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  • S.T.O.P

    In the past few weeks in our Thursday evening Yoga & Mindfulness class, we have been exploring the STOP practice.  It is a powerful, yet surprisingly simple strategy to help you feel more focused, alert, relaxed, and more grounded in the moment. Simply put, it’s a four-step mental checklist to use anytime you want to slow down and reconnect with your creativity and calm, or to deepen your insight into whatever is going on. The whole idea behind it is that by taking a very brief break—even less than one minute—you can determine the very best action to take at the moment. …

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  • 5 Ways To Reduce Worrying

    Schedule “worry time” on your calendar…it may sound strange to create time in your day to worry.  But if you become disciplined with this practice, you can give your worries a space to be.  Then just like putting down the glass of water, once your worry time is up, you move on with the rest of your day.  When inevitably, those worried thoughts re-emerge later in the day, you can confidently not allow your mind to go there.  You have set aside time for worry and you can go there later.  Practice meditation… meditation isn’t about pushing worries away, clearing …

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  • Book Nook

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:  One Year of Seasonal Eating, by Barbara Kingsolver I love this book (just as I love most of Barbara Kingsolver’s books).  I love the commitment that she and her family made to a year of seasonal eating.  If you are interested in homesteading, growing your own food, cooking, and eating; she will inspire you just as she did to me.  (I’ve read this a few times!!)  The Hidden Life of Trees:  What They Feel, How They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben I think anyone who loves and spends time in nature knows that trees communicate.  I loved learning …

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  • The Healing Nature of Trees

    Japanese “forest bathing” is the science of nature to heal yourself, wherever you are. Science and research have finally proven something that mankind has known innately for centuries, that trees and nature have healing powers.  It has been discovered that trees release antimicrobial essential oils, called phytoncides.  These phytoncides protect the trees from germs and have a host of health benefits for people. The oils boost mood and immune system function; reduce blood pressure, heart rate, stress, anxiety, and confusion; improve sleep and creativity, and may even help fight cancer and depression. I think most of us that spend any amount of …

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  • The Importance of Emotional Endurance

    We all know the importance of physical fitness and how it impacts our health.  During the pandemic, most of us valued the importance of getting outside for simple walks and staying active.  When we are physically fit, we enjoy the ability to live, move and play with a level of freedom and endurance that feeds both the body and the mind.   This year we also saw an increase dialogue around mental health and we were encouraged to reach out and ask for help when needed.  When we are mentally fit, we are able to be in touch with ourselves, …

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  • Are You Languishing?

    I usually greet each of the students as they log into our zoom classes in the morning with the familiar greeting, “How are you?”.  What has been interesting over the course of this past year, is that it seems we are becoming more honest or revealing with our answers to this common greeting.  Most days, one of my students will reply “meh” to that question.  Meaning, “I’m alright.  I’m not great, but I am here, and for that I am fortunate.” Recently, I came across an interesting article in the NY Times and it has been circling around on social media the …

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  • How To Inspire Creativity

    Do you consider yourself a creative being? Or do you believe that you don’t have a creative bone in your body? Regardless of how you answer the questions above, every one of us requires creativity to exist in our daily lives.  (Some just live with a little flair more than others.)   😉 As students of mindfulness, we learn to lean into many of the same qualities that enhance a creative process in our daily lives.  Skills that generally support creativity are the ability to observe, intentionally acting with awareness and undivided attention, the ability to describe and relay ideas …

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  • How Does Your Morning Routine Shape Your Day?

    A morning routine is a set of actions that you curate usually before starting your day’s main activity.  The actions can be anything from drinking a coffee, brushing your teeth, reading your emails, or sitting for morning meditation. It is really not important what you choose to add to a morning routine, however, it is important to choose activities that fill you up and sets your day in a positive direction, which will lead you to enjoy more wins and to feel more motivated. Your morning habits are the secret to it all.  I chuckle to myself as I write this because I …

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  • How Is Your Squat? part III

    Why have I focused on squats so much this winter?   In my opinion, squatting should be a part of every person’s movement routine, young or old. The squat is more than just a yoga pose or leg exercise. It is a functional movement that can help with daily living and overall strength. It is easily modified and there are so many variations to add intensity or create more ease. An increase in our functional movement allows us to perform daily activities more easily and without injury. Squats are one of the best functional movements out there. They don’t require any …

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  • How Will You Move On?

    It’s been a year since the initial lockdowns and much has changed in the world.  But optimism seems to be on the horizon!  Lately, I have been thinking about how will we all move on?  I know that is a loaded question and one that I have been contemplating.  What is next?  Where do we go from here?  Here are a few questions that I have written down and that I am currently in the process of exploring for myself.  Let me know if they are helpful for you?   Questions to spark a fresh way forward…   How could …

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