A zen lifestyle is a lifestyle that reflects our mind, body, and spirit. It completely transforms our day to day routine, our state of mind, and our overall purpose and way of life. When we wake each morning, it is so important for us to understand that the way we start our day off and the energy we wake with is the energy that will stay with us throughout the day. If you wake feeling, tense, rushed, exhausted, frazzled, etc. you better believe that the rest of your day will be no different. That’s why today I want talk about how we can start our mornings off with a zen routine that will last not only a morning, a day, or a week, but that will mold into a habit and way of life.
Last night during my vinyasa flow yoga class the instructor focused in on how we should start thanking our bodies for all that it does for us. Think about how much our bodies do for us just to keep us living, even when we’re sick. Start your morning by clasping your hands above your head, inhale deeply, and than exhale all while thanking your body, and expressing your appreciation for all that you have in life. Think about your work, hobbies, family, people you love, and the beauty all that surrounds you. Focus in on what you will achieve today, what the day will bring, what you want the day to bring. Select a purpose for your day and think of a being to dedicate and share your positive energy with (someone in need, less fortunate, sick). Following your meditation and thanks treat yourself to a strong cup of black tea instead of your daily coffee (some argue that the caffeine in black tea is not only stronger but lasts longer than the caffeine in coffee) and stir up a quick delicious multi-vitamin and antioxidant smoothie that will give you more natural energy than you’re ready to take on. Try 2 cups of water, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of spinach, a couple of kale leaves, and a lemon all together in a blender with about 1 cup of ice. Watch and feel the energy unravel. After this, simply get moving! The best way to get real full forced energy is to start the day off with a quick workout. Five minutes of yoga, 10 minutes on the treadmill, 15 on the elliptical (depending on your availability). Anything to get you moving and your endorphins woken up! Keep your healthy vibe, natural energy, and positive day flowing by snacking on super foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, blueberries, spelt, yogurts, sesame seeds, figs and a cup of green tea. Keep this up and you will see a positive change in not only your body, skin, and energy but your mood, your radiance, and your day to day happiness!
XX and Namaste