Awaken Mind – Psychology

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Four Ways To Calm Your Mind In Stressful Times

March 14th, 2020|

by Emma Seppala:  Most of us are really good at activating our stress-response. But how do you wind down? Here are four research-backed ways to destress your mind and body… […]

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The Divine In The Simplicity Of The Human

March 13th, 2020|

We live in an age where much progress in all areas of life and our understanding of the world and our place in it has been accomplished… […]

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The Myth of Freedom – Ed and Deb Shapiro

March 12th, 2020|

by Ed and Deb Shapiro: Ed was part of the flower power love generation of 1960’s hippies, the essence of which was the freedom to be ourselves… […]

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The Amazing Power Of Gratitude

March 9th, 2020|

by Pierre Pradervand: More and more, gratitude is being acknowledged as an amazing power for good and healing in many different areas of existence… […]

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Abraham Hicks – Recreate Perfect Body Cells

March 8th, 2020|

Extracted from the Abraham Hicks workshop. Orlando, Florida 01.22.2005 . All recorded and printed Abraham-Hicks materials are copyrighted by Jerry and Esther Hicks… […]

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Think More, Eat Less

March 7th, 2020|

by Janet Thomson:  Train your brain to refrain… […]

10 Healthy Habits Of Successful People

March 4th, 2020|

by Karson McGinley: If you are looking to make this year the most powerful year of your life, look at the most successful people you can think of and do what they do… […]

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The Naked Truth: 11 Benefits of Sleeping Naked

March 1st, 2020|

Are you wearing more than your birthday suit to bed? You could be missing out on some serious benefits from sleeping the old fashioned way: buck naked… […]

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The Story Behind Rosa Parks and Yoga

March 1st, 2020|

by Monica Cadena: How a Georgia State University Professor uncovered pictures of the iconic civil rights activist practicing asana… […]

