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Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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This Friday, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July here in America. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, marks our country’s independence from Great Britain (or, the United Kingdom) back on July 4, 1776.

Imagine that! An entire country celebrating its independence from an entire other country. Wow!

Of course, it didn’t happen overnight. The United States of America fought hard for its freedom from England.

These days, we celebrate all that hard fighting and winning with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and other merriment.

If you live here in America, you enjoy that freedom — generally. That doesn’t mean you don’t suffer from other sorts of enslavement or dependence. Maybe it’s upon another person, an addiction, or a mental illness. Maybe it’s anxiety or depression, or financial insecurities.

We can be dependent upon so many things.

Spend some time this month and meditate on your dependence on — or independence from — things in your life, and then let us know, readers, what are YOU dependent on? What can YOU do to declare you independence? Or, what have you ALREADY DONE that could possibly help others?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves.


Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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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.

June kicks off summer vacation and for many of us, that means a trip (or several, depending on where you live!) to the beach.

Ah, the beach. Most of us associate it with relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even some recreation — like surfing.

Author Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Wait, why would we want to stop the waves? Aren’t the part of the fun?


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Monthly Meditation: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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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.

First, let me start by saying Happy May, sweet readers! I know some of you (especially those on the east coast here in the States) experienced a pretty harsh and unpredictable winter, so let’s rejoice in the warmth and sunshine (I hope) May brings.

Actually, that brings me to the second thing I want to say — or ask, really — which is the point of this month’s Monthly Meditation.

Will May bring warmth and sunshine?


Monthly Meditation: Fools Whether We Dance Or Not

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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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.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

It’s likely that someone, somewhere, is going to try to make you feel like a fool today.

That’s what April Fool’s Day is all about, after all.

However, it’s (usually) all in good fun. They play a prank or tell a fib and laugh and laugh after admitting the truth.

If they’re lucky, sometimes you laugh, too ;)

Yet, for many of us, we don’t need April Fool’s Day jokes to feel like fools. Actually, we don’t need anything other than new or everyday activities — or even the thought of new or everyday activities — to make us feel like fools.


Monthly Meditation: Spring as a Time of Transition

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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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.

We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief: March 20, 2014 marks the official first day of spring.

However, it’s likely the weather won’t suddenly turn hot; nor will the cold continue to cut at us. There’ll still be little reminders of the ice and snow we’ve (almost) left behind, but there’ll also be a lot more help from the sun.

I’ve always viewed spring as a transitional season. It’s no longer winter, but it’s not quite summer. The holiday season is over, but we’re not ready for vacations. All manner of flora and fauna begin to bud and awaken, but still it takes some of us a little while to really get the party started.

This rings true for certain transitional periods in our lives, doesn’t it? That summer between high school and college; that week or two between college and your first real job. The time between an engagement and a marriage, a pregnancy and a delivery, an illness and a death. Our lives are full of transitional periods, where — like Dickens alludes — you might see one around the corner, but you can still feel the other just behind your shoulder.

Think of a time when a transitional period played a huge role in your life. Was it job related? School? Romance? Were you trying to reinvent yourself?

How did you deal with the transition? Were you accepting and maybe even eager, or was it something you weren’t looking forward to (and maybe still regret)?

Share your story of a transitional time in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Looking Outward With Love.


Monthly Meditation: Looking Outward With Love

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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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.

Ah, February. Roses. Chocolates. Diamonds.

Proposals or weddings. Sometimes.

Not only does February bring with it one month closer to spring (THANK YOU JESUS), but also…

…Valentine’s Day.


Entrepreneurs and Meditation: Using Meditation in Your Business

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Want to start your day with more focus, clarity, and determination?

Sure you do. We all do.

But, what if you’re an entrepreneur and the success of your business depends on these traits?

What if your livelihood depends on them?

Why not try meditation?


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

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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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.


 

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