Lessons in mindful thinking

One of the first lessons of mindful thinking is learning how to check in with oneself. Most of us walk around on auto pilot doing the everyday things of our lives without listening to our bodies. Checking in, is listening. Where are you feeling your aches and pains? What is your emotional state right in this moment?
With these things in mind, sit quietly in a chair or comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes, and if you are in a chair have your feet flat on the floor. Take a slow deep breath through your nose expanding your lower abdomen. Feel your lungs expand then use the sound Huh as you exhale through your mouth. Repeat this breath two more times, allowing the sound Huh, to force the stale air from you. Resume your normal breathing paying attention to yourself as your breath enters your nose, expand your lower abdomen, fills your lungs and gently and is exhaled. Check in again with yourself. Are there any differences in the way you feel? This is the first step of mindful thinking, being present with yourself in the moment you are in.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Motion Third Sundays

Join me on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 1:00pm for a gathering on mindfulness, meditation and movement. We’ll discuss and experience tools to help one live more fully in the present, move gently into spiritual meditation and end the session with gentle chi gong and tai chi. The first gathering will be on Sunday Jan. 22, 2017. A potluck will follow, so bring a dish to share. Donations are appreciated.

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Peaceful Holiday workshop-Sunday Dec. 11th-10am to 1:00pm

The Yurt Garden is hosting a Peaceful Holiday workshop on Sunday Dec. 11th from 10am until 1:00pm. We’ll focus on centering ourselves, so we can be present for others during this hectic time of year.

Breath work, creative visualization, energy work, tai chi, and sound vibration therapy using Tibetan Singing Bowls will help put you into a relaxed state of mind. Each participant will experience a singing bowl massage. Art supplies will be on hand to create a mandala.

Bring a bag lunch and enjoy this time out for you! Refreshments and healthy snacks are included. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. The cost is $30.00. Please reserve your spot because space is limited.

You can register at the webpage www.yurtgarden.com using this Contact Form, or call Lynn Anderson at 256-424-2221

Lynn Anderson LMT #1307 has been operating the Yurt Garden for 16 years offering a variety of services including massage therapy, energy work, spiritual and life coaching, singing bowl massage and meditation and breath work. See ad, below.

Mindfulness and stress in our every day lives

I know many of you are trying to keep to a scheduled practice of taking time to observe your own self through meditation, yoga, tai chi, breath work, mindfulness training or a myriad of other practices. What it all really comes down to is if you use these tools as a first line of action when an uncomfortable situation arises in your life. If its a stressful work situation, an idiot driver pulling out in front of you, a surly clerk at the store, or the sense of helplessness when you have too much on your plate, the list goes on.

I’ve been doing spiritual and life life coaching for over 15 years. The Yurt is a great place to have a cup of tea and let your story unfold. The energy work and relaxation massage you’ll experience on my table can be life changing. I hope you’ll come out and visit.

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Meditation, Mindfulness and Mandalas

There are many stressors in our daily lives. Many of us are using meditation as a way to reduce the mental anxiety and physical symptoms that can leave us exhausted. Mindfulness has become another tool or buzzword for paying attention to the reasons we are stressed and the importance of living life in the moment. Creating your own mandala is another tool that can help you explore the inner workings of your mind as well as relax you.

Mandalas have been used for thousands of years primarily in Buddhist and Hindu religious art. They are circular in form. It’s inside of the circle the drawing is created. There are numerous examples of mandalas on the web. There are even tie die designs you can use to make your own cool tee shirts.

I like simplicity, so here’s an idea the next time you meditate have your colored pencils, crayons or colored markers sitting beside you with a paper plate. Paper plates are perfect to create mandalas because you can use the inner border for the picture and decorate the outer boarder without having to draw a circle. When you come out of your meditation, check in with yourself. Do you remember what you saw? Were there colors behind your closed eyes, did images float in and out of your mind as you tried to calm it? Let your creativity and imagination take you inward. So many of us are finding the calming effects of adult coloring books, I can tell you creating your own mandala is even more satisfying. Try it, it might give you a new window into yourself. Namaste!

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The Importance of Self Breast Massage as we Age

Most women know the importance of checking their breasts each month for lumps and bumps but this act is usually done in fear. What if we find something, and then what?

Many women have fibrous breast tissue which can feel like a lump especially at the lower edges of the breast. This can cause pain in the breasts and even in the surrounding muscle tissue. It is amazing how little we know about our own anatomy as well as our general distaste for touching ourselves. Breast massage can be done in a loving and therapeutic way.

I have found by using certain lymph drainage techniques on myself and some clients, the pain and tightness of the breast tissue can be greatly reduced and can even go away!

To begin, lie on your back and cup your hand gently over your left breast. Pull your breast to the right, feeling the tissue yield and the muscles surrounding the breast stretch. Hold this breast stretch for at least 4 counts and then release slowly. Do this two more times and then change sides doing the same thing on the right breast. Next, with your right hand, begin at your neck using your fingertips, with the lightest touch, come down to your left breast feeling your pectoral muscles located on the chest wall. Then move your right hand down the breast. Cup your left breast and lift it off the chest wall, cupping the lowest part of your breast, lifting it gently upward. Hold for 4 counts, then release slowly and repeat two more times. Change breasts and do the same for the right breast, using your left hand. Remember to start at the neck with your fingertips and come slowly down to the breast.

Maintaining good breast health should be just important as eating right and getting the right amount of exercise. Lymph sometimes get stuck by wearing a bra all day and because we don’t usually touch ourselves.

I’m a licensed massage therapist with lymph drainage experience. I can show you these things in person as well as do a breast massage for you.

If we truly want to take charge of our health then we need to learn more about being in our own bodies.