Is There a Right Way to Sit When Meditating?

February 18, 2016

I struggle with figuring out how to sit properly during meditation. The tightness of my hips and legs keeps me from getting in any type of deep meditative state because of the discomfort I feel in trying to maintain the traditional cross-legged pose.

This blog post from The Chopra Center was helpful, however I’d prefer not to have to sit in a chair … I’d like to sit on the ground in some way.

When you meditate, the goal is to get your body to a state of restful awareness, where you can witness the fluctuations of the mind. You don’t have to sit cross-legged, but it is important to make sure you’re comfortable, as this is the number one rule in meditation.

Do you have a position you use to meditate that seems to work well that doesn’t involve sitting in a cross-legged position? I’d love to hear from you.

Source: What’s the Right Way to Sit for Meditation? | The Chopra Center


February 16, 2016

I played (and finished) Firewatch over the weekend and it was without a doubt the best 5 hours of gaming I’ve had in a long time.

In case you haven’t heard about it, Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

Below are some shots I snapped in game and many are just breathtaking.

What Tradeoffs Are You Making With Your Nightly Drink?

February 10, 2016

This article from Precision Nutrition’s Camille DePutter made me think long and hard about the tradeoffs involved with my nightly glass of vino:

Drinking or not drinking isn’t about ‘healthy vs. not’. It’s about tradeoffs.

Alcohol is just one factor among many that affect physical performance, health, and fitness. Whether to keep drinking or cut back depends on how much you drink, what your goals are, and how you want to prioritize those things.

How to sort it all out? I touched base with Krista Scott-Dixon, Ph.D., curriculum designer for Precision Nutrition’s Coaching programs for men and women. She said to think of it this way: In order to say “yes” to something, you have to say “no” to something else. And only you know what you are, or aren’t, willing to trade.

  • Saying “yes” to six-pack abs might mean saying “no” to two drinks at the bar.
  • Saying “yes” to Friday happy hour might mean saying “no” to your Saturday morning workout.
  • Saying “yes” to marathon training might mean saying “no” to boozy Sunday brunches.
  • Saying “yes” to better sleep (and focus, and mood) might mean saying “no” to your daily wine with dinner.
  • Saying “yes” to avoiding the nacho platter might mean saying “no” to the second margarita.
  • Saying “yes” to moderate alcohol consumption might mean finding a way to say “no” to stress triggers (or human triggers) that make you want to drink more.

In life, there’s always a tradeoff. What am I trading off to enjoy my nightly buzz?

Probably more than I realize.

Source: Would I be healthier if I quit drinking? My quest to understand the real tradeoffs of alcohol consumption. | Precision Nutrition

My Little Future Gamer

February 6, 2016

I threw my Astro A40 TR headset on little Hudson last night just to see how he would react to them.

Hudson wearing my Astro A40 TRs

A gigantic smile came across his face as he heard his uncle Brooks talking smack to him. I can’t wait to spend the weekends gaming it up with him.

Get ready, Mom. =)

Calm: The App I Use To Meditate

February 5, 2016

Meditation has become an integral part of my daily routine as of late. Here’s a quick introduction to the app I use to meditate every morning (at least that’s the goal!) called Calm.


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