By Anne Parker, M.A.
Simplifying your life is fundamentally about the willingness to make choices about where you put your attention and energy. Typically, when we feel overwhelmed and have the desire to simplify, it’s because we are attempting to do too much and have expectations that are not reasonable, which leads us to put energy into distractions – activities that don’t support our true goals and intentions.
These ideas apply to all aspects of our life – personal and professional. Simplifying requires us to shift habits and expectations. To simplify we must make different choices and be willing to accept the ramifications of those choices when they are comfortable and when they are uncomfortable.
By Anne Parker, M.A.
Holiday worries tend to show up in two categories – worries about how things “should be” and worries about things that are beyond our control. When we can recognize these worries for what they are, we are able to put our energies in truly enjoying holiday events and connections.
Families often have high expectations about how holidays “should be”. We are easily lulled into fantasy visions of perfect holiday decorations, food, gifts, and traditions in a hoped-for atmosphere of pure contentment and joy. However, the quickest way to be disappointed is to have expectations based on those fantasies and hopes.
Often what creates stress in holiday times is attempting too many events, too many special meals, too many gifts, etc. So, instead of trying to create the “perfect holiday”, identify the two or three elements that are most meaningful and put your attention and energy into those. Allow yourself to make mindful choices about what is most meaningful instead of making choices based on what is “right” or what “should be”. Holidays will be much more enjoyable and fun if you focus on the top three and let the rest unfold in a more relaxed manner. The best holiday memories can be made from those unexpected moments that are spontaneous!
The kids are back in school so there's no better time to getaway to Miraval. We've hand-picked these spa treatments and activities especially for moms to find balance and recharge. Being a mom is known as "the hardest job in the world" and we know you deserve some quality "me time" to return home as the super mom you are!
For a limited time, book your Mom's Miraval Getaway for a September stay and if we have it available, receive a complimentary one-category room upgrade when you mention: MIRAVALMOMS
Nurture your mind and body with Miraval's most complete body renewal ritual. In this six part ritual, the skin is gently brushed with warm loofah mitts, followed by a powerful exfoliation of bioactive white peat enzymes, sea minerals and ripe anti-oxidant berries; to polish, enhance skim elasticity and reduce toxins. The lymphatic system is then stimulated with the application of a soothing mushroom and phyto-nutrient masque; enveloping the body to facilitate cellular turnover. After showering with an organic purifying cleanser, your skin will be replenished with an omega rich and anti-oxidant fresh berry-oil serum. A full body massage of Artic berry milk cream will encourage skin regeneration, hydration and restore elasticity. Skin is replenished, protected and supple.
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(Designed for a 3-4 guests)
Our Executive Chef will lead you into a night of degustation in the center of the Miraval kitchen. Tiered tasting courses of spa and traditional cuisines offered amidst the busting dinner service. All courses include wine selections based on flavor profiles. The menu for this experience changes weekly to incorporate the most available fresh and organic ingredients -- no allergy accommodations please.
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By: Anne Parker, M.A.
Back-to-school time can be hectic and frenzied with new daily routines to be established and transition details to be taken care of. Being clear about your choices and preparing for those new routines can help the transition be smoother for everyone in the family.
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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