Three Ways Yoga Has Changed Me

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In today’s age of the millennial our society has blossomed an obsession with the health and fitness world, and with it has come a host of ever-changing fads. The most recent being Yoga and this concept of becoming a meditating, tofu eating, kombucha drinking “all is good” hippie. While I do admit it is a fad of the times and will likely come and go as it is destined, it does have a multitude of benefits if carried out to it’s fullest potential.

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I decided to adopt a practice of my own just over a year ago. I was (shocker) going through a difficult time and decided I needed something to change. One day I woke up and decided to drop everything I knew about working out and instead practice yoga for one hour every morning. I saw a world of a difference, not only in my physical health but in my mind. My thoughts, feelings and outlook on life dramatically changed. While yoga may not be the answer to everyone’s pain and suffering I will elude you to everything it has done for me.

   1. Cultivate Mindfulness

Whether you are overwhelmed and stressed or having a seemingly normal day just going through the motions it can be difficult to take a step back and approach situations with a sense of mindfulness. We tend to see life through our own eyes differently than everyone else. We hyper focus on situations and do not allow ourselves to look at things realistically, without expectations or judgment. When practicing yoga it is essential to be mindful of every move you make and breath you take in order to get the full benefits of your practice. As you start to do this more often it will carry over into other aspects of your life. For me personally adopting a practice of mindfulness has allowed me to look at life as a bigger picture. Instead of incessantly worrying about little things, or over evaluating situations I am mindful about the actions I take in my life and address situations with ease. I have learned to approach my life on and off the mat with breath and intention instead of judgment and anxiety.

  1. Just Be

When practicing yoga one of the many mantras you will hear is to practice living in the moment. When you step into a yoga studio and onto your mat you are expected to leave everything at the door and enjoy an hour to yourself. We are constantly caught up in our next task, our next meeting our next meal. Instead of harping on and obsessing over what is going to happen next or what has happened in the past we should be giving ourselves more time to just be. Just live in the moment, enjoy being where you are and who you are in that second. Yoga has taught me to let go of the idea that every action must have an outcome. I am doing something for myself, without any intentions or expectations, just to connect with my body and enjoy being me.

  1. Feel Accomplished

For as long as I can remember I have been searching for a sense of accomplishment. Not in a prideful sense, but in the sense that what I am doing will make me a better person, make me stronger and bring something better to my own or someone else’s life. Yoga is such an amazing practice when it comes to feeling this accomplishment. You step on your mat and forget about the rest of the world, yet when you step off you feel strong, physically expended just the right amount and mentally refreshed. Walking out of class or off your mat you have the assurance that you did something for you today and how often can we say that?

Yoga is such an amazing practice, and a habit everyone should adopt into their lives. Whether you’re a devoted marathon runner, gym junkie, businessman, or couch potato I guarantee yoga has something to offer you.

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No to GMOs

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Have you ever really thought about the food you eat? I mean really thought about it. Not just counting the calories, or checking the nutrition label. I’m talking genetic makeup, means of production and where exactly it came from. Think about the last meal you consumed. The tomato you had on that salad this afternoon was most likely grown a year ago, preserved with ethylene gas and flown halfway across the world. The milk you had for breakfast this morning was produced from a cow given growth hormone banned in five other countries, and that strawberry you’re about to snack on has been injected with genes from a fish. GMO’s or genetically modified organisms are organisms in which the genetic makeup has been altered to produce a desired trait and they are found everywhere in our country. From fresh produce to a greasy McDonalds burger, genetically modified organisms are present in almost 80% of food in the United States. Now i’m sure you’re asking what exactly are they? Many Americans have heard the term and assume the products are some science phenomenon that in no way affects them directly. Sadly this is wrong.

Heres the rundown-GMOs are the direct result of human manipulation of an organisms DNA or genetic makeup. Scientists take genes from one organism and insert them into that of another in order to produce a desired trait. This mechanism is used to cultivate desired traits in organisms that do not posses them naturally. When it comes to food the process involves stripping crops of their natural elements and replacing them with toxins and genes from completely unrelated species. Scientists have three traits in mind when it comes to their crops;

Larger 

Longer lasting 

Pest Resistant 

While these may be good intentions the means of production are reprehensible.

