September 8, 2009

{Beautiful Relaxation}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
Studies have shown (by people who know a thing of beauty when they see one!) that a more relaxed bride is a more beautiful bride.

The busyness around planning a wedding can get stressful and even overwhelming—especially when balancing work, family, and your relationship. So if you have a regular exercise routine or meditation practice, keep it up during this multi-tasking time! If you don’t already have a daily practice that takes care of you—mind, body and spirit—then this is the perfect time to start one.

Here are a few suggestions to do something quiet and relaxing. While listening to soothing music, do a twenty-ish minute gentle stretching routine as you keep your attention inward on the easy in 'n out flow of your breath. Or just sit quietly with your eyes closