Have you ever noticed a beautiful smile? A soft gaze? A gesture of kindness that in a moment filled you up with warm fuzzy feelings? Chances are you have, and you really loved it, because those are all moments of loving kindness. The same person who moments before made you uneasy, suddenly shines a friendly smile at you, and the next thing you know, you want to be friends, and connect.
Let’s take all of those moments and imagine that you are the one smiling and giving off warmth to others and even more importantly, yourself. How does that make you feel? Chances are, practicing small and easy to do acts of love and kindness make you feel pretty darned good. So it’s a no brainer right? Just do it, as the old saying goes.
Not motivated enough? Well how about this. Scientists have discovered that a regular loving kindness meditation practice, slows down the rate that cells age, helping you to maintain more youthful looking skin and generally slowing down the deterioration that comes with the aging process. In other words, meditation helps keep you looking and feeling younger.
At Take Five Meditation we prioritize loving kindness, no judging, with lots of love and community spirit. We know that we are creating a space that is good for both body and mind by tapping into things that are so intrinsically valuable to being a beautiful person, that you can’t buy them in a tube or a jar. You are cultivating your outstanding beauty one sit at a time, and it dazzles us. We look forward to seeing you at your next beauty treatment in the studio.
With Glowing Love,
For more on how meditation impacts the aging process and cellular structure read here
Reality check. None of us are perfect. In fact, perfection is an illusion and a trap. As humans we all have our ways of stumbling through many situations, finding ourselves making mistakes and making the wrong decisions. Along the way, we hurt others and we hurt ourselves.
It’s hard to be introspective, because it is easier to avoid our imperfections, than it is to look them in the eye, own them, understand them and to forgive ourselves for them.
So we carry on, holding onto the heavy weight of our flaws, bad behaviors and painful histories. This extra weight can slow us down without us even knowing it. It is a burden that can sometimes block us from moving on.
One of the beautiful things about a regular meditation practice, is that it teaches us how to be introspective, how to understand ourselves better, how to own up to past mistakes, and how to forgive ourselves. Compassion, loving kindness without judgement, these are tools that we all have within us, that can aid in losing the extra weight we carry around. There is nothing more cleansing than honest introspection followed by large, heaping doses of self compassion and love.
At Take Five Meditation it is our great pleasure to offer you a space where you can start the journey of introspection, ownership and acceptance of yourself, imperfections, flaws and all. It’s a space where you can let go of the extra weight that you’ve been carrying around, where love and compassion can bubble up to the surface, leaving you feeling lighter and more understanding of yourself and others.
We look forward to seeing you on the cushions soon.
With Love and Compassion,
PS Please be sure to check our schedule each week since sometimes Guides and Classes change.
Ahhhhhhh, being perfect, that ever allusive goal that we are convinced will make us feel great, get our self-esteem up, and make life awesome. The whole package, how we look, how we act, how others see us, we can even project this onto our children, pressuring them to achieve in all areas all the time.
It is almost impossible to stay on top of being perfect, because the truth is, there will always be someone prettier, smarter, and better than us if we are operating from Perfectitus. Then, the absolute worst happens and we make a mistake, we fail and then it is discovered that we are not perfect.
It’s during those dips in life that our self-esteem likes to desert us. Self-esteem when linked to ego gratification doesn’t seem to sustain itself when we experience failure, and we face our own imperfectness. Many of us go right into self-doubt, and negative self-talk, we are hard on ourselves and this makes it hard to rebound and carry on. It seems like an inevitable bad cycle right?
What happens if we shift our mindset and instead of practicing Perfectitus we practice Self-Compassion? Rather than beating ourselves up for not being perfect, we build ourselves up by being forgiving, kind and loving to ourselves? By acknowledging that being on top of everything isn’t all that, in comparison to loving ourselves for who we are, flaws and all. This is a true pathway to living well.
At Take Five, Self-Compassion is built into our daily lives. We are ok with being human and flawed and we still love everyone and ourselves anyway, kind of big time. And that is truly wonderful.
We look forward to seeing you on the cushions this week.
A wonderful thing happened to me the other day. A good longtime friend asked me, “Does Take Five have a class that teaches people how to get and stay motivated about their meditation and yoga practices?” It was a question that made me sit back and take pause. Do we help our students get and stay motivated? And isn’t motivation this complicated and amorphous thing that keeps changing?
So I thought to myself, hmmmm, motivation is a head game very much like meditation. It has to come from the inside, and for it to really be effective, it has to be regular. Both motivation and meditation take time and commitment. They are both challenging and rewarding, and when done well, can be very life changing.
Does Take Five Meditation offer motivation? The answer came to me as a resounding yes. Take Five offers a wide variety of guided classes with very knowledgeable teachers. Each class feels like a learning journey and learning is motivating. The studio offers a community of wonderful and diverse people creating an energy of connection that is motivating. Take Five helps people to know the inner workings of their minds, all of the nuances that create set-backs and breakthroughs and that is motivating.
My friend, after hearing all of this wonderful stream of consciousness answer from me, then asked me if I would open up a Take Five near her (she lives in Belize). I told her I am working on the motivation.
In the meantime, I want to let you know that as much as we hope to provide you with a space that motivates your meditation practice, all of you motivate us to continue to make the world a happier, and more introspective place. We look forward to seeing your motivated and regular practice on the cushions.
With An Abundance Of Gratitude,
Take Five Meditation
1803 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
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