Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Each week I want to pass on some of the little things that have inspired me on social media, things I've read or listened to, things I've learnt, moments that impacted me and the things I am most grateful for during the last week. These are my Friday Favourites:
1. What I watched ...
The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, produce important nutrients, regulate the immune system, and protect against harmful germs. And while we can’t control all the factors that go into maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can manipulate the balance of our microbes by paying attention to what we eat. This TED-Ed by Shilpa Ravella shares the best foods for a healthy gut.
2. What I read ...
We talk quite a bit these days about living a life with purpose and a lot has been written about this, what you don't hear so much is the dark side of this and the sacrifices made to potentially get to the top. This heartfelt insight from a former professional cyclist in Rouleur, talks about some of the internal battles he faced. So often we see the finished article, the accumulation of hard work, but rarely see what's gone into to getting there.
3. Who I am interested in ...
I often think about the dinner table test. If I could invite anyone to dinner who would get an invitation? Thich Nhat Hanh would definitely be there for me. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness (over 70 books) and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. He is also credited as one of the major influencers in bringing Mindfulness to the west making it and accessible practice that doesn't require a direct relationship with Buddhism.
4. What I am reflecting on ..
What do they say, “nothing worth having in life came easy”. I think the journey towards a more intentionally, focused, purposeful life is hard. There are times you want to stop, times you feel tired, times when the climb seems to steep and too long a mountain, but I think we owe it to ourselves to carry on, knowing that the view from the top will be breathtaking!
5. What I am practising ...
A couple of months ago I was about to give a presentation, only to a group of about 20 and just before I started I began to feel this wave of heat and fear come over me . It’s strange it’s like you feel it coming but you can’t do anything to stop it, and the mind goes into overdrive. This little practice helped me gain some control back. I have also used it in advanced of something challenging I have coming up like a big meeting or difficult conversation. Each step is deliberate and controlled by you which is part of why it works I suppose. From taking a controlled, full deep breath filling all of the lungs, to softening the mind by focusing on what is great about this moment , to telling yourself how you want to be (even better if it aligns with one of you own values), to doing something that is deliberate and controlled by you. Water drinking really helped in that moment, as I had a glass next to me. The key is to slow it down and make it deliberate. You could squeeze something, slowly stand up, tense your muscles, the important thing is you control it.
That's it for this weeks Friday Favourites, if you have something you want to share, or any feedback on these favourites you can leave a comment on my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.