Gratitude is an attitude that can be cultivated not only around Thanksgiving for blessings in our lives, but during each moment of life — towards ourselves! Our brains are programmed to protect and to survive, and when we live a life out in the world it is nearly impossible to avoid feelings of self-judgment or unworthiness. Below is a simple guided meditation to reconnect to self-acceptance and the concept that we all have goodness within. The practice of inviting in new worthy aspects of ourselves through inner mantra will instil more confidence and openness. We will feel more at ease and grateful for all the challenges and support that people bring into our lives. Gratitude begins within and it's never too late to start!
Carolyn Anne Budgell (BA, ERYT since 2008) is an introspective and lighthearted yoga/meditation instructor in Vancouver, BC. Carolyn discovered yoga in 1999 as a ski bum in Whistler and now teaches all over with Lila Vinyasa School of Yoga, Calm Rebel Meditation Community, lululemon, various international yoga festivals / conferences and many other organizations. She passionately encourages others to discover that it’s never too late to breathe deeply, to grow and to change. Check out her events at carolynannebudgell.com
Everyday activities like sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, hunching over a cell phone or even holding a bag consistently on one side can cause stagnancy, stiffness and fatigue in the body. As habits build, poor posture can easily become second nature, causing back and neck pain and even damaging spinal structures.
However, the main factors that affect posture are totally within our control, and aren’t difficult to change with consistent awareness. If you’re sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, the following tips will help support you in maintaining a better posture.