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Smell &Drink Greece: The Awarded Botanical Gin Created by the Graces of Three Women

Posted by moodhacker on July 9, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Grace Gin

Grace Gin is a unique handcrafted Distilled gin from Greece.



It is the result of the shared vision between three women, two second generation distillers and a spirited woman with extensive knowledge and experience in the drinks industry.

The uniqeness of the product lies in its rich aromatic character that comes from the botanicals used, a selection from Greek nature’s land and sea. The hand crafted aspect, emphasizes the process of the ingredients' selection and how the distiller blends them in order to achieve the recipe used, to flavour the neutral grain spirit.

 

 


The term “distilled gin” means it is 100% traditionally distilled in pot stills in combination with the finest perfume techniques.

The Three Graces have researched and experimented with recipes for more than a year to decide on the 13 different botanicals and the extraction processes to be used. They start with continuous distillation to flavor the base spirit with 8 botanicals: Juniper berries, angelica root, orris, lemon and orange peels, cardamom, coriander and cassia bark.

 

 

Then carefully selecting only the “heart” of the distillation, and using a vapor-infused method, also used for essence oils production.

 

 

In addition to the base botanicals, schinos, myrtle leaves and orange blossom from Evia, have been added, and are perfectly combined with critamos (from Crete) and pink pepper. In order to enhance the final distillate’s aromas, the distiller has applied a smooth, light filtering method.

 

Grace gin has an ABV of 45,7%. On the nose it is juniper driven. At the same time this fresh-pine aroma combines perfectly with the presence of critamos and schinos. The pink pepper and cassia flavor are in the background while myrtle hints enhance this complex aromatic profile.

 

 

The palate is interestingly oily and robust. Both juniper and critamos are immediately to the fore, making a perfect match with the spicy character from coriander, pink pepper and cassia bark. There are underlying hints of an intense freshness with earthy elements.

 

 

Available in Greece and exported to England, Germany and Cyprus.




Grace Afternoon

40ml Grace Gin

10ml Amaro di Angostura liqueur

100ml lemonade

Glass: Collins

Mathod: Built

Garnish: Mint Spring

 


Grace & Tonic

40ml Grace Gin

10ml Amaro di Angostura liqueur

100ml lemonade

Glass: Collins

Mathod: Built

Garnish: Mint Spring

 


GRApCE

45ml Grace Gin

45ml Dolin Dry Vermouth

3 Dashes Fee Brothers Cherry bitters

Glass: Martini

Method:Stirred

Garnish : 2 maraschino cherries



4th annual "Beyond Borders" International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo, late Augaust

Posted by moodhacker on June 24, 2019 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)





The fourth annual “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo will take place from August 25 to September 1, 2019 on the idyllic Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean.


The Festival’s theme this year is “Bring people to Castellorizo and transport Castellorizo to the world!”


The competitive section of the festival will once again include a selection of Greek and foreign documentary films which were made to the highest artistic standards.


Historical and sociopolitical documentaries will compete for awards in the genres of ”Best History Documentary” and ”Best Social Documentary,” as well as for the ”Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship.”


The Beyond Borders festival will be a meetingplace for some of the top creators of historical and sociopolitical documentary films as well as figures from the sphere of arts and letters from Greece and abroad.


Among the films competing for prizes are “The Greek of the Russian Empire” from Russia, the film ”HAMAD,” a co-production of Sweden, Norway and Germany; “A Woman Captured” (Hungary); “Our Territory” (Belgium and Italy); “Time to Leave” (Turkey); “To the Living, Fatherland and Deep Roots” (France); “Hugo Blanco: Deep River” (Peru), and others.


The University of New York will be the honored institution and BBC Four the honored media for this year’s edition of the festival.


Source: AMNA

photo: rodosnews.gr

The Greek Super Food that's Figs, since ancient times

Posted by moodhacker on June 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)




In Ancient Greek times, figs were an essential part of the everyday diet, and were enjoyed along with other fruits such as apples and reportedly used as a substitute for bread, scholars of the Ancient Greek lifestyle report .

Greek islanders would press the figs to change the texture and make figs stodgier. Meanwhile, fig leaves were used to wrap around fish, according to archaeology findings .

 

Figs were widely known in the greater area of Mediterranean since the ancient times; thought to have been first cultivated in Egypt and then spread to Crete and Ancient Greece.


The fruits were considered so valuable that it was illegal to export them.


