Why is a Daily Practice Important?

The Mindful Body methodology is based on the ample evidence suggesting that the mind and body are ultimately connected. Our Daily Practices incorporate the key areas of mind, body and food and provide cumulative benefits:

  • When you are mindful, you deepen your awareness and can view your thoughts and emotions from a distance, without judgment.
  • The mindfulness you create is then carried out into other areas of your life.  When you are mindful you make better decisions about the food you eat and how you treat your body. Mindfulness is cultivated through your Daily Mindful Practice.
  • When you exercise regularly, you feel better physically and mentally -- you also tend to want to eat healthier. Regular exercise and movement of the body is your Daily Body Practice.
  • The food you choose to eat has a direct impact on your body and mind (thoughts & emotions). Choosing what foods to consume and in what quantities is your Daily Food Practice.

You will begin to gain momentum as you try out practices from each area and incorporate them into your daily life - each area builds on the other. The ultimate goal is to integrate these practices into your daily routine with ease. The concept of "Daily Practice" helps to shift one's perspective from resistance to ease:

♦ Resistance Perspective - "I have to lose 15 lbs", "I hate going to the gym", "Meditation is boring" or "I don't have time for yoga"

♦ Ease Perspective - "I am choosing to eat a healthy breakfast", "I am choosing to walk five times per week", "I will stretch before bed or perform breathing exercises in the morning because it helps me fulfill my commitment of ______________:" (you fill in the blank)

- being peaceful, happy or inspired

- being patience and loving towards my spouse, children, or family

- taking care of my body; feeling better and being healthier

- having more energy

You shift your perspective of making healthy choices from being an imposition, to an accepted habitual action (a daily practice), which in turn alters your experience.

 

What is a Practice?

A Practice is an activity that you perform routinely in order to establish a habit. A Daily Practice is a combination of repetitive actions (or practices) that you take on in order to cultivate a healthy mind and body.

The intention of a Daily Practice is that it is done with such regularity that it becomes routine like brushing you teeth or taking a shower.  Once routine, it requires minimal thought. You just do it - whether it is practicing yoga, meditating, walking, working out or eating more fruits and vegetables.

Think of the daily practice like a closed loop system, where the practices for each element feed the others and together they form your total daily practice.

A Daily Practice is based on three core elements:
  • Mind - a Mindful Practice helps to deepen your awareness and create more peace in your life.
  • Body - a Body Practice utilizes regular physical activity to increase physical health and an overall sense of well-being.
  • Food - a Food Practice integrates healthy food choices into your lifestyle to allow your body and mind to work at an optimal level.

There is ample evidence suggesting that the mind (thoughts, emotions & attitudes) and body (movement & physical health) are ultimately connected. Your thoughts and emotions impact your physical health, your physical health impacts your thoughts and emotions.  The food you choose to eat affects your mind, body and overall sense of well-being.

 

Benefits of a Daily Practice

  • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Increases feelings of peacefulness, calmness and relaxation
  • Boosts creativity
  • Increases energy
  • Increases happiness
  • Improves relationships
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases metabolism, aiding in digestion and weight loss
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Reduce risk of illnesses such heart disease, cancer and diabetes

 

How do I get started?

We recommend that you begin with a Mindful Daily Practice because it sets the foundation for mindfulness that carries over to the other elements. Then, we recommend that you review the Body and Food Practices.

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