The number one concern surrounding the issue of GMOs is the health and well being of consumers. There is no doubt that GMOs pose a threat to human beings. The effects are evident before the food even reaches the shelves. Farmers working with the crops are required to wear full body protective gear. When I say full body i’m talking head to toe in an all out spacesuit. Should they neglect to wear the proper covering they would break out in vicious reactions. These reactions may include crippling illness, gruesome rashes and various bodily ailments. If these effects occur when the crops are handled hands on it is terrifying to consider the harm they impose on our bodies. As genetically modified organisms have only been on the market for a brief amount of time it is difficult to determine the long term effects, but there have been many direct links between various illness and the consumption of GMOs. Inflammation, kidney and liver malfunction, birth defects and worsened allergies have all been shown to have a direct relationship to GMOs. When we consume this food we are giving it the capability to thrive and flourish inside our bodies. The DNA and chemicals in the food reaches the bloodstream and opens up a door for potential harm.gmo

The consequences span much farther than this. The production of GMOs leaves a devastating impact on the environment. From decreased genetic diversity to a rapid increase of chemicals, the environment has seen much better days. One of the main goals of producers is to cultivate a crop that is pesticide and herbicide resistant. Farmers are able to spray larger amounts of these chemicals without killing off their crops. More herbicides and pesticides means more chemicals and toxic substances in the atmosphere leading to increased pollution. This leads to the death and eventual extinction of many thriving species. Not only are populations dying off but the environment is losing its biodiversity. Genetically modified crops create uniformity among agriculture. The genetic diversity created through natural means of growth is being destroyed and a few staple crops are taking over the agricultural society. As a result the environment is more susceptible to crop failure famine and disease. Genetically modified organisms are key players in the destruction of the environment and should be eradicated.

If genetically altered crops pose such a threat to the wellbeing of consumers and the world why are they produced? What is the driving force behind the introduction of these eccentric products? The answer is simple and a common thread in our society. A profit. Major corporations such as Monsanto have introduced genetically modified organisms with the goal of creating a business. They have become the monarch of modern agriculture imposing a dictoral rule over the industry. With over 2000 patents worldwide they ensure they are the only farms producing genetically modified crops. A patent on a crop? Inserting toxins and foreign DNA does not constitute a creation. They are deceiving consumers into believing they are the creator and owner of all of agriculture. This is wrong and immoral. Seeds are a natural product intended to be bred naturally and available to anyone. Monsanto has impaired that opportunity. Small scale farmers have reported gruesome threats and intimidations by Monsanto in an effort to protect their patent. They impose relentless wrath on farmers until they get their way, some cases even making it to the supreme court. Additionally the company has spent millions of dollars in an effort to combat labeling acts. If genetically modified foods were safe labeling them would not be a problem. Monsanto clearly has something to hide. They are a ruthless company slowly destroying society while personally climbing a ladder of profit.

GMOs are lethal. They are toxic substances that pose a great threat to society. While it may not be feasible to completely eradicate them there are small steps we as consumers can take to diminish their impact.

The nongmo project has started a movement to label GMOs. As consumers we can check products for these labels and stray towards purchasing more of these foods.

Supporting local farmers is a huge step in moving towards a nongmo society. Purchase produce and fresh foods locally as often as possible.

It is important to advocate for the nongmo movement. Engage in the argument, make your opinion heard. A little goes a long way, even a small amount of support will aid in bringing an end to GMOs.

Additional links

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H9WZGKQeYg

http://www.nongmoproject.org

Now I will leave the ball in your court-

What will you  do to strive towards a healthier society?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking the Common Cold

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Tis the season for a stuffy nose,  scratchy throat, and that annoying cough that never seems to go away. Our bodies must have some supernatural instinct, as soon as October hits the colds and viruses start to  fancy us with their presence. While the changing weather has a lot to do with it there may be another piece to the puzzle. This is the time of year when we start to kick it into high gear. Summer break is over and we are back in school, work, and attending to various obligations. We are constantly running around in a frantic quest to check the next thing off our to do list. As soon as we think it can’t get any worse we are suddenly reminded of the glorious holiday season right around the corner. Shopping, cooking,  cleaning, entertaining, the list goes on.We are overwhelmed wth social events and family gatherings, overcome with stress and anxiety. We have this constant pressure to do more, work more, be more.

Our bodies are screaming at us to STOP.

If you find yourself plagued with the dreaded flu or even a small case of the sniffles give your body the attention it needs. Take a day, call in sick and focus on rest and rejuvenation.

