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The Breakfast Bowl Diaries with Sofia Elizadle Duran

Mindful Living in Spirit & Action

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Sofia Elizalde Duran is on a spiritual journey. She has been forging a path fueled by a need to discover “who I am - what makes me be happy, feel at ease, calm and at peace with myself.” Arising out of an awareness of an extreme disconnect between her body and mind, she was pushed to take up this fundamental question and then explore the means and ways she could re-connect, re-make herself. Yoga is at the core of her journey. In the beginning it helped her get into her body and face her fears - “how true were the monsters in my head?” - then it grew into a daily practice that now underpins her entire physical and spiritual life. Acting fires up her curiosity and creativity, at the same time leading her to understand human conflicts and therefore herself. She is a teacher who struggles to be an example of what she believes.  “My faith is in goodness, in truth, in kindness. Everything is connected. Our actions matter so much.” Listen in to hear how she has built her spiritual life and to hear about the delicious breakfast bowl that begins her day!


Meet This Episode's Guest


 
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Check out Sofia's Blog:

www.ando-como-hormiguita.blogspot.com

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.

Sofia Elizalde Duran

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I am the average middle-class Chilena, who was fortunate enough to attend the one and only international school in Santiago, because my mother is a history teacher of that school. There, I fostered a deep passion for the English language and Theater. My upbringing, surrounded by international students (classmates & teachers), really allowed me to become the curious being that I am.  I am the eternal inquirer. I ask questions, I research, I explore, I experience. In retrospect, I believe that this is what drove me (has driven me) to the path of theater arts, dance, and yoga.

I attended theater school here in Chile.  It was not easy, it was not necessarily pleasant. I felt I was an alien: I was not Chilean, I was not American. I was a foreigner in my own country, I was (and will be) a foreigner wherever I went (go). I’m a third culture kid, woman. A breath of air came to my life when I was granted a scholarship to go to a Shakespeare Program in Oxford while I was on my third year of theater study. This made me want to come back, get my degree in Acting, and leave Chile.

I spent 3 years in New York City, getting a masters degree in Acting thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Chilean government.  Transformational years: the beginning of finding myself, the birth to new ground-breaking friendships, genesis to the heart of my life with yoga.

In a very curious way, life has thrown me some interesting curve balls-- I, who never in a million years thought I’d be coming back to Chile, now live in Chile. I, who once swore would never be a teacher, have become a teacher. I, who graduated from The International School Nido de Águilas happily thinking I was soaring to freedom, now teach theater and dance in this school.

Life is not work.  My biography does not begin and end with my doings, my accomplishments, and/or my whereabouts. I am a 33 year old woman who believes in beauty, who strives for light and health. I am a woman who has faith in kindness, compassion, and love.


Sofia's Breakfast Bowl

Sofia was kind enough to share the recipe for her breakfast bowl with us! She says it’s important to know that there is no "correct" way of constructing the bowl, and this is just a template of what you can begin try - and maybe later expand.  She recommends exploring with tastes, textures, and colors!

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple (2 big slices-- include the core!)
  • Cucumber (½)
  • Celery (2 sticks)
  • Kale (1 cup, chopped)
  • Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Sesame seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Activated Almonds  (To activate: soak almonds over night soaking in fresh purified water. In the morning, rinse before adding to meal).
  • Walnuts
  • Organic Raisins
  • Fresh Turmeric
  • Fresh Ginger
 
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Instructions:

  1. Chop the pineapple, cucumber, and celery in squares. Top with kale.

  2. Sprinkle with chia, flax, and sesame seeds.  

  3. Add almonds and walnuts.

  4. Sprinkle raisins.

  5. Grind (if you have fresh) turmeric and ginger. If not, organic turmeric and ginger powder works!

 

Enjoy!

Emerging From the Ashes of Loss: Living In Color with Anthoula Katsimatides

Anthoula shares her journey of transforming the grey ash of loss into colorful silk thread, strong enough to mend her wounds, helping her heart grow bigger and more loving. She speaks about how her losses have shaped the person she is now - an actor/writer of her own story, a humanitarian citizen of the world, a person who struggles with issues of trust, yet believes it is vital to give what you can every day - whether a smile, a kind word, even a poop bag! Her story inspires us with her brave commitment to her motto - “My HEART, in all caps, leads the way!”

 

Meet This Episode's Guest

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 Anthoula Katsimatides

Anthoula, a true artist at heart, was born and raised in Astoria, Queens and is eagerly pursuing her acting career.

Anthoula has played parts in films such as “Taking Woodstock” (directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee) and “The Family” (starring Robert Deniro & Michelle Pfeifer, directed by Luc Besson).  Anthoula can be seen in the Fall working opposite Jane Fonda in the Netflix film "Our Souls at Night”. Anthoula made her off-Broadway theatre debut in “Murder in The First” (59E59 Theater), and absolutely loves being on stage! She has developed her own one-woman show, called “What Will People Think?” and has her own radio show titled “Color Your Life” on Thursdays @7pm on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos 91.5FM.

Anthoula is involved in many charitable endeavors. Specifically, she is proud of the JaM Foundation for Life, created in memory of her loving brothers, John and Michael. (www.Jamfoundation.org). She is also a major supporter of the Samaritans in NYC (www.smaritansnyc.org), and was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the board of directors of The National September 11th Memorial & Museum (www.911memorial.org).

Anthoula also shared with us her favorite quote by Calvin Coolidge. She says that it keeps her going in all aspects of her life, both personal and professional.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved andalways will solve the problems of the human race."

For more, please visit www.anthoula.com and follow her on Twitter & Instagram @AnthoulaKats.