Happy #MindfulnessMonday! Today we want to share a quote by Steven Furtick that has more and more resonance as our worlds become more and more exposed on social media. The quote goes, "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." Now isn't that the truth? What do we post on social media? Do we post the pictures where we think we look fat or pale or hunched over? Do we post the photo where we hate our outfit? Where we are arguing with our boyfriend? Where we didn't get the job? That's a resounding NO! We post the photos where we think we look great (with the help of a filter or two), where we're smiling and having a great time somewhere fabulous! We share our highlight reel. All the greatest moments that we make look even greater by sharing them. And so does everyone else. But the truth is, we all have bad days, we all struggle and we all feel like we are not enough. And comparing ourselves to everyone else's filtered versions of themselves doesn't help.
So, we must recognize this. We must remember that we all filter ourselves and that's totally okay. But, be conscious of it. Know that no one really #wokeuplikedis.
Be kind to yourself this week guys! Namaste.
Good Mindfulness Monday to you all! Today we want to talk about how we can be really good to our bodies each and every day. Often we think that being really good to our bodies requires extreme measures like juice cleanses or yoga challenges or being vegan or paleo or sugar free or dairy free or, or, or! But in fact, there are a handful of simple things that we can do everyday that can have really powerful positive impacts on our health. Here are our top 5:
1) Sleep: sleep is crucial to our well-being. Sleep allows our body to repair any damage and to regulate our hormones. Getting enough sleep will help you feel better and look better because your body will be operating at its optimal capacity.
2) Hydrate: hydration is so important and its importance is often underrated. True, everyone thinks "I know I should drink more water", but you really should! Dehydration can affect everything from optimal organ function to weight gain and mood swings. So, make sure you are drinking your minimum of 8 glasses a day (you may need more if you do a lot of exercise where you sweat a lot) and your body will thank you.
3) Nourish: nourish your body with all the nutrition it needs. We will not get into specific details of what to eat because we are all different and all of our bodies react differently to different foods, but the key is to be mindful of what you eat, and be sure to eat with the intention of nourishing and fueling your body. Try to eat nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables, certain fish, legumes etc. And if your body is telling you it wants chocolate or red wine, eat that too! Try as much for whole foods wit simple ingredients and most importantly, enjoy what you eat!
4) Move: get your blood flowing! Whether you go for a 10K run or a brisk walk, the key is to get your body moving. Choose your favorite activity or activities and commit to doing it everyday for at least 15 minutes. Getting into a physical activity will do everything from help decrease blood pressure, increase flexibility and strength and decrease stress. So move! Some ideas: bike to and from work instead of driving, get a skipping rope and start skipping, turn on your favorite songs and dance like no one is watching! Possibilities are endless, think outside the gym ;)
5) Breathe: deep breathing is scientifically proven to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which in turn reduces stress. So, we know it sounds crazy, but do not forget to breathe. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed in a situation, step back and take 10 deep, long inhales and exhales. If you are lying in bed and you cannot fall asleep, turn your focus towards your breathing and focus on breathing deeply. Your entire body will relax and calm will set in.
See, it's not so hard right? Be good to yourselves and have an amazing week!
We hope your Monday is off to a beautiful start. It feels like Spring is FINALLY here and for that we are so thankful. There is nothing we love more than being able to enjoy days of sunshine outside. But, that isn't always possible when we have things like jobs and other obligations that may keep us indoors. Which brings us to today's topic for our #MindfulnessMonday: sacrifice.
Sacrifice seems to come with a somewhat negative connotation and one of loss, but we are trying to look at it from a more gainful perspective. For example, in our work, we often have to work on weekends, beautiful sunny weekends where our friends may be enjoying brunch on a patio or listening to music on a grassy field, we might be inside teaching a class, or working on a retreat schedule or getting to our inbox full of emails. And so, in pursuit of our dream of working as a yoga teacher, we must sacrifice the mimosas and the grass stains with friends. But, this sacrifice is getting us to where we want to be. It is getting us to that amazing life changing retreat, it is getting us to experience that practice with exciting new people. It is essentially getting us to this very moment.
Life is all about balance and seeing the bigger picture. So, yes, sometimes we may have to make sacrifices, but if they are in pursuit of your dreams, then they are not a loss at all, but rather a major gain towards realizing all that you desire.
And maybe sometimes they aren't. Maybe sometimes things just happen and we have to shift our priorities and put our needs to the side and that is just life. Let's trust that it will all work out as it should, so long as we trust the process and enjoy the ride, however windy, bumpy, scary or long it can be. Know it will all be worth it, and it will!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.