Travel-proofing your meditation is easier that you think. The motto is, "Do something at least every couple of days." This is enough to keep you going through travel time and to pick up your daily routine once back home.
Because of the "shut down" nature of the school calendar, it is easy for us to quickly engage in similar mental cessation at this time. In fact, many of our colleagues seek to completely shift out of teacher mode during the summer. In my humble view, this is a mistake.
Had a bad morning? Got into a fight? Anxious about the state of the world? Not to worry! Thanks to the some carefree cats and The Eagles, you can now enjoy the effects of what feels like an all-day spa treatment. All without ever having to leave your desk and in under two minutes.
Getting into the zone of quieting the mental chatter is the essence of mindfulness practice. Being ambitious and driven is necessary and beneficial for working toward life goals, but it's also crucial to shut off the overdrive and relax, in the interest of finding balance in life.
In the city, I can constantly learn. I can flex my brain, explore new streets, meet someone from a different country, and reinvent myself or my career. But when the city life gets to me -- the traffic, the commute, the congestion and the pace -- I need to drive down country roads on a summer night, with the windows open and the music at full volume.
Sitting on the beach and sipping margaritas may be more appealing to you right now than hitting the gym. Summertime often translates into weight gain,...
Our cultural ideas around vacation are all about relaxation as the opposite of work; as in, literally doing nothing. Coupled with that ideal is an expectation that you'll be perfectly relaxed from the word go -- that a chaise lounge has a magical ability to transform you.
Yes, it's a good idea to take a vacation off the grid this summer. Enjoy every single minute of it. And, once you get home, figure out a way to take some hops, every day, off the grid.
He stepped outside. He looked up at the top of a tree. He listened to a bird sing. He inhaled and, for the first time in a long time, heard and felt the intake of breath through his nose and the stream of air as it left his mouth.
As I age, I recognize how important daily periods of reflection and quiet are. Whether you refer to it as prayer, meditation, reflection, or other, it allows the rest necessary to rejuvenate and see other possibilities. It is one of many ingredients that help my inner garden thrive.
We live in a society where getting ahead is too often in direct proportion to the speed at which we operate. Yes, fast-paced is sometimes necessary. There will always be a deadline quickly approaching or an urgent matter that was completely unplanned for -- that's part of life.
This is the workaholic generation. We are proud of the countless hours that we put into our work. While I believe in producing excellent work, I am deeply conflicted about the lack of balance we have in our lives. You must have a time where you shut down your work and you take time to rest.
On Father's Day June 15, 2014, the world lost Casey Kasem. I identified with Casey because we were both music lovers, both short and both very friendly. But also, we were both committed to supporting cancer patients in need of help.
If God had just chilled for a little longer back then, all of our weekends could be a little longer now. But no; go-getter God was up and at 'em on Day Eight. No case of the Monday Mornings for the Almighty.
As soon as we pause and allow our frantic schedules to subside, the mind can begin to awaken to the deeper work of connecting to our heart. When we make time for meditation, yoga, daily practices or whatever connects us to the place of peace inside, true transformation can begin.
My challenge to you is put down your phone and relax! There is more to life than texting. Next time you see a close friend or family member of yours is celebrating a birthday -- send them a handwritten card in the mail, take them out for happy hour or just pick up the phone.