During this #beinspired challenge, you've done many things. You've walked with loved ones, practiced yoga on your mat at home and at the studio with friends, listened to classical music and belted out classic rock songs in your car, knit scarves, watched speakers brave the stage to share their stories, swung on the swing with your children, started a book, finished a book, and started another book. And so much more.
But what you've really done over the last 21 days is to create your own catalog of activities that nourish and inspire you.
So on days when you there's a pause in your daily routine and you find yourself wondering, What can I do now?, take your dog for a walk, or watch a Ted Talk and learn something new.
And on the days when life feels tense or uncertain and you ask yourself, 'What should I do now?' return to this same list. Instead of trying to solve it all right away, ask yourself, 'what do I really love?' and do that.
Do more of the things that make you feel more really alive, the things you really love. That's what yoga--and really, life--is about.
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Reading is like yoga. Much like the feeling I get when I haven't taken a yoga class in a long time, I can tell when I haven't been reading; I feel more easily agitated and fidgety. Reading helps reduce stress and calm the mind and body.
But did you know that reading may even lower blood pressure and slow the progress of Alzheimers? Click here for a list of 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Everyday.
And here's another reason to read everyday: it's FUN! Reading, particularly fiction, takes us out of our everyday life and transports us to a different place, time and focus, helping us to not get overwhelmed by the myriad of tasks, people and responsibilities vying for our attention.
Open a book...and go somewhere fun!
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There are many ways to calm the mind. And it only take a minute.
In his book "Quiet Mind: One Minute Retreats from a Busy World," David Kundtz, author also of "Doing Nothing," presents a series of 2-page reflections on aspects of daily life, such as drinking tea, road rage and teeth brushing. It's a great book to pick up, read a chapter, and then put it back down until you want another little break from your daily routine.
So it's perfect for those of us who have trouble reading a book from start to finish, or have 5 unfinished books on the night table.
For those of you who were hoping for the music video from the 90s song "It only takes a minute, girl," I won't disappoint you. Click here for a flashback in time that may make you want to dance instead of read.
Either way. #read #move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge
The audiobook version is really the only way to read this book. Read by the author himself, John O'Donohue's thick Irish accent adds such magic to his words filled with poetry and images. It's one of those books where there's a memorable quote in just about every paragraph.
The book: Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue
Audible.com gives you a free audiobook when you first sign up. Check it out at Audible.com.
If you need some convincing, have a listen to this interview with John from OnBeing.org.
“There is a prevailing theory that we need to know much more than we do in order to feed ourselves well. It isn’t true. Most of us already have water, a pot to put it in, and a way to light a fire. This gives us boiling water, in which we can do more good cooking than we seem to realize."
For the reluctant cook
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler
Tamar Adler writes with a wit and frankness that are surely to entertain as much as she inspires. With chapters such as "How to Boil Water" and "How to Teach an Egg to Fly," the author reminds us that some of the best meals are made simply and don't require a lot of effort.
She also explains why buying a whole chicken at a farmers market is money worth spending.
Tamar even addresses the therapeutic effects of preparing your own food. "If you happen to have a friend shaken by heartache, hand over a bag of raw artichokes. Once she has relieved them of their leaves, encourage one brave bite. Between the meditative peeling and the bitter taste, she should be completely healed."
I challenge you. To engage with life. To do something everyday that makes you feel good. That reminds you of how amazing it is to be alive. And to really feel some of that alive-ness that we all forget we are.
This November, join us in the Borealis 21-Day Challenge to Be Inspired. Everyone who completes the challenge will enter to win one of 5 $100 Gift Cards to Borealis.
Everyday for 21 days, you will do a #beinspired activity by choosing to do one of the following: Move, Read, Listen, Watch or Write. Take a picture of your daily activity and email it to: email@example.com. A complete description of the challenge guidelines is available here.
So go head. Pick up that book you've been using as a coaster. Listen to a piece of classical music you haven't heard in a long time. Or watch a video of someone who inspires you.
WARNING: This is NOT a yoga challenge. You do not have to practice yoga everyday. You can, but I don't recommend it.
Anyone can participate. You do not have to do yoga or live in the Medford/Boston area to participate in this challenge.
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Today, we share an article on making rice out of cauliflower. Genius!
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Danna Faulds is an incredible poet, writer and Kripalu yogi. Check out her thoughts on the meaning in a brief glimpse here.
I often ask myself the same question.
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