It’s important to share time and space with the people you love. It truly supports us all! This breakfast smoothie bowl is intended to be shared with someone you love. Maybe that means it creates two meals for you (you are someone!) or maybe it means it’s time to invite someone who supports you over to share some time.
It contains foods that nourish your whole body, including mango, avocado, dark greens and more. Greens are particularly good for respiration – clearing stagnancy in the lungs so that you can breathe deeply.
Deep breath is important work! If you’re interested in diving into some of this work, the meditation below is an important part of my life. If you’re not, that’s ok too. This special smoothie does magic with or without the meditation and I’d love to hear what you think of it!
I have been doing a lot of inner work, lately. In this time I’ve been seeing the value of connection, relationship and partnership. I find that when I am creating food for others, it tastes better. My intuition takes over and I pour in an extra amount of love.
I also recognize that I have my own personal challenges with this. Sometimes it shows up as me feeling needy for the attention of other people, but scared to ask for time. Sometimes it shows up as me closing in and being quiet. Sometimes it’s letting others dictate where I put my energy.
Relationships – friends, family and support systems – are a reflection of our own relationship to ourselves. Relationships help us to discover where we may need to do our own inner work. I struggle sometimes with patience, communication and loving wholely. It’s not a surprise these struggles show up in my external relationships, too. It’s a gift that forgiveness is one of my greatest superpowers and one I am really recruiting in this work I am doing.
My personal meditation practice lately is in observing how I treat the relationship between my breath and my wandering mind and as an extension, how I treat my body and my whole self. I’m learning a lot.
The paradigm beneath my work is this: The greatest partnership that exists is with the breath.
I invite you to accept this paradigm as you try this short, 5-minute meditation on this relationship :
- Set a timer for 5 minutes and sit or lay comfortably
- Begin to breathe deeply. You may consider placing one hand on your belly and one on your heart to physically feel the impact of your breath on your your body
- When you notice your mind wandering away from your breath (it will, I promise!), gently come back to observing your breath. You could consider stating what it is you wandered to, whether it be “planning,” “listing,” “judging,” “dreaming,” “wishing,” or something else entirely
- Notice how it feels to breathe deeply
- Notice if you feel uncomfortable or bored with your breath
- Consider without judgement:
- How does my behavior impact my breath? How do I treat my breath? Do I cut it off? Judge it or myself? Make it stop? Make my body suffer by clinging and holding onto it?
- Can I release control and let things relax and flow?
- Consider journaling about what came up for you and what felt difficult, uncomfortable or easy and comfortable about this practice
- It’s possible you won’t notice the connection between your breath and your external relationships – and that’s OK.
- I invite you to try this practice a few times and notice how it evolves.
In this work for myself, I have learned this:
I cannot control my breath. I can observe and expand it. I can direct it and suggest that it expand, but I can never truly control it – at least not forever. Through this partnership, my breath, energy, focus and creativity get stronger. Through separation, everything loses its fire. My breath can impact everything and in working with it, we all get stronger. Every breath is different – it is constantly changing, as I am constantly changing. As I learn to get to know the breath as it is now, my love for it grows.
- 1 mango, peeled
- 3 cups of greens (suggestion: spinach and baby kale)
- ½ large avocado
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 6 cups of water (suggestion: fill a bowl up with water twice and pour into the blender)
- **For Topping (optional and interchangeable):
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
- 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
- In a blender. combine mango, greens, avocado, coconut oil, maca, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, turmeric and water
- Blend on high for 1-3 minutes until completely smooth
- Pour into two bowls and top with chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, goji berries, shredded coconut
- serve with love