mindfulness

5 ways to create mindful movement.

5.  Pay attention.  You’ve been standing, sitting, walking, running, etc. for ages.  When was the last time you paid attention to how you did it?  to how it felt?  “Climb” inside your body.  Listen to it.  Pay attention, as it’s constantly giving you feedback.
4.  Connect the dots.  Have some aches and pains?  Put on your super-sleuth hat and see if you can connect the dots to figure out why.  The clues are all around.  Look at the way in which you wear out your shoes or socks.  Look at where you have calluses.  Become the mentalist of your body.
3.  Know where you carry tension.  Everyone carries tension in the body.  Everyone.  Where do you carry yours?  Shoulders?  Ankles?  Toes?  Find it. Release it.
2.  Slow down to speed up.  Faster + more reps/miles/anything = better, right?  WRONG.  Slow down. Build a foundation.  Make sure your form is impeccable.  Climb inside (see #5), and go slow.  As you get to know your body you can then speed up (and likely, be even faster than before with less injury….)
1.  Take a deep breath.  Drop your shoulders from your ears.  Roll your head around a few times, slowly, easily.  Relax.  When doesn’t that feel good?

Go forth, and move with intention.

Presence.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

As we wind down 2011, I urge you to enter 2012 with presence.
Spend some time reviewing this past year.
What went well?
What didn’t go so well?
What do you want for 2012?

Enter the year with presence.
Move with intention.
Breathe.
LOVE.
Be mindful.
Be grateful.
Spread joy.
Show up.
Work through the fear.
Listen to your body.
Live like you mean it.

If others blossom in your full presence, think of what it can do to your own life.
It’s not easy, but give it a try.
How will you be present today?

The time is now

Most of us, at one time or another, have had a “someday” fantasy.

When I get a raise, I’ll pay off my debt and be free.
When I lose that last 10 pounds I’ll start dating and meet the love of my life.
When I get a new job, I’ll have more time, more money and more happiness.
When I get that new bike, I’ll make exercise a priority and get in shape.
I could go on….and each of them basically boils down to “Someday, when I have/do _______, I’ll be happy.

Here’s the thing: Nothing outside of you is going to make you happy. No external circumstance is going to be the magic wand that “cures” you and makes life better. If you want your life to be different, you’re going to have to get up off of the couch and do something about it. There is no magical solution, and the time is now.

So don’t wait until you lose those last few pounds or get in shape or get that new job.
What is it that you want?
To be happier?
To be healthier?
To have more time?
What steps can you take today, to move a bit closer to whatever it is?
Go on. Get moving.
The time is now.