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This is so true. Learning to live in the now might be the most important thng we ever learn, or master.

Live & Learn

“People these days don’t know how to just sit in a room or any environment and merely absorb it and take it in. Instead, they have mind-numbing games on their phone to devote their attention to, facebook updates to know about, text messages and tweets to send, beautiful robotically edited pictures to post in an attempt to make their life seem somewhat interesting and from this desire to let people know what they are doing. And they miss the beauty in the details and the little things; they miss living in that beauty.

Sometimes I want to ask them things like, did you not notice the textures and shape of that room, did you not hear what he was really saying, did you not see the large bird molesting the smaller birds in the tree, did you not see that adorable old couple on the bench helping one another to…

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Summer solstice dance

Let me tell you about last night

I got to enjoy the summer solstice with a good friend, we met up with a group of women (one man) to celebrate the longest day of the year. We did not take any pictures, therefore I  will  find a video from a similar dance and try my best to describe the scenario.

We met about six in the evening and danced 5 rhythm dance till about nine. We did the wave of dance Gabrielle Roth style. Then there was time for food and togetherness. It was just  wonderful.

Here is a video explaining and showing the 5 rhythms of dance;

This is what I did last night, loosen up, totally. Barefoot outside on the ground with a BIG group of people that are just like me, looking inwards in the midst of the material world. We were surrounded by the Icelandic nature and the midnight sun. The rain made the senses dance too. The scent from the birch is unforgettable!

It was lovely and I am THANKFUL for the beautiful moment.

Acidic food

Acidic food and alkaline foods

I am a fan of MindBodyGreen on Facebook. This morning there was a post based on Kris CarrPh information. A graph explaining PH-value

I found  the chart to be insufficient but in the comments below was a more detailed list of PH-value; Based on Back to the house of health which is a website with abundance of information related to PH value and alkaline food.

I could not copy the list as a picture here is the whole list, I took out some of the values that I thought were interesting. I was surprised that lime and lemon are alkaline opposed to  oranges that are acidic. Meat is the worst when trying to avoid acidic foods. I was surprised by the acidic value of hard cheese. I already knew that milk was acidic and straining the calcium storage of the body.  Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body PH. I did however not know that the cheese was this acidic. Artificial sweeteners are the worst of all sweeteners, one more reason to avoid them!

Here are some values + sign indicates alkaline and – sign indicates acidic
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Wheat Grass +33.8
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Avocado (Protein) +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
raspberry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9
Brown Rice -12.5
Wheat -10.1

Nuts
Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0

Fish
Fresh Water Fish -11.8

Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0

Milk And Milk Products
Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0

Sweets
Artificial sweeteners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Dr. Bronner’s Barley
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6

Condiments
Ketchup -12.4
mayonnaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4

Beverages
Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4

Like an old machine

After a blog stop I find it hard to start again.

We are back in Iceland, in a temporary housing though. We get our house next spring. But after a year not working we really need to «cut the fat». We need to keep expenses as low as possible. We are adjusting, this is our third day. I got my blender started today and managed to make my first morning shake since June 5th. I took the heavy blender with me on a road trip and on the flight. Everywhere I went my blender and vitamins did too. But in New York I strayed off, although the place we got to stay in was lovely. We were staying in a friends working studio so I did not want to mess with the fruit and veggies and the protein powder, rice milk and you know what else… So I just decided to rest my case. I can feel it in my joints though. Too much coffee and too little good food. But the routine will be there soon.

I feel like I have an old machine to get started

I wanted to start writing again as soon as possible so that I would not fall out of my routine completely.Staying at the studio (the temporary housing)  has many advantages. It is spacious and a good work place. The bonus feature is that looking out of the window is a meditation in itself. I see the ocean , the small boats and the magical Snæfellsjökull. (Jules Verne, A journey to the center of the Earth.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier and the ocean

The ocean and the boats in the midnight sun

Mountain Snæfellsjökull

Mountain Snæfellsjökull © Wikipedia

The sun is not ALL bad

To Your Health

Vitamin D — What Parents Need To Know – A Parents Life
June 3, 2012
A Parent’s Life

Last reviewed and revised on February 27, 2012
By Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital

 

*What’s Going On 

*First Things First

*The Need for Supplements

Rickets is making a comeback. It’s a sign of how our lives are changing — and not for the better. We’re seeing this disease, which is caused by a vitamin-D deficiency, in babies and toddlers.

Rickets causes poor bone growth and even deformities. (The name comes from the old English word «wrickken» or twisted.) Vitamin D deficiencies have been reported among school-aged children and adolescents. We’re also seeing osteomalacia (weakened bones) in adolescents and adults as a result of vitamin-D deficiency.

What’s Going On?

Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem. Vitamin D is crucial for bone development. It’s also important for other…

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Making an effort

The eating well challenge

I am on a road trip, that means keeping my healthy habits is going to be a challenge. Every time I stray off my routine it is challenging to eat well and rest properly. But this time I decided that I was going to make a huge effort. I have my blender with me, all my vitamins, the protein powder, the oils, the chia seeds. All were packed and are joining me on the trip.

The hardest part is to keep the refrigerated things ok, but it is going quite well.I have a good stock with me because the next time I will find a whole foods store is probably after 5 day´s in New York.

It is really about the ME time, putting us first

I was talking to a friend about this, and recalling the oxygen-mask story. The oxygen mask theory is basically based on the things the stewardess say´s before takeoff. If the oxygen in the plane drops put the mask on you first and then assist the child.

It is pretty basic, if we do not take care of ourselves, we are in no shape to take care of others.

I can be lazy and I´m proud of it!

I was inspired by reading this post called the art of doing nothing.

I am not an official recovering workaholic, I mean I have never gone to a twelve step meeting to deal with it ,but yes I am.

I was a workaholic I just dealt with the emptiness in a different twelve step program.

I have four kids , when I was at work I worried about them. When I was at home I  was thinking about work. I was in neither place. When I had the day off I had hard time relaxing without feeling shameful. When I tried to relax I found my self thinking that I should do something. At least clean the house! It is difficult to wind down when,you are  like me in such a  spiral that It was like I  was about to get launched from the planet like a rocket.

When I collapsed I finally learned   to relax. Now I sleep in couple of times  a week. At least I sleep long enough to wake up by myself (no alarm). If I am tired I lay down and get some rest.I have learned to listen to my body.

I am working on saying no. I had some relapse last year when I had 130% studies, 50-70% work and was stupid enough to say yes  to be a chairman of small association. The icing on the cake was investing  in a company that was not exactly something I was interested in, just to add things that I did not have time for.

Time that I stole from myself and my family. It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible if I was not blessed with wonderful people around me to help me.

I finally managed to get out, and since August last year I have been working on my own things. Writing,  which is my passion. And I have been studying Art history, which I find fascinating. I have been in a sort of protected environment.

Now I am moving back home and I wonder. Am I strong enough? When people ask me to do things I am not interested in. Will I be persistent enough to say no and belive in the things I am doing on my own?

Well that is my task of the day´s and weeks to come

1. Say no to things that others want me to do if  I´m not interested.

2. Relax, and practice being there. To be in the now at all times Eckart Tolle style.

3.Believe in me, no matter what others say.

4. Stick to my plan, it is a good one and it will come true, if I don´t abandon it.

5.Be active in my coda program so that I won´t fall back into bad habits

 cartoon, taken from Frazzled mommy blog.