Posts Tagged ‘zen’

December was hectic to say the least. Filled with work, family and over-crowded weekends which made me want to sit at home under a blanket and just be myself. It was good fun, but not the relaxing month I had anticipated and needed (don’t know why I always do this though, December is hardly ever truly relaxing). And then came January where we are looking forward to another 4 weekends in a row with arrangements, birthdays and family.

But I try to look at things differently now. Dwell on the little things, the moments of zen and relaxation that makes me remember who I am and what I love. This weekend’s greatest moment of zen has so far been waking up this morning to an apartment which was completely quiet. All I could hear were the birds chirping away outside – rare scenario when you live in Copenhagen! I looked around our bedroom and could suddenly feel the stillness creep under my skin and my muscles relax. No thoughts, just happiness. We’ve had guests Friday night and all afternoon yesterday, so waking up to an empty calendar and a quiet home was all I needed. Do you recognize this feeling of being pleasantly surprised and engulfed by silence and a feeling of contentment?

My morning has been filled with more quietness and beautiful things

The rest of the day will be filled with glorious nothingness accompanied by tea, the husband and reading. Running would have been great, but acquired a knee injury when I ran a half marathon on the 31st – you win some, you loose some…

A great Sunday to all of you 🙂


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After my 8 K run last night my legs looked like this


My new running shoes were welcomed into my life of running with rainstorms all the way – it was absolutely crazy weather! Quite beautiful as well though, with lightening and thunder, rain, wind and mud. Lots of mud… These new babies aren’t beautiful but they are oh so good to my body:

Nike LunarGlides+3

My mind and body were zen-filled when I drove home on my bike after my run. Taking care of yourself rocks!

Today I took care of myself by spending 45 minutes walking around the center of Copenhagen after work. The air smelled of crisp fall afternoons and the sun warmed me just enough for me not needing a jacket. On days like this I feel like I live in the most wonderful place on earth.

Actually, taking some time after work just going for a walk or sitting in the yard with a cup of tea is one of the best ways to unwind after work. It can be tough to go from being 100% focused on work and then 20 minutes later running around cooking dinner and talking to my husband. Some quiet-time straight after work is my way to zen. And quiet-time just before bed as well, which I’m going to practice today.

My one piece of advice for you today is: 10 minutes before going to bed you sit down at a quiet place. Light a candle. Sit. Close your eyes or don’t. Perhaps just observe the world. Don’t speak. Just enjoy… (Can be accompanied by tea 🙂 )

Zen – brought to you by your own mind.

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Running has taken a great space in my life for the past months. It keeps me away from feeling stressed and somehow all of my problems just disappear when I’m out on the course. And I become a better wife and a better friend to myself when I prioritize and stick to my running. It brings me zen…

I really needs some races to look forward to, to hopefully keep my running motivation during winter so I’ve been looking through what’s going on in Copenhagen throughout the next many months. These are the ones I’m considering:

  • 5K, Änglamark Løbet 2011, August 11th (This one I’ll most likely run)
  • 13,3K, Erimitage Løbet, September 9th (Most likely a go 🙂 )
  • 10K, Friløbet 2011, September 25th (This one is a GO as well)
  • 10K, Marathon Start Up 2011, October 30th (Maybe I’ll go for the 15K, depending on how my legs feel)
  • Änglamark Nytårløbet, December 31st (Hmmm… Would be great but depends on how we’ll celebrate new years)
  • Nike Marathon Test 2012, 3 days with 10K, 15K and half-marathon distances
  • Copenhagen Marathon!!! I’m seriously considering this! Would be amazing I think, if only just to accomplish it. But I really need to see how my legs will be behaving during the fall.

I’ve never participated in this many races but somehow I’m just really motivated right now and then I just might go for them all. Very exciting 🙂

Are you doing any of these races? Which distances will you be focusing on in future? And finally: Did you complete a marathon? 

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A cup of hot cocoa and a deep breath can give wonders of energy, whether you are back for your first day after vacation like me, or you just need a break to clear your head. Especially when it’s raining outside…

Remember your breaks and you will be happier 🙂 What is your favourite way to take a short break at work?
I sometimes close my door and lie on the floor for two minutes, meditating. No kidding! Weird? Maybe, but I’m saving my soul.

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God tid, en dejlig mand og løgismose skyr med friske jordbær, vanille, havregryn og rå kakaonibs. Min sundhed og min glæde… Håber din morgen var ligeså dejlig?
Hav en skøn dag!

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Vegetarisk vellyst

Jeg arbejdede hjemme igår, og når jeg slipper for transporten om eftermiddagen, har jeg lige pludselig ½ time ekstra til at kaste mig over nye, sunde retter i køkkenet. Jeg elsker at lave mad, og er villig til at bruge den ekstra tid det kræver, at leve sundt. For selvfølgelig tager det ekstra tid at snitte grøntsager, finde på spændende salater og sammensætte næringsrige måltider. Men det tager også tid at børste tænder – kunne du finde på at slække på det? Det handler om prioritering…

Igår stod den på en ny opskrift fra “Vegetarisk Vellyst”, som vi fik i bryllupsgave sidste år af en af mine venner.

Den er virkelig god til at skubbe lidt til tankegangen omkring et måltid. Valget var faldet på quinoa-frikadeller, der i bogen laves med rødbeder. Jeg brugte sød kartoffel i stedet, og det blev vanvittigt godt!

Min (lidt ændrede) opskrift:

  • 1 dl “rå” quinoa (ca. 3 dl kogt)
  • 1 stor sød kartoffel, revet groft og presset for væde
  • 1 medium løg, revet groft
  • 1 fed hvidløg
  • 2 tsk karry
  • 1 tsk salt
  • 1 dl fuldkornsmel (brug hvad du synes – rugmel, rismel el. andet)
  • Lidt revet parmesan
  • 2 æg

Det hele røres godt sammen til en fars og steges ca. 5 min på hver side i olie. Jeg serverede mine med salat af romaine, san marzano-tomater, citron-olivenolie-dressing og lidt parmesan i flager. Hvis du aldrig har gjort dig selv den tjeneste at købe san marzano tomater så GØR DET! Jeg ved godt de er lidt dyrere, men smagen eksploderer i munden på dig, og får dig til at drømme om Italiensk sommer.

Aftenen stod på en lækker gåtur med min mand, lidt rolig læsning med en kop the, og så selvfølgelig melodi grand prix 🙂 Elsker at gå efter aftensmaden, det får ligesom det hele til at falde på plads i maven, og det er så hyggeligt at gå og tale om dagen der er gået. Zen og sundhed i en lille kompakt pakke.

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