100 Days of Meditation Day 2: Meditation Routine

Well folks, we survived day two, and today didn’t feel too difficult. I’ve decided that an evening meditation is perfect for me because as a barista, I’m up early most mornings, and getting up even earlier to meditate will just make me too tired. I would eventually like to work my schedule so that I can do a quick 5 minute meditation in before work in the morning, but I’m going to start with baby steps, work on my evening meditation before I try and take leaps and bounds.

Today was definitely hard in the sense that I ended up getting stuck at work late, and I almost fell asleep on the couch before I even started my practice. My mind even tried to talk me out of it, saying I could just sit twice tomorrow. I resisted, pulled through and sat through a wonderful meditation. I really enjoy meditation guides to help me keep my mind from wandering, they are kind of a jolt in a sense that when my mind starts to go off in a million directions during my practice it helps me to hear that voice and bring me back to where I want to be focused.

The past two days I’ve enjoyed a wonderful breathing meditation from wildmind and have found it easy to get myself in to and isn’t too incredibly long. As tired as I felt, and as much as I dozed off yesterday, I’m happy to report that none of that occurred today. A couple times I found myself so deep within my meditation that I didn’t really know where I was within it, but I was awake and alert the whole time. I guess I just need to make an effort to do my meditation before 9pm. Wow, now I just sound like an old lady, but seriously, I’m a major morning person, and go to bed before 10pm most nights.

You know, it’s funny, I haven’t regularly blogged in so long that I feel like I’m just writing with no sort of structure, but maybe that’s what I need right now. Just word vomit all over the page and get back in to the groove of writing. To be completely honest, part of the reason I’m doing this challenge is because I wanted to have something to write about, daily, for a set amount of time, so that I could get back in to the groove a little bit easier. Never fear, I promise the next 100 days won’t be just about my meditations, I fully intend to write posts on other topics throughout this journey, but for me, this is just a starting point. A kick in the pants so to speak, allowing me to have at least one thing, every day, that I can use to stretch my writing muscles and find my groove again.

That’s about all I have for the night, until tomorrow, Namaste.

Black Bean Hummus

Well, hello there, it has been a while, sorry about that. This summer has been incredibly crazy between getting a new apartment with J and working about 60 hours a week at the coffee shop. A couple weeks back we had a party to go to and I decided to whip up some Black Bean Hummus and homemade chips. The original recipe came from Chef in Training. I made a few adjustments, but overall it turned out great and was a big hit!

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This recipe was so easy to do and I was done making it in about 15 minutes. It will be a perfect last minute throw together, any time I forget I need to bring something. Not to mention, it was a huge hit at the party! I made a few changes to the original recipe, so here goes!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Can (19oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

As for the chips, I cut up about 10 tortillas and placed them on a pan that I sprayed with some cooking spray. I put them in the oven at 350 for approximately ten minutes.

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Spread the hummus in to a container and create some grooves with a spoon. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then drizzle some olive oil in to the grooves. The changes I made were definitely minor, but I loved the end result.

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