Mindful Monday – Yoga Anyone?

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Do you practice yoga? We’d love to hear your tips for beginners!

I’m not sure what took me so long to realize it, but I’m not nearly as bendy as I was a few years ago.  This has me thinking about adding yoga to my daily routine.

Beyond increasing flexibility and building strength, regular yoga practice can be the foundation of a more healthy lifestyle. It can:

  • improve your posture and balance
  • reduce blood pressure
  • help you sleep better
  • relieve stress
  • boost your mood

Other great things about yoga?

  • you don’t need any fancy equipment to get started
  • all body types and ages are welcome – big, small, different abilities – it’s always possible to modify a pose
  • there are a zillion videos available online FREE

Here are some resources to get us started slowly. Most of these take fewer than 20 minutes – just enough to see if yoga is something you want to pursue.

Before you know it, we’ll be doing some insane yoga poses. (Well, maybe not, but we will be more flexible, healthier, and happier.)

People have been doing yoga for thousands of years, but you should consult your healthcare professionals before beginning any new-to-you exercise programs.

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

Mindful Monday – Patience

 

 

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A friend once told me, “Patience is for other people.” I’m pretty sure she was (mostly) joking, but it got me thinking . . .

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

It’s easy to be patient when we’re not in a hurry. Being able to wait peacefully, though, when the pressure is on? That’s another thing altogether.

Long lines at the grocery store, traffic jams, slow service at a restaurant, dawdling children. In today’s world, with so much going on, so many places to go, things to do, it’s easy to become impatient.

This article from Mindful.Org asks, “Does your indignation toward another person feel good?”   No. No, it doesn’t.

Our impatience doesn’t make us feel better  – and it doesn’t improve the situation at all. Think about it – the last time you were in line behind someone taking an hour to unload their cart at the grocery store, were you helped at all by your frustration? Did that line move any faster?

What happens if we reframe the situation, though? We might feel compassion for the person who is slower to move and we might even offer to help him with his load. We might feel grateful that we are able-bodied and that we have food to eat.

Compassion and gratefulness feel so much better than indignation. 

When we’re feeling impatient, we are not living in the present moment. We are looking forward to being done, moving on, getting another item crossed off our list – so we can move on to the next item.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stop. Take a deep breath. Notice everything going on around you. Practice compassion and gratefulness, and you’ll soon be a more patient and peaceful person.

Patience is not simply the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

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Mindful Monday

To freely bloom – that is my definition of success. 

Happy Monday!

How do you define success? I’m sure everyone reading this has a different measure for themselves.

I’ve been thinking more about short-term successes – those small wins that give us a little boost of confidence. If this moment is all we have (and it really is), why do most of us delay gratification by waiting for the One Big Thing that will make us feel successful when there are so many little things throughout our days that pass unrecognized?

Said another way, in the past when I made a small mistake (a typo spotted after an email was sent, a blunder in conversation), I’d spend too much time worrying about it. At the same time, I wasn’t celebrating when I got things exactly right. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this illogical treatment of myself. Why are we so fast to be negative with ourselves and slow to give ourselves a high-five for things done well?

 

Let’s start paying attention to the small successes that lead to the One Big Thing. In this moment, my measure of success is to click Publish on this blog post. I’ll cheer myself on by crossing it off today’s To Do List. When I have all five items crossed off my list, I’ll celebrate some more. Go me!  #winning

I’m not saying it’s wise to let go of your long-term measures of success – we all need goals. Long-term, I want to have a happy marriage that lasts at least 100 years, I want Brush Dance to experience growth as more people hear our messages of love, peace, and inclusion.

The point is, we should look at the zillions of small achievements we make on the way to our bigger goals and give ourselves a hearty pat on the back. Are you in?

Want to read more on this topic?  I found this article.

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Planners Make Perfect Gifts

 

For 2018, Brush Dance has three different styles of Planners.  Planners make perfect holiday gifts for busy people who need to keep track of appointments, lists, and more. Right now, all Planners (and everything else) are on sale – save 30%.

Let’s take a look at the three formats we offer . . .

KARMA PLANNERS

Brush Dance Karma Planners are new for 2018 and they really have it all:

  • More than 200 Pages of Planning Power
  • Dated Through February 2019
  • Super-Sturdy Cover with an Elastic Band and Wire-O Binding
  • One Week Per Spread – Includes Checklists, Notes, and Inspiring Quotes
  • Yearly and Monthly Planning Pages
  • Numbered Pages and Index (Handy!!)
  • Both Lined and Dot Grid Pages – Use for journaling, note taking, project management, lists, and more
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This is a serious and easy-to-use, intuitive planner. It’s also the one that most of us at Brush Dance are using.  See All Karma Planners

WEEKLY PLANNERS

2018 Weekly Planners from Brush Dance measure 5″ x 7″ and are the perfect size to fit into most backpacks and handbags.  As with all Brush Dance products, the paper quality is top-notch.  These Planners have yearly and monthly reference pages and each 2-page spread features one week. As with the Karma Planner above, Weekly Planners have wire-o binding and an elastic band closure. You can see them all right here.

 

MONTHLY PLANNERS

Finally, for those who need a planner for reference or just a few notes and appointments, we present the Brush Dance 2018 Monthly Planner.

Our Monthly Planners are super-handy and ready to be stashed in bags of nearly any size. Keep one on your desktop for easy planning. At just 32 pages, these books will take you through the beginning of 2020.  Each 2-page spread represents one month.

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Planners from Brush Dance are perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. 

Save 30% Right Now

 

Mindful Living During the Holidays

With the holiday season in full motion, we’re thinking we all need a reminder to take care of ourselves.

How do you stay mindful during the holidays? Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Spend some quiet time each morning – meditate, journal, just breathe before the busy-ness of the day sets in
  • Manage expectations – yours and theirs
  • Eat mindfully – find a quiet spot, sit down, no take-out containers
  • Remain grateful – notice the joy
  • Get extra sleep

Wishing you a joyous holiday season.

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P.S. Our biggest sale of the year has been extended – it ends today.

 

 

 

Save Up To 75% + Free Shipping

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Our Biggest Sale of The Year Starts Right Now!

Such a rare event for us – everything on our website is on sale.  Save between 20-75% on every item. Everything.

Here are some of your favorite and most discounted items.

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It’s a great time to shop at Brush Dance and save up to 75% on all of your favorite items!

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Brush Dance!

Mindful Eating and Save 25%

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Mindful Eating 2018 Wall Calendar

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and even when we are doing our best to live a more mindful life, time can still seem to fly right on by, yes?

During this busy time of year, it becomes even more important to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Becoming too busy and stressed can lead to a lack of sleep, and illness. While it seems counter-intuitive to some of us (calling all Type-A personalities!), slowing down when we’re the busiest may just be the best thing.

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Part of living a slower and more mindful life is making sure we are paying attention to the food we eat. For many, this means more fresh fruits and vegetables and less packaged and processed foods.  It means preparing foods at home rather than hitting the drive-thru.

The 2018 12″ Mindful Eating Wall Calendar is twelve months of gentle, healthful reminders through beautiful photography and encouraging words.

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Mindful Eating – 2018 Monthly Planner

And the Mindful Eating Monthly Planner is perfect for smaller bags or your purse. Here’s a great video of the Monthly Planner – they are new for 2018 and we’re loving them already.

 

Now through November 8, 2017,

Save 25% on all Brush Dance Wall Calendars