“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”
White Wine Sangria with Green Apple, Ginger & Mint
In the past few years, I’ve read a lot about yoga and mindfulness. Part of that area of study focuses specifically on toxic relationships, how to identify them and more importantly how to rid yourself of them. I can say without a moment’s hesitation that my life has improved dramatically since looking more honestly at how I interact with others.
But what about when the toxicity is coming from within?
A very important message I’ve also taken from my yoga practice is self acceptance and yet during stressful times it is not uncommon to be particularly hard on yourself. Do more… be more… do it better… faster… stronger… wait that’s a song isn’t it? My point is that although energy does in fact create energy, we still need breaks from time to time.
As many of you know, I’m in the middle of moving homes. As I’m sure you will all agree it is a stressful and very busy time… a very positive and happy time too, but busy to say the least. Between purging, organizing, packing (and yes that does involve a fair amount of bossing of a few… my daughter being the outstanding exception to this rule!), transplanting MUCH of my beloved garden to the new garden, continuing to devise recipes, photograph them and write not only here but also over at Village Living Magazine for both their print and online editions, I’m finding little time to take part in my usual daily yoga/meditation practice… and I’m getting a little cranky about that!
When a very dear friend texted the other day to ask if I needed any help with packing, I thanked her but asked that instead of helping me work, would she please come over and just spend a couple of hours hanging out in my garden (what’s left of it anyway!) affording me the excuse to have a much needed break from it all… it wasn’t meditation but relaxing and enjoying the company of another can be equally as restorative.
I made this very refreshing white wine sangria with green apple, ginger and mint for us. I gave myself permission to kick the nagging internal voice to GET.MORE.DONE to the curb and just chill out on a gorgeous spring afternoon.
Sigh! That feels better.
Enjoy & Namaste!
- White wine of choice... I happened to have a bottle of Chardonnay on hand... but then again I usually do 🙂
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into very thin slices
- Approximately 1 inch nob of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin slices.
- A few sprigs of fresh mint
- San Pellegrino, or other sparkling water
- Tons of ice
- Add the ice and fruit to a pitcher
- Add wine and sparkling water at about a 3:1 ratio... more or less as your taste (or plans later on) dictates
- Stir and pour into glasses, adding more mint as garnish.