AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Day 58 of the 100 Day Challenge! Single Arm Kettlebell Swings. As fantastic as full body work outs are… sometimes its helpful to isolate different muscle groups. In this case, single arm swings will give you the chance to focus on your non-dominate side! [Click here for additional Workouts]
Journal: What seemingly impossible situation are you in right now? One you are clueless about how to change? Remember the only thing you can change is YOU. Take a minute today to reflect on the scenario you are in. Who is in it with you? What would the ideal outcome look like? List these three things in your journal: 1. The mantra you will take on this week around that situation; 2. The person you’ll consult regarding the situation and 3. What you will do to positively move the situation one step forward. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence … and that is activism and overwork. The frenzy of it all destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom that makes work fruitful. ~ Thomas Merton
Essential Element: A major contributor to our nations health crisis is the general lack of rest and repair. As a society we have bought into the idea that rest and rejuvenation is a luxury, not a requirement. We must take back our rest [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest & Repair].
Journal: In the last month, when have you taken a rest? A mind-calming, soul-restoring, physical time-out? Remember the ripple effect here: Without rest, our work suffers – as well as the rest of life and the lives around us. Jot down in your journal a short reflection on last time you took time to let your whole being rest – and how your work was impacted on the days that followed it. Then grab your calendar and mark out the next time you can make the same thing happen… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Add no gym necessary Hollow Rocks to your workout today and set those abs on fire! An easily scalable workout, but keep yourself accountable to attempting the harder variations too. [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery Essential Element: Unconditional love may prove to be the most challenging essential element of the Bonfire Experience. At the same time, mastery of it will trump all other elements when it comes to stress reduction and achieving peace of mind and heart. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love'] Journal: Sometimes the best way for our hearts and minds to achieve the peace of mind we so desperately seek, is to stop seeking it for ourselves. To look to give it instead. Jot down in your journal three ways you’ll love your spouse (or one of your closest friends) this week. At the end of the week – jot down your own heart’s and mind’s response to your actions. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
A great way to get ready for a road trip, or even a day at the office, is to combine your salad ingredients the night before, in a tupperware, or even the container your salad greens come in, and leave the dressing off until you’re ready to eat! This way the salad doesn’t become soggy and unappealing. Give it a try!
salad greens (spinach, herb mix, kale, romaine)
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 handful walnuts
1 handful cranberries (unsweetened) or raisins
NOTE: I used a thicker, tahini based dressing with this salad and it was delightful!