ReCharge! (By Luahn)

The other morning I woke up and did a ritual scan of my devices to see which one needed charging.  iPad?  iPhone?  In fact, they’ve become such a central part of my daily life I consider them like close friends and I admit I asked out loud “which one of you needs charging?” I checked the battery icon on each one and plugged the adaptor into the one who needed it most.  Such good care! In asking the question out loud, I started to laugh, and realized that it was ME who needed recharging the most.  I asked myself if I scan myself with the same ritualistic commitment that I do my devices and then respond with the same treatment as my iFriends?  No-o-o.  It’s not that my body, mind and spirit aren’t sending plenty of messages as clearly as the depleted battery icon on my iPhone or iPad.  I’ve just been ignoring them and charge myself just enough to keep going.  I have a thin, green sliver, to continue with the same metaphor. I rarely get myself to 50% let alone 100% charge. After this realization, I can’t say I’ve made huge changes but I am more conscious of my habits.  Could I schedule “tune-ups” every 3500 miles, as I do my car, to use another analogy?   I’m taking an occasional restorative yoga class, meditating even if it’s for just a few minutes every day (see our invitation to meditate), eating the fresh produce of the season and trying to get a tad more sleep.  Start with the basics! How about you?   Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty...

Lights Out! Join Our Sleep Challenge, June 22-29, 2012

“Lights Out,” As some of us tell our kids. Sleep is essential and one of the best ways to nurture your beauty is a good night’s rest. Make the most of our shorter summer nights! Join our Sleep Challenge how to. Try to spend 8 hours in bed each night with the lights out. Try to retire each night and arise each morning at exactly the same time for 7 days and 7 nights, starting June 22, 2012. Post your reactions of mind, body, and spirit each day (7 posts) until June 29th, on our Facebook page*. (Your posts will indicate that you entered the challenge.) to aid in your success. We will provide you with some advice and tips on our Facebook page. Further, for the duration of the challenge, night and sleep care products will be 20% off. your rewards. More rest we hope. Also complete the challenge and you will receive a gift package (value $25) from us to enhance your sleep. Sounds like fun? Come and join us. *If you do not have a Facebook page, you can leave your comments on this...