I’ve been taking Alexander Technique lessons for 12 weeks now, and it is starting to seep in to my subconscious. The Technique is a combination of body awareness, mindfulness, cognitive behavior, and biomechanics. I started taking lessons because my on-again off-again neck crick was stuck in the permanently on position, and visits to the chiropractor…
This year, I set out to find gifts that are helpful, healthful, and pretty and/or fun. Here are my favorites. I love them for their ability to help the people we care about relax, take care of themselves, and feel energized.
If you practice an ancient self-care ritual–such as yoga or tai chi–think of all the people who have talked to one another over the last three thousand years, keeping the discipline alive and making your practice possible.
Einstein said he did his best thinking while shaving. I’d argue that what he was doing wasn’t actually thinking. It was meditating.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: It ain’t easy to meditate regularly. I’ve finally learned to pick something I do every day that requires me to sit still and turn that into my meditation. For example, my nightly glass of wine.
The truth is some days I completely forgot to meditate. Oops. But that’s the one of the great lessons meditation has to teach: When you get off track, all you have to do is simply start again.
Turns out my visions of me tapping away at the computer while the baby sleeps in his bassinet was a fantasy. In reality, baby Teddy hasn’t been interested in sleeping unless someone—namely, me—is holding him.
My two-year-old is a little angel until it’s time for a change in venue—no matter where we’re going to or coming from, transitions unsettle her and spark her worst behavior, from refusing to get dressed to crying to full-on tantrums.
I’m writing this at 3:30 pm—prime time for an energy slump. Instead of reaching for tea or chocolate, I tried Tapping the Breastbone, an exercise from Elaine Petrone, a great source of ingenious ways to help your body feel its best.
Welcome to the holiday whirlwind! I’m already feeling like I need a weekend yoga retreat to get back on track, and the full-court holiday press has even begun yet.