Below is a list of natural remedies to get you back on your feet:

  • Garlic-one of the worlds superfoods, with its antibacterial and anti fungus properties it has proven to relieve coughs, clear the sinuses, and boost the immune system. Add it to smoothies, soup or even consume it raw
  • Herbal Tea-green tea in particular contains antioxidants proven to help fight colds. Pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea, snuggle up and enjoy the benefits.
  • Vitamin C-cold season is the worst season to skimp on your vitamin C. It contains  nutrients that aid in natural defense, reducing mucus and clearing the respiratory system. Lemon, oranges and other citrus fruits are great sources.
  • Cinnamon-cinnamon is a natural antiviral and antibiotic, it aids in quick recovery and fights against illness. Add it to your tea, soup or yogurt.
  • Chamomile Herb-a wonder herb and natural relaxant. Chamomile h
    as been found to dramatically calm the nerves, reduce inflammation and fevers and reduce ailments. Sip on some chamomile tea before bed each night.
  • Neti Pot-my dad swears by this one. While it is a little gross and a bit painful I have to admit it does wonders for congestion.
  • Fermented Foods-fermented foods are great for the immune system. Try some kimchi, or kefir.
  •   Apple Cider Vinegar-I saved this one for last with good intention. Apple cider vinegar has recently become a phenomenon in the health community. It is said to have a host of benefits including relief from stomach pain, soothing sore throats, lowering cholesterol, preventing indigestion, aid in weight loss, curing acne and much more. Add one tablespoon to your tea, warm water or some honey. If you are brave enough throw it back as a shot.

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Beauty

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A few weekends ago I decided to take a break from the crazy college atmosphere and spend the weekend at home with my lovely parents. Sunday afternoon we had lunch at one of my favorite little café’s the Wolf-I highly recommend if you ever find yourself in St. Louis. Their walls are filled with artsy pictures, maps and unique quotes. I found this one in particular extremely interesting.

Seeing the beauty in life is something that can lead to a paradigm shift. If we set our mind to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative our quality of life has the potential to significantly increase. Part of focusing on positivity involves looking for beauty. Every human being and every situation has something beautiful to offer. From simple conversation, to the warm glow of a falling sunset, there is always a marvelous aspect to be observed.

Natural beauty is something I have been trying to focus on lately. It is common in todays society that we find ourselves searching for unfulfilling beauty. We look to our phones and obscene music when in reality these are artificial creations that distract us from the natural world. We often find these creations unfulfilling, leaving us wanting more, bigger and better. Our focus becomes distorted and the potential for contentment is overruled by negativity and dissatisfaction. Instead of continually dwelling on the negative we should shift our mindset to one of acceptance and positivity. Even the little things have the power to bring beauty and brightness to our lives. Something as simple as a conversation, a moment of connection or even a small touch can instill in us feelings of warmth and joy. Natural beauty is everywhere and can have a major impact on our lives if we let it.


 

 

Letting go of Labels

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Grab your tea, blankets and gather ’round it’s story time.

Quick update on my life: today I was sitting in class, statistics to be specific, allowing my thoughts to wander and attention to shift. I was looking around the room trying to find anything to grab my attention and entertain me for the next 48 minutes. As I scanned the sea of students a bright yellow shirt caught my eye. It was a guy sitting a few rows in front of me and on the back of his shirt it said “Go Greek or Go Home.” This got me thinking. Yes, I realize it is just a shirt and likely has no meaning other than to support Greek life but it made me question the expectations and judgement in the college atmosphere. A little disclaimer; greek life is pretty big at my school. This means labels are everywhere. From t-shirts, and water bottles to car decals and tattoos, we are all branded with our letters in some way or another. Every chance we get we flash our symbols and the first question of any conversation is “what house are you in?” When we proudly state our answer a judgement is made in .00025 seconds. We are placed into a specific category and a multitude of assumptions exist before we can even finish a sentence.

This idea of labels, we allow them to run our lives. It is not only in greek life, it dominates the college atmosphere and even beyond that. There are the band geeks, athletes, burnouts, Jesus freaks, pot heads, hippies, businessmen, the list goes on.

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It’s as if we are stuck in a box with a million characteristics written on the outside, each of them assumed true until proven otherwise. It’s unethical and immoral.These labels foster misjudgment and deception. They often lead to problems and missed opportunity. That person you met today could have been your future best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and you let them slip away because of a misplaced judgement.

We are not all carbon copies filled with the same traits. We are made to be different and express ourselves in our own unique image.

The next time you meet someone I challenge you to ditch the labels. Think of them as a  newfound treasure, filled with mystery and opportunity. Try to delve deeper and find out who they are as a person, not who they are categorized to be.

