Kindness and Appreciation: One of the greatest gifts you can give another is to express appreciation for them. People love to feel valued, appreciated, and loved. So as you give thanks this holiday season, make sure to express appreciation to people in your life. Tell your friends and family one or two specific things you really love about them.
And bonus points for expressing appreciation to a stranger or someone you have tension with because it might just shift the relationship, your karma, and your level of joy.
RECIPE: Delicious autumn inspired stir fry-like dish. Including spaghetti squash, eggplant, tofu, zucchini squash, butternut squash, broccoli
With Spices - turmeric, black pepper, coriander, cumin, and paprika
Its the perfect blend of multi-colored veggies, healthy complex carbs, protein, sweet, and spicy.
I simply put all these ingredients in a pan, saute in water, and add spices to taste, but you can also stir fry in coconut oil or add tomato sauce.
#naturescandy 🍭 #noaddedsugar #dinner #organic⠀⠀
When using the body in creative, non-exercise ways, your muscles are challenged, your mind is stimulated, and your aliveness blossoms. I try to do things that are out of the ordinary for my body regularly to keep me on my toes, challenge myself, and play. Play PLAY Play. Try it! It will likely bring a childlike smile to your face and a lightness to your heart. ✨🤸✨
The breath is the only thing in the body that functions both completely automatically and that we have control over. Bringing our attention to the breath and adjusting it to be deeper, longer, and slower has wonderful health benefits for the body and the mind. In our culture, we have not been taught to focus on the breath and manipulate it for our best living. We tend to breath shallow and quickly only in the upper part of the chest. Deep slow breaths down into the bottom of the lungs creates better flow in the body, relaxes our nervous system, brings us into the present moment, and ultimately leads to peacefulness. Start with a small practice. Anytime you think of it, take 5 deep breaths. Many each one longer than the last. See how many times you can remember throughout the day.⠀
And, 2-5 minutes of this upon waking and right before bed are a wonderful quick self-care practice. You will feel more present, compassionate, and connected to your body in no time. ✨🙏🕉️⠀
December into the New Year brings a range of emotions for most people. Excitement, celebration, connection, gratitude, and generosity may fill our head-space. People also experience sadness, loneliness, stress, guilt, and anxiety. And most of us feel some combination of these depending on the day, the people we spend time with, and the current year-end circumstances.
It is also a time of busyness, and this busyness is the opposite of what nature calls for at this time of year. During these darkest and coldest days of the year (for most in the US anyway), earthly rhythms ask us to slow down, nurture our bodies, calm our minds, and just be. But our society pulls us in another direction.
So in order to find balance and stay grounded, healthy, and happy through this holiday season and into the new year, here are some helpful tips.
Even when we find ourselves busier, socializing more, or out later, it is important to get long deep restful sleep. Lack o...
What does mindfulness mean to you? For me it changes regularly, always shifting, always a bit illusive. Today it means being present, slowing down, and being aware of myself and my surroundings without imposing judgements. Feelings, thoughts, and judgements will arise, and when that happens, can I witness, and let it pass or watch the course it takes as the observer?
These are my mindfulness goals. Tomorrow may be different. What about you? 💫💞💫
GRATITUDE TIP: Create a Gratitude Box or Jar Write one thing you are grateful for every morning and/or every evening on a small piece of paper and put it in the container. Do this everyday for 30 days and then sit down, pour out all your small pieces of paper and begin to read through all of your
. Be prepared to smile, have your heart swell, and have it become a way of life. Potential side effect: You will likely want to repeat the process. 💛💫💛
Sleep more. As the days get shorter this autumn, have your life reflect the natural rhythms of the sun and go to bed earlier so you can sleep more as well as get up earlier and enjoy maximum day light during the shortest months of the year. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is needed for the body and mind to do all the necessary flushing, detox, repair and restore. Getting even more sleep can be helpful during the fall and winter months to boost your immune system, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and improve your mental well-being.
Try it for a week and document the differences you notice. Once the evidence speaks for itself, the choice is up to you.
When you make sleep a priority, your body and mind will thank you and function more optimally so you can do all the things you love during waking hours. ✨😴🌛
Between pictures 1 and 2 was only 45 minutes. I walk in to lead a corporate meditation, and was amazed by the sky and my "office" for that hour. Then, 45 minutes later when we wrap up, the sky looks completely different. It was a perfect mirror of the impermanence of life that we had meditated on. And each sky, each version, each moment, each chapter, each season is beautiful in its own unique way.
Nature is incredible and we just have to pay more attention to experience that awe and let it teach us the most valuable life lessons. ☯️🕉️☮️⠀
HEALTH TIP: Do you eat your veggies? And, I mean ALL the colors of the rainbow? 🌈
Here we have three, and that's a good start and is a deliciously filling snack. Also adding to my food today will be green, blue/purple, white, and so many other variations! Each vegetable and color has different nutrient, benefits, textures, tastes, and loads of natural goodness.
Below are some veggies in each color category. Take a look and choose one from each category to cook with or snack on today.