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Learn to Let Go This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together.

Who’s going where?

Who’s cooking what?

Did we finally decide what to get Mom?

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!

Of course, deep down we know none of this really matters. The holidays are all about being together—not food or presents or even where we end up with one another.

Still, every now and then I feel like Ralphie getting his faced kicked in by Santa.


How to Stop Feeling Guilty Over Others’ Accomplishments

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others’ accomplishments?

Aren’t we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people’s success?

Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we’re NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too — especially if we feel there’s something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well…why aren’t we?

Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.


How My Late Father’s Death Helped Keep Me Alive

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
CC: Alicia Sparks

CC: Alicia Sparks

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s death, and I’m completely at peace with it.

Over the years I’ve heard so many people talk about how a part of them died when they lost a loved one. Hearing this makes me sad. A part of me did not die when I lost my father; if anything, a part of me came bursting to life. Everything he’d ever instilled in me came to a head and, at that point, it was up to me to use it or lose it.

I chose to use it.

I did not die with my dad, and frankly, he would have been pissed if I had.


Tattoos and Personality: What Does Your Body Art Say About You?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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I finally got a new tattoo last week.

I say “finally” because I’ve been planning this thing (or, at least, planning to get this thing) for a couple of years.

However, I shouldn’t say “got a new tattoo” because it’s actually a cover up.

What’s it covering?

The same thing: a set of sunflowers.


Family, Friends, Mentors: The Props That Support Your Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

What the…

If you’ve never seen anything like the woman to the left (or, been in her position), chances are you’re not familiar with restorative yoga.

Simply put, restorative yoga is a type of relaxing yoga that focuses on passive stretching and relies heavily on yoga props.

Yoga props, you say?

Remember when we talked about yoga pose modifications and how they apply to making life modifications?

Well, yoga props (like the bolsters you see under the lady’s knees) are great for making modifications to yoga poses, but they’re especially helpful for certain types of yoga, like restorative yoga.

Restorative yoga just loves props.


15 Ways to Nourish Your Mind and Body On Bad Weather Days

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

For some of us, it’s hard to get out of bed on these cold, dreary winter days…

…much less get out of the house!

Still, we have to take time to nourish our bodies and minds, weather (pun intended — I’m here all night!) the sun’s shining, the clouds are bursting, or — in most of the east coast’s case lately — snow is swirling all around us.

Because so many of us are used to nourishing our minds and bodies outdoors (walking our dogs, heading to the yoga studio, meditation walks in the park), taking care of our minds and bodies indoors might seem challenging.


Monthly Meditation: Keep On Keepin’ On

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

Remember when I said not everyone likes December?

Well, not everyone likes January, either. For many of us, it’s cold, dreary, and just plain BLAH.

However, for even more of us, January represents new beginnings and, depending on who you are, that’s either a GOOD or BAD thing.


How to Choose Your Mantra for 2014

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Last year, I talked about New Year’s resolutions and how changing your lifestyle is a process and not something you accomplish by January 3.

This year, I’d rather focus on intentions–more specifically, mantras.


The 2013 Your Body, Your Mind Round Up

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Thumb's up, buddy! CKTravelblog | CC

Thumb’s up, buddy!
CKTravelblog | CC

Some of you might remember Your Body, Your Mind went on hiatus near the beginning of 2013 and remained in radio silence until September.

During that time, we had a chance to flesh out some visions for the blog, and although we’ve only been live again for a few months, some of those visions seem to have given you some insight–or allowed you to offer us YOUR insight–too!


Last Minute Shopping? 5 Mind and Body Holiday Gift Ideas

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Greetings last minute holiday shoppers!

Well, I can only assume you’re shopping last minute, if you’re reading this post today :)

Don’t worry, I’ve put a few things off ’til the last minute, too.

(It’s been a rough season, to say the least.)

Fortunately, I’ve had time to come up with this list of mind and body gift ideas for your loved ones…

…or maybe for yourself!

(After all, who says you can’t treat yourself this season, too?)


 

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  • Alicia Sparks: Indeed they will! Cherish them forever!
  • Pam: Beautiful memories will always be with you!
  • Alicia Sparks: Thank you :) I hope it brought back happy memories for you.
  • Evanston Psychologist: Alicia, wonderful post, it was deep and moving. It made me think of my own father.
  • Alicia Sparks: Thank you, John, and thank you for taking the time to read it. I sincerely appreciate it. :)
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