Day 6 of the pre-Spring Cleaning challenge!

Have you ever looked at a rope, with care? Often, a strong rope consists of several threads braided or knotted together. To get one strong rope, you use the combined strength of them all together.

Yoga philosophy also describes this. The practice of yoga on a yogamat or even your favourite way to do sports, can be seen as one strand that will help you to attain a balanced, healthy and happy state. However, to strengthen this state, yoga philosophy offers more `ropes´ to weave or braid your stable foundation.

For example, it gives tools to support healthy and functional thought patterns over thoughts that create stress or suffering. One of the ethical guidelines, Aparigraha, is about using only that what you need. This means letting go and sharing, rather than attachment and stocking up on things you don´t need.

Today we challenge you, to give and share. Look at your possessions and question yourself: do I really need this all? Pick something that you will let go off.

What will you share today? Prepare some food or items and walk out the door, being open to give it to a friendly neighbour, a colleague, family member or a homeless person on the street. Notice how you are more open to your environment with this intention, than you would normally be. How does it feel? Is it scary? Fun? Let us know how things went!

While making mental and physical space for yourself, this practice of Aparigraha will most often lift your mood as well and connect you to another person. And isn´t that exactly what is needed on grey days?

We cooked some chutney and sambal and gave it to friends. For the recipe of the chutney, sign up to the challenge. We would be delighted to see how you take this challenge today!

Spicy sambal

20 Spanish chili peppers
optionally a handful of Thai red chili
5 large tomatoes
5 cloves of garlic
3 large onions
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp palm sugar
oil for frying

Cut all the ingredients in small pieces. Then heat some oil in a large wok and stir fry the onions for some minutes. Sprinkle some salt over the onions and stir in the garlic as well. As soon as the onions are tender and you can smell the garlic aroma, add the chili. Let this all cook for a while and keep on stirring. After about 5 minutes, you can add the tomatoes. After another 2 minutes you can add the palm sugar, some salt to your taste and let the sambal simmer. The sugar can caramelize while the sauce gets a thicker consistency. Now taste a little bit. You can add some sugar and salt and let it simmer longer, up to your taste. The sweetness of the palm sugar balances out some spiciness, so if the spice level is too intense, add a little more.
Have some sterilized jars at hand and as soon as the sambal has a marmalade-like consistency and tastes great, scoop it into the jars. Check if the lids are closed properly, turn them upside down and let them cool down.

Once the sambal is cold, check once more whether all lids are properly closed by checking if the middle of the lids has turned inwards. If so, you can keep them outside of the fridge, otherwise keep them cool in the fridge and enjoy and share soon!

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Day 4 of the pre-Spring Cleaning challenge!

Take a piece of your favourite chocolate.

Well done, you´re doing great!
Now stay with us for another five minutes to do the whole practice.

Take a seat. Now, hold the chocolate in your hand.

Look at the chocolate, with full attention. What colour does it have, how does the light fall on different parts of it and which colour differences does that create? Are there sharp edges? What does the texture look like? Look at it as if you see chocolate for the first time and see its uniqueness.

Now focus on touch. How does it feel? Does it melt? You can move it around in your hands, with your eyes closed or open and make a thorough investigation of how the chocolate feels in your hand.

Bring the chocolate to your nose, smell it with your full attention. Then bring it into your mouth, staying aware of the movements and coördination of your whole body.

We know it gets hard at this point, but try not to chew or swallow yet. Just noticing the effects of the chocolate in your mouth is enough. The longer it takes, the more the chocolate will melt in your mouth and the more your taste buds will give you signs.

And now gently chew, move the chocolate around in your mouth, let it melt fully. Don´t hurry, give yourself all the time to enjoy this piece of chocolate. It´s a meditation!

Then, experience what swallowing actually feels like. Can you feel where the chocolate goes?

Give yourself a minute. What is the effect of this practice? Please share with us!

This is an adjusted Mindfulness practice and we just love it. It helps you to be in the present moment, to concentrate and to focus. It helps you to really experience eating a whole chocolate bar, rather than chewing it away in minutes, while doing something else.

Repeat this practice daily for as long as you think it is necessary ;).

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Day 2 of the pre-Spring Cleaning challenge!

To step out of your daily routine every now and then, creativity is the key. It will help you to avoid the sensation that you are `being lived´. Do something in a traditional way today, rather than in the usual way, or in a hurry. To us, it is so fulfilling to learn about traditions. For example, while cooking traditional recipes and find out the stories behind them. Life is richer when you give an act your full attention, from the beginning until the end.

In the picture you see how we used a traditional stone grinder to make our own almond butter. The result was delicious!

What did you do in a traditional way today? It can be in the kitchen, during your walk with the dog, at your work…. Share it with us!

Want to try this amazing (and very heavy) grinder out as well? Join our Wicked Retreat and learn to make nut butters of all kinds in sunny Portugal!

For more in-depth info and video’s sign up here!

Just 2 more days until our challenge starts!

We’ve been super busy preparing for our 7-day pre-Spring Cleaning challenge, which will be up this Friday! Stuck behind computerscreen and indoors. But we also do take time off to be outside and play around!

Make sure you don’t miss our challenge and sign up! It’s full of really great and helpful tips and tricks to brighten up your days and a great preparation for our upcoming Spring Cleaning Wicked Weekend.