Have you found yourself dreaming about an escape, a holiday, or just time away from your delightful, albeit time-consuming kiddos? While it may not be tropical or come with one of those drinks with umbrellas – a meditation retreat may be just what you’ve been dreaming of. The best part? You don’t need to jet off to a monastery, you can create your own retreat from the comfort of your home.
If there is one lesson we’ve taken from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been the need to breathe. But that applies to more than just us as adults. The practice of consciously breathing, or pranayama, is just as crucial for our kids!
Using a combination of art and meditation you can create a beautiful mosaic of life. Whether you are experiencing health issues, job loss, divorce, or attempting to navigate the changes that have come with living through this pandemic — this practice of taking the broken bits of our life and turning them into something beautiful is a pathway to healing what’s broken within you.
Tea has continued to be a source of self-soothing. There’s lots of scientific reasons that we might have these reactions to tea (the polyphenols regulate insulin, which stabilizes our moods, the aromatherapeutic psychosomatic benefits), but what may be most impactful is transforming mere tea drinking into a ritual steeped in love.
By Dr. Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC
For years, cardiologists have focused on risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but are now turning their attention to how mental health impacts our heart!
If you are one of the 27 million people in the United States who practice Yoga, it is almost certain that you have performed a Surya Namaskar or two! This rhythmic, breath-focused moving meditation serves as more than just a workout but is also an homage to the sun. It’s an excellent way for beginners to introduce themselves to an alternative style of meditation through the synchronicity of breath and body to help soothe and quiet the mind.