Do you have the presence of unconditional support for your projects and the challenges they bring? Do enjoy the value of a good listener who offers no comment or criticism but who is simply there for you?
I am exactly where I need to be at all times. My soul is on a learning line, and who am I to try to figure out why it is where it is right now? My job is not to attempt to answer that question but to remain present in the place I am.
A sun salutation is a sequence of yoga postures performed with each posture coordinated with a particular breath. When I need to "reset" my mood, nothing works better than doing a few "sun salutations.
For many of us, unuseful fight-or-flight or desire responses distract us or disrupt our attention -- or even affect our behavior -- numerous times throughout the day, during business meetings, lunch, while we're trying to fall asleep, or talk to a friend.
Acupuncture is usually portrayed as a blissful spa-like experience, so relaxing that it causes people to drift off into a peaceful, healing sleep. But not always, and many people have the most anxiety around the part when the needle-wielding acupuncturist leaves their side.
When you text or use email on your smartphone, laptop or iPad, are you breathing or do you hold your breath? Eighty percent of us seem to have "email apnea." Definition: Shallow breathing or breath holding while doing email, or while working or playing in front of a screen.
Remember that you do have time, every day, to relax and cultivate peace. Let your everyday activities prompt these calming practices, and your old patterns of stressful thinking will begin to change for the good.
When we count our breath, we count on our breath. We discover it is the ticket back to ourselves. The breath both coaches and coaxes us into self-reliance, not only for relaxation into sleeping states, but also for profound letting go in superlatively chaotic and awake states.
Breathing is an activity most of us don't think about, but there are many ways to breathe and we breathe differently in different situations. Breathing a certain way can assist us in how we relate to a situation, and therefore impact our wellness.
Every choice in life, whether it is about food, lifestyle or our friendships, is either life enhancing or life diminishing. Look at the situation or person and ask: "Is this diminishing or enhancing?" We've all got some dead wood to prune.
Essential to meditation, even for good health and peace of mind, is breath. If you think of your body and mind as an amazing, complex orchestra, everything working together as much as possible to produce the beautiful symphony of you, guess who would be the conductor?
It's supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." But if you're already juggling your time, finances, and energy, then the holidays can disrupt the delicate balancing act. Weave these simple practices into your season and you'll go from "hum bug" to "ho ho ho" in no time.