Self-care as we know, is one of the building blocks to a good quality of life. That’s why we eat well, exercise, meditate, get our hair and nails done etc… In these high stressed, over screened, modern times, the concept of self-care in order to charge the batteries makes sense to a point. Somebody needs to look out for us even if it is us, right?
Well the answer is yes, but it doesn’t end there, because there is more to the story than just us. There is everyone. You know, all of those people everywhere who make up community and who might not have the same kind of access that they should have, not only to self-care, but to basic human dignity and well-being. Everyone is vulnerable to being in a state where they need support and sometimes that support needs to come from the community.
Community plays a very big role at Take Five Meditation. We care about our village and believe that as our community grows it is important to open the doors wider to community care. We know that your regular meditation practice, your connection to the broader community in the tea lounge, prepares you to go out and be a thriving community member, ready to lend a helping hand where needed. Sometimes those seeds are planted right in the studio with a conversation, or a question.
In other words, you are taking your self-care and you are balancing it with community-care, creating the kind of Yin and Yang balance of well being for all. We love that about you. As of a matter of fact, if you have a community based area of interest that you would like to share with our Take Five community, please reach out and let us know. You can write about it for our newsletter, or you can reach out to see if we can host an event to support it.
We are not just about Taking Five, we are also very much about Giving Five and then some, and we are looking forward to growing this vibe as our beautiful community grows.
With A Tremendous Amount of All Kinds of Care,
Cool, on topic article here
As we move through our busy, hectic lives that are so full of stuff and things to do, it is easy to forget that we walk around daily with this magical toolbox that can help us take the edge off of life induced stress. This toolbox happens to be our very own bodies and minds, and if the tools are used wisely, we can regulate ourselves with great mindfulness as we move through the to do list.
One of the most fascinating tools that we have is the Vagus nerve. This incredible nerve connects our brains to many of our bodily functions and is responsible for regulating so many of our body’s systems including our fight or flight response. Breathing deeply into the body followed by long exhales has an immediate soothing effect on the Vagus nerve, slowing down the heart rate, and quieting the parasympathetic nervous system. This means a huge reduction in fight or flight stress. This is awesome.
At Take Five Meditation, we get how important it is to be familiar with the tools that we have to help us deepen our Mindful lifestyles. Nothing makes us happier than seeing you grow your ability to live without a whole lot of fight or flight and with a lot more calm and joy. The body and mind connection is endlessly fascinating and we love sharing the journey and exploration of it with you.
We look forward to seeing you get in touch with your inner Vagus Nerve on the cushions, and there is nothing vague about that.
With A Lot of Nerve and Love,
For more really cool and interesting research read here.
If you are a human being, chances are, bad stuff has happened to you. Bad stuff comes in the guise of many forms. It could be that you were mistreated by another, experienced trauma be it physical or emotional, addiction, loss, and the list goes on.
We are all at risk of being defined by our histories of pain, it’s actually a pretty normal pattern, and the mind loves to go there and dwell on it. However, we are at risk of ruminating, that vicious cycle of not letting go, and miring ourselves in our misery, constantly seeking ways to explain it, or find relief or justifications for it. Before you know it, your pain is all you can think about, it’s a mind trap.
Truth be told, negative thinking does not serve us. It actually hurts us. This is not to say that in moments, emotional congruence is an important thing when facing tough situations, but overall, rumination can lead to serious anxiety and depression.
There are many healthy ways to move away from negative thought patterns and one of them is Meditation. A mindfulness practice helps us to recognize our negative thought patterns objectively and without judgment so that we can start to change the inner-dialogue. Sound healing can connect us to our inner-vibrations of joy and happiness, mantra meditation can be the new inner voice that we hear telling us that we are worthy of great happiness, so that the beautiful music in your head can shine through.
At Take Five Meditation it our greatest pleasure to offer you a space where you can look at your negative thought patterns, investigate them, and understand that you can put them down and walk away from them. Our goal is to lead you right into the arms of positive thinking (a topic for another time).
We look forward to seeing you on the cushions.
With a Tremendous Amount of Love and Affection,
What if you had a super power? An innate ability to move life giving energy in such a way that it makes you stronger, makes you smarter, regulates your emotions, all while filling you up with the electricity of life. Well you do have it, we all do. It’s called breath.
Breath is this incredible life force that works for us endlessly and we don’t even have to think about it, or do we? What happens when we do focus on our breath rather than taking it for granted? Amazing things, that’s what. Focused breath work, has so many benefits and that is why it is such a reliable meditation tool.
During these middle spring days of sneezes and wheezes and miserable breathing, breath work can make a big difference in how our bodies handle the pollen count. Deep nostril breathing can help clear our sinuses and calm down some of the inflammation we experience as our immune systems respond to our city’s trees that seem to be endlessly trying to reproduce.
Alternate nostril breathing (my favorite) not only loosens up stuff and helps clear the sinuses, it also has the known effect of uplifting us emotionally. A full cycle of alternate nostril breathing, and I feel like a brand new person.
Take Five Meditation is a celebration of the breath. Every class reminds us that we all have this incredible super power, that we can always rely on to calm us down, to open up our sinuses, to bring us inward to a place of reflection and joy.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing you transform yourself with breath with each practice.
With Big, Loving, Deep Inhales and Twice as Long and Loving Exhales,
Katie is now the Studio’s Lead Front Desk and Sales Manager.
Katie has been with Take Five Meditation for over a year now and has been doing a super job working the front desk. Her involvement in the studio has grown and grown over this past year and it shows in so many ways that you may not have known or noticed. Changes have ranged for the look, feel and content of our retail, our tea lounge and more. As well as changes in the flow and method of our sign up and sign-in process. A lot of what she does is also behind the scenes and goes virtually unnoticed.
You may not notice all the things that Katie does for the studio and our community but know that many of the things our community enjoys are directly impacted by her attitude, dedication and initiative.
Thank you and congratulations Katie!!
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,
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. : )
See you on the cushions.
Sending out Big Love from the Treetops,