Willingness to change: the path to perfect health.

Maui 2015I saw this quote the other day and it struck me in its simplicity and good sense:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

How often do we try a new diet or exercise plan and really commit to it for a while, but go back to the same old habits? I used to do that with nutrition and exercise.  Not eat a piece of cake or ice cream for a week, increase cardio activity – and then eventually either because of fatigue, stress or wanting a little emotional comfort, go back to my old habits.

Since attending the Perfect Health program three years ago, I’ve undergone many changes. As life unfolds, the changes continue. Robert and I were at La Costa Spa for a belated 10 year anniversary celebration and enrolled in a program which I thought was a Meditation retreat- it’s a long story.:)  It turns out it was a weekend intensive on mind-body medicine based in Ayurveda called “Journey into healing.”  It was an amazing, inspiring experience!!

We learned about our mind-body constitutions, how to choose the foods for healing and nutrition, the right way to detox – food, substances and emotions, and the transformative power of meditation.

Although Robert and I have both meditated for many years, my practice became much deeper and more consistent as I incorporated breathing techniques (pranayama), a mantra and sutra meditation and committed to a daily practice. And, in addition to our individual practices, we now meet in our living room almost every morning to meditate together.

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Perfect Health Program week .

Robert and I came away from “Journey into Healing” determined to make changes that would last. Truly, that anniversary week away was the catalyst for transforming how we start our day, becoming more conscious about the foods we eat, the exercises that work best for our bodies and most importantly, as a long-time married couple, how to communicate more consciously in all areas of our life.

The Perfect Health Ayurvedic program isn’t just another certification for me, it’s a  way of daily living and ongoing healing. It’s a transformational process that deepens as i continue my daily practices: Stretching, Breathing techniques, Meditation, Nutrition, Conscious communication, and spending time in nature on a more regular basis. I’m grateful for the profound changes its made for my husband and me. I believe it in whole heartedly and am very much looking forward to sharing it with you!

With gratitude and love,

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For more information about the Perfect Health programs, Meditation,  or to enroll in a 2017 program,  call Genevieve at 520-299-6541 or email- change@bodyfundamentals.com. 

7 Tools for Cultivating Gratitude

gratitude-giving-thanks-fall leafIn times of loss and grief it can be challenging to feel grateful let alone practice gratitude on a consistent basis. When we feel disappointed, let down, hurt, resentful and angry we are blocking our ability to feel grateful.  Here I share with you a handful of the tools I use to cultivate, deepen and expand my experience of gratitude.

  1. Embrace Beauty. Look for opportunities to appreciate beauty in your life. Learn to marvel in the small things as well as the “Masterpieces.” Soak in all kinds of beauty. For example, I pause and find gratitude in nature by seeing a humming bird or butterfly, or in a beautiful piece of movement executed with precision and grace, in a delicious meal with an inspiring presentation. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Cultivate Grace. Spiritually speaking, grace is a gift. It is not earned. We cannot create, control or will it. One way to practice grace is to practice receiving. Another way to experience grace is to practice forgiveness. Don’t focus on who is wrong or right- in the realm of grace and moving toward gratitude there is no room for blame. Gently practicing grace daily will increase your openness and willingness to experience gratitude.
  3. Be Grateful for the Hard Times. Remember, everything has a beginning and an end. All things will pass, eventually, the good (happy) times as well as the sad.
  4. Practice Humility. Recognize your limitations. As I recognize my limitations without judging myself about them, I open the door a little bit to humility. Humility reminds me that judgement of myself or others serves no purpose and in that moment i am grateful.
  5. Say “Thank you!” Receiving compliments and truly allowing them to sink in is another way to deepen your gratitude practice. When someone gives you a compliment, consider pausing and taking a breath. Receive the gift of a compliment by allowing yourself to feel it. And, say “Thank you!”
  6. Practice Gratitude Journaling. Cultivate a daily or weekly journaling practice – focused on gratitude. Being in a place of gratitude opens us up to acceptance and ultimately, love. We simply cannot be in anger, frustration, irritation or disappointment and simultaneously be in gratitude. Journaling is a wonderful way to change your emotional state and move into joy, appreciation and love. I spend 10-15 minutes daily in gratitude journaling. My writing includes giving thanks for my parents, husband sister, cousins, friends, employees, colleagues, teachers, mentors, my body, my health… you get the idea.
  7. Write Thank You Notes. I gave myself a challenge many years ago to write 3-5 Thank You notes a day. At first, it seemed like a lot. As the years went by, writing Thank You notes made it to the top of my to do list and is something I greatly look forward to. In addition to putting me in the mental and emotional space to be grateful, it has improved all of my relationships.

“If the only prayer you say your entire life is ‘thank you’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

I encourage you to use whichever tools resonate with you and to choose this profound practice.  Make it a daily and active practice.  In order to see real and lasting change in our lives we must commit to and recommit to active practices.  Watch how gratitude expands in all areas of your life.

In thanks,

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Choose Grace

Statue of Bhudda in a graden“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted”
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I continue to remind myself to not only accept GRACE but to consciously practice it.  To practice it with myself and with others. Today I remember that kind is another GRACE word.

 

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Gratitude moment for Mom and Dad.

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Anniversary celebration toast.

Mom and Dad in Hawaii in front of Napili Bay

Mom and Dad in front of Napili Bay, HI 2013

Deeply grateful for my loving, inspiring and remarkable parents.

Let Nature Rejuvenate You

DSCN0261My husband and I just returned from Northern, California. We were fortunate enough to spend the weekend celebrating the elopement/marriage of dear friends. They were surrounded by the love of friends, family and exquisite nature! Their celebration was beautiful as was the setting.

Friday morning I walked along the lake in Mill Valley and took a 3 hour hike. The sun was shining, and breeze blowing lightly. Sea gulls were abound, and the sky was a brilliant bright blue.  Unlike the photo below from the next day, I could see the Golden Gate bridge in the distance.  Awe inspiring!

It’s easy for me to become bored with my exercise practices and fall into a routine: walking in the morning, Pilates equipment 2x a week, hiking on Sundays, etc. etc. Being outdoors is different. It provides authentic rejuvenation. It is at once unpredictable and mysterious. “Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same”. -Emerson.

Today I am grateful for nature. The gift of walking and the ability to breathe easy.
I give thanks for the love of friends and family and another day of health! Walking, Swimming, Hiking, Dancing, Pilates, and the ability to experience my body inspire me today.  Take time to soak in  nature today!  Allow the mystery, and majesty of nature to inspire and rejuvenate you.DSCN0268
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Previously Published September 2011

Gratitude Moment- Health and Love!

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Today I am grateful for many things: A  good night’s sleep, breathing,  good health,  a body that is strong and flexible in spite of physical challenges,  . . . oh,and my wonderful husband Robert who makes me laugh!!

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Previously Published Sept 2011