Figs by the Ancient Greek "Consume Greek' ideology 

 

Bread, Wine and Olive Oil, were primarily the three fundamentals were the most important ingredients for the Ancient Greek:  This was part of the dietary model or what we can call food ideology. For the Greeks these foods represented frugality and the simple life along with honey and figs.

It is thought that this represented loyalty to their country since these fundamental foods were produced in Greece and therefore it was not necessary to import rare luxury type foods, they were happy with their own. It also is thought that it had to do with areas that should be conquered; anywhere that olives and vines grew should be conquered and be Greek.


(by https://www.slideshare.net/christinakas/superfoods-in-ancient-greece)

Nowadays one of the  largest producers of figs worldwide is Greece.


The fruits are rich in calcium, potassium (a mineral that helps to control high blood pressure), dietary fibre (positive effect on weight management) and manganese (known for its cardiovascular effects).


It is among the richest in fibre fruits, protective against post-menopausal breast cancer and their leaves have insulin lowering properties.


Dried figs can be enjoyed throughout the year and stay fresh for several months. They are best kept in room temperature in a cool and dry place wrapped well.


If you wish to revive them, soak them in boiling water or lightly steam them.


They’re wonderful when chopped, mixed with other dried fruits, nuts and spices, added to tea-breads and cakes or stewed, flavoured with anise and fennel


Benefits of both fresh & dried figs

Figs have a similar function in the body as cereal; their high fibre content promotes healthy bowel function and their high vitamin B content is essential for intestinal regulation.


  • The mineral content of figs closely resembles that of human milk and gram for gram they contain twice as much calcium as cows milk.
  • Dried figs are rich in fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.
  • They are a good source of potassium which is important in helping to regulate blood pressure.
  • The soluble fibre, called pectin, in figs may help reduce blood cholesterol.
  • Figs are loaded in vitamins A, B1 and B2 as well as phosphorus, manganese, sodium and chlorine;
  • Due to the high levels of fibre. Figs are amongst the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in balancing the pH levels of the body.
  • They are high in natural and simple sugars and are a good alternative to sugar.


Tips for adding Figs to your Diet


  • Keep dried figs in your handbag and have them as a healthy energy snack whenever needed.
  • For extra flavour and nutrients, stuff them with nuts and drizzle with a little raw honey.
  • Add figs either dry or fresh to oatmeal or cereal.
  • Add chopped figs to salads or savoury dishes.
  • Just pick some straight off a fig tree and eat all if it, including the skin!







sources :theculturetrip.com,.greece10best.com, greekcitytimes.com, www.olivetomato.com/food-and-eating-ancient-greece-vs-modern-greece/

Mr.Bean enjoying Crete

Posted by moodhacker on June 18, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Famous English actor, comedian, and screenwriter Rowan Atkinson, otherwise known as ‘Mr Bean’ has made Greece his first summer getaway for 2019, visiting Crete, the country’s largest island and one of the most popular destinations over the warmer months.


According to Ekriti.gr, Mr Bean checked into a hotel at Elounda Bay, which is a small town in Agios Nikolaos, boasting a spectacular coastline, private beaches, archaeological sites and is also close to the rocky islet of Spinalonga.


The acclaimed actor loves the Aegean Sea and Greek culture and in previous visits to the country, he has explored the islands of Ithaca, Kefalonia and also owns a cottage in Andros, where he likes to unwind.


Although Atkinson prefers to stay under the radar, Mr Bean’s presence never goes unnoticed when he reaches the Mediterranean.


source, photo Best of Greece

Maria Menounos and husband sailing the Aegean, enjoying Crete

Posted by moodhacker on June 18, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)




Greek-American TV personality Maria Menounos and her husband Kevin Undergaro s having a great time on Crete where they came on the occasion of a wedding of a close friend.

The couple is staying at Villa Octo, located on a bay overlooking the city, at a newly designed, eco-friendly villa located near Heraklion, the capital of the island.


“Had an amazing time visiting the beautiful island of Crete. Best move ever was renting a car so we could explore as much of it as possible!” she gushed.






Maria Menounos  posted her joyful moments of relax at the island of Crete and sailing on the Aegean Sea to her  million Instagram followers stating that she came "to love the island" at the early summer days  .

The spring time stay on the island has been “magical from start to finish,” Maria and her husband said to the local media . .



Cayaks cross the Aegean from Sounio to Santorini against Sea Pollution

Posted by moodhacker on June 18, 2019 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)




Eight days, ten islands, 160 nautical miles and one message: We love life-We protect the sea.


