Tagged as: mindfulness

5 + ways to stay sane during the holidays (and other nutty times)

1. Breathe. Our breath is the most powerful area of the nervous system we have the most control over. One of the first and most immediate side effects of the activation of the sympathetic nervous system–in charge of our fight, fight or flee response–is the shortening of our breath. Ask nearly anybody how they’re feeling…

Dec 13, 2011 · Read More · Comment

tantrums + tiaras. what does your inner kid-critic throw at you?

I haven’t named her yet. Some people call theirs Fred. I’ve heard Fang. And Lucille. I haven’t gotten to that step, but I sure know what she likes to wear: tiaras. And I sure know what she likes to throw: tantrums. My inner self-saboteur is about two years old most of the time. Sometimes she’s…

Oct 12, 2011 · Read More · Comment

The Freedom of Fear

Yes. Dive into it. Explore it. What does fear feel like to you? Like a shot to the back of the head that nearly blinds you…or maybe like being held under water while you desperately scramble to come up? That’s what fear used to feel like to me. And I should know; I felt it…

Sep 9, 2011 · Read More · Comment

you’ve got the power: 5 practical ways to tap into your intuition

RANDOM RUN-INS WITH NOT-SO-RANDOM INSIGHTS I was sick of being tired, and tired of being sick. I had scored my dream job–assistant editor at a top-earning Canadian magazine. It wasn’t all I’d dreamt it would be. Scratch that. It was all I’d dreamt it would be, it just didn’t feel like a dream. I wasn’t…

Aug 12, 2011 · Read More · Comment (3)

5 tips for tapping into your yoga flow when you can’t get on your mat. hint: make it with music

1. Breathe. We forget this. Breathing long, deep, yogi breaths can happen anytime, anywhere. Inhaling allll the way up from our belly, into our chest so our ribcage expands, even up to the roof of our mouth. Then our exhale drops down, all the back down to our bellies. This kind of breathing comes naturally…

Apr 20, 2011 · Read More · Comment

aching for a break? how to take a vacation when you can’t take a vacation. hint: zen mind and beginner’s mind is big here

THE TRAVELLING HIGHTravelling is addicting. I think probably a lot of Joy for Life readers feel this way. I recently read that serotinin—that’s the happy brain chemical—is released when we experience something new. Even receiving new emails is apparently enough to kick it into gear. No wonder we love being on vacation! New-ness around ever…

Apr 6, 2011 · Read More · Comment (1)

6 mindfulness tips for meditating–and daily living

Back when I first started doing mindfulness-based corporate stress buster workshops for maxed out 9 to 5ers, I thought I’d come up with something truly unique and revolutionary. It’s always nice when the universe conspires to keep your ego in check. Though what I taught was fresh and new for the people who attended, I’ve learned…

Mar 22, 2011 · Read More · Comment (2)

don’t freak out: 6 yoga tips for when life goes nuts

9 pm. 10 pm. 11 pm. The hours tick by like minutes. So do the days. I’m fueled by a dream–my soon-to-be-shared officially incorporated dedication to spreading practical, inspiring tools for a life well-loved. So what does this mean for my daily routine? Gone are the seamless evenings spent writing or painting. Gone are the…

Feb 3, 2011 · Read More · Comment (2)