Connected; under the starlight…

Last night I did something I havent done for a while, something that makes me truly appreciate the world we live in.

‘Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better’. Albert Einstein

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I took some time to lie and star gaze. What a beautiful sensation. Allowing the cool breeze to caress my skin, my thoughts to come and go, and just to be quiet and lie, still.

{Look how they shine for you}

When was the last time you connected with nature?

Nature heals. This is true. You only need to sit quietly with her to realise this.

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I know that a cure for insomnia nad anxiety is to walk barefoot on the grass. Why? Because you feel connected, or the new term for this practise is ‘earthing’. We all want to feel connected to something, to the people around us, the world we live in and ourselves. But sometimes life gets in the way.

“The earth has music for those who listen.”  George Santayana

As I lay gazing up at the night sky, open to whatever thoughts I had…I looked at the stars in wonder.

Some shine bright…so bright that you almost think they are the only stars there. Then as you train your eye, as you look deeper, you can see the other stars shining, perhaps not so bright, but they are there. Then if you know constellations, you can start to connect them all.

‘Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.’ Anne Frank

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In a philosophical manner, I saw this as seeing some of my own qualities/shining brightly as my strengths, other qualities/the ones I have to search for my not so strong points, but they were there, and they all connected to make me the person I am today. I truly felt the essence of the statement ‘everything you need is within you’. The stars/qualities I had to look for are an essence of the qualities I am searching for within myself to find strength and trust.

I also contemplated the stars like life, like people. Some people shine brighter than others, so much so, they are all you see at first glance. But, as you adjust your eyesight/personality and own life, you start to realise there are so many other people/oppourtunites, that are there, sometimes not shining so bright or getting attention, but they are there. And we are all connected.

I felt myself connected. I felt appreciated. I sent love to my family who I miss every day of my life. I let go of all my worries. I just lay in the darkness, underneath the starlight, breathing.

It was only more perfect when I realised that yesterday was earth day.

‘I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.’ Helen Keller

 

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For no matter how ‘busy’ you get…it is imperative that you make time for the things that matter most.

‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’ Lao Tzu

Love & light, Charlie x.

Yes, I am a dreamer, I live in my own reality and I like to think about things deeply. I think its important to take time to be still.

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Feel the Rain {& get wet}

Yesterday I cruised (biked) to the gym, happy that I made it when I wasnt really feeling like it (this is one of my tips, just go, when you get there youll get something done and you just may be surprised at how much). Then when I finished my intense leg session and it was time to go home…it was raining.

‘Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.’ Bob Marley

n6I contemplated the fact that I would get saturated, that my wicker basked would get wet (my cruiser is my new baby and I want her to stay in pristine/brand new condition for as long as possible), that the roads get more dangerous. I instead chose to think this was exactly what I was needing. Some mental clarity. Rain to wash away a few of the unwanted thoughts that have occurred of late; rain to create calm and restore peace. A gentle cleansing.

So I rode, just cruising, enjoying the rain. A few times I know I actually sung out loud along to my music (not the well known rain song, rather some old school rnb hip hop, I will always be true to my roots). I opened my eyes and my heart and enjoyed watching the individual rain drops fall, watching them drift towards me, individually. I felt the rain.

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And it was exactly what I needed. I just had to change my thinking. Instead of thinking something is ‘bad’, think of it as a ‘good’ thing. Everything happens for a reason, you just have to be prepared to accept it and alter your direction.

 

‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’ Albert Einstein

 

 

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Nature, a true healer, a beautiful creation, a mother. Sometimes all we need is to get back to her. To spend a little time barefoot, to lay in the grass marvelling at the cloud creations, to feel the rain, to bask in the sunshine. Everything seems to fade away when you open your heart and connect, not only with nature, but yourself.

‘Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.’ Khalil Gibran

I felt my heart refueled, I was truly in the moment, in the now. So much so I took the long way home and circled another block until I truly felt I had had my fill and satisfied my desire, my need for connection. A sense of calm.

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When was the last time you walked barefoot? Nature is a healer, whether it be the rain on your skin, the breeze through your hair or the earth beneath your feet; nature offers us an oppourntunity to be still. To actually appreciate our surroundings, the moment and listen to our inner selves. Pure magic.

‘He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.’ Socrates

Sometimes all you need to do is simply sit outside, open your heart, open you eyes and experience how blessed we truly all are.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Saturated, satisfied & happy.

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Thursday Treat…Goji, Pecan & Almond Muesli

For those that know me, Muesli is my absolutely favourite food, so much so that I do believe I could live of it. With this in mind, it’s very rare that you will find it stocked in my pantry, as I can just never get enough of it. It’s now a Sunday ‘treat’, especially my new favourite, making my own. I can add all of my favourite things, monitor the exact macro nutrients and sugar and make my favourite food; yes, a little bit of heaven (I have said it before, but I will say it again, I love food).