With this slogan Angelos Christofidis, founder and rower of South Evian Gulf team and the volunteer rower Constantinos Diliakos will attempt to cross the Aegean Sea with their kayaks, ANA reports.

This year's rowing endeavor will start from Cape Sounio and will conclude at Santorini..The two rowers will try to cross the southern Aegean through the west Cyclades islands complex as they will follow the itinerary Sounio-Kea-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Kimolos-Polyaigos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios and finally the island of Santorini.

"It is a cry of agony for the future of the Aegean, of the Mediterranean and of the seas all around the world" Christofidis noted

It is the 9th consecutive major expedition of the specific team and this time the wager is 8-10 rowing every day with aim to attract the public awareness.



Greece 10th most welcoming place in the world

Posted by moodhacker on June 6, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


photo Ikaria, Lagada Feast, August 2018 , alithinesgynaikes.gr


It comes as no surprise that Greece the country that first teached Hospitality to the world, and worshipped a god of Philoxenia Xenios Zeus, is awarded as one of the most welcoming places globally, according to a report recently released by Booking.com for its 2018 Guest Review Awards.


Booking.com is one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms. 

In its seventh edition, the annual awards honours a total of 759,845 properties across 219 countries and territories.

 

Based on the properties receiving an award in 2018, for 1st time ever Booking.com revealed the most welcoming places according to customer reviews.


With the highest percentages of total eligible properties winning awards, the most welcoming countries are


  • Austria,
  • Czech Republic,
  • Poland,
  • New Zealand,
  • Taiwan,
  • Romania,
  • Hungary,
  • Ireland,
  • Serbia,
  • and Greece.


In the tourism word,  Greeks are since always known for their ‘filoxenia’, generosity and warmth towards people of all ages, which has made   Greece over the years one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.



photo: Neakriti website, Crete March 2015 welcome event to Chinese vacationers by the Region of Crete :

Zeus Xenios and Greek Philoxenia

Posted by moodhacker on May 22, 2019 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Greek word Philoxenia, literally translated as a “friend to a stranger”, is widely perceived to be synonymous to hospitality.


For Greeks it is much deeper than that. It is an unspoken cultural law that shows generosity and courtesy to strangers.


Greeks are enormously generous when inviting others to their home, or being invited themselves.

In villages, it is not uncommon for villagers to show up at the door of a resident foreigner (or even a temporary visitor renting a room) with a sack full of fresh tomatoes, or even a bottle of local olive oil.


Philoxenia today can be as simple as a smile, helping a stranded motorist, buying a meal for a homeless person, or opening your home to friends and family.


Zeus Xenios


This cultural law has its origins in Ancient Greece. The Greek god Zeus is sometimes called Zeus Xenios — as he was also a protector of travelers. He thus embodied the religious obligation to be hospitable to travelers.

The beautiful story written by the Roman poet Ovid in 8 A.D of Zeus and Hermes disguised as poor travelers, narrates the sacred relation between host and guest, embodying the ancient Greek tradition.


The two ancient Gods, the story goes, visited many villages in search of refuge for the night. A poor elderly couple — Baucis and Philemon welcomed them as guests in their home and generously served them food and wine.


After refilling her guests’ cups many times over, Baucis noticed that the wine jug was still full. Philemon then realized the visitors were actually gods and she offered to kill their only goose to feed them. Touched by this gesture, Zeus rewarded their generosity by transforming the humble cottage into a beautiful stone temple.


Zeus also granted the couple their ultimate wish: to be the guardians of the temple, die at the same time, and stay together for eternity as they were turned into trees, guarding each side of the temple’s door.





Trojan War


According to legend, even an event as momentous as the Trojan War began because of a guest’s violation of xenia. The Trojan prince Paris was a guest of King Menelaus of Sparta when he abducted Menelaus’ wife, Helen.

Both the Odyssey and the Iliad are filled with episodes in which xenia is either honored or ignored and the subsequent consequences are notable. For instance, when Odysseus sails to the island of the cyclops, the monster’s treatment of Odysseus and his sailors is a violation of the custom of xenia. The cyclops is punished for the transgression. Odysseus blinds his “host” and escapes. The cyclops episode depicts an abuse of xenia.

