Today is the Summer Solstice, first day of summer, longest day of the year. It’s the half-way point of our calendar, and it’s the day with the most light. For me, the equinoxes and solstices are not only important markers of Mother Nature’s seasonal shifts, but also times to reflect on how I am living my life.
Here are three simple steps to reset your mindset, on the solstice or anytime. Each of these steps is a neuromuscular activity, which means it grows more helpful pathways between your brain and body, your thoughts and your actions.
Release old burdens, fears, and doubts. Water is ideal for purification. One quick way to let go: Think about what you want to release while washing your hands.
Be grateful for what is.One quick way to do it: Walking Mantra – with each step say “Thank you Thank you Thank you.”
Plant a seed for new growth. Write down the new attitude or behavior.
Sometimes our loved ones are sick, relationships are rocky, and career and finances feel stressful.
Many things are out of our control.
Here are three ways to use yoga to stay healthy and calm, especially when life is hard. See a one minute how-to in the video below.
Breathing with mudra. Join your first finger and thumb in jnana mudra. Touch them at the points/ends of the fingers. This symbolizes the connected nature of human consciousness and the union of individual spirit with the divine. Breathe and stay in this position as long as you can. Eventually you may feel your pulse in your fingertips, and more subtle energy exchange as well. This is an ideal yoga technique when you are waiting for some news, and when you feel anxious and need to calm down.
Standing forward bend. Align your feet straight forward and bend over, supporting your head on your hands on a counter or chair (or even your car)at a comfortable height. Breathe and stay as long as it’s comfortable. Forward bending is relaxing to the nervous system and stretches your back, hips and legs. You can also do it with your feet wide apart.
Conscious walking. This is different than walking for cardiovascular exercise. When you are in the midst of a difficult time in life, practice walking more slowly. Feel the impact of your heel on the ground and stand tall all the way up to your head. Breathe and approach the next situation or encounter a little more slowly.
It’s important to give credit where credit is due. I learned about conscious walking (and 99% of everything else I learned about yoga) from Lillah Schwartz. And I am learning about mudras from the book Mudras, Yoga in Your Hands, by Gertrud Hirschi.
I’ve got to hand it to the FDA on this one. Well done, funny and gets the point across! I agree with them on everything except one point. The singers tell us to choose low-fat. Low fat foods are not necessarily healthy. But YES, read the label, every single time.
I work in a gym and I move my body most of the day. I live in South Carolina, and it gets hot here. I sweat. I used to wear antiperspirant. The more I learn about health, the more respect I have for Mother Nature. If you take away any message from my website, please take this one – Don’t mess with Mother Nature! We are sweating not only to release heat, but also to release toxins. Our armpit sweat glands are right next to our lymph nodes, which are…HELLO! right next to our beautiful breasts. Sweat is supposed to come out. Antiperspirant uses aluminum salts to prevent sweat from leaving your sweat glands. Also, your skin is your largest organ, so please don’t put chemicals on your skin.
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Explore their website to learn about the “pit detox process,” that you might actually get a short-term rash when you STOP using your chemical antiperspirant. Everyone’s body chemistry is unique, so you may have to experiment to find the strength and scent that works for you. I recommend starting with the sampler pack so you can try the different ones. It’s $20, or $17 if you use my code below.
Cauliflower Rice has changed my life. My husband loves pasta, bread, and and rice. He likes this and asks me to make it, and I am happy to give him something low-carb. Chop cauliflower in the food processor, sauté with onion, and season zillions of ways.