“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
Our physical health is our foundation. Body alignment, good posture, range of motion, and functional strength is a prerequisite for being able to focus the mind and tap into the wisdom of the heart.
In today’s modern world many people sit at a computer for hours per day. They experience physical tension from poor posture, muscle imbalances and weaknesses, and mental tension from stress, which radiates throughout the body creating tightness and pain.
On the other end of the spectrum, laborers who are constantly moving, lifting, or standing depend on high quality movement in order to protect their body from overuse. They require foundational strength and mobility to meet the demands of their job.
When the body is aligned and strong muscles don’t have to overcompensate. You feel adept to live life to the fullest, use your body to experience this world, and access your creativity and mental strengths, because you are not constantly plagued by physical aches and pains.
Movement keeps the body healthy.
A personal movement practice addresses your goals, lifestyle, weak links, and continues to evolve as you do.
First, move like a human- make sure your joints move well, compensate for overuse patterns, and put time in for a healthy spine.
By forming new movement patterns you build new neural pathways in the brain. You get smarter, more proficient, more dynamic, and more in touch with your inner nature.
Just as we move and contract we must learn to be still and relax.
When the body is still the mind can become highly focused and attentive.
“Meditation means “to attend.” It means attention to the whole of life. It should not be a strenuous act; it should not be forced. Your life can be one of meditation.” - Swami Rama
Mental thoughts are like waves in the ocean. They keep rolling in incessantly. We encounter approximately 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. In any given minute we can thoughts of joy, sadness, stress, worry, anxiety, and fear.
If we cling to these thoughts and react to them we get pulled away from the present moment, which is the house of true joy.
Negative thoughts can create negative emotions, which negatively impact physical and mental health, disrupt relationships, and focus, and productivity.
The aim of meditation is not to stop the thoughts from coming, but to not react to them. The aim is to remain present. The present moment is the seat of true joy.
Focus takes practice. With practice you learn to direct the mind and make it one-pointed. You discover how to let go of thoughts that do not serve you and discern what is useful, thus you do not let negative thoughts become seeds in your consciousness which eventually create dis-ease in the body and outward into your life.
With practice you learn how to be equanimous, not easily distracted by the mental pictures of the subconscious mind. You create an inner stillness that becomes true strength.
There are many different techniques. I help individuals create a personal practice that helps them experience life in a profound way.
When the mind is still and focused the heart can speak.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller
You can have the perfect body, the most expensive home and clothes. You can travel the world freely, but if your heart is not fulfilled are you truly living?
The heart is referred to as a mini-brain. Cells in the heart can release neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, and release concentrations of oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone, equivalent to the brain.
Emotions are thought to be created and stored in the heart. There is a direct correlation between negative emotions and stress and poor heart health as well as cognitive function.
At some point we have all probably felt the effects of a heavy grieving or broken heart and the effects it has on health and mood. Likewise, we have experienced the positive effects of feeling "light hearted" or a loving and grateful heart and the effects it has.
When we live from our hearts, we feel aligned, joyful, expansive, and caring.
Keeping the heart open is a practice as we can carry emotional pain and trauma for a lifetime. This can have ripple effects on all we do and everyone we meet if we do not clear it.
Keep love flowing from the center of your heart by staying connected to all parts of yourself, staying connected to others, nature, and your unique purpose.
It takes courage to heed the callings and express the writing on the walls of your heart, but when you do you feel it like a river of joy flowing through you.
When the heart is full of joy and gratitude life becomes a sweet adventure.