The Amayori Sento — Mindfulness

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Make New Year's Resolutions That You'll Keep

  The New Year is a wonderful time for a fresh start. By setting goals and intentions we set a road map for the year ahead. New Year's resolutions should be four things: realistic, challenging, inspiring, and fun. Realistic: If you've never run a day in your life, don't set yourself up for failure by committing to run six days a week. Come up with goals that you can build towards and that won't overwhelm you. If working out is a challenge for you, commit to three days a week. You can always exceed your goal. Come up with goals that you look forward to doing – not ones that feel heavy or burdensome. Challenging: Push your self a bit and commit...

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Remaining Calm & Mindful During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially in full swing. I have always loved the magic and excitement of this time of year – it is filled with joy and tradition. That said, most of us will find ourselves running around gift shopping, eating foods we normal would stay away from, skipping the gym, and probably drinking more alcohol than usual. Life is here to be enjoyed. To counteract the lack of routine during the holidays, it pays to make a little bit of extra effort to keep your body and mind in balance. By doing a few simple things we can avoid fatigue and physical and mental burnout. Commit to Three Minutes a Day: We all have three minutes a day...

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Nurture, Empower, and Relax with a Weekly Ritual

"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." - Eleanor Brown As women, we are constantly extending ourselves to others. We all wear many hats. By nature, we excel at multi-tasking and often take on more than expected because we can. It is well within our capabilities to rise to any occasion. Taking time for yourself each week is essential to living a balanced life. There is nothing selfish about it. Blocking out an hour of time every week allows us much needed time to breath, stop, and relax.  If you feel you can’t create the time to relax once a week then it’s time to start setting boundaries. There is power in saying “no”. If you can’t...

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The Beauty Of Getting Rid Of Things

I have always considered myself a minimalist. Aside from a few candles, I've never had more then a couple of knickknacks. I have always prided myself on being streamlined and have applied this philosophy to all aspects of my life. Accept one - clothing. I used to have a rule of thumb: never throw away cashmere. I started accumulating cashmere sweaters 20 years ago and took them with me from apartment to apartment throughout Manhattan, to San Francisco, Connecticut, and back to Manhattan again. Oddly enough, I only wore about five of them. They were a burden in New York where closet space is almost always limited. I recently read something to the effect of how there are two reasons...

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An Autumn Meditation For Change and Transformation

In the past few journal entries I have mentioned autumn being a season of changed. Just a quick recap: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the element associated with autumn is metal and the principal organ associated with autumn and metal are the lungs. It is thought that working on the lungs and balancing the metal element will bring about change and transformation. After the fall equinox I began meditating while using aromatherapy to open the lungs. Using fragrance as a catalyst, I have been taking time every day to focus on the lung area and breathing deeply and I am experience change faster than I can even imagine (more on that soon). I know that the reason for all of these changes...

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