Our worth is inherent in our existence. This is my favorite mantra, and it feels especially poignant as we jump into 2019. To deepen our understanding and pleasure of that existence is up to us. We have the agency and capacity to define ourselves. I help you do that. I am Cathlin Star and I’m a holistic health coach.
The technique of Breathwork is different than popular yoga pranayamas, and it is different than a seated, still, quiet meditation. It is an ancient practice that is timeless. And it's for everyone. You don’t need any experiance or have to believe in anything, but an open mind and recognition that maybe there is more, and that maybe you’re not all of your thoughts, will help you along the way.
We’ve all experienced a horrible night’s sleep at one time or another. The following day can be excruciating to get through. We aren’t as alert, our mood dips, and we’re more likely to make poor choices with food and caffeine for any boost in energy. It’s clear sleep is important to our well being, but recent research reveals the astonishing reason why. During sleep our brains shrink so that cerebral fluid can clear toxic molecules from this hard-working organ. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, known as the ‘rest and digest’ system, before bed will slow your heart rate, calm your mind, and set you up for a restful night’s sleep.
Mindfulness has become a buzzword for all kinds of methods that involve slowing down, practicing being present and meditation, often with breathwork. Out of the many renditions of mindfulness, one practice that can be remarkably effective even if you don’t believe you have the time or the focus to be mindful is utilizing a mindfulness bell.
If you are someone who feels uncertainty at this time of year, if you’re too distracted by anxiety to decorate your Easter eggs, or if you feel like it’s harder to pull yourself out of winter than you were expecting, this ritual is for you. I’m affectionately calling it “Sitting in the Mud.”