How do you deal when life isn’t going your way, or plants an unexpected obstacle in your path? No matter how positive we may be, and how much kale we eat, sometimes life can be a little rough. Life wouldn’t be called a journey if it was a walk in the park, right?
After receiving some not so spendid news on Thursday night, I was not a happy camper. I spent most of my day Friday sulking – not wanting to eat, go anywhere or do anything. It was not my finest moment. However, I had plans to head up to head up to Prince Edward County for farm day at Thyme Again Gardens, which was the perfect excuse to get a way from the stress and worry.
This was not any glamourous farm day. I was in my oh-so-stylish rubber boots removing rocks from a field which will be planted next year, weeding the garlic, helping to put up an electric fence and assisting a bit in the kitchen. Still, I felt alive being out in the fresh air, surrounded by green foliage and quirky animals. I noticed by the end of the day, being away from my phone, computer and the constant jabber of my own thoughts, I was smiling again. When we are able to bring our attention away from our negative thought patterns which are in fact creating our stress, we can create a more positive way of being.
So I began to think, what other than food nourishes us? There are times we can eat all the kale in the world, drink all the green smoothies we can find and we still feel stressed/worried/tired/unhappy etc. It is when we rheuminate on a past event, a difficult situation, the stress of our job that we get lost in our own stress and misery and can’t find our way out. Our thoughts are not who we are, nor are they usually helpful in solving an issue which is not within our control. Let it go. Seriously, let it go.
In these times, we need to do things which nourish our soul, turn off our mind and bring us into the present moment. Perhaps for you, its not farming, but are there things in your life beyond food that you feel nourish you? Spending time with family? Walking barefoot in the grass? Basking in the sunshine? A sweaty yoga class? Enjoying catching up and giggling with a close friend? Those are a few of the things that make me feel nourished and remind me that I am alive. I choose to put good food into my body along the way so I feel awesome doing any of these activities.
I then found myself taking a step further – what made me feel alive? What am I really passionate about? What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind? Okay, so I have a big dream, of one day sooner than later, owning and facilitating a small organic farm and retreat centre. I have plans and visions, but until that becomes a reality, I had to break it down. What do I want to do NOW? I want to inform, educate, inspire, lead by example and help people find their path. I don’t want everyone to walk mine – I want you to give you the tools to create a healthy lifestyle so you can firmly find and walk your path. I will support you along the way.
What nourishes your soul? What makes you feel alive?
P.S.: Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting details coming soon! July is boasting a blissful get-away weekend full of yoga and delicious local, organic food at Thyme Again Gardens in Prince Edward County.