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Your Body on Nonstop Stress

Your Body on Nonstop Stress

In a Yoga Journal article I read not too long ago, the author outlined ideas on stress and the body, including how it affects our energy levels. Most experts agree that the adrenals play a pivotal role in maintaining everyday energy levels. Cortisol is your main stress hormone. In healthy individuals, cortisol runs on a 24-hour rhythm, normally peaking around 5 am and slowly tapering throughout the day so it’s lowest at bedtime. When you’re well-rested and your stress is in check, you can get through the morning and fall asleep easily at night.  Want to get help with stress...

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Surrendering Expectations | Sound Meditation

Surrendering Expectations | Sound Meditation

See for yourself whether letting go when a part of you really wants to hold on doesn’t bring a deeper satisfaction than clinging. —JON KABAT-ZINN For this session, when we’re in the moment and do our best, we know that the future will take care of itself. During the meditation, we will experience sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls and instruments. Presented in stereo, wear headphones for best sound. Clips of Surrendering Expectations Sound Healing Meditation 8/7/22 Watch the full 30 minute session in my Meditation Library, you can pay the $5 for the video in the library or...

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Focus on Wellness

Focus on Wellness

All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel! Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways. When my health was severely affected several years ago, I used many methods, some that I continue to embrace and also teach. I can vouch for the effectiveness of these self-care techniques as...

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Yoga & Meditation with Sarah

Yoga & Meditation with Sarah

Join my friend, Sarah, for yoga and meditation on Zoom. Time Converter Please note the different time zones. Sarah Platanitis with Blueprint Yoga Class ScheduleYoga NidraMondays – 6PM EST – 60 minGuided meditation that encourages your body and mind to settle in and receive deep rest. Warm clothes and favorite yoga props are recommended. Yoga BasicsTuesdays – 6PM EST – 60 minLearn, play, and maybe break a sweat in this beginner-friendly class that introduces fundamental poses, yoga terms, and concepts. Rest & RestoreWednesdays – 6PM EST – 60 minDeliberate stillness and constructive rest, inspired by Yin and Restorative yoga. Relax the body and...

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No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud, No Lotus

One of my teachers is Thich Nhat Hanh. I know I have to move through the challenges in life, yet those challenges bring me the gift of inner strength. I find that strength when I meditate on words such has Thich Nhat Hanh’s. I would like to share with you some wisdom from his book, No Mud, No Lotus. Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud. Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means...

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Fostering Kindness

Fostering Kindness

Sound Healing Meditation from July 24, 2022 Watch the latest Sound Healing Meditation. Our session today invites us to breathe, and to foster kindness by using phrases similar to loving-kindness. During the meditation, we will experience sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls and instruments. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato Thank you for your donation to support Peaceful Wellness so we can provide this Sound Healing Meditation and other donation-based classes. What is offered is in the tradition known as dana (pronounced “dah-na”), a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time...

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Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

Finding Refuge from an Overwhelming World

In an article in Yoga Journal, Judith Hanson Lasater shares how you can take a refuge from the busyness and stress. As she says, “(refuge) is not about running away, but rather it is about deciding what you want to move toward. Refuge is not dependent upon a location at all. Rather, it is actually an intention we can choose.” Being present in our lives helps us to navigate the world. Practices such as meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and breathwork calm the mind and body so can experience a different way of living that is not full of angst. Judith also...

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How to Take a Mindful Pause

How to Take a Mindful Pause

I know for me, even with a mindfulness meditation practice since 1980, I can still at times be swayed by habitual actions, chores, and activities without granting too much attention to them. It’s an auto-pilot that we probably all know so well. We become caught up in the “doing” of activities or even in our thoughts by ruminating. In these times, we are not taking the time to pause and to be present. I know that I have to make the conscious choice to mindfully pause throughout my day. When we can make the conscious choice to invite momentary pauses...

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Be the Change You Wish to See

Be the Change You Wish to See

Sound Healing Meditation from July 10, 2022 Watch the latest Sound Healing Meditation. Our session today invites us in meditation to find a quality we would like to embody so that we may facilitate change within to share without. During the meditation, we will experience sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls and instruments. We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of...

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7 Benefits of Guided Rest (Yoga Nidra)

7 Benefits of Guided Rest (Yoga Nidra)

Guided Rest Improves Sleep, Reduces Pain & PTSD and Decreases Stress & Anxiety As we watch in horror about a recent news event and global human suffering manifesting in various forms it seems to continually bombard us and we can feel the effects. In fact, we are exhausted, perhaps more anxious than usual, and our emotions are more intense and closer to the surface. This is what a human’s functioning nervous system does with psychological and emotional energy expended over a extended period of time. As part of my own self-care routine, I practice a technique that has been extremely...

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Why Peaceful Wellness? My Journey

Why Peaceful Wellness? My Journey

Day to day, we are bombarded and easily influenced by social media, advertisements, and the voices in the back our mind from long ago. Those voices that denigrate, criticize, belittle us as well as compare us to others. Those voices keep us searching for what is outside of us that might make us happy as it urges us to keep searching for the next remedy or body improvement. We can make many changes on the outside, but if we still have recurring negative self-talk and stress that is out of control, then are we truly peaceful and well? What we...

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Honoring Your Emotions

Honoring Your Emotions

In our Mindful Book Group online yesterday, I shared a mindful body scan and RAIN practice to help us with any emotions we may have been feeling with the Supreme Court’s decision. We took about 35 minutes to do so and then opened to a sharing in the support of our sangha. It’s important that we honor the emotions that are arising within us with not only this decision yesterday, but anytime we have strong emotions that seem to overwhelm us. We can hold our emotions with tenderness and care and the RAIN practice helps us to do so. It...

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