Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

Read Now! Practices For More Compassion, Gratitude, And Digestion Today

For those of you gathering with a family member that tends to ‘rile’ you up. Here is a little practice, so you can open your heart, when you have the impulse to do the opposite. A visualization practice, Metta meditation, that can change your day, and leaving you feeling grateful when you least expect it.

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Practice Gratitude: An Equinox Ritual to Nourish Your Spirit

Practice Gratitude: An Equinox Ritual to Nourish Your Spirit

Gratitude is an elixir for the soul. It deeply nourishes us on any day and is especially healing through transitions. The equinox is a perfect time to practice by saying ‘thank you and goodnight’ to the earth, as she starts her slumber into winter and begins her rejuvenation. She has offered so much of herself – support, beauty, food, and wellbeing. 

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Home Practices To Promote Good Energy, Openness, And Relaxation

Home Practices To Promote Good Energy, Openness, And Relaxation

To help keep up our spirits high at this darker time of year – it is no coincidence that this season offers many opportunities to celebrate light, warmth, and communing with others. Keep in mind, as you join in celebration – to not also pack your schedule and your self with undue stress, overstimulation, and excessive heavy foods. It will create more challenge as you settle more into the deepness of winter and come out in spring with more colds, allergies, and mucus to rid your self of.  How you move through winter of course, effects your blooming in spring.

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Give Thanks, Rest, and Digest

Give Thanks, Rest, and Digest

There is a new generation of gratitude researchers out there who are examining the health effects of gratitude. Some of the findings are really amazing.

The Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude program, a collaboration between UC Davis and the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, which studies the the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being published research that shows, "when we think about someone or something we really appreciate and experience the feeling that goes with the thought, the parasympathetic (calming-branch) of the autonomic nervous system is triggered.

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Here We Are: Feeling Grateful In The Moment

Here We Are: Feeling Grateful In The Moment

I remember when I first started practicing yoga, I would finish and feel like I’d just returned from a vacation. How ironic that this incredible feeling of rejuvenation came from showing up more, rather than escaping – being more 'here' than 'there.' In fact, after my first few classes, I wrote a letter to my cousin Ally describing how at home I felt practicing yoga that day: 

“Wow. I feel so much relief. Layers of tension just melted. I feel space in my body everywhere. And in my mind, too!

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The Ultimate Recipe for an Extra Grateful, Relaxing and Delicious Thanksgiving

The Ultimate Recipe for an Extra Grateful, Relaxing and Delicious Thanksgiving

Yum! You won’t miss the flour, oil, or sugar in these flourless pumpkin pie muffins! Loaded with pumpkin, chocolate, and warming spices, they make the perfect fall treat! 

And for those of you gathering with a family member that tends to ‘rile’ you up.  Here is a little practice, so you can open your heart, when you have the impulse to do the opposite. A visualization practice, Metta meditation, that can change your day, and leaving you feeling grateful when you least expect it.

 

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