Mindful May Week 4

“What you think, You become” - Buddha The mind is a powerful thing. It holds a lot of power over how we feel and behave day to day, and ultimately over our achievements in life. Our thoughts become the things that are our reality, but one of the most important things to remember is that we are in control of our thoughts. Sometimes we can let our thoughts get away from us but with awareness and practice we can create thought patterns that shape a reality we truly want. One message I’ve come across time and time again is that of Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. I think I truly proved that to myself when I made my dream of living and working by the be

Mindful May Week 3

One thing I'm really working on is trying to quiet my mind. I find that I'm often thinking, many thoughts, ALL THE TIME. Most irritating is when I'm going to bed and when all I want to do is go to sleep, I think about everything I did that day and everything I need to do tomorrow...can anyone relate? Implementing the no technology before bed has helped a lot! Once I start reading a book I find I can easily also find my way to sleep. Another thing that's helped a lot is going to yoga and practicing the art of savasana, which is a very difficult art but since going 3-4 times per week for the last few weeks, I've noticed I can more efficiently notice my fleeing thoughts and bring them back to f

Mindful May Week 2

Having a good bedtime routine isn't just for babies who are sleep training. Its just as important for adults, whose minds are that much busier and over stimulated by the To do lists, social media, family, friends and work obligations. Everyone I speak to on a regular basis, be it friends or patients, seems to have trouble sleeping. While there are many reasons for this, the one I am focusing on this week is the habits we have prior to getting into bed. Our body needs time to wind down from the day. We are being pulled in many directions at any given point in the day. Not just in our physical surroundings but in our thoughts and let's not forget the constant "ping" of our cell phones or other

Mindful May

May is dedicated to mindfulness for me. Every week I will share one daily habit and one exercise that will help encourage awareness and appreciation for ourselves, our bodies and our current state. While spending months in an environment that supports slowing things down and being present, I still struggled to relax and appreciate what I have. It’s a daily habit that needs practice. And now that I’m back in the hustle of the big city, it will be a greater challenge to keep it up but I’m committed to the challenge! Every week there will be a new mindful action and exercise. Try to carry forward the activities from the week before but don’t be discouraged if you find that you don’t have time f

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