February 19, 2017

Wellness Tips

2019

March

Balanced tree planters @ PR, Feb 2019
Balancing poses promote focused attention, leg strength, and grounding for the body and mind. As in all poses, it takes mindfulness to find balance. Try these tips to find harmony in tree or other standing balance poses:

1) Spread your base and root your feet down.
2) Set your gaze on something that isn’t moving.
3) Draw attention and energy to the center line of symmetry of the body.
4) Connect with the inhale to lift you up and exhale to root you down.
5) Fall with grace and try again (or as a 5th grader once told me See-Mme-Try).

February

5 R's pyramid
Zero-waste. “Spark joy.” Minimalism.

You may have noticed some of these words buzzing around lately, especially in light of the recent Netflix series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo.” These ideas have been inspiring me to evolve over the past five or so years, from a mindless consumer to a more conscientious human. Here are a few ideas that you can start implementing today and spread some love to the planet!

  1. Look in your trash and recycling bins. What things are inside that you didn’t really need, that could still be put to use, or that could be composted? Make a commitment to reduce your waste by even a small amount in the next week.
  2. Refuse to accept items you know you don’t need like free pens, samples, and receipts.
  3. Reuse the food containers you already have. Stash a few in your bag or vehicle so you can fill them up at the grocery store or your favorite restaurant.

Continue reading Stephanie’s reflections on her journey toward reducing waste with the 5 R’s…click here for the OTL reflections page.

January

Is being more mindful part of your new year intentions? What color represents your mind? Many of you have heard me talk about blue-green mind at various yogAdventures. If you haven’t, here is my take on it:

Red Mind: Red- associated with fire, hot temperatures, stop lights, danger, and stress. So a red mind, as researcher Michael Gross published in 2014, is when we are stressed, hot headed, can’t think clearly and need to stop.

Blue Mind: The research of Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. and his colleagues showcases the physical, mental, and emotional benefits to being in and around water. Think about all the things associated with the color blue– water, clear sky, cool temperatures, mellow moods. These things can make us calm and keep us clear headed.

Green Mind: Then there is the work of Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D. and others that study the benefits of being among trees and other thriving plants. This can then be called green mind and is associated with a state of mind that is growing and going for your goals like the trees.

Blue-Green Mind: Putting together the understanding and practices of blue and green minds is the ultimate in growth mindset, as I see it. When in a state of blue-green mind, you can achieve your dreams with ease and focus. You can connect with this mindset by being around calming and energizing elements in nature.

2018

August

yoga by moonlight
The moon (she) is powerful. She impacts the ocean tides. She impacts our bodily tides (you are made up of about 70% water). She reflects light. She waxes and wanes. She reminds us to keep our cool.

This full moon (Sunday), spend some time soaking in some self love and moon shine:

Take a full moon walk.
Take a bath.
Reflect under the moonlight.
Harvest your crops.
Howl at the moon.
Do moon salutations.

June

market basked
Soak in the sun’s energy through food! Try loading up on your greens from local farmers. Green veggies are good for you mind, body, and planet. You will be feeding your brain and body with vital nutrients you need to think and do good. You will be feeding your heart with the love of nature to feel good. You will be feeding the planet with reducing energy consumption and supporting the local economy to be a good steward.

April

Nature is able to clean us from the inside out and heal us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Take in some ParkRx this Earth month with Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 27), ParkRx Day (April 29), and National Park Week (April 21-29), and National Volunteer Week (April 15-21). Here are a few steps:

  • Take a break with a walk in the woods taking in the sights, sounds, smells.
  • Take a pledge to stand #fornature and share with friends and family.
  • Take part in an Earth Day celebration.
  • Let go of screen time and #optoutside.
  • Let nature be the teacher; go on a nature play date.
  • Give back to the abundant parks in our nation by volunteering, planting a tree, or growing a native garden in your yard.

March

Spend some time in or around water to develop some Blue Mind. Research shows the positive impacts of water on the whole body and mind. Read on… or check out one of my favorite books.


February

Give and receive love by emerging yourself in a welcoming and loving community. Being around people that fill you up with love has treemendous benefits to your mind, body, and spirit. Why not volunteer, join a book club, or take a group hike? Or attend the BIG LOVE FEST on February 24 in Akron!


January

Enhance your sweet dreams by making bedtime relaxation a reality!

OneTreeLove eye pillows and hand hearts made exclusively by Equanimity Plus make a great gift for yourself or others to promote deep relaxation. To purchase, email lisa@onetreelove.com.



2017

November

When we make space in our lives to pause, reflect, and be GRATEFUL, a whole new world can open up.

Go for a walk.
Pause to take in the beauty of change within a tree.
Reflect on ways you can be GRATEFUL for changes you see within the tree.
Can you apply this same GRATEFUL attitude to changes in your life?


