Make Valentine’s Day especially memorable this year by participating in this month’s Essential Yoga Program! The CONNECTION session takes place on Valentine’s Day–Sunday, February 14–from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. and includes dōTERRA essential oils. The yoga and essential oils are harmonious, with a specific focus on opening the heart and quieting the mind for a deeper connection.
Wouldn’t you like to know which essential oil reconnects you to the pure and simple ways of the heart? Which one fosters love and trust? Which one connects you to your inner wisdom? As you experience them, you’ll learn about these and other specific properties of ylang ylang, frankincense, wild orange and geranium as well as the dōTERRA blends AromaTouch™ and Balance™.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so you’ll want to register for the session soon through this link. Just click on the ‘Workshops & Sessions’ tab and look for Connection- February with Stevie Swails.
Whether you are cooking Monday night dinner or preparing your lunch for the next day, practicing mindfulness brings joy to the task of preparing food. Most of us tend to cook and prepare meals while doing multiple other things like listening to the news, talking with others or day dreaming about the past or future. It’s a wonder there aren’t more injuries involving chopping vegetables knowing that we are typically not paying attention to the sharp knife in our hands! Being mindful to preparing food is not only safe, but also connects us back to one of our basis needs – to nourish our bodies.
This week, experiment with cooking and preparing food mindfully. Notice the scents and sensations of the food you are working with. Bring love and intention to those you are preparing a meal for – including yourself. When you are stirring or chopping, bring your attention to those motions. Remember that being mindful is simply doing one thing at a time without judgment. So, when you are in the middle of chopping onions and find yourself thinking about what tomorrow will be like, bring your attention back to the simple, yet very important task of chopping onions!
Mindful moments are short practices to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself. Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice. Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Pema Chodron would say it is “practicing in the gaps.” Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday. May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.
Join us for Sitting Meditation on Tuesdays at 5 PM.