About 10 years ago I had to move suddenly from a condo that sold much faster than anticipated; While I always recognize the value of change, I tend to put down deep roots and there is always a transition period that feels kind of shaky and uncomfortable. It was during this time that I discovered the comforting and relaxing ritual of sitting with a morning pot of tea.
Having worked in Japan on a monthly basis training therapists for over a decade, I became familiar with the tea ritual. Every hotel room, office and home is equipped with a hot pot that keeps water at boiling temperatures and operates with just a pump so you can have an instant cup of tea. (You can see an example of these thermal hot pots here – they are really handy to have around – I’ve had one of these now for over 15 years.) When I arrived at my Tokyo home every month I’d go out to the local convenience store and pick up a small carton of soy milk so that I could make a cup of tea each morning before heading out to work. Up until this time I would use tea bags for my morning “cuppa”, mainly an Irish breakfast blend and occasionally an herbal blend at night for relaxation.
I was on the search for some shelled English peas the other day for a recipe I am developing for Living Tree Community (CLICK TO SEE: Pistachio Pesto Raviolis) I remember seeing a vegetable stand sign that said “shelled peas” a few weeks back so I stopped by. Evidently the English peas are not in season, but they had these interesting peas called “conch peas” (pronounced “Kahnk” just like the Atlantic shellfish) that had just arrived from Georgia.
If you operate on the premise that “if you’d only try harder, you can achieve perfection,” you are could be seriously exhausting yourself in a hopeless exercise. The State of Perfection is situated somewhere between Shangri-La and La-La Land; a place where absolutes of any kind belong, since they certainly don’t exist in real life.
There is no such thing as a perfect body, a perfect relationship, or the perfect job. Bodies can’t be perfect – they age and respond to environmental conditions. Relationships can’t be perfect – they evolve and go through rough patches Even the best careers have up and down cycles. I think that about the only thing that can be described as “perfect” is a moment – something lovely and ephemeral, existing for a brief interval and then becomes a memory.
An immutable law of the mind states, “the more you try to do something, the less you are able to do it.” Have you ever tried desperately to fall asleep at night, and couldn’t until you finally gave up? The act of “trying” to be perfect is a futile one, and destined to fail.
An inalterable law of suggestion is “Avoid Perfectionism.” There are certain words in every language that carry a strong emotional charge – such as “perfect” and “try.” Hearing or thinking these words starts a feedback loop in our heads, reminding us how we can never be quite good enough. Whenever you “hear” the voice in your own head urging you to work on being perfect, know that you are getting misinformation. Thinking in terms of achieving your “personal best” or “improving yourself day-by-day,” doesn’t trigger the same negative reactions.
Whenever I start teaching at a new locale, my inaugural class is “Raw Foods 101” – teaching the basics of the raw foods/raw fusion lifestyle with demo’s of delectable green smoothies and scrumptious salads.
It’s always very uplifting for me to get enthusiastic feedback from participants on how they are integrating green smoothies into their lifestyles and how their families are also enjoying them. Often they share their favorite recipes with me, but invariably their concoctions contain ingredients that I would not recommend.
I admit to being a purist on green smoothies: While experimenting from time to time with adding some nuts, nut milk, protein powders, dairy etc. is perfectly okay – hey, variety IS the spice of life, after all — I am extremely loyal to Victoria Boutenko’s (Green for Life) marvelous creation and believe that the formula works, as is