A Little Patience Goes a Long Way

We all know that relationships can be difficult. One of the best methods we have for making every relationship less stressful and more enjoyable is to show a little patience. Patience has been defined as what we lack for the driver in front of us and demand from the driver behind us.

In truth, patience is nothing more than time.

Time before we say something: Think of a time when someone was not patient with you when you needed them to be. Think of how you felt. Think of how deeply you might have been hurt. The next time you find yourself losing patience with another, take a moment to remind yourself of how you felt when someone had no patience with you.

Time before moaning and groaning: Patience takes time, but no more time than the showing of anger; of stomping or yelling or whining or complaining. A little patience can often resolve a conflict that a loss of patience will only escalate.

Time to just let things run their course: Arnold H. Glasow said, “The key to everything is patience. You get a chicken by hatching an egg, not by smashing it.” Some things require a certain amount of time. Losing patience only hurts ourselves and won’t speed up the process.

So take the time to smile instead of frown; the time to wink instead of snarl. How much time does it really take to give someone a small nod or a pat on the back? We never stop to think about how a little of our time can make such a big difference in how we make another feel.

Benjamin Franklin said, “He that can have patience can have what he will.”

The lack of patience is the key to so much unhappiness and grief in this world, when all it requires is a little time on our part. One of the simplest ways to build stronger relationships and bring more happiness into our lives is by becoming a little more patient. Showing someone patience is really giving to another that which we wish to receive, while a lack of patience is nothing more than a reflection of ourselves.

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Meditation & Yoga

Meditation and yoga go hand-in-hand. With meditation, you are able to reduce stress levels significantly while also reducing blood pressure and stabilizing the heart. In addition, meditation can boost your immune system!

When you meditate, you are able to free your mind of all the daily clutter. You’ll lower stress levels, release anxiety and reset your brain with deep breathing exercises.

The first step is learn how to pull yourself from a state of total consciousness to one of a meditative state designed to calm, restore and heal.

Here are a few tips to help you incorporate meditation into your yoga routine:

1: Set aside some quiet time each day in order to practice. The more often you meditate, the easier it will be to get yourself into a state of complete relaxation faster.

2: Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position and focus on a fixed point, or you can close your eyes.

3: Concentrate on your breathing as well as the present moment. If you find your mind wandering, return to focusing on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling slowly and evenly.

4: Hold this concentrated state for a few minutes at a time, practicing 5-10 minutes a day.

5: Gradually integrate meditation into your yoga routine but don’t rush things along! Make sure you have meditation down and are comfortable getting into this state before you begin to include it in your yoga sessions.

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Instant Stress Relief

Yoga is notorious for helping people relieve stress, manage depression and lead a calmer, more focused life.

It also helps you with self-confidence as well as self-awareness. While there are dozens of different poses and techniques
that will help you to ease mental and spiritual discomfort so you can manage stress and anxiety levels, one of the most
common poses is the Child’s Pose.

The Child’s Pose is also one of the foundational techniques in Yoga and is often used in between transitions, or as a
great way to end a routine.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Start on your hands and knees. Inhale deeply and begin to clear your mind of all thoughts. Listen to your

Step 2: Spread your knees apart while keeping both big toes touching. Rest your buttocks on your heels comfortably.

Step 3: Sit up straight to lengthen and stretch your spine.

Now, exhale, bow forward, moving your torso in between your thighs. Let your forehead touch the floor.

Step 4: Keep your arms extended and stretched with your palms facing down as you press back slightly with your hands, maintaining contact with your buttocks and your heels.

Keep your eyes closed as you breathe in, breathe out.

Step 5: Hold for a minute or longer. To release, use your hands to walk your torso back into an upright, sitting position.

Give this a try and let me know how you feel. Remember, go slow. Take your time and focus on your breathing throughout
the movement.

Next we’ll take a closer look at how we can increase flexibility with a yoga pose that is yet another core technique. 

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