For many, mindfulness is about being still and quiet, and certainly, this is a valuable way of approaching it. However, mindfulness is also something that can be added to a range of everyday tasks to improve health.
In our busy, busy lives, when do we get time to quietly reflect? And if we do, it probably feels really uncomfortable. With a distracted mind and an active body, sitting still can be torturous. Meditating or practising yoga may just seem like an indulgence.
The Sympathetic Nervous System, or “fight-or-flight” state, describes your body’s response to a dangerous or stressful situation. So how does your brain differentiate between perceived risks — life-threatening dangers or life-annoying stresses? The problem is that, really, it doesn’t.
Novel progress UPDATED! Just hit my original target of 50,000 words and I'm over halfway through the story. Still loving the process!
Resisting the monkey mind just leads to frustration and agitation. Simply willing yourself to get to sleep can be a fruitless effort. Here are some simple ways we can improve our much-needed slumber.
Sonder: The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Everyone has a story.
What's behind the name Wonder Yoga? The phrase "Live in Wonder" has become a kind of mantra to me, to be explored not only in my yoga teaching and practice, but all areas of life.
With a flip of the calendar, I set a new theme of the year. One that helps to ensure I am aligning with my intentions and ambitions. This is what I’m asking myself in 2019: Where is my attention in this moment?
As I hit the 5,000 word mark in my novel, I’m thinking about what got me to this point: Encouragement. Once again I’ve immersed myself in something where I have NO idea where I’m going, NO idea how to get there, and probably NO business even going there. And, I’m loving it.
We’ve all said it: “I don’t have time”. Yet when the unexpected happens – disaster strikes or an advantageous opportunity comes along – the schedule instantly opens up, and our time and attention is redirected to this new task. Do we HAVE time, or can we MAKE time?
Here are nine small eco-conscious behavioural changes I’ve made in my world over the last few years, as a minor contribution to the health of the greater world. These aren’t revolutionary new ideas, just some small commitments to regular habits. Let’s share ideas and support each other to make small, conscientious changes.
How do you visualise your future self? The same iteration of your current self, transported six hours/days/years into the future? Or a wiser, much-improved version of the today-you? Consider being empathetic towards your unpredictable future self.
In 2016, I decided to pursue one of my greatest passions with yoga teacher training. Initially, my yoga practice was results-driven, building physical strength and flexibility. Over time, this developed into cultivating mental strength and flexibility. As my understanding of the practice expanded, yoga invited me to become more introspective and contemplate my beliefs and values.
What is it that we fear about being wrong? Momentary embarrassment? Inadequacy? Perceived lack of competency? Distrust in our abilities? Vulnerability and receptivity are the seeds of opportunity to explore, develop, innovate and contribute.
Instead of setting goals at the start of each year, I prefer to choose a word (or three) to be my theme for the year. I can then revisit at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure my actions and intentions are aligned with this theme. This year, my main focus word has been “EASE”.
Charlie Chaplin's speech at the end of The Great Dictator is as meaningful now as it was in 1940. Chaplin is commonly recognised for his humorous silent performances – silly walks and hat tricks – but this is a voice to remember.
I was honoured to be a guest on The Productive Woman podcast with Laura McClellan, discussing how I harmonise between my freelance graphic design work and my yoga teaching. The main theme was about being really present and mindful in whatever you are doing in that moment. Multi-tasking is so 1990s!
2016 has been a significant year, with events that have had a global impact and shaped our future. Take time out to look beyond the mayhem, disappointment, anger and confusion. Seek the good in the world, celebrate the wins, connect with kindness, and make time to play!