Beautiful Mind - Day 16: The Five Second Rule

beautiful mind Jul 06, 2020

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The Five-Second Rule

The Rule is a simple, research-backed metacognition tool that creates immediate and lasting behavior change.

Metacognition, by the way, is just a fancy word for any technique that allows you to beat your brain in order to accomplish your greater goals.

Using the Rule is simple. Whenever you feel the instinct fire up to act on a goal or a commitment—or the moment you feel yourself hesitate on doing something and you know you should do—use the Rule.

Start by counting backward to yourself: 5- 4- 3- 2- 1. The counting will help you focus on the goal or commitment and distract you from the worries, thoughts, and fears in your mind.

As soon as you reach “1,” move.

That’s it.

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Beautiful Mind - Day 15: Forest Bathing

beautiful mind Jul 05, 2020

Welcome to Day 15 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way and using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health.

It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. ‘Shinrin’ means forest and ‘Yoku’ stands for bathing. The idea took birth in Japan in the 1980s and proved to be a very effective tool to overcome the ill effects of a hectic life and stressful work environment.

Connecting with nature allows the stressed portions of your brain to relax.

Positive hormones are released in the body. You feel less sad, angry, and anxious. It helps to avoid stress and burnout, and aids in fighting depression and anxiety. Being in nature is known to boost immunity and leads to lesser days of illness as well as faster recovery from injury or...

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Beautiful Mind - Day 14: Earthing

beautiful mind Jul 04, 2020

Welcome to Day 14 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Earthing

Connect to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand or dirt can diminish chronic pain, fatigue, and other ailments that plague so many people today.

This connection is referred to as Earthing or Grounding.

When your bare feet or skin comes in contact with the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons could be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralize damaging excess free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body.

The Earth is a conductor or free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us. The body is composed mostly of water and minerals which in combination are excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow...

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Beautiful Mind - Day 12: Dry Brushing

beautiful mind Jul 02, 2020

Welcome to Day 12 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Dry Brushing

Dry brushing can be done daily over the whole body, preferably in the morning before showering.

Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure. Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time.

Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:

Starting at the feet, I brush the bottoms of my feet and up my legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of my skin 10 times. For lymph flow, I always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains.

As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.

Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, I brush each section of my skin 10 times.

On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.

I then repeat the process on my abdomen and back, and...

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Beautiful Mind - Day 11: Reiki Body Scan

beautiful mind Jul 01, 2020

Welcome to Day 11 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Reiki Body Scan

Lay down on a yoga mat or a dedicated space you feel comfy.

‘Dry bathe’ your body by brushing the backs of both your arms down with your hands, making a sweeping motion downward toward the floor. Repeat with the insides of both arms. Repeat 3 - 4 times.

Bring your hands to your heart to set an intention for your reiki practice.

Now imagine a beam of healing white light flowing into the top of your head and flowing down through your entire body, spreading healing energy as it goes.

Now bring your hands to the top of your head and slowly move them down over your entire body, hovering a couple of inches above you, to complete a body scan. Follow your hands with your breath and ‘breathe into’ each body part as you move over it.

If you feel any areas that feel slightly heavy or murky in their...

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Pregnancy and Parenting Empowerment with Certified Doula Tanicia Reedon


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Tune in to this episode to learn from Tanicia Reedon, Certified Doula and Health Coach. 

I had a major ah-ha moment in this episode around ambition. Let me know if you do too! Leave a comment below! 

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Beautiful Mind - Day 10: Tree Pose

beautiful mind Jun 30, 2020

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Tree Pose

The tree pose received its name from the idea that this particular pose has the stability, grace, and modesty of a tree.

The pose will help you concentrate as you focus on your balance and breathing.

Steps:

Stand with your feet 2 inches apart.

As you begin to focus, bend your right leg and place your right foot on the left inner thigh or below your knee.

Breathe in and out as you begin to bring your arms upward with your palms adjoining in namaste.

Stay in this position for 30-45 seconds.

Repeat this pose with the other foot.

Benefits: Vrikshasana calms your nervous system and treats numbness. It also improves stability and balance while it relaxes your mind and boosts your self-esteem.

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Mental Health, Healing and Amplifying Black Voices with Stacy-Ann Buchanan

It was such an honor to have such an open and vulnerable conversation with Stacy-Ann Buchanan.

She founded The Blind Stigma franchise with an award winning, documentary that made Canadian history and has now branched out into a podcast.

In this conversation she generously shared her story and what has made the difference in her mental health and empowerment.

This passionate, change making woman is incredibly ambitious and she also knows how to protect her energy and refuel.

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Beautiful Mind - Day 9: Legs up the wall pose

beautiful mind Jun 29, 2020

Welcome to Day 9 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Legs up the wall pose

Legs Up the Wall Pose (or Viparita Karani) is a restorative yoga posture that allows the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension.

It is one of the most approachable yoga poses as it doesn’t require much flexibility or strength. But even though it’s a passive pose, its benefits are pretty amazing.

Legs Up the Wall is also an excellent, calming pose for your morning or bedtime meditations.

Start by setting up a cozy space around a wall.

Next, shimmy your hips as close to the wall as possible, then start walking your feet up the wall until your body is in a somewhat L-shaped position.

Make any adjustments to facilitate a more relaxing space-- maybe place a pillow under your head, or let your arms rest on your belly or out to the sides.

At this point, focus on your breath-- try...

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Beautiful Mind - Day 8: Nadi Shodhana Practice

beautiful mind Jun 28, 2020

Welcome to Day 8 of Beautiful Mind! 

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Nadi Shodhana Practice

Sit in any comfortable seated position. Relax the body and breath naturally for a few moments, allowing your mind and body to settle.

Rest your left hand on your lap or knee.

Make a "peace sign" with your right hand. Fold the two extended fingers toward the palm or rest them lightly on the bridge of your nose. Place your thumb gently onto your right nostril. Place your ring and little fingers gently onto your left nostril.

Close your eyes and begin by softly closing your right nostril (using your right thumb) and inhale slowly, deeply, smoothly, gently and without strain through your left nostril.

Close your left nostril (using your ring and little fingers) and release closure of your right. Exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril.

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