mindfulness

Easy Prompts for a Gratitude and Intention Setting Journal

Easy Prompts for a Gratitude and Intention Setting Journal

As a therapist, yogi, and just a human who has done it before, I know that journaling is a great habit to create. Keeping a consistent journal is a great way to process thoughts and emotions, improve mood, express and discover creativity, and more. We all have seen a million articles on it, too, from the benefits to how to do it. With that comes a million ways to do your journal. You can keep a daily log of your accomplishments, practice gratitude, use writing prompts, free flow your thoughts down on paper…the list goes on.

So, in an attempt to get back into journaling, I decided recently to challenge myself to do some simple journaling every day. It literally only takes about 5-10 minutes from my day, and I’ve noticed a pretty big shift in my mood and increase in productivity since doing so.

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Welcome to the tenth and final post of the yama and niyama series. We're finishing things out with such a great tenant, Ishvara Pranidhana, meaning surrender. It feels like all the previous nine tenants have led us up to this final one of surrendering to what life brings our way. Let's get in to what the tenant of Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to bring into our lives.

The text we've been following, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, provides such a fantastic explanation of Ishvara Pranidhana. It states that the tenant of surrender proposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. This can take on different forms for everyone, whether you attribute this higher being to a god, nature, or just some force, the belief is that this force is greater than we are and cares deeply for us. Surrender invites us to be active participants of our lives, being present and fluid with each moment, while also appreciating the magnitude and mystery of life. Ultimately, this tenant invites us to open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.

Santosha | How Contentment Can Radically Change Our Lives

Santosha | How Contentment Can Radically Change Our Lives

Welcome back to the yamas and niyamas series after a little break. We're moving right along, and this week Santosha is up. Santosha means contentment in Sanskrit and asks us to take refuge within a calm center. 

In order to practice contentment, we have to move towards opening our heart to gratitude for what we have in this current moment. We are asked to be thankful and practice not seeking.

Saucha | How Purity Allows Us to Fully Experience Life

Saucha | How Purity Allows Us to Fully Experience Life

Hello beautiful friends, and welcome back for the first niyama. This week we transition from covering the yamas, all the "restraints" to the niyamas, or the "observances." And, what a better way than to talk about Saucha, which means purity in Sanskrit. 

Saucha can be broken down into two different areas of bringing purity into our lives. The first is what most might think of - to pure our bodies, thoughts, and words. Like many things, we must first start with cleansing ourselves in order to bring purity into our lives overall.