Updated: Mar 25, 2019


Many times in life we wonder why others seem to have it easier than us. Our minds race over what we can do about it. Sometimes we might even feel a little jealous about it. Other times, wanting more becomes a trap: a bigger car, a bigger house, longer and more expensive vacations. Reality is, having enough is a mind set. The conviction of having enough comes with the training of the mind and awareness. No way around it.


The sense of not enough permeates all areas of our lives. Do we have enough money? Do we have enough time? Do we have enough fun? Do we have enough friends? The list can be very long.


We seem to live in the era of "more is better." But, wait a minute, is more always better?

Do we need that fourth pair of new shoes this year? Do we really need a fifth pair of boots? Or, is it absolutely necessary to get those $300 jeans? Do we want to pay for and collect things we never use and end up giving away for pennies at a garage sale or donating it? Do we even want all that clutter?


Awareness is the first step toward realizing that we have enough. We will always have enough as long as we structure our lives around what we have built and what we have and can afford.


At a financial level, it might mean keeping a watchful eye on all purchases we make. It is easy to forget that unless we pay the credit card balance in full every month, carrying a balance incurs a very high financial cost via monthly interest. If we are instead referring to not having enough fun, we might want to consider what truly makes us feel happy. Is it a quiet walk in the mountains? Having friends over for dinner? By the way, having friends over for dinner does not mean you have to spend a lot of money and stress over it. A simple dinner together will do. Even buying take out might do. What matters is the time spent together and the intention.


How about not enough down time or free time? Cutting minutes here and there will help. Perhaps watching less TV or spending less time on electronic devices will provide more time to decompress and recharge. Sometimes saying no to events we are invited to is the best way to get centered and find that so treasured free time. We live in days when we seem to always be on the go and when nobody wants to be seen as the slow poke.


However, it is important to always put yourself first when it comes to rest and finding quiet time to release stress. Whenever one member of the family is stressed out and all over the place, surely everybody else in the family will notice it and likely be affected negatively.


Not enough peace of mind? Find a hobby, yoga or meditation class where you can empty your mind out. Take a couple of breaths and try again! It might start slowly, but the transformative power of mindful practices and activities has been documented by many studies.


Having enough is finding meaning in life. Finding the true meaning in the simple things in life. Think of a warm hug, a photo of your significant other, child, grandchild or pet. Spending more quality time with loved ones, keeping things simple and pondering if we really need to make that next purchase will help us walk in life a little more lightly and with less and less baggage over time.










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Updated: Mar 3, 2019

It happens every year! No matter how much we prepare mentally ahead of time and have an entire time-and-event plan set, it always hit us right in the head. The holiday season is a beautiful time of the year. So much joy, so much to share, time with family and friends, decadent meals, dessert galore, travel and so and so forth.


All these joys from the holiday season come along with the anticipation the season per se creates and this is what causes so much stress. We look forward to the season, but many times do not make the time seize it. We buy and wrap presents, sit down countless hours in front of the computer to buy more presents or gift cards, we rush to the post office, go out for dinner with friends, attend work holiday parties and end up exhausted!





Over the years, about 30 to be exact, reading and studying about health, yoga, nutrition fitness and wellness in general, I have created my own recharge and recover routine when I am feeling a little, or not so little, on the edge.


Here is a short, about 7 minutes long, yoga routine to do those times when you need to gather yourself and just be. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to go. Unfurl that yoga mat and do it!


Sequence:

Mountain pose - Tadasana

Alternate nostril breathing - Nadi Sodhana. (Two rounds. 1 full breath between rounds)

Child's pose - Balasana

Garland Pose - Malasana

Cobra pose - Bhujangasana

Supine spinal twist - Supta Jathara Parivartanasana

Legs up the wall - Viparia Karani

Reclining bound angle pose - Supta Baddha Konasana

Let me know in the comments how it went!


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Updated: Mar 26, 2019

Breathing in, breathing out... You will hear me say this in pretty much every single yoga class that I teach. It has almost become an expression people relate to me. I find it amusing.


When I am teaching I can see how this reminder to connect to the breathe truly brings a person's mind to the present moment. I tell all those in class that the moment we hold the breath or start panting, we right there stop doing yoga. The gentle "breathing in, breathing out" puts all in a state of ease and acceptance. The acknowledge and embrace. We stay where we are body and mind.




There are times in our lives when breathing in and breathing out goes out the window. A sudden argument with a stranger in a supermarket or store. Perhaps a heated conversation with your significant other, or, why not, your opinion on something regarding a friend, co-worker, or neighbor. We are human beings, emotional by nature, so chances are we will react to events happening around us. The main thing is to go back as soon as possible to just breathing in, breathing out.


It works every single time! The moment we connect to the breath, everything is better. Our egos do not like being hurt and many times that is the main reason why we keep complaining, arguing or going back to a conversation topic when there is no point anymore. Our egos want to be validated. By breathing in and breathing out we slowly realize that we are more than our ego. Once we see that, it will be easier to connect to the breath.


Connecting to the breath allows us to freely travel in the space between the thoughts. A place of bliss and equanimity. A place where we can stay as long as we want or need to and are always welcome to come back to.


Try it yourself! Next time things get a little out of hand remember, "breathing in, breathing out" One breath at a time. Stay right there for a while.


Let me know in the comments what your experience is when connecting to the breath. Did it improve things? Did you feel better?


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