Mindfulness

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This term has taken over my life and my philosophy of being. I heard it being bandied about by different people belonging to different segments of the society, before I fell ill. I didn’t give it much thought, just like I never really thought about physical therapy, acupuncture, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), etc. It was when I actually tried all these techniques, in conjunction with medical treatment, that I became a believer.

It means to accept, without judgement, that you are where you’re supposed to be right in this moment. You are aware of what you are, where you are, and what you have right now. It is 180 degrees opposite to taking things, situations or people for granted. You end up cherishing, relishing NOW. Your mind is free of clutter.

Since I am trying to start a normal life, I’ve taken this opportunity to reconstruct myself into a more aware human being. This is my chance. I’m decluttering, organizing, planning, making lists, following them, Filofaxing, making new habits and routines, tracking them, and dumping my mind on paper. I’ve successfully incorporated daily whole body stretching into my routine! It feels like a very significant achievement.

One of my quests has been preserving fresh herbs (until I grow my very own) until the supply ends. After multiple attempts, I’ve learnt a few things and they’re now saved in my Evernote app.

Let’s talk coriander/cilantro/hara dhanya, shall we? So I ended up buying and returning this expensive Prepara herb saver (image borrowed from Amazon).

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I was very disappointed because:

  1. My coriander bunch is huge.
  2. It was wilting even quicker than it would, if I’d do nothing.

Therefore after several weeks, this went back to where it came from.

I also tried generic tupperware with kitchen papers lined at the bottom and top, and that wasn’t bad at all. But I wanted more. So I got myself these Rubbermaid Produce Savers.

Success!

So now I buy a humongous bunch of fresh coriander from the Korean store with full confidence. At home I untie and pick out rotten leaves and stems. Then I lay each sprig in the box staggered, in all 4 corners, cover with a dry folded kitchen paper and store in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator. No, I don’t wash coriander before storing as that’s a recipe for disaster. I take out fresh sprigs whenever needed, and wash them right then. I’m mighty pleased to report that my mindful love and attention to fresh coriander has its dividends. It’s definitely lasting for 4 weeks, which is exactly when my supply tends to run out. If you’re still left with a large portion, mince it with dry roasted whole cumin seeds, salt, garlic clove and green chilies into a spicy green chutney (great condiment for kababs and tikka)!

By the way, my fresh mint has survived over 5 weeks, but the method is different. Next up!

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Happily (not for) ever after!