Creating Calm

Outer order contributes to inner calm.
— Gretchen Rubin

This morning's walk was crisp. 

As the sun came up over the canyon and the fog settled, my boyfriend and I came back home from our loop around the park and cracked the windows. The fresh air rolling through the old brick house felt so good! I decided to make another cup of coffee and turn the music up a little louder. 

Inhale. I curled the corners of my mouth into a smile and let out a big cleansing exhale. 

I love Sundays. 


5 Ways to Create Calm

Disconnect. 

Go on a digital diet

Set the mood. 

This concept of creating outer order to rediscover my inner calm has always come natural to me, and been something that I frequently crave. I've always wanted my environment to feel good before I start a new week, on a project, homework, sit down to write, read, cook dinner, etc. I like to get my toes wet before jumping in.  

Clear Clutter.

Light candles, open windows, play music a little louder than normal. Sweep, vacuum, dust, mop. Change the linens from the bed. Wash and put away the dishes. Clean the bedroom floor of dirty clothes, do a load of laundry. Tie up, or pullback all of the curtains and let some light shine through. Move some furniture around, if it feels right. Purge clothes, shoes, furniture, bags, hats, and coffee mugs, anything that doesn't serve you anymore. Donate it. Remove it from this space, right now (even if this means going and putting it in your car for the next time you run errands), so you don't forget. 

Self-discipline burns away impurities and kindles the sparks of divinity.
— Yoga Sutras

Nourish. 

Once you've created this sanctuary for yourself- when your house feels like a home- when it's aired out and smelling good, nourish yourself from the inside out.


Here is a delicious, nutritional smoothie bowl that I made for lunch today that recharged my batteries after all of this purifying! 

 

 Inspired by Sarah B. of My New Roots

Inspired by Sarah B. of My New Roots

Spring Cleanse Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 8 oz. coconut water
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. spirulina 
  • Toppings of choice (I used frozen raspberries, homemade granola, goji berries and raw cacao nibs)

1. Puree the first six ingredients together in a blender until smooth. You may have to stop a couple of times to push down the sides with a wooden spoon or spatula. 

2. Once completely blended, your puree should be nice and thick, resembling the consistency of soft serve ice cream! Pour most of your smoothie into your favorite bowl leaving about 1/2 cup left in the blender. Add the spirulina to the blender and mix well. Swirl into your smoothie bowl.

3. Top with all of your favorites and enjoy!


Reset

Drink plenty of water to help the body eliminate waste and toxins. Draw a bath or hot shower for yourself. Then come to your mat and spend as little as five minutes bringing attention to your breath. Stretch and move in any way that feels good.  And then if you have the time, lay down on your back; extending the legs out long (letting the toes splay outward); tuck the shoulders back to open up through the chest; let the muscles in your face, neck, chest, belly, and legs relax and melt deeper into your mat. Close the eyes, and continue to deepen your breath. Stay here for as long as you'd like, slowly and gently reawakening the body with small movements and a full body stretch before rolling over to one side and using your arms to prop yourself up to a comfortable seated position. 


These 5 easy steps can create calm any day, not just on Sundays! Try starting your next day-off with some of these steps, and/or treating yourself to this fast and delicious smoothie bowl for a megadose of superfoods. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! 

 

In health and happiness, 

Molly