Weekly challenges

Did you know your brain is wired to be suspicious and expect the worse? This served us well in terms of the survival of the species, but it doesn’t work so well if you are trying to minimize the amount of stress and worry in your life. Luckily, within our same brains, we have neurocircuitry dedicated to the feelings of peace, contentment, and joy. This reminds me of a story from the Elizabeth Berg’s novel, The Year of Pleasures. In it, a Navajo grandfather once told his grandson, “Two wolves live inside me. One is the bad wolf, full of greed and laziness, full of anger and jealousy and regret. The other is the good wolf, full of joy and compassion and willingness and a great love for the world. All the time, these wolves are fighting inside me.” “But grandfather,” the boy asked, “Which wolf will win?” The grandfather answered, “The one I choose to feed.”

With our weekly challenges, we will attempt to “feed the joyful wolf.” We will try simple tasks, reflections, and occasional yoga practices to counterbalance the brain’s negativity bias and make a more positive outlook the new normal. Some challenges will be a few minutes long, others will involve simply looking at your hurdles in a new light, and others will be full-length yoga practices—you get to pick what fits into your life right now. These small steps have the potential to shift how your brain responds to obstacles and rewire it to experience the world from a more calm and happy place. Are you up for a challenge?

CURRENT WEEKLY CHALLENGE:

13 Jan 2019

Five minutes of awareness

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This week I invite you to take five minutes every day to check-in with yourself. First, let’s decide on when you will be doing it, otherwise it is easy to forget. It works best if you hook it on to some other activity. For example, you can do it after you take a shower, or when you get home after work, or right before lunch, etc. When will you do it? HOW-TO: Get settled in a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Notice how your body feels, then notice the flow of your breath, then take a mental note...
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Five minutes of awareness

Posted on13 Jan 2019
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This week I invite you to take five minutes every day to check-in with yourself. First, let’s decide on when you will be doing it, otherwise it is easy to forget. It works best if you hook it on to some other activity. For example, you can do it after you take a shower, or when you get home after...
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Check in: are you breathing?

Posted on06 Jan 2019
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Take few moments throughout your day to check and see whether you are breathing comfortably, or holding your breath. Try to notice your breath in tense, stressful or uncomfortable situations. If you find yourself holding your breath at any point, relax your body and take three full deep breaths. How did it go?