Online Wellness Challenge: Day 27

Living in the Now

1. In our culture of fast, convenient, flavor-rich “foods” we tend to eat too often and too much.  Today, have only 3 meals with no snacks, and drink plenty of water between meals.  From an Ayurvedic perspective, digestion takes time and it doesn’t work well with new food piled on top of partially-digested food.  Notice how you feel not snacking every other minute physically, mentally and emotionally.

2. There is no time like the present to be what you might have been and do what you might have done.  And so it is with exercise.  Work out for 10 more minutes than usual at a moderate to challenging intensity.    Go for it and stay safe while you give it your best!  You can do it!

3. The most effective way to connect to the power of now is through meditation.  Sit in silence with your eyes closed, simultaneously watching everything and nothing.  Embrace the witness consciousness for 15 minutes today.  Set a timer and keep your focus either at the center of your head or 18 inches above your head.  Stay in the moment as much as possible and when your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the now.

4. There are many strategies for being in the now in the Ayurvedic health system.  Here’s a wellness tip to keep you present in the loo.  Gently press your teeth together when you eliminate  (#1 or #2).  This gentle closure of the teeth will arrest any recession in the gums.  I know it sounds wacky, but it works due to changing the pressure and the way air moves within your body by sealing your oral cavity closed when your lower orifices are opening.  It won’t reverse current recession, but will prevent further damage and reduce pain!  Even if your gums are healthy, give it a try.  It’s a great practice in consciousness!

5. Another excellent way to be more present is to do things you love.  So today, take 20 or more minutes to play in a way that brings you joy.  Every time you find your mind wandering, bring it back to the now and the potency of even a few minutes of play for restoring your soul.

6. Write about your experience embracing the now today for 5 minutes or more and share anything you’d like via email.

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