Raw Good Vibes

On a recent trip to Florida for a Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop, I fell in love with Good Vibes Juice Co.  Each morning I would wake up and head to the juice bar where I would pick out one or two raw organic juices and sit in the sunshine outside the shop, and soak up both nutrients and sun-rays.

One of my favorite juices is, “Shark Bite”, a combination of carrot, beet, pineapple and ginger, an earthy grounding blend.  Another favorite was  “Riptide”, a mix of coconut water, lime juice and blue majik (freshwater algae).  One of the most potent shots I had was, “Ginger XL”, a powerful double dose of ginger and cayenne pepper.  Strong enough to blow your head off!

Sadly after a few days, I had to leave the sunshine state and head back to the dreary midwest winter.  I decided that juicing was going to be a part of my new life, along with drumming.  I knew that the raw juices were good for my body, and that drumming was good for my soul.  A perfect blend of health and happiness.

I brought back a couple of empty Good Vibes juice bottles and now I am making my own mixes.  The first juice I made was a combination of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, orange juice and chia seeds.  Although not the same as Good Vibes Juice Co., it was satisfying, and fulfilled my need to keep up with a healthy daily routine and reminding me of my mornings in the sun.

A little bit of juicing and a little bit of drumming, a perfect start to any day.

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Tea Meditation

“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the
future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of
tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when
you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”

Written by one of my favorite spiritual leaders, teachers, and authors, Thich Nhat Hanh.

I was recently searching for the perfect teacup and found it unexpectedly from a colleague of mine who made it at St. John’s University (photo above).

Now I savor every mindful sip.