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Fun Ways to Exercise Your Mind, Body and Spirit to Create a Happier Work Life Balance

Tending to your mind body and spirit will certainly help you stay healthy and live a balanced life style. It seems though that everyone has their own ideas of what a balanced life style means. What works for one person may be abhorrent to another. The one size fits all idea is crazy in this day and age. Individuality is always the key. When you find something that work for you stick with it until it starts to not feel good anymore. I know of an eighty-five year old man who still swims every morning and can walk miles. He eats a simple diet by choice and is incredibly fit. He’s very small in stature but enjoys his life which as well as his exercise routine includes weekly Japanese lessons which he has been taking for years. He’s also a church goer so in my opinion is enjoying a healthy lifestyle because he nurtures his mind body and soul.

Doing what makes you happy is the key here. If someone makes a New Year’s resolution to get fit, stop smoking or lose weight, if they are doing it because they feel the “should” they are very likely to give up before too long. Likewise if a child leaves school early in their education because they hate it and they have bad grades, they may well go back to school at a later date to study something that interests them. If this is the case it is much more likely that they would be much more successful at their studies because it’s been their “choice” to return.

When we are inspired to do something it is always more enjoyable and we achieve better results than if we are motivated to do something. Motivation suggests being coerced into something from an external force, whereas inspiration suggests an internal desire. Internal inspiration is what creates masterpieces and inventions whereas external motivation may come from a fear of failing or unpleasant consequences.

The things you choose don’t really matter, it is more that they are your choices and not things imposed upon you by someone else. If I told you that you had to sit for 20 minutes twice a day and meditate to lower your blood pressure and you got bored easily and hated having to sit still, meditating would be a chore. It may even cause you stress and irritation, something that is certainly not an environment conducive to lowering your blood pressure.

The more happiness you can create in your life the healthier you are likely to be. If you are inspired to try any of these activities it’s a good indicator that they may enhance your life. If not, why not come up with your own list? Inspiration of any kind comes from your inner wisdom and it’s always a good idea to listen to that. No one knows what is best for you more than you so be guided by your inner knowing and see how these suggestions can help you relieve stress, and bring balance into your life.

Nurture your mind

Write a poem
Meditate
Do crossword puzzles
Play scrabble
Play internet games to distract your mind from your worries
Eliminate negative thoughts for 1 hour each day. (This is actually a big challenge – try it)
De-clutter your room, desk or home and you will find it helps to clarify your thinking

Nurture you body

Do some gardening
Have a massage or facial
Take a long relaxing bubble bath
Try aqua aerobics
Go for a hot air balloon ride
Go for a swim

Nurture your spirit

Read something inspirational
Take picture of happy family events
Spend time with people that share your spiritual views
Write out 3 wonderful things about yourself everyday
Release your anger by imagining the person you are having a problem with sitting opposite you
Pray
Let nurturing your mind body and soul be something that you find inspiring, fun and a joy and you will find yourself living your best life.

Chakra Balancing – Aligning the Mind, Body and Spirit

10 years ago when I used the word chakra people would look at me as though I had a two heads.

As yoga and energy healing has moved to a more mainstream position, the word chakra is now known by many. The word chakra is Sanskrit meaning wheel of light.

Within the body we carry 7 charkas or energy centres. These 7 centres are gateways or portals in which the universal energy can enter our body filling us with health and vitality.

When these chakras are healthy they provide us with energy and everything seems to flow easier into our lives.

When the chakras are blocked we can feel discombobulated, drained and lethargic. By healing and balancing these 7 chakras it can renew our energy and heal all aspects of self.

The seven chakras are as follows:

The Root Chakra (the colour of deep rich red)-Located at the base of the spine. It is responsible for our connection to the earth plane and this basic physical reality of life. The root chakra balances and heals the reproductive organs, legs, tailbone, feet and adrenal glands. Balancing this chakra it fills you with a new sense of security, courage and self confidence.

The Sacral Chakra (the colour bright orange)-This chakra located, just below the navel, influences the spleen, reproductive system and the lumbar plexus. This chakra controls clear thinking and creativity. This chakra offers us the opportunity to acknowledge our issues regarding control, especially in our relationship with others. It is also where your creativity emerges from.

The Solar Plexus (the colour of sunny yellow)-Located in your stomach, just above your navel. This chakra governs the stomach, liver, small intestine digestion, the pancreas and skin. This intuitive chakra is the source of “gut feeling. The signal to take action or avoid something. By strengthening this chakra you can begin to trust the signals that you receive from it. The solar plexus is also responsible for the health of our self esteem and self worth. When this chakra is functioning optimally our self esteem and our intuitive skills are enhanced.

