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Mindful Seeking - Awareness

Day 7: Mindful Seeking (Awareness)

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thích Nhat Hanh

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Reset - Breathing and Juicing

Day 5: Reset (Breathing and Juicing)

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein

It’s super easy to get stuck in holiday eating and craving all the wrong foods. In just a couple of days of overdoing it, we start to feel lethargic and just plain, blah! Take ONE day out of your Holiday season to fuel your body with all the right nutrients to help you bridge the nutritional gap created by poor food choices. Once our bodies have all the right nutrients the cravings lessen and our energy returns.

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Self Inquiry - Immersion

Day 4: Self Inquiry (Immersion)

The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” Joey Green

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Self-Compassion & Appreciation

Day 3: Self-Compassion (Appreciation)

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” -Dalai Lama

Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters. It’s easier to extend compassion to those we love, but Compassion itself can be a difficult emotion to grasp. Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. READ MORE

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Body Scan - Mindful Awareness

“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” -Anthony de Mello

Jon Kabat-Zinn (the originator of the MBSR curriculum) describes mindfulness as an approach to life based on the understanding that “the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal”(JKZ 1990). READ MORE…

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The Raisin Exercise - Mindful Eating

Day 1: “The Raisin Exercise” (Mindful Eating)

“Essentially, meditation allows us to live in ways that are less automatic. This necessarily means less time spent worrying, ruminating, and trying to control things we can’t control. It means we become less vulnerable to the throes of the fear-driven, older parts of our brains, and freer to use our newer and more sophisticated mental abilities: patience, compassion, acceptance, and reason.” -David Cain

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PREEMPTIVE STRIKE TO THE WINTER BLUES: Mindfulness and Muscle

Mindfulness training could be the secret to improved physical activity

THE AMAZING LINK BETWEEN MINDFULNESS AND MUSCLE

A recent 400-person trial has shown potentially strong connections between mindfulness and levels of exercise. Lead researcher Jacob Meyer explains why this surprised him, and why he’s excited to learn more.


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Fierce Grace

Grace is a gift that seems to come unexpectedly when we’re open and available to receive it. The experience of grace comes in moments of openness when we’re gifted with a feeling or an unexpected insight that’s given from the deepest dimension of Being. The Light of grace often comes in quiet moments, but it can also come in times of suffering, pain, or even desperation.  We might call this fierce grace, a grace that comes when we don’t know what to do or where to turn in the midst of our suffering or heartache….Read On

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Pleasure vs Happiness

If you were asked to explain the difference between pleasure and happiness, what would you say? Think hard, because the answer holds the key to your long term health and well-being.

Pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig was one of the first people to sound the alarm on the dangers of too much sugar. But, he says, that sweet sensation is only one of the ways modern life feeds our dopamine-based pleasure and reward system....click to read on

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