Breathing Into Sleep

It’s one of the top pieces of advice for living a wholesome and healthy life—get more sleep. And like with most advice, it’s easier said than done.  There are many reasons people have problems with sleeping. Insomnia. Anxiety. A mind that won’t stop racing. Stress. Poor diet—e.g. too much caffeine or too much sugar. Drug … Continue reading Breathing Into Sleep

Start With Self-Acceptance

The first two steps of AA’s twelve-step program are as follows: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Both take a great deal of acceptance. First, accepting you have a problem. And second, accepting … Continue reading Start With Self-Acceptance

Softening

Resistance and tension reside in both our bodies and our minds. These are reactions to stress and uncomfortable situations, but neither are helpful. Think about jumping into water from a height. If you tense up your body, you are bound to break a bone on impact. Loosen the body, and it may hurt to hit … Continue reading Softening

Observe

Acceptance is not apathy. It does not mean you’re giving in, giving up, or bowing down. It’s choosing peace for yourself over control.  When we’ve conditioned ourselves to reacting, though, acceptance can feel a lot like bending our will. We react when something isn’t going our way, and we’re trying to control the outcome. But, … Continue reading Observe