Balance, balance, balance. Everyone (including myself) talks about balance. But what does it really mean? Meditation is all about finding inner peace, and trying to react less (at least in terms of negative reactions). Being somebody who is highly excitable, I sometimes find it hard to come to terms with the conflict between the need for stimulation, and the need for peace. I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this. We want to be stimulated, and yet we’re often over-stimulated by everything that goes on around us. This is true especially in a city like New York, and that’s exactly why I love it! I am wondering if it’s such a bad thing to be excited and want to do a lot of things? You can still be “balanced”, right..?
Everyone is different, but I do think that no matter how busy you like to be, it’s important to remember, and connect with, who you are, and not avoid dealing with that – something I too have been guilty of doing in the past.
Another thing I wanted to touch upon is food and sleep. When I’m going through phases of being extra inspired and excited about something, I struggle a little with forming consistent sleeping and eating habits, and often end up not getting enough of either. In case anyone else ever feels the same, I wanted to share a few tips here:
Hopefully at least some of you found this useful! It’s great to feel excited about life, and we all have a purpose here, so let’s focus on the good. And spread those good vibes! Happy Thursday!
I thought I’d share with you my favorite recipe for almond-coconut milk. I’ve tailored it to my own taste, and it’s the best I’ve ever had! ;) I’m going to put this up in the recipe section too, so you can easily access it anytime. This recipe is so versatile, and you can use it for many purposes – making shakes and other drinks with it, making chia pudding (will post a recipe for that soon as well!), bircher muesli, and more. It’s rich in healthy fats, and is perfect for people who are sensitive or trying to avoid dairy - and anyone else too! I love the added richness and sweetness that comes from the coconut. I always make some chia puddings when I make this milk, and next I'm planning to make matcha shakes with it, can't wait.
4 cups cold water
1 cup (2.5dl) raw almonds
1 cup (2.5dl) coconut flakes
1 tbsp coconut oil
cinnamon – according to taste
1 tbsp maple syrup
a dash of sea salt
***SOAKING OF ALMONDS IS OPTIONAL AND CAN BE DONE SINCE THE NIGHT BEFORE, OR JUST A COUPLE HOURS BEFORE MAKING YOUR NUT MILK.***
1. Blend the water, almonds and coconut flakes.
2. Pour the liquid into a nut milk bag (cheese cloth can be used as well), inside of a bowl or big jug to make sure no liquid goes to waste. Squeeze out all the liquid, then you can save the meal that’s left in the nut milk bag if you like, or throw it out.
3. Pour the liquid back into the blender, add the rest of the ingredients, and blend everything again.
4. Your nut milk is ready, and should taste creamy and delicious! It’s best served cold, so I recommend keeping it in the fridge for a while before drinking it, and always shake before drinking. Enjoy!!
Happy Vibes Project is, first and foremost, a space where I share my excitement and fascina-tion about being human. I have a tendency to fall into research rabbit holes on almost any topic from science & technology to film ma-king, philosophy, cultu-re, art ... and, of course, holistic health. Happi-ness only gets better when shared, so feel free to reach out if you have an interesting story or would like to con-tribute in any other way! <3