutrition essentials for health maintenance. In my next few blog offerings I am going to share with you some of my personal tips on changing your kitchen into a place of education, contemplation, and personal development.
At first the transition is gradual--each day a bit shorter, each night a bit cooler. Though before you know it, the leaves have turned color and a brand new season is upon us. As we go through the motions of each day, it's easy to forget that all things are impermanent, and the different seasons of the year serve as an excellent reminder to enjoy every moment.