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Day 2

Pumpkin Soup and Garnish

Welcome to Day 2 of your RENEWAL journey. Today begins with the practice of starting your meals with grace or by simply taking 3-5 slow breaths with eyes closed. This prepares the body to receive the food.
How you eat your food is even more important than what you eat.

 

In fact, Ayurveda understands that eating is one of the most sacred experiences we have. After all, when we eat our food, we are taking in the atoms and molecules that have been around in different forms since the beginning of time and asking them to become a part of us. If we eat our food properly, with awareness and respect, the food joins well with our bodies. If we do not, the food has difficulty joining with our bodies and causes gas and other digestive disturbances. The end result of poor digestion is ama (toxins formed from poor digestion) and this leads to disease. Hence, in Ayurveda, we try our best to make eating a form of meditation (to eat in peacefulness and with awareness) and sadhana (taking ordinary activity and approaching it with spiritual awareness).

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Sekhem Gratitude Meditation

00:00 / 05:56

The body may be in the following positions: 

  • Sitting cross-legged 

  • Sitting in a chair with both feet flat on the ground 

  • Sitting in a chair with the ankles crossed 

  • Laying flat on your back

Gratitude Journal

 

Each day you will sit down and write 3 things you are grateful for. 2 of the things can be material, or a person in your life, or just simply the sun shining in the sky. 1 item should be something about yourself that you are grateful for. Maybe a funny-looking toe that you get embarrassed by! Each day you should be writing 3 new things you are grateful for. So, after 7 days of writing, you will have 21 different things you are grateful for!

 

It’s no secret that showing gratitude is good for you. As well as being backed by science, good folks such as the Dalai Lama are also big fans, so it’s no wonder that more of us are taking the time to be thankful for what we have in our lives. One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your wellbeing, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful for can take the experience to a whole new level.

 

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.

  • Gratitude improves physical health.

  • Gratitude uplifts mental and emotional health.

  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

  • Grateful people sleep better.

  • Gratitude improves self-esteem.