It is with honor and excitement that I introduce you to my friend Isabel Barreto. She has been a shining light and an inspiration in our family for years. Not only has Isabel guided me through countless restorative meditations, she introduced me to the power of cultivating a Kundalini practice and the importance of keeping a sound mind. She lives her life full of intention and love and I can’t be happier to have her here with us this month!
As you hike your favorite mountain or stroll your favorite path, you may find your mind wandering to the existing to do lists, unfinished projects and mastering problem solving. In today’s world, it is becoming harder and harder to disconnect and this constant connection and being “on” can bring a lot of anxiety and stress to our lives which can turn to disease and depression. To restore balance and refresh your mind, take some time to let go of the hustle, get outside by yourself, with your kids or your partner and try some of these soul rejuvenating exercises.
Take time to listen to all the different sounds around you. Birds chirping, ocean waves, the crinkling of leaves or rocks underneath your feet, a nearby creek, or people passing by.
Allow all that is to be, and allow it to flow through you. As you listen, consciously slow down your breath in order to slow down your mind, listen to your breath. When you find your mind wandering, bring it back with your breath and begin focusing on the sounds that surround you.
Create a rhythmic breath that is slow long and deep as you move your body. Connect with your body, your lungs, and create a consistent rhythm. Allow your belly to relax, breathe long, slow and deep breaths.
Singing (regardless of what you sound like to others) can be very therapeutic and relaxing. Sing a tune that makes you happy, whose lyrics are inspiring and leave you feeling calm and happy. This might feel silly at first, but it’s really relaxing and very heart opening.. try it!
Repeat a mantra.
A mantra is a great way to keep your mind focused and therefore allowing your subconscious to release old thoughts, patterns, etc. A mantra is a word or set of words that help to infuse the mind with a certain energy so make sure you pick something positive and uplifting.
One of my favorite mantras is Sat Nam which means I am Truth in Sanskrit. On the inhale mentally chant “Sat” and on the exhale mentally chant “Nam”.
In your mind list all the items you are grateful for in your life in the moment. Be grateful for what is and what isn’t and remember that everything that is and happens, is for your well being. This is a great one to do and teach to kids. Being in a state of gratitude brings opportunity.
As you stroll, remember that everything you see (leaves, sun, trees, ocean, etc) is a part of you and vice versa.
As you walk and breathe, practice being one with nature and bless yourself and your surroundings. Let go and allow yourself to practice oneness with the moment.
Be in the moment.
Trust that where you are is exactly where you are meant to be, be grateful for this opportunity of life and practice being in your breath, and in the moment. Often times by practicing being present, we receive inspiration or the answer to a question we were searching for. Allow yourself to be in the moment and enjoy it.
I am feeling relaxed already! What are some of your favorite ways to connect to your soul and relax your mind?
About the Author
Isabel Barreto is a Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher, a lover of life, nature, & all things inspired, authentic, creative & fun. Mother, wife, natural foods cook, ideas generator, dream implementer & happiness promoter. http://allthatislight.typepad.com