3 minute meditation is life changing – every day. It’s giving you a little opportunity to open up your heart and mind to the possibility of meditation. I also know how hard it is to quieten those pesky inner thoughts. I bet finding that 3 minutes in a day to meditate is going to be a struggle – it definitely was for me. But I’ll give you some hints and guidance on how to stick to it, how to get the most benefit, and how to extend beyond the 3 minutes. Ok, ok let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I think you’ll be surprised at the transformative aspects that 3 minutes of meditation can provide.

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The first step in your 3 Minute Meditation is to be committed – committed to do it everyday. Once you’ve begun, you will look forward to this gift of silence that helps you look inward everyday. This may be the only time you get to just be you; to just breath, just take in the moment and stop. I think we all deserve a precious 3 minutes to honour ourselves everyday. It’s tough being in the world somedays, and knowing you can wind down, let your thoughts come in and float away, and not feel obligated to anything but the beating of your heart.

The second step is doing it at the same time everyday. Now I know this is a hard one. But think about the best time for you – maybe just as you wake up, just after your shower, before dinner, before bed, just after the kids go to school (in the car), etc etc etc… This may go against the usual etiquette, but if the worst that can happen is maybe being late to meet someone by 3 minutes: apologise and say you were meditating – pretty good excuse! I bet they’ll want to know more.

The third step is doing it in the same place. Setting up an area, or sitting on your favourite pillow or looking out a window, or being in a place you identify with a moment in time where you feel safe, secure and uninterrupted. The location doesn’t need to have a million candles or need lots of preparation time to set up, it just needs to be a spot to help you relax quicker and give in to your meditation.

3 Minute Meditation
* Start by sitting in your favourite place, in the place you’ve chosen for your 3 Minute Mediation. Be calm, with love, and set an intention for your meditation. Something that when your mind wanders you can always bring yourself back to. For example – honouring yourself, love for your partner, a calmer day, strength for someone having a difficult time etc…
* Set a soothing alarm on your phone for 3 minutes and pop the phone on airplane mode
* I like to sit with my legs crossed with the back of my hands on my knees, palms facing up and my back strong and sitting up straight but relaxed
* Once you’re comfortable, press start on your phone
* Close your eyes
* Allow your focus to be on your breath in and out, and free flowing breath (or you can chose to focus on your pulse and your heart beat)
* Thoughts will find their way in, acknowledge them and let them go, re-focusing on your breath, your pulse or your initial intention
* When your alarm goes off, smile to yourself, breath in and out, and thank yourself for the gift you just gave. Namaste.

Your three minutes could feel like a lifetime or it could be over before you know it, and it will change from day to day. Somedays you may feel an intense emotional outcome and other days it will give you increased energy, depending on what’s happening in your world. The impact of your meditation will surprise you. Commit to honouring yourself and giving yourself some silence everyday, it will make you feel more balanced, more focused, more true and relaxed. The key is finding those 3 minutes every day – you deserve it and it costs nothing! How unusual in this world, right? Give yourself a week, then two weeks and so on. If you miss a day, you always have tomorrow. Commit to 3 minute meditation and you’ll change your life.

Eva
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We use so much garlic in our house!

garlic cloves in a gorgeous bowl

The best time to plant garlic is on the ‘shortest day’ of the year, coming into winter. There are many varieties but you have to make sure you get organic and not genetically modified. Usually the ones from your supermarket are genetically modified to not allow further growing and you’ll only get a mini-clove size bulb if you try to propagate. The best place to buy bulbs is from local farmers markets or your local garden center, or even better from a friend. Garlic is said to have remarkable properties to fight against a range of illnesses, from the common cold to cancer.

Prepare your soil well in advance as the bulbs may rot if planted in newly manured soil. Hold the garlic between your thumb and forefinger and push down into well broken down soil. Make sure the point of the garlic is pointing up and about 3cm under the surface of the soil. If the garlic bulbs are pushed out slightly after a few days, cover with a little more soil.

