In the Ayruvedic Tradition, it is recommended to start one’s day with a morning ritual. These rituals can aid in firing up digestion, bringing about a feeling of groundedness and are overall balancing. After attending a mini workshop on Ayurvedic Morning Rituals, I made a commitment to myself to begin more of a routine in the morning. I decided out of the list of Ayurvedic rituals I would start my morning with a glass of warm lemon water, oil pulling and meditation. Previously I tried a morning meditation practice and would end up very frustrated as I would sit and worry about packing lunches and getting everybody out of the house so, I just gave up on morning meditation and started meditating in the evening. I decided to make this work, I needed to restructure my morning. I Pack lunches first while doing my oil pulling then, after my daughter leaves for school,with the house still dimly lit and quiet, I meditate. Just after 2 days, I felt more grounded and centered and, grateful for the time I gave to myself. I look forward to my morning rituals. I also wanted to take a moment to share that the Yoga Studio that I teach at, Yoga on High, is opening a School of Ayurveda. Please follow the link if you are interested in learning more about this.
What are your morning rituals? How do you start your day off feeling centered?
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
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Recently in our final days of onsite training for Urban Zen at Wexner Heritage Village, the Rabbi Cary Kozberg joined us to deliver a most inspiring maybe even, life changing speech. He commented that Urban Zen offers people “Sabbath moments” in their daily busy, stressful lives. He spoke about the Sabbath as a time to “just be”. I then received a book recommendation from a dear friend and co-worker; ‘Sabbath Keeping’ by Lynne Baab. She too mentions “Sabbath moments” but encourages us to take an entire 24 hour period to really receive the benefits of the Sabbath. I did not grow up in a religious family. I sometimes attended church with friends’ families. My family and I currently do not attend church however, I do believe in God and would like to encourage my children to have a reverence for God and his creations. After listening to the Rabbi and reading ‘Sabbath Keeping’, I’m setting an intention to have a day where my family and I unplug, take a walk together and, enjoy a meal together. We may create certain rituals around this Sabbath day as well to remind us of our relationship to God and this world and, to remind us of the gifts that we receive.
How do you and your family celebrate and enjoy the Sabbath?
“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”
― Mark Buchanan
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Oh, it feels so good to be back here! It has been a whirlwind of amazing opportunities and activities. I am in the final stages of becoming an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, (so excited about this and will post more about this soon), I’m also in the final stages of making a Yoga DVD for Multiple Sclerosis, as well as enjoying all the wonderful yoga classes I’m teaching. I feel so blessed. With all this activity underway and the continued life as a mother, I needed to be resourceful in finding ways to care for myself without which none of the aforementioned work could happen. I would arrive early for work and have a few minutes to read or walk through a nearby park, as the weather got nice, I would go to our Conservatory’s beautiful outdoor areas and eat my freshly made salad in a jar, nurturing my body and soul before heading off to nurture others with my Urban Zen tools. I realized I had “pockets of peace”, these were breaks in between work and clinicals in which I spent time alone and often outdoors. These “pockets of peace” really seemed to refresh me and help me stay grounded and present for the rest of my day. I encourage you, if you feel you are too busy to find time for yourself, to look for “pockets of peace”, time to be outdoors, take in a good book, meditate, breathe and just be.
“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover. And for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh