The Power of Mindfulness – Build Your Brain

So today on this longest day of the year – just for the next 30 minutes – commit to Mindfulness. Just to see what happens. Just to notice if something is different in your regular routine after you try it. Just get curious. Just see…

This isn’t about a new age-y trip or about religion or yoga. This is actually about building your brain circuits. So why not try it out. See what happens in your brain when you become mindful for a short time. Just notice, see what is different than before. Maybe nothing … but I’ll bet something shifts for you.

This isn’t about a new age-y trip or about religion or yoga. This is actually about building your brain circuits. So why not try it out. See what happens in your brain when you become mindful for a short time. Just notice, see what is different than before. Maybe nothing … but I’ll bet something shifts for you.

Begin by noticing how your body feels, your posture, your hands, fingers, feet, and toes. How are you breathing? How are you holding yourself. Make a commitment to return to noticing as needed.

Then allow yourself to become immersed in whatever project you are doing. Turn off music, put away any distractions, tell your co-worker to be quiet (nicely). Allow yourself to connect with each detail of your project. What are the colors? Textures? Sights? Smells? Sounds? of what you are doing.

Finally, each time you find you are thinking about the future or the past note it as thinking and allow those thoughts to move through and out. If it helps you can tell yourself you won’t forget anything important that needs your attention – but for now you are focused on this project and will come back to those important thoughts once you are finished here.

No judgement – this is a practice for a reason. It’s not easy. So just give it a whirl and notice how it impacts your day. Commit to yourself for just 30 mins – Go On, Give it a try.

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5 Steps To Creating Your Own Time

 

woman jogging

I’m back on-line after a computer fix and a vacation. As I was thinking about this unexpected break earlier today I contemplated the beauty of finding our own time rhythm. Rather than being a slave to another person’s time needs what if you followed your own? Now, I would bet you are thinking no way – it can’t happen. But think about these 5 steps and see what comes up.

1) What is your natural rhythm? Are you an early bird or a night owl?
2) If given the opportunity when would you schedule work, household chores, leisure time, and exercise?
3) Do you prefer fast or slow pace to your day?
4) Can you be realistic about what you pack into your day? i.e. Many of us put as much as we can on our to do list but never get it done.
5) Are you willing to delegate and let some things go?

Think about the above ideas and see what comes up for you. For many of us we have been conditioned to think that frantically busy means we are important, taking care of everyone else’s needs first means we are not selfish, or we must produce to be worth anything. I invite you to evaluate how you feel about those concepts, as well as, how you might be able to live more according to your natural rhythm. Begin today. Enjoy

Off Season Training With Mind Body Work

If you are shifting into a maintenance or off season phase of workouts. Its a great time to add in mind- body exercises. The body and brain may naturally be heading this direction as winter approaches so why fight it.

You can find very intense workouts or very light. Adding an element of mind-body will help you next season by preparing your mind activity now for more focus later. Also, as you continue to practice mind-body work the biofeedback loop becomes stronger. This is great for family picnics – where you may tend to usually overeat. Now the body sends the signal and you have been practicing listening. Not that you automatically won’t overeat this time, but the chance that it will be a conscious choice is greater and this is the key to long term weight loss.

Life is full of choices. Its how we make them that will determine our success or failure of weight loss. If you have the option to consciously choose your actions you have the power to decide if you’ll reach your goal! The idea of biofeedback is also great when training for events.

We have a tendency to do too much in our society. If you listen to the body it will tell you when to back off before injury lays you up for weeks. Many have trouble heeding the bodies advice, but the more you practice listening the more likely you’ll be to hear and honor what your body is telling you.

Which will keep you progressing in training, not laid up on the couch frustrated, mad, and guilty that you didn’t listen when “you knew better”.