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TUNE-IN TUESDAY TIPS // NO AWARENESS=NO CHANGE by Paluna Santamaria

Last week I promised I'd let you in in my podcast obsession by sharing one of the many I listen in a week (or a day).  I will continue to do so but today I'm letting you in my meditation practice instead.

I've been practicing different types of meditation since I was six years old, with some on and off strikes through my teens because no teenager wants to listen to her dad telling her to meditate daily because it's good for her (yeah that was my dad). 

Last year, meditating became a little more challenging. Old anxiety issues I hadn't experienced in a few years came back. Luckily, I know meditating makes this issues manageable so in search of something to keep me accountable I did some research and discovered my favourite meditation app: "CALM" check "Mindfulness and Mindfulness Apps" for the full review

Lately I've been procrastinating more than I want to, so today I decided to replace my morning meditation with one of the many mindfulness programs offered by Calm called "7 days of focus"

Day 1 is dedicated to AWARENESS

  Here are some excerpts from today's practice: 

**Disclaimer: content from the app has been edited for the purposes of this blog**

1. Attention is a limited resource. Distractions are everywhere. 

2. Noticing when our attention has drifted away is the first step to bringing it back.

3. Don't worry when your mind wanders. This is what minds do. Just to notice when it does and use it as an opportunity to bring it back just as you do with your breath. 

4. The practice is about noticing our habits and patterns.

5. Keep returning to your breath over and over. There is no right or wrong, it's the practice what matters. 

6. The first step to CHANGE is to be AWARE. 

That is all friends. Check back next week and don't forget to stay CALM ;) 

Do something you hate to look good. by Paluna Santamaria

"EXERCISE IS DAMN BORING"  

"INDUSTRY STANDARD SUGGESTS 30MIN 3 DAYS A WEEK. WHO HAS THAT TIME COMMITMENT?" 

Above are a few statements I read on an article few months ago. The piece showcased few exercises to be done at the park which got me excited right away, sadly I was soon disappointed. 

This article had so much potential. It could've promoted movement as a way to reduce stress, spend more time with your loved ones and generally live a happier life. Instead, the writing and choice of exercises suggested people should only exercise to look better or because the doctor says it's good for you. 

When I read it, I was so upset I went on a Facebook rant which I rarely do. This rant, ended up being a good thing so Im going to share it with you today: 

"There's room for all of us in this fitness world. The ones who exploit the industry by telling you you need to work out to look a certain way, the ones who practice something three times, take two certs, train a few friends and call themselves an expert and the ones who after years of training still view themselves as beginners, the ones who only teach what they've mastered, the ones who have such respect for their students and teachers that wouldn't dare to call themselves an expert or a master of anything. Working out and training are not the same thing. For all of you who get it, who get that moving is not a chore is a gift we've been given. All of you who are full of curiosity and understand that having control of your body goes way beyond pretty clothes and cute bums. Training has no end destination. It's the journey what makes it worth it. It is not a punishment for what you ate or something you do to "fix" your body. You are not broken, it's your mindset that needs work."

As someone who spent the majority of her teen years in a dysfunctional household. I can say that being active kept me sane and happy.  

You are bored because you are not paying attention. Because your mind is so narrow that you can only see what's right in front of you. 

I'm posting now because I'm no longer angry which seems like the best time to express my thoughts.  

I just hope one day you  realize that nothing magical happens when you get the cute bum or the shredded abs. Magic happens when you shift your focus and allow yourself to move. 

 

POWER AND GRACE: Misty Copeland by Paluna Santamaria

. ..AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

...AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

RELEVANT FACT ABOUT MISTY: 

Third african american female soloist and first in two decades, at the American Ballet Theatre.

WHY IS THIS AWESOME: 

Throughout its history, ballet has been known as an exclusive art form. High class predominantly white populations are accepted, and while other races are not openly rejected, they are also not encouraged to participate. 

The principal roles are offered to those who fit the standards established in the 15th century: white, small frame, long limbs, narrow hips, flat chests and head proportionate to the rest of the body (yes, this is a thing) amongst others. 

It is well known in the community that even though times have changed; there are some who believe black dancers are not suited for ballet simply because they don't have the "right body." 

Same goes for latin or asian descendant participants. 

Even though Misty didn't fit these physical requirements, her skills, talent and dedication ended up taking her where she is now today. 

This is the first post of the POWER AND GRACE series. A space where every week I will  honour my real life women superheroes. 

I strongly suggest you look them up. Watch Misty perform, listen to her interviews and read her books. I promise you will be forever inspired. 

 

I FOUND CONFIDENCE WHEN I ACCEPTED ME FOR ME...

I ACCEPTED I AM BEAUTIFUL...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY.     YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY. YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

WHY I LOVE HER:

  • She represents achieving what it seems impossible. 

  • She represents living with a purpose.

  • She represents a step towards equality.

  • She represents opportunities based on ability, hard work and talent, rather than solely on looks or connections.

 

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW PRETTY YOU ARE, HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE OR WHO DO YOU KNOW. IT IS ABOUT PUTTING IN THE WORK AND SHUTTING THE WORLD'S MOUTH WITH POWER AND GRACE. 

Don't forget to come back next week to check on another badass athlete.