Away From Stress

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February 2, 2017
It is almost cliché to talk about stress in our society.  We are all experiencing it, accept it as a part of our lives and for many, is a way of life.

Stress happens when we are focusing on the past or the future…where we have no control.  Looking to the past and future are important aspects of life in order to have perspective and an understanding of where we are in the current moment.  That being said, adopting a way of living that is constantly referencing events that have either happened or are going to happen inevitably lead to unhappiness and dis-ease.

“Be happy for this moment.  This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

Life is a cumulative process.  Our experiences are stored in our tissues and psyches.  The longer we live in a state of rushing from one task to another, the more likely we will suffer from ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease, constipation, migraines and insomnia, just to name a few.

So what thoughts and actions take you away from this moment?  What thoughts and actions bring you into the moment?  As you become aware of what brings you peace and what robs you of your calm you can, with practice, quickly move from a moment of anxiety and panic into one of joy and relief.

The Western hemisphere celebrates love and relationships this month.  Let’s reflect on spending time with ourselves and nurturing self-love and acceptance.  

Here is a simple meditation to bring you into a deeper love experience right now.  Enjoy.

~Lie on your back with a pillow or towel rolled up behind your knees and under your head if that feel good.
~Take a deep breath in and as you exhale allow yourself to release into gravity and the support of the earth that always has your back.
~Reflect on the supportive nature of the earth, the grounding force of gravity and of how great it feels to simply rest in the nurturing embrace of the ground.
~Notice that all of the air that surrounds you also supports you.
~With every inhale know that oxygen rich life force is moving into every cell of your body. Feel gratitude.
~With every exhale you release toxins and cleanse every cell of your body. Feel the release.
~Inhale: thank you for my life.
~Exhale: I release what I no longer need.

For a guided real-time anti-stress experience check out my upcoming pop-up Candlelight Restorative Yoga Class  class next Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2017 @ 7:30pm.  All are welcomed.

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