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
Today is a practice in empathy. One way to begin is with the notion that the lives of those around us are just as important and complex as our own--the notion of sonder.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
Sit up tall, relax in a chair, lie down--whatever is comfortable for you. Just take 30 minutes today to be still and silent and to focus on your breath.Read More
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and this is something that resonates with me deeply. Today's and yesterday's challenges were inspired by my travels, when there were some days I could only see my clear reflection in the small passenger's seat mirror of the car. It only took about the same amount of time I used to spend putting on makeup, to begin to experience the sensation of actually looking into myself. Today, I invite you to do the same.Read More
Eating fruits and vegetables raw, the way that we find them in nature, is an incredible way to freshen and clean our bodies. Fruits and vegetables have the highest nutrient density of any foods and help give us a better awareness when our bellies fill. This helps to prevent over-eating and helps keep our digestive systems from over-working, allowing that energy to be re-distributed throughout the body.
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Today is the same as yesterday, but we are sending our gratitude and love to our fathers. Once again, start out with a simple, universal, and unconditional kind of gratitude. Then, work your way into more specific and personal topics. Whether your father is present in your life or not, and whether your relationship tends toward the stronger or weaker side, today is a day for simple, pure, loving kindness.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
Today is a day for deep looking. As you eat your food, think about what went into making your dish--from the soil that was used to grow it, the distance it traveled to find its way to your home, the hands that washed and prepared it, and so on. Find in yourself a place of deep gratitude for the small things that we sometimes take for granted.Read More
Today is a day to appreciate animals as friends, not food. Across the board, the meat and dairy industries produce the most waste and consume the most water, fuel, and land of any foods. They have been proven leaders in the cause of heart problems, diabetes, and a number of other health issues. In addition, the meat and dairy industries are consistently responsible for acts of repeated and violent animal cruelty.
Take the day to be mindful of what you consume and refrain from the consumption of animal products. Be sure to supplement your diet with plenty of beans, nuts, leafy greens, and other non-animal based proteins to ensure a fully balanced diet.
I am so excited for the upcoming days! My schedule has been hectic as ever with starting a new job as an assistant designer, finishing up custom pieces for Liis Custom Jewelry, and of course, finishing up the debut collection of wallets, purses, and guitar straps for Lēlē Stern! So, stress levels are a bit high for me, I’ll admit, but luckily, in the midst of all the chaos, I’ve had “30 Mindful Days” to keep me in check.Read More
Today, meditate in whatever pose is most comfortable for you. Start out by focusing on either your heart center or the point between your brows, being sure to relax all the muscles in your face. Breathing slowly and deeply, allow thoughts to come and go as they may.Read More
Yoga is an excellent way to unwind, focus the mind, heal the body, and develop a sense of spirituality. My personal favorite is a traditional Hatha practice, taking each pose slowly and breathing deeply into my muscles. While traveling, yoga was what I found to be my way of coming home.Read More
Choose clean, loving ingredients, and put loving intention into each step of the preparation process. Cooking for another person cultivates that paradoxical and fulfilling sense of gratitude that we receive from giving. Enjoy a quiet meal with someone you want to spend time with tonight.Read More