Mindful Monday: A little bit of NO with all of your GO

A little bit of no with your go

A little bit of NO with all of your GO‘ – such a great phrase I overheard Chaitanya say at a Cycles Of Womanhood Yoga Workshop yesterday. I loved the workshop with learning how breathing and yoga poses can be really medicinal for your body! Her website is here if you want more info? https://www.wombtempleyoga.com

BUT the most important message was the need to rest for healing and releasing and insights to occur….and we just don’t get enough of it in today’s world. We all need to learn how to say NO to rest more…amongst all of the GO, go, go …

Then this great quote popped up in my email today (I love the synchronicity!):

‘One of the most exhausting stress loops for women starts with saying yes when we feel no. Becoming your most authentic self is the first step to learning what a no and a yes feel like in your body. We often tell women to say no more, but equally as troublesome is that we also don’t feel and then follow our yeses’. by Karen Brody, author of Daring To Rest….

Both of these amazing women, Karen & Chaitanya are advocates of yoga nidra – one of my favourite mindfulness exercises! Research shows that 20-30 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to hours of deep sleep!

I used to listen to a recorded yoga nidra daily when my kids were little to give me a boost of energy for the afternoons! The more you listen to a yoga nidra, the more quickly and deeply you go into deep rest!   Being so still and rested is essential and it also helps us to tune into our hearts and bodies to determine clearly what we need to say No or Yes to. I couldn’t do without my daily meditation practice for this benefit alone!

You can read more about yoga nidra here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-yoga-nidra-works_us_58efcea5e4b048372700d692

A range of free yoga nidras can be found here:   http://www.yoganidranetwork.org/downloads

It’s worth giving a go – saying NO to the phone / email / facebook /family / friends / work and giving yourself some moments of deep rest – we all need it!!

I’m off to rest deeply with a yoga nidra practice!!

Will you join me? x Sara 🙂

Not So Mindful Monday!!

I was walking along with my kids one Monday evening and with a jolt out of my inner ramblings I realised the river had flowed the day before!!    We had celebrated the rain and hoped the river would flow…..but somehow we had ended up relishing a wet, cool day at home and not gone anywhere!

Immediately I began internally beating myself up….how could I  NOT have noticed the weather outside, how could we have missed such a momentous occasion here in the desert…..how could I have been so UNmindful!!!

And so the inner harsh ramblings continued as my kids explored this fascinating, moist environment and only once I got to the top of the hill and looked out over the range and saw a stunning sunset spiking through clouds  was I able to wake up!  Here I am beating myself up about NOT being mindful yesterday and I am MISSING a chance to be mindful right here right now!!!!

Deep breath, relax the shoulders, take in the sunset, the sound of cicadas, the birds, be grateful to be right here right now, with my kids and this glorious landscape……….and …we’ll see the river run next time!!!!

Very important for this time of year, thank you Karl!

Mindfulbalance

cat sunlight2It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus and find creative solutions to problems. We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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