It’s one of those rare British summer afternoons ... warm, sunny, with such a beautiful light, with lots of brilliant flowers waving in the garden in the afternoon breeze ..... The truth is that all of these are here year in and year out but I rarely paid attention to them. .... I was way to busy, rushing around.... worrying about past, future, arranging meetings, postponing meetings, doing, doing, doing.
Now I’m learning to enjoy the moment more, to open my eyes and really, really see that life is actually a series of NOW(s) and realizing that each NOW is valuable.
Earlier today I decided to hold my business planning session with myself .... not in my office at home but ... in a coffee shop on the beach front, about 30 minutes walk away from the house along the seafront promenade.
As a reformed workaholic I have to say that this was a good thing for me. What stopped me from doing this before? Nothing and nobody! Nobody but myself and my own limiting belief about what looked and seemed right or not.
I wonder in what areas of your life you are actually the person standing in the way of a positive or creative change in your life?
It was so special walking near the sea, with ... slow steps, smiling and thinking that actually Thich Nhat Hanh had a point when he spoke about the walking meditation, looking at the sea and actually seeing it in ever changing detail, hearing the sound of waves breaking, looking at the hopeful fisherman and admiring their patience, feeling the warm wind on my neck but not getting upset about the mess it creates in my hair........ everything seemed different even though I have walked that walk near the beach so many times.
I just felt immensely grateful for the gift of that moment.
Stopping to take photos was such a thrill ... walking on to the pebbles to photograph a beach cabbage or an abandoned boat ... coming back to the promenade.... smiling to the puffing yet passionate joggers, watching little dogs run freely and being so in-the-present ... this is something we all can do at times .... it so helps you to slow down, to notice, to relax, to be grateful and happier.
I’m inviting you to ... try something new today ... I’m inviting you to take a break and ....remind yourself of the things you are grateful for at this very moment. You can doodle about this, write your thoughts down, record them by taking photos on your iphone, sketch ..... Why not create a habit of this ... and create a “Gratitude journal”.
oh .... and you can also start by writing your first recipe in this lovely journal of yours ... raspberry and gooseberry ice cream. It's something I've learned how to make recently and ... i want to share the secret with you. Why? Because it is really very simple to make and very tasty!
400 g of mixed berries (gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, and so on)
200 g caster sugar
3 tbsp elderflower cordial or any other type of cordial or juices
500 ml yogurt
150 ml milk
Add the sugar and berries in a pan with 2 tbsp water. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes until the berries are soft.
Remove from the heat, tip into a food processor and whizz into a puree. (it is not mandatory really)
Add the juice/cordial and whizz again or simply mix with a spoon. Add the yogurt and milk. Taste the combination and see if you would like it a bit sweeter. If you do, add sugar or agave syrup.
Poor the mixture into a pot and put it in a freezer. It is important to mix the combination from time to time, a.i from 2 to 2 hours in order to allow the ice to form evenly.
Hmmm that's about it actually. In the morning ... it's done ... ready to be enjoyed with some Turkish coffee.