Harvest garlic when the foliage has turned yellow. The weather is best to be dry and sunny so it creates less of a chance for the bulb to rot. Keep the dried foliage on the garlic so you can hang the bulbs individually or plait them and pop them inside in a dry place to completely dry out.

home grown garlic plaits drying
Tip – Garlic is great planted near your fruit trees and roses. The garlic is said to improve the fragrance of roses, and it also repels aphids. Look up my post on garlic spray for an organic way to keep insects off your vegetable garden.

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I’ve been inspired. I’ve got an idea that’s drawn from Gabrielle Bernstein and Yoko Ono, and I hope we can all do it to create a change in ourselves, and for our world. Perhaps I’m being idealistic and living up in the clouds… but in my heart I feel if we all attempt this we’ll all feel better, feel lighter, and be more in touch with the earth and other human beings.

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Ok, so here I go.

For three days, go on a negativity detox – no negative thoughts towards others or ourselves – just for 72 hours. Let’s all try to say nothing negative about other people, or towards yourself. If a negative thought or a impulse comes in, forgive yourself for that negative thought, breathe and see it as a test, a test you are strong enough to let go of and get through. This is not to say you have to be fake, over-enthusiastic or hyperactive towards life. That would be counter-productive. It’s just about becoming aware of self, and how your thoughts, actions and attitude can shift and change the world for others and yourself, in the most simple yet profound ways. You will become aware of the positive aspects; the simple, light, open-hearted, smiling side of life that sometimes we forget to acknowledge. Getting clouded by the negative ideas and thoughts we subconsciously hold is detrimental to our health, our way of life, and the life we wish to give others. Let’s be brave through our power of non-negative talk.

3 days might be laughable, but I think we’ll all be surprised how often we are judgemental of situations and other people’s ideas, actions and way of life. And even more so the negative talk we often have about ourselves. Become aware of the negative self-talk, breathe, forgive yourself for having the negative thought, and then give thanks for you. Because you are one rad human being. I know you are.

If you can get through three days, go for an entire week, then two weeks, a month and so on. The biggest breakthrough in this process is not reducing the non-negative talk, but allowing the forgiveness in yourself for having those thoughts.

My 3 minute meditation each day will also help with this and I’ll be posting my guide to 3 minute meditation in the next day or so.

So let’s do this together. I’m up for it, I hope you do it and see the changes in your life and in those around you.

Eva
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Toast. Yum. Strawberries. Yum. A healthy alternative to using strawberry jam is to simply pop some raw berries on your toast!

delicious strawberry toast

Strawberry Toast

4 pieces of golden toasted sourdough
4-10 strawberries sliced
Good quality butter

Toast – your sourdough
Butter – your toast with lashings of butter (healthy?)
Pop – as many strawberries as desired onto your toast

The end. Easy as!

Guess what your cheese is made from? Wait, what is rennet?

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I’m alert and a little bit alarmed. Something a tad concerning has come to my attention. Something I was totally oblivious to and was horrified to find out. I love cheese, and I’ve seen those shows showing how they make cheese and how they age cheese and I know you need rennet to make cheese, but I had no idea what conventional rennet is. I was totally ignorant and totally unaware and I was shocked to find out that it wasn’t spoken about more. (Warning this may be a bit too much information for some people, but I think it’s really important to know.) Ok, so, cheese requires an enzyme call rennet to made the cheese solid. CALF rennet is extracted from the lining of a young unweaned calf’s stomach and sometimes it’s from a pig’s stomach. Rennet is often described as a by-product of veal production. Now, I’m not a vegetarian and I may sound a bit hypocritical, but I don’t really like the idea of this calf rennet.

The good news is many cheeses in Australia use non-animal enzymes and they do state this on the back on their packets. So, if the use of animal rennet concerns you, it’s best to seek out the alternative cheeses and do a little label reading. The non-animal rennet cheeses I’ve tried are still delicious and rad and awesome, so don’t worry!

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