This is one of my absolute FAVORITE recipes. It's a little spicy, a little sweet, healthy, and totally filling!
Hungry? Grab a Snickers. Well, maybe refrain from grabbing a snickers. After all, there’s little nutritional benefit in that sugar and fat-filled log. However, if you’re not acting like yourself as a result of hunger, that anger, resentment, and general desire to sucker-punch everything in sight may be warranted (DISCLAIMER: I am NOT condoning violence).
Today, I practiced a variation of a technique known as focused attention meditation (aka concentration meditation). While one's focus can be target toward an external object or body part, I like to focus my attention on a short quote or mantra. I like this form of meditation because my needs change daily--all of ours do. On a Monday, we might need a little extra motivation; on a day with a high-stakes meeting, we might need an added boost of confidence; and on a day during which we have a big presentation, a reminder to remain calm might be needed. Today (and most days), I needed compassion.
After today, I've successfully fulfilled my three day commitment to guided meditation, and am now ready to move on. I can remember a time when I loved guided meditation encouraging relaxation and positivity, but much like I've outgrown my attraction to 'thugs' (as a disclaimer, I grew out of that phase in high school), apparently I've also outgrown my attraction to having a charming accent step me through my meditation.
For the next 10 days--during arguably one of the most stressful times of the year--I’m committed to be vulnerable to you and with you as I re-initiate a regular meditation practice. I’m going to consider this page a judgment-free zone, and hope others will share in this journey with me. Who’s hopping on the bandwagon with me?