Today, take the time to get your heart rate up and your blood circulating. Do whatever makes you happiest. So, if you're not into going to the gym, turn on some music and throw yourself a dance party, get outside and go rollerblading, shoot some hoops--you name it. Allow yourself to get creative and have fun!Read More
With mindful ears, take in all of the components that make up a song or an album. Take in each layer of the music, one at a time. Start with the vocals--the melody and the lyrics--and work your way to the guitar, the keys, and the drums (or any components that may be present in your music). Sometimes we listen to music in a passive manner, as background noise, but today, I invite you to listen actively.Read More
There are a couple of ways to go about this:
First, you can draw something in as photorealistic a manner as possible, meditating on the small, subtle variations of light and darkness that make up an image. This allows us to view the world around us in a way that is unattached from our perceptions of how things are "supposed" to look.
The second way is to take in the image that you want to draw with only your eyes--no utensil yet in your hand. Capture the essence of the moment and what it is that you want to convey. Then, after meditating on it for a few moments, recreate the essence of that image with as intentional and as few lines as possible. This allows us to see a bigger picture and really take the time to process our surroundings.
Keep in mind that neither method is better than the other. Just do what makes the most sense to you in the moment.Read More
Sitting up tall will make you more focused, more present, and better aligned. Give yourself the extra little boost today in focusing on your posture.Read More
Stand in front of a mirror with your eyes closed and just start by smiling internally, picturing your entire body filling with a glowing, golden energy. With your eyes still closed, the next step is to physically form a smile, allowing it to amplify the energy you've already created. Now, open your eyes and see your reflection.Read More
This is a practice in streamlining your thoughts, as you watch them emerge onto the pages in front of you. While a seated meditation is great for a number of reasons, a written meditation is also great for the fact that it allows you to record and review your thought process.Read More
This is called oil pulling. As oral cleanliness is the first aspect of a good digestive system, practices like oil pulling are great for regulating your system. Oil pulling is also great for relieving jaw tension, headaches, and a number of other systemic ailments. The object of the game is to collect as much saliva as possible. As you do this, you will feel that you are pulling from some far reaches. This is helping to draw out excess bacteria and toxins. Make sure you do not swallow the oil, as it becomes toxic. When you are done, spit in the sink and clean your teeth with a dry toothbrush to get off any excess.Read More
Whether your mother is present or not, and regardless of your relationship, today is a day for gratitude. Concentrate not only on qualities and traits that you admire, but also concentrate on an offering of universal and unconditional love--a kind that can only be offered to the person who gave you life.Read More