The research is in, and there's no doubt about it: Running and meditation are really, really good for you. I'm not just talking about physical benefits, although those are definitely there. Running torches calories and may help you live longer, and meditation can get rid of headaches, and its stress-busting benefits are great for heart health.
Sensei Dan used to talk about what the kids in his dojo learned: not just high kicks, and blocks, and so on, but also self control, the ability to stand up to bullies, and self respect. With any physical discipline there are physical end points, but also benefits of understanding, character, and behaviour. The practice I know best is yoga. Not simply a physical practice, it is unsurprising how much one gets from a long term yoga practice. Lately I have seen a lot of articles on 'the benefits of yoga'.
Have you ever wondered why your GUT is hating on you? First, let’s see how your gut is feeling these days. I like to call this a GUT CHECK! Are you bloated, hurting, trouble pooping, diarrhea, indigestion, hot burps, burning in your belly, constipation? Are you popping Tums, Heartburn pills, poop pills, stool softeners?
I love green and growing things. Gardening is an excellent way to get active. You probably know by now that I focus on functional fitness, meaning fitness that's grounded in balanced, natural movement, that helps you stay injury-free and fit for daily life. Gardening is a great way to reinforce and enjoy the benefits of functional fitness.
You can get good cardio from raking and mowing, digging and weeding are great resistance exercises, and just walking around on the natural surface of the garden promotes balance and stability. Gardening burns a fair amount of calories, too.
I often write in response to something that comes out in one of my classes.... a question from someone, or an thought I have as I respond to how I see someone moving, or an emotional or physical response in a student. In this case I am responding to an article a couple of people forwarded me. It is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and something which has shifted both situationally and purposely certain aspects of my teaching, that is, the commercialization of the practice.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.May the moon softly restore you by night.May the rain wash away your worries.May the breeze blow you new strength into your being.May you walk gently through the world you know and its beauty all the days of your life. Apache Prayer Have a great weekend and try to allow yourself to calm the mind even if it is just a few moments.
As this year comes to a close and we are ready to begin the New Year, most of us vow to make major changes in the coming weeks. We attempt to live a healthier life, without taking the time to reflect on what that “healthier life” will look and feel like. We think we need to change everything at once, but the fact is this is not realistic and we find our willpower depleted after a few weeks and give up.
Meditation brings in many different benefits that you do want to know a lot about. You do need to practice a lot but after you do you gain benefits that few activities can bring in. Meditation is not appreciated for the right reasons these days. Unfortunately, most people out there end up faced with a problem because they end up quitting. Hopefully, by highlight the advantages of soul guided meditations below, you will stick to it and you do all that you can in order to eventually succeed.
If you werer going to take an exam, would you prefer a room with workers using jackhammers outside the window, or one that is quiet? Or, if you were writing an essay would you do your best work at the library, or in a disco with strobe lights flashing and loud music? There are certainly some people who would say they prefer to work with some external chaos, but most people find focus easier in a quiet environment.