Have you ever found yourself feeling very de-motivated to get off of the couch to go to the gym, but then once you dragged yourself there you were amazed by how great it made you feel? The demotivating factor in situations like that, is the transitioning to the gym, and not the gym itself. The transition from couch to gym is a journey of change and as small as that might seem, even those small changes can feel daunting. There are so many micro instances in life when you are so fully entrenched in a habit or a comfort zone, that the very transition out of it seems overwhelming. This could lead to a lot of opting out and missing out.
Anxiety around transitions often start in childhood, and is something that many of us carry into adulthood. Oftentimes, it is the messiness of transitioning that stops us and we may not even realize it. As abstract as all of this might seem, understanding how you relate to transitions can make a big difference in your approach to life. It helps answer the underlying questions which are, what is holding me back? How can I make that big change in my life? Why is it so hard for me to get there?
At Take Five Meditation we know that a regular meditation practice opens you up to introspection and a better understanding of how you relate to the world around you. We also understand that the transition that you make from your busy workday to your cushion is as impressive as it is beneficial. It is our greatest hope that your regular meditation practice helps you understand your relationship to transitioning and helps you to take the edge off of it, so that you can get to the gym, or go out there and make that big life change.
From start to finish we look forward to all of your transitions big and small from beginning to end.
With Unchanging Love,
Tara

It can be hard to put ourselves into another’s shoes. When there is conflict and disagreement it becomes even more challenging. If you tend to be stubborn (like me), then forget about it, it can take a while before you are ready to find middle ground with another person.

We are currently living in times when divisiveness abounds. It can feel difficult to find middle ground and harmony. What makes this such an interesting quandary, is the fact that we all have our own point of view, and for better or worse, it comes from our own personal experiences. Our world view is unique to our personal experience, and that is why it is so important to remember that everyone has an experience that we have no knowledge of that shapes them, and if we put our judgments aside, and keep an open mind, we might be able to move past conflict and into harmony and understanding.

At Take Five Meditation, we understand how important conflict resolution is on the job, at home and even in our social lives. We know that coming from a place of loving kindness and compassion, can enable us to be accepting of another’s viewpoint, even if it is quite different from our own.

A regular Mindfulness practice can be very helpful when dealing with conflict resolution. It gives you time to pause, still your mind, and gives you a moment to take stock of your emotions in a given situation. Simple steps such as these can actually help you to open your mind and heart to someone else and their perspective. Finding middle ground in conflict can be very rewarding for everyone involved.

Even if you are stubborn (like me), there is a tremendous benefit to using meditation as a tool to create harmony in your life and relationships. When everyone’s point of view gets viewed, there typically ends up being enough understanding and kindness for everyone, and that’s the best kind of resolution. So bring it on over to the cushions and work it out at Take Five.

With Stubborn Loving Kindness,

Tara

Read more about how meditation can help with conflict resolution. 

As we have evolved into these strangely urban creatures who rely more and more on indoor stimulus we easily forget that we are creatures of nature. Nature is something that makes me super happy. I love and adore the natural world so much, and I want to share my love for it with you. Our connection with all things green, or the moon, and the oceans are profound and so good for our health and well being.

Many of us, in our modernity have distanced ourselves from our natural environment and a lot of people feel uncomfortable in the outdoors, itchy, and vulnerable. In our discomfort we stay inside, blast our cooling and heating systems and hide ourselves from nature. This kind of cloistering can lead to anxiety and depression. As humans, we need sun exposure and time in nature to be truly happy and healthy, and sadly, somewhere along the industrialized line, too many of us have lost our connection with that. Science tells us that people who live in heavily treed places are happier and healthier. When people do not get time out in nature, there are more cases of asthma and allergies due to lack of exposure, rather than exposure.

The good news for us Washingtonians is that we live in a garden city. There are so many parks and so much green space that all of us have plenty of opportunity to get out there and do some tree bathing this Spring and yes gulp…even this summer when it feels like 200 degrees. On the next really hot day, go out and find the biggest and leafiest tree you can find and simply sit underneath it and see what happens. Who needs air conditioning when our trees are so happy to provide us with cooling, shade and happiness?

At Take Five Meditation nothing brings us more joy than your well being, and we hope that you use your mindfulness practice to enjoy the gentle kindness that nature gives to us. We hope you go out there and find that tree who becomes your best friend this Spring, and if you do, share it with our community, by taking a picture and sending it to us. We’ll post it in our newsletter. : )

In honor of tree bathing and Spring, please join us for One Giant Meditation (OGM) on April 14th.

See you on the cushions.

Sending out Big Love from the Treetops,

Tara

For more on Tree Bathing and it’s benefits, click here.

