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New Year rituals that benefit us

Happy New Year to each and every one of you beautiful souls.

I haven’t written a blog post in months… and yup I feel it. It feels great to be starting the New Year with a post!

I love writing and sharing with the world, if my post helps, inspires or plants a seed in one persons life.. that’s what makes me feel fulfilled.

So beginning the New Year in 2016, let’s take a look at how we can make sure we create a beneficial year for ourselves.

I watched a video the other day and It really hit home with me, a ring of truth. In the past I always assumed that rituals where a religious act and performed only by religious people etc.

In the video it exclaimed how actually, every single one of us have rituals, we just either aren’t aware of them or we brush them off as a habit (good or bad). We have rituals of the order we get up, read the newspaper in the morning, check Facebook first thing when we wake up, have a morning coffee and biscuit, have a cigarette break.. and so on.

As humans we are known to be creatures of habit.. its natural. But do we ever question our habits? These habits are our rituals. Yet what does smoking, scrolling on Facebook, watching the news; what does any of that really benefit us? The truth is our rituals in modern society don’t benefit us, the news only highlights negativity, smoking kills us and social media amplifies the ego and has us wishing we lived someone else’s life.

I used to read Facebook any time I was bored, needed time to pass.. sometimes i still fall into that trap. It’s addictive. The same as we can fall into the trap of eating at a certain time because its a ritual. The thing is we don’t connect with ourselves with our modern day rituals, we actually do the opposite. We don’t question if we are hungry, we just look at the time and say it’s time to eat, we don’t listen to our bodies. We don’t question if we really need that coffee today because its a ritual.

So here I am sharing with you small quick rituals for you to do, that will benefit your life instead of wasting time and spending it doing something unworthy or damaging for your health

1.Wake up and instead of going on your phone, actually make an effort to stay off it for the first hour. Technology takes up energy from you (not what you want waking up). Instead, think of 5 things you are grateful for. You can think in your head or say out loud.

2. Dedicate 10-15 minutes of your morning to meditating. Once you begin a practise and stick to the same time it gets easier, like every habit. It’s a great way to begin the day in peace, tuning in to how you feel. For example some days you may find it difficult to focus on meditating, this tells you that you’re mind is busy and agitated so you may need to have more time to calm. Other days you may fall asleep, this tells you you are to go to bed early. The body will always give us signs to show us what to do, but we have to make the effort to listen.

3. Go for a walk on your lunch break. Go experience the outdoors, use your sense of smell, touch, hearing and be grateful that you have those senses.

4. Stop for a minute or when you’re on the toilet each time take 3 deep breaths and concentrate simple on your breath.

5. Write in a journal about your day. This gives you a time to reflect on what happened, what made you feel happy, angry, sad, emotional. It gives you and idea of the things that trigger these feelings and perhaps how you can deal with them. Also it’s always good to know what makes you laugh. diaries can hold great memories too.

And there you go.. 5 rituals that benefit you. Rituals need some self-discipline to begin with, especially to replace old rituals. Habits/rituals are forms of addictions but once we replace them, we soon forget about the old ones. You will slowly see your life start to transform for the better.

We are responsible for the lives we create, if we put in the effort we can manifest our dreams into realities.

Lots of love

Sian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minute breathing exercise

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The power of the breath. Healing your mind & body.

Pranayama, used in Yoga is translated to Breath Control, Life force.

The breath is essentially our life force, breathing keeps us alive and happens naturally.

As the mind and body are connected, it only makes sense that where the mind goes, the energy follows. When we focus our thinking on something, that’s where the energy goes. This is why it’s so important for us to be aware of our thoughts, so we don’t waste our energy on things like stress,worry,anxiety – things that don’t benefit anyone but are detremental to our health.

Negative thinking affects our bodies because our thoughts affect our breath. It’s really that simple.

Think about it – When people have panic or anxiety attacks, they have trouble breathing. When people are agitated or stressed their breathing will be short and fast, leaving an uncomfortable feeling in the body and tension.

When we are relaxed, our breathing is slow and shallow, naturally.

This is how the mind and the body are connected, through breath, the breath is life. This is why it is so important to take care of our mental health, because it essentially affects our physical form (our bodies).

The mind affects the body, our thoughts affects our breathing that connects to the body. In return our breathing affects our minds, so if we are to practise regular breathing exercises or breathing meditations, we are relaxing the mind and thoughts.

Simply by listening to your breathing you can connect with how you are feeling, your breathing can tell you so much, and in this time that you are focusing on your breathe, you are disconnecting from the constant thoughts of your mind. This gives space to just be still.

Regulate the breath and you will regulate the mind.

Practise mastering your breath and it will help you in many areas of your life 🙂

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