18 11, 2017

Monkey Mind

November 18th, 2017|Categories: blog, Meditation|Tags: , |

Monkey Mind isn’t the latest, mosquito-borne, tropical virus, but it’s certainly an epidemic in our society right now. Constant busy-ness, overscheduling, that feeling that we can never relax, calm down, tune out, or shut our minds off, even to sleep — that’s what Buddhism calls Monkey Mind. It’s a fitting description, because when we suffer from Money Mind, it feels like our brains have been invaded by packs of wild primates. There’s good news, though. Monkey Mind is totally curable. We don’t need dramatic lifestyle changes, toxic medications, or high-priced, dubious fixes to stop living a scene straight out of Jumanji. With a few simple tools, and easy behavioral switches, every single one of us has the power to literally rewire our brains and stop “feeding the monkeys.” We’ve all seen the images of exotic destinations throughout the world where monkeys roam free to accost unsuspecting tourists, looking for food. There are signs everywhere warning people not to feed the monkeys, and why not? When we feed the monkeys, more and more of them keep coming. They don’t leave us alone. This is exactly what happens in our minds. When we learn to stop feeding our monkey minds, our racing thoughts will calm, our bodies will find stillness, and our spirits can reconnect with our inner source of peace, presence and gratitude. One of the many ways we can do this is through meditation. Meditation doesn’t require a large investment of time or money. It’s not about religion, and it doesn’t have to incorporate spirituality. The beauty of a meditation practice is that it can be customized to every individual’s needs. You don’t have to be a robed guru chanting alone on a mountaintop. In [...]

18 11, 2017

Crisis Meditation

November 18th, 2017|Categories: blog, Meditation|Tags: , , |

Imagine that you have a medical condition. You feel terrible. Whatever it is, you have a lot of symptoms and they’re really interfering with your daily functioning. When that happens, we visit a doctor, receive a diagnosis, and then, often, receive a prescription. People with chronic illnesses usually need to take their medication daily in order to keep symptoms at bay and live productive lives. Now imagine having a medical condition, taking the right medication for it, and predictably beginning to feel much better as a result. What would happen if you decided that you were fine and didn’t need the medication anymore? Chances are, the symptoms would come roaring back, possibly even worse than before. Stopping a much-needed medication just because a patient feels better is generally a pretty bad idea, yet that’s what many of us do when it comes to self-care tools like meditation. Life is filled with change and struggle, so inevitably each of us, at some point, will find ourselves in the middle of some kind of turmoil. We’ll probably feel overwhelmed, scared, and incredibly anxious, reactive and emotional, which can only make the tough times feel a hundred times worse. A lot of us instinctively know that this is when we have to start taking care of ourselves. In order to cope we go to yoga, we begin meditating, eating healthier, and taking the time to slow down and reflect on the chaos surrounding us and within us. And miraculously, things start to get a lot better. But here’s where we run into the real problem. Since we feel good, we start to slip. We let some of those healthy habits slide. Feeling calm again, meditation just isn’t a [...]

16 12, 2016

Pam’s Pick of the Week – Ginger Chia Supercharger – Crazy Sexy Juice

December 16th, 2016|Categories: blog|

This weeks pick is an uplifting, energizing Ginger Chia Supercharger Smoothie.  Thanks Kris Carr for an amazing recipe! Supercharger is right. This smoothie packs in protein from chia seeds, almond milk, almond butter, and kale, which makes it a perfect go-to before or after a workout. I love the combination of ginger, mango, and almond—it tastes decadent but fruity and uplifting at the same time. Pro tip: If you don’t have mango, substitute pineapple or extra banana instead. Or, for a very different—but also very delicious—blend, try swapping blueberries for mango. 1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed 1 banana, frozen 1 cup mango, frozen and cubed 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 3/4 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice 1. Wash and prep all ingredients. 2. Blend till smooth and serve. - See more at: http://kriscarr.com/recipe/ginger-chia-supercharger/

15 12, 2016

Gabby’s The Appreciation Game

December 15th, 2016|Categories: blog, Meditation|Tags: , , , , |

Gabby has some really great exercises for removing negativity, this one is called the appreciation game.  I really like this one because it is a quick, effective way to get out of a negative state.  Check out this excerpt and her video! Playing the appreciation game catapults us right out of that negative zone. You can play this game with anyone in your life. You can even do it alone, saying out loud or to yourself what you’re grateful for: I appreciate all the people who are supporting me. I appreciate the love that’s in my life. I appreciate the home I have. I appreciate the shoes on my feet. I appreciate the meal on the table in front of me.   Going down this list every day — or several times throughout the day — is the fastest way to get out of a negative pattern, the fear-based story, a toxic situation with a partner or a friend. Playing the appreciation game is a quick way to get out of a negative state.

8 12, 2016

11 Wellness Trends To Watch In 2017

December 8th, 2016|Categories: blog, Return to Life Blog|

A sneak peek of what's about to blow up on the wellness scene. Has wellness ever been bigger, broader, or cooler than it was in 2016? From Silicon Valley CEOs to the stars of the silver screen to our grandmas in Milwaukee, innovative approaches to fitness, diet, mindfulness, and the environment have taken root. It's an exciting time to be alive, with so many ways, new and ancient, to improve ourselves. Plant-based food is moving from the side dish to the entree plate. Meditation is taught in Fortune 500 boardrooms. Starched suits have given way to breathable, bendable workout wear. We're refocusing our priorities, individually and as a society, and we're reaching for new tools to help us. Now 2017 dawns. The new year brings with it fresh approaches to the practices that are defining us. In looking ahead, we've spoken with wellness authorities and our top contributors, we've read the tea leaves and tarot cards, and we've identified 11 trends we're certain will shape the coming months. Get excited for a new year of living well. Nutrition Gets Personal The year 2016 saw one-size-fits-all eating prescriptions take a back seat to individualized nutrition products. In this new year, we expect that trend to continue, with emerging brands taking personalization further than ever. Take a look at Habit, a company that uses clients' DNA to suggest optimized meals. Founder Neil Grimmer spoke at mbg's annual revitalize event about the need for differentiated approaches to diet, asking "Do we all need the exact same food, at the exact same time, in the same way? Intuitively you'd say 'no.' Some of you were out hiking, some of you were meditating. There are all different sizes, shapes, ages [...]

