How to get into the 'Flow'

23 06 2011 Thinking About

Scientist came up with new insights and it reads like a recipe for adding more joy and luck to your life:

It has to do with individual character strengths and virtues.

Virtues? Sounds like dust bunnies and 'be home by 9pm'.....

So, let's see. The scientists agreed on six virtues and 24 character strengths. These character strengths determine, how you personally live and experience those six virtues in your daily life.

If your name doesn't start with 'Super' and doesn't end with 'hero', then most likely you will be- like the rest of us- not top of the pop in All 24 character strengths. Normally, one will have four to five so called 'signature strengths'.

Once you figured out and identified your personal signature strengths, you should try to consciously apply them in all areas of life. With a little exercise this should supposed to be an easy process ,because those signature strengths are naturally given to you. And if something flows easily and effortless out and around - then everything feels inspired and exhilarated in blissful delight. You will experience to be in the 'FLOW'.

On top of that is a great extra bonus. Since "Being-in-the-flow" is an active behavior in the present, it also determines the effect of the past, or in other words: you are free to shape the present positively and won't be determined by the past.

Phew - hard to digest? Do you think: "Here we go- she should finally come up with some summer recipes for Strawberry mint jam  or apricot / vanilla....."

But it's actually quite simple: Here are the 6 virtues with its 24 character strengths:

1st Virtue: wisdom / knowledge
associated character strengths: creativity, curiosity, discernment, love of learning, being able to give good advice

2nd Virtue: courage (to overcome internal and external opposition or anxiety)
associated character strengths: authenticity / integrity ( honesty), bravery, perseverance, enthusiasm

3rd Virtue: compassion
associated character strengths: kindness, loyalty, empathy

4th Virtue: justice
associated character strengths: fairness, leadership ability, teamwork,

5th Virtue, moderation (for example: protection from extremes)
associated character strengths: forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation

6th Virtue: transcendental (strengths here are meant to give meaning to life)
associated character strengths: a sense for beauty, gratitude, hope and optimism, humor, spirituality (= can feel attentiveness to a larger, more comprehensive reality)

It's not too complicated, right? Take your time - usually it's quite clear, which four or five strengths out of those 24 are your strongest. Yes, and then you might want to give the whole story a try - it's actually FREE! If humor does not belong to your signature strengths, I would definitely recommend adding at least a generous pinch of it.....

Next topic will be a little easier to digest - i promise!

Summer afternoons.....

22 06 2011 Happy World

Yesterday my phone rang and when i picked up, Gaby was on the other end.

"Hey", she said," I passed a strawberry field on my bike tour and couldn't resist.

Wanna come over for strawberry cake"???

 What a question! SURE!

Gaby moved to one of the neighbor villages not too long ago and is patiently converting a big grassy field, which was used to be a sheep pasture, into a flower and vegetable garden.

We had a fun and yummy afternoon on this formally owned sheep territory and when it was time to go, Gaby offered me some of her precious vegetables to take home. Off we went to check out salad and radish plants. She had actually gotten the seeds from the 'Manufactum' catalog : land-lovers bible and number 1 country living expert for excellent style and taste.... First person i met so far, who did that. Most, i guess - including myself, just marvel and dream about Manufactums products..... WOW - i got down on my knees in awe to carefully pet those royal greens. Turns out - after pulling -  the radishes obviously did NOT like the sheepy energie loaded soil to much.

At least, the red roots didn't - the greens instead seemed to just LOVE it! Lush big bunches of radish greens...

I remembered a recipe from Lea Linster published in BRIGITTE magazine- which, by the way, i have been reading for the last thirtytwo (!) years- 10/2011 and quickly hurried home.... make radish greens soup! Here it is :

Wash and cut 2-3 bunches of radish greens. Heat a spoonful butter or Ghee and saute an cut up onion and a garlic glove. Add the greens and then 3 cups of broth or water. Simmer for 10 minutes and puree. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream.