A Simple Life

~by Heinrich Boll

One summer, many years ago, a banker was vacationing in a small village on the coast. He saw a fisherman in a small boat by the pier with a handful of fish that he’d just caught. The businessman asked him how long it took him to catch the fish and the man said he was out on the water for only a couple of hours.

“So why didn’t you stay out there longer to catch more fish?” asked the businessman.

The fisherman said he catches just enough to feed his family every day, and then comes back.

“But it’s only 2 pm!” said the banker, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman smiled and said, “Well, I sleep late every day, then fish a little, go home, play with my children, take a nap in the afternoon, then stroll into the village each evening with my wife, relax, play the guitar with our friends, laugh and sing late into the night. I have a full and wonderful life.”

The banker scoffed at the young man, “Well, I’m a businessman from New York! Let me tell you what you should do instead of wasting your life like this! You should catch more fish to sell to others, and then buy a bigger boat with the money you make so you can catch even more fish!”

“And then what?” asked the fisherman. The banker’s eyes got all big as he enthusiastically explained, “You can then buy a whole fleet of fishing boats, run a business, and make a ton of money!”

“And then what?” asked the fisherman again, and the banker threw his hands in the air and said, “You’d be worth a million! You can then leave this small town, move to the city, and manage your enterprise from there!”

“How long would all this take?” asked the fisherman. “Fifteen to twenty years!” replied the banker.

“And then what?”

The banker laughed and said, “That’s the best part. You can then sell your business, move to a small village, sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take naps in the afternoon, go for an evening stroll with your wife after dinner, relax, sing, and play the guitar with your friends. You would have a full and wonderful life!”

The fisherman smiled at the banker, quietly gathered his catch, and walked away.

 

 

 

Moving Meditation

Guest Post by: Robin Shapiro

Qigong, Moving Medicine, is a relaxing and meditative way to improve your health and well-being. Qigong, pronounced chee gung, was designed to be a system of medicine in China, and is comprised of slow moving, graceful forms. The movements of Qigong mimic nature, i.e. animal forms, such as tiger, bear, snake and crane, waving rolling oceans, willow trees and vast skies. The beauty of Qigong is that it can be practiced at many levels and at any age. Qigong forms are appropriate in a seated position, walking, standing, and lying down. Qigong is a beautiful way to un-stick the stuck places within the body, and creates a sense of quiet-mindedness and calm.

Robin Shapiro, seasoned Qigong Teacher, Keynote Presenter, Holistic Consultant and Author, has been studying and practicing Qigong for almost 35 years. Robin is currently teaching in Belmar, NJ, and has offered classes and workshops in many venues around the US. Her signature Keynote Presentation entitled Healing the Whole Person has been heard by audiences for over 30 years. Robin dedicates herself to guiding people to becoming the best version of themselves. To contact Robin, reach out to her at ubewelltoo@gmail.com

Chia Power

Guest Post by: The Nourishing Gurus

If your only connection to chia is some vague memory of a “ch-ch-ch-chia” pet commercial, you’re in for a big surprise.

Chia’s amazing nutritional qualities begin with its ability to absorb up to 10 times its weight in liquid. So it keeps you feeling full longer. Who wouldn’t want that!

Two tablespoons of seeds deliver:

  • 8 grams of soluble fiber, which scrubs the intestinal walls and can help lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol
  • An abundance of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, copper, niacin, and zinc
  • A rich source of anti-inflammatory and brain boosting omega-3 fats

The most popular way to eat chia seeds are in a chia pudding. Its great for busy mornings and as a grab-and-go in the AM. Here is a basic recipe:

Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 heaping teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries, cut in half
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cacao nibs

Mix chia, oats, and milk thoroughly in a 16-oz mason jar or glass bowl with a cover. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes or overnight.

Variations: Replace cherries and cacao nibs with chopped apples and walnuts, sliced banana and almond butter, or strawberries and shredded coconut.

BIO: Jane Schwartz RD and Stephanie Goodman CNC are The Nourishing Gurus. Jane and Stephanie help busy professional women create sustainable long-term healthy eating habits by eliminating diets, overwhelm, and kitchen chaos. Their 3-pronged approach, which can fit into any lifestyle, encompasses not only wholesome energizing foods, but powerful habit and mindset shifts.  YouTube  Instagram Twitter