  • With darker days can come feelings of being unsettled and down, ranging from the occasional “winter blues” to full-blown seasonal affective disorder. Since daylight affects your internal rhythms, it makes sense that your energy is affected when the days are shorter. There are activities you can do, however, to help balance you out—primarily to ground your energy in the cooler, crisper months. What Is Grounding? Generally speaking, grounding is any activity that reconnects you to the earth and helps you feel calm, centered, and present. In scientific terms, grounding (or earthing) refers to techniques that reconnect you to the electrical current of the Earth, similar to the grounding wire in three-prong electrical outlets. Grounding activities often include walking barefoot outside or sitting under a tree; however, the weather in winter months can make getting outside during the day difficult. Since grounding has been shown to decrease the symptoms of pain and inflammation, as well as improve mood, sleep, and circulation, it is worth exploring the ways you can ground yourself indoors, during the time of the year when you often need it the most. Here are some ways you can practice getting grounded and expanding your well-being. 1. Put Your Feet Flat on the Floor Most suggestions for grounding techniques include walking outside in bare feet; however, you can still get the benefit of grounding by putting both of your feet flat on the floor without going outside. With or without shoes or socks, firmly planting your feet establishes a strong foundation in your body, mind, and energy. Try It: Rather than sitting on the floor, try meditating for a few minutes sitting in a chair with your feet on the floor. Imagine your feet are like plugs connecting into the energy of the Earth. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) while in line at the grocery store or the post office, rather than letting your hips fall to one side. Have to give a presentation at work or anticipating an important phone call? Stand firmly on both feet and feel an even distribution of weight between them. A steady stance tells your system you are safe and capable of whatever you need to do. 2. Breathe Deeply Oftentimes, the need for grounding is preceded by anxiety, nervousness, and stress. Taking some deep breaths is one of the easiest and quickest things you can do to calm your nervous system and get grounded. Breathing practices have been shown to have a variety of benefits, including a decreased sense of overwhelm in as little as a few moments. Try It: Try starting with a “Box Breath”, by inhaling for a count of four, holding in for a count of four, exhaling for a count of four, and holding the exhalation for a count of four. Deepening and controlling your breath turns your focus to the felt sensations in the body, which can help bring greater presence in moments of disconnect and disarray. 3. Practice a Sun Meditation There are several ways you can do a Sun Meditation: Bundle up (if necessary) and get outside for a few minutes to stand in the sunshine. Even if you pause on your way to and from the car on your way into work, you can lift your chin and let the sunshine wash over you. If you have a window or porch that receives sunlight, let yourself bask in the warmth of the sun to bring heat and power into your body and spirit. Take breaks throughout your day to let the sun hit your face in one way or another. No sunshine in sight? Visualize your own personal sun 8-12 inches over your head while you meditate. See that sun feeding your spirit with positively charged vitality, the way the sun feeds a tree with its light. Imagine your roots going down into the Earth with every breath you take, helping you to connect to subtle (yet powerful) ground energy of Nature. The quest banner 4. Connect to Your Senses Use somatic mindfulness practices to help you connect to your sense organs and bring you into the moment. Try It: Take a hot shower and connect to the feeling and temperature of the water as it touches your body. Take a bath and delight your senses with calming music, aromatic scents, and dim light or candles. Get a massage or give yourself a self-massage with sesame oil (particularly on your feet and legs). Drink a hot beverage and feel the warmth move through your system. Make a hearty vegetable soup to smell, taste, and savor. Smell essential oils like frankincense or lavender. Listen to Native American drumbeat music; drums activate the root chakra. 5. Do Some Grounding Yoga Postures When you need to bring attention to your body and feel the stability of the Earth beneath you, nothing delivers quite like doing some intentional yoga postures for earthing. Postures that help you plug into the earth and feel fully supported help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, or the “Rest and Digest” response. Try It: Child’s Pose (with or without a bolster under your chest) Downward-Facing Dog Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose Corpse Pose (Savasana) 6. Get a Pedicure This suggestion is less about the outcome and more about the experience of soaking your feet in warm water and having a gentle foot and leg massage. Bringing awareness and circulation to your lower extremities brings your attention closer to gravity. Plus, the calming effects of getting a pedicure and tending to your feet can reduce stress and improve self-confidence. Try using sesame oil on your feet and skin, which is recommended in the winter months in Ayurveda. 7. Invest in Grounding Accessories Finally, consider investing in one of the many forms of grounding accessories on the market today, like a grounding mat, chair seat, or body band. These products can help improve sleep and energy levels in how they direct the Earth’s electric field. See What Works for You Learning how to ground yourself anytime, anywhere is one of the most helpful and useful skills for a lifetime of inner calm, health, wellness, and resilience. Grounding techniques can help you feel in control in a world that often feels anything but. By centering yourself amidst the turbulence of life, you can allow situations to come and go without being untethered by them. Explore and discover a grounding activity that you love and that helps you to find a sense of balance. No matter the weather, you are only a few actions away from self-regulating your mind-body system in the direction of greater well-being and harmony. *Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.awaken

7 Winter Activities to Keep You Grounded

February 27th, 2020|

by Karson McGinley:  Since grounding has been shown to have many health and wellness benefits, it is worth exploring the ways […]

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The Origins Of Yoga Nidra

February 27th, 2020|

by Pierre Bonnasse: The origins of yoga nidra are lost in time immemorial, and one could also say that they are lost in the mysterious source of time itself… […]

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One Hundred And Eleven Trees

February 26th, 2020|

by Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder: When a marble mine began to strip a village of its forests, the people of Piplantri, India… […]

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Change Begins With Choice – Jim Rohn

February 25th, 2020|

by Jim Rohn: Any day we wish; we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish; we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge… […]

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The Real Danger Of Suppressing Your Emotions

February 24th, 2020|

by Margaret Cullen: A key element of emotional intelligence is the way you regulate your difficult emotions—But not all emotional regulation techniques are created equal… […]

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Life and Yoga

February 18th, 2020|

by Himanshu Joshi: There are two necessities of Nature’s workings which seem always to intervene in the greater forms of human activity… […]

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What My Puppy Teaches Me

February 16th, 2020|

by Ruth Wilson: Puppies can teach us a lot about how to respond to frustrating and difficult situations in positive and productive ways… […]