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Mindfulness Retreat Experience

When I found out that Thich Nhat Hahn was leading a mindfulness retreat in Batesville, Mississippi, I decided that I had to attend no matter what. The fact that he would be just a six-hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi (of all places) was just an opportunity I couldn't miss. And, in addition, they were encouraging families (i.e. children) to attend. I was there! So, my son and I headed up to Magnolia Grove Monastery, the most recent addition to the Plum Village sites in the United States. Thich Nhat Hahn is a well-known peace activist who, as a Buddhist monk, spoke out against the Vietnam War. He was exiled to France and founded the Plum Village Monastery. Thay, "teacher," is a prolific writer, speaker, and advocate for mindfulness and compassion...

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Part 2: your body. your mind. your life.

Posted December 13, 2010
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Transform's mission is to help you transform "your body. your mind. your life." In Part 2 of this series, I explain how my yoga and personal training studio can help you with your mind. In doing so, I will also reference the body since they are interconnected... Mind in this context is thoughts and mind-attitude. Our society has become a mind dominated one in which we live in our bodies from the neck up. Our mind is our reality and leads us down paths based on false perceptions and illusions. Studies on our thought processes have concluded that our thoughts are wrong 83% of the time! Therefore we base our decisions on incorrect data the majority of the time. Mind is also the source of the majority of our stress...

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Part 1: your body. your mind. your life.

Posted December 5, 2010
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At Transform, it’s all about “your body. your mind. your life.” I’m going to address these areas in the next few blogs that I write. So let’s start with -- your body. We all have specific things that we dislike about our body and I’m going to preface this blog with “You gotta love your body ‘cause you can’t leave it.” Please don’t hate your body because it doesn’t fit the image of The Perfect Body. Embrace the sheer magic that your body accomplishes every second by just being... trillions of actions are happening at the cellular level just so you can breathe and sit and read this. So let’s approach our work with our bodies as something we do so that we can lead healthier and more fulfilling lives...

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Is your workout really working?

Posted October 26, 2010
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Is your workout really working? Do you even have a workout? Humans are simple creatures -- we crave good things and try to avoid the bad. And we really, really dislike change. We order the same thing at the restaurant because “it’s a sure thing.” We buy the same products, watch the same kinds of movies, frequent the same stores because it is what we know. We apply the same approach to working out -- we generally stick with the same exercises and routines because it’s what we know and, most of all, like. We probably like it because it’s easy and we feel successful. You’ll know if your workout is working for you if you look forward to it and feel as you are accomplishing your goals...

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Nutrition for Everyday People

Posted September 8, 2010
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I attended a workshop called "Nutrition for Everyday People" presented by Farah Gokturk of Sweetpeace Wellness. Farah is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (http://www.integrativenutrition.com) and she is a Holistic Health Counselor and Wellness Coach. At the Institute, she learned over 100 different nutritional programs that tailor eating to the individual. I love this approach -- people's dietary needs change based on their lifestage, what their bodies truly need.  She is excited about sharing some of the workshop's information with you: There are four key building blocks to establish an eating program that is appropriate for you: Consistent meals that suit your body's constitution...

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Here and Now

Posted July 12, 2010
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One of the topics popping up for me over and over again is present moment awareness. When I am able to practice it and really stay focused in the here and now, my stress levels and anxiety are reduced significantly. I am happier. I recently finished reading Deepak Chopra’s Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and he has several good suggestions for staying in the moment and developing your creative power so that you trust your Inner Self. Although the book was written fifteen years ago, I think these points are very applicable to us today: 1. Experiencing silence. Chopkra suggests setting aside 15 to 30 minutes twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon, to sit in silence. We are so busy rushing around that finding our “core of silence is like recapturing the fort of sanity and peace...

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