Instructions for "Strong Abs, Strong Spirit":
If you're anything like me, posture makes a big difference. When I am slumped or slouched, I feel like I have less energy and less control. When I am sitting or walking with an erect and dignified posture, I feel stronger, more energetic, and more in control, ready to deal with what comes my way. Try it and see how you feel!
"It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert. The moment the spine collapses, the brain collapses." B.K.S. Iyengar
Instructions for "A Simple Way to Relax":
Sometimes I find that a complex meditation can serve to make me more stressed! I love the simple ones like this, and I often use it to ground myself before a session, or when I find myself needing to relax. Making time for this practice a few times a day can help you stay calm all day, and stop stress from building.
“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” ~ Ringo Starr
This week's Weekly Minute is one you may have seen before, but in light of the weather forecast for the West Coast of Ireland, I thought it was time for a re-run.
If you find yourself feeling flustered by the gusts, or your mood is dampened with the rain, "Be The Mountain", stand firm against the weather of life.
"The sun'll come out tomorrow" - Annie
Instructions for "Life is Made of Hours and Minutes":
I just spent a little time with my parents who are 75 and (soon to be) 80, and they often comment on how fast time goes the older you get. It made me think a lot about how I spend my time, and what a valuable commodity time really is. When I am facing my 80th birthday, I want to be able to say that I spent time doing the things that I loved. At the end of the day, a life is made of hours and minutes, and what we do with those hours and minutes is up to us.
"How did it get so late so soon?" - Dr. Seuss
Instructions for “Taking Root”:
The ground beneath us, and the force of gravity holding us onto it, is always present. Bringing conscious awareness to these forces of support and steadiness can help calm and steady our often-scattered and stressed minds.
“Body and mind work together. When we put the mind at ease, the body can relax. When the body is still, the mind can settle. The health of both is improved.” – Jan Chozen Bays, MD
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