We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
  ~ Mother Teresa

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Where is your silent place? It takes discipline to quiet our swirling thoughts, but it is a discipline worth pursuing. Quiet your thoughts, find your stillness, and just be. You may be surprised what you find when you cease striving.

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metaphysicalEasy Yoga Pose

Sukhasana is really any comfortable, cross-legged, seated position. It is a good pose for meditation.

Instructions:

1. Arrange padding under your sit bones so that your hips come above your knees.

2. Come to sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position.

3. Bring one heel in towards your groin. The other foot may rest on the floor in front of you or you may bring it into your lap.

4. Root your seat down as your spine grows long. Stack the shoulders over the hips and slide the shoulder blades down your back. The crown of your head rises towards the ceiling.

metaphysicalLack of sleep or poor quality sleep has been linked to several problems, including increased risk of depression and anxiety, increased risk of heart disease, impaired memory, and weight gain, to name a few. Yet nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. Do you get enough sleep? Do you wake up refreshed, or are you using caffeine as a boost during the day? Do you often get drowsy during the afternoons or evenings?

If you’re not sleeping enough, and you’re resolved to improve your sleep (and thereby improve the likelihood that you’ll succeed at your daily tasks), here are some things you can do.

Set a regular bedtime. Having a routine tells your body that it’s time to sleep.

Reduce caffeine. Try eliminating caffeine during the six to eight hours preceding bedtime.

Relieve stress before bed. Relax in the tub or by practicing mediation before bed.

Exercise. Exercise right before bed will rev you up; however, exercise earlier in the day actually improves sleep.

Make your bed for sleeping. Don’t use it as your home office. If you’re having trouble falling asleep after 15 minutes, it’s best to get up for a little while, then try again.

Sweet dreams. Here’s to an improved sense of well-being.