The Path to the Best Kind of Life.

Via Rachel Brathen
on Aug 18, 2014
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My path to a balanced life started with meditation when I was 17.

From there I moved towards asana and with time my practice has become a beautiful mix of both.

Meditation is so important…crucial, actually.

At first it might feel overwhelming and difficult because that’s what the mind wants you to believe. But meditation is everything but complicated.

Meditation is your natural state. Your body and soul is continuously striving towards being in a meditative state, but the stress of our daily lives combined with the anxiety of our minds make this appear difficult.

I love the saying; “if you can’t make time to meditate for 20 minutes a day—make time for an hour!” Because this is exactly how it works.

We need to slow down from within to see a change on the outside. The second our minds slow down, the world around us will too. You create the world you live in. Make a conscious effort to make it peaceful and calm!

Well-being begins here.

Meditation is something you can do anywhere, anytime.

I like to find a quiet corner at airports when I’m traveling, sometimes to roll out my mat if I have time, or to just sit in silence.

I have a meditation app on my phone called Peace Alarm that’s great; it sets a timer for you and you can choose nature sounds or Tibetan bells to keep you focused and to just let you know when the time is up.

People might look at you like you’re weird but you’ll have a much bigger chance of a stress free day so who cares?

I once practiced behind a gate at Miami airport and people randomly started joining me until we actually had a real class going! Yoga united.

Make your well-being your priority and do what you have to do to feel good.

 

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Editor: Renée Picard

Photo: courtesy of Rachel Brathen

 


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About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on facebook.com/rachelsyoga.

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