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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pay Attention To Your Breath: Learn How To Meditate



Dear Friends and Family,

 I have been doing exceptionally well lately. Everything I have ever wanted it starting to rear it's head and I feel like I am the creator of my future.

 I owe a lot of this to my meditation practice.

 Meditation is the simple practice of bringing your attention to your breath and paying attention to the present moment.

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 I have found that the idea of meditation can be daunting for some, so I boiled it down to a simple instruction.


 Pay Attention To Your Breath: Learn How To Meditate
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 Thank you so much. I know every one of you is capable of achieving whatever you want and I know that this guided meditation will help you see that.

 Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Todd


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Meditate

Meditation is not a way to relax. It's the only way to relax.

After engaging in Vipassana meditation for a few weeks, I fully understand what all the hype is about. But first, let me tell you how to do it.

1) Sit anywhere you feel comfortable. If you want to lay down, you can, but upright posture is recommended.

2) Pay attention to your "in" breath through your nose.

3) Hold for one second.

4) Pay attention to your "out" breath through your mouth.

5) Repeat.

Addendum: Pay attention to all the thoughts you have during this process, and give yourself permission to continue paying attention to our breath, regardless of the emotional intensity of your thoughts.

Processing Your Emotions

Have you ever heard someone say they wanted to "process" their feelings? Have you ever tried to "process" your feelings, only to end up angrier and more sure of your anger after thinking about it? Well, if you ever were truly interested in processing your troubled childhood, the things your spouse does that trigger you, the depression you feel when you think about various aspects of your life... If you are truly interested in processing these things and moving forward, you have to meditate.

Thinking is not what we think. The way I have always understood "thinking about a problem" was to listen to the voice inside my head dissect an issue, and decide how I felt. I have since learned that how I felt, is not how I truly felt, but was rather a reaction to my fear of something.

When you meditate, you simply acknowledge your thoughts for what they are: Stories. They are not actual indications of who you are as a person. You are not your mistakes, as they say. You are the intention. You are the one in the background praying that everything works out for the best.

I could link to the dozens and dozens of scientific studies that show meditation to be effective at treating depression, anxiety, and just about every illness you can think of, but that would be diverting attention from one fact:

Meditation is hard work.

Finally dealing with the things that give you anxiety will you give you freedom from those same things in the future. However, it is not an easy practice.

It is worthwhile, though. So here are the instructions again:

1) Sit anywhere you feel comfortable. If you want to lay down, you can, but upright posture is recommended.

2) Pay attention to your "in" breath through your nose.

3) Hold for one second.

4) Pay attention to your "out" breath through your mouth.

5) Repeat.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Exercise… Even If It's Just A Little Bit Each Day

According to an article in New York Magazine, being a part of the group of individuals identifying as moderately inactive (here, that is characterized by people who briskly walked 20 minutes each day) lowers your mortality risk 20-30 percent. 

Think of exercise as an additional supplement. While tea is great for dietary support, exercise can be just as important as what you eat. Furthermore, taking the step from inactivity to one 20 minute walk a day, can make a huge difference.

Whenever I'm too lazy to run, I can always at least muster the energy for a walk. Listen to music or your favorite podcast. Find new things to listen to to make the walk feel like an escape. If you can enjoy exercise you can enjoy all the benefits that comes along with it.

Basically, it benefits everything.

Click here for the article.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An App For High Blood Pressure

If you've read a lot of the posts here on Todd & Tea, then you might know I have struggled at times with keeping my blood pressure in check. Over the years I'd become unable to even take my blood pressure without it being high, simply because I'd panic when I was taking it. My mind races while the nurse pumps the machine, or even at the buzz of a drug store blood pressure cuff.

I'd been on medications like metoprolol, a beta-blocker, and lisiniprol, an ACE Inhibitor, which really didn't work, either. Really, I found two major ways to control my blood pressure: (1) daily exercise and cardio, and (2) this Breathe Away High Blood Pressure App!

It's a 15 minute exercise in which you breathe 6 times an hour. It instructs you to breathe in and out. I recommend sitting with your eyes closed and cross legged while you do it, but honestly, you can do it anywhere you feel comfortable.

I've done some googling on it, and there seems to be a lot of evidence to support my own hypothesis. However, why cite sources when I can tell you from personal experience, that slow breathing can help lower blood pressure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mighty Leaf Organic Green Dragon

Just after steeping today's brew of green tea, I knew I was going to have to share this tea on Todd & Tea. This tea was recommended by Men's Health as the best green tea in the supermarket. I was happy to hear that Mighty Leaf was being awarded this, because their teas are always an incredible experience.

This tea stands out among green teas because of the silk bags that Mighty Leaf uses. It is easy to see the freshness and quality of the leaves being brewed. It reminds me of the green peony flowering teas, but packed into a beautiful tea bag.


There is a hint of melon sweetness in this palatable, but formidable brand of green tea. As you probably know, green tea is one of the healthiest teas you can drink. With a mild caffeine profile, the health benefits are numerous and include helping brain function and increasing your body's ability to burn fat.

All in all, green tea will make your body function better, especially if you incorporate it into your daily routine.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Making Tea Time A Priority

On some level, life is just a series of moments we attempt to occupy with activity. Ideally, rewarding or paying activity, but also importantly varied activity.

When I first started to drink tea heavily, I bought up every flavor I could find. People said I was crazy. What kind of person has 2 small drawers and a third larger drawer filled with loose tea bags and boxed tea bogs from most of the mainstream tea vendors at our local supermarkets.

One time recently, I searched my name on Twitter and I found someone making fun of me for being obsessed with grocery store tea. I thought about it, a little offended at first, but not really sure why. I consider the best place to buy tea IS the grocery store.

Not only is there a consistent and full collection of many brands and flavors, caffeinated and medicinal, it's so easy to add into a grocery store return. This is especially so, if you remember that tea has tons of antioxidants and other amazing nutrients for your body.

So, by purchasing the bulk of my teas at the grocery stores I've been to, stores both big and small, I have anything from Camomile, to English Breakfast (loose), to Echinacea Plus, to Throat Care and Cold Care (the last 4 are all from Traditional Medicinal's). Another two favorite teas of mine, that I find myself having to replace weekly are the Detox and Relax by Pukka.

Pukka is an exquisite experience. I find it never to be short of an actual tea experience. The pungent herbs build a sophisticated detoxifying aura. These teas aren't just absent mindedly sipped. These are relaxation techniques bordering on hypnotism.


Too often when our life seems stuck, we tend to actually act as though we are physically stuck. This manifests as laying in bed, or sitting on the computer for an excessive period. Get up and grab a cup of tea. It's a wonderful celebration of nutrition and water.

It's no wonder it's been enjoyed for thousands and thousands of years and is still as popular than ever.
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