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Blissology Project: Day 4 – Thursday, January 25th

This is Day 4 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

We admire your commitment to transform from a Ho-Hum, Poor Me, or Selfish way of living to being a Blissologist where your heart is open, radiant and full of joy!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Crow (Bakasana)
  2. Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
  3. Humble Warrior (Baddha Virabhadrasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do Crow then insert a pose of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

P.S. – If you haven’t had a chance check out Eoin’s Winter Flow practice from Day 2 of the Blissology Project.

Meditation

Enjoy this calming Sunrise Meditation with Blissologist Shelly Prosko to enliven your day!

Nature Appreciation

  • Go for a run, ride your bike, surf some waves or do anything out in the natural world where you get your sweat on and feel more connected to the environment all around you.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Eggs + Kale + Avo:

This is a filling, hearty breakfast with good fats and greens when you have a little more time and are craving something savory.

Ingredients:

1/2 bunch kale, stemmed and leaves torn into shreds

2 organic eggs

½ avocado

lemon juice

cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

sesame seeds

sea salt or Himalayan pink salt

  • Prepare the Avocado. Peel and slice. Sprinkle with lemon juice and a bit of salt.
  • Boil water in a large pot. Add kale shreds into the boiling water and let simmer for approx. 3 – 5 minutes. Kale should look bright green but wilted. Drain and let sit in the warm pot while you prepare the eggs.
  • This recipe tastes great with either poached or scrambled eggs.  To poach, boil water in another small saucepan. Bring to boil. Add a ½ tsp of vinegar like apple cider vinegar. Swirl the water quickly to make a whirlpool effect and add in the egg to poach.  Watch it carefully. You may poach the eggs for 5 – 7 minutes or until done.  To remove, use a slotted spoon.
  • For scrambled eggs: beat the eggs lightly in a bowl. Add milk if you would like and perhaps a pinch of thyme or rosemary.  Pour into a pan on medium heat.  Gently stir the eggs from the edges of the pan to the center a few times to create large, soft egg curds 5 minutes or so.  Watch carefully as you don’t want to overcook the eggs.
  • To serve. Place cooked greens on your plate, top with the eggs and avocado and garnish with sesame seeds, salt to taste and black pepper. You can also add a light drizzle of olive oil.
  • If you are craving toast with this meal, use a whole grain sourdough bread, one without added yeast, or added gluten.  
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • While outside during your nature appreciation time notice three things in the natural world you’re grateful for that enhance your experience in that moment.

Wild Card

  • Forgive someone. Is there someone in your life who you have unresolved energy with? Give them a call or visit them to confront what has come between you. Notice how much more lighter you will feel afterwards.

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Projectevent page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 3 – Wednesday, January 24th

This is Day 3 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s keep riding the wave of gratitude we shared with a loved one forward to empower us to live the life we’re meant to!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
  2. Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
  3. Front Splits (Hanumanasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a Handstand then insert an inversion of your choice that feels good in your body.

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Go for a morning walk. Be intentional with every step you take and every breath you inhale and exhale. Savour the beginning of the day.  
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup:

This creamy and rich tasting soup has no dairy but is full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits. Make extra and freeze it for a lunch later on in the week.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 head of a small cauliflower

2 leeks

2 – 3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil (or ghee) or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of turmeric

fresh ground black pepper + himalayan pink salt or celtic sea salt

2 cups organic chicken or veggie broth

Sesame Seeds

Filtered water as needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Prep:

  • Gently wash, drain and rinse the cauliflower, then break it into medium sized florets using clean hands or a knife. Discard hard bits of the white stalks, but keep the tender ones, chopping them into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Use the white portion of the leeks. Save the green stalk ends in a freezer bag or box for making stock in the future.  Slice the leeks lengthwise first into half, then chop into half-moons.  Wash leeks well in a bowl of water.   
  • Peel and slice the garlic into halves.

Bake:

  • Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Scatter vegetables in a single layer,drizzle with oil, add some salt, pepper and that pinch of turmeric, as well as any other herbs you might like to use.
  • Place the tray onto the middle rack of the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Check vegetables for softness and if needed roast for approx. 10 minutes longer.
  • Remove tray from the oven, let the vegetables cool slightly.

