Mindful 21

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What does being mindful mean to you? Would you consider your current way of living, a mindful way of living? Are you often scattered, not sure where to focus, feeling drained? I’ve been feeling such things, so decided to do something about it.

Life has a lot in it – work, taxes, homes, dishes, family, kids, doggies, friends, flat tires, sunsets. But everyday begins anew, with a clean slate, and you have 24 hours to make it count.

Introducing the Mindful21 challenge.

Co-hosted with my beautiful girlfriend, Sarah, this challenge invites you to participate in 21 days of mindfulness. They say it takes 21 days to adopt a habit and building positive habits into your repertoire creates mindfulness within. So, whether you want to reconnect with yourself, your health, your body, your environment, or start something positive, there’s no better time like the present. Join us for 21 days of mindfulness with meditation, meatless meals, and movement.

Here’s how our challenge will unfold….

Starting November 16th, we will kick off 21 days of positive, mindfulness, asking you to incorporate the following:

7 days of meditation

7 days of meditation, plus a meatless meal

7 days of meditation, a meatless meal, and movement

Meditation

Week one will begin with meditation. We challenge you to find 5 minutes of quiet to begin each day of this challenge. Sit with your thoughts, your intentions, your mind. Be still, calm, breathe. Finding 5 minutes to begin your day will allow you to enter into anything with a calm, mindful being. Meditation has so many health benefits, from reliving stress, to lowering your blood pressure, to grounding you. Being mindful begins with being present.

Meatless Meals

Week two will continue with 5 minutes of meditation and we’ll challenge you to add on a meatless meal into your day. Being mindful of what you’re putting into your body starts with the food we eat. A plant-based lifestyle has numerous health benefits and will leave your body feeling clean, energized and healthy. I’ll be posting recipes, plant-based tips and suggestions, and nutritional facts about the lovely fruits and veggies we eat. Living mindfully of what you eat can begin with a meatless meal.

Movement

Week three will incorporate movement into your day with a yoga flow. Building onto your 5 minutes of meditation and meatless meal, we will post a daily yoga flow that will get your body moving. Aligning your mental state with your physical is huge and by adding a yoga flow into your day will allow you to be more fluid, open, mindful.

Please join in on this 21 day journey to be more mindful. Follow me on Instagram to get daily updates on intentions, flows, and pictures of the meatless goodies I’ll be making. Use the hashtag #mindful21 when posting your pictures!

Happy minds, happy bodies!

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Travel Mindfully

The hustle and bustle of planes, trains, and automobiles can be exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and sometimes exhausting. Being out of your own comfort zone, removed from your normalcy, thrown into different time-zones, cultures, new situations, language barriers….the list goes on and on! I personally embrace the opportunity to go beyond what I am used to and embrace the awesome change travel brings. It can be an adjustment though and let’s be honest, doesn’t always run smoothly.

Keep Calm Travel On

 

Stress doesn’t need to take over your trip and throughout the years, I’ve learned to unpack the things I don’t need to carry with me when I travel for a healthier, calmer, more mindful journey. Before you even begin the first step of travel, here are a few things that I’ve found help me find calm while traveling.

Breathe Deeply

When the body gets stressed, it tends to tense up and your breathe can become shallow and erratic. Breathing deeply relaxes your muscles and releases tension, allowing oxygen flood your cells. This will calm you and put you in a relaxed state for your journey. Anytime I feel a bit stressed while traveling, or even after I arrive at my destination, I mindfully check-in on my breathe and take a few moments to take a few deep breathes.

Prepare the Day Before

This may sound obvious, but giving yourself at least 24 hours to set aside the things you’ll need on your trip will make the beginning of the journey more enjoyable. I set out my liquids, headphones, water bottle, any books/magazines I’m bringing and light coat out the night before, so I don’t have to rush around on my travel day. Mike often underestimates the time it will take to get out the door, so preparing beforehand makes exiting a breeze!

Don’t stress about Unknowns

Traveling to a new place will mean you’ll be learning as you go. This is ok! Having everything figured out immediately isn’t realistic and honestly, takes the fun out of exploration! Yes, it can be unnerving to be in the dark about things in a foreign place, but people are generally pretty kind, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. And discovering new things is half the fun! Don’t worry if you don’t have dinner reservations, are unsure of where the grocery store is,  or can’t read the road signs. Do some research beforehand, then enjoy. Stressing about that which you don’t know, before you get a chance to face it, is a waste of energy.

Be Kind & Positive

When you’re in a new place, not completely sure of things, it’s easy to loose your temper, snap at each other, even get in full-blown arguments. Mike and I are usually travel beautifully together, but there is an occasion where foreign road signs bring out the beast in us and snippiness occurs. If I’ve learned anything in my years of traveling, it’s there’s no need to talk to each other in a nasty tone. You will figure whatever it is you’re squawking about, out. You will arrive at your destination, figure out how to get back to your hotel, find a pharmacy to pick up all the crap you forgot to pack….and you could embark on that journey with an angry mindset or a positive one and make it an adventure. Life works out when we are kind to each other, so travel happy.

Happy Travels!