Winter Feast for the Soul 2012!

Happy weekend!

I just wanted to let y’all know about an amazing challenge that starts today. It is called “Winter Feast for the Soul” and it is an annual commitment to spiritual practice for 40 minutes each day for 40 days. The number 40 is important in many traditions and the direct inspiration for this project comes from this quote from Rumi:

Why nine months does for the embryo,

Forty early mornings

Will do for your awareness.

 

Now, it doesn’t have to be early mornings and it doesn’t even have to be a certain kind of spiritual practice. The project centers around meditation (because meditation is so rad and can help with all sorts of physical/emotional/mental issues), but journaling, expressive arts, yoga, prayer, etc. are all ideas for starting your journey!

Personally, the holiday time is so stressful that once the new year comes rolling around, I am in need of some serious detoxing. And what better way to supplement your cleanse/fasting/detoxing ritual than a spiritual practice to help center yourself, make intentions for the upcoming year and just feel more awesome in general?

If you want to know more about the project, please visit Winter Feast for the Soul and check out their free e-book. It explains the benefits of meditation, how to meditate and some other ideas for your forty days of practice.

I am really excited about this time of transformation and will definitely post some updates on the journey. Hope you join me!

motivational mondays!

hello loves!

i am writing this motivational monday post quite late since we just got back home from seeing my cousin’s band play a show. they are called the upside down and if you like good ol’ rock and roll, you should check them out!

ok, here is what has inspired me this week:

this lentil soup with ras el hannout from avocado bravado looks great. i am always a sucker for a good lentil soup and ras el hannout is a longtime favorite spice blend of mine.

these magical photographs from simen johan’s majestic beasts exhibition. it’s amazing how nature can take your breath away.

the wonderful leonie from goddess guidebook made this joyous video about falling asleep while meditating. she is so right!

 

 

 

and i will leave you with one of my most beloved poems from rumi:

 

the guest house


this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival.

a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

welcome and entertain them all!
even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

the dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.