9 11, 2016

Pam featured in SouthFlorida.com with tips on managing #ElectionStress

November 9th, 2016|Categories: blog, Deepak Chopra, Meditation, Pam Butler|Tags: , , , , , , |

Still stressed after #ElectionNight? We're at Green Bar & Kitchen with meditation and wellness expert Return To Life with Pam Butler, who is leading Talia J. Medina in some meditation tips for us to try.  

7 11, 2016

Insomnia and the Brain

November 7th, 2016|Categories: blog, Pam Butler|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Got Insomnia? Are you finding yourself tossing and turning in the middle of the night? Or, do you notice that during the day you feel more tired than usual? Our culture is constantly on the go, and one of the ways that stress and anxiety can impact our bodies—and our brain—is by insomnia. Each night millions of people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some, insomnia can become severe and an ongoing struggle night after night. Symptoms of insomnia include: Poor brain concentration and focus Irritability Difficulty with memory and focus Impaired motor coordination Difficulty falling asleep Impaired social interaction Arianna Huffington, editor of the Huffington post, published a book about sleep. In The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, says that: “Sleep is a time of intense neurological activity—a rich time of renewal, memory consolidation, brain and neurochemical cleansing, and cognitive maintenance. Properly appraised, our sleeping time is as valuable a commodity as the time we are awake. In fact, getting the right amount of sleep enhances the quality of every minute we spend with our eyes open.” Over time, the effects of sleep deprivation can have significant impacts on our ability to function in our jobs, our relationships, and our overall state of wellbeing. Chronic insomnia can have a negative impact on your health, increasing your risk for depression and high blood pressure. To prevent insomnia, you can do a few things: Avoid light, noise, and keep a cool room. Unplug from technology at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Using essential oil of lavender, ylang-ylang, or chamomile via diffusers or spray over pillowcase, applying on wrist, or adding a few drops in a bath. Establish a bedtime [...]

31 10, 2016

5 Ways to Reduce Election Stress

October 31st, 2016|Categories: blog, Pam Butler, Return to Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Election stress is real! As we approach the days leading up to the election, more and more people are finding it difficult to deal with their anxiety and stress. In a recent poll conducted by ABC News, 46 percent of voters describe the election as a source of stress…roughly equal numbers of both Clinton and Trump supporters. Nearly a quarter of people, in both candidates’ camps, say the stress is serious. In our busy day-to-day lives, we sometimes get so caught up in our work, to-do lists, and activities that we forget to simply pause. Stress, anxiety, and depression can quickly catch up with us if we aren’t able to find balance. There are a few key ways you can manage election stress before it gets out of control. Here are five tips: 1. Stop, Drop, and Breathe – Remember as a kid when your mom or dad would put you in a time out during a tantrum? This is an adult version of a time out. If at any time you feel like you’re overwhelmed, irritated or annoyed by election talk, take a time out. Hit the floor and breathe. Take nice, deep slow breaths and exhale out the stress and tension in your body. Breathe in through the nose for the count of 5, hold the breath for the count of 5 and exhale through the nose to the count of 5…repeat this cycle 4-6 times. Grounding yourself into the floor for a few minutes can make a big difference. Stop, Drop and Breathe … take your own adult version of an election time out. 2. Get Up and Move – During exercise, several different chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, are released [...]

31 10, 2016

A Meditation for Energy – Deepak Chopra

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Deepak Chopra|Tags: , , , |

Oftentimes, we’re holding our breath without even thinking about it. Introducing meditation into our daily routine can not only help us to re-energize and re-focus, but it can actually help us to breathe more fluidly, which in turn lowers our stress level. This guided meditation for energy with Deepak Chopra , which pivots on powerful breathing practices, can help to undo the effects of the mid-day slump, and make you feel more alert and alive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK8AnUnKdsg READ MORE

28 10, 2016

Meditation, when the mind wanders

October 28th, 2016|Categories: Meditation|Tags: , , , |

It’s inevitable: During meditation, your mind will roam. You may notice other sensations in the body, things happening around you, or just get lost in thought, daydreaming about the past or present, possibly judging yourself or others. There’s nothing wrong with this — thinking is just as natural as breathing. “It’s the natural conditioning of the mind to wander,” said Ms. Brach. When this happens, simply notice what it is you were thinking about or what was distracting you, then take a moment and pause. You don’t need to pull your attention right back to the breath. Instead, let go of whatever it was you were thinking about, reopen your attention, then gently return your awareness to the breath, being present for each inhalation and exhalation. “Don’t just drag the mind back to the breath,” said Ms. Brach. “Instead reopen the attention, then gently come and land again.” After a few breaths, invariably, the mind will wander again. Don’t beat yourself up about this. It’s natural. What’s important is how we respond when it happens. Simply acknowledge whatever it is you were thinking of — without ascribing too much judgment to it, without letting it carry you away — and take a moment to come back to the present, and resume your meditation. “Where we build our skill is in the practice of coming back,” said Ms. Brach. “Coming back again and again. Notice it — thinking — and then pause, and then come back to the present moment.” READ MORE