Mindful Living?

We believe that ‘Mindful Living’ is the key to life long health and happiness. It’s about living with INTENTION, about pausing and creating the space to really look at how you are living your life and then removing what doesn’t serve you. It’s about removing unnecessary stress and the causes of that stress, and about removing things from your life that don’t align with who you are and what you believe. It’s a very different way to approach health and wellness but one that will create amazing and lasting transformation.

The Core Aspects of Mindful Living:

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our present moment experience, whether it be a sight, a sound, a taste, a smell, a sensation in the body, or mental activity”. It takes us out of living in our heads gives us a chance to tune back in to our lives and live right now. We so often live in the past and in the future but as the saying goes ‘the past is history and the future a mystery’ and the only time that exists is this exact moment. Right now.

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Gratitude

It sounds silly that we have to actively practice gratitude doesn’t it? But we do! We are addicted to talking about and thinking about everything that’s going wrong while we should be focusing on everything that is going right. And even on what we feel like are horrible days, we still have so much to be grateful for if we just stop and think about it. And when you realize how much you already have your sense of well-being and happiness increase and you reap a wide variety of benefits.

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Connecting with Your Food

It hasn’t been until the past 100 years that we’ve put that responsibility for our food in the hands of the industrialized food system. My grandparents and yours too I bet, grew, raised, cooked and preserved their own food. From chickens to berries to beef to vegetables and grains, our grandparents grew it all and knew how to use it. Now food comes from the grocery store, shipped from thousands of miles away, grown and raised on ‘farms’ that are giant corporations pumping out as much ‘food’ as they possibly can without regard to what they are actually doing to our health or the health of the environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

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Finding Joy in Movement

As former personal trainers and current Alternative & Holistic Health Practitioners we know just how important movement is to our health and well-being. Physical exercise and movement is crucial to all living things and keeps the life-force and energy flowing through us. A characteristic of life in nature is that once something ceases to move, it rapidly deteriorates. And like everything in nature, humans are made to grow and to MOVE!

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Unplugging

This day and age we are always plugged in; phones, TV’s, laptops, iPads, iPods, radio, etc. and we are being constantly bombarded with information. We actually get so much information thrown at us it is now the equivalent of 200 newspapers a day! No wonder we’re all stressed and depressed. Our devices have become technological extensions of ourselves, and as such, we have a really hard time putting them down. We feel the need to know what’s going on all the time, we have ten browsers windows open at a time, we answer work e-mails all hours of the day, and we begin and end our days looking a screens. This isn’t good for us; physically, mentally or even spiritually, and it isn’t good for the world either.

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Reconnecting With Your Tribe

We are in an epidemic of isolation and, as one of my colleagues put it, we are suffering from cosmic loneliness. We have swapped face-to-face human contacts for text messages and ‘likes’ and swapped emotions for emoji’s and we ‘don’t have time’ for meaningful conversations.  Divorce has become common, job-jumping a way of life, and strong community and religious institutions are too often a thing of the past. The cost of this isolation and cosmic loneliness may be higher than most of us think. Studies show that the fewer human connections we have at home, at work, and in the community, the more likely we are to get sick, suffer from anxiety and depression, and die prematurely. The good news is that those same studies also show that the more human connections we have, the more likely we are to live long and and healthy lives.

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Our health and the health of our ecosystem are completely and inextricably intertwined and yet today many children and adults suffer from what Richard Louv calls “nature-deficit disorder”— a reduced awareness and a diminished ability to find meaning in the life around us. Children, and adults, no longer have the opportunity to play freely outside, exploring woods or wading in puddles and streams. And there are fewer and fewer natural areas to visit as urban sprawl continue to creep outwards in to farmland and wild country. If we want to protect our world and our own health we need to bring nature back in to our daily lives, no matter where we live.

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Living mindfully and with intention doesn’t mean you have to change your whole life in one day. In it’s simplest form it simply means tuning back in to your life and making decisions that align with what you believe and what you want to get out of your amazing life.

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