1 April 2017:

With an ‘almost’ hippie son in our home (well, he’s barefoot most of the time, wears his hair in a proper man-bun and has a tattoo or two … or three … or maybe more), we regularly get introduced to new experiences.   New is not always easy, but most of the time, it’s rewarding, an eye opener and more than once, unexpected fun!

Like yoga for instance.  For the past 8 weeks, my body and I have been in more unknown positions than I could possibly imagine.  If my head is not next to my ankles while my arms are stretched out towards some kind of imaginary ceiling, then my whole body is bent into crow pose and my arms are trying their very best to win the battle against gravity.  A yoga class is meant to be quiet and mostly reflecting, soft and controlled, a safe space to wherever you find yourself, in and on a particular day.  I respect this, and most of the time it’s possible to honour it too, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s hard to suppress uncontrolled emotions.   Like giggling, because of unexpected , surprisingly odd body movements …  and sadness, because of unexpected, surprisingly new, compassion, with oneself.

I had such a compassion moment, just the other day.  My yoga teacher shared a quote and she said, that compassion can be defined as a mental attitude, based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering.  But, then she added, sometimes this wish can also include a wish for good things, for oneself.  Most of us have lots of empathy, compassion and love for others, but to wish ourselves free from suffering, and have compassion with our own situation, just for a moment, is not usually what we do.  If we begin with the wish then, that oneself be free of suffering and then take this natural feeling towards oneself and cultivate it, enhance it, and extend it to embrace others, then we can have true compassion with others, while also understanding ourselves and the reason for our compassion.

I’ve never had compassion with myself – it just never came to mind, ever.  Maybe, if we all have a little bit more compassion with ourselves and with  the ‘happenings’ of life, then we’ll heal faster, understand better, expect less and love others more.

Which reminds me of the most important commandment:  Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”  Matthew 22:37 – 40 – The Message.

I am thankful for kids that push the boundaries – it teaches me many things, like compassion … and doing yoga … and cooking vegan food :)

Enjoy a friend of my son’s recipe for a light Vegan meal, shared with love, and compassion:

Enough for 6 adults

Total cost:  R80

 

Ingredients:

300gr of baby spinach

500gr of red or brown lentils

Vegetable stock

Sweet peppers

1 Onion

Olive oil

Cook lentils as per package instructions in vegetable stock.  Flavour with spices of your choice if necessary.  Fry onion and peppers in olive oil.

Serve as follows:

Add leaves to a bowl.  Add lentils on top of the leaves.  Add pepper and onion on top of the lentils.

 

Enjoy!  And try some yoga!

Will journal soon again.

 

Thyme greetings!

Liesl – Mom on Thyme

 

Recipe inspired by Vivian White.

Liesl is a life-and business coach with her own coaching company named Thyme2B.