- The Science of Meditation: Acharya Fleet, a social activist/peacemaker, and Richard Davidson, the Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison talk about how mindfulness can change society.
Inspire before you expire
Whether you have time to stop and smell the roses, or you’re busy and on the go, be mindful of your breathing! Being conscious of your breathing will help reduce anxiousness and help you better navigate chaotic life situations. Other than increasing your O2 saturation, breathing exercises can help:
- Slow your heart rate
- Lower your blood pressure
- Increase circulation
- Reduce muscular tension and pain
- Reduce stress hormones
- Maintain and refocus concentration
- Improve and maintain your mood
There is a whole gambit of breathing exercises a person can do to improve overall health. A way to get started is to be more conscious of your breathing at certain points in the day. Take note of your breathing and heart rate when you wake up, during your morning routine, when you are stressed, when you are calm, when you are emotional, and at the end of your day. By paying attention to your breathing at these times, you are able to figure out your “base-line breathing”. After figuring out your “base-line breathing”, try taking 2-3 deep breaths leading into or during times you feel stressed as well as times you need to be more focused. This practice will help you find your center and keep your perception in a mindful state.
In addition, the ancient Dravidian tradition of Yoga places high importance on breathing routines (Pranayama), the methods of which have been successful for centuries. Click the link below and give these 3 breathing exercises a try.
If you regularly practice this mindfulness breathing, a way to step it up to the next level is trying out the Wim Hof Method! Wim “The Ice Man” Hof has had great success with many of his techniques, especially his method of taking 25-30 power breaths. If you’re interested, click on the link and check it out.
- Below are videos on the basics of swimming for beginners. Form and breathing are very important when first learning how to swim.
Swimming etiquette is important to learn for beginners that are about to take a dive in the pool. There are many informal rules that experienced swimmers follow which can leave a beginner feeling confused. Click the link below to learn more.
For more information about the history of CSAs, how they work, and participating local southern Wisconsin farms check out this website and video.
Joining a CSA allows us to realize how interconnected we are to each other for survival. The colorful vegetables we eat and crisp apples we bite into were cultivated by individuals with tremendous care for an entire season. We are fortunate enough to be a part of that process. We can begin to appreciate our food and its origins as we eat it in the present moment. We contemplate the long hours of planting, watering, feeding, harvesting, and shipping that went into making it possible to have a seemingly endless supply of fresh produce. We are able to learn about the different vegetables and fruits that grow at different times of the year. Most importantly, we develop appreciation for the many lives involved and lifestyles sustained because of this process of community involvement and awareness.