In another story, Odysseus’ wife Penelope is forced by custom to entertain an entire household of suitors. The guests not only make unreasonable, burdensome requests that were impolite for guests but they do so with the assumption the host himself is no longer alive. The conclusion of the poem involves Odysseus’s slaughter of the suitors. This violent ending can be seen as retribution for an egregious abuse of xenia, or conversely, a violation of its very precepts.



Reasons for philoxenia

The Greeks believed the gods wanted them to show hospitality to anyone who showed up at their homes. nother possible explanation for the amount of hospitality shown is that It was also believed that turning away someone and not providing them this hospitality would result in some form of punishment from the gods.

There are many possible reasons why hospitality was more prevalent in those times.


Traveling in Homer’s time was much more extensive and lengthier than in modern times. Because of this, many more nights were spent away from home in many different locations. Also, there were not hotels or inns where travelers could pay and stay the night.


Because of this, travelers had to rely on the hospitality of others for shelter, food, and protection. There was, however, some payment for this hospitality in the form of a gift exchange.


Another possible reason for this hospitality was the fact that there were not nations that would allow travelers to enter their territory safely. Without such hospitality, strangers could be captured or even killed for entering a foreign land.

 

Finally, hospitality could have been used to spread ones name and bring them a sense of fame if they provided a high standard of hospitality to strangers. It also could have been a way to show how wealthy one was.


Mastic and Mood

Posted by moodhacker on May 22, 2019 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Chios mastiha has been well known ever since antiquity, for its medicinal and pharmaceutical properties.

But what about mood elevation levels , and the mastica's contribution to Greek kefi ? 

Mastica of Chios is a unique in Greece  spice element incoroporated in the Greek daily life in many aspects . It is used in cooking and also cosnumed strait as a gum or as ypovrichio  

 


Nowadays, it has been gradually revealed by the scientific community, (through accurate and scientifically acceptable methods based on laboratory research and clinical studies carried out by independent researchers in Greece and abroad,) that natural Chios mastiha is gifted with unique beneficial and therapeutic properties, thus confirming what has been historically recorded over the past.

 

Scientific evidence has confirmed Mastiha’s beneficial action against disorders of the peptic system, its contribution to oral hygiene, its significant antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action, as well as the fact that it constitutes a natural antioxidant agent. In addition to that, Chios mastiha contributes to wound healing and skin regeneration.

 

Important research studies regarding Chios mastiha’s medicinal and pharmaceutical action have been published  in international scientific journals.

 




Mastiha’s action in terms of prevention and treatment of peptic system diseases

The results of recent scientific studies related to mastiha’s therapeutic action with regard to disorders of the peptic system are especially worth-mentioning.

 

Ever since antiquity, it had been known that Chios mastiha had a strong positive effect in stomach comfort, e.g. relieving from gastrointestinal disorders, dyspepsia, gastralgia (stomach ache), peptic ulcers, etc.

 

In our times, scientific, laboratory but also clinical studies have confirmed the aforementioned significant action of Chios mastiha. The first research efforts were carried out in university foundations and clinics of the Arab world, areas where the use of Chios mastiha was and still is widespread even in practical medicine concoctions.




The association between peptic ulcer diseases and mental health problems

According to a recent study conducted by the Division of Chronic Disease Surveillance, a division of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Psychological problems, such as severe stress, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and psychological counseling, were associated with PUD prevalence.

Among the 14,266 participants over 19-years old, 813 participants (5.6%) had PUD. Compared to the non-PUD group (n = 13,453), the PUD group had a significantly higher percentage of males, current smokers, and heavy drinkers, lower education status, lower income, and greater presence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and mental health problems, including severe stress, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and psychological counseling history. After adjustment for lifestyle and medical and environmental factors, mental health problems were found to be associated with a significantly higher risk for PUD.

 


(Previous studies found that there was a relationship between PUD and psychological problems; however, this study specifically identified significant association between PUD and mental health problems including severe stress, depressive mood, and suicidal ideation, and further clarified that an increased number of mental health problems in a subject were significantly associated with prevalence of PUD)




Other Mastic Properties 

 


 

Chios Mastiha as a protective agent against atherosclerosis

 

Nowadays, there has been an intense scientific interest regarding the use of natural antioxidant agents as protective means against the atherosclerosis disease. Because of their composition, these substances offer protection against the formation of atheromatous plaques, thus preventing the risk of atherosclerosis and heart diseases. The presence of phenolic molecules, triterpenic compounds as well as phytosterols among Chios mastiha’s components is particularly important because of their action against the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and that is a significant evidence for its potential antioxidant effect. Research activity in that field is still in an experimental stage. In any case, the results that have been published up to now are particularly encouraging and indicate a strong possibility of using mastiha as a natural antioxidant agent.

