Finding your Groove – the quiet in the crazy
I’ve really been working on being present, “in the moment” as they say. A concept that seems so easy (how hard is it to be where you are?), but is so darn challenging when you get right down to it.
I find myself so distracted- my mind wandering in mid- thought, mid- project, or (I’m slightly embarrassed to admit) sometimes mid-conversation. What do I need to do next, where am I going next, who am I seeing next?
Life can be such a juggling act. But, does it need to be such a struggling act?
Over the last few decades, it seems, we’ve become so invested in the GO GO GO of life. Words like “agenda” , “mult-task”, schedule, extra curricular, committee constantly swirl through our heads. We have 3 different calendars. 3 different emails. We answer “How are you?” with “busy!” like it’s a badge of honor. If you’re not overly busy, you’re not living up to your full potential as a human.
Reading “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist her description of a bass player really resonated with me.
Bass players play relatively few notes-
the beautiful thing they make is all about the space in between the notes; that’s the groove.
The empty, quiet space…. The Groove
I am practicing the Groove – the quiet place to center and really hear my purpose.
Tonight I made kale salad and practiced the groove while stripping the kale from the stems.
Groovy Kale Salad
1 bundle flat leaf kale, Tuscan Kale, chopped medium fine
1 apple, diced small
1 small onion chopped fine
1 to 2 ribs celery sliced very fine
1 zucchini diced small or shredded carrot
1 to 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or cherries
¼ cup tahini or almond butter
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup parsley rough chopped
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper
pinch red pepper flake
water to thin
Puree in food processor or blender.
Taste and adjust with water, if needed a drop or two of maple syrup if bitter
Massage into the kale to soften.
Toss together remaining ingredients