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Being mindful means to be present, aware and engaged in the moment, slowing down to take in the details of the world around you. The essence of being truly mindful is not only to be involved in the moment, it also means taking care of yourself...stepping away from self-imposed goals and tasks when necessary. As you set your priorities to support your physical well-being, also recognize what is important to maintain your mental health, emotional balance and spiritual energy. Taking a break from routine, letting go of the "to do" list for an hour, a day or an extended period, mindfully deciding what is the best course of action right now can rejuvenate your energy and your passion for life. The ultimate commitment to living mindfully is honoring where you are and what you need to live your best life.

Nan's Perfect Cairn, Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington

"I choose to be mindful on my life path."

Yoga Pose: Tree Pose Vrikasana

Balance is much easier to attain when you are truly mindful and present.

Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.

Stance. Shift your weight into your right leg, maintaining a strong foundation through the right foot. Keep your right leg straight without locking your knee.

Legs. Lift your left foot up and place the sole of the foot against the inner side of the right leg. Use your hands if necessary to place it where you want it. Keep the left knee pointed out to the left side.

Torso. Lengthen the spine. Relax the shoulders.

Arms. Allow your arms to float up and stretch your fingertips the reach towards the sky in a wide angle to take in the energy of the world around you.

Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep your head in a neutral position. Gaze slightly upward. Smile.

Timing. Stay balanced for several breaths. Exhale to come out of the pose by setting your left foot back on the Earth. Return to Tadasana.


[Repeat on the other side]

Cathedral Rock at Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona

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