Carving out reflection time for yourself

We are moving every day at an incredibly fast pace and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. Our daily lives are filled with expected tasks and duties and the unexpected also seems to be waiting, ready to jump in, when we least anticipate it. So, when is there time to reflect for ourselves on what we are experiencing? How do we carve out the time to spend some introspective moments to help us learn and grow from our experiences?

Everyone is different. I know of some that have the discipline to get up earlier than the rest of their household so they can have time to think over their first cup of coffee or tea in the morning. This is not something I have been able to do since my mornings can start as early as 5am.

Some people find their sense of inner peace and reflection during an early morning workout of a solitary run or swim. The day is just beginning and the repetitive movements of running or swimming can help to focus the mind away from the daily stuff that clouds our heads. Outdoors we can look upwards and outward towards the larger picture of our dreams and goals for today and the future.

Others are able to use Yoga or silent meditation to find their inner peace even in the midst of a busy day. Calming the mind and focusing the body to become aware of themselves as the world continues to move ahead. The individual can pause in an inner reflection time to view his/ her place and put it in perspective.

Recording your thoughts on this search for living in the moment can be used as a journaling experience for yourself or to share. In our self-reflections, it is important to remember who we are and where we have been. Our present self is reflective of all of our life’s experiences, good and bad. When we review our own history over the past months and years, we can teach ourselves the lessons learned and move ahead growing stronger.

Take a moment today, to spend your time in reflection. Whether you chose to spend your time journaling, meditating, exercising, etc. make sure the time you take is just for you. Give yourself the gift of peace.

 

Taichi

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Sedona Yoga Festival March 2017

 

 

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 It’s almost here! The Sedona Yoga Festival is happening March 9-12 and you still have a chance to join in on all the conference has to offer!

The Conference offers new special training in Yoga including Aqua Yoga sessions. All of the sessions take place amidst the nature and beauty of Arizona’s red rocks. You might want to sign up for a special optional 20 hour training, enabling participants to help those who suffer from PTSD. Use our Studio Partner link below for discounted tickets:

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Finding Ways to Love Yourself

hearmindValentine’s Day is a time of year when we show our love and gratitude to the special people in our lives. We shower our loved ones with shows of affection, not only on this holiday, but also in our daily lives year round. We all want to make others feel loved and admired, but what about ourselves? In order to serve those around us in the most meaningful way, self-love is essential.

Many people that consciously embark on a self-love journey are inspired to do so by someone else in their life. Love for yourself lives not only in our minds, but also in every cell of our bodies. Nurturing yourself, mind and body, has been undeniably linked with a longer, healthier, and happier life.

One of the primary ways to cultivate self-love is through exercise. Of course exercise makes you feel good for the superficial reasons – when you look good, you feel good – but there’s so much more to it than that. We’ve all heard it; exercise releases endorphins. These are beautiful little chemicals that your brain pumps out to make you feel good. Improved self-esteem is a well-know benefit of regular physical activity. Exercising, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body. So, even on those low energy days, just show up. If you can just show up to that class or the gym, the second you start moving, your brain will start to reward you. And that in turn will make you want to replicate the feeling. And when you are truly happy, high on life, your amazing mood will positively affect others.

Meditation is another way to really check in with yourself and nurture your mental and emotional health. Many extremely successful people have shared that meditation has absolutely been a key part of their success. Oprah, Steve Jobs, and Sting – these people have testified to the value of daily meditation and even admit that some of their best ideas came to them during this time of introspection. It’s like a daily cleaning for your mind.

In the age of social media, we are constantly being bombarded by everyone else’s thoughts and opinions. Meditation allows us to hear ourselves, and only ourselves, and the insight and wisdom that can come from just paying attention in the moment will surprise you. Even if you feel like you have no idea how to start, you can find a plethora of free, guided, meditation videos online. Just pick one and see what happens. Meditation is like any other type of exercise – just focused on your brain. It does require practice and patience. You don’t expect the rest of your body to change overnight, so don’t expect your brain to learn to meditate perfectly either. But if you stick with it, the rewards can be very satisfying.

So just remember, when you’re sending out love and gratitude to the people in your life, add yourself to that list. Sometimes being the best version of ourselves is the best gift we can give to others.

-by Savannah Swafford, METFitness Coordinator

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