Rewire Your Brain

This time of the year can be higher stress than usual. When you feel reactive or over-heated,

1. Take a deep inhale through the nose.

2. Take a quick body scan for stress, consciously trying to relax places where you are holding tension.

3. Silently say a word or phrase to set an intention for how you’d like to feel (i.e. focus, patience, relax).

4. Smile

This technique is based on neuroscience, and the idea is to connect a desired behavior with breathing, body awareness and a positive mood. (Hence, the smile.)

Breathing through the nose is important, because the nasal passages are smaller than the mouth and will naturally slow your breathing. Your breath rate influences heart rate, and a slower heart rate is a key predictor of health benefits around stress.

You can do this numerous times a day without anyone knowing. The power is actually in the repetition, because every time you repeat the practice, neurons are being fired that eventually will rewire your brain.

stay positive

Happy Holidays!!

xo ~ India

Source: Yoga Wisdom at Work

HA-thentic Power – What is it?

After a couple of years back in the states, I fell even deeper into I began flirting with the idea (or actually), maybe actively pursuing would be a better way to describe – a professional businesswoman life.

Dressing the part, receiving the promotions & bonuses & of course, buying the house with a 3-car garage & a pool by myself…

Whoa! What was I thinking?

That’s the problem. I was thinking too much & feeling too little. Numbing through business, wine & gossip.

So, I made a shift in companies, walking away from a big private office & taking a pay cut aiming to align myself more with my values & passions.

But it followed me. It haunted me. Be better–Make more money–Travel more–Work longer hours–Drink more wine–Feel even less.

Sometimes the circumstances we think will be perfect in every way turn out to be a terrible fit & we move even further out of alignment & away from integration. These experiences are/can be the toughest because our EGO will fight us HARD on this one to actually let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

It is a stripping away. A stripping away of titles, of offices, salaries, benefits. It is a stripping away of social acceptance/approval. It is a stripping away of denial.

And when it’s all peeled away, we are standing with ourselves in an open sea of possibilities. This, my friends, is what true freedom feels like.

This is home & we get to decorate it in any way that suits us. We are the creators of our experiences. We just have to make a choice.

I choose to create. I choose to create a bountiful, abundant & radiant life. I choose to honor myself; to manage myself.

Sometimes I wonder. I wonder what the future will hold & where I’ll decide to grow. But then, I come back to the present moment, allow myself to feel & know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this moment.

I take a deep breath to breathe it ALL in & savor this gift (that’s why we call it the present) & let it all out with a great big, satisfied HAAAAAAAA! ❤

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