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Self-Awareness, Yoga

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Your nose is directly linked to your brain and your nervous system. That is one reason why in yoga we focus so much on the breath. We use it as a tool to calm our minds and help create that mind-body-spirit connection. Focusing on the breath not only brings us right in to the present moment, it also directly affects our bodies and minds on a cellular level by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system. It helps calm the mind and relax the body. The parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite of our sympathetic nervous system, which triggers the fight-or-flight response. Even just taking deep belly breaths can start to change your brain chemistry, almost immediately.

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The Choice is Yours

“You can count your days or make your days count for something. The choice is yours. ” –  Louise Caiola

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Waking up on the right side of the bed everyday is a choice.

Living life the fullest and enjoying every breath you take is a choice.

Allowing yourself to be here in the present moment is a choice.

 Loving yourself and those around you is a choice.

Being generous and giving back is a choice.

Being happy is a choice.

Treating yourself and your loved ones with respect is a choice.

 Being grateful for everything you have is a choice.

Appreciating the beauty of the world around you is a choice.

 Dealing with your problems, instead of running away form them, is a choice.

Being honest with yourself is a choice.

Feeling your feelings is a choice.

Surrounding yourself with people who only lift you higher is a choice.

Eating right and taking care of your mind, body and soul is a choice.

Following your passions is a choice.

Doing what makes your soul shine is a choice.

Saying yes (or no) to whoever or whatever is a choice.

Making your wants and needs known is a choice.

Letting go of anything (or anyone) that’s no longer serving you is a choice.

Doing your best and giving your all, in everything you do, is a choice.

Doing what you need to do for you is a choice.

In every single moment of your life you have a choice.

Creating the life we want for ourselves is completely up to us and our choices. The choices we make on a day to day, moment to moment basis.

Everyday. Every breath. Every moment.

I think that is amazing.

 

Self-Awareness, Self-Care, Self-Love

Self-Care Promise

“I have come to believe that caring of myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde

“Make a promise to yourself to make her own well-being sacred.” – Unknown

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As life gets busier and busier, I find myself neglecting to do certain things because I feel like I don’t have the time. There are only so many hours in the day, right? Getting up early to practice yoga or meditate most days seems impossible. Eating out or eating a frozen meal seems easier faster than cooking healthy meals. Clean my apartment? Yeah, I’ll do that later. Getting eight hours of sleep a night?  Um, yeah right. I find myself putting too many things on my plate; saying yes to things I don’t really have time for. I’m sure I’m not the only one who lets this happen. Especially when life gets busy, it’s easy to put ourselves last.

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Recreate Your Life Story

One of my blog posts was selected to be a part of the curriculum for the first ever Tiny Buddha e-course called “Recreate Your Life Story: Change the Script and Be the Hero”. I couldn’t be more honored or excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity! I have been following the Tiny Buddha blog for years now. I thought being a guest blogger on the site was exciting, but this is just a dream come true.

This e-course is amazing and I encourage you to check it out and give it some serious thought. You will not regret it! Lori Deschene, the founder of Tiny Buddha and the woman running this course, is such an inspiration.

Click this following link to find more info about this life-changing e-course:

 

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Going with My Gut

I recently began flirting with the idea of possibly buying property, most likely a condo or a townhouse. I’m tired of throwing my money away to rent and it is so frustrating that every year, for no reason that I can see or benefit from, the rent goes up and up and up. Also, I love the idea of having a place that is truly my own. Everyone in my life seemed to be on board and think this idea was worth exploring. That made me even more excited!

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