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National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red — and it’s not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease — starting TODAY — even if you’re new to the game!


10 Mindful Quotes to Get You Through the Holidays

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we’ve agonized over it.

My rational self knows the holidays aren’t about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn’t always stop me—or any of us—from stressing over them.

So, I’ve turned to what I often turn to when I need to focus—quotes—and compiled a list of 10 quotes that I believe will help each of us stay mindful during this holiday season. Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukah, or another holiday celebration, I hope these quotes can bring some peace to an otherwise worried mind.


Thanksgiving Meditation: Giving Thanks vs. Being Thankful

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

“Thanksgiving is, after all, a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron

This has always been one of my favorite holiday-related quotes. During Thanksgiving, we feel thankful for all we have…but do we actually give thanks for those blessings? Do we pay our blessings forward so that others might enjoy a little of what we have?

Tomorrow, many of us Americans will devour feasts fit for a king, but how will you actually give thanks?

Will you:

  • Pray for or meditate on your blessings?
  • Volunteer to help others less fortunate than you?
  • Donate to a local charity to help those in need?
  • Send a care package to a lonely overseas soldier?
  • Visit a hospital or nursing home to let others know they aren’t alone?
  • Spend some time with a shelter dog or cat?
  • Invite over a family who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal?
  • Sponsor a child in a less fortunate part of the country or world?

These are just a few ideas on how you can mindfully give thanks tomorrow –how YOU can turn “Thanksgiving” into an action word — rather than just feeling thankful.

Does your family have its own mindfulness giving thanks traditions? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!


Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.

Say that again, out loud.

Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.


Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

As I mentioned before, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into serious running lately.

I’ve had various conversations about this. Some people say, “Just get out there and do it.” Others say, “Just be patient; it’ll come back to you.”

Others still say, “Maybe you just don’t want to run anymore.”

However, the funniest conversation I had about running (or, not running) was with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about how great it feels after the run, but how we’re kind of literally cussing out the run while it’s happening!

I’m guessing I’ll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime I just keep trudging running along.

Isn’t that how it goes in life sometimes? You do things you think you want to do, and find out you don’t actually want to do them. Or, you don’t do things that, if you did do them, you’d actually enjoy?

What are some things YOU could stop doing that, by stopping, you’d actually gain some joy? On the other hand, what are some things you could START or KEEP doing that would keep the joy rolling in — even if you have to tough it out a little to get there?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence.


5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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The Summer Solstice not only is the first day of summer, but it’s also the longest day of the year. After the Summer Solstice, the days start to get “shorter” (i.e. the amount of daylight we have starts to dwindle little by little).

This year, the Summer Solstice falls on this day, Saturday, June 21, 2014, which is extremely convenient for those of us who want to celebrate!

I’ll be attending another 108 Sun Salutations event like I did back during the Spring Equinox, only, this year we’ll be outside at my city’s gorgeous park – weather permitting – so we can really salute the sun accompanied by live music and refreshments.

I can’t wait!

However, not everyone can get to a Sun Salutation event – or is even interested in yoga – so I thought it’d be nice to come up with some other fun, healthy ways you can ring in the summer months!


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.”


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…

…and why.


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?


 

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