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  • Blog, Maylo, Mindfulness

    What is Chi?

    How does one explain energy? We cannot see it with our naked eyes, tho we can easily see the effects of it. I cannot see the energy that is lighting up the light bulb, but I can see that the bulb is lit up.

    Although we can appreciate the effects of energy all around us at any given time, for the most part, we never really stop to think about the invisible life force that is fueling virtually everything.

    In Yoga, we call this life force Prana.

    In Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other Eastern practices and disciplines, this energy is called Chi.
    There are many meridians and Nadis, or channels, that this energy uses to flow thru your body.
    The Eastern healing arts have been using these meridians for acupuncture and other practices for centuries.

    But this energy is not just alive and flowing thru your body. Chi is everywhere. It is in every single created thing. It is the energy that holds the stars in the skies, that makes the waves come to the shore in sets of three, it keeps your heart beating. It is the energy that grows the trees, and the vegetables in your garden, and even grows your children.

    It is Chi, Prana, the life force energy that sustains us all.

    The Earth has its own wonderful energy and so does the sun… is literally what life is made up of.
    So, as you start to think about this and how energy is fueled in your own life, here is a small challenge for you to ponder…..

    1. What activities or people are draining you of Chi, Prana, energy? I call these “energetic vampires”
    2. Are the foods that you are eating full of life force? Or are they processed and dead?
    3. What habits do you have that are stealing or draining your Chi and do you engage in activities that fulfill and inspire you? Are you able to make changes to habits that drain you or are you going to grip onto them and ….WHY?

    Sometimes it is simply being aware of the shifts of energy in our own hearts, minds and body to begin to wake up to where we may be sabotaging ourselves.

    It is a subtle work, a subtle awareness that no one can feel or see for you. But I believe in you! I know that if you slow down and think about where your energy is going, about whether or not you are fueling your Chi with energetic foods and getting enough rest and inspiration…I know that just becoming aware is enough to spur on the changes that you need to make. They may even be much more simple than you thought.

    Remember, we are in this together and ‘inch by inch it is a cinch’. Before you know it, you will have this energy thing wired….(pun intended).

  • Blog, Food, Maylo

    Roasted Vegetables

    I love roasting vegetables. Of course, there are always beets and carrots in the pan, but I also love to roast peppers and onions and, oh my word, have you tried roasting Brussels Sprouts in coconut oil yet? Delicious!

    So, I cut up my veggies and turn the oven on to 425.

    I put all of the vegetables that I am going to roast in a big bowl, throw some healthy glugs of any good oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, or even walnut or sesame oil for flavor. I play with different herbs and spices. Fresh, chopped dill is very nice on the beets, and Italian herbs and spices are wonderful on the peppers and onions.

    That’s it. Roast until a bit caramelized. You can eat it immediately or store in the refrigerator for great roasted veggie bits for salads and sides throughout the week. This is a great way to get some color on your plate by the way.