Awaken With Gratitude
More often than not it’s easier and even more comforting to complain about the things you don’t have rather than be grateful for the things you do. But studies show that the more you express thanks, the happier you are.
So with that in mind, I started awakening with gratitude every morning and funny enough, I had more to share with those around me. Ok so it’s not rocket science, its simple physics. You can only experience what you are experiencing. Starting the day with gratitude is a beautiful experience.
Breathe Into Your Body
If you watch a baby breathe, you will see a remarkable sight. With each inhale, the baby’s belly fills with air like a balloon, the diagram opens up and the pelvis rocks forward The chest rises and then falls, like a raft on the ocean. This is natural, oceanic “full-body breathing.” It is the way we were meant to breathe.
Every eastern exercise disciple and Pilates too, starts with the breath. Just breathe deep for a few minutes every day. It will change your entire day.
Joseph Pilates was a visionary man! He understood that health began with the flexibility of the spine, breath and strengthening what he called your “powerhouse”. In his book Return to Life he says –“Self-confidence, poise, consciousness and possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Pilates”.
Clearly he believed in his practice. While I believe there are many ways to reach this state, Pilates is certainly a powerful practice to become healthy inside and out.
The Power of Touch
You know how good it feels to get a massage or receive a loving hug from a friend? Studies have shown that a person giving a hug gets just as much benefit as a person being hugged. Even a touch on the shoulder or a gentle pat on the back can instantly make us feel happier.
Do you need more touch or do you feel like giving (not in a creepy way) more touch. Touch heals, it reduces stress hormones, and it connects us deeper to each other. We use touch in Pilates too, to create body awareness and a feeling of safety in the workouts. Get in touch with yourself and use the healing power of touch to feel better.
In Health + Happiness-
Nigel Sampson, Co-Founder, Whole Body Method