Does it ever feel like life is happening to you versus you living life? We get stuck in the motions of our daily activities — getting ready, getting to work, striving to get more done, putting out fires, picking up kids, making dinner, doing chores. Next thing we know we are waking up the next day and doing it all over again. When we find ourselves on this hamster wheel it feels like we don’t have much choice in the matter.
But, we really do have a choice. We have a choice each moment. Yes, often the choices we’d like to make would have negative consequences. Not showing up for work may not be the most fruitful choice. But, it is still a choice. In between those bigger choices, we can also choose how we show up.
This week, experiment with choosing how you are going to show up for each moment. Stop, take a breath and decide how you want to be in this moment. Are you open and accepting? Maybe it is a moment in which you need to be introspective and quiet. Either way, take a breath and make the choice. This is bringing mindfulness to daily life.
Mindful moments are short exercises to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself. Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice. Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday. May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.
To learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to establish a practice join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM. Formal sitting meditation follows at 5:30 PM . Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.
Come meet Lindsay Saturday morning! Lindsay will be teaching class at 9:30 AM tomorrow! Lindsay completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification under Jackie Chiodo at Anamaya Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica this past summer. There she focused on meditation, Ayurveda and nutrition, and the larger picture of yoga and mindfulness. She studied a variety of alternative therapies and developed a deep appreciation for wellness in all aspects.
Lindsay will be offering a community yoga class (donation only) on Monday evenings from 6-7 PM starting September 21st.
Introduction to Yoga will include:
Asana Breakdown — proper sun salutation, proper alignment with plank, lunges, and other common poses.
Meditation Basics — getting comfortable with sitting in silence and why it’s important
Yoga Purpose and personal goals — light, quick discussion on what you want to gain from your yoga practice.
This class is intended to invite everyone to try yoga and make classes accesible to all. There is no set fee, simply pay what you can. Donations go toward supporting our teachers and the space.
Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM
Starting September 2, 2015
Our six-week program teaches yoga asana (postures) and breathing techniques that calm the body, nourish the reproductive organs and release anxiety and stress. In addition, this class delves into the deeper yogic teachings of meditation, visualization and the power of our thoughts and attitudes.
This course was designed by Pulling Down the Moon‘s Beth Heller and Tami Quinn to meet the needs of women who are trying to conceive. The program has been offered to hundreds of women in Chicago over the last six years, and data from on-going follow-up surveys show that nearly 75% of women who take the fertility yoga program report becoming pregnant within six months of class (PDtM website).
This class is safe during medicated or natural cycles and can be completed if you become pregnant during the six weeks.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For questions or to secure your spot please contact us with the form below:
Omaha Integrative Care is looking for a front desk associate. This is a 25 hour position covering the front desk at OIC from 2-7 PM Mondays through Fridays. Customer service or front desk experience appreciated. Contact us below if you are interested in learning more about this position.
Happy 4th Birthday to Omaha Integrative Care! I am so pleased to be a psychologist at this amazing place of healing, and I wanted to share a few words about the unique aspect of the holistic approach to wellness. I have long worked with patients in the area of spiritual wellbeing. This approach has nothing to do with religion, but rather with a belief that wounds from childhood and beyond have a profound impact on one’s spirit and hence, one’s heart and emotions. At OIC, all of our practitioners are attentive and responsive to our patients’ mental, physical, and spiritual lives, which are all completely dynamic and intertwined. Healing one’s spirit involves healing all aspects of the person, and at OIC this can be realized under one roof. OIC is a safe, welcoming environment that invites people from every walk of life to explore, learn, and grow.
~ Dr. Jane Karges
Psychologist at OIC