 

 

 

 

 

Face Your Fears

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As Halloween quickly approaches we find ourselves surrounded by eerie stories, haunted houses, and some seriously menacing decorations. There is one purpose, one common thread branding this anticipated eve, and that is fear.

Fear.

It’s that feeling you you get when you turn off the lights and run upstairs, the pounding in your chest when you wake up from a horrific nightmare, the racing thoughts in your mind when you get that phone call.

It is all around us yet we are constantly trying to mask it and shove it in a corner to be dealt with at a later time. For some of us it is more than a mini heart attack, or a wave of goosebumps. It engulfs our lives prohibiting us from existing to our full potential. It leads us to second guess every decision, every occurrence, fostering insecurity and a lack of motivation. We find ourselves out of touch with the now and lost in a repetitive cycle of worry. For others it’s the little fears that sneak up and hinder our success. A lot of us fear rejection, failure, and embarrassment. We fear that we are not good enough, that no matter the effort we will never live up to our expectations or reach our goals. Why do we as human beings allow these feelings to manifest in our lives? Is it simply human nature or is it the result of an ill mannered society?

It could be a little bit of both.

There are two types of fears: innate and learned. Innate fears encompass those of which we are born with. These include the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. Yes, these are the only two, which means every other fear is acquired from our experiences. As children we are extremely susceptible to new knowledge and behaviors. We have nothing in the way of experience in the world and that means that every occurrence has some sort of impact on our mind. Parents play a major role in this development. Seemingly insignificant events such as scolding, negative talk, and threats instill the first traces of fear in young children. Now this is not to say that parents who reprimand their children are poor parents. It is natural to lead children down the right path and astray from improper behaviors, but it is important to be aware of the emotional future they are being set up for. Moving on from childhood and into adulthood fears continue to manifest through negative experiences. When we encounter events that stimulate troublesome emotions, our mind holds onto that feeling and associates it with the specific event. This way when we are reminded of the event or faced with a similar situation the same feeling of pain is triggered, leading us into fear. Fear then becomes a survival mechanism. The fight or flight response is activated and we search for a way to avoid the discomfort we anticipate. These feelings are natural, and play out in the lives of all human beings, the true test is wether or not we are able to conquer them.

Overcoming fear is a huge and daunting task, seemingly impossible for many. Fortunately, there is a way around it. When we encounter fear we often tell ourselves to simply get over it and move on. We reassure ourselves that we are not afraid, and believe that somehow if we continue the fear will magically disappear. Hate to break it to you but it doesn’t work that way. Conquering fear is similar to learning to walk, or ride a bike. It can not be done in one simple step, it requires a series of learned strategies and tactics in order to achieve the goal.

Here are a few proactive steps you can take to move toward letting go of fear:

  • Become Aware-the first step in restraining fear is to full heartedly accept it. Bring yourself to terms with the fact that you are afraid and consciously recognize what it is that you are afraid of. Remind yourself that you are not your fears.
  • Find the Roots-one of the most important aspects is looking into what causes you to manifest these fearful feelings. What are you thinking when you find yourself feeling scared? Which thoughts trigger the fear? Once we are able to locate the source of fear we can then look into ways of addressing it.
  • Work With Your Imagination-our subconscious mind is unable to see the difference between imagination and reality. Buddha once said “what we think we become.” Picture yourself repeatedly overcoming your fear. Use all of your power to make the experience feel as real as possible. Eventually, this will flow over into your subconscious mind.
  • The Power of the Present-focus your thoughts on the present moment, do not dwell on the future or past. Center yourself. Take a deep breath and immerse your mind in the moment at hand.
  • Put it in Perspective-Avoid looking at your fears through tunnel vision. We often focus too much on the negative and fail to think of all the possibilities for success.
  •  Focus on the Positive-Everyone has had failures. It is human nature. Instead of dwelling on failed moments think about your success. Recognize your ability to be successful and cultivate a sense of confidence.
  • Prayer and Spirituality-seek refuge and comfort in your religion. Consider your belief system and address your fears in a spiritual way.
  • Take Action-Take a step in the positive direction. Do something productive and worth your while, avoid sitting around and letting negativity engulf your life. Think of everything you have to be grateful for, read a book, watch an insightful documentary, release your mind of tension.
  • Plan-this one can be a little difficult. Some of us are planners, we plan every minute of our lives down to the second. Others go with the flow and avoid preparation at all costs. If that’s you, ignore this one as it will do you no good. For all the planners out there, use it to your advantage to precisely work through your fears. Plan out the steps you are going to take to address your insecurities. Make a list and check each item off as you complete it.
  • Just Breathe-The breath is a powerful tool. It is the key to freedom and relaxation of the mind. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed bring yourself back to the basics of the breath. Focus on each individual inhale and exhale, and allow your mind to find peace.