The Heart Centre (the colour of emerald green)-Located within the chest, this chakra governs the thymus, lungs, and responsible for controlling the immune system. The heart centre is associated with love. However this chakra can also carry heartache and bitterness, grief, pain and fear. Balancing the heart centre is the purest form of healing. By connecting with love energy you can release all negativity and replace it with new, fresh energy strengthening this chakra.

The Throat Centre (the colour of sky )-Located in the throat, physically this charkra governs the thyroid gland, neck, ears and respiratory system. This chakra is responsible for communication through our spoken word and how we express ourselves to others. When this chakra is healthy, you are able to openly and honestly express yourself. When we feel we cannot express ourselves truthfully it clouds this centre. If you have been honouring your beliefs and speaking your truth, this centre will be in balance. If you have been ignoring your voice, or using silence this centre may be off balance.

The Third Eye (The colour of indigo)-Located in the middle of the forehead, this chakra is responsible for a deep level of being that we call the spirit. It is related to the act of seeing. Both physically and intuitively. when this centre is balanced you become more aware of your inter-connectivity and oneness with all of existence.

Play Better Golf – Prepare Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

If you tend to have a bad case of the Yips on short putts, or if you find yourself so tensed when you step on to the course that the game of golf is more of a torture than a release of tension, you have to do something about it.

The best you can do apart from maintaining a good fitness level and eating nutritious meals is focusing on your mental state. Mental skills once developed and honed can take your body and your game of golf a long way.

Without proper mental preparedness, golfers often find themselves losing concentration at key moments, having their emotions interfere with their performance, and having even the fittest of bodies fail them at crucial periods within the game.

If you take golf lessons, mental preparedness is usually focused on after you have mastered swing techniques.

There are various methods by which you can develop your mind so that it can in turn take your body’s performance to new heights. Reducing stress is key. Practicing yoga, meditation, deep relaxation techniques, engaging in exercises such as Pilates, and even listening to and learning to play an instrument are some of them. Yoga

Practicing yoga has numerous benefits such as decreasing anxiety, relaxing the mind, improving alertness and concentration, increasing your ability to judge depth and distance, augmenting the mind/body connection, and overall heightening your sense of well-being. It has also been shown to increase memory capacity and learning.

Of course, it has its physiological benefits too–it increases your energy levels, muscular strength, flexibility, range of motion, posture, and balance. For golfers, the added benefits are that it increases grip strength, which is very important for that proper swing; reaction time–so that you have the added advantage of extra time to adjust your posture, position etc, before that key stroke; and depth perception–so you can masterfully vary the power of your swing.

Besides, yoga focuses also on proper breathing techniques, which results in proper oxygenation of the brain, improving your ability to think coherently. Pilates

Pilates is a technique that involves a series of controlled movements that engage both the mind and body. Designed to build your body’s core muscle strength and flexibility without building bulk but instead streamlining your body, Pilates is now widely used for rehabilitation purposes as well. The key is that the mind plays an important part in the healing process. For that matter, the mind is all-important for any activity; golf being no exception. Meditation

Rob Nairns explains in his book, “What is Meditation?” that meditation is a highly alert and skillful state of mind.

Yoga practice goes hand in hand with meditation. You are psychologically present with whatever is happening–even though you are going through physical movements, you are concentrating on your breathing, your posture. The same is true of Pilates.

The whole concept of a “mental shift”‘ really makes sense because neuroscientists have long known that when we meditate, brain activity shifts to different regions of the cortex. The right frontal cortex is the stress-related region and meditation moves brain waves from there to the left frontal cortex, which is the calmer region. This negates the harmful effects of stress or anxiety, or even those down-in-the-dumps feelings. Meditation also reduces activity in the amygdala, which is the fear-processing region of the brain. Relaxation and Other Mind Techniques

Relaxation

Relaxation, which can be accomplished as easily as setting yourself in a calm environment and just letting your mind and body rest can be an effective stress reducer. Imagery

Imagery is the practice of imagining yourself in a situation or accomplishing a task before the event actually takes place. This method can be used as a rehearsal technique before any major event, even if you cannot actually physically rehearse or practice everything.

Top sports people invariably use this technique to visualize their next move, strategies that they can employ in different situations, and as a method to control their actions, even if the actions may not be taken immediately following the visualization. When the events that they have mentally rehearsed actually take place, their response is effective and so natural that it is perceived as habitual.

Sometimes, people have difficulty even mastering the swing. And, most often, all it takes is a mental shift to free your body from the restrictions your mind is imposing on it.

It’s always a good idea to also use imagery to pre-experience achievement–imagine yourself swinging the golf club to perfection and hitting every fairway or green. This helps to give you confidence each time to step out on to the golf course.

There are other mind development courses that you can do, which will help to increase your mental acuity, improve visualization, and even improve your eyesight.

