Hippie Life: Juice and Meditation

I realize that sometimes this blog makes me seem like a free-loving, bell bottom wearing hippie with all its yoga and veggie talk. This post will do nothing to dissuade you of that assumption. I’ve come to peace with that!

Today’s post is about juice and meditation. Both of which have been pretty non-existent in my life lately.

First, the juice:

I can’t remember the last time I dusted off my juicer. I definitely go in phases with it. Sometimes having 3-4 a week, then waiting weeks before I use it again. This morning I looked in the fridge and realized I had a lot of odds and ends sitting around. This is going to sound ridiculous but I take great pleasure in using up the random broccoli stalks, the last cup of kale or the other half of the pear I didn’t eat with breakfast yesterday. There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing the food I buy and knowing it won’t go to waste. Sort of like checking off a to-do list.

Luckily, all those bits and pieces ended up making the perfect juice and drinking it out of a wine glass made it all the better.

green juice

Here’s the “recipe”.

1/2 an orange, 1 lemon, 1/2 a pear, 1 big handful of kale, 1 broccoli stalk, 1 cucumber, small knob of ginger, small piece of jalapeno.

Fresh, bright, green goodness. Now, if only I didn’t have to clean the juicer.

Second up, meditation:

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a meditation practice. I want to. I know it would be beneficial but I can’t seem to find the self-discipline, which is incredibly frustrating because I have loads of self-discipline in many other aspects of my life. I have little problem with eating well, exercising often, getting enough sleep. I don’t know why sitting still and clearing out the chatter is so hard for me.

Then, last week, I ran across this on Twitter. A 21-day meditation challenge presented by one of my favs, Oprah! I actually ignored it the first time I saw it, but then it surfaced again two days later elsewhere on the web. It got me thinking that maybe the universe was telling me something. So I signed up and did my first guided practice yesterday.

meditation challenge

The whole meditation took about 15 minutes and wasn’t nearly as hard as it usually is when I go it alone. I’m going to try really hard to complete the whole thing and will report back when I’m through. If you’re interested you can still sign up and start with yesterday’s practice today. If you decide to try, let me know how it goes for you.

With that, this hippie is off the drink her juice, do some yoga and clear her mind. Om shanti.

Enjoy and Exhale!

6 thoughts on “Hippie Life: Juice and Meditation

  1. I have a juicer that’s still in the box … no room (you remember my kitchen) to use it BUT when we move and I have a ‘real’ kitchen I am going to use it as much as possible. In the meantime, I have started making smoothies with my hand blender which takes up hardly any space and am pretty happy with that 🙂 But hopefully soonish, green juice … hurray!

    • Hand blenders are god-sends. I use mine almost everyday for smoothies and hummus. I’m so lazy about my food processor that it’s often the stand in. You’ll love the juicer when you finally pull it out but it is a pain to clean. Totally worth it though! See you in 2.5 weeks, yay!

  2. I did the meditation challenge last time, and it actually made a difference in how I felt for those 21 days, but I’m sad to say that I did not continue on after that…I think I need the guidance. I’m interested to hear about your experience. Thanks for the juice recipe!

    • I’ve fallen asleep the last two times I’ve tried to meditate this week! I think I need to try doing it right after breakfast instead of in the afternoon. I don’t think it’s very effective if you aren’t awake, haha!

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