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Smile For Health and Bicycles

Posted Nov 17 2009 3:23pm

For those of you doing the 3 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse - hippity hoppity you are likely 2-3 smoothies away from completion. If you joined this challenge following the 5 Days Vegan - you are on day 8 of pure dedication to your health. So… how does it feel? Mighty mighty I imagine.

As I have decided to take a brief departure from food at the start of this week as a reminder to us all that there is more to great health than just food, today we look at smiling. The first time I saw the above short film,  was four days after I broke up with a boyfriend, I was feeling a little down in the dumperoonies. If you read my book, The Healthy Cookie: Unbaked, you know all about that. If you read Vanessa’s book, Sleeping Naked Is Green, you likely read about she and I venturing to the bicycle film festival where I was shamelessly flirting with every boy around.  Funny how the same night wound up in two books with two different takes on the events that occurred. A Flower In My Pedal was part of the collection of bike movies we saw that night and it picked me right on up off the Debbie Downer floor and continues to serve as a quick pick-me-up when I need.

There are few things I love more than cruising through town or along the beach on my bicycle covered in flowers.

IMG_6415 Some people affectionately show off pictures of babies or pets. I do that with my bike. For example- here is my bike having a sweet afternoon in the sun, catching the cool breeze coming off Lake Ontario.

IMG_6099 I believe the world is a different place when you see it from a bicycle covered in flowers. People smile at me. They often say hello, wave, or throw a compliment my way. It’s nice. And friendly. Two words that are rarely used to describe the peeps in this big city of Toronto.

As I reflect on the goodness and smiles that come from being on my bicycle, I ask you for another list. Call this A Recipe for Calm and you have to write it yourself: 5 Things That Nourish You.

Here are mine:
1. Being on my bicycle, allowing my mind to clear and making space for new thoughts and creativity to enter
2. Creating things with my hands- whether cooking or crafting, I like creating
3. Nature nature nature
4. The ocean.
5. Meditation where my hands go hot. Of course the point of meditation is to have no goals- but sometimes I fall into a zone where the world floats away and as the energy courses through me, my hands get burning hot.

A less fun activity is to make a list of the energy suckers in our life. 5 Things that Suck Out The Life.

Now that you have these two lists- the trick, as always is to balance it out. More time on the Soul Nourishment activities and less time on the Soul Sucking ones.

Care to share yours?

Here is one more video from the delightfully talented  Andrea Dorfman

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For those of you doing the 3 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse - hippity hoppity you are likely 2-3 smoothies away from completion. If you joined this challenge following the 5 Days Vegan - you are on day 8 of pure dedication to your health. So… how does it feel? Mighty mighty I imagine.

As I have decided to take a brief departure from food at the start of this week as a reminder to us all that there is more to great health than just food, today we look at smiling. The first time I saw the above short film,  was four days after I broke up with a boyfriend, I was feeling a little down in the dumperoonies. If you read my book, The Healthy Cookie: Unbaked, you know all about that. If you read Vanessa’s book, Sleeping Naked Is Green, you likely read about she and I venturing to the bicycle film festival where I was shamelessly flirting with every boy around.  Funny how the same night wound up in two books with two different takes on the events that occurred. A Flower In My Pedal was part of the collection of bike movies we saw that night and it picked me right on up off the Debbie Downer floor and continues to serve as a quick pick-me-up when I need.

There are few things I love more than cruising through town or along the beach on my bicycle covered in flowers.

IMG_6415 Some people affectionately show off pictures of babies or pets. I do that with my bike. For example- here is my bike having a sweet afternoon in the sun, catching the cool breeze coming off Lake Ontario.

IMG_6099 I believe the world is a different place when you see it from a bicycle covered in flowers. People smile at me. They often say hello, wave, or throw a compliment my way. It’s nice. And friendly. Two words that are rarely used to describe the peeps in this big city of Toronto.

As I reflect on the goodness and smiles that come from being on my bicycle, I ask you for another list. Call this A Recipe for Calm and you have to write it yourself: 5 Things That Nourish You.

Here are mine:
1. Being on my bicycle, allowing my mind to clear and making space for new thoughts and creativity to enter
2. Creating things with my hands- whether cooking or crafting, I like creating
3. Nature nature nature
4. The ocean.
5. Meditation where my hands go hot. Of course the point of meditation is to have no goals- but sometimes I fall into a zone where the world floats away and as the energy courses through me, my hands get burning hot.

A less fun activity is to make a list of the energy suckers in our life. 5 Things that Suck Out The Life.

Now that you have these two lists- the trick, as always is to balance it out. More time on the Soul Nourishment activities and less time on the Soul Sucking ones.

Care to share yours?

Here is one more video from the delightfully talented  Andrea Dorfman

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