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While sitting and awaiting Nuit at the dawn of this wintry day, mid March, a ginger cat jumped onto my lap purring for attention. A lucky one really, doesn’t need to worry about what to eat and how. We on the other hand spend endless hours thinking and talking about healthy food, conscious diets, the alternatives to junk we continuously chose to digest.
Nuit approached our table slowly giving me enough time to have a closer look at this lovely lady. This woman with bluish green eyes and long brown hair slightly whitening at the front has stopped her age clock at around 40 knows what she says and does. In fact she is a very conscious woman, her words are perfectly measured, wise and her whole appearance is very meditative.
Author of 7 books all dealing with conscious living, mindfulness, alchemy of soul, Nuit will talk to me about her book on nutrition called Mindful Eating.
How often do you think one can eat junk food? I asked.
‘The treats are part of the beauty of life. It is the indulgence that creates problems. Our busy life-styles take us into the hands of fast food chains, processed foods manufacturers, and we somehow forget that the easiest and healthiest food is the one from our gardens, raw unprocessed fruit and veggies. I’ve been a vegetarian for the last 30 years and I am still passionate about the consciousness of this choice. It’s a life-style diet that pays respect to our Mother Gaia and her resources.’
It’s a life-style of a yogi living in an urban area not in a cave. I suspect your life-style does not include drinking alcohol, indulging in sweets and soft drinks I asked. She giggles.
‘If you wish for a treat make yourself daily a good cup of coffee preferably organic and fair trade, add some spices to it, experiment, enjoy a bar of dark chocolate and indulge in wonders of herbal teas, green teas, coconut water, instead of going for fizzy sugary drinks.’
Let’s face it: if we are to choose from a carrot salad and chicken nuggets with some Coke many will still unfortunately for their well-being chose the latter. The unconscious part of our minds is still much greedier than our wish to stay healthy and fit until our old age.
‘It is our unconscious eating that could become a problem, all the poisons that we put into our bodies. Choose your diet consciously, enjoy all you do and go back to the wonders of mindfulness daily.’
‘I have designed and published the Alchemy of love mindfulness training books with a team of very inspiring experts all in love with life and mindful living.’ ‘Do not get obsessed with food, get obsessed with wonders of life. It is possible to live life happily and healthily. It is mindfulness and love that you want to fall in love with and the spiritual journey itself.’
Two books that we have in front of us are about vegetarianism, with tips on nutrition and healthy recipes: A Guide to Mindful Eating with 45 Veggie Recipes and Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes. One focuses on the raw food recipes, the other one has a selection of healthy vegetarian dishes.
‘The recipes are there to inspire the readers’ choice of a daily menu, but the books main subject is mindfulness and bringing consciousness into the world of eating. The readers are encouraged to explore different questionnaires, mindfulness exercises and transformation tools while on the journey of experimenting with their diet.’
Share with us your favorite healthy breakfast recipe, I asked.
‘It is a mixture of brown rice and millet cooked in a macrobiotic way (very slowly). When the rice is cooked add to it your preferred mix of pre-soaked nuts, seeds and dried fruit, your mix of spices, your choice of fruits, some ginger, some coconut. The healthiest mix you could have for a breakfast. Lots of raw included and very delicious.’
So let me put some of my learning into an action. Apologies to all the meat or fast food industry, processed or canned foods, sweets and additives manufacturers, alcohol and fizzy drinks producers, I am gone try a month of visiting just my local grosser, buying and cooking only local, organic veggies and fruit. I feel inspired to do this experiment. Even if I do not succeed to change my ways I still think we should all re-learn what to put into our sometimes rather greedy tummies.
The publisher's website is: Artof4Elements
Conscious Parenting courses is a great course and I highly recommend it!
I enjoyed working with the kids on creativity exercises of various sorts. All kids these days are hyperactive and detached from the contact with nature so seeing the little ones working on some simple but inspiring exercises from the course, enjoying their creativity time, and preparing little surprises for me, their auntie, made us feel more as a family. The course is fun, full of exercises and tips for kids development. 12 modules try to cover all the areas within one's life, so there is much to enjoy but I would highlight: anger management, understanding core beliefs and of course relationships. Worth going back to it at different stages of life! I will probably re-do it again in a couple of years.
‘A child has a deep longing to discover that the World is based on Truth. Respect that longing. In our attempt to help children grow into Inspired Adults, we wish them to carry the Youthfulness of their Souls, and the Wonders of Childhood into their old age.'
A thought to adopt came to me as a Divine Inspiration during a spiritual concert. In the midst of my meditation while contemplating celestial sounds (floating in between the 6th and 7th chakra ;) ) vibrating no thoughts, just energies of an enlightened nature; a clear, undisturbed Knowledge formed giving me an instruction rather than a message that now IS the time to adopt and I ought to take an action.
On the 8th of February is our little family Big 8th Birthday. <3 Remembering My Adoption Story.and Experiencing Adoption as Divine Inspiration. For me this was an amazingly inspiring journey.towards Self and Conscious Parenting.
Migrating into cities, we have created an ambient of torture for our souls, creating social structures around houses that look like boxes separating us from the world of insects, birds, wondering beasts, both predators, and quite harmless creatures. How to help ouselves and kids grow in such environments. Kids Free Play and Our Deep Relationship with Nature: http://www.artof4elements.com/entry/126/children-free-play
Some analysts suggests that the actual behavioral patterns of those ‘in love’ resemble obsessive compulsive disorder :). Unfortunately, over time, the roller coaster of highs and lows of a relationship creates a distance between partners. Our obsession with day-to-day worries makes us forget the magic of love.
'The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.' Aristotle
'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.' Plutarch
'Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest.' J. Krishnamurti
For more inspiring alternative schooling quotes check:
What is the real nature of a human being? What is our highest potential and how can we live it to fulfill the essence of our purpose?
We live in the world of impulses, noise, external light, and constant movement. The silence of a forest has disappeared from our life, we no longer listen to the sound of crickets before we fall asleep, 100s of frogs waking up at 3:00AM, a water source running through our back-yards, or wonder around the desert dunes listening to different types of winds.
Mother Earth, Gaia has given us an amazing range of shapes, colors, sounds, that a normal city dweller explores in an hour ‘outing’ when escaping from the ‘norm’, the reality of white walls and working desks that imprison their followers to a life-long time of work. A wild and wonderful kaleidoscope of dream-like shapes and figures of plants and animals is no longer our day-to-day reality. We escaped from it and replaced it with a matrix of square buildings, enforced ‘cleanliness’, and endless highways that exist only within their soul-less grey.
Main article: Children Free Play: http://www.artof4elements.com/entry/126/children-free-play
Inspiring Conscious Parenting Quote by Natasa Pantovic Nuit. Read the Main Article about Conscious Parenting and children developing: Rhythm, Intuition and Freedom
Through the practice of meditation, we enter a world of soul and spirit, and with patience and training we start yielding results.
So why do we meditate? Is it for the bliss we feel during an amazing meditation or for the results that we experience after some years of training?
Have you noticed that within the thinking process, a thought weaves into another thought, seeking the other. If we listen to our thoughts, and observe the thinking process, we notice that the thought world has its-own inner life. A rose acts upon us when we see its colour, when we smell its fragrance, it influences us through its symbolism, through its beauty, through its existence within our lives, within our art-works, within our gardens for centuries. We tap into the thought form of 'rose adoration'.
It is as though the thoughts are already present when a soul surrenders to their flow and re-create them anew within.