Curate Your Own Happiness Ritual

Curate Your Own Happiness Ritual

The quality happy time we spend with our friends, partners, and family members is indispensable and incompatible to anything else. But, nevertheless, for our personal growth, we also require an individual “solo” time with ourselves to reflect, replenish and refill our own happiness-trunk.

If we constantly measure our moments of happiness through experiences involving an external condition, we are trapped in a co-dependence on sources outside of ourselves to bring us comfort and fulfillment.

Therefore, please ask yourself:  “Do I have a ritual for self-sourced happiness?” ;”One that doesn’t include other people?”

It can be any of the following:

Perhaps writing in your journal? Or going for a walk? 

Or reading a book? Maybe drawing?

Treating yourself with a massage? Listening to uplifting music? Meditating?

Playing an instrument? Or cooking a meal? Or reorganizing your closet?

 

———- Whatever that practice means for you, it is uniquely yours, and you are the only one in command to execute it and show up for it on a regular basis.

•>Accordingly, my second question for You to ask Yourself is:

“How often Do I Make Time (in a day) To Be Happy?”

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I know you are busy. And so I am. However, I know how much more motivated, organized and self-determined I am when I invest thoughts and energy into my own well-being.

My invitation to all of us is to focus on spending at least a few minutes in a twenty-four-hour frame to replenish our senses and do something we love…in our own company…for as much or as little time we can find in a hectic day:  even if that comes down to just listening to a song we love, looking at a beautiful picture, or simply closing our eyes and sending thoughts of self-care and affirmation that we are doing the best we can in any given situation.

~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Pecan Delight

Pecan Delight

It is this time of the year when we start to anticipate the taste of grounding foods and spices.

And since we are approaching November (and Thanks Giving), in this post I am sharing with you my favorite recipe with pecans..which is actually not a pumpkin pie!

If you are curious about my sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe, please comment below, and I will happily share it (*make sure to subscribe to get a notification).

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What you need:

  • A cup of cauliflower rice (I buy it frozen and leave it in the fridge overnight to melt down a bit)
  • A cup of blueberries
  • A cup of raw pecans
  • A cup of coconut/almond milk
  • A touch of stevia or, if not a fan, a tea spoon of Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup of raw coconut flour

Mix all of the ingredients very well and enjoy this raw pecan pudding: 

Ideal for a light snack, after-dinner snack or a pick-me-up breakfast in the morning.

If you want to make it heartier, you can also add two tablespoons of chia seeds to add fiber, volume and protein and satisfy your hunger for longer.

I hope you liked this recipe and, if you did, check out those two related posts.

~With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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The Importance of “Preserving” Positive Feelings

The Importance of “Preserving” Positive Feelings

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I personally love traveling to places that rejuvenate my body and revitalize my spirit with inspiration, wanderlust, and zest for pursuing my goals and dreams. And what better time for such an expedition to exploration than the end of summer?

In a way, I perceive the fall season as the beginning of the year. And it is such, for all of us that are students (in an academic institution, or in life). I look at the falling leaves and reminisce about everything that has fallen from me in the past four seasons: fears, judgment, limitations…all of those tiny tricksters that snatch our motivation and recycle it into hopelessness and lack of motivation.

In his book Hardwiring Happiness (which I recommend!*), the author Rick Hanson speaks about the neurological pathways that either impede or enhance our sense of contentment, calm and confidence. A practice he mentions, that stood out for me, is consciously remembering in details the memories, events or feelings that made us feel our best. And to rehearse the chosen moment in our mind until it paves a cognitive canal that can, later on, lead us to emotional salvation when we are feeling sad, unmotivated or discouraged.

For example, imagine the event (or place) in the last six months that made you feel your happiest.

For me, that was being at the Black Sea and swimming in the azure waters while soaking up the sun, eating gooey figs, writing in my journal and listening to the sound of the waves.

Whatever your chosen memory is: close your eyes and track back every moment as vividly as you can. Remember to not only relive it in your mind to also to feel it: paying close attention to the emotions that were produced by that experience… The joy. The laughter. The experience itself. The company you were with.  Whatever it is for you. Then, take a few minutes to reflect how those depicters made you feel. And, most importantly, why? 

I suggest you either do this exercise mentally or, even better, take a journal and free-write. Choose a time in space that made you feel extraordinary and observe closely your thoughts and feelings. Your mind, heart, and body know best why you felt so liberated and happy experiencing those emotions in that particular moment.

The purpose of this practice, as Hanson suggests, is to provide us with mental tools to recreate the palette of positive emotions that already exist in our memory so that we can adhere to their vibrational content to color our current canvass with the same positivity and excitement for life.

I am curious to hear about your happiest memories from last year. If you are willing to share, let`s create a discussion!

Leave your comments below and share this practice with your friends.

~ With love and care,

Ana-Maria

*If you follow my posts, you might remember I recently mentioned his work in this post here.

 

 

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“Wise” Bread Recipe – Anti-Inflammatory and Protective

“Wise” Bread Recipe – Anti-Inflammatory and Protective

If you are wondering why “wise” – walnuts are one of the most abundant plant-based sources of Omega-3, essential for the proper functions of your brain and efficient levels of concentration. No wonder why their shape resembles a human brain, right?!

Garlic in turn is one of the most eminent anti-inflammatory foods, helping you stay resilient to disease and infections, and also improving your iron metabolism and protecting your heart.

Ingredients:

Cup of Gluten-Free Flour

Cup of walnuts, 2 table spoons of sesame seeds

Clove of garlic

Touch of cumin

Tea spoon of baking soda

Table spoon of  apple vinegar

Salt for taste

Touch of olive oil

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Blend the walnuts,  sesame seeds and garlic together with the cumin and add them to the flour. Add the rest ingredients to the dough and knead it until it becomes well formed and ready to be put in the oven. 

Bake for around 30-40 minutes on 300° F/ 150°C.

In all honesty, I didn`t get around to taste my creation but I`ve heard it was very good!:)

As a high raw foodist the feedback coming from others is all I need to feel satisfied!:) And for what I can tell, it smelled really delicious!

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