April is here, and thus, officially Spring! There's such a lovely quality to this time of year, where the air is fresh and sweet, the sun stays out longer, and the days are bright with potential and new possibilities. I see it as a kind of "check-point" throughout the year, to see if you've kept any of your resolutions, what's working, and what you might want to get rid of; aka spring cleaning.
LA is known it's healthy lifestyle and sunny culture, and rightly so. We have roughly 284 cloudless days, juiceries overtaking every corner Starbucks, and a farm-to-table movement dedicated to conscious eating.
While I feel like I've mastered the external part of eating right, and exercising, I've been making more of an effort to exercise the internal parts of me. One of which is practicing a daily meditation. I was always the kind of person that loved the idea of meditating, but found it difficult to sit still and "clear my mind" for an allotted time. Usually, I'd just get frustrated (or hungry), call it quits and then carry on the rest of my day. What really got me back into this was spending a couple minutes in the morning (usually after a run) with an idea, or an intention for the day. You might call this daydreaming. As it turns out, this was my gateway into meditation. Your mind is supposed to have a thousand thoughts per day, and you're going to wander, but once you begin to fine-tune your focus on one concept, you can change your way of thinking. It's been really helpful listening to guided meditations by the inspiring Gabrielle Bernstein, especially for someone like me who feels like their brain is more akin to Grand Central Station than a tranquil waterfall. Nevertheless, I've found that this simple practice has opened my awareness and I actually look forward to it.
I encourage everyone to find a little time for themselves to sit in peace during the day. Whether that's in a full-length meditation, a cat-nap, or taking a walk outside. It's a kind, friendly reminder to take care of yourself. And just be present.