I am always up for a mind, body, spirit boost, aren't you? They are especially good this time of year in upstate New York when our spring weather still includes snow!
I remember my first experience of trying to meditate. I was in a yoga class and before we started the instructor said we were going to do a meditation. We sat cross-legged on the floor and she told us to take a deep breath and clear our minds of everything. HA! As soon as she said that, I knew I was in trouble. The more I tried to clear my mind, the harder it became. My thoughts went to everything I should have been doing instead of sitting there. I thought to myself, "I am never going to be able to meditate, it's not for me."
Then one day I was on a coaching call with a fabulous woman and when she suggested meditating to me, I told her my past experience and how I didn't think I would ever be able to do it. It was then that she said to me that meditation didn't have to look a certain way. I could make it anything I wanted to so it would work for me. Honestly, this one statement made such a huge difference for me. She was so right. I realized this goes for pretty much anything. We get so caught up in how society or others tell us things should be, we forget it's really up to us. We can make our own rules, our own everything, so it works best for us!
So your meditation practice can start out very simple. You can sit quietly for as short or as long as you can. Take the time to reflect on your day, what you want it to look like, what you want to do, and who you want to be. There are also many books and card decks out there with inspiring quotes and mantras that you could choose a different one everyday and focus on that one thing for your day. Find a space in your home you love, get comfy, and meditate your way. It's as simple as that.
2. Green Juice
I had been hearing about these green juice drinks for quite sometime and had tried making one, but it was very, well, green, and quite frankly not my thing. Then I was fortunate to hear about two women who started a green juice business and they made it super easy to find one that worked for me. It wasn't actually green in color, although it contained a lot of greens, and was soooo good I couldn't get enough of it. It's easy to make, with easy everyday ingredients you can find right at the grocery store or your local farmers market. It's now a daily drink for me.
The important thing to know here is that I didn't have to run out and buy one of those expensive blenders or juicers. I just use my good old everyday blender and it works just fine. I just make sure to chop up my carrots really small. I also let my frozen fruit soften just a bit and it works great! The one recipe of theirs I love is their Immunity Booster Green Smoothie. Here is the recipe and a link to their site if you want to try more recipes too.
2 cups fresh spinach 1 banana
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1/4 cup carrots
1 cup water 2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Blend spinach (tightly packed), orange juice and water together until smooth.
Add carrots, and remaining fruits and blend again. Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.
Drink up and enjoy the benefits!
Music can do such wonderful things to our spirit. It has the power to lift you up and turn your day around instantly. I love to have different playlists set up for my different moods, and what I need most on that particular day. I just go to the Spotify App I have on my phone and put together a playlist of upbeat music to get my body and my spirit dancing. Listen while you get ready in the morning, while you exercise, or on your drive to work. Whenever you can!
Scientists have studied this and show that upbeat music can boost your mood and can lead to a higher quality of life. I also like listening to slower songs that have great inspiring lyrics that lift me up and give me the courage to dream big!
So put on that funky music, get down to the beat, and see your spirit soar!
I am toasting you with my green smoothie. Cheers to feeding your mind, body, and spirit TODAY!