"To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don't need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself" - Thich Nhat Hanh
We are busy. Very busy! Running around, eating while we watch TV, reading newspapers while we walk, magazines while we rush through airports, ... starting another diet just because another "celebrity" tells us how to loose weight without much struggle, buying yet another super cream aimed to make our faces look like a 16 year old one and so on ... We are constantly looking at how other people look, what they have, where they go .... getting angry, frustrated, disillusioned, tired and confused.
Who are we after all? When was the last time that we had the time to really,really talk to our inner self?
For me, without any shadow of a doubt, accepting who we are, how we are now, is one of the most important gifts we can give ourselves. Once we take the time to make friends with our body, mind and soul .. we are beautiful.
What is the first step? Slowing down ...slowing down through meditation, or art, or cooking, or trying a new activity, or talking to somebody we trust ...or cooking with friends ...
This is what I did a few days ago .. baked German bread with two lovely friends ...... it was a morning of laughter, relaxation, sharing stories, learning more about each other .
Three hours later, we all had 1/3 of a bread in our bag, memories of a great morning, more interesting ideas to put into practice and the promise of another morning together ... this time ... to create a vision board made of collages for our joint wellbeing event. You can learn more about us here at www.awarenessspa.co.uk I really look forward to next Thursday!
Just in case you too would like to have a go at baking the bread, here is the recipe. It is soooo easy and sooooo delicious ......
280g oats + rye flour
140 g amaranths + pumpkin seeds
140g sesame seeds
100g sunflower seeds
500g wheat flour
3 small pck dried yeast
1Tbsp level salt
Add all grains in a plastic container. In a saucepan add the buttermilk, molasses, salt and heat it up for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. What's next? Add the liquid in the grain combination and stir it until it looks like a thick paste......cover it up, allowing it to rest for 20 minutes. In the meantime, lightly butter the bread tin, preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Add the paste in the bread tin, and place it in the oven ... together with a tray of water. (this will preserve the moisture in the bread)
Next, prepare your coffee, grab your favourite novel, put your feet up and relax for the next three hours. Or .... call a friend ... have a lovely chat ... or paint .........