We are continually overloading our nervous system and the stuff between our ears, but give little thought to how we’re going to recharge these two vital systems — yet expect them to function optimally! But when we don’t recharge we negatively impact our ability to achieve our long term goals in a sustainable way. Pranayama can help you flip the switch from brain-drain to nervous system recharge.
Stillness sounds great, in theory, but most of us get uncomfortable with it pretty quickly, immediately mentally or physically filling the void. Thanks to the demands of our families, our work, the little pings on our phones, and culturally-driven desire to achieve and not get left behind, most of us just can’t fathom the indulgent luxury of stillness. And yet, the rewards of seeking silence abound, and perhaps are not so luxurious after all — if you can let go and make stillness a part of your life.
Meditation doesn’t need to be as complicated as you might think. The Japanese, in fact, have a number of practices that can help you integrate so-called moving meditations into your day, and one of the least well-known is Kinhin (Kin’ Yin’), or the practice of walking meditation. It’s special because it’s integrated into something that all of us already do: walk!
As the weather becomes a bit cooler, or even just gloomier, you may find a warmer start to your day to be more enticing. If so, this fun, “breakfast soup” is for you! (Of course, you can have it any time.)
Many of us struggle to deal with anxiety. But is the secret to doing so found in building a relationship with uncertainty? As humans, we hate uncertainty. Our brains are programmed to hate uncertainty because it creates room for danger and invites our friend, anxiety, onto the scene — except we’d prefer he not show up.
We live in a world of tea lovers, but have you ever wondered about its history and why it’s so popular? More importantly, are you missing out on a special opportunity every time you make a cup?