One Minute Meditation
I don’t know about you, but my world is crazy busy most days!
Doesn’t it seem like we are constantly surrounded by the hustle and bustle technology and a hyper fast-paced work world? No matter how hard we try, the stress of our go-go-go society just creeps in and blocks us from reaching our full potential... this is true for work, relationships, self-care… you name it! Think about it: when was the last time you felt truly able to focus on being the best YOU at work, at home, or alone? We’re living in a world that is so interconnected that our sense of self can get muddled.
If you’re the kind of person who’s got a little more stress than you’d like (and, honestly, who doesn’t feel that way, sometimes?), I invite you to try this one-minute meditation.
Give me your minute and we’ll get you a little bit closer to feeling more like you! This quick meditation will help you to center yourself and find some inner peace amidst the chaos of everyday life. And believe it or not, even this simple minute meditation will help you to reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the toxic load on your organs. In life, every minute counts. Honest.
You ready to try?
Okay. Just read these instructions and get down to business, right where you’re sitting… the only requisite is that you’re able to be safely still for one whole minute.
To do the one-minute meditation, breathe in slowly for 15 seconds, then exhale slowly for 15 seconds. Then repeat.
That’s it. It’s really that simple. But…. 15 seconds can actually be a looonnnnggg time to inhale if you’re not used to it. So, what do you do? Well, give it a good college try before you pooh-pooh the exercise. I like to count while I’m breathing in-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15 AND out-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15. If it’s too deep too soon, just try going in 10 second intervals. No worries. You don’t want to go much below 10 because we don’t want you to breathe too quickly. The aim is slow, steady, mindful, deep breathes in and out.
If you’d like to change it up, you can breathe in one nostril and exhale out the other, switching the nostrils for inhalation and exhalation on the second round. You could also play around with how long you breathe in for and how long you breathe out for. The longer the inhalation, the more energy you will have. The longer the exhalation, the more relaxed you will feel.
Experiment, and see what works for you.
What did you think about this exercise? By integrating simple things like this and coupling it with a little sweat and good nutrition you can make a real impact on your health and well being. I’d love to help you reach your goals.
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Nutritional-Know-How: I use sweet potatoes because they are rich in vitamins A, C, B6, B3, B1, B2, copper, manganese, pantothenic acid, biotin, potassium and fiber! These high pigment powerhouses are anti-inflammatory wonders, help balance fibrinogen. It's important to include a little bit of fat when eating sweet potato to unlock the potential of the beta-carotene in your body.* Walnuts not only add an earthy flavor but also contain an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid(ALA), copper, manganese, molybdenum and biotin. Walnuts are a great source of gamma-tocopherol (a form of Vitamin E that has been shown to provide significant for the heart). The levels of potassium, calcium and magnesium along with other antioxidants in walnuts has been shown to help regulate blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and bone health.* Mushrooms are anti-cancer nuggets that are amazingly supportive of the immune system. They became a part of our daily diet when I reviewed the studies cited in some work by Dr. Joel Fuhrman that found that "frequent consumption of mushrooms has been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer by 64%" -- and we're not talking about a ton of mushrooms... we're talking about the equivalent of 1 button mushroom a day!!! * Millet is a great choice for many reasons... it's gluten free, high in protein(6 g/cup) and fiber(2 g/cup), rich in copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. It looks a lot like couscous and can be substituted for couscous to make recipes gluten free!*
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