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Blissology Project: Day 10 – Wednesday, January 31st

This is Day 10 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.

It’s Hump Day in the week – we have some awesome Bliss Commitments that will leave you feeling pumped for life!

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. Chair (Utkatasana)
  2. Boat (Navasana)
  3. Headstand (Sirsasana)

*Note: We realize these are some challenging poses! Do your best with where your practice is today. If you can’t do a Headstand 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

Invite grace and loving kindness into your day with this Metta SHiNE meditation by Blissologist Ann Green!

Nature Appreciation

  • Tonight is the Full Moon. Go outside to enjoy the moon at its most full and radiant. Allow this time of transition and intention to reflect on your Life Mission.
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awaereness

Simple Miso soup with Tofu and Seasonal Veggies:

Serves 3 – 4

This is one of our favourite weekday evening meals. It is simple and nourishing, full of vital plant minerals and our son loves it also, especially served on top of warm brown rice.  The seaweed if you can find it is lubricating and healing to the gut and adds a lovely salty flavor to the soup.  

 

 1 – 2 tbsp EV coconut oil or cold pressed sesame oil

3 Scallions thinly sliced

3 Carrots: peeled and thinly sliced into half moon

3/4 cup broccoli florets

3 “ long piece of daikon radish: peeled and thinly sliced into half moons

8 – 10 Shitake Mushrooms: cleaned with a brush, torn or thinly sliced

½ “ Fresh ginger: very thinly sliced

1 package organic Silken Tofu: cubed

3 cups Veggie or chicken broth infused with some wakame.  i.e soak the dry seaweed into the broth.

1 cup water

Fresh white or brown miso paste (buy an organic brand, from the refrigerated section of your health food store)

Cooked short grain brow rice.

Gomashio (a mixture of sesame seeds and sea salt) and nutritional yeast to garnish.

 

  • Warm oil in a soup pot until oil is hot.  Reduce heat to medium / medium low.
  • Add carrots, radish, scallions and ginger and cook until slightly softened.
  • Now add mushrooms and saute for another minute or so.
  • Pour in the broth and stir until warm.
  • Now add in the silken tofu.   
  • Let the veggies cook until softened but still al dente.
  • Now make the miso paste. In a separate cup, take 2 tbsp of the miso paste in a ½ cup of warm broth. Mix well until smooth and not lumpy. Slowly add this paste into the soup pot.  Let the soup warm gently for another 2 – 3 minutes, but do not bring to a boil. Add water if you need to thin the soup more.
  • To serve. Place a ½ cup of warm cooked rice in a bowl. Top with the veggies, tofu and broth.
  • Garnish with gomashio and possibly a little bit of nutritional yeast (our son loves this).
  • Enjoy.  

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip today. Rather try to be grateful and see the lesson to be learned in all situations. If you slip up forgive yourself and keep going. Notice how much energy you were spending on negative thoughts.

Wild Card

  • Talk to a plant! When you direct loving words to your plant notice how it soaks up the positivity like sunlight. Helping both of you grow in the right direction.

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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 9 – Tuesday, January 30th

This is Day 9 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 hope you’re feeling supercharged after the Happy Belly Green Smoothie and from getting clear on how you can serve the world through your Life Mission in Day 8. Let’s carry these positive vibes and purpose forward today!

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. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)
  2. Single Leg Down Dog with Bind (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  3. Wide Legged Forward Fold with Clasped Hands (Prasarita Padottanasana I)

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

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

Meditation

Centre your mind in a few short minutes with Blissologist Rhyanna Watson in her Calm Your Mind meditation.

Nature Appreciation

  • Watch the sun as it rises. Even if it’s overcast take your coffee or tea for an early morning walk while you watch the day wake up!
  • Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #natureappreciation 

Food Awareness

Warm Breakfast Grains:

This is a simple recipe for using up leftover whole grains.  You can use brown rice, basmati rice, barley, quinoa or even cooked amaranth here.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked grains

1 cup milk (cow or soy or almond)

¼ cup raisins

¼ – ½ tsp cinnamon (cinnamon warms up the body so use less if you run hot).

1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds

Raw honey

 

Method:

Mix ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook until hot on medium heat.

This is delicious with some added ghee, coconut oil or honey. Top with toasted sunflower seeds for a boost of potassium and zinc.  

Don’t forget to share any photos on social media using hashtag #blissologyproject + #highpranafood

Gratitude

  • Go on Facebook and find out which of your friends is celebrating a birthday today or very soon. Send them a quick message to wish them Happy Birthday and tell them one reason why you’re grateful to have them in your life.

Wild Card

  • Practice some Eco Karma. Spend 5 minutes of your day picking up trash outside. You can even do it in the morning on your Sunrise Walk!

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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!

 

 

Put Down Your Smart Phone and Pick Up Your Heart Phone

Even though I am obsessed with yoga, I think it is only the second best thing we can do for health. The best thing we can do is to have an intimate connection with nature.

Last winter we moved to one of the great yoga hubs of the world, Santa Monica, California. I taught yoga, went to yoga classes every day with talented and famous yoga instructors, got used to paying $22 for superfood smoothies and practically took out a second mortgage at the Whole Foods salad bar. Every day was full of California sunshine and palm trees, but there was an emptiness inside me and a sense of restlessness that I could not quell. One chilly December evening, my wife, two-year-old son and I drove North on Highway 1. We found a long stretch of beach that was isolated with the exception of the distant silhouette of an older woman strolling in her leopard skin coat. A reminder of our proximity to Malibu. I had surfed on Venice Beach every day and played in the parks of Santa Monica with our son daily, but those beaches were filled with a stream of cruiser bike riders, joggers and roller coasters.

There was a quietness to us that night as we watched the hazy pink marine layer softly blend into the ocean’s seemingly endless horizon. I stopped and breathed deeply, not because it says to breathe deeply in a yoga text, but to replace the emptiness I felt in my chest. My heart became more inflated and I could finally pinpoint the source of my unease…

Read the rest of the article on Huffington Post Canada.