 

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Goji, Pecan & Almond Muesli:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Goji berries

1/3 cup Raw Almonds

1/2 cup Pecans

1 cup Coconut flakes

1/2 Cup pepitas

1/2 cup Sunflower seeds

1 cup Puffed Rice

3 Tbsps  Manuka honey (or Rice malt syrup)

2 Tbsps coconut oil

1/4 cup water

2 Tbsps Sesame seeds

2 Tbsps Chia Seeds

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

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You may have started to notice a trend with my recipes; Goji Berries. Natures superfood, power packed with antioxidants and oh so delicious. Also known as the ‘wolfberry’, its native to China and is believed to assist with Diabetes, high blood pressure and overall wellbeing. Some studies claim the goji berry is the most nutrient dense berry available; high in vitamin A, vitamin c and contain the highest concentration of protein for any fruit, its time to get yourself some of these delightful treats. Perfect cooked, raw, or in smoothies, add them into your daily intake and feel good on the inside (and out, antioxidants are amazing for your skin!).

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” William Shakespeare

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all nuts, coconut flakes, seeds and fruits in a food processor. Process until you have medium sized chunks, (not to fine).

In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, water and honey. Add into the Muesli mix. Mix thoroughly.

Line a baking tray with baking powder and spread your muesli mix evenly.

Bake for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown). Be sure to break the mixture and mix approx 10 minutes into baking.

Let Cool and store (1 week max). Serve with soy, Almond or coconut milk for your daily dose of nourishment or, if your like me enjoy as a weekend treat.

*Have fun; choose YOUR favourite ingredients and create YOUR favorite Muesli. Make friends with your kitchen.

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”  ~Unknown

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Thankful thursday; What are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for another day to make my dreams come true, to eat well and live well.

Have a gorgeous day!

Love & Light, Charlie x.

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Take a walk with Nature

My favourite day of the week…Sunday Self love day.

Today, I felt like I needed to get away from it all, to have a moment of peace and calm. So I took a walk with nature.

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I let nature surround me. I felt the cool winters breeze caress my skin, marvelled at the way the sun shone down and provided me with  Vitamin D creating a sensation of wellbeing inside and out; the way the sun light is processed into Chlorophyll  to provide energy in the trees (photosynthesis); the way the trees are able to process Carbon Dioxide (toxins) into Oxygen; the way the clean fresh oxygen felt as I breathed in deeply, feeling every cell in my body celebrate. Fresh. Strong. Healthy.

There is a different feeling when you surround yourself with the natural beauty of nature.

it feels to me that my worries seem to melt away. There is a sense of calm that is created deep within me that is reassurance that everything will be ok.

When was the last time you stepped outside to appreciate the beautiful wonder of nature?

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several studies have been conducted to prove that being in Nature has been proven to enhance your mood, reduce stress and decrease mental fatigue.

Just look at Wilderness therapy; where people are needing rehabilitation or to recover, needing to get back to ‘themselves’, and are sent out to live on minimal supplies, but to appreciate nature, to return to the basics. Most patients find themselves, literally, and a sense of wellbeing nad understanding, a sense of returning to life.

‘You come to the wilderness to get in touch with yourself…You don’t come out here to get away from it all, but to get back to it all. You don’t get lost out here, you find yourself. You come home to what’s important, you come home to yourself.’ Peter Dombrovskis

Interesting fact; research by Roger Ulrich, suggests that hospitalised patients with a view of nature compared to those with none, have experience improved recovery rates. Francis Kuo’s research has shown that contact with nature, even small green spaces can enhance a child’s ability to learn and pay attention.

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‘Life and nature are similar concepts because nature is the study of how life  acts and interacts within the circle of existence. When we take the time to  examine the beauty of the world around us, we are able to see parallels within  our own lives. One who is attuned with nature is attuned with the practice of  living. All of nature moves in a spiral as do our personal lives. It is  important to spend time in nature because in this way we can become attuned to  its wisdom.’

‘If you ever suffer from insomnia, walk barefoot on the grass for ten minutes before getting into bed. Nature has a marvelous way of healing many maladies. Anytime in your life when you’re feeling out of sorts in any way, go to nature and find your peace.’ Dr Wayne Dyer

 

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Nature has a restorative effect on us. Let it heal you. all you have to do is visit, pay your respects and appreciate.

So, get outside, sit calmly under a tree (this is how Buddha evolved), run with the wind, or swim in the ocean, whatever feels good for you. do it.

‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished’ Lao Tzu

Love & Light, Charlie x.