As school starts up and after school activities begin, so does the chaos in our lives. The common theme I hear among clients, fellow parents, friends and family is that we are all “go, go go” and the concept of “you” and “me” goes to the bottom of the “to do” list.
The Bottom line is that we all need to learn to slow down, stop and smell the roses before we burn out. Our relationships are affected by this constant motion, our stress level goes up, cravings and addictions go up while health and satisfaction go down. We need to give ourself permission to take a time out every day. To sit and do nothing but breath deeply or go for a long walk without our cell phones. We need to disconnect so we can re-connect to what is truly important: our health, our family, or relationships, our passions and our creativity.
Victoria Moran, author of “How to lead a Charmed life” talks about the importance of having “ME” time every day- meditation and exercise. The meditation is to center self and connect the mind to the body and spirit- check in daily. Deepok Chopra, MD notes that meditation is a tool to change your minds “set point”- the way you think about the world and your life. Your set point is one of the three keys to happiness according to him. Meditation helps bring perspective and clarity.
Breath is a key to mediation and a key to balancing the body and it’s systems according to Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned integrative medicine practitioner. He often testifies to the power of breathing mindfully, slowly, deeply and fully to relaxing the mind, focusing the mind and body and promoting overall health. Starting the day with just 4 minutes of this type of breathing mediation can help you focus and start the day out powerfully.
Exercise is essential to improving mood, sleep,digestion and nutrient absorption. Chinese medicine refers to exercise as a way to ignite the “digestive fire” within the body to promote digestion and absorption. Exercise releases endorphins that contribute to a feeling of happiness, a type of high, a natural high that energizes without side affect.
So, my friends, it is crucial to your health, your family and children’s health and well being for you to put yourself at the top of the “to do” list and take time for “ME”. Center yourself, SLOW DOWN, reconnect with your spirit and listen to your body.
Some ideas for meditation:
5 minutes of deep breathing
Listen to quiet, instrumental music or chanting and breath
Listen to a guided meditation like “the mountain meditation”
More ideas go to www.freemeditations.com. Or www.how-to-meditate.com
Ideas for gentle exercise:
Walk/hike in woods or on a beach
Yoga or PIlates (not power yoga)
Tai chi or chi gong
I will be doing a group holistic health concealing session for women focusing on slowing down and reconnecting to YOU. Please email me if interacts.