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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 ;) 

You are alive, there's no reason to be bored. by Paluna Santamaria

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” -Nelson Mandela

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I've done things in life that most people would consider brave. The truth is. The majority of those times I have been terrified.

Friends ask me how. How did you manage to get through with that?

I just did, because that's the thing with fear, you either embrace it or you sit there paralysed.

I felt like running away , hiding, pretending I was sick. I thought of all the possible excuses but not following through always seemed worse.

Throughout the difficult times, I promised myself that I would never let life kill the sparkle in my eyes. I promised myself that I would remain playful and I would try to smile every day.

Some days all I had to get me through was my athletic practice. No matter how hard life got, if I could spend a moment moving my body I knew I would be able to keep those promises.

My body kept me safe. Movement kept me sane. I could be sad, angry, frustrated or happy.

Movement helped me breathe a little deeper.

Without my yoga practice, my athletic practice, music and journaling I'd probably be heavily medicated. Thankfully, I've never felt the need to experiment with drugs of any kind.

In my job, I have daily encounters with individuals who have also found emotional and physical healing in movement.

Every day I witness and experience the power of a still mind and an active body.

I invite you to stop exercising and start training, get strong, get moving. Do it with passion, do it smart. Follow a program, or don't. Be clear on what you want. Ask for it and go for it.

Stop doing it for looks, for fame, for recognition. Take a second away from social media. Don't compare yourself to others. Do your thing and do it with love for yourself, because the better human being you become, the better the world becomes.

To that article I read the other day which inspired me to write this; you are right, exercising is damn boring so stop and go find purpose. Don't show me another picture of a cute girl doing moves she doesn't want to do but she does them anyways because #butts and #thighs.

Training is the perfect analogy to life. There's grey days and sunny days. No matter what goes on, you still have to open your eyes at some point and look at the challenges right in the face, look at the happiness right in the face, embrace all of it, learn from it, experience it.

Please look around. The world is full. Look a little further, dig a little deeper. It will be scary sometimes but I promise you, It will not be boring if you allow yourself to move like no one is watching.

Open your eyes, you are alive, there is no reason to be bored.

 

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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.