How Exercising In Nature Changes Your Brain

A recent review found that compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement. It also leads to decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date - making it a habit we're more likely to stick with.

Optimising the Nervous System Part 4: Quieting the Mind

Studies show that practicing mindfulness leads to structural as well as functional changes in the brain as measured by MRI’s and electroencephalograms (EEG). The systems in the brain that support our well-being are intimately connected to different organ systems in our body, and also connected to the immune and endocrine systems in ways that matter for our health.

Optimising The Nervous System Part 3: Connecting With Your Body

We can spend large sloughs of time lost in thought that we may not really be present when spending time with our loved ones or visiting a beautiful place.

Our minds can get so busy planning the future or ruminating about the past that we can miss what's right in front of us. If we're frequently carried away planning our future how much of our life are we really living? How much of life do we spend 'preparing' for something in the future? If we are spending a large amount of time each day figuring out the past, how can we appreciate the experiences happening in the now?

Optimising the Nervous System with 1:2 Breathing

The breath is one of the most powerful resources we have for changing our nervous system. It's always with us, we can practice it at work and at home - we are only ever one breath away to reconnecting with it to return to a state of calm and clarity. It has an immediate and direct effect to our nervous system and how we feel and think and brings us into the present moment.

Relaxing Back Into The Present Moment

Today's meditation will help you to relax back into the present moment.

In the lead up to Christmas life can feel like a never ending to do list. Our inner voice may tell us that we're not doing enough and we feel under pressure. We also may feel a sense of shame and unworthiness because we believe we're falling short.

 

Todays meditation provides a opportunity to reconnect back to that which most matters, to still a busy mind and open the heart to the life that's right here.

Investigating with Kindness: Self-Compassion and Guided Meditation

Beliefs about being unworthy are so common for everyone and I'm sure you can relate to what I mean... The hollowing ache in the chest and belly when we feel like we're not measuring up. Self-compassion actually helps to create long term transformation. Changes that you want to create because you care about yourself, not because you believe are worthless or unacceptable as you are, are more likely to last.

Allowing What Is

Turning inward to be with our feelings and listen to the compass of our own heart, our own voice, provides us with an inner guidance wiser and more profound than any spiritual guru, expert or guru. No one knows our present moment situation better than we do! Recognising and allowing gives us the confidence to trust in our own intuition and we can tap into it with two basic questions that we explore in a guided meditaiton

Recognising What Is True

We all have sides of ourselves that we feel vulnerable about or would prefer not to share. We all have thoughts and beliefs that can trigger patterns which lead to suffering. Wholehearted, loving connections with ourselves and others are about acknowledging what is going on for us and for others moment-to-moment, and meeting that experience with a very kind and compassionate attention. This is the basis for true healing and transformation and is the kindest gift we can give to ourselves and to others. Includes a guided meditation.

What Does Your Heart Long For?

If we are not living in line with our Heart Aspirations we may feel disconnected from ourselves and others, stressed and overwhelmed and experience suffering.

This new moon is an opportunity to explore what you would like to bring into your life... Share your #heartaspirations with us on Facebook and Instagram.