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The Upside of Injury

Ellen Barrett Blog Post "The Upside of Injury"

Pain is memorable. I will never forget the pain from my knee injury. I don’t know how I got my knee injury, as the pain just appeared one day, but everyday it is gone, I am aware that it is gone, and am extra grateful. Like all Injuries, mine felt very much like a curse, but evolved into a blessing. It made me cry, it slowed me down, and was very trying at times, but it educated and humbled me, and gave me a deeper appreciation for feeling...

It’s Thrilling

Ellen Barrett Moving Meditation

Do you ever really pay attention to how you move? Do you notice how you shift your body weight into each step? How your body expands on an inhalation? How it settles down on an exhalation? We sure do glorify busy-ness in our type-A world, but that busy-ness sometimes needs to be left at the door, especially when it comes to movement.  Our latest video workout, Moving Meditation, intentionally focuses the mind and slows down the breath, so we can move...

Stand Your Ground (& Have No Fear)

There was a lot of snow and ice in my childhood and I never thought much about it, but when I moved back to the Northeast as a 30something, after eight years in southern California, I had a big scare with one incident. I had rushed off the Metro North train, wearing sneakers and a backpack, heading to my car which was parked in the New Haven Connecticut commuter lot. It was dark and cold,...

you’re the one you’ve been waiting for

I had been seeing some form of the word “discouragement” in print a lot, and after like the tenth time seeing it, it held my attention. I found it odd that that word kept popping up so often.  Webster’s dictionary defines discouragement as having lost hope or confidence. As I pondered the “why” of it showing up in my world, I came to the conclusion that lately, I had been so so discouraged. The universe was simply...

Today! With a Twist!

Ellen Barrett Spine Twist

On those days you can’t get a full workout in, or maybe you can’t even carve out a five minute walk…or perhaps you are a bit under the weather ….on those days, all I ask is that you do a spine twist to each side. You can do spine twists while lying in bed, sitting at your desk, standing in your kitchen or lounging on the couch. They are incredibly beneficial. Here’s what they do:...

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