Executives who meditate at work report less stress, increased focus, and more productivity. Workers who take a break to meditate actually get that time back and more, with improved control, reduced friction, and better decision making. Take Five Meditation provides guided meditation to organizations like yours. Sessions may be hosted on site at your location or at Take Five’s Dupont Circle studio.
Our meditation guides are experienced in both corporate and non-profit settings. We provide your staff with the right instructor, who will customize the experience to support your organization’s goals and values.
Our Group Services Include:
  • Guided Meditation in our studio or at your facility
  • Mindful Leadership Training and Workshops
  • Focused Retreat Activities
  • Corporate Employee Membership Discount Packages
Contact Eldad Moraru for more information at (202) 412-6464 or Eldad@TakeFiveMeditation.com

On our last First Friday, March 1st, Dr. Lenka Glassman, PsyD. delivered a presentation on anxiety to our Take Five community. Dr. Glassman divided her presentation into three parts: Body, Thoughts, and Behaviors. She explained that anxiety can be experienced as physical pain in various parts of the body (for example: neck, shoulders, and back) and it happens when the limbic system becomes hyper-activated.

An expert in Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Dr. Glassman pointed out that anxiety can be experienced as obsessive thoughts that manifest in ritualistic behaviors. Racing thoughts and insomnia are other ways that anxiety manifests in our minds, she explained. Dr. Glassman cited Mindfulness practice, Yoga, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (a meditation technique), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as treatments for anxiety. She also emphasized that it is important to take action and face our fears, because anxiety feeds on uncertainty and avoidance. Avoiding situational anxiety raises long term symptoms. We are so thankful to Dr. Glassman for taking the time to speak to us and are looking forward to more. -Katie Toner

One of the best things about Washington DC is it’s people. Not only are we a collective IQ of well over a trillion, we are a people who wake up every morning wanting to make the world a better place be it near or far. Whether you work for the government, or an NGO or the private sector, or you are a school teacher, chances are if you are a Washingtonian, you care.

That’s right, you care about politics, your care about the state of the world, you care about the homeless, you care about animals, you care about the environment and the list goes on and on. All of that caring leads to a tremendous amount of world travel, long hours on the job, big projects and even bigger worries. That’s because when you are a person who cares, it’s really hard to turn it off. This endless source of caring and compassion is so profoundly beautiful and it results in a whole lot of very good work being done, but often it comes at the expense of one’s well-being. It leads to what is known as Compassion Fatigue, a term that really means you have cared so much about saving the world, you have burned yourself out.

Our team over here at Take Five completely understands this because we all care a lot too. A big part of Metta Meditation cultivates compassion for others and the world, but we also understand that we cannot be our best for others, without taking care of and replenishing ourselves too. That’s why we offer so many classes that are replenishing, and that make you feel brand shiny and new. It is important to us that we provide you with a meditation practice that helps you to grow your resilience so that you can go out there and continue to do the good work. We are proud of you Take Five Community and it is our pleasure to help you booster your resilience with each practice.

It matters to us that our community is so full of heart. We look forward to seeing you actively self-caring on the cushions.

With Loving Kindness, and Compassion,

Tara

Take Five Meditation will be offering a new class titled Qigong Movement and Meditation.

Qigong is a moving meditation from the Taoist and Chinese Medicine Lineage. We will start with a movement warm up, then explore some qigong forms which activate and work with specific energy meridians related to internal organs, mental and emotional health. Then we will do a Taoist meditation which involves both active visualization and passive awareness.

Andrei Stoica has been practicing qigong for many years. His initial opening into the Healing Arts started with learning martial arts in high school. This lead to a study of various forms of yoga and mediation. Andrei Attended Massage school and Acupuncture school in Berkeley CA. He is currently an Energy Healer and teacher as well as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to let go of old stuff? There are just certain things in life that don’t want us to let go. These can be physical objects that clutter our homes, and they can also be emotional obstacles that have decided to park themselves in our minds and not leave. They become a part of our inner and outer landscapes for better or worse.  

Have you ever noticed how good it feels when you finally take the time to de-clutter your living space? Getting rid of old stuff that you thought you needed, only to find out that removing it from your personal space feels incredibly uplifting and liberating?

Our inner-world, our minds, work in very much the same way. Out of habit we can get stuck in mental clutter that likes to show up over and over and again, blocking us from moving around comfortably and preventing us from bringing in newness and change. Just like a good home cleaning can make us feel so light and happy, when we take the time to clear (not empty) our minds, to de-clutter our brain space, we create an openness that is liberating, giving us the sense that anything is possible and that we don’t have to be stuck.

At Take Five Meditation we take great joy in offering you opportunities to create a meditation practice that can help you create more internal space, so that you can bring a sense of fresh newness into your life.

Our Release. Reset. Replenish class on Monday evenings at 5:15pm with Guide Sihnuu, is the perfect place to explore and expand on this. We also thought Monday is the perfect day of the week to find yourself de-cluttering and approaching your week as a new beginning.

We look forward to seeing you on the cushions every Monday, expanding your mind in all new directions.