It has been a very long time since I have used this space as my creative outlet and a month into 2014, it's time to exercise that muscle again. The first blog post of the year was inspired by Mommyhiker.com - thank you for asking me to share a little piece of me on your space Jennifer Fontaine!
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.
1. Listen. 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.
2. Breathe. Create a rhythmic breath that is slow long and deep as you move...(click to finish reading)