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“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” - Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

How is your life looking like? Make sure to take the time to ask yourself that question and think about it. Remember, if you are happy then what makes you happy, if not, what makes you unhappy. From there you have the answer to keep being happy or to change your state of mind, so you find contentment, joy, and happiness. Easier to say than to do? It takes a little practice, and we, I, fail but by trying again and again I finally often get there, a happy and stable state of mind. 
Aren’t we all seeking for something we think we do not have? Either money, success, fitness, even that one pair of jeans or that hair style etc. but what about what we have. Just being able to breath is a gift and the most precious one. From there I am sure you can find other things that you like about yourself and the life you have. Let’s try with me, I am healthy, I like that I am taking the time to take a walk here and there or read a book. I made the adequate changes few years ago to my life so I can be who I want to be, and it required some sacrifices, but they were, are, worth it.
I was just reading a book written by Sarah Powers and I would like to share the notes I took from it.
We are so busy altering the landscape that we often fail to pause and enjoy the view. Unable to simply value our own life in its current condition, just as it is.” 
Then there is a passage about our nature, and I rewrote it as follows on my notebook. Maybe a little more balance between our Yin and our Yang (concept of dualism) would do us good. On one side we should value ourselves and others just as we are while developing inspiration toward improvement.  We need both, the receptive and the dynamic sides of our nature in healthy doses. 
So true and I am sure it is not the first time you read or heard it!
Here again it is all about balance. Too many times I find myself “excessive”, in my relationships, in my routine, with myself, but this is all because my fire dosha (energy) is dominant. Let’s not get into too much yoga philosophy but I am saying this because I am learning to balance with my other energy which is water. And now when I need balance my first reaction is to pause, close my eyes (it does not require any equipment, any specific position or else) and breath. Focus on your inhalation and exhalation and nothing else. Let it flow, let it go.
Here is a mantra I am using this month:
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi
And let’s cheer with a glass of Clos Solène Harmonie. Yes, I might be a “bad yogi” as I still like a glass of wine and good meals, but all in moderation. To go with our wine, we could make some Provençale tomatoes and pair it with fish or meat you choose.
Tomates à la Provençale (for 4 peoples) :
Ingredients:
Salt
Pepper
Oil
2 Tablespoon of Herbes de Provence or any herbs mixture you have
4 garlic cloves
1 cup of grounded parsley
6 round tomatoes
50 gr. (1.8 ounces) of Chapelure (breadcrumbs)
Recipe:

  • Cut the tomatoes in two, salt them and turn them on a plate to let them disgorge for about 15 minutes.
  • Mix the parsley, garlic, herbs, and breadcrumbs thinly.
  • In a large frying pan or two mediums heat a little oil and place the tomatoes with the rounded side up and pan-sear for 2 minutes on high heat.
  • Turn them, add salt pepper, and drag and drop them in a baking pan.
  • Cover the tomatoes with the parsley, garlic, and breadcrumbs mixture.
  • Baste with a dash of oil and bake for 20 minutes at 430F. Miam miam! 

Love and Light,

Solène 
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