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. 

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By Rebecca Wilkinson, MA

Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist

Many people do not think of themselves as creative. They think of creativity as a special skill or talent that we are born with. They might admire other people who are creative but they don’t think of themselves that way. They might see creative people as unconventional and right-brained and see themselves as analytical and left-brained. Even people who are more creative might think of creativity as a special state of mind that we are sometimes blessed with.

What does it mean to be creative? Creativity is commonly defined as imaginative and novel ideas and activities. It is often associated with artistic sensibility and originality. A broader definition of creativity includes expanding perspective, exploring possibilities, experimental problem-solving, and flexible thinking. 

 

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This month begins with good cheer as on March 2nd the very sociable Venus in harmony with exciting Uranus. Unique expression is likely for the creative.  A flair for forecasting trends and ingenuity can bring novel ideas or breakthroughs. A new romance is also possible especially for Aries and Aquarians.

Then on March 4th communicative Mercury squares off with Mars, the god of war. There can be problems and irritations or impulsive reactions. Watch for mechanical breakdowns or heated arguments especially for those born near the end of Scorpio on November 21-23. The best use for this day is to do research and study.

Then on March 5th transiting sun squares Saturn bringing another day of difficulties and hard work. There can be limitations and delays. Don't worry if there are feelings of insecurity. This will stimulate ambition and the desire to prove one's self-worth. Pisces and Sagittarius are inclined now to feel low on energy.

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By Angela Onsgards, R.D.

One of my favorite things to do is cook!   I see cooking as a form of meditation.  I know this isn’t the case for everyone, but with a little guidance and a well-stocked pantry, cooking can become a much more enjoyable experience.

I always have a number of staples on hand to ensure that I will have enough to make a healthy meal in the event that I can’t make it to my local co-op or farmers market.  

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This is actually a very gentle month with the exception of perhaps February 7th.  At the beginning of February  the moon is in Scorpio conjunct Mars initiating action and happily in harmony with Jupiter for evening fun. Mars Sextile Transiting Pluto on Wednesday February 3rd brings the urge to change things, to purge or heal.  Efforts to transform or implement new procedures are successful. Also Sun smiles on Saturn February 3rd can help some have more control over their life. This is a period of steady accomplishment and success in overcoming obstacles. Good relations with authorities and more patience are possible especially for those born near February 2-3 and November 24-25.

Then Venus conjunct Pluto February 5th indicates romance and passion especially for those born near January 5-6.There can be intense interactions with others for Cancers born near July 7-8. Transiting Mars in stressful interaction to Uranus can be reckless or impelling risky action for those who may feel restrictions.  Those born in Aries around April 5-6 may desire to burn bridges; patience is required. 

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