The past couple of months have been an extremely emotionally-challenging time with a death in my family as well as medical issues and surgeries with my and my husband’s family members. In light of all these upsetting and, at times, devastating events, I have tried to remain positive.
I’ve started re-reading The Heart of Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh which has given me great comfort. Lately I have also really loved scrolling through this Instagram account called the Power of Positivity (see where I was inspired to get the name of this blog post from? :)) that provides positive, insightful quotes on a daily basis. Additionally, I’m immensely grateful for my husband, family, and friends who have provided me with reassuring words and actions that have helped me cope during this difficult time.
With all of the health issues happening around us, and our own personal health-related concerns, my husband and I are trying to get back on track with eating more nutrient-dense meals and incorporating more consistent exercise into our weekly routine. Admittedly, I’ve been in an exercise rut with this cold, snowy weather we’ve been experiencing in Colorado, so my husband and I are simply trying to motivate one another to keep up with our daily exercise.
One of the more nutrient-dense meals that I’ve been obsessed with making lately has been massaged kale salad. My friend JL from JL Goes Vegan introduced me to this type of salad and I’m so glad she did! I made it for the first time the other week to put on top of our “fish” tacos, but then started making it to eat on its own. I don’t have an exact recipe, but this one is pretty close to the version I’ve been making.
By adding more greens back into my diet, starting up again with juicing as a supplement to meals, and eating more whole foods as outlined in Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live, I can already feel my mood improving!
To add to my increasingly good mood, recently some really positive news was announced in the animal rights movement. Because of the backlash from the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld is ending their orca shows. What a victory for the animals! Similar to Ringling’s announcement about ending their elephant acts, we still have a long way to go in completely eliminating animal cruelty from this form of entertainment, but it’s still a major triumph in my eyes and a huge step in the right direction.
Things are definitely looking up – I can see the clouds moving away and the sun starting to shine through. I’ll sign off with this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, “People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong…Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
I’m curious, how do you remain positive?