DAY 19: THE ART OF BEING YOURSELF

11/19/2015

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"Most of us don't take up nearly the amount of space the universe intended for us." - Caroline McHugh

Something happens between our early years, when we don't know how to hide our true colors, and our older years when we don't care what people think. Caroline McHugh talks about the different versions of "you" and how, as Gandhi said, your life if your message.

Watch the video now.

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Day 18: Rock out!

11/18/2015

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Rock out to this incredibly talented duo from Mexico. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 17: READ

11/17/2015

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DAY 17: READ

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!
#read #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 16: Drop and give me 20!

11/16/2015

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The variety of exercise regimens and equipment available has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Yet somehow there is no replacement for push-ups. This basic exercise if one of the most common and has been around probably as long as we have.

Push-ups recruit several major muscles groups, including biceps, core muscles, triceps, pectorals, and deltoids making it a very effective way to increase upper body strength and overall tone. Done consistently, they can also help to prevent shoulder injuries. (Remember to bring the knees to the floor if you're working with sensitivity in the lower back.) Besides the physical benefits, push-ups are a very easy way to get rid of nervous tension or stress and get an ego boost. 

So go ahead. Wherever you are, drop and give me 10 of your best...20 if you're feeling brave. And if you feel as if the classic push-up is not entertaining enough, check out the video below for some creative variations.

#move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 15: The Coolest Thing About Gratitude

11/15/2015

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Did you know that cultivating gratitude can literally have an affect on your heart?!

Right now, write down 3 things you're grateful for today. Grab a post-it, anything.

For more on how gratitude affects the heart, check out this article from Elephant Journal here.
And if you're looking to cultivate more gratitude in your life, join Linda for a special workshop "Gifts of Gratitude" next Saturday Nov. 21st at Borealis. 

#beinspired #write #borealisbeinspiredchallenge #yogainreallife

Day 14: Stroke of Insight

11/14/2015

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A neuroscientist watches as she herself experiences a stroke and lives to share her insight. 

Watch this inspirational video now.

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DAY 13: VIBRATING STRINGS DRAW US IN...

11/13/2015

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Immerse yourself in the rapture of music.
You know what you love. Go there.

Tend to each note, each chord,
Rising up from silence and dissolving again.

Vibrating strings draw us
Into the spacious resonance of the heart.

The body becomes light as the sky
And you, one with the Great Musician, 
Who is even now singing us
Into existence.
-Lorin Roche, The Radiance Sutras, # 18

Listen to the strings in this classic song. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge 

Day 12: It only takes a minute (cue the Take That song from 1992)

11/12/2015

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DAY 12: IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (CUE THE TAKE THAT SONG FROM 1992)

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

DAY 11: GET GROUNDED IN ONLY 4 POSES

11/11/2015

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DAY 11: GET GROUNDED IN ONLY 4 POSES

It doesn't take a lot of yoga poses to make a difference in your body. Here are 4 poses that are great anytime, but are especially helpful this time of year.
The natural world around us is usually a direct reflection for what's going on inside. For many of us this is a busy time of year and it's normal to feel less grounded.
Practice these 4 postures here to help you regain and sense of groundedness throughout the fall and holiday season. 
Bonus points for doing the meditation as well.
#move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 9: HOW NOT TO BE IGNORANT ABOUT THE WORLD

11/9/2015

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In this hilarious video, Swedish statistics guru Hans Gosling asks us to reconsider how we think about the world.

Watch the video now.

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