if i can be happy in Seoul…

If I can be happy, landlocked, far away from the fam, the friends, the Rio…


…trading my AM beachwalks for squished 40 minute commutes against many warm bods in a sardine can of a subway…((usb isnt workin for the camera…so picture proof of that subway commute to come sooner or later)


then I can be happy anywhere.  


Santosha what what.  ya, i clung to that concept pretty tightly.  it’s good stuff.  




Okay, now that that  little inner discovery has been checked off the list, ready to get back to my “real” life now.  


I know I know…be present…but c’mon…gimme some credit for making this little forward push of wisdom.  but for real, get back to the now, because when korea is over, i’m sure i’ll miss it here, just a little bit, too. 
kimchi rots your teeth.  but still, kisses de kimchi.  abrazos y besos como bimbimbap, gojujang, y doenjang.  

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Mmmmm…Kabocha

fall is in the air.  which means PUMPKIN cravings for me.  i will eat this stuff out of the can (ya libby’s for making unsweetened, pure pumpkin).  i love it so much.  fiber, vitamin A, versatile…mmm.

luckily, tonight i didn’t have to resort to a can…but fresh, fresh amazingness.  

tonight busted out the plug-in stove top (it was hidden in my closet) to make my first cooked meal in months.  seriously, since March.  That’s 5 months if anyone’s counting.

picked up a baby pumpkin at the produce stand across the streamed, steamed that sucker, and mashed it up–skin, seeds, and all it’s goodness–with some fresh nigari dubu and flax seeds.  the flesh is so full of bright orange vitamin A goodness that it almost hurts to look at.  

Kabocha Squash…yep I went on a google hunt for this baby.

protein, fiber, omega 3’s.  

although i’ve been eating a big percentage of my diet as raw as can be all spring and summer long, in Ayurveda, it is recommended to begin eating hearty winter squash such as (cooked) pumpkin as the weather shifts from warm to cool.  

it was a nice mushy, warm dinner (did i mention i went to the dentist earlier? no? well i did.  mush, mush) and it will make the perfect lunch for tomorrow’s yoga saturday…maybe pack some sliced cucumbers and eat it like a dip.  

 excellent friday night in.  

Santosha

Santosha.

 
it’s a niyama (moral code) in yogi philosophy.

 
Contentment is it’s meaning.  Happiness.  
 
I swear I’ve eaten at a restaurant or shopped at a boutique with this name and never knew the meaning.  How uncurious I was.  

 
Just to confirm my little theory the other morning of sadness as habit…I just happened upon a synchronous theory in my yogi reading for this week’s lesson at yoga teacher training. 
 
The reading phrases Santosha as “the habit of contentment”.  the ability to be at peace no matter what’s going on around you, being able to float up above the situation and act (instead of react) with peaceful control.  Amazing.  good stuff.  think i’ll work on this one…
 
Sadness as habit.  
Happiness as Habit.  
Which habit sounds better today?
 
 

Info overload! and more info on red bean than you’d ever want to know…

There is just wayyy too much info out there on the internet.  I log on to check my e-mail and within 5 minutes, there’s at least 4 or 5 tabs or windows of web pages (if not more) open.


I notice myself getting stressed by my internet sessions. Keyed up!  Anyone else feeling like that?  Sometimes it’s fun.  Most times, it’s kinda exhausting.  How do you focus???


I’m trying to focus on just keeping up with family and friends–writing writing–and keeping up with the blog, yoga news, and the random google searches (today’s info hunt was “azuki bean” 🙂


(p.s. “azuki bean” is commonly called “red bean” or “pat” in Korea.  It’s used for lots of fillings in pastries, and is a yum topping on patbinsu (the summer icy sweet treat I mentioned in another post.  it’s origins can be traced back before 1000 b.c., and it’s the second most popular bean in Japan (soybeans are #1)…as with most beans, packed with protein and fiber, and iron!  i was borderline anemic according to the required blood panel we had to do back in March upon entering Korea (weird since i was eating tons of galbi (korean bbq) at the time…makes you question the whole meat industry’s advertising meat as an “excellent” iron source.)  ANYWAYS…Extra iron is a good thang.


