Filed under: Health, Meditation, nature, positive, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: self-sufficient
I have not been very active here for a long time, but have decided to make a change…
We recently went on a little mini break to the Alentejo mountains, staying in a little self-sufficient cottage, surrounded by olive and cork trees and mountains. To spend your day strolling on ancient footpaths and swimming in a natural river pool, is very healing.
On our last morning while everyone was sleeping, I tiptoed outside with the mornings first cup of coffee and a book. Lying in the hammock taking in all the morning sounds and smells, made me think of what I really want out of life. I just wanted to pause in that moment, make it last longer…
I don’t think there are many things that can be so soothing and relaxing as nature, you really feel you belong.
This made me wonder, how I can get a little bit of this peace into our busy everyday life.
I have things in mind; yoga, meditation, gardening or just plain positive thinking. So this is what I have decided to dedicate this space to.
Positive Thinking & all things relaxing.
Went out for a walk today, and I could not believe how much everything has grown… All it takes is a few days with rain and then a few days with glorious sunshine and, Voila! Even our windowsill tomatoes and peppers has had a growth spurt, and they are sitting on the inside?
As you know I have been dreaming for a while now, of having my own piece of land. And to see this sudden burst of edible things out in nature just fuels this desire… Do you think it’s a natural instinct? To be able to provide for oneself and ones family?
Our window sill garden is growing…and there is so much more I would like to add. But the next seeds are going to be Rocket, can’t wait to eat my “own” rocket. If you are not a rocket fan, try rocket on pizza or pasta. It tastes so good! I love it with most things at the moment. Why not try a cheese and ham sandwich with rocket… Staple lunch in this house. As a matter of fact, had it today.
Rocket has as many other salad greens high vitamin A and C content and it has a very positive effect on liver function. Which could prove useful for detoxing. Apart from the above it’s also packed with other nutrients like; iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamin B.
Let me know what you think about Rocket, as I know this is one of these “love or hate” foods.
That’s what I did.
I have started this week the best way possible, with a morning run. I’m so chuffed with myself… It was not a long run or a hard one. BUT it was a morning run before work. I want to make it a habit 4 mornings a week. 3 shorter runs week mornings and a long run on the weekend. I’m not there yet, but start as you plan to go on I say!
The sun had not even got out of bed when I went out and it was so peaceful. It felt like I got all the energy for myself that just seemed to ooze from nature; the fresh smell of grass and all the spring plants that has just popped up and the early birds singing in the trees. I think that’s what I got out of bed for, to have the world for myself for a moment. If anything will keep getting me out of bed in the morning, that is.
http://runningsomewhere.com had a few good points regarding morning runs;
How to Establish a Morning Running Routine
I know, you have to get up early enough already each day. Between preparing for the work day or taking care of getting the kids ready or trying to eat a healthy breakfast, who is supposed to have time to run in the morning?
Here is why you should make an effort to establish a morning running routine.
- Feel insanely productive before 9 AM. There’s something about having exercised, showered and eaten a healthy breakfast before you would normally have even gotten out of bed that just makes a person feel like Superman for the rest of the day.
- Free up your evenings. By the time the evening rolls around and your next opportunity to run arrives, dozens of other things may have gotten in the way. Maybe work was extra stressful and you just want to go home and lay on the couch. Or your friends are meeting up for drinks and invite you out or any number of other things come up that can tempt you to skip running altogether. If your running is already done for the day, you can indulge in these activities guilt-free, knowing that your training hasn’t suffered.
- Tie positive association to your running. If you spend all day thinking about the run you have to do that evening, the training can become more of a chore than a pleasure. You should be wanting to run, not forcing yourself to do so. Don’t let it hang over your head all day until it becomes a punishment.
- Beat the heat. With summer right around the corner, 5 or 6 PM becomes a miserable time to go for a run. Not only can you beat the heat, but seeing the sunrise during a run is a pretty incredible moment.
Here are some tips to help you succeed in establishing the habit of a morning running routine.
- When you wake up, drink a glass of water and have a small snack. I would suggest a piece of your favorite fruit. There are mixed views on caffeine’s benefits for exercise, but personally I skip the coffee until after the run. I love my morning cup of coffee, so I treat it as a post-run reward. If your stomach can handle it prior to a run or you need it to wake up, then by all means have a small cup before heading out the door.
- Ease into it. If you are like me and have trouble feeling fully awake first thing out of bed in the morning, try doing a little light cross-training before you run. Something as simple as ten minutes of light yoga works great as a transition from sleep to running. Doing push-ups or a quick abdominal workout are another great way to ease into the morning’s exercise.
- Enjoy the peace and quiet! Depending on how early you have to get up to accomplish your running in the morning, there’s a good chance that the roads you normally run on will be significantly calmer than normal. Take this opportunity to leave the iPod at home and enjoy the peace of the early morning. It is a whole new experience to see the same route early in the morning before the neighborhood has started to wake up.
I prefer running in the morning, and many of the reasons for that was mentioned in this article. But saying that, I find it easier to do a long run in the afternoon, when the body has been up and about a bit longer. I do find that I have to do a bit of walking before breaking out in a jog, so I warm up my body.
Does anyone have any good advice on warming up for a morning run especially, when you just skipped out of bed?
I went for my Sunday run this morning, I prepared myself for a wet and windy experience, as I heard the rain pouring down at 3am in the morning…
But as I got ready to go out, the sun was shining. I had the best run I’ve had in ages, and I think most of that was down to the sun shining. It’s amazing what influence the weather has on our mood. It was muddier than ever, but I couldn’t care less that my white trainer changed color. I finally had some sun on my skin and the birds where singing everywhere.
I really can’t understand runners that go out in nature armed with an iPod… There is nothing more rejuvenating and relaxing than the sounds of nature. I like the feeling of being one with nature.
And I hope my new motto ” I can do ANYTHING, I put my mind to!”, is going to get me through my longer run I am planning this coming week. As I do believe armed with willpower you can do anything.
Best get back to finding that fun run to keep this up!