Last week Old Man Winter finally caught up with me forcing me to turn down. February was a very social month in business and pleasure, leaving me open to the elements more than usual. I continued to cycle, meditate practice yoga and even increased my zinc…….not enough. By Monday evening I was feeling awful….I mean AWFUL! I took to my bed Monday evening and pretty much stayed there until Thursday morning……before heading to bed I made a crock pot full of lemon, honey ginger tea (recipe below). I’ve been living a no medication life since 2003 and was not going to let a cold change that, instead I initiated Yogatones Mindfulness-based self-care prescription......I drank tea, meditated, practiced yoga and got plenty of rest. Thursday came quickly, I had two engagements I did not want to cancel so I made my way to both, feeling meh……I think the copious amount of wine I drank at dinner Thursday evening was exactly what I needed...haha, but really. Friday I felt like I was returning to myself, runny nose, sneezing and temperature were no longer hanging with me. Leaving me excited because Saturday morning I was participating in Random Hacks of Kindness as a partner with Adler Planetarium Chicago.
Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. is a wonderful event sponsored by Chicago Adler Planetarium, it provides middle school youth with the tools needed to address problems within their communities. Yogatones was called upon to participate again this year!! Yogatones provided a community challenge for the students, which was *Timeout for Awareness*. Children are very active and deal with many levels of stress, depression and anxiety, the goal was to educate them on mindfulness and providing tools and education for them to create a timeout when needed. Last year I was surprised so many boys selected the yoga challenge, this year was the same I had five boys and two girls. I absolutely LOVE working with youth, their imagination, lack of fear and creativity is so inspiring. My group decided (without my or mentor input) to create a board game and a web game app that provided participants with yoga asanas and meditation when in need for a timeout…..how creative is that!! Participants were also provided with potential situations where a timeout is needed, and instructions on how to enter/exit the asanas…….At the end of the day we held a fair where all charities and their youth presented their creations…..our booth was a hit! Mindfulness-based self-care is the mission of Yogatones, children and healthcare providers are our focus groups, so being a part of this event for the second time was wonderful. It’s a long day but during the day I never felt a bit under the weather, no cough, no runny nose, no temperature, no sneezing….the spirit and love of these youth was exactly what I needed to kick that cold to the curb!!
Crockpot Honey, Ginger, Lemon Tea
6 cups of water
¼ cup fresh grated Ginger
¼ cup raw Honey
Take the juice of the lemons (squeezed = 1 ¼ cups), add to crockpot, then add water, ginger and honey, set crock pot to low.
**Note serving sizes vary depending on size of crockpot**