Confessions from A Boho Fashionista: Go to your Guru! 3 Soulful Steps to Get Closer to Your Inner Guru

_P9A9737They’ve got all the answers. Some wear beautiful scarves and gemstones from far off islands. They sing magical songs that speak to the sweetest part of your soul. She’s your yoga teacher, who can endlessly chatarunga with a little grin; She’s your green queen coach who whips up a kale smoothie in a snap.  She sits silently, channeling peace and love through her third eye into her heart chakra. She’s your guru.  We each have a guru that we adore with all of our bohemian hearts, but here’s the catch—the guru is you! You have access to an inner guru that’s inside of your yogi soul, and it just takes a few special steps to unlock her.

Here are my 3 Soul Steps to Get Closer to Your Inner Guru

 1.Slow Down

It just takes a couple of moments each day to slow down and take a look at all of the extraordinary things in your life that you have to be grateful for. This is a practice, so when you’re firing up your ‘slowing down’ process, it can be tough. Don’t give up! Take a little but of time in the morning or before bed for your gypsy goddess-self to slow down and tap into all of the goodness in you. You’ll start to notice what a wonderful world your living in, and all of the guru qualities that you possess.

2. Listen Up

A modern day gypsy lifestyle has got bohemian babes moving pretty fast, and sometimes we don’t have the chance to listen up. What does this mean? It’s a little extension of your ‘slowing down’ practice, but this time you’re really getting to know your inner guru. Listening to all of the whispers and signs that appear on your auspicious path is an offshoot of slowing down. Suddenly you’ll notice inner encouragement when you slow down, listen up and trust yourself. Have you ever felt a whisper in you that told you everything was happening just as it was meant to? Did you ever just know that things were going to be ok? That’s your inner guru speaking to you, and that whisper (or shout!) happens when you listen up.

3.Move Your Boho-Self!

When we getting moving in ways that we feel passionate about, like dance, yoga, running, or hula-hooping, we’re getting into the flow. You may have noticed the last time you were breathing and moving, that you felt connected and things that didn’t make sense before suddenly fell right into place. This is because moving actually slows down your busy, boho-brain, and gives you the chance to get to know your inner self. Next time you find yourself questioning a decision, get moving, and notice the answers flowing.

We all have a guru (or two) that we love, but the real guru is you, boho babe. Take these 3 simple steps with you to connect back to your inner guru and get into the flow!

 

libpicPeace, Love and Magic,

From your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby. xx.

The Five Health Benefits of Meditation

It is 2014, and life is busier than ever. We work hard, we play hard. More than ever, we need to get on board with meditation and sit hard (maybe without the hard part, but we were on a roll there).

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There are as many types of meditations as there are styles of yoga pants. You will ultimately find your perfect fit, but as you try on various styles for size, you are gaining the benefits right away. Here are some of those benefits that you are adding to your life:

1)            Meditation will make you more socially connected. Much different from social media connected, the solitary activity of meditation can increase positivity to other individuals and the world at large. It can even make you feel less lonely!

2)            It improves your ability to be creative. Creative people know that writer’s (or painter’s, or dancer’s) block is a very real thing. As a substitute for banging your head against a wall, try mediating. It sure is less painful.

3)            It gives your own 50 shades of gray. Meditation has been shown to increase the gray matter in the brain, in areas relating to memory and thought. The brain volume also increases in the area that regulates  emotions. Why, what did you think this was about?

4)            It can relieve pain. The Journal of Neuroscience has discovered that meditation can relieve pain by activating multiple brain layers. The study involved voluntarily receiving uncomfortable hot flashes to the leg. Be grateful for the people who help out in the name of science!

5)            It makes you see the glass half full. Besides the well-known benefits of decreasing anxiety and stress, meditation can help you to see the bright side of life and can increase positive emotions.

Bring more mindfulness into your life this year with tuja wellness. This Canadian wellness website will offer an absolutely free 30-day meditation challenge starting in February. Meditations will range from 5 to 20 minutes (let’s be honest, you spend more time than that each day on internet browsing) and it couldn’t be easier. Sign up here!