Bottom line~red beans rock, and i think i’ll pick some up tonight.  might even sprout these lil’ babes and make a raw sprouted azuki bean salad with some carrots and beets?
or perhaps a pumpkin, red bean, and silken tofu porridge will be a fun thing to cook this week.  

azuki beans and bean paste
My cookin’ vibes are on fire (they were ice cold a month or two ago)!!! maybe the artist’s way will make me a chef.  ha.  okay, enough ramblin….).  
 
Off for a 3,000 won glass of vino this eve with the amigas…
 
ain’t no party like an Indigo party…
 
indigo in haebangcheon (my ‘hood)–(pic from seoulstyle.com)





mmmmmm

fall is in the air.  which means PUMPKIN cravings for me.  i will eat this stuff out of the can (ya libby’s for making unsweetened, pure pumpkin).  i love it so much.  fiber, vitamin A, versatile…mmm.
luckily, tonight i didn’t have to resort to a can…but fresh, fresh amazingness.  


tonight busted out the plug-in stove top (it was hidden in my closet) to make my first cooked meal in months.  seriously, since March.  That’s 5 months if anyone’s counting.


picked up a baby pumpkin at the produce stand across the streamed, steamed that sucker, and mashed it up–skin, seeds, and all it’s goodness–with some fresh nigari dubu and flax seeds.  the flesh is so full of bright orange vitamin A goodness that it almost hurts to look at.  

Kabocha Squash…yep I went on a google hunt for this baby.





protein, fiber, omega 3’s.  


although i’ve been eating a big percentage of my diet as raw as can be all spring and summer long, in Ayurveda, it is recommended to begin eating hearty winter squash such as (cooked) pumpkin as the weather shifts from warm to cool.  


it was a nice mushy, warm dinner (did i mention i went to the dentist earlier? no? well i did.  bleh.) and it will make the perfect lunch for tomorrow’s yoga saturday…maybe pack some sliced cucumbers and eat it like a dip.  


excellent friday night in.  

morning thoughts

just a lil AM ramble before i get ready for work…thoughts that occur during a week of “reading deprivation”…you really do get more inside your own head..


so i was thinking…i’ve accomplished quite a bit here in k-land…


*headstand (wooooohoo)
*reiki
*reading hangul
*making my very first solo apartment just how i want it to be. a haven.
*pretty much eating raw 99% of time at home. the plug in stovetop rests somewhere deep inside my closet.
*making peace with crowds. (but i’ll be stoked to be back to my big wide oxnard shores beach, where at 7am, it’s just me, my doggie, sand, and the sea)
*doing more yoga than ever AND on my own. pat on back to me.
*being really nice to myself.
*meditation!
*writing more han ever.
*figuring out stuff more than ever.
*being insprired, and in turn, passing it on and inspiring others, (i hope)
*looking at my life from a new perspective.

*tossing the evil scale.  what what.
*an even greater appreciation for my amazing family. (time and distance only make the heart grow fonder).
*just perspective in general.
*not just coming here for teaching, but got to learn yoga and reiki. great tools for the future, professionally and personally.
*met some amazing people. will inevitably meet some more good folks.
*learned to be selective: with people, thoughts, the material world…and so on…
*new hobby: u-k-u-l-e-l-e.
*being so busy that i’ve forgotten to get a hair cut. mermaid hair is pretty cool. can’t even imagine how long it’ll be in another 6 mos.
*the art of kombucha brewing.
*learning that i actually like myself a lot better only slightly buzzed, after that, well, i kinda suck. give me only 1 cup of maggeoli or keep me sober. any more than that and i’m done and can’t hold a convo. no good. when did my tolerance get so damn low???
*learning , really learning, that i appreciate my free time way more than money/AKA i’m not meant to be rich and/or greedy (just say no to private lessons).
*seeing dear amigas come in and out of my life in the past 6 mos has given me a crash course in appreciating the good ones, and keeping them close while we are here.  wearing their clothes they left behind is an everyday reminder of goodness, and my apartment that was now spartan is lovingly furnished with all kinds of cozy blankets, pillows, and housewares passed along.  this warms my heart. i will do the same and pass on the love when i leave.

