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A Few Ideas for Wonderful New Year

December 28th, 2011 at 12:49 am

Meditation will change your life!

Put aside 10 minutes every day for meditation. Set yourself in a comfortable and pleasant environment. You may wish to have soothing music or you may prefer quiet. Make sure to turn off phones and anything else that may distract you.

Sit, relax, breath naturally. Pay attention to any thoughts, sensations or emotions that occur but do not get involved with them. Just be.

Gentle Movement

If you are not feeling quite ready for meditation and/or if your body is lacking movement, moving meditation is a GREAT alternative! Take a walk in the park, stretch your body at home or out in the fresh air, Practice Tai Chi or Chi Kung on your own, with friends, or come join us in class. Moving the body -- and the energy within -- is refreshing and beneficial to body, emotions, and mind. You will be surprised how much better you will feel!

Relaxation

If you are not quite ready for either of the above…my next recommendation is to find a short segment of time during your day when you can relax. For example: If you are not taking time for lunch, start with 10 or 15 minutes each day where all you do is eat your lunch. When you are done eating just sit there for a few minutes. Or, try sitting for a few moments in quiet on a park bench, or do so on your couch after you turn off the TV. If you commute on a bus or a train spend 10 minutes doing nothing at all during your ride.

You are what you eat

So, who are you? And how can you improve your nutrition and health? You can make a small change or a total 180 degree turn. Decide which will work better for you.

Some examples: You can decide to add a green vegetable to one of your meals every day. Or, you can decide to stop consuming something you know is not contributing to your health; if eliminating it altogether seems too difficult, cut the amount that you consume in half.

Of course, making changes can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult to maintain. And we all need help sometimes. Give me a call. Drop me a line. I am here to help.

Remember, you are worth the effort! And your health and wellbeing is the best investment you can make.