 


Chios Mastiha in relation to oral hygiene and dental research

 

Scientific studies have proved that chewing Chios mastiha is very helpful for gum exercise, along with all its relevant beneficial effects in dental health. It has been further confirmed that Chios mastiha, unlike ordinary chewing gums, induces greater salivation due to its particular taste and its relative hardness, something that gives a greater feel of mouth freshness and cleanness, while it has been also proved to be relieving for people suffering from dry mouth, a disorder especially common among elderly persons.

 

In addition, researchers have carried out numerous scientific and clinical studies regarding mastiha’s and Chios mastiha chewing gum’s action in decreasing microbial plaque formation and eliminating bacterial growth inside the oral cavity.

 

 

 


Antimicrobial action of Chios Mastiha essential oil

 

Significant research activity has been carried out regarding the antimicrobial action of mastiha’s essential oil – mastiha oil. Researchers have studied in particular that when mastiha oil, Chios mastiha essential oil, has been incorporated in the growth medium, it can delay the growth rate but also eliminate microbes, bacteria and pathogenic microorganisms.

 

The results of such studies confirm the important antimicrobial and antifungal action of mastiha oil, thus encouraging its further usage as a component of pharmaceutical and other protection and care products.

 




https://www.gummastic.gr/en/chiosmastiha/properties

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5572011/


fish and olive oil to being happier

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Study among older Greeks links fish and olive oil to being happier


Published by vitalchoice.com/article/fish-and-olive-oil-linked-to-better-mood

by Craig Weatherby

 

Two years ago, we reported the conclusions of an expert panel of the American Psychiatric Association, which concluded that omega-3s from fish are capable of reducing depression risks.

 

(See “Top Psych Panel Says Omega-3s Deter Depression, Biploar Disorder.”;)

 

Now, Greek researchers have reported the results of two population studies… one that links fish to better mood, and one that does the same for olive oil.

 

Fish may fuel better mood

The first study involved people living in various Greek islands and in Cyprus (Bountziouka V et al. 2009).

 

They recruited 1,190 men and women aged over 65, and gathered data on the participants' diets, lifestyles, and personal characteristics.

 

The Greek team then administered a psychological tests designed to detect depression, called the validated Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS).

People who had the healthiest GDS scores were more educated and physically active, but they also reported higher fish consumption than their sadder peers.

 

Importantly, the study detected a “dose-response” effect that strengthens the association between eating more fish and being less prone to depression.

 

After adjusting for various factors associated with depression, their analysis showed that each extra portion of fish a participant reported eating per week further lowered their chances of having a GDS score above the “clinical threshold” that indicates depression.

 

As the Greek team concluded, “These findings may assist public health policy makers in better preventing emotional disorders among the elderly by promoting healthier eating habits” (Bountziouka V et al. 2009).

 

Olive oil may help mood… other vegetable oils may harm it

Several studies have linked the standard American diet's imbalance between omega-6 (too many) and omega-3 fats (too few) to increased risk of depression.

 

Now a study from the Athens area of Greece suggests that diets high in olive oil may boost mood, while diets high in omega-6-rich vegetables oils may promote depression (Kyrozis A et al. 2009).

 

Researchers from the University of Athens Medical School recruited 610 healthy men and women aged 60 years or older and gathered data on the participants' diets, lifestyles, and personal characteristics.

 

Six to 13 years later, their mood was evaluated using the same GDS test used in the fish study.

 

Their analysis showed that people who consumed more olive oil had healthier GDS scores, while people who consumed lots of cheap “seed oils”—that is, corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and cottonseed oils—had worse scores.

 

To be precise, the link was between monounsaturated fats and mood. And olive oil—specifically extra virgin grade oil—was by far the main source of monounsaturated fats in the diets of the participants who had the highest intakes.

 

As they wrote, “We conclude that… lower intake of [omega-6-rich] seed oils and higher intake of olive oil… predict a healthier affective [mood] state” (Kyrozis A et al. 2009).

 

We take their results as positive affirmation that extra virgin olive oil helps make people feel good!

 

In contrast to the study described above, the researchers found no association between higher fish intake and reduced depression risk.

 

Given the many studies that link higher fish intake to better mood—including the study summarized above—that result is a bit surprising, but not very significant.