Reiki Share: the sequel…

Soooo last weekend I went to another Reiki share, and had another wonderful experience.  No waterworks this time!  Just a complete feeling of well-being.  Yummy.  


A lil recap of what Reiki is…from reiki.org:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.”





The Sunday afternoon share lasted from 2 till 7,  and honestly, there was no place I would have rather been.  I’d spent the sunny, hot AM pullin’ a Columbus (exploring, meandering…) along the Cheongycheon stream, window shopped at Dongdaemun (in the market for a pair of new tennies)…and then met my group at Anguk Station in Insadong at 2.  Just minutes, and I mean minutes, before meeting, a crazy storm crept up and the sunny morning turned into a torrential downpour of an afternoon.  What better a day to sit back and relax at a Reiki share?!  The sounds of the rain pouring down, being surrounded by like-minded, positive people, the vibes, just amazing.  Good stuff.


There were several Reiki practitioners at the group, and each person took turns on the table while at least 4 practitioners channeled some nice universal energy on that person with palms of their hands gently placed on the crown of the head,  feet, stomach, knees, etc.  I’m not a practioner (yet), so I couldn’t take part in the share of others, so I sat and observed.  I’m never this patient, but I felt so zen after my 15 minute Reiki sesh that nothing could bother me.  I was content to sit there and enjoy the quiet, the silence, the good energy.  I hate to sound like such a crazy hippy (actually, no I don’t…:), but it was just such a pleasant vibe I didn’t want to leave!


I was sooo patient with the kids all day on Monday, even carried into Tuesday.  Amazing.


After some thinking and budgeting, I’ve decided to get attuned, at a Reiki seminar of sorts, next weekend so that I can practice Reiki myself.  This first attunement is called “Level 1” and is aimed at being able to practice reiki on yourself, as well as friends and family.  


Attunement: (reiki.org):An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life”



and for Mom. (Love you!)..who’s most likely thinking I’ve joined some sort of Reiki cult by reading this…While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki […however…] while Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures[…] It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. ”  






love it..   🙂  



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Wow.

I’ve got it bad.  I’m streaming “Santa Barbara’s KRUZ 97.5” through radiotime.com as I make an answer key for an afterschool class.  Feels good to catch up on new amazing music (Sheryl Crow has a new album, woohoo!).  And sadly, even the commercials are comforting.  Roblar Winery, Trader Joe’s, Jiffy Lube…God Bless America.  Here I come in 5 months and less than 20 days.  


Peace, love, light, laughter from the land of lots and lots of kimchi.  

Weather in Korea…I love wearing Blue Jeans.

I never EVER thought I’d welcome the Fall.  
I packed away all but my feather-iest, lightest clothes about mid-June.  I haven’t thought about wearing jeans for months.


But the last few weeks have been so sticky hot that it’s been unbearable.  I’ve never experienced it before.  Heat (90 degrees-ish)  + Humidity= no fun unless you’re near a large body of h2o.
I’d been travelling for most of the weekends of the summer, so I didn’t really notice it during the weekdays spent in air-con schoolrooms.  But lately, man!!  It’s even uncomfortable at night.  


Today the forecast said high of only 75 degrees.  I am STOKED to be wearing my jeans!  I missed them.  Good trusty old pair of True Religions I’ve had for about 3 years.  


I was a little worried they wouldn’t fit after the summer’s indulgences: Thai food in Thai land, Patbingsu (see below), lots of yummy Korean fruits, large Korean meals of many courses, and general sampling of whatever Korea and Thailand had to culinarily offer me  with reckless abandon.  And after the scale beat up sesh a month-ish ago, I haven’t kept any track whatsoever.  Uh ohh…

patbingsu amazingness (from wikipedia)


But nope, the trusty jeans slipped right on.  I love jeans!  They are so versatile.  Today worn rolled up, with my white Tom’s, and a bright yellow hippie top with a little bow that I picked up at the thrift shop.  Comfy, classic.  Amazing.  

Fall is gonna be good.  Bring on the seasons.  At least Fall…I dunno about Mr. Winter…

a good pic of the fave jeans, with my lil munchkin Rio who I miss dearly~ (thanks Lacey, if you see this, totally stole this off your facebook 🙂