October

Spread the love. Feel the ONEness. Develop a self love home practice. Get up a few minutes before others in your house or slip away a few minutes early at night. Find a quiet spot to be still and find your breath. Use an eye pillow, hand hearts, and blanket to help you relax into the earth.

OneTreeLove eye pillows and hand hearts made exclusively by Equanimity Plus can help you get grounded. Purchase a set at any of Lisa’s classes or by email lisa@onetreelove.com.


September

Spread the love plant trees and feel the ONEness to all living things. We are certainly not alone with the struggles and beauty of life, but we can all give a little love, kindness, and connection.

Join Lisa in doing some karma yoga and planting some trees in Cuyahoga Valley National Park on National Public Lands Day (Saturday, Sept 30). Email lisa@onetreelove.com to join the group.


July/August

Savor all the summer goodness from your garden with some quick pickling. Harvesting right from your garden (or a neighbors) and pickling the goods will give you a little dose of summer for the next few months. Check out this simple recipe that I did without the sugar.


June

Unstructured outdoor playtime is good for mind, body, and spirit. It helps increase creativity, intelligence, kindness….read more here.

What is your favorite outdoor play activity? Perhaps its the new Nature Play stations in Summit Metro Parks. Share with us by tagging #OneTreeLove and #playoutside on Facebook.


May

Dear friend,

Go with the flow

Be thoughtful of those downstream

Slow down and meander

Follow the path of least resistance

for rapid success

Immerse yourself in nature,

trickling streams,

roaring waterfalls,

Sparkles of light dancing on water

Delight in life’s adventures around every bend

Let difficulties stream away

Live simply and gracefully in Your own True Nature

moving, flowing, allowing,

serene and on course

It takes time to carve the beauty of the canyon

Rough waters become smooth

Go around the obstacles

Stay current

The beauty is in the journey!

Source:  YourTrueNature.com


April

Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to your closets. Spring is a time of new beginning, habits, and practices. Perhaps its:

  • Switching from toxic cleaning products to naturally-made products
  • Reducing electronics or car travel for a day
  • Increasing outdoor time
  • Or whatever will serve you and nature better

To help release old energies harbored in the body and welcome new starts, try practicing hip opening yoga poses such as lizard or pigeon. Clear the mind as well with cleansing breath…breathe in fully fresh new “prana,” life force energy, and breathe deeply out “apana,” old stale energies which are no longer needed.


March

Invite more balance into your life by regularly practicing vrksasana (TREE POSE)! Our favorite standing yoga pose at OTL improves physical balance, mental focus, connection of right and left brain hemispheres, self confidence and self esteem.

  • Place a hand on a wall, counter or chair and look down at a point on the ground to feel more stable.
  • For a balance challenge, shift your gaze up or close your eyes.
  • Try tree pose with others and become a forest!

February

Here’s a little snack that will bring you some big love taste and health!  Bear Scat is one of the new plant-based recipes featured in Rip Esselstyn’s latest cookbook, The Seven Day Rescue, that Darlene was a taste-tester for. Serve up the scat snack on your next hike.

Bear Scat, 12 servings:

    • 1 cup dark, non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1 cup fresh organic blueberries

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Pour in the blueberries and stir lightly. Place tablespoon of the mixture on the baking sheet and place in the freezer overnight. Dip in your fav nut butter for even more love!


January
Home-cooked meals are big love. Give yourself some time on Sundays prepping some healthy foods to start your week. It is living big to try a variety of fruits and veggies, and big love to keep it simple.

Try simple roasted cauliflower:
Cauliflower, coconut oil, salt, pepper, and your fav spices- bake on 350 degrees for 20 min (or longer depending on your preference)



2016

December

Redefine your morning. Start your day in a gentle way by creating mindful morning practices:
~ Recognize your gratitude attitude and positive intentions before stepping out of bed.
~ Stretch in ways that feel good and fun…like a tree, cat, happy baby.
~ Drink some water or tea.
~ Read something fun and empowering.  


November

Choose gratitude. Take a moment or several throughout your day to recognize what you are most grateful for and watch as it cultivates more gratitude. For a 30 day gratitude practice, check out my friend’s book.


October

Organic foods sourced locally are good for you and the planet. Organic foods reduces toxins being introduced to your body and the earth. And your carbon footprint is also reduced when purchasing from growers in your backyard.  

To learn about what is growing around you: check out LocalHarvest.org
To learn about the dirty dozen and clean fifteen: visit Environmental Working Group’s website


September

Forest therapy (some call it forest bathing) is taking root! Schedule some time for yoga, hiking, or meditation among the trees to connect mind, body, and planet. 

To learn more: check out this article