Savor all the summer goodness from your garden with some quick pickling. Harvesting right from your garden (or a neighbors) and pickling the goods will give you a little dose of summer for the next few months. Check out this simple recipe that I did without the sugar.
Unstructured outdoor playtime is good for mind, body, and spirit. It helps increase creativity, intelligence, kindness….read more here.
What is your favorite outdoor play activity? Perhaps its the new Nature Play stations in Summit Metro Parks. Share with us by tagging #OneTreeLove and #playoutside on Facebook.
Go with the flow
Be thoughtful of those downstream
Slow down and meander
Follow the path of least resistance
for rapid success
Immerse yourself in nature,
Sparkles of light dancing on water
Delight in life’s adventures around every bend
Let difficulties stream away
Live simply and gracefully in Your own True Nature
moving, flowing, allowing,
serene and on course
It takes time to carve the beauty of the canyon
Rough waters become smooth
Go around the obstacles
The beauty is in the journey!
Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to your closets. Spring is a time of new beginning, habits, and practices. Perhaps its:
- Switching from toxic cleaning products to naturally-made products
- Reducing electronics or car travel for a day
- Increasing outdoor time
- Or whatever will serve you and nature better
To help release old energies harbored in the body and welcome new starts, try practicing hip opening yoga poses such as lizard or pigeon. Clear the mind as well with cleansing breath…breathe in fully fresh new “prana,” life force energy, and breathe deeply out “apana,” old stale energies which are no longer needed.
Invite more balance into your life by regularly practicing vrksasana (TREE POSE)! Our favorite standing yoga pose at OTL improves physical balance, mental focus, connection of right and left brain hemispheres, self confidence and self esteem.
- Place a hand on a wall, counter or chair and look down at a point on the ground to feel more stable.
- For a balance challenge, shift your gaze up or close your eyes.
- Try tree pose with others and become a forest!
Here’s a little snack that will bring you some big love taste and health! Bear Scat is one of the new plant-based recipes featured in Rip Esselstyn’s latest cookbook, The Seven Day Rescue, that Darlene was a taste-tester for. Serve up the scat snack on your next hike.
Bear Scat, 12 servings:
- 1 cup dark, non-dairy chocolate chips
- 1 cup fresh organic blueberries
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Pour in the blueberries and stir lightly. Place tablespoon of the mixture on the baking sheet and place in the freezer overnight. Dip in your fav nut butter for even more love!
Home-cooked meals are big love. Give yourself some time on Sundays prepping some healthy foods to start your week. It is living big to try a variety of fruits and veggies, and big love to keep it simple.
Try simple roasted cauliflower:
Cauliflower, coconut oil, salt, pepper, and your fav spices- bake on 350 degrees for 20 min (or longer depending on your preference)
Redefine your morning. Start your day in a gentle way by creating mindful morning practices:
~ Recognize your gratitude attitude and positive intentions before stepping out of bed.
~ Stretch in ways that feel good and fun…like a tree, cat, happy baby.
~ Drink some water or tea.
~ Read something fun and empowering.
Choose gratitude. Take a moment or several throughout your day to recognize what you are most grateful for and watch as it cultivates more gratitude. For a 30 day gratitude practice, check out my friend’s book.
Organic foods sourced locally are good for you and the planet. Organic foods reduces toxins being introduced to your body and the earth. And your carbon footprint is also reduced when purchasing from growers in your backyard.
Forest therapy (some call it forest bathing) is taking root! Schedule some time for yoga, hiking, or meditation among the trees to connect mind, body, and planet.
To learn more: check out this article