Brain Talk!

It all starts with our brain… and realizing just how powerful that brain is can be vital when looking at ourselves, our stresses, fears and joys. Feeding ourselves a good, clear, clean, breath throughout the day, can help reset our brains and render a healthy, focused, stress-less person.  We can start by educating ourselves, and our kids, about the importance of our brain and our breathing.

 

Visit Ellen McHenry’s> here for a great brain learning template! For a better understanding of how the brain works – for the “non med student” – visit Geeks with Juniors,  a site for parents and kids.

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The Mind Up! series, from Scholastic and Goldie Hawn, is another great teaching resource for kids and adults learning more about the brain , breathing and mindfulness.

 

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Take a Break…

“I just want a break!” – don’t we all… Just be careful what you wish for. Taking a break by making time for yourself, being specific on what kind of break you want, is important. It can be just a few minutes and it can make all the difference in the world.

Here are a few visual ideas on making time and taking “good for you” breaks! enhanced-buzz-16027-1363628705-9 enhanced-buzz-31945-1363637998-2 enhanced-buzz-24775-1363641611-0 enhanced-buzz-17304-1363627749-16 enhanced-buzz-16169-1363626461-10

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Mini Meditations

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Check out this great piece on incorporating simple, relaxing and meditative practices into your every day!

Article excerpt:

In her book Self-Meditation: 3,299 Mantras, Tips, Quotes and Koans for Peace and Serenity , bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer offers a wealth of inspiration for practicing kindness and breathing in the beauty of daily moments and the miracles that are our lives.

  1. Let small chores act as a stop sign to “breathe, relax and experience peace.”
  2. Sit down and “become a human still life.” Don’t do anything. Just breathe.
  3. When you’re driving, focus solely on that experience. “Feel the steering wheel, the pedals, the seat.”
  4. “Listen for the quietest sound.”
  5. Focus on your sense of smell. Take something you’d like to smell, such as a flower or food, and put it up close to your nose. Notice the changes in the aroma. Focus on the sensations in your body as you inhale and exhale. Then try to focus on other fragrances around you throughout the day.
  6. Focus on your sense of touch. Focus on the sensation of your hands touching each other, “your clothes brushing against your skin, and the air moving across your face.”
  7. In the beginning of the week, pick an activity you normally do on autopilot, such as washing your hands, applying makeup or getting into your car. Pause for several seconds before starting the activity. Then perform it with your full attention.

Click here for the link to the full piece found on Stumble….

 

Intro to Chakras and Healing with Crystals

Introducing you and your chakras!   Here’s a quick clip about chakras – if you’re new to learning about chakras check out the resource page for more info where you can find links and resources to learning more about chakras.

Watch the clip below to learn how using crystals, in coordination with your chakras, can help in energy healing.