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Life: Rebooted, the Zen of letting go

Ok, ok, I’ve been really bad with blogging as of late, err, as of always. Anyway, I went to Greece (Mykonos) for my birthday, a most unexpected and wonderful trip! But the purpose of writing this isn’t to talk about the trip. While I was there, I was forced to live on minimal internet and disconnect from the world. This caused a great deal of anxiety at first, but I really didn’t have a choice in the matter.

(C) Joshua Plant 2010

Six days were spend doing nothing. NOTHING! I went on several adventures driving around the island because I love memorizing roads and new places (odd, I know…), save for that, I sat at the pool or beach and meditated for six days. When I was in England later that week, it hit me that I had an overwhelmingly strong sense of mental peace and contentment.

Upon returning to the US, it was clear to me that I had to stop everything. I had to relinquish all the bullshit I put myself through and let go of 99% of my projects. However, as soon as I let go of them, I was overwhelmed with a plethora of new ones–the difference being, I am enjoying these and have clearly stated my work/life limits.

Work aside: Without searching, I have been finding all these new blogs on the topic of Zen Buddhism and minimalist living. Then, I happened upon this book: The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life [http://bit.ly/c77GIr], it has been really interesting and helpful with clearing out the overabundance of bullshit in my life. Thankfully, when I moved to New York City several years ago, I threw everything I owned out and came with only the bare necessities.

I still own nothing, and have very little attachment to the few things I do own. So, I am at a crossroad as to what I do now… Do I leave New York? Do I stay? How do I move forward? I do not have any answers, but everyday I am trimming my emotional baggage and the attachment to things from my life.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

Today is a new day. Life: Rebooted

Passion Fruit Martini

Passion_Fruit_VodkatiniCloseCome with me and explore Pazza Notte. It is located just south of Central Park on 6th avenue and 56th street, you cannot miss it, just look for the “Happy Hour 2 for 1 ALL NIGHT” special sign. In the spirit of their happy hour, I ordered a passion fruit martini. I figured why not? I love passion fruit, I enjoy vodka, and it was strongly recommended by a friend.

The initial sip had a small bite to it, but nothing out of the ordinary for a vodka-based drink. The second sip was a rush of fruity, yet spicy, goodness! It had a really mellow feel and could easily be mistaken for candy. This is one drink you need to remind yourself that it is alcoholic or else you’ll wake up tomorrow with a “what did I do?” feeling.

I have yet to try the food, but I would highly recommend going and enjoying the open-air café ambiance while sipping (N.B. I said sipping!) on this fantastic cocktail. I will certainly be returning for another round. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Recipe:

Chill martini glass

In a shaker:

  • 1 shot citrus vodka (orange or mango)
  • 1 shot white cranberry juice
  • ½ shot Cointreau
  • Add ice and shake

Optional: garnish with passion fruit

Strain into martini glass and enjoy!