When we create a healthy, peaceful environment inside ourselves, we can create a healthy, peaceful environment for those around us. We need to fill our cup so that it can overflow into the world, and if we are drained and depleted, everyone loses! Nourishing your mind, body, and soul has a tremendous effect on how you interact with everyone you encounter during your day. Taking care of yourself creates a ripple effect of positivity in the world. I used to be a huge fan of store-bought protein and granola bars. but once I started reading the ingredients in some of those bars, I realized that I truly wasn’t taking care of myself, so I decided to make my own. These babies are called crack bars for a reason: they are super addictive, delicious, and nourishing, and perfect for a meal on the go.
Draw a hot bath with your favorite bath oils or salts. Light some candles and turn down the lights in your bathroom. Allow yourself to relax into the warm water, place your hands over your heart center, and close your eyes. Turn your focus to your breath and your heart space. Take long, deep breaths and allow any thoughts that come up to float on by, returning your focus inward. Ask your body, “How can I better take care of you?” and listen to what comes up. Honor whatever you may hear, and if nothing comes up right away, keep your attention at your heart center and on your breath. Relax and enjoy this loving posture. When you are ready to bring the meditation to a close, take a deep breath in and hold it, feeling the loving energy from your heart center circulate throughout your body, and then release.
Reprinted with permission from Eat With Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life That Lights You Up