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Clearing Out The Freezer


As an academic, May is a semester of transitions.  The school year becomes something of a memory, a blur that creeps into your dreams but no longer your days.  Returning hundreds of library books brings a breath of fresh air, the alarm clock no longer rings mere hours after you have fallen asleep, and the flooding river of emails into your inbox slows to a trickle.  May can be a glorious month.

But along with the end of the academic year also comes a difficult time of transition into the summer.  Most scholars, and nearly all art historians, travel during the summer to dig through archives, visit museums, and acquire precious language skills.  In just a few days, I'll be off on a plane and won't touch US soil for another three months.  So this week has been a mix of packing boxes, suitcases,  and a storage unit.

These very strange times of transition are also very difficult times to follow through on commitments and practices. I really wanted to move my body today, but I was busy with another type of moving.  I would have eaten more vegetables, and less sugar, but I was trying to clear out the cupboard, plus I was tired.  I wish I could recycle everything or donate items I don't want anymore, but there is just so much stuff to get through.  Like that.

Of course, staying committed and following through on these things that I normally do can only help get me through the tough transition.  It is still, somehow, hard to remember this.  Am I the only one?

Recipe to clean out the freezer and cupboards (and make you feel good)

1 c. frozen fruit of choice (I have peaches right now, so peaches it is)

1 c. soy milk (why do I have so much of this?!)

ΒΌ c. plain yogurt

Drizzle of honey

A few ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in your blender, and whir until delicious and frothy.

Feel free to throw in anything else that might taste good.  This morning I discovered some bee pollen in the freezer, so that went in.  Some wilting greens would add some vitamins.  Juice if you'd like it fruitier and sweeter.  Etc., etc.  You get the point! 


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Transitions and travel can be hard, especially on our yoga time. But a few years ago, I trained myself to follow my own practice at home (wherever home was during conferences, off-site meetings and holiday travels). I think yoga is the perfect away exercise: it centers you no matter where you are, and can be down virtually anywhere. Good luck with your upcoming travels and adventures!


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