The Words Have Life

  
I write in the quiet darkness of the bedroom.  I write without the distractions of the day or of daily living.  I write to release and create.

The words have life.  The sounds of the words are music.  I can hear them in my head.  How is that?  They have their own rhythm and cadence.  I can feel it.

The paper inspires by the texture against the pen.  The sensation as I write is important to the creation.  Not sure why.  It is part of the equation.  Do I really need to question why?

If I write using a computer and keyboard, the physical stimulus is different.  It is the sound of the keys as I strike them.   It is the appearance of the words and sentences on the screen, as they take on a life of their own.  It is the spoken word, unspoken.

Because cupcakes make me happy

 
These Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes (recipe from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”) were inspired by the taco resto where we ate dinner last night.  After a trio of shrimp tacos, with rice and homemade beans, we ordered  a dark chocolate mini cake with a little bit of chili heat in the chocolate sauce.  Heaven!  So, I had to go and make my own version.  As you can see, one of them didn’t last long enough to make the photo…

Baking is when I can be in the moment.  Mindfulness is required or I will forget an ingredient (cupcakes don’t rise without baking powder or salt!).  The batter has to be poured into the baking cups, not onto the baking tin.  The time recommended is only a guideline; the cupcakes need to be tested with a toothpick to be sure they are done.  Baking is alchemy and art, love and lip-smacking yumminess.

Cupcakes are my current obsession.  What is it that grabs your attention and keeps you in the moment?

 

Finding my feet

  
Hello there, feet!

I never really thought much about standing or my ability to walk from place A to B. These were things my feet would do for me, automatically. I didn’t put much effort into those 10 little piggies.

Feet were body parts to be covered up with socks or shoes. They did their job. I used to take my feet for granted. I know how lucky I am to be able to say that.

I’m more aware of my feet now.

Bare, flat, without much of an arch. And big! Size 10.5, which is unusual for an Asian woman. My right foot is slightly bigger than my left, by half a size. I understand that it’s normal to have one side of the body different from the other side. This does make shoe shopping a challenge! Thankfully, it’s been getting easier to find my size as shoe companies make many styles up to size 11. (Like these great Camper Nina ballet flats!)

I’ve even taken to enjoying the luxury of a professional pedicure once in a while too. It’s a big deal for me because I don’t usually pamper myself like that. With summer approaching, it’s time to book a pedi and give my tootsies some TLC.

Yoga has helped me develop my mind-body connection. I have a lack of awareness, even a numbness, towards certain parts of my body. Some people can’t relate to it because they know their bodies so well. As a late bloomer to most things in life, I’m glad I’ve finally found a relationship between me and my feet!

Beer cap wisdom

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ~Roald Dahl

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Forget the wine…pass the beer!

Craft breweries are so much fun these days.  My favs are from “Flying Monkeys“.  Their specialty beers are totally amazing.  “The Matador” has hints of Spanish oak and other spices.  The beers are even better because the caps hide a secret message.

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The rich chocolate stout flavours in “The Chocolate Manifesto” were part of my cupcake adventures on Valentine’s Day.  The Apricot Almond version didn’t have any beer in them but it’s good to have the Yin to balance the Yang.  :)

Beer and cupcakes rock!

 

 

Making Space for Silence

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There’s so much external noise, sometimes it’s hard to hear myself think.  Lately, I’ve been trying to make some space.

Starting the Midday Mindfulness Meditation at the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Conference was a step in that direction.   Continue reading

Mindfulness Meditation at OVC

My life decisions over the last five years are taking me places I never expected to go.  Introducing mindfulness meditation to the students at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is definitely one of those.

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2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Before I knew it, the weekend I’d been anticipating for so long had finally arrived.  I was on a plane to Chicago for the 2014 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, organized by Michele Gaspar, to see old friends and meet some new ones.

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