Blend:

  • To make the soup, pour the veggies and chicken broth into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth in two stages, so the blender does not overfill.  You can also use an immersion blender in a soup pot. Add more water if needed to liquefy the soup to a consistency you like, 1 cup should do it.  

Enjoy:

  • Taste the soup and serve in a bowl, topped with toasted black or white sesame seeds for extra minerals and a toasty crunch.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Take three things in your life you’re not excited about and reprogram your thoughts to be grateful. Example: If you’re not excited to work full time this week say to yourself, “I am grateful I have a job to go to that creates abundance in my life for myself and my family.”

Wild Card

  • Pay for someone’s coffee. Brighten someone’s day with your generosity and see how it comes back to you in other ways!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

 

 

Blissology Project: Day 2 – Tuesday, January 23rd

This is Day 2 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Let’s carry the high vibin’ energy from the Wave Rider Smoothie and nature time in Day 1 forward!

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  2. Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
  3. Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation 

  • Sit on a rock in the forest or on a beach and get quiet. Allow your gaze to be soft while you become aware of how your senses interact with the natural world.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness 

Spiced fruit bowl:

Eating fruit seasonally is an incredible way of aligning our body’s ecosystem with our larger environment as seasonal fruits provide us the vitamins and enzymes we need to boost our wellbeing in a particular season.   

Serves 1 – 2

2 cups fresh, seasonal fruit.  For a spring bowl use berries, for a summer bowl: stone fruit, tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple and bananas, for a fall bowl: pears, apples, persimmons and maybe even jicama; and for a winter bowl: stewed fruits, or citrus fruits.  

1 tbsp orange blossom water  (this is my secret ingredient that adds so much flavor. Find it at a middle eastern market)

pinch of cinnamon

½ tsp lemon or lime juice

bit of raw, runny honey if needed

pinch of sea salt + black pepper (the seasonings help us to digest the fruit better)

  • Add all ingredients except fruit in a bowl, mix well.
  • Now add the fruit and toss lightly until well coated with the spice mixture.  
  • Eat slowly and savor the flavours.  
  • This is delicious with a cashew or coconut cream as well. 
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Tell someone you love why you’re grateful for them. Be totally present while you do this. Look into their eyes and speak from your heart.

Wild Card

  • Sing in the shower. Whether it’s a favourite song or your own made up tune don’t hold back and really let it out!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

Blissology Project: Day 1 – Monday, January 22nd

The Blissology Project has finally launched!

This is Day 1 of our two weeks to Commit to Bliss. The Blissology Project will run from Monday, January 22nd until Sunday, February 4th 2018.

It is all about making happiness a habit and creating an Upward Spiral of positivity in our lives through the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments.

Here is the video explaining today’s commitments! 

Here’s a list of Blissology Teachers you can connect with or join our Global Blissology Project event on FB.

Today’s Bliss Commitments are:

Yoga Poses to be included in today’s practices are:

  1. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
  2. Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  3. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtags #blissologyproject + #blissarmy + #upwardspiral

Meditation

Nature Appreciation

  • 20 minute Park Walk – Stroll off the path and go on a journey. Take off your shoes and feel the earth below you. Maybe even hug a tree or two.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness 

Wave Rider: An Ayurvedic Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 organic pear (or green apple, or a peach: sliced or diced
Juice from a freshly squeezed lemon
1/2 organic avocado: sliced or diced
6 – 8 organic spinach leaves or 4 – 5 kale leaves
1 to 2 tsp spirulina
1 heaping tsp extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, or flax oil, or udos oil
1 cup filtered water
1/4″ chunk of organic ginger (if you need a little more heat, add a bit more to taste)
Optional: a pinch of cardamom powder and some bee pollen to sprinkle on top before drinking.

  • Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender.  
  • Add some more water if it is a bit too thick.  
  • Taste for sweetness, if needed, add some raw honey, garnish with bee pollen.
  • Enjoy this deliciousness a little later in the morning, when the sun is high.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Begin a Gratitude Journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life.

Wild Card

  • Compliment a stranger. Tell them something nice to brighten their day!

We’ll start by telling you how awesome you are! You rock!

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Don’t forget to Share your experience with the 6 Big Easy Bliss Commitments in the Global Blissology Project event page.

“Happiness is Best when Shared.”

Have fun and enjoy the journey to awakening a deep joy within you!

