Meditation mindfulness

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During Inner Health week at Barefoot we committed to daily meditations to see the effect and feedback to our Barefoot community our different perspectives. Here they are:

BEN:

Specs:

10 minutes/day of meditation…led by a guided youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0EQEiecSxs

When? Before I saw any clients every day (Tuesday to Saturday)

Benefits:

Over the past week I have practiced meditation for 10 minutes per day. Last week I found myself stress free during most work days. I felt like I was able to achieve my daily tasks and duties without feeling pressured by time. Although this may be due to a learning curve of increased time efficiency and organization (I hope at least some of it), I have definitely noticed a difference to my personality during inner health week. I have felt more calm throughout the day and felt more focussed to get certain tasks done.

Verdict: I would definitely recommend giving it a try, especially if you deal with stress on a regular basis!

 

CHERELLE:

I did my meditation every morning for 10mins using the Headspace free 10-day trial. I really like this app because there is little animations every second day that give you a visual explanation of what you are aiming to do with meditation. I am a visual learner so I liked this – and the animation was super cute. I also found the guys voice to be easy to listen to and not annoying at all. I feel like I still need the guided meditation somewhat. One day I did 2 days worth instead of one day (20min total) and that day I felt more energised than the other days. I aim to continue with it because I can feel the benefit, and I also 100% understand the benefit.

Benefits include: feeling energised (not sleepy) if done in the morning, feeling clear in my mindset, being able to focus better, happier

 

SAL:

So as someone who regularly meditates I thought this would be a walk in the park… but for some reason I struggled to fit meditation into my schedule in the week when I had to commit to doing it every day instead of when I felt drawn to it. One night I did my meditation at 11.50pm to make sure I got it in the day (didn’t want to let the team down)!

When I first started meditating early last year I used guided meditation for a few months daily and for the past year or so have used unguided and only when I feel drawn to do it – which usually is 3 times a week but can be up to twice a day.

Benefits for me are: Calming, clearing head, decreased feeling of being overwhelmed

Realisation: When I am in tune with what my body/mind wants it is ok to let it tell me what it needs. Every now and then I will need a ‘reset’ and a daily commitment to meditation is a good start.

 

So why not give it a go, we’d love to hear your insights!

 

Cherelle’s Granola

We’ve had a few requests for this one: My Granola recipe that I brought in to share with the Barefoot team during our Inner Health Week

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I make it different every time but roughly:

  • 2 cups of raw rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted, roughly chopped mixed nuts (of your choice)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raw seeds (a mix of sunflower, pumpkin & chia seeds are great)
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional – I never use it because I don’t like the texture and it adds extra sugar)
  • 2-3 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp liquid coconut oil or other healthy cooking oil

Put in a bowl, mix together so that the maple syrup & coconut oil coat everything.

Spread out over 1-2 lined baking trays and cook until golden (the longer the crunchier!) Store in an air-tight container.

Bring to Barefoot and serve with berries and Coconut yoghurt for the 3 bears…  YUM!

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PS – taking care of Sal:

Step 1 – Friday: Put an extra container of yoghurt and granola in the fridge for Sal to eat on her busy afternoon

Step 2 – Monday: Throw away container filled with yoghurt and granola mush that Sal forgot to eat