Yesterday while swimming underwater I looked up and a sliver on sunshine illuminated the pool to a gorgeous turquoise blue. There was a magenta flower laying just a few inches below the surface, it's color amplified with the sun. It was precisely that moment when a stream of clarity came to me: the stressors I carry with me is baggage I choose to hold on to. I have the option to let it all go. Being overly analytical and a constant thinker makes it difficult for me to focus on this exact moment. I'm usually planning ahead, making deadlines for myself, often comparing my deadlines to everyone else's. Sometimes I catch myself and return to center by focusing on my breathing, reminding myself to be in the now . But it is usually a matter of time until I once again start living in this transitional state...you know the transitional period I'm sure- the one that that says: "Ill be less stressed after such and such" or "once I've accomplished such and such I'll find time to relax". The problem is, there will always be another 'such and such'. So we can choose to live transitionally, waiting for the next big thing to pass knowing there is always another big thing just around the corner or let it go and have faith in the journey. As long as we are actively working towards our goals, that is enough. Time frames do not matter as we are exactly where the universe needs us to be in this present moment. We are so blessed with an abundant amount of love and opportunity. Each day is a blessing and for me, yesterday was a reminder of that. Look towards everything in your life with gratitude because today you're alive and that in itself is magical.
Oh, also, here are some deliciously simple carrots! :)
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon ginger root, grated (or ginger paste)
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon maple syrup, optional
Place carrots, water, and salt into a medium-sized pot over the stop top, cover and bring to a boil for about 3 minutes, until fork-tender.
Drain water, return carrots to pot.
Add remaining ingredients to carrots and simmer over medium heat, stirring often until most of the liquid has cooked out.
Recipe from Fat Free Vegan
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