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BOBBI S. RUDIN, MA

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Mindfulness-Based
Holistic Health Coach & Writer

What does it mean to live mindfully? I was introduced to this idea over 15 years ago during a yoga and meditation training that I attended. Today, I continue to use and share the simple methods taught during that training. Mindfulness is a way of being present to what is happening in the moment, present to your thoughts, your mood, all of the sensations, and to that deeper connection, some call intuition and others God-connection. We start to know ourselves, trust ourselves and learn to make new choices with curiosity and insight as the process of life with all of its beauty and change unfolds.



 



 

 


 


"Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul."

From Naomi Rachel Remen, MD. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. New York: Riverhead Books; 1997.



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Words Can Heal

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I wrote the following poem after sitting in the Peace Chapel at Unity Village. Say it over and over slowly, out loud and silently, and it will bring you peace and presence.

Peace, Peace, Peace
Be Still

Wait, Wait, Wait
Until

(Take a calm, slow breath)

You hear the call

Be Still, Still Be, Be
Until 

(Take a calm, slow breath)

Every 'You and Me'
has gone


Wait, Wait, Wait
Until you see

One in All and All in One

Be Still, Still Be, Be

(Take a calm, slow breath)


Bobbi is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Writer and Poet who works with people who want more peace, health and well-being. Bobbi's mindfulness-based approaches and support in establishing self-care routines helps clients foster simple and optimal lifestyles for good health. Visit her health coaching website for more information or register for a free 30-minute health consult.

A Health Food that Blocks Evil

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I was at a lunch meeting, and I glanced over and saw a woman eating an interesting salad. I could not figure out what was in it, so I asked. The pretty chopped white strips that I thought might be jicama turned out to be fennel.

I immediately visited my pinterest site to do a search for fennel recipes and to find out how to prepare fennel. The first fennel site I found offered not only this information but also provided a brief history of fennel’s uses in cooking and spiritual protection. It seems that this bulb wards off evil. 

Modern day intelligence  tells us that fennel’s many nutritional benefits helps us to feel better, including better moods and less slumps (“evil spirits"). This information is I am sure true, but does not explain why fennel was placed at front doors to protect houses from evil. (Feel free to believe this practice can work or not.) 

Fennel is a Summer food growing June through September. I found a website that includes a recipe for a fennel and orange salad that I have not tried but plan to. Since tangerines are in season in Southern California, I plan to substitute these for the oranges. The salad looks like it would be delicious with a sprinkle of dried cranberries or currants as well. The recipe is included below with these suggested additions.

Bon Appetite!

Fennel and Orange Salad
* Adapted from original recipe posted by Ariana Mullins

Ingredients.

1 large or 2 small fresh bulbs of fennel
4 tangerines peeled, separated into slices
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T of fresh lemon juice (fresh orange juice will also work)
sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
1/4 C flat leaf parsley, chopped or
1-2 Tbs of dried cranberries or dried currants

What to do:
1.  Thinly slice the bulb of fennel, as high up as you can before you get to the fronds.  Slice horizontally across the bottom, so you’ll get little crescent shaped slices of fennel.  Put these on the serving dish. To see more about  how to cut fennel.
2.  Cut each tangerine slice in half and place with fennel on serving dish.
4.  Drizzle the olive oil over the top, apply the salt and pepper, and then squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over– this is your “dressing.”
5.  Top with the chopped parsley or dried currants or cranberries & serve.



When was the last time you had a person listen to you and support you in choosing a diet and lifestyle that honors your unique vision of health? Bobbi is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Writer and Poet who works with people who are looking to simplify their lives. Bobbi's mindfulness-based approaches and support in establishing self-care routines helps clients foster simple and optimal lifestyles for good health. Visit her health coaching website for more information or register for a free 30-minute health consult.