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3 Steps to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit

October 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

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What if there were just three steps you could take to experience greater mind body spirit balance? Because let’s face it, who doesn’t feel out of balance these days, at least some of the time? We all want to feel more balanced, more aware, more present in our lives.  Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so it’s up to us to make our time here as full of joy and laughter as possible.

Yes there are millions of things we could or think we should do to feel happier, healthier and more vibrantly alive but see if it doesn’t boil down to these three being the magic formula for you. Read more »


Mind Body Spirit Love Fest

July 12, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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How can we not feel fabulously in love with life when we meditate, exercise and drink that scrumptious green drink in the morning!

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Daily Practice: Yoga and Patience

June 06, 2010 By: Michael E. Crowley Category: Mind Body Spirit, Yoga

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I am not a patient person.  This is an admission that would surprise people who know that I practice yoga, one of the most patient forms of exercise.  I am impatient, though, and I show it in some very strange ways.

This is my morning routine, repeated with some variations depending on the day:

I wake up. This happens, on average, two to three hours before my wife does.  When it happens, my mind wakes up pretty quickly.  It’s keen and ready to work on the list that it’s been prepping all night.  My body, however, is not thrilled to get a to-do list when what it truly wants is breakfast, and takes an hour of coaxing to get out of bed.

I go to the bathroom and flex in front of my mirror. This is partly because I am vain, but also because I am impatient.  I did a total of 10 to 11 repetitions of the Plank-to-Four-Limbed-Staff sequence yesterday, including five of them in a row. Where are my rippling biceps? In case they decide to show up without telling me I flex several more times during the day, just to be sure.  This reassures me and amuses my wife, so it’s a win-win for all concerned.

I weigh myself. I do this about three or four times because our scale is old and imprecise and I have to take a wide sample of possible weights before settling on the most likely total.  Also, I am nearsighted and the markings are small. When combined with my height, this makes accurate first readings unlikely, even when wearing glasses.  Am I much lighter yet?

I eat breakfast. While breakfast digests, I search the internet for likely jobs, write in my journal and wait one hour before:

I practice yoga.

Living mindfully requires me to practice patience in a number of areas.  My rippling biceps will appear, but it will take time to allow the muscle tissue to rest and rebuild itself between workouts.  I will get lighter, but I will have to keep eating properly and riding my bike up hills to make that happen.  For now, there are the needs of the moment.  Breathe, be grateful, and be mindful.

Or, to quote Lama Surya Das, from his book Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be, “Hasten slowly, and you will soon arrive.”


Mind-Body-Spirit Love Fest

April 26, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

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I’m on my third week of P90X.  I’ve run marathons, done Bikram Yoga and a number of other exercise adventures.  Never has anything felt like this.  It must be the muscle confusion.  My body feels so alive and vibrating with transformation.  Dreams are more vivid and meditation more spacious.  Maybe it’s all the raw food dancing for joy inside my little cells!  Whatever it is, meditation,  a living food diet, and daily exercise are truly the three pillars of a daily Mind-Body-Spirit Love Fest for me. Read more »


Raw food, P90X and Meditation

April 19, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

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I love Tony Horton and I love what he has created.  There is something about his P90X workout that has inspired thousands of people, including me, to work our butts off (literally) every day for at least 60 minutes – and love it!  This week my favorite is Kenpo – so much fun.

Time.  It takes time to tend to our body, mind, spirit. Long ago I read a quote that said something like, “instead of letting time take me, I will take time”.  It’s kind of crazy really.  If we don’t take the time to prepare the best food, exercise our bodies and cultivate the true nature of mind ie. find inner peace, then we’re probably not going to live a long and vibrant life. Read more »


Exercise as Meditation

November 25, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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Exercise is my most important daily touchstone. Without moving, stretching, challenging and invigorating my physical being on a regular basis I quickly sense my spirit stagnating, negative thoughts try to invade and I am disconnected from my true essence, from the sacred. Often I like to exercise alone, as it’s my time to recharge, daydream, or let go of something troubling. When immersed in physical activity I reach a meditative zone – where everything suddenly shifts into perspective, the chatter of thoughts, worries and apprehensions fade away. More than just a “runner’s high”, I find a sense of both cosmic and earthly unity as my muscles, heart, and lungs find their rhythm.

Today was a gorgeous late autumn day and I took full advantage by biking out to Cathedral Park to see a community garden plot I may be leasing. Not knowing where exactly the garden was, I set out for an adventure along Willamette Boulevard, which winds along a great ridge on the west bank of the Willamette River. The view was glorious – evergreen blanketed hills to the west, lovely historic homes to my right, and behind me snowy Mt. Hood, resplendent without the usual cloud cover.  As I pedaled I noticed the sky, filled with sunlight filtered down to me through gauzy clouds and a lacy curtain of brilliant red and yellow leaves still clinging haphazardly to gnarled branches. I  also noticed I’d been smiling ever since my ride began.

When I arrived at the majestic St. John’s Bridge I knew I was close to my destination. The garden plot was sure to be down the steep hill leading to the water and Cathedral Park.  I rode through the park, down toward the river, still not finding the garden. I now faced a steep hill to climb. Empowered and exhilarated from the ride out here and the beauty of my surroundings, I trusted my body to get me up the hill. And not only were my muscles focused solely on climbing the hill, my mind was laser-focused as well. Lingering frustration from a phone call this morning, doubts about making it up the hill, the never-ending To-Do list evaporated, and there to my right, down a quiet street was the garden.


The Source of All Generosity

October 14, 2009 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit

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Meditation, Eating (mindfully) and Exercise

I don’t know about you, but I live with the daily challange of doing these three things.  And what is so crazy to me is that, of course, the quality of my life in hugely enhanced when I do.  My, we are funny creatures.

Meditation

OK,  45 minutes is really spacious.  My goal is 20 mins.  Once I can just light the candle and incense at my alter, I’m good to go and oh, what peace awaits me.  Except when I get those intense spontaneous urges to get up and make a phone call that I forgot about – or some other trivial spontaneous arising of the mind.  So, I just sit and notice the urge and breathe. Ahhh. Read more »




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