Yesterday was International Women`s Day, and I wanted to wish every woman in this world empowerment and courage to rise above. I wanted to have posted this yesterday, but lack of time and sound mind to edit this before bed made it a hard task. I am a firm believer that women`s day is every day, here goes nothing.
In his new work, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama together with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu (a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who fought against the apartheid in the 1980s) explores how mindfulness in a world so chaotic can lead to a more permanently joyful life. Revealing the reason he is able to be mindful every day is by sleeping for nine hours and meditating for five hours every day – four hours when he rises and one before bed. These are the two most joyful and enlightened humans on earth, so when they have something to say it`s probably worth our attention.
One of the biggest states in the country, California is a gold mine for explorers and travelers from all walks of life. From amazing beaches to life changing and defying trails like the Pacific Crest to state of the art wineries – this is definitely a one of a kind destination that should be on everybody’s wanderlust bucket list.
It is no coincidence that the Japanese have a very low mortality rate and overall healthier lifestyle. Recent research and scientific articles point this to the Japanese diet, or the official dietary guidelines followed by the Japanese population. I will call it guidelines simply because they do not think of this as a diet per say, they do not restrict anything from their daily food intake. It is all based on portion control, mindful healthy eating and Hara hachi bun me (腹八分目/はらはちぶんめ) which translate into “only eat until you are 80% full”.