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Make it a Mindful Monday

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Start your week in a mindful manner. Our thoughts can control our world, and by making mindful choices we can live with ease.

Being mindful is a conscious way of moving through life. When we are aware of our thoughts and the power they have we realize how much control we have over changing our own world.

Today as I was walking down the street in NYC I noticed I was clenching my jaw. I stopped for a moment to relax my jaw and take a deep breath. At that moment I began to smile, and I looked up to see another woman smile back at me. This simple and short blip in time brought me to the present moment and a sense of lightness. It can be this simple, it is just a matter of noticing when you are not present.

Live Light Practice:

Find a comfortable seat for two minutes. This seat can be in your living room or on the subway.

Close your eyes and focus on your inhales and exhales. Notice what thoughts come up. Where does your attention want to go? Can you bring your awareness to only your breathing for two minutes?

Once complete notice how different your mind, body, and breathing may feel.

Shanti,

Liza

Sep09

Spring is here – kind of

Today is the Spring Equinox and even if it doesn’t feel like it the seasons are changing. In spirit of spring cleaning I’ve been doing a gluten, dairy, and alcohol free cleanse.

The change of season can bring time for clearing and shedding the unnecessary excess in our lives. This winter I noticed I’ve been carrying around too many negative thoughts about my body. So as I replace my heavy pasta meals with tasty juices cleanse my system of dairy, gluten and alcohol I’ll also be trying to shed the self-loathing thoughts.

So how am I going to begin shedding thoughts that have lived within me most of my life? I’ll begin by practicing¬†prakti paksha bhavana or cultivating the opposite.

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Sutra II.33 Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavana (When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.). Basically, to control the mind and obstruct the thoughts that we do not want, we invite in the opposite thoughts. Creating a positive environment by controlling the words you read and shows you watch is the practice of pratipaksha bhavana. Removing negative thoughts by replacing them with positive ones.

Just as quinoa pasta is my substitute for my favorite Barilla, thoughts like “my legs are healthy and strong” are replacing “my thighs are huge”. Eventually the positive thoughts will replace the negative, it just takes time and practice. For now I’m focusing on pratipaksha bhavana, tasty juices, and hoping for warm weather!

Live Light Practice:

Begin each day with a gratitude journal listing at least five things you are grateful for. Then throughout the day each time you have a negative thought replace it with a positive one.

Mar20

Tasty Juice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Light Practice:

Enjoy a tasty smoothie or juice at home!

Below is an estimated recipe for the smoothie pictured above.

handful of blueberries
one banana
two handfuls of spinach
ginger
6 ice cubes

Enjoy!

Mar19

New Live Light Thought Pattern

Jan23