 

Blissology Project Jan/Feb 2018 Teachers

We couldn’t be more stoked to be starting this year off with a Blissology Project that we’re running from January 22nd until February 4th!

We’ll be doing the 6 Big East Bliss Commitments—yoga, meditation, nature appreciation, food awareness, gratitude and a wild card—for two weeks and creating an Upward Spiral in our lives.

You can read more details on the project here and check the Bliss Teacher hosting the project in your area below:

Canada

Lorna Seldon Burd
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Pia Therese Maso
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Lisa Sturt
Fort Saint John, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Jozef Bienkowski-Gibbs
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Azenya Burdett
Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Tami Wyber
Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Michael Toru
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Facebook event

Tiffany Green
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Facebook event

Andrea Combs
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Facebook event

Ann Green
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Facebook event

Sonja Burrows
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Facebook event

USA

Sati Leavitt
Aptos, California, USA
Facebook event

Jonathan Bloch
Denver, Colorado, USA
Facebook event

Yvonne Perry,
New York, New York, USA
Facebook event

Devin Weiss
Woodstock, New York, USA
Facebook event

April Neufeld
Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA
Facebook event

Lang Charters
Poulsbo, Washington, USA
Facebook event

        Adyn Pipoly
       Denver, Colorado
       Facebook event

Europe

Amir Khorasany
Paris, France
Facebook event

Donna Williams
Geneva, Switzerland
Facebook event

Rhyanna Watson
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Facebook event

Chloe Markham
Sheriff Hutton, United Kingdom
Facebook event

New Zealand

Tara Spice
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Facebook event

Jae Omnet
Oamaru, New Zealand
Facebook event

Australia

Chloe Santarossa
Bowen, Queensland, Australia
Facebook event

Leanne Hembrow
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Facebook event

United Arab Emirates

Hollie Sears
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Facebook event

 

Check back soon for more updates and links to regional Facebook events, we’ll keep adding these daily. If you can’t find a teacher in your area, join our Global Bliss Tribe and participate from the coziness of your home.

Focusing Less on Doing and More on Being.

People are the juice of life. What I mean by that is the older and, hopefully, wiser I grow, the more I value relationships, community, caring for each other, kindness, and love that freely gives life to one another.

Along those lines, I find myself blessed to have several groups of incredible friends, one of which is a group of guys who gather together every Tuesday for Beer and Bible. In Beer and Bible the homebrewed beer is fantastic, the conversation is incredible, and the people are the best.

A few weeks ago we were talking about prayer. More specifically, we discussed the importance and power of not only “talking” in prayer, but also quieting our minds and listening. Our general consensus was that calming our minds and minimizing our thoughts is powerful stuff but also super hard and difficult to make time for. That night, hopefully in a humble and kind way, I shared a bit of my yoga journey and the mind-blowing gifts it’s given me.

When I started practicing yoga nearly seven years ago I did so to get more flexible and support my now ex-wife who had just become a teacher. I thought yoga would certainly make me more bendy and hopefully stronger and that’s pretty much it. That said, as I practiced yoga more and more, I began to realize the most marvelous medicine of yoga wasn’t external, it was internal—it was (and is) a sense of peace, calm, joy, bliss, and love within me that blows my mind.

As I shared with the Beer and Bible fellows, this blessing comes most poignantly at the end of the yoga practice, while we lie peacefully in savasana and when we sit in meditation. For me, this isn’t a nonstop experience of peace and bliss, though. Instead, some days it’s 15-30 seconds, others it’s a minute or two, and others it’s longer, yet these brief encounters with What/Who I’d personally name God fill most of the rest of my life with a bliss, peace, and love so big and amazing I struggle to find words for it, which I kind of think is the point. I think often the same thing can be said about beauty in nature. We have no words to describe when we experience scenery like I captured above, better than “Wow!”

But one thing we need to remember is that we can’t expect to go from A to Z overnight. People don’t change from eating whatever they want to being clean-eating vegans at the snap of a finger. Likewise, we can’t expect to go from practicing no meditation, contemplation, yoga, or other mindfulness practices to 15 minutes or an hour per day instantaneously. Instead, we go from zero to one mindful breath where we pause to listen to the Divine, to two mindful breaths and so on.

