Is your mind is telling you that it’s time for a new chapter? Or maybe just a new beginning of a new day.
Motivate yourself to push past whatever is holding you back. And remember, every day holds infinite possibilities.
Why I’m Sharing
Let’s first start off with why I’m even writing this article to begin with. It probably seems a little out of left-field and is definitely part of my blogging niche. This year, the whirlwind of what is 2020, has been a very challenging one for our country. We were hit with an invisible enemy that has killed so many and completely turned all of our lives upside down. Now, we are facing another enemy, a much older disease – racism. We are all tired, we are all upset, we are all exhausted. It has been a long three months and the battles are a far cry from over (especially the latter). These circumstances are precisely why I’m sharing this post about meditation; it has been a wonderful tool for me during this emotional time and may be of some help to others also.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has some powerful benefits and many can attest to the positive boost it can bring to your life. It lowers stress levels, improves focus, allows us to connect better with our bodies, and fosters more kindness towards ourselves. You are essentially taking a few minutes to clear your chatter-filled mind and actually choose what you focus on – your breath. This practice of bringing your mind back to this one thought teaches us to remain in the present and sideline our distractions. I love the way the authors of mindful.org phrase meditation’s affect on the mind: “Training the mind through meditation is training in awareness, and training in awareness offers the potential to fundamentally transform your perspective on life.”
mmmnnnnnnnn self – care. it’s one of those words / phrases that’s around a lot more often than it used to be, isn’t it? we hear it from our yoga teachers, our breakfast cereal boxes, our favourite clothing brands, our milk (or other alternative) cartons, our bosses, maybe even the postman + now, especially right now, from the government….
…..but what does the term self-care mean to you? what do those two words really say to you + your lifestyle?
self-care + I have had a rocky road. in the past we’ve come together beautifully + we’ve parted disastrously. it’s been ups + downs. however i can say with confidence that now, for the last few years + experiences, we’ve crafted a committed, strong + sustainable bond together. one that involves learning + adapting as we go. it means checking in with myself daily to see how I feel + where I’m at that day. to notice + listen with love + care.
yours might look different + that’s good. it’s about trying things out, seeing what feels good + caring enough to stick with it.
first thing in the morning, last thing at night + throughout the day. i drink mostly cups of half hot, half cold water, this way our bodies organs are able to use it quicker.
I start my day with breathing exercises that help me breathe deeper.
Here’s one you can try right away: take a big breath in through your nose, fill up the lungs as much as you can right down till you feel your stomach expand, then sigh it out long through the mouth. do this three times.
this can vary + it’s good to listen to what feels nicest that day. it could be a gentle walk, some home yoga, easy stretching, a cardio work out or a run outside. maybe a dance to a fave song?mixing it up really helps to be excited about it