Week of May 22, 2011

Everyone worked very hard last week . . . from the slow and steady conditioning in our socks, to sprint intervals and jump squats. It was great to see Dawn back, I loved seeing Deb P. sprint, and a boot camp class wouldn’t be complete without Paula asking what? hugh? how many?

100 Day Challenge

100 Day Challenge ends this Wednesday. Please congratulate the Challengers when you see them. They’ve dedicated themselves to movement and shifting their food habits. The final celebration is taking place this Wednesday!! Stay tuned for pictures from the party.

Special Updates

This past Sunday was the last fun run/walk that I’m coordinating since summer is coming and schedules are so crazy. The fun run/walks will start back up when the next 100 Day Challenge begins, which is looking like the fall.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t meet, you can send out messages, call friends, call me!

Also, the summer schedule is starting on June 22 for 7 weeks. We start at 5:45 am and go for one hour, rain or shine. A summer special will be announced.  Stay tuned!

Meditation

This was also posted on the 100 Day Challenge blog.

The term meditation refers to a group of techniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxation response, mindfulness meditation, and Zen Buddhist meditation. Most meditative techniques started in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions.

Welcomed Guest

We were fortunate to have Lonnie Poland visit us to discuss and lead us through meditation. Her calming voice was meditative the moment she spoke. Lonnie shared the meaning of meditation and the statistical benefits. She recognized that we all have busy lives, so she led us through a meditative walk, which is useful for a short walk from the car to the grocery store door (see this website for more about meditative walking: http://www.wildmind.org/walking/overview).

Lonnie led the group through a sitting meditation, then ended with a Yoga Nidra, a.k.a, yoga sleep (http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1372). We all felt amazingly wonderful . . . I know for me, it was a wonderful experience; we tend to move so quickly through our days and Lonnie reminded us to stop and enjoy the here and now, and not worry/dwell about what’s going to happen tomorrow or what happened yesterday.

At the end of the session, we all received a lovely gift of a basil plant from Lynn, our resident green thumb.

Thank you Lonnie.  We are all deeply grateful.

How do I find time to meditate with my busy schedule?

We live in a busy world where our lifestyle is guided largely by our watches. The 9 to 5 job, tough competition, stress at work and home have led to the increasing consumption of alcohol and tranquilizers as the common methods to relax and de-stress. But these methods have their own side effects. Even when we sleep our mind is awake. It keeps on working nonstop. Therefore, it is essential to find a rather healthy way to relax without having any adverse effect on our mind and body. Meditation is the only answer to de-stress and relax our mind. But how to take out time to meditate from a busy schedule and is it really easy to meditate? Yes! It is very easy to meditate and you do not have to give any extra time or effort to meditate.

Following are the few tips on how to meditate in daily life in office or at home.

1. Make a note of how many times you drink a glass of water in a day. Make a habit that from now onwards every time you drink a glass of water, you will take at least one-minute time to drink it. Do feel the coldness and taste of water. Feel the water as it touches you tongue, throat and finally settles in the stomach. In this way, 10 glasses a day make it 10 minutes of meditation.

2. Feel your coffee, drink or soup. Apply the same with your coffee or other forms of liquids you take. Even if you are talking to someone or doing some work, you can feel the taste of the drink you sip.

3. Enjoy you meals. Try to show gratitude to your meals. Do not just bite, chew and swallow. Feel the bite, the taste, the chew and the swallow.

4. Whether you hear a caller tune or a call-waiting music on you phone instead of getting impatient and saying pick-it-up, enjoy the moment with that music.

5. Every time you make use of a lift (both up and down) count the number of breaths it takes to reach that particular floor.

6. Standing in a long queue and waiting for your turn can be very frustrating. Make use of this time by counting the number of breaths you take in one minute. Repeat this process after every few minutes for one minute. This way you will notice that the number of successive breaths you take are less than the previous ones. This reflects that you are cool and relaxed.

These are the few methods you can apply to meditate anywhere anytime without making any extra effort or giving any extra time in the process. Slowly and gradually your awareness will increase and witnessing will become obvious. You will feel fresh and energetic most of the time. A few minutes meditation stretched over the 24-hour period will reflect in your improved productivity, positive attitude and artful living.

Source: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2092867/how_to_meditate_in_a_busy_work_schedule.html
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