As the weather starts to get chillier, one of the hardest things to do is keep up with your running routine. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather wrap myself up in a warm blanket on the couch watching the snow or rain fall instead of heading out for a run! However, I know it’s next to impossible to retire my running shoes for six months. These 10 tips for cold weather running make it much easier to get outside and stay in shape.
Throughout the day we have different stress triggers. We can be triggered by all kinds of circumstances, people, noises, and even the weather. Yogi Bhajan said that 85% of our behavior is automatic and determined by our environment. If we let our environment dictate our mood, then our life will feel like an emotional roller-coaster. The only way off the roller-coaster is through our breath.
In this vlog I share a powerful and practical meditation that you can use to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. This Kundalini practice is often referred to as the “backpack meditation” because you can bust it out of your spiritual backpack whenever you’re in need of some serenity. We can’t control the stress in our life but we can control how we handle them. Use this practice to change your reaction to stress.
Test-drive this meditation and share your experience in the comments below. If you need future guidance check out the breakdown underneath the video.
A few weeks ago marked our one year anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I walked down the aisle towards Anel the man of my dreams and committed my life to him (ahh, it’s still scary to say that out loud!) It has been a crazy year full of ups and downs: me quitting my job and starting a business, relatives passing away, and surviving 450 square feet together. People say marriage is hard and that is no lie, folks.
We’ve learned a lot along the way, that’s for sure. Check out our advice below.
1. Always listen to your partner and really hear what they are saying, even if they’re just telling you about their day or something that you don’t care about all that much.
2. If you want something, ask for it! I’m not shy when it comes to this and it has been a game changer. He’s not going to get up and vacuum just for the fun of it, but if I ask, he doesn’t mind doing it.
3. Date night! We try to have a date night every week where we get out of the house and spend some time together without computers or cell phones. It helps recharge our relationship on a weekly basis.
Have you ever evaluated how you spend your time? I mean really, thoroughly considered it: I’m talking logging hours in a notebook. Try it. The results may surprise you, especially if you’re working toward a goal, but “just can’t seem to find the time” to achieve it. Here’s an example: three hours of television watching a day (say, from 7-10 p.m. after work) equals 15 hours a week. That’s 60 hours a month, and 720 hours a year. You get the idea – that’s a lot of time spent that really isn’t getting you anywhere closer to your big goals and dreams.
Think of time the same way you think of money: investing money pays off in the long run, while spending it on useless things provides little future value.
Take some time to evaluate how you’re spending your time; you may find you have more time for productive, life-enhancing activities than you thought. Here are some common ways that people waste time, and where to spend it instead for a happier, more productive life.
I’ll be honest – I don’t really do breakfasts. Well, I do breakfasts, but just not breakfast food. My body functions better low carb, and so I have no issue with having last nights’ dinner as breakfast. This bread that I developed fits the bill for both dinner and breakfast. It's a largely whole grain, allergen friendly, vegan friendly, healthy breakfast bread that I developed.
I’m sure I’ll tinker a little more when I do this again. I am tempted to add in a little orange rind or sub orange juice for some of the water. I’m sure you could also try a bunch of different whole grains. The possibilities are endless…if you experiment, please do let me know how it works for you.
Our ability to think is what separates us from each other and sometimes from the true nature of life. When we think we know the truth, we become closed-minded and very unscientific. A true scientist has no fixed beliefs and so can experiment in the hopes of learning the truth.
Someone once said that if you want a man to do something, ask him what he thinks about it. If you want a woman to do something, ask her how she feels about it. I hope we’ve gotten beyond those gender stereotypes, but just to understand yourself better, I recommend that you understand the distinction between thinking and feeling.
By keeping that invaluable inner child’s perspective as we grow up and go through life, we are assured of remaining open to all possibilities, whatever we are evaluating at any point in our lives. Once we start to self-censor, we are lost.
Every time I see “guilt-free” descriptions on recipes or blogs, I’m amazed and sad. I have a strong dislike of the whole guilt thing.
It just makes no sense when you think about it. Why should eating make us feel guilty? Why should enjoying food be a source of guilt? Because when we talk about “guilt-free” desserts, it usually implies there are foods we feel guilty about eating. Foods that are bad, foods that we're bad for having. Sinful foods. Prime example: the slutty brownies recipe that was making the rounds earlier.
Do you remember Snackwell cookies? I was talking about them with my hubby, and he had the best take on them. “Those things were gross. You’d eat the whole box, and then get desperate enough to try the cookies that came inside the box.” The only reason why people at them was they were “guilt-free.” No, I’m not saying your guilt-free cake isn’t delicious, but the mentality behind it remains the same.
The change is gonna come... I see people everyday in struggle with making personal decisions. I myself have been a victim of this many times. It recently came to light for me when I found myself struggling with a choice over letting something go. We need to release things, people and ideas that aren’t working for us anymore. You can not have two things in the same space. To be able to bring in what we want we must first know what we want and then release what we are holding onto that is holding us back.
Remember the Serenity Prayer? The prayer was written in the 1940’s by Reinhold Niebuhr anAmerican theologian. Although we see the more common short version the original version goes like this...
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,