Mantra Maven Blog

Breathing is the most basic and important function in our lives. However, rarely do we give it any thought, especially during life's numerous, everyday stressors. Whether it's being stuck in traffic, calming a crying baby or paying the bills, times like these can greatly affect your breathing. At these moments, you would be surprised how a few deep breaths could significantly reduce your stress level. Deep breathing and meditation have been medically proven to reduce stress. Everyday, I start the morning with at least five minutes of meditation. And during particularly stressful times, I wear this breathe t-shirt. Everytime, I look in the mirror, it reminds me to slow down and just breathe. So now, I'm encouraging you all at some point in the day to stop and take three deep breaths, especially during stressful situations. You'll be surprised how much calmer and better you will feel afterwards!

Many blessings,
Tiffany

Overwhelmed? Welcome to the club! Unfortunately, now is the time where the novelty of the new year begins to wear off, and we slowly ease back into the busy routine of our lives. I understand firsthand. When you are an entrepreneur -- you wear 10 different hats at the same time. Combine that numerous other activities, including: making time for volunteer projects, trying to pursue a social life, keeping in touch with friends and family, exercising, paying the bills, grocery shopping, keeping your home in order, breathing, and not to mention caring for a demanding cat, and you can slow spiral out of control. Whew! It's a challenge. Sometimes I don't succeed every day in holding it all together. But I make an effort even if sometimes that effort is made from my couch in front of the TV with a jar of Nutella :). But eventually, you have to let it go. Whatever that "it" may be. I do what I can, and the rest will wait. What about you? How do you cope during these busy days?

Many blessings,
Tiffany

It's important to have clean air in the areas you spend the majority of your time. Clean air eases breathing and is great for your overall health. Those of you urban dwellers, who've had the luxury to travel outside the city limits for an extended period of time, have first-hand knowledge of the benefits of fresh air. But some toxins can't be cleaned by just opening a window or using an air filter. For those times,I turn to sage. For hundreds of years, Native American cultures have burned sage as a way to clear blocked or negative energy. I use it to clear the air in new apartments and office spaces, as well as after any particularly stressful time my life. It always makes the space feel clearer and lighter. So try sage the next time you're in need of an energy lift, and let me how you like it!

Many blessings,
Tifffany

Seventh Generation is a new term being floated around to discuss the sustainability of today's natural resources. It is also the name of the company, Seventh Generation, (of which I am a fan) which makes environmentally friendly household and cleaning products. Both uses of the term are derived from Native American folklore, which says that "in our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." I was struck by how profound of a message this is. How would our lives be different if we recognized the impact that our individual choices will have on descendants of our country and planet for the next 150 to 200 years. It's easy to grasp intellectually but difficult on a day-by-day basis. Your decisions about what you eat, what you buy, and how you drive now have huge consequences, potentially good, bad or neutral, for future generations. And try expanding this concept to what you think, what you say, what you believe, how you live......It makes you realize how significant you really are to the world. Think about it! Welcome to the new level of accountability.

Many blessings,
Tiffany

 

I've just come across a wonderful resource for women who are regaining their lives after divorce. I have a few friends who have gone through divorce. It can be a very personal experience of reclaiming your identity and finding the special support you need. Fresh Start After Divorce (http://www.freshstartafterdivorce.com/) is a remarkable site which offers articles and resources, as well as support from other women going through this same experience. Please check it out and recommend to all you think may benefit.

Many blessings,
Tiffany