By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist
Lean techniques to incorporate in your daily routine that will help to keep healthy and lasting weight loss.
Lentil Portobello Roll-Ups with Feta and Tomatillo, Lime and Roasted Corn Salsa
Essentially small burritos, these nutritious roll-ups are filled with hearty ingredients and topped with feta cheese and a zingy tomatillo, lime and roasted corn salsa. It’s a hearty and delicious meal that will keep Miraval’s guests energized for the resort’s many active endeavors!
Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist
Many of us would like to be more creative but we struggle with an inner voice that volleys a steady stream of discouraging negativity. “I’m not talented enough”, “Creativity is frivolous”, “Who’s got time for it?!” “There are real problems that need my attention!”, “You’re either born with talent or you’re not”. This "Inner Critic" might also have other names such as Nagging Nelly or Perfect Pete which capture the discouraging power of this inner voice.
Although we may feel that our Inner Critic is out to sabotage our creativity, it might actually be well meaning, even if a bit misguided. Someone once said that her Inner Critic, which she called “The Wicked Witch,” was trying to "suck the joy" out of her life. This critical voice often wants to protect us from embarrassment or failure, or it tries to help us avoid frustration and disappointment. However, in doing so, it keeps us from experimenting with new ideas and from the learning that comes with trial and error. It also keeps us from the joy that comes from applying our creativity.
By Miraval's MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Why is it so important to be mindful and to practice calming your mind on a regular basis?
The importance of mindfulness is practicing present moment awareness with acceptance. Doing this provides us with the opportunity to be more aware of both our internal and external experience. With awareness comes the ability to choose and respond rather than live habitually or reactively. When we have acceptance of what is, even when it is difficult or the opposite of what we want, we are able to empathize and be kind with our internal experience rather than telling ourselves to ‘get over it’ or that ‘we shouldn’t be feeling what we feel’. This also cultivates our ability to be compassionate with others. When we have acceptance of what is pleasant we are able to bring our whole selves to the sensory experience and enjoy that moment on a deeper lever. Savoring a pleasant experience helps create the memory of it and develops the ability to become aware of pleasant experiences more often.