Mini Medi: A Moment Before Movement

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Reducing stress doesn’t require hours of practice every day.  Studies have shown that brain waves begin to change just after 15 minutes of meditation.  So, whether you are new to the practice or are a seasoned pro with precious little time, it is possible to reap the benefits from just a few minutes a day.

Making time before you start your day is an easy way to set a positive tone.  You don’t even have to get out of bed.  Instead of trying to get 10 more minutes of unsuccessful snoozing, concentrate on your breath instead.  Strong, deliberate breathing with a focus on the exhale, not the inhale will increase energy levels and kickstart body function.

 

Why Are We “Hacking” Our Lives?

adults-audience-band-437643As I write this, I’m steeling myself for some backlash from avid “hackers” be they of the bio (a la Dave Asprey) or life design , but let me say this to you out there.  I come in peace!  I’m not disparaging the tips, tricks and processes that keep you guys feeling, looking and living your best.  All of us should be finding a routine that allows us to accomplish this.  As a matter of fact, I welcome any amicably presented information, education or conversation that helps us all learn more about the philosophy behind this lifestyle.

It’s the word “hack”.  I just can’t get past the idea of short-cutting any part of our lives just to keep up the pace.  Seemingly rushing through the mundane to high-tail it to the next responsibility to speed through the day to get to our pre-boxed, home cooked evenings. Furthermore, we should understand that bio-hacking relative to diet is, at its core, the body responding in its natural way to being provided with the nutrients that aren’t present in the standard american diet.  Proper diet will definitely increase cognition and vitality and helps us to maintain homeostasis, the body’s natural balance that produces optimal mind, body and spirit balance.  But all this hacking business has me asking this question.  Shouldn’t we be slowing down long enough to savor every experience from the requisite to the exquisite?

That’s what living in the moment and practicing awareness of said moment is all about, right?  I’ve found myself being constantly reminded to do this lately.  Live in the moment, I mean; something that isn’t always so easy for me, personally.  I guess, it’s got me wanting to share how wonderfully rewarding it can be to honor every moment.  Hold space for your weekly lunch prep or practice grateful toothbrush time.  Slow and steady AWARENESS can still win the race.  Every moment, even tackling your to do list can be self-care if you are able to shift your perspective.  Feel the gratification of checking everything off of your daily checklist before you get started.  Enjoy the literal transformation of your morning routine as you go from foggy to fierce as you start your day.  Taste every bite of your  avocado toast or bullet proof breakfast.  As my mother wisely told me once, “thoughts are things”.  Allowing consciousness to to be a part of your time saving tricks can add a whole new dimension to your every day present.

Resolution Vs. Intention

Now that we are head-long in to 2017, let’s stop and assess how we are all doing with our resolutions. Are you going strong? If you have found yourself losing your resolve or giving up all together there are ways you can renew your desire to create changes. Did you know that by shifting your point of view just a bit, you can get back on track?

First of all, review your resolutions and then get them out of your space. Throw them away, delete them from your device, scatter them to the winds.

Next, let’s revise those things you want to achieve and set intentions instead. Although the word “resolution” may not be a negative one, the connotation may carry a negative feeling to some. Setting an intention implies that it is a work in progress, there is no urgency or pressure to complete an item on a list. For most, the resolutions they set are viewed as no more than an item on a to-do list, it’s no wonder most of them are abandoned soon into the year.

If you think about it, this type of approach isn’t enough because of the type of resolutions most people set for themselves. Most of the time, these are lifestyle changes and not undertaken lightly. It’s a process that needs to be worked with, evaluated and re-worked as milestones are achieved. Quitting smoking, for example, is much more than just not lighting up. Alternative routines should be thought of, ways to decrease cravings and go to resources or people to call when you need a little “talking down”.

Hypnosis can be a helpful way to keep your intentions firm. By accessing the sub-conscious part of the mind, the place where routines and habits are saved, it is easy to suggest modifications to these routines or simply release them. So, another example; if you wanted to renew your relationship with an estranged family member, it may be easier to do that if you have removed the emotional response from the original experience that caused the strain in the first place. By letting go of that, you hold space for a new, positive relationship to form.

Reiki can also remove physical and emotional blocks that can hinder the letting go process. Every experience that you have is held not only in your memory but in the cells, which is one of the reasons that stress can cause physical illness. By reframing your intentions ie: I want to lose weight into I have intention to become healthy and fit, you are allowing your brain to become more open to the idea of creating abundant health.

Making physical space in your body also allows room for positive changes to occur. Physically manipulating the body as in chiropractic care re-aligns and opens space, literally, and also increases your ability to make room for positive change.

If you are interested in learning more about ways to re-energize yourself to meet your goals in 2017, feel free to schedule a quick 10-minute chat.