Saturday morning I had FUN attending two events held at Molbak’s Garden & Home store. This IS one of my favorite stores (even back to when I first moved to Seattle in the ’80s). It’s a place that you can just enjoy walking through (taking in the plants, the sounds, exploring and engaging in their creative designs!
My younger sister (and others) refer to Molbak’s as the “WholeFood paycheck” of garden stores though. LOL They are on the pricier side when it comes to plants, BUT this place is not like Home Depot/Lowe’s or the garden section at your local Fred Meyers, etc. They work with designers, architects, etc. So it’s THAT kind of Garden and Home store. That being said…
The first event was:
New Year, New Outlook: Mindfulness – Breathe Your Way to Health by Brad S. Lichtenstein, ND BCB.
Molbak’s newsletter’s information and why I happily attended: Looking for ways to reduce stress, rejuvenate your outlook, and achieve a better sense of balance in your life? Then mindfulness-based techniques could be for you! Join Dr. Brad for an interactive and informative look at how mindfulness and breathing can help you face 2018 with greater serenity and clarity. (How would you NOT want to attend this event?)
Dr. Brad is also a professor at our local Bastyr University, a Naturopathic/Wellness University. Follow these links to this wonderful website: www.thebreathspace.com or follow him on Facebook. And as he gave me permission to do and use, the free guided meditation sources he offers.
Dr. Brad made this early morning session for myself and the others (about 30 people attending) literally a ‘breathe of fresh air’ (mindfully speaking). His voice is very melodic, his sincere smiles and engaging nature made us learn something truly valuable.
As you’ve seen from several of my other posts, I’m focusing on being Mindful myself – BEING AWARE of myself and learning to accept myself.
What Dr. Brad taught us though was some simple, yet very informative tips on BREATHING CORRECTLY, which also helps ME be aware.
He asked a few people what they were hoping to “get out of this class” and the responses were, “to become engaged with myself,” “to learn how to relax,” to one gentleman’s response, “to learn how NOT to let the political state of affairs overwhelm us.” Obviously, everyone attending was/is in the same state of stress.
Dr. Brad shared his wonderful information and study (rumination), noting how our posture affects our minds as well. He then asked us to sit UP and on the edge of our chairs (rather than our usual slouching posture, or the posture when holding a cell phone). He taught is breathing techniques and he walked us through a slow meditative way of taking the time to BE AWARE of our bodies while still maintaining the slow breaths.
I won’t go through all of what we learned (you can get more information on his website), but I will share that as he spoke, the rain fell on the plastic outdoor ceiling tiles and between that sound and his melodic voice, we all were entranced. It was WONDERFUL.
A few notes that I wrote from his talk:
- Changing the body can change the mind. Become mindful of how you hold your body in every situation.
- Tune into yourself to stay in the moment
- Focus on what your body is doing during stressful, anger, unpleasant moments.
- Concentrate on changing your bodies posture to realign back to a non-stressful state and concentrate the breaths on calming yourself.
- Crossing your legs while sitting, misaligns your body and causes restrictions to your breathing.
- Don’t take BIG breaths on the inhale, think of breathing as though you are holding a note to a song, slow down. Can you take a breath out slowly?
- Sleep pattern – cognitive thoughts, just breathe and APPRECIATE the bed, be aware of your surroundings, the touch of the sheets, the softness of your pillow, mindfully meditate your thoughts into relaxation.
- (love this) If you think about how your pet can just ‘shake off’ bad situations and just go to the next, WE need to be that same way.
The second event I will share in my next post: A Breathe of Fresh Air, Improving Indoor Air Quality with Plants, they BOTH were a great session that seemed to FIT one another.
What sort of classes/events have you attended like this that you’d like to share with us?