Miraval has partnered with Mrs. Green's World to bring you these exclusive podcasts as part of the Wellness Series with Miraval. In this exclusive series, Mrs. Green will introduce you to six of these specialists ranging from an exercise physiologist to their Executive Chef to the Medical Director of the Andrew Weil Integrative Wellness program. Each 15-minute podcast brings directly to you a succinct discussion of at least one of the key tenets of the Miraval philosophy, such as balance, joy, healthy eating, developing the ability to overcome obstacles and ways to find the champion within.
May 25, 2013 — Leigh Weinraub, Tennis Coach & Wellness Counselor
June 1, 2013 — Justin Macy, Executive Chef
June 8, 2013 — Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor
June 15, 2013 — Andrew Wolf, Exercise Physiologist
June 22, 2013 — Dr. Jim Nicolai, Medical Director of the Integrative Wellness Program
June 29, 2013 — Junelle Lupiani, Nutritionist
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We all know that a good night’s sleep sets the stage for a
good day giving us energy, clarity, and enthusiasm. What many of us don’t realize is that how we spend our days has a lot to do with how restful our sleep will
be. Disordered sleep is greatly influenced by disorderly days.
In our busy, stimulated, adrenaline-driven lives we have
become addicted to busyness, stimulation, and the adrenaline rush. We
“go-go-go” during our waking hours and then expect to immediately find restful sleep
exactly when we want it. How realistic is it to go from full speed to full stop
in an instant?
There are two primary strategies for living our days in a
way that supports restful nights. One, make sure that you have “rest periods”
during the day. This might be through a formal practice such as meditation,
yoga, tai chi, or any practice that quiets and centers you. Your rest periods
might be less formal, taking the form of a minute or two of mindful, belly
breathing – in the shower, at your desk, in the car, while walking to your next
appointment. You might also take a short break to listen to some relaxing
music, say a prayer, write in your journal, really taste and enjoy your food,
hug a child or good friend, have a good belly laugh, watch the sunset. Any of
these little pauses throughout the day will help your body and mind know what
rest feels like and, later, recognize when you want to rest to move into sleep.
By: Anne Parker, Miraval's Wellness Counselor
Love is being present.
That is how Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and writer on mindfulness, defines love. A simple yet powerful sentiment.
The way to connect to those you love is by being present – with the other person as well as yourself. Being present means fully engaging in what is being shared between you in that moment – truly paying attention to the thoughts, feelings, and actions you are sharing now. This may sound obvious and straightforward, and it is. However, think about how you and your beloved interact during the course of a typical day. How much are you truly present with each other? How often is your communication “on the fly” or happening while “multitasking”? How often, while listening to the other speak, are you interpreting what they are saying into what you think they really mean? And then, when you respond, you are responding to what you’ve decided they meant instead of what they said?
Did you know that it takes about three months for a new habit or shift
in lifestyle patter to "take hold?" Research shows that even though
positive results from a new habit or patter can be experienced quickly,
it typically requires about three months of repitition for the new habit
or pattern to fully replace the old one. Success in changing a habit or
shifting a pattern comes through replacing it with a new one - not just
trying to get rid of the old one. Here are three quick steps for
supporting yourself through transition: