Spring is here!
It’s that time of year again, and people are busy cleaning their homes, cleansing their bodies and trying new detox practices. Amidst all that, something else is really loud and clear—we all are ready to get rid of the clutter around us… in all forms of the word. Fasting, juicing and/or incorporating some yoga detox practices are fantastic practices to do this time of the year, but what about your thoughts?
Have you ever slowed down just enough to see what’s in your mind?
You may be surprised to see what you may find. After all, the mind and body are highly interconnected to one another.
Did you know that a person has approximately about 70,000 thoughts per day? That’s a lot of stuff going through our heads in any given day! The thing is that many of us are not even aware of all these thoughts. Our minds jump from one thought to the next without us even noticing it. We cannot even remember half of the things we thought about the day before.
Out of all the thoughts you may have in one day, how many thoughts do you think are positive ones? What happens to the quality of your thoughts when you’re in a rut? How many of the same thoughts that you have been experiencing for years are now becoming deeply rooted…turning into beliefs? On the other hand, how can you continue to instill, enhance and multiply the positive ones?
A good way to become mindful of the thoughts that are going through your head is by paying attention to how you feel.
Let’s try this simple but effective technique that can be done anywhere any time (even as you stand at the check out line). Start to pay attention to how you feel (emotions). Then, become aware of how your body feels. Next, pay attention to your thoughts and the qualities of those thoughts. Feeling good = positive thoughts, while feeling upset, angry, etc = not so great thoughts.
This is why it is so important to meditate. It is the best way to clear out the clutter in our minds. It helps us to relax, feel grounded and see things more clearly. Not to mention that it also improves concentration and calms the nervous system.
Meditation may come easily for some people, but not to others just keep in mind that everyone can meditate. The key is practice—continuous practice.
You don’t need any fancy equipment or certain look. You don’t have go somewhere special. You can meditate in a quiet room in your home or office.
When I feel out of alignment, my first thought is, “I don’t feel like meditating today… it’s okay I can do it tomorrow.” But guess what? I know that right then is when I have to meditate the most. I make myself sit there and pay attention to the thoughts that come up. Even though during those days my meditations are not the easiest ones, I always feel better afterwards.
Don’t get discouraged if you notice negative thoughts come up. That is actually how the cleansing process begins! That is how we begin to get rid of the clutter that clouds our thinking.
There is lots of information out there regarding meditation. There are books, CDs, guided meditations and a lot more. I am sure you will find what’s best for you.
I would love to hear what meditation practices have worked best for you and what results you have experienced.
Adri Kyser is a Global Vinyasa, Prana Flow yoga teacher, and Power Pilates instructor with many years of experience. Thanks to her extensive studies and continuos trainings, she has created a unique approach on how she teaches yoga. Her welcoming and caring approach will inspire you on and off the mat. Adri’s mission is to help you awaken and reconnect with your Inner Beauty helping you live your life to your fullest potential.Adri travels the globe leading master classes and teacher trainings. In addition, Adri is one of the few yoga teacher approved by Shiva Rea to lead Prana Flow modules in the US and abroad. Adri has been featured in online and printed ads for Athleta, Ahnu Shoes and Manduka. Her work has also been featured in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, and Origin Magazine. You can take some of her amazing classes at YogaVives.com and LearnItLi
ve.com.You can find Adri sharing her passion for yoga and inspiring others by leading workshops, teacher trainings and retreats. For more information please visit www.innerbeautyyoga.com
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