The Barrett Blog

It’d be in your best interest to have this mindset

There is an empowered wellness mindset, and it is as important as the movement portion of wellness (or maybe more so) because, to paraphrase Joseph Pilate, “The mind is the master behind the movement.”  There are three big overarching pillars to the empowered wellness mindset – three things, that when I see them in other people, I just know they’ll achieve their goals and shine brightly. Here they are, accompanied by a simple self-talk affirmation:  A “can-do” attitudeI can do it.Many people, especially those...

Zoom Out

Way back in 2000, I was living in Los Angeles and driving all over the city for work. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in my car. My car was littered with coffee cups, takeout containers and granola bar wrappers. I think I consumed 80percent of my meals in that Jeep Cherokee! For my resolution that year, I averred: I’m not going to eat in the car. I was disgusted with myself and I thought this...

Do the Work or Step into the flow?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, do the work is fine to say, but I prefer step into the flow. There are no shortcuts to empowered wellness, so by all means, do the work, but when you re-frame all the necessary effort as alignment, there’s an ease and a grace underlying our action steps. Wellness becomes more easily sustainable and less dogmatic. We really should all be asking ourselves, “How do I step into the flow?” Tune in  ✔️Set “the” goal (feeling good) ✔️Take charge ✔️123….that’s...

FengShui For Your Force Field

Energy Reset is 15minutes of breath and flow that induces a sort of reiki effect, or like Feng Shui for your force field. Creating it and releasing in on December 21st was completely intentional. (Solstice Blessing to one and all, BTW.) For the longest time, I’ve wanted to create something like this, something that’s simple and is all about vibe –Energy Reset is it. This teeny workout is all standing, completely low-impact, moderately paced and is not about...

Compassion Not Comparison

There’s a quote/affirmation that is thrown around a lot in the self-help world and it goes something like, “There’s no competition because no one else is me.” I remember hearing it long ago and liking its concept, but moving on from it without much thought. Lately however, I’ve revisited this notion, and think it’s a super valuable mindset, mainly because it’ll help prevent any sort of self-esteem weakening comparisons.   Another quote/affirmation that I’ve honed in on recently is, “Happiness...

Getting Serious About Air

You and I can say no to contaminated water, and we can say no to contaminated food, but we can’t hold our breath for long. Air goes in whether it’s clean or not, so boy am I grateful for clean, fresh air. It sure is a luxury. Because sadly, air is not all that clean these days, indoors or out, as the atmosphere around us has been compromised, all over the USA and the world. Many of us are still unable to breathe free and clean,...

Persistence is Easy?

The secret to fitness success is persistence. It’s just so important to keep on keepin’ on, you know? January tends to be this “hop on the workout bandwagon” month. And by the way, kudos to you if January gives you the push you need to exercise after not exercising for a while. Motivation comes in many forms, and maybe watching others gear up and work out gets you geared up too.  However, lots of people are workout dabblers. They get really...

How to be intrinsically Motivated

“Intrinsic” means belonging naturally, and its Latin root translates as “inward” so I like to think of intrinsic motivation as motivation from within.  Intrinsic motivation is the best kind of motivation because there is no bribery, guilt, or coercion. You’re doing something because you want to do it, end of story.  When I was a kid, I only cleaned my room when my Dad threatened to throw whatever was on the floor out the window. So I’d tidy...

The Most Powerful Tool For Healing Lies Within

Before there is movement, there is breath. Breath is primordial. It’s the beginning. It can stand alone or it can partner up with exercise. You are always breathing, but how are you breathing? That’s the million dollar question. Show me how you’re breathing, and I’ll tell you who you are.There are fancy, in-depth breathing seminars led by prestigious breathing instructors today. There are books on breathing and breathing gizmos available for purchase. People are getting hip to the fact that breathing quality is important...

Cozy-Up Your Workout

I’m a sun worshiping, barefoot-loving, garden-growing gal, so winter is not my favorite! I grew up with long dark winters, and they were always depressing, but when I heard about this Danish concept called Hygge, which is synonymous with cozy and warm, and love and comfort, especially in the winter months, I was all over it. If there is a way to make winter more bearable, I’m in.  The Hygge vibe can be seen in...

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