Surmounting fear takes time. Do not rush into conquering your biggest fears in a short span. It is about learning to cope with fear that will lead you to relief. Listen to yourself, focus on methods that work for you, and take action necessary to move forward in your journey.

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Positive People

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Hello Beauties,

Today as I was doing the daily social media run through  I came across something that really resonated with me.

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As I continue to grow and learn I have come to realize the importance of my surroundings. This can be anything from feng shui to friendships. There is no doubt the energy around us has an influence on our mentality. Think about it, have you ever been around someone who is constantly complaining, and moaning about everything? Come on, we all have that Debbie Downer in our life, and if you don’t maybe you need to do some personal reevaluating. On the contrary there are the happy go lucky people; the ones that are always smiling, excited to be alive, and radiating positivity. This is the type of person I want to surround myself with. In the past few months i’ve done some soul searching and evaluated some of the relationships in my life. I realize the importance of positive, healthy relationships and the amazing gifts that come out of them. When you surround yourself with uplifting, joyous people you start to radiate that energy and implement it into your life in ways you did not think possible.

Life is short, all we have is a blip of time to make an impact. The next time you’re in the shower, laying in bed, or just have a few minutes to think, asses the relationships in your life are they beneficial and worthwhile?

Just a little food for thought to spice up your day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Healthy Habits

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My name is Julia Hatzigeorgiou and i’m a pinterestaholic.

Yes, for the past five years I have been struggling an ongoing battle with this little demon.

With the sensational images of food, surreal vacation destinations, and an “ultimate guide” to pretty much anything you can think of, it’s a sneaky little time consumer. One of my favorite elements of this beautiful scrapbook is it’s wide variety of quotes. It is here where I find inspiration, motivation, and the occasional afternoon pick me up.

There is one image/list I always find myself going back to.

It is called “50 healthy habits.” As I turn back to this list day after day I have decided to do some rearranging and create a list of my own.

  1. Start Fresh every single day
  2. Put down your phone when you’re out with people
  3. Try the 2/30 rule- 2 hours of TV 30 minutes of exercise
  4. Enjoy the outdoors
  5. Cut back on (evil) sugar
  6. Drink warm water tea with lemon daily
  7. Don’t try to keep up with the Jonses, you’ll lose
  8. Start biking (even if it’s a little)
  9. keep healthy snacks on hand
  10. Stop beating yourself up 
  11. Don’t do drugs. It’s that simple
  12. Take care of your clothing (and yourself)
  13. Eat whole foods
  14. Don’t overdo the booze
  15. Use SPF and wear a hat in the sun-this one’s for you mom
  16. Don’t rely on pills if you can’t sleep
  17. Don’t look to pills when there are other options
  18. Drink at least 8oz of fluids a day
  19. Make your home a place you want to spend time
  20. Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once
  21. Use youtube for free exercise YOGA videos
  22. Make your own cleaning supplies
  23. Drop loose change into the same jar daily
  24. Stand up for yourself
  25. AVOID TANNING BEDS like the plague 
  26. Take medication seriously (look for natural remedies)
  27. Listen to your body
  28. Don’t skimp on sleep
  29. Do mental health checks
  30. Read labels on everything from food to makeup
  31. Prioritize stress management
  32. Always wear a seatbelt
  33. WASH YOUR HANDS
  34. Floss once a day
  35. Sneeze into your arm NOT your hand
  36. Count to 10 when you’re angry
  37. Never let google diagnose you
  38. Take constructive criticism
  39. Treat everyone with respect
  40. Make time for yourself
  41. Practice creativity
  42. Think before you speak
  43. Embrace optimism
  44. Eat breakfast
  45. Surround yourself with positive people
  46. Try something new
  47. Wake up early
  48. Eat avocado
  49. Inspire and be inspired
  50. Enjoy simplicity

 

 

 

Meditation, Is it For Me?

