Oct 042015
 

It is always now. The reality of your life is always now. And to realize this you will see, is liberating. In fact, I think there is nothing more important to understand if you want to be happy in this world.

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But we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth; overlooking it, fleeing it, repudiating it. And the horror is that we succeed. We managed to avoid being happy while struggling to become happy, fulfilling one desire after the next, vanishing our fears, grasping at pleasure, recoiling from pain, and thinking, interminably, about how best to keep the whole works up and running. As a consequence, we spend our lives being far less content then we might otherwise be. We often fail to appreciate what we have until we have lost it. We crave experiences, objects, relationships, only to grow bored with them. And yet the craving persist.

There is nothing spooky about mindfulness. It is simply a state of clear, non-judgemental, and undistracted attention to the contents of consciousness, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Cultivating this quality of mind has been shown to reduce pain, anxiety and depression; improve cognitive function; even produced changes in gray matter density in regions of the brain related to learning and memory, emotional regulation, and self-awareness.

The Buddha described four foundations of mindfulness, which he taught as “the direct pass for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and limitation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, and for the attainment of the true way”. The four foundations of mindfulness are the body (breathing, changes in posture, activities); feelings (the senses of pleasantness, unpleasantness and neutrality; the mind (its moods and attitudes); and the objects of mind (which include the five senses but also other mental states such as volition, tranquility, rapture, equanimity, and even mindfulness itself).

 

There is nothing passive about mindfulness. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience- it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body – thoughts, sensations, moods – without grasping at the present or recoiling from the unpleasant. Simply pay attention to the flow of experience in each moment.

The principal enemy of mindfulness – or of any other meditative practice – is the deeply conditioned habit of being distracted by thoughts. The problem is not thoughts themselves but the state of thinking without knowing that we are thinking. In fact, thoughts of all kinds can be perfectly good objects of mindfulness. Most people who believe they are meditating are merely thinking with their eyes closed. By practicing mindfulness, one can awaken from the dream of discursive thought and begin to see each rising image, idea, or bit of language vanish without a trace. What remains is consciousness itself, with its attendant sights, sounds, sensations and thoughts appearing and changing in every moment.

With practice, mindfulness becomes a well-formed habit of attention, and the difference between it and ordinary thinking will become increasingly clear. Begin to feel fully immersed in each moment of your life.

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

Namaste,

Tanya

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Waking UP by Sam Harris

Mar 052015
 
Every day leave the world a little brighter than you found it.
Speak from Soul to Soul.
 Honor the other’s essence. See beyond the layers of armor put on, willed into place, defaulted into being as shields to social tumbling. Let kindness loosen the screws that hold the visor down tight. Allow love to dissolve the mental patterns that script the plot of guard.
blue skyYour light is bright. Shine it through the armor’s cracks; steadfast, gentle, every day. The sun gives us light daily; and even on days you can’t see her, know she’s there behind the clouds. 
Beaming.
Likewise, you can choose to carry your light into the world every day. Be peace. Be love. 
Be gratitude. 
Be living proof that peace is real. That love is real. That gratitude is real.  
Touch a Soul today.

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Jan 152015
 

Mindful Weight Loss

be aware

 

It’s mid-January and unfortunately most post-holiday New Year’s resolutions (92%) have gone by the wayside.  Perhaps you are hanging on, but studies show and I have seen it countless times with people…they either:

  • Give up on their goal because it’s based on perfection (I will never eat that again. I will work out every day)
  • Have a goal that starts with guilt (I shouldn’t have done that, so now I’m going to so this)
  • Have a goal that’s way too vague (I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to stop smoking)
  • Believe that attaining their goal will make them happy (If you do make your goal…then what? Unfortunately most people fall back into previous routines and gain the weight back. WHY? Because we know we can achieve the goal and now we are certain we can do it again, but don’t because we know we can…does this sound familiar?? Also, reaching a goal does not make you eternally happy.)

How about reframing your goals, such as:

Creating daily intentions:

  1. I am finding ways to eat that help me lose weight
  2. I am keeping track of what I am eating
  3. I am tracking my exercise
  4. I am noticing how often I lose my patience and seek immediate gratification
  5. I am noticing how lack of sleep or stress affects what I put in my mouth
  6. I am excited about finding ways to increase my energy

These intentions are framed for success not failure because you are not breaking anything – you are simply observing, paying attention and making choices in the moment. These intentions will bring you into the PRESENT moment to start consciously paying attention to what is happening NOW.

Every moment is a choice…nothing starts on Monday, because it’s happening now. Let go of guilt and self-sabotage, rather allow acceptance and love into your daily adventure and intentions.

You definitely kick started me into being more mindful of the things that are under my control.

Tanya and I worked together for a few months and then I moved away.  When we started I weighed about 175 lbs. Since I moved, I’ve continued to learn more about nutrition, sleep and moving my body and keeping on the path we discussed. I am now down to 145 lbs, eating better, sleeping better and much more active. Thanks for giving me that push to really start THINKING about what I was doing. Mindfulness has been a real saviour to improving my health. Thank you, Carolyn R.

 

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 New Year, New Message….Maintain Don’t Gain

A recent Gallup poll said that 51% of people want to lose weight but only 25% are seriously committed to making the changes necessary.  So if you are in the 25% – super – make long lasting changes void of quick fixes and empty promises, if you are in the 26% that want to lose weight and are hoping magically that it will happen….well, focusing on maintaining your weight may be a better choice.

I have worked with clients for the last two decades and to lose weight takes A LOT of commitment & dedication. Some of my clients have lost upwards of 60lbs and kept it OFF (that’s key!) Some clients have lost a significant amount of weight and still should lose more for health reasons, but have MAINTAINED their weight loss for 2+ years – this is FANTASTIC.  And some clients have stayed the same weight but are stronger, leaner and healthier (less aches and pains).

Continue reading for ways to maintain your weight with some simple adjustment

 

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades.  She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. For more information about Tanya, please go to www.moveyourbody.ca

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