Constant Evolution

Finding the balance between learning new things and refining what we already know is a process of constant evolution, but one we’ll worth doing.

If we stay on the same thing for too long we may become very good at it but we can slowly become very stagnant and limited in this way.

When doing something new however it’s completely out of our comfort zone and for a while maybe difficult, yet if we enjoy it, worth all the effort put in and progress we see.

I have found the best approach is to have a balance of the two, that way you never become too limited or stagnant yet are always fulfilled in your growth as well as learning new things to constantly evolve.

Always enjoying the process.

Happy training 🙏😊💫

Miranda

Diet & Training

A common challenge with any health and fitness goal is the balance of diet and training.

Both of these are important and equally help each other, no matter what your goals are.

When setting out on a goal it happens often that people are more motivated to eat healthier once training begins.

So first of all get your training routine set and started.

Then fit your diet accordingly. Do your best to eat and train at set times so your body gets used to the pattern and routine helps your metabolism to adjust accordingly.

Use common sense as well as intuition for what your body needs and follow any advice given.

Eating mindfully helps a lot as most of us will eat more than we need. Where this is not the case, eating little and often can be very helpful for resetting your metabolism and building up.

Principles in diet and training are similar and at the same time we are all unique,this is why it is so important to listen to your body as well as follow guidelines.

Most of all, remember to enjoy the journey. 🙏💫

Miranda

Discovery

Each new day provides new beauty and insight,

As soon as we open our eyes, when we set our mind to see all the new and beautiful things,

Then each day can be filled with discovery and be a beautiful way of living,

A way filled with openness where every moment you will feel the newness,

Life is always changing

Nothing stays the same

In this is great beauty;

Let your every day be one of discovery 🙏💗

Miranda

3 Ways of Mindfulness Practice

Practicing Mindfulness allows us to bring awareness and presence to the daily activities and make the daily things we do naturally more beautiful and enriching.

The main practices I have learnt and practice are;

  1. Mindful eating; being completely present whilst preparing and eating food. Offering gratitude and being mindful about all the effort that has gone in to the food and where it has come from.
  2. Mindful walking; being completely present with each footstep, feeling each foot as it touches the earth.
  3. Meditation; setting a time daily to focus purely on each in and out breath, allowing the breath to come and go naturally. Affirmations can also be used to help focus the mind.

Practiced Daily these Mindfulness practices are transformative and are the main ones recommended by @plumvillage teachings.

Give them a try and see the difference it can make to your life to experience each moment deeply. 🙏💗

Miranda

Inner Guidance

Along our Journey in life and training we may have many guides, yet more often it’s the guide within us, that knows the best way.

The only thing stopping us is learning to listen and trust in it. This too is part of our journey and other guides in our lives can help bring us to this point.

If you look back in your life there will be moments where you have had this inner guidance, guiding you to go somewhere or not go somewhere and when looking back it is always correct.

Those times we listen we know we made the right choice and the times we didn’t we may wish that we did. Yet this is a skill never too late to learn, some people call this guidance, our intuition or God within the heart.

It is our highest self and so always seeks to guide us to what is our highest and best yet the smaller thinking mind can get in the way with old conditioning, fears or bad habits. This is the small self that becomes quiet through spiritual practice and mediation. We then learn to listen deeper and trust in the true self within.

Some helpful ways to connect more with the higher self are;

  1. Meditation– when we clear the mind chatter, intuition naturally comes.
  2. Learn to trust in it and act upon it.
  3. Filter out external distractions and old conditioning by dropping what we don’t need. Less is more.

Trusting in our inner guide is a practice and process, until it becomes natural. Once we connect more however, we can be far surer we are on the right path 🙏

To your highest self,

Miranda 💗

Maintaining Balance

Seek balance in daily life

Finding balance in our lives is a constant re-adjustment. As we are always changing and life is always changing, how much we need to give or recieve in certain areas is always adjusting.

With this, our mindset has to readjust also and sometimes we may experience a lag. We may perceive that we need more than we do based on past experiences or give more than we need to for the same reason, or to strive for something that is not necessary for our lives.

In finding balance our bodies and minds are the best signal, if we are out of balance and giving too much in a certain area we will be certain to feel the symptoms, such as fatigue or stress and if left too long this can worsen.

The first step to finding or refinding our balance then is to listen to ourselves and the feedback our body is giving and then make the adjustments accordingly.

We may need to either reduce or increase certain activities to find our balance again.

Another helpful practice can be to sit down and reevaluate our goals and see what still fits with where we are now and where we want to be. As we grow and change our goals will naturally change and/or we can find a different path.

Lastly trust your inner self, your intuition above all, it will always guide you to what is right for you and the correct balance in your life.

Enjoy the search, the growth and the process,

We are all a part of nature

And nature always seeks to find balance

Miranda 🙏💛

Staying Inspired

We can all hit low points in training and in life, so it’s important that we stay inspired and have things that can help re-inspire us when in need.

There are several key things that can help;

  1. Having a positive peer group, surrounding yourself with positive people who lift you up and encourage you when in need is essential when needing that necessary inspiration. Even if that means joining classes or groups, find a way to meet like minded people.
  2. Setting goals, small ones are as important, as well as larger ones. The bigger goals give us something to aim for, whilst the smaller ones allow us to see our progress along the way.
  3. Change with change, when things become stagnant and uninspiring it can be time to create a change or find a new way. There are many opportunities in life, we just have to step out to find them. If we stay in same lane too long, we may just miss them. Don’t be afraid to diversify, you never know if something new will work for you unless you try.

I hope you find these few tips helpful if you have been struggling with staying inspired in your training or with life in general.

Remember there is always a way, look for it and you will find it. 🙏💛

Miranda

Disadvantage or Advantage

There are many aspects of our life that may first appear as a disadvantage, yet within every disadvantage can come an advantage.

How we find it often is a part of the journey and how we can turn it in to a success. A disadvantage may for example cause us to have to try a different way or learn a new skill.

An injury is a perfect example of this where we can learn ways to strengthen a previous weakness and then become stronger overall.

It’s also the same with an illness, however tough it can be, there are many lessons and advantages we can learn along the way. Such as being able to have compassion and understanding for those in similar positions and then be able to help them through similar struggles.

Nothing is ever a disadvantage nor advantage, it is simply what we make of it and how we choose to view and use that particular situation.

I have a Monday challenge for you :).. take any situation you have been finding difficult and aim to see the higher purpose of how you can use this to your advantage in the long term.

When you look for it, you will find it 🙏💛

Cultivating Virtue

Through discipline in practice we cultivate inner virtues, attaining the higher benefits of long sustained practice such as inner strength and peace of mind.

It’s only through daily persistent efforts of our training and meditation that we can attain these benefits, yet once attained they become a part of you as a person and continue to endure.

The particular practice you do does not matter so much, it is more that it fits with you and your purpose, and this may change over time. Having strong values at your core and the ability to persist on your path will allow you to develop these indestructible skills that enable you to have a better way of life. Enabling you to live in a that is more peaceful and filled with insight and onward growth.

Enjoy the journey 🙏💛

Miranda

Daily Practice

What we do daily is what really makes a difference, its the small consistent steps that add to whole well-being; spiritually, mentally and physically

The following video of the yoga practice Sun Salutation is one of my daily practices. Its also one that I recommend to many because of its significant meaning of giving gratitude for that which we can not live without, and its ability to stretch out the whole body as a great way to start the day.

Please give it a try if you feel able to 🙏

Daily Sun Salutation

Please also share your daily practices and how they help you. I would love to hear from you.

Miranda 💗