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May Musings

A wonderful mix of things which have brought me joy this May.


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Taste

The mercurial weather in London combined with journeys to the spectacular Moray coast has hampered all wilful intentions of foodie outings (bar a few cheeky little Beth & Teddy coffee cake dates). Perhaps next month, I may be able to make more of a commentary on London’s hospitality scene...

In the meantime, this month, the ‘Taste’ section is dedicated to “the most important meal of the day”; breakfast. Breakfast is quite possibly my favourite meal, so arguably the most important on that basis alone. Despite this fact, it is one I have often found hard to sit down too, or even enjoy. Feelings emerge of being “out of control”, “that I’ll spiral and balloon out”, “binge” (this has never occurred). Thoughts surface, that I’m giving away my control, when in reality I am nourishing myself, my biological, physiological and mental needs. Yet I have found it hard to recognise that I do have these needs, to meet them, or to allow myself the pleasure that the experience may bring.

As you may imagine, breakfast is the meal I have the biggest friction with. Decision making is a skill I am still honing, and as I dislike eating just as I wake up, rushing my food, or close to a morning practice, it is often hard to know when to sit down to it. Yet the later I leave it, sometimes the harder it is to consume. A lot of friction, and overthinking, indeed.

Aside from my overthinking and indecision, one new breakfast recipe I pushed myself to have is Danielle Copperman’s “Honey, Date, Almond and Orange Bircher”. The combination of honey, nuts, nut butter, chia seeds and dates with oats is something that truthfully challenges the restriction I have become so accustomed to. However, I’m so glad I didn’t listen to it. This recipe offers a slice of sunshine with the the rich, with almost caramel-like taste of the dates and their soft, chewy texture, against the marzipanesque hints from the almonds, Danielle’s sweet citrus breakfast is a refreshing nod to the (hopeful) hot summer days ahead.

Also a big shout out to Pret, as I love their porridge.

Sight

The human senses are our contact to the environment. Arguably the most important organs of sense are our eyes. We perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight. So with our environments being largely the same for some time, and as someone who loves visual art, travelling, exploring and the romanticism of getting lost in new environments and galleries- the ability to get away I was met with visual landscapes which I have so longed for. Travelling runs through my veins, it is my fourth macronutrient. Until the day prior to going away, I hadn’t realised how much my soul had been aching for it.

Scotland is a place I travel often, it is a home away from home for me. The sense of wilderness, with imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and forests, journeys to the Moray Firth grants access to (in my opinion) one of the most spectacular jewels of the world. The contrasting surroundings offer a week immersed in nature, where the environment gave not only my eyes the nourishment it needed, but the part of my soul which was rekindled with it’s wanderlust.

Hearing

Avid podcast listener, over the past few years they have become something of a refuge for me. I would consider listening to a podcast combined with a walk in nature as one of my ultimate pleasures. On days where I want to be secluded, where I don’t feel myself or want some Beth time - they offer a small dose of human contact, knowledge and insight without having to extend myself socially or energetically.

A podcast I have discovered is Fancesca Oddie’s “The Astrology Oddcast”. Described by her as “conversations with fascinating people who are living their best astrology (but didn't know it.) PLUS educational content from Francesca + commentary on the "current climate."”

I have recently written how Astrology provides guidance to cycles of time, flow and nature. My own recent exploration into Astrology, Lunar cycles and holistic, and Ayurvedic living has helped me navigate where, and when, to focus my efforts. For me, astrology goes hand in hand with living a life which is in flow, purposeful and meaningful- and Francesca’s podcast offers tips, hints and knowledge into how movements and relative positions of celestial bodies influence our lives as an individual and collective.

Touch

As you may have established, beauty therapies are my vice. I adore them and consider them as an essential cornerstone to my overall wellbeing. A treatment I often get is Lymphatic drainage by Jamila Silva (IG: @jamilamassage).

Lymphatic drainage is a treatment which is designed to stimulate the lymphatic system- it is sometimes termed 'massage' because it involves hand movements on the skin but it is very different from therapeutic or aromatherapy massage which can cause friction to the skin and increase the blood supply. This, in turn, causes more lymph to be produced. The hand movements and sequences are adapted for each person, which Jamila tailors oh so effortlessly.

Smell

It took many years to discover a scent to call my own, however when I stumbled upon “Dear Polly” one rainy afternoon years of hard work certainly paid off.

Vilhelm Parfumerie Founder Jan Ahlgren always focuses on a specific time, memory or emotion when coming up with new scents - “Dear Polly” is a love letter to his wife and centered around her morning cup of tea. Opening with Bergamot and zesty Apple, it's layered with notes of Ceylon Black Tea. Oakmoss, Musk and Black Amber give the fragrance a lingering, smoky close.

Quote of the Month

If you don’t prioritise your life, someone else will- Greg McKeown



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