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Let It Go (Completely).

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Each Monday, Tiffany posts a message that provides positive energy and tips for eating more mindfully. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas from the talks and classes that are a part of the Como Water Membership, and to further support those living the veg-centric lifestyle. To receive our Mindfulness Mondays posts, Become A Member today.

Let It Go (Completely).

Let it go (completely)” is almost like a sister to last week’s agreement– “it (really) ain’t that deep.”

You see, most situations are relatively neutral. They take on significance via the meaning we ascribe to them. And this meaning is a direct result of our own thoughts. So if we realize that most of the heft we assume in our life situations is actually a result of our own doing, then we’re also in the position to change those situations. Yes, you guessed it, starting with our thoughts. For me, the next logical step after contemplation is abandonment. That is, letting go of the negative issue or situation–completely.

Jack Kornfield wrote, “Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.” For me, this quote applies to more than just forgiveness. It applies to any negative feeling that we’re bearing. Negativity is toxic. It literally affects our health. It hurts us. Literally. So, why hold on? Even partially?

Well, there are many reasons we fail to let go. Pride is a big one. Habit is another reason. But lucky for us, every habit that we’ve learned, we can unlearn–with help, attention, and support, we can unlearn the habit of holding on to toxicity. No matter what that toxicity is–it could be resentment, anger, guilt, or negative self-talk. Whatever it is, we can let go. Not kind of. Not partially. But completely.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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