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Google “Meditation.” What do you find? A picture of a Middle Eastern and or hippie guru sitting legs crossed, hands in some funky circle thing humming “om.” For as long as anyone can remember the idea of meditation has been consumed by a stereotype of chanting, deep breathing, and a whole lot of incense. In more recent years, however it has gone mainstream, more and more people are adopting a practice and marveling in the supposed benefits. Here you are-along with 95% of the population thinking, “come on. Meditating? That can’t be for me.”

I’m here to tell you you’re wrong.

I, similar to many others rejected the practice for years. Sure, I tried it a few times. I found a youtube video that looked promising and focused on silencing my mind but I felt that I could never truly get it to shut down-the thoughts were always racing. Recently however I have approached the process in a new way. After some research I found that I had been doing it all wrong. Contrary to popular belief it is not about complete and utter silence, it’s about mindfulness and the idea of being in tune.

Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in a candlelit room connecting to the spiritual world. It can be closing your eyes for five minutes and just breathing, or repeating a mantra to yourself as you face a stressful situation at work. You don’t have to censor or block out your thoughts, let them come to you and pass without judgement. If you want to move, then move if you want to cry or laugh do it. Be sensitive to the sensations of your body, allow yourself to feel and just be. If religion is a part of your life implement that in your practice. Use this time as an opportunity to connect with God-or whoever else you believe in. There are many different methods and means of meditation, take some time to explore them and find the way that is best suited for you. The most important aspect is focusing on the breath. If you can learn to do that the rest will follow.

As you dive into your meditation practice you will find your level of self awareness beginning to rise, your thoughts becoming more positive, all the while your stress levels fall to the floor (as much as they can in this high stress world).  From mental struggles and physical ailments, to delayed aging and an improved immune system this awe inspiring practice has the ability to better your life in a host of different ways. Harvard conducted studies show that meditation literally changes the brain. One study in particular included 16 participants practicing various forms each day for 30 minutes. After eight weeks an MRI  found that each of the participants supported increased grey matter in the brain(Harvard.edu). This indicates an increased ability in learning and memory, as well as cognitive function, compassion and introspection. Big time corporations such as Apple, Google, and Nike encourage their employees to take time out of their workday to find mindfulness. Entrepreneurs meditate as a form of professional development. Even Kobe Bryant utilizes a meditation practice to improve his athletic performance. Maybe this is not some ludicrous phenomenon after all.

Now that I have immersed you in my knowledge, what do you think about the guru stereotype? A little less mystical and a little more attainable? That’s the goal. Everyone, yes even you, can benefit from the remarkable practice of meditation. Make it your own, embrace the experience and watch the benefits unfold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unplug and Unwind

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It’s two in the morning and you can’t sleep. Your mind is racing, body wide awake and all you can think of is how desperately you want to be in a deep, mesmerizing reverie. Thoughts begin to bounce around in your mind; “do I get up? walk around a little bit? “Maybe I need some water…” “Counting sheep is always a possibility.”

AHA! got it, i’ll check my  phone. And that’s it. Once again you find yourself in the trap of scrolling, refreshing and slowly deepening into depression because you didn’t get invited to that party.

We’ve all been there. I’ll admit i’ve been absorbed by the taunting little screen more than once. With the world at your fingertips they make it pretty hard to stay away.

The world of technology can be a beautiful thing, bringing us quick access, easy communication, and best of all online shopping but does it cause us more harm than good? , Mental exhaustion, chronic insomnia, lowered energy levels and let’s not forget FOMO, are all direct results of the use of technology in society today. Immersing ourselves in our phones, or computers for hours on end induces a warped sense of reality and even raises stress levels. We become caught up in this expectation of “perfect.” A lot of the time we walk away with a false perception of the way the way life should be lived leaving us feeling empty and belittled. Nobody deserves to feel these feelings. It’s  saddening that something intended to do so much good can inflict so much harm .

The question now is what do we do? We can’t say put down the phone, computer, and all other technology forever and go back to an indigenous way of life (although I would love it if we could) in our society that is simply not possible. We have to learn to bring ourselves to unplug and take a break. The problem is we are over-attached. If we could learn to enjoy the miracles of technology without overindulging the world would be a better place. Remove yourself from the comfort of your screen and find comfort in the silence. Meditate, find space, allow yourself some peace and quiet. Solitude can be a beautiful thing, allowing us to feel grounded and find true contentment. If quiet is just not your cup of tea go outside, create, discover, embrace face to face contact and find the beauty in a real relationship. The most authentic version of life is happening before your eyes don’t miss out on all the opportunities it has to offer.

“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.” —Steve Jobs

With that I will leave you to find the power button and immerse yourself in the freedom.