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Cultivate gratitude


It’s a bit of wisdom sages and spiritual teachers have handed down for millenia, and it’s as true now as it ever was –

A mind of gratitude is essential to becoming an evolved, thoughtful and spiritually awakened human being.

Sometimes, I struggle with carrying out this timeless advice, but I’m developing the habit of silently expressing thanks for another day and the opportunity to improve.

Here’s a little tip I found helpful – write an affirmation on a slip of paper that you can glance at several times a day to remind yourself to be grateful for being alive.

Try this phrase or make one up yourself –

Thank you for this day and for the opportunity to help others.

What piece of spiritual advice has helped you grow as a person?

Infographic: Five Traditional Branches of Yoga

I really like this easy-to-understand description of the yoga styles.

Thanks to Sapna Sondhi Dutt (writing for Daily Cup of Yoga).

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” ~ Jason Crandell

Source: The Five Traditional Branches of Yoga [Infographic] | Daily Cup of Yoga

Here’s why solitude is important for your well-being

Do you ever crave solitude?

I do.

This new article from Scott Campbell (for Quartz) offers mind-enlarging thoughts on the importance of alone-time.

“Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude also enriches our connections with others by providing perspective, which enhances intimacy and fosters empathy.” – Scott Campbell

via The importance of being alone in the digital era — Quartz

Wellness Tips: breathe deeply


Passing along some helpful advice I spotted over coffee this morning. See link below 🙂

“Practicing deep diaphragmatic breathing for as little as five minutes a day has been reported to have a substantial affect on the improvement of our over all health.” – Conscious Panda

Source: 10 Reasons Why You Should Stop and Breathe Deeply

Breath Awareness: A Step-by-Step Guide


Passing along a wonderfully helpful article that explains the nature of breathing awareness, courtesy of Yoga International. 

“There are many good methods of concentration bequeathed to us by our predecessors in Zen. The easiest for beginners is counting incoming and outgoing breaths. The value of this particular exercise lies in the fact that all reasoning is excluded and the discriminative mind put at rest. Thus the waves of thought are stilled and a gradual one-pointedness of mind achieved.” – Zen master Yasutani-Roshi (1885-1973)

Source: Breath Awareness: A Step-by-Step Guide to This Simple Yet Profound Practice | Yoga International

Can One Minute of Meditation Change Your Life?


Do something good for yourself today. Take one minute to close your eyes, focus on your breathing and cultivate calm.

David Whitaker (writing for Huffington Post) offers his insight into some of the ways just one minute of meditation can benefit us. Check out David’s article via the link below.

“When you meditate, you might be more attuned to your intuition which can guide you in unexpected ways and in new directions.” – David Whitaker

Source: 5 Ways That One Minute of Meditation Could Change Your Life

50 Ways To Be Happier Today


Here’s a fun and helpful post I spotted this morning and wanted to pass along.

Stacy Tornio, at Mother Nature Network, has collected a bunch of ways to add a dash of happiness to your life.

The list includes  a few suggestions that might seem a tad silly, such as “eating a whole candy bar” or “buying a new pair of shoes”. However the list offers several great reminders about happiness-inducing activities, like meditating and volunteering.

Overall, the message of the post is that small things can make a big difference in our happiness.

Check out Stacy’s suggestions via the link below.

“We searched high and low, looking at both scientific research and advice from the general public, about what makes someone happy. Here are 50 things you can do to add a little cheer into your life.” – Stacy Tornio

Source: 50 ways to live your life happy | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Wellness Wednesday: Meditation In 3 Easy Steps


Way back in 2001 I began a meditation practice, and it was one of the healthiest things I’d ever done. Unfortunately, a few years ago I allowed myself to get out of the habit and I’m just now resuming daily meditation.

I truly believe if you’re striving to live a wellness lifestyle, this practice (which costs nothing and requires no special equipment) is essential.

There’s a lot of misconceptions out there about what meditation is, so I was happy to spot this video from Greatist. Dan Harris of ABC News offers a 90 second intro to meditation, including tips on how to get started.

Do you think you’re way too fidgety to ever try meditation?