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A Recipe For A Balanced Life – Part 2
February 18, 2011
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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about a comment my friend Tash made in the second installment of my interview with her (which you’ll read today).

The quote was:photo of wooly socks

“The easiest way you can tell yourself what you’re worth is by what you say yes to. The easiest way you can tell your body what it’s worth is what you put into it”.

This statement really stayed with me and as a consequence, I’ve been more mindful of how every action I take is a demonstration of my beliefs. This gentle increase in my mindfulness has made making better choices for myself easier. (Inspiring people with new ways to be kind to themselves is a great gift for any friend to give  – so thanks Tash) Because I’ve personally been benefiting from Tash’s words, I hope you will too, in Part 2 of this series on balance. Enjoy!

C: Why do you think we lose touch with what living a balanced life means these days?

T: I think people are stretched so thin, they look to external sources to determine what balance is supposed to look like, rather then going within to determine fundamentally how they define that for themselves.  

People can so easily get caught up in daily life and become disconnected from themselves that they don’t even know what matters to them, what they’re believing in and what they’re subscribing to. Even when we’re not being cognizant of what we’re subscribing to, we’re still subscribing to something and more than anything it’s important to know what that is.

C: Do you think women struggle to find balance in their lives more so than men?

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T: I think people in general have taken on more than ever before.  We actually expect ourselves and each other to be able to cope with more than we ever have. I think women as a stereotype in the past have said ‘yes’ to everything not necessarily because we wanted to, but because we wanted to prove we could if we wanted to.  

I think what’s important now and more advantageous for everyone is to rise above gender stereotypes or any stereotypes for that matter and start treating each other in terms of community.  When we start becoming more mindful of the fact that we’re all interconnected there’s more room for compassion and unity and less room for segregation. Why not ask for help? No one is supposed to do ‘it’ alone, nor can we. 

hollywood farmers marketsC: Do you think Aussies or Americans are more balanced in their approach to life?

T: Hmm… they’re two completely different ways of life.  In some ways it seems as though the two cultures are quite similar, but after living here for almost 6 years, let me assure you they’re completely different.  Australians as a whole, in my opinion, have a greater connection with nature and live a more balanced active/work/play life.  

Americans {mostly in big cities} have a drive that is constantly pushing them forward, asking them to be continually in pursuit of something bigger and larger than their current state of being.  There is an unquenchable thirst in the air here which breeds a population of seekers. Everyone’s striving to learn, to grow, to expand and there’s a magic in that.  There are wonderful things about both states of being and I am fortunate to be hard wired the Australian way, yet experience and be a part of the push for expansion.  

C: Being a goddess of the kitchen, what’s your opinion on balanced food?

T: The easiest way you can tell yourself what you’re worth is by what you say yes to. The easiest way you can tell your body what it’s worth is what you put into it.  Once we take ownership of the power we have over our own minds and bodies, the sooner things will naturally fall into place.  

I don’t believe in diets, I do however believe in being a conscious consumer. Whole foods, whole grains, sustainable and locally farmed produce.  I also believe in ending the day with something sweet. It can be a simple and sweet morsel but I like to have either made it myself or know where it came from. 

C: What about relationships – how should people approach creating balance in that area of their lives?

T: Relationships, friendships, work, diet, all of it comes down to the same principles.  Once you establish what’s important to you, really important and then stand strongly in that, everything will organically fall into place. There’s no point in attempting to control and manage everything externally if you haven’t created a fundamental shift within yourself to support those changes. Discover what matters and stand strongly in your own integrity.

Note: If you missed the first installment of this series, you can still read part one of my interview with Tash here.

More Inspiration For A Balanced Life

If you need some divine gastronomic indulgence to add to your own recipe for a balanced life, you might like Tash’s blog,  The Chirpy Bird, which regularly updates with some of the most delicious recipes this side of the Hollywood Hills.

There’s a perfect balanceof healthy, hearty, seasonal and sinful recipes for you to treat yourself to - from brownies that’ll make you want to break up with your boyfriend and date them instead, to healthy heart and soul warming organic chicken soup and my favourite, Bouillabaisse - Tash gives you the recipe, steps and even photographs the process, so if you’re still on your Masterchef training wheels, you can see along the way what your dish is supposed to look like. Totes handy!

Tash has also done a post today on her daily hikes up in the Hollywood Hills and shares some beautiful photos – I think you’ll love them. :) Have a brill weekend.

All photos courtesy of The Chirpy Bird.

Related posts:

  1. A Recipe For A Balanced Life – Part 1

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  • Annie says:

    A wonderful part II :)
    “I don’t believe in diets, I do however believe in being a conscious consumer. Whole foods, whole grains, sustainable and locally farmed produce. ” — Love that. That’s EXACTLY how I feel.

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