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How can a Sit Spot Help During COVID-19

Using Meditation to Face COVID-19 Stress

Meditation may be the first line of defense against the stress Covid-19 is bringing to all our lives. Let’s all stop what we are doing for a moment and picture ourselves in our favorite place in nature – a mountain scene – a quiet beach or park, or, in our backyard, our flower garden. Sit quietly and close your eyes and transport yourself to this special place. Take a deep breath in and hold, now let the breath out.

We intuitively feel good in nature. Nature supports our well-being, helps us build a robust immune system, and quiets our mind. Science is proving this more and more every day.

One of the things you can do to for your Meditation practice as you face the stress COVID-19 offers is to create a designated Sit Spot, where you go to find peace.

COVID-19 meditation immune system

During your day, find a spot where you can sit outside with your feet firmly on the ground, preferable on the grass or sand. Open your ears and listen to the sounds. It will be like a symphony washing over you. Pay attention, and if you are drawn to one sound, in particular, find out why. Is it the direction the sound is coming from or the rhythm? Perhaps it is the quality or distance? Let go of that single sound and get back to the symphony enveloping you. You can repeat this as often as you want, and when you are finished, gently open your eyes with a soft gaze and feel the serenity.

How do you feel now?

A “Sit Spot” is your secret spot, your favorite place to go in nature.

A place where you can expand your awareness and senses and see the local plants, flowers, birds, trees, animals, or waterways. Make it the same spot and go there often. Consistent visits can offer you a different perspective of the shifts in the seasons, months, and years. Plan to spend 15 minutes or more at your “Sit Spot.” Take 5 to 10 deep breaths, soften your eyes and gaze. Be aware of the sounds around you and if there is any movement in the trees or the grass. Smell the air and feel the temperature of the breeze. Acknowledge any discomfort like a buzzing mosquito or mud on your legs from hiking to your special spot.

Mindfulness in Nature:

Have you ever sat and watched a Great Blue Heron wading through the cattails in a wetland park area? Herons have very long legs; they lift one leg carefully. Each leg is strategically placed as they move ever so slowly. I’ve seen them freeze in time with one leg in a dramatic ballerina type pose. I sure hope you see one soon.

Mindfulness Walking:

Most of the world has been in hibernation like bears for the last three months. It is extraordinary to be peeking our heads outside, starting up our cars and getting out of our home clothes, putting on makeup and real shoes and venturing out again to our jobs, seeing family, friends, and neighbors we have missed and going to a restaurant, mall or store for the first time in months.

Some of us are grumpy and disoriented, just like the grumpy grizzly bear when he wakes up from hibernation.

Take your time and don’t rush back to your old life. Be mindful of what you have learned about yourself and others during this hibernation period. Remember what has changed in your life, and what has changed in YOU?

Spend time in nature to boost your immune system and well-being. Become conscious of how to protect yourself in this new world and how nature and the wildlife around you can nurture you back to a full loving peaceful life.

Nature helps you walk through the fear.

Nature brings balance and harmony.

Nature is all around you.

Turn off the news! Go about your day with peace, love, and harmony.

With love,

Prue Sinclair

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Prudence Sinclair

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Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

Denying feelings is an impulse for many (if not most) people. But it’s not healthy and it will truly only make things worse. When we don’t process our feelings, they tend to linger.

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You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays.
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings
- Say “NO” When You Need To
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control
- Ask for Help
- Help Others
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Whether you are dealing with your own health crisis, have a loved one who is, or have recently lost someone you love, coping with grief during the holidays can make you feel like you are in a nightmarish funhouse. Everything seems to move in slow motion, people have plastered smiles on their faces, holiday music seems to play from every corner of the Universe, and all you feel like doing is crying.

You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays. 
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings 
- Say “NO” When You Need To 
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control 
- Ask for Help 
- Help Others

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Good morning, lovely you!

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It's important to remember that each person has their own journey, and those paths don't always make time for holidays. Whether it's cancer, a breakup, or just a bad situation, we should all try to spread hope and love and life wherever we go.
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Good morning, lovely you!

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of October! Before you know it, we’ll be stuffing our faces with stuffing and pie! And while many of us will be lucky enough to enjoy the holiday season with our friends and family, many people will be dealing with grief and sadness at the same time.

Its important to remember that each person has their own journey, and those paths dont always make time for holidays. Whether its cancer, a breakup, or just a bad situation, we should all try to spread hope and love and life wherever we go.

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Deal with Your Stress

We can’t talk about boosting your immune system without talking about stress. Because the truth is, chronic stress is the number 1 enemy of your immune system.

I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

But now we don’t have the same kinds of dangers in our environment. We have mortgage payments, tyrannical bosses, COVID-19, working from home stress and 24/7 media hype! These stressors stay in our environment, which leads to a lengthened chemical response in our body, and that leads to chronic inflammation.

But a prolonged response to stress also suppresses the very immune cells that are needed to fight off infection and illness.

I CANNOT STRESS how important it is to deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways. Meditation is a powerful way to deal with stress. Deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, and spending time in nature are also great ways to deal with stress. And if you find you need to speak to a mental health counselor, do it. Your health is on the line.

If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

Much love and health to you!
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Deal with Your Stress

We can’t talk about boosting your immune system without talking about stress. Because the truth is, chronic stress is the number 1 enemy of your immune system.

I’ve discussed the “fight or flight” response our body has to stress in other blog posts. But to quickly summarize, when we find ourselves in harms’ way, our body has a chemical reaction that helps us either fight the danger or flee from the danger. This automatic response is what helped our ancestors survive attacks by sabre-tooth tigers and such.

But now we don’t have the same kinds of dangers in our environment. We have mortgage payments, tyrannical bosses, COVID-19, working from home stress and 24/7 media hype! These stressors stay in our environment, which leads to a lengthened chemical response in our body, and that leads to chronic inflammation.

But a prolonged response to stress also suppresses the very immune cells that are needed to fight off infection and illness.

I CANNOT STRESS how important it is to deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways. Meditation is a powerful way to deal with stress. Deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, and spending time in nature are also great ways to deal with stress. And if you find you need to speak to a mental health counselor, do it. Your health is on the line.

If you’re one of my readers that always says, “I know, I know, I should be better about supporting my immune system,” then consider me right now giving you a friendly kick in the pants to just DO IT already!

Much love and health to you!

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To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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Polyphenols

Decades of research have now confirmed that polyphenols, powerful plant compounds, have very positive effects on the immune system. Without getting too science-y, the body’s mucosal layer is its first line of defense against invading pathogens. But this layer, over time, can become susceptible to structural abnormalities, which negatively impacts the immune system’s initial response. Polyphenols protect this mucosal layer, thereby helping your immune system to do its job!

To get more polyphenols into your diet, be sure to add berries, dark chocolate, beans, nuts, red onions, spinach, black and green tea and red wine to your diet!
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