Tag Archives: mindfulness

Naptime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can learn something from how our pets take care of themselves. My little puppy Cosmo knows how to take care of herself. She rests when she needs to and runs around when she wants. When I saw her napping so happily today I had to sneak a photo.

Live Light Practice:

Take a nap today. Set aside 20 minutes to yourself where you can lay on the couch and close your eyes. Even if you don’t fall asleep your body and mind will have time to restore.

 

Feb03

Same time, same place

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you having trouble committing to your meditation practice? One of the easiest ways to make it a daily habit is to set up a schedule for yourself. Plan to sit in the same place at the same time each day and meditation will become a part of your daily life.

Where you sit doesn’t need to have a special blanket, statues of deities or mala beads (eventually you may add these items as they start to be a part of your practice). It just needs to be a place in your home that you designate as your special meditation spot.

When I lived in NYC and space was limited I cornered off a small section of my closet for meditation. At that time I didn’t have a meditation cushion or anything else, I just knew that area of the closet was my mindful space. In my current home I have chosen an area that isn’t used often and set up my meditation cushion so when I go to meditate the area already feels peaceful to me.

Live Light Practice:

Choose an area in your home where you will use it only for meditation. If you have a meditation cushion or a blanket you like to sit on for meditation set it down so when you go to meditate the space is ready.

Then set up a time each day that you will regularly mediate. For example: at 8am each day I will meditate for 10 minutes.

Let me know how it goes!

Shanti,

Liza

 

Jan06

Mindful Monday

 

Start your week off with a mindfulness practice!

Live Light Practice:

Eat your meals and snacks mindfully today. Put away the phone, shut down your computer, and be present with your food.

Savor each bite and chew fully before taking another. Notice the flavors and texture of your food.

What difference to you notice with your meals when you take the time to be present?

Sep23

Dazed and Confused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being present is a conscious and active approach to life. Being dazed and confused is an unconscious and non-active approach. I try to be present as much as I can, but there are times where I am spaced out and not in the moment. This could be due to something bothering me, an upsetting situation, or my thoughts just being elsewhere.

The other day I was in a yoga class, and I had arrived a few minutes late. Adjusting to the slow pace of class took a little time, but I thought I was relaxed and present by 15 minutes in. At that time, we were to told to get an extra prop from the back of the room. So as quietly and efficiently as I could, I walked to the prop area and back to my mat, setting myself up and waiting for the rest of the class. I was oblivious to the others and just zoning out for a moment – at least until I heard a small voice behind me say “that is my mat”. I turned around with eyes wide open and my jaw dropped! Louder than intended, I belted out “oh I’m so sorry!”. Embarrassed and uncomfortable, but fully present now, I moved over to where my actual mat awaited me. This has never happened to me before, and I’ve never actually seen it happen to anyone else. The lesson I learned was that I wasn’t really there, and it brought me back to the present moment.

 

Live Light Practice:

Ask yourself are you present? Are your mind and body in the same place right now? What do you need to do in order to be here now?

 

Mar27