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Time Out

Health Coach Jillian took a little hiatus last week. You may have noticed…or not…oh, I know you noticed. ūüėČ

Well, I recognized that I needed to slow down and take a little extra time for myself to get things done. Sometimes we need to acknowledge that we can’t do it all. I’ve talked a bit about this before.

There are several ways that I take time for myself. I bake, I wander around Whole Foods, and I meditate. Daily.

I’ll be honest. It was a tough thing for me to accept that I had to incorporate meditation into my life. It takes a lot for me to stop and just be when I have a lot of things on my plate. And that, my friends, is exactly why I need to stop and just be, if only for a few minutes each day.

Someone asked me to explain why it’s necessary, and the answer shot out of my mouth faster than I could’ve imagined.

For balance.

I like to think of it this way: when we go go go, we are too far to one extreme, so when something comes along to throw us, we get thrown. If we are balanced, we are much better able to take the challenges in a graceful way.

Here are three great ways to start:

1. Download these apps for your ipad/ipod/smartphone:

  • Relax and Rest. It’s $.99. This has 5, 13, and 24 minute guided meditations.
  • Simply Being. Also $.99. This has 5, 10, 15, and 20 minute guided meditations.

These are great for beginners and can be done any time, including right before bed. (You may not be able to download to your phone initially because it is a large file. If that’s the case, download to your computer or ipad first and then sync them.)

2. Visit themeditationpodcast.com for free guided meditations. Most are over 20 minutes with a few clocking in at 17 minutes and a short meditation for 8 minutes. These meditations are really great.

3. While I recommend doing guided meditations to start, you can also do it on your own. Sit in a quiet spot for any length of time – 5 or 10 minutes is a good start.

  • Pay attention to your breathing. Let thoughts come in, acknowledge them as thoughts, and let them go back out as you refocus on your breathing.
  • Count your breath in as 1 and out as 2.
  • When you breathe in, think RE-. When you breathe out, think -LAX.
  • Repeat mantras to yourself to achieve what it is you want to achieve:
    • If you want to relax, repeat: I am calm, I am here, I have nowhere to be, I have nothing to do
    • If you want to feel more positive about yourself, repeat: I am wonderful, I am strong, I can do anything

A few things to remember…

1. Keep in mind that it will be harder at first and like anything, will get easier with practice. Do not get discouraged. The more you keep up with it, the better you will feel.

2. There is no¬†bad meditation. Just doing it is the important thing. If you have a lot of thoughts, that’s okay.

3. Don’t compare yourself to others. Sure, some people might go into a state of total transcendence. If you can’t, that’s okay. It’s just the practice of stopping and being in the moment that’s important.

4. Don’t have expectations. The important thing is that you take the time for you.

5. Monk-like robes are not required.

Health is not just about what you eat, but also how you treat your soul. All the carrots in the world won’t help you if you’re stressed out and overextended. Have you ever noticed how good someone looks when s/he gets back from vacation? So eat your carrots AND slow down!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite thing to do in your downtime?

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Address The Mess

Wow, I feel like it’s been ages since we’ve had a blogpost here. I’ve missed you!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. And I hope your Memorial Day was chock full of memorable events that left you feeling happy, recharged, relaxed, and reconnected to the people and things that you love most.

I happened to do quite a bit of cleaning this past weekend. In fact, every kind of cleaning up. From laundry, to house, to diet, to dog grooming, to relationships…suffice it to say, it was a weekend for tending to some messes.

While it feels good to get some things in order, there is always more work to be done. So with that, I want to share with you my favorite ways to address the mess.

1. For the Spirit
Meditation is my answer to tidying up the internal stuff. Take some time to get centered. We’ll revisit meditation again in another post. But for now, I recommend starting by downloading the Relax and Rest app for $.99.

2. For the Body
My favorite soap hands down is Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap. Smells amazing. Feels tingly. Fair trade. Organic. Only $9.99 at Trader Joe’s for a big ol’ bottle. Awesome.

3. For the Face
I love, love, love Be Natural Organics Rose Hip Seed Facial Cleanser. It works so well. It gets makeup off. It gets the face clean. And it only has a few ingredients, none of which are harmful to you. Yay.

4. For the House
The husband, while wonderful in so many, many ways, hates the smell of vinegar. I have to be very careful about how I use it. But when I do get away with it, it is a wonderful cleaning product. Click here to get recipes for all different surfaces and needs. Works great to clean and disinfect while being safe.

5. For the Diet
Get back on track. For me, that meant getting more protein this weekend. If it means eating less sugar or drinking more water, do it. If it means getting more fiber or less protein, do it. Listen to your body. It tells you what it needs.

6. For Relationships
Communicate. Listen. Love. Respect.
Be patient. Be grateful. Be understanding.
Be able to admit when you are wrong.

7. For Your Heart
Take a moment to get out of your routine. It only has to be a minute or two of your time, but it should be a minute that makes you happy.
Kiss your dog (she did just get groomed, after all!)
Pump up the jams and bust a move
Make someone laugh
Do a quick flip through that magazine you haven’t gotten to read yet

So there you have it. Keep your house tidy. And by house, I mean your life.

Here’s what I heard over the weekend:
“To solve any problem, you must always begin with yourself. Be open to changing and learning. Be grateful for your life – for your illness, for your conflicts and your resolutions, for everything. Be grateful for the light days and the dark days. They teach you who you are.”

Question of the Day:
What was memorable for you this past weekend?

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