In these moments of mental quiet and calm I don’t think our Creator is the only being we encounter though. I believe we also meet our True Self. We discover the “I” beyond doings, possessions and statuses. Our egos and the messages of society create a false self that many of us never get beyond, but we all have a True Self. This is the “I” in the image of the Divine, the “I” filled with joy, the “I” saturated with peace, the “I” rich with love. One could say the True Self is crowned with glory as is written in the Psalms:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.

Psalm 8.3-5, NRSV

Have you ever heard of the temptations of Christ? Before Jesus started healing people, spreading love, and preaching the Good News of God’s blissful reign, He went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. The brilliant thing I’d like to draw your attention to is these are temptations common to us all. They are the lure to identify ourselves, relate our worth, and name our love based on what we own, what we do, and/or what others say/think about us. This is the false self.

Another way to talk about this is the ego. Our ego is important—it gets us out of bed, it gets stuff done, it pushes us to be the best version of ourselves possible—but the problem comes when we let the ego drive our lives. The ego is all about what we do, what we own, and what other’s think/say about us. While there is value in these things, they do not define who you and I truly are. You, my friend, are an infinitely worthy, loved child, made in the image of and filled with Divine Light and Love and when we do mindfulness practices (like yoga, meditation, and contemplation) to quiet our thoughts and minds, we experience this truth.

As I shared with my friends at Beer and Bible, while I’ve experienced this over and over it has nothing to do with anything I do. Instead, it’s about simply being. I think it’s only when we slow down and take time to just be, that we meet our True Selves. In these moments we encounter a peace that passes understanding, a bliss that defies description, and a love that knows no bounds.

So, how does one do this? How can you and I increasingly tune into our True Selves? First, I’d say it takes time and is a process. The big question here is what’s the next right thing for you? What’s a doable step you can take today/next week/next month/next year?

We’re all uniquely wired and we all go through different seasons in life, meaning what works for me might not work for you, and what resonates with you today might not vibe with you next year. My point is, there’s a zillion mindfulness practices out there and I think they all lead to this same beautiful and amazing result.

That being said let me throw a few practical tips out there for us all. I’ll start by saying there’s something powerful about doing something everyday, or nearly everyday, for 3-4 weeks, as this period of time rewires our brains and turns practices into habits so I’d recommend trying to pick something doable that you can try out for that long. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Yoga: While I think going to a studio will give you the biggest bang for the buck, there’s a lot of online videos you can use at home. Only 15 minutes a day will have amazing effects.
  2. Gratitude journal: Take 5 minutes before going to bed to reflect on the day and write about three things you’re grateful for.
  3. Meditation: Take 1-15 minutes to simply be and quiet the mind. I recommend using a podcast or app for this, but it’s free and super helpful to just breathe a mantra that speaks to where you are in life. For instance, one could inhale “I am” and exhale “loved,” or “worthy,” or “peace,” or “joyful.”
  4. Contemplation: Take 1-15 minutes to simply be and quiet the mind by contemplating some aspect of God, nature, scripture, etc.
  5. Meditative Walking: Step and breath in time with a mantra that speaks to where you are in life.
  6. Contemplative Walking: Notice, but I mean really, notice the nature and people and everything else around you.
  7. Praying the hours: Set an alarm on your phone for 9, 12, and 3. When it goes off, stop for a minute or two and take a few really deep breaths in time with a short prayer.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas to get started. I think mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and everywhere, it can be simply slowing the breath down, noticing your thoughts and remembering you have thoughts but you are not your thoughts, and taking time to really see and hear what’s going on around you. When we do this we both come into touch with our True Selves and God, and the affect is amazing on you, me, and everyone we come into contact with.

I truly think our money, our possessions, our achievements, and what other people think about us do have their place and are good in their own way but they do not define us. You and I are something infinitely more precious, imperishable, and beautiful than those passing things, and the more we come into contact with this—our True Selves—the more amazing life gets. Honestly, the people I’ve met who are in tune with their stable, secure, and real selves are calm, joyful, and loving even in the midst of adversity, conflict, and trauma. They are bright sources of light and love in the midst of darkness. They are able to be non-anxious, calming presences when everyone else is freaking out. The awesome thing is, though, we can all be like these saints! Each of our True Selves is full of Divine bliss, peace, and love, we simply have to take time to be and tune into it!

By Lang Charters Blissology 200-hr YTT 2017
He’s here to awaken, open to, and be love together!
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