Practices For Mind, Body and Spirit Balance

“Today, find ways to create balance in your life. Cast all negativity in a positive light, and let go of any fears that block the flow of vital energy within your mind, body and spirit.” – Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso
I recently downloaded the “Healing Cards” application for my iPod, which was created by Caroline Myss and Peter Occhiogrosso. There are fifty gorgeously designed cards created with the intention of providing users with a daily practice for maintaining spiritual balance. Because we are all so wrapped up with the stresses and minutia of everyday life, it’s very handy to open up the application and reflect on the healing thought/meditation and accompanying guidance as they rotate through.

One particular card that resonated with me began with the healing thought: “To heal illness, begin by restoring balance.” This seems really obvious, but how well do most of us accomplish this? Self-care is an important part of restoring balance. The healing card talks about reconnecting and living in harmony with nature, citing that many “spiritual traditions also find a strong link between physical health and spiritual well-being.”

In addition to practices that connect and ground us to nature around us (spending time outdoors, eating healthy, nourishing foods, embracing the change of seasons) we can observe other practices to help us create and restore balance. Some of these include:

• Reframing our life in a positive way
• Finding opportunities for gratitude on a daily basis
• Spending time with loved ones
• Sending love and compassion to our fears and traumas (as well as doing the necessary work to properly integrate and release them)
• Taking time to rest

Practices and healing therapies that directly help or teach you how to reconnect to your body, mind and spirit are also necessary for good self-care. They include: energy healing (Reiki, Qi Gong, etc.), meditation and breathwork, yoga, Tai Chi, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Our body instinctively knows it needs. Watch children and you can see how attuned they are to what their bodies need. The older we get, the less we stop listening because of internal or outside stressors that pull us in numerous and competing directions. Some of these stressors are an unavoidable part of life, but we can find ways to minimize their influence. Self-care is the first step towards integrating the healing we need and increasing the flow of beneficial energy for restoring mind, body and spiritual balance in our lives.

Music Is a Powerful Healing Tool for the Body, Mind and Spirit

Stretch Negatively Affects Your Total Being

Anxiety and pain have a method for depleting the body, brain and soul, particularly subsequent to managing delayed anguish. On occasion you may feel your whole being is totally spent from warding off the agony of life and battling the encompassing pessimism. In those times, it appears to be difficult to do anything helpful to surrender you an edge on the apparent war, or possibly recapture your balance in the fight. Possibly you’re simply tired of the every day battle and your spirit shouts out for a truce so you can tend to your fight wounds.

Utilizing Music to Heal and Renew

Music can be that impermanent respite you’re searching for, that craved break from reality and the anxiety it holds. All the more critically, it can be utilized as a method for managing your distress and notwithstanding helping you confront it head on. In times of perplexity, depletion or sadness, it’s great to give tune and song a chance to assume control while you immediately rest. The satisfying sounds can solace and recuperating to the body and soul, particularly in a period of agony; anxiety can be lifted from your brain while muscles unwind and fundamental signs ease toward commonality. It can likewise be utilized as an approach to vent your sentiments and feelings that may somehow or another be hard to discharge. Music is presently generally utilized for restorative purposes as a part of clinical settings and recommended as a recuperating device. Proceed, exploit its normal mending properties and use this melodic solution for restoration at just about at whatever time, wherever at no expense.

Sustain Yourself Through Music

Let you’re thankfulness, revelation and delight of any music devour you totally for a revival of quality. Utilize the under tapped force of music to mend your whole being from the back to front. There are distinctive methodologies you can take to encounter your own particular musical treatment.

Get in a tranquil spot to listen to your most loved music. Stay composed, close your eyes and totally assimilate what you listen. Try not to consider anything with your psyche; simply feel the music with your heart. Listen to the cadence, keep the beat, know about the tune and turn into a part of the tune.

Put on another style of music you’ve never listened to, whether it’s rap, enormous band or even what your children or guardians appreciate. Open your brain to acknowledge music you’ve never investigated.

Unwind and take a moderate full breath; let the hints of delicate music encompass you like a warm cover and solace you.

Attempt an alternate cadence, one with a solid beat. Feel the force and delight of hard, beating music as it fortifies you and replaces the anxiety or distress in your heart.

Discover a tune that communicates what you can’t say, relate to the words and feelings then attempt to discharge your own. Possibly you can relate to a tune of misery, misfortune, resentment, or one of fearlessness and reconstructing. Listening to religious melodies help me when I’m excessively confounded or hurt, making it impossible to tell God precisely how I feel.

Maybe you are skilled in music and might want to lose yourself in the vitality of the tune you sing or play on an instrument. (You could attempt this regardless of the possibility that you’re not musically capable!)

Investigate your own thoughts on how the force of music can be utilized to reestablish your quality, inspiration, vitality and determination to associate again into your existence with restored euphoria.

Support your body, brain and soul.