Last weekend my family ventured onto the patio for some yard work - only to flee back inside with a thousand mosquitoes on their tail. Okay, maybe not a thousand but who is going to stop and count? They vowed to not go back out until the problem was solved. I usually keep up with my mosquito control but had let it lag because I never saw any!!! Well, that was because of what I have been using and goes to show how VERY effective it is when used consistently!
Now that we have an overview of mindfulness, we can take a deeper look at meditation...what it is, does, and a high end overview of some of the different types of meditation or dharanas. Does mindfulness or meditation come first and which is more important? There's not a perfect answer to this..let's just say that meditation can make you more mindful and incorporates elements of mindfulness and mindfulness is a kind of meditation.
If you have been watching or reading the news lately you have likely heard this phrase and much about how living more mindfully can benefit you, your circle and the world at large. But what does mindfulness mean and how does it differ from meditation? Many assume mindfulness IS meditation and while it can be similar in intent, the two are not exactly synonymous. In this and the next blog, we are going to dive deeper into these practices and why/how they can benefit the world and also look at how you can incorporate both mindfulness and meditation into your daily life.
Many people believe Restorative Yoga is for people who cannot practice a more active yoga style. Others believe it is only for those who are sick, recovering or in need of "extra" care and support. It is none of these things and all of these things. While Restorative Yoga is gentle enough for EVERYONE and can be used when sick and/or recovering, it serves a much deeper purpose - one that every single person needs.
I have been thinking about the concept of self-care a lot lately - perhaps because I feel maybe I haven't embraced it like I should. I admit, I have been pushing myself harder than usual, putting my needs and wants near the bottom of the list. Strangely, I am a huge advocate for self-care and taking the time to refill your cup but I find myself digging a little deeper to define this concept to integrate it into my daily life and routines - helping bring balance to an otherwise crazy world.
You wake up, hit the snooze button, roll over and stumble out of bed. You hit the coffee button to start the brew while you hurriedly take a shower and get ready. Then you drink a few cups of "wake me up" coffee, throw down a pop tart and off you go.
Does this sound familiar at all? Does your morning seem rushed and like you are on autopilot? Does your morning routine support you or is it just another thing to get through?
A healthy morning routine doesn't have to take tons of time or energy. What it does take is focus and mindfulness. Here are some additions to your morning routine that will bring your body and mind into a good place at the start of your day.
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