 



Sources

Bountziouka V, Polychronopoulos E, Zeimbekis A, Papavenetiou E, Ladoukaki E, Papairakleous N, Gotsis E, Metallinos G, Lionis C, Panagiotakos D. Long-term fish intake is associated with less severe depressive symptoms among elderly men and women: the MEDIS (MEDiterranean ISlands Elderly) epidemiological study. J Aging Health. 2009 Sep;21(6):864-80. Epub 2009 Jul 8.

Kyrozis A, Psaltopoulou T, Stathopoulos P, Trichopoulos D, Vassilopoulos D, Trichopoulou A. Dietary lipids and geriatric depression scale score among elders: the EPIC-Greece cohort. J Psychiatr Res. 2009 May;43(8):763-9. Epub 2008 Oct 25

KEFI , a tried and tested Greek wellbeing experience

Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)




By djphilthethrill.com/what-is-kefi/

Phil the Thrill is a Disk Jockey – DJ – who performs in Tarpon Springs – Clearwater – St. Petersburg – Sarasota


What is “κεφι”


A word well known to all Greeks; but it’s not a word, rather its a feeling, and all should know this.

I don’t know if you can fully explain the true meaning of a word that really can’t be written into words – but needs to be experienced!


So, what is kefi?

On the surface, when a Greek mentions the word, kefi, are they be referring to Joy? To Spirit? Passion? Happiness? Triumph? Excitement? Feeling good or even having fun? Just loving life?

Overall, you can see that kefi is simply a word for experiencing something. Something positive!


The real benefit of finding your kefi is finding it when times are not at the best. When things are going well, Everyone has kefi, but what do you do when things aren’t going so well and how do you get back to that kefi kind of place?



 Living A Life Full Of Kefi


Our lives are busy. Time rules us. We get 30 minutes for lunch, and if we are lucky a couple of weeks a year of vacation. Life is fast pace. In a sad reality time just passes by faster and faster. We all develop a feeling of looking at the world through a screen.

 

Stop. Relax. And find your Kefi!

 

Here are some tips on how to do this but at the end of the day, alter, change, remove, or add whatever makes you feel happy. That’s the point after all.

 

Let it go. Seriously, life doesn’t always play out. Sometimes you get a flat tire and other times an important meeting/date/event doesn’t go as planned. That is just the way the world works. The more you focus on something that didn’t work out, the longer you will feel down. When life doesn’t work out, you are in total control with respect to how you feel about it. Okay, so that promotion didn’t pan out, who cares. We have to learn to live and let live. Go with the flow.

 

Live in the moment. Zorba the Greek! Live in the present. Each second that passes we will never get back. Something that precious deserves your full attention. Following this step really works because the worrying stops, or slows down anyhow. We all know that probably 95% of the things we worry about never happen. For some reason, we tend to think of the worst possible scenario, simply because we read that one article or heard that one story. Look, there are anomalies for everything, but they hardly happen. Try it, it is a lot easier in theory I know. Set aside 10 minutes where you do something and only think about what you’re doing. Don’t even think about the 11th minute, just stay in the moment my friend.

 

Take Naps. Yeah, that’s right. Villages in Greece will more or less shut down for a few hours after lunch. Hey, who doesn’t get a little tired after lunch? So save about 15 minutes of your lunch hour and do nothing. Don’t eat. Don’t talk. Just sit and relax. Try not to think about anything for those 15 minutes. While it doesn’t fully take the place of a nap, it’s a start.

 

Dance to music by DJ Phil the Thrill! Dance doesn’t discriminate – it invites all. Get up and move your feet. Do it where no one can see you or do it where everybody can. Who cares if anyone does? There are many traditional Greek dances that every Greek knows and does. So get up…be free! Dance! Put on one of your favorite songs and just start moving. Who can stay sad or mad while dancing to their favorite song? Let it go!

 

Laugh with family and friends. Greeks are very big on gatherings. Try having a meal with a group once a week. It could be family, co-workers, neighbors, roommates, or anyone else you can have a good time with. Share some great Greek recipes with. Stop and live with. You get the picture.

 

If you do the steps above, does it becomes easier to find your kefi? To feel alive, happy, excited, joyous, etc., There will be times when you may feel a bit lost, that’s okay – just center yourself and rediscover your kefi!

 

 

Phil the Thrill is a Disk Jockey – DJ – who performs in Tarpon Springs – Clearwater – St. Petersburg – Sarasota


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