How Can I Change My Life in Minutes Each Day?

I’ve often said (only partly joking) that it takes the two of us all day long to do all of the things we need to do in order to stay even remotely healthy. While I may seem super healthy/fit I struggle every day to varying degrees thanks to my fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, a messed up back/shoulders, lung condition and the repercussions of exercising so dang much. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me complaining or looking for anyone’s sympathy I’m just keeping it real. And then there is J who has ulcerative colitis, a heart condition and a hiatus hernia. Between the two of us we really do have quite the pile of symptoms and issues to tend to each day.

I hope that for most of you, you aren’t dealing with as many health issues as we are, but I know the stresses of life in general mount up regardless of their source and we all are looking for ways to make life more pleasurable, easier, and less stressful.

Even when we take the initiative to try and make life more pleasurable, easier and less stressful, 9 times out of 10 it seems like that makes us even more stressed not less! We’ve heard time and time again that making time to take care of ourselves is imperative, but for many of us we can’t carve out a 30 minute mediation each day. Having time to ourselves, or going to a fitness or yoga class just doesn’t always happen.

So we’re left asking ourselves, “How can I change my life with just a few minutes each day?”

While I believe there are many answers to that one question, I think that a book I recently read will do a lot (and teach you a lot) of ways you can do just that.

Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein is a wonderful (easy to read) book that walks you through over 100 tools to help you stress less, have more life flow, and find your true purpose.

Miracles now

From Gabrielle:

Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that.

That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems-stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.
Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.

Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.

While I’ve heard of Gabrielle many, many times, this is the first time I’d read anything written by her (nor had I heard her speak) and now I really want to go back and read her previous releases. I read Miracles Now over a period of about a week, and implemented a few of the tools in that time with great success. In fact, in one instance I was complimented by someone for something that was a direct result of one of the tools I learned in the book. Like I seriously immediately was complimented, and they had no idea I had done anything differently (and honestly I barely knew I had either).

While reading the book I started thinking about all of the people in my life I felt would benefit from this book, and I’m sure my list is far too short.

If you are feeling chronically stressed, like life isn’t flowing for you and that you are struggling to keep up, that you are wandering aimlessly or just need some help bringing more focus into you life I would strongly urge you to pick up Miracles Now. It might not change your life, but it might help you change the way you look at it.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

 

 

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October Yoga Streak Challenge

Happy October 1st bloggies! I love autumn, and October is one of my favourite months because it’s cool, but not cold, its festive but not crazy over the top, and it’s the real kick off to sweater, boot and hot cocoa season ;)

The beginning of a new month also means there is an influx of fitness challenges on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – everywhere! I wasn’t planning to add another to the list, but when I decided that I would like to challenge myself to start a yoga streak, I decided what the heck? I’ll throw it up on here so anyone else who wants to join in can, and if nothing else it’ll help keep me more accountable!

31 Day

The rules are simple p arctic yoga everyday in the month of October (which will hopefully continue on into a daily yoga practise in the days, weeks and months after October). There are no rules about how long you have to practice, what poses to do, how long to hold them, what time of day – just practise at some point every single day for the entire month.

On a super busy day your practise might be 5 minutes of final relaxation/corpse pose before bed, maybe some breathing exercises, a sun salutation or two, or a yoga class. Whatever your practise looks like for you on any given day, take the time and set the intention to do something.

I have added a rule to the challenge for myself, and that is that I can’t count yoga done while teaching a class as my practise for any given day. Any instructor can tell you teaching is not the same as maintaining your own practise, and for the past year or more, my practise has rarely surfaced between classes. That bothers me and is exactly why I decided to challenge myself to a yoga streak!

I hope some of you will join me, and if you do please use the hashtag #streakwithsuzi and tag @suziconfesses if you post on Twitter or Instagram so I can see all your posts and tweets! You can also jump in and chat on Facebook or in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you if you are taking me up on the challenge!

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