5 minute guided meditation

5 minute guided meditation

As often as I encourage people to practice meditation, qi gong, or mindfulness I am met with “How do you do that?” I usually respond, “Oh, just check YouTube, there are tons of guided meditations.”¬† I had a look around and while there are many videos some of them can get a little complicated. I think a practice should be simple then we are more likely to practice it regularly. Well, I grabbed a microphone, danced around, then recorded a very simple meditation that anyone can do. I had office and desk workers in mind so you can do this in the middle of your work day. Try it out, let me know what you think! ~Think...

Great lecture on the experience of having a stroke

A couple of years ago I saw this lecture by Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor about her experience having stroke. It’s about 20 minutes long and I found it quite inspiring in an unexpected way. I love hearing perspectives that balance the scientific and the ‘esoteric’ in the real world. If you want to prevent having a stroke eat your salmon, flax, and sardines. It keeps the blood thin and prevents clotting. ~Think...

How to have more energy during the holidays

It is a very busy time of year with parties, “must-do’s” and “should-do’s.” Having an acupuncture practice is a great opportunity to see how all sorts of different people from a variety of backgrounds respond to the holidays. Some have really busy schedules, others keep the season low key. For those who whip themselves up into a frenzy I offer this idea I heard from a lecture about being creative, and highly productive. There were 8 steps to follow to help free your energy to focus on being creative and innovative. The first and most important step is to “Terminate.” At first I thought I heard wrong, but the idea was to stop doing what you DON’T need to do. Many people give a whole lot of energy to tasks that won’t bring them any closer to their end goals. So you may be able to put that extra set of light on the 50ft tree in your front yard¬† (makes me think of Clark Griswold!). Or you may be able to make a turkey, ham, salmon, roast beef, and lobster for dinner. You probably could make a four story gingerbread from fair trade ingredients from scratch! But, do you really need to? When you “Terminate” tasks that you don’t need to do you will free up energy to be fully present for what you really want to do- like visit with important people, enjoy traditions, or simply relax and rejuvenate during the holidays. ~Think...