Are you living a life based on your strengths

Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “Are you living a life based on your strengths” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom!

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Mindfulness in Daily Life: COOKING

Cooking can feel like a chore for some people, but for others, it’s a pleasure and joy. I usually find it’s a pleasure and joy, but occasionally I find it a chore – particularly when I find myself getting frustrated that my three kids won’t all eat what I want to make (and enjoy eating)!

My suggestion for you if it feels like a chore, is to consider some of the specific elements as you are doing the cooking.

  1. If being creative feels stressful (random adding of spices and flavors), use a recipe book and allow yourself to be lead through the process.
  2. Buying the ingredients you need, from your recipe, removes the stress of trying to figure out what might go with what.
  3. Allow all your senses to get involved in the process – the smell of the garlic as you crush the clove, the sound of the oil sizzling in the pan, the sight of the purple beets in contrast to the green peppers, the feeling of the efficient knife between your fingers, the taste of the final dish on your tongue.
  4. Reflect on why you are making this delicious food – is it to nourish your body? Is it to share with people you love? Is it to help your future self so that you have that yummy food prepped on Thursday night and you won’t be tempted to order take-out pizza?

Mindfulness in Daily Life: FOOD

When you eat, do you really pay attention to what you’re actually eating? Or are you eating on the run, between meetings at your desk, in your car, watching Netflix?

Do you notice or reflect on:

  • The colors
  • The textures
  • The shapes
  • The flavors
  • Where the food comes from
  • Who helped get the food to your plate – the farmers, the pickers, the packagers, the grocery store shelf stackers, the check-out staff
  • The journey your food has taken – planes, trains, boats – to get it to you
  • Who cooked this food for you

Next time you consume, slow down, breathe and take a moment to reflect on the questions above.

The 5 Niyamas or Self Disciplines: 5) Isvara Pranidhana

Ishvara Pranidhana means to offer your life or to surrender to God or humanity. This is about dedicating our lives to serve the world at large. I resisted this concept for a while when I first started studying yoga until I read a translation that included humanity.

This notion of living my life for the benefit of others, similar to the Buddhist notion of the bodhisattva – someone who remains on earth to help others become enlightened – is a hard, but aspirational way to live!

The 5 Niyamas or Self Disciplines: 4) Svadhyaya

Svadhyaya means self-study and inner exploration. This involves both reading books that are inspirational to you and help you reflect on the world and your role in it. It’s also about studying how you show up, your reactions to events, your triggers, who you are in different roles.

Turning your focus inwards is key to personal evolution!

Eat Plants Because You Give an Eff About Your Body & The World

Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “Eat Plants Because You Give an Eff About Your Body & The World” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom!

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How to Get Stuff Done!

Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “How to Get Stuff Done” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom!

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The 5 Niyamas or Self Disciplines: 3) Tapas

The third Niyama is tapas which literally means to burn.

It is aIt refers to the mind, the body, our speech, mental discipline. There is an element of laser-focused commitment and can imply some suffering – as a process to go through in order to purify!

I consider this to be about the fiery passion to stick to your path.

The 5 Niyamas or Self Disciplines: 1) Saucha

The Niyamas are like the 5 commandments of self discipline. These are practices that you focus on to create a better life for yourself and those around you – such as meditation. These are self-care practices and affect how you show up in the world

The first is saucha which means purity.

Purity is to do with your physical body in this case – taking care of it, but not obsessing about it and letting it define your existence.

Intro to Ayurveda!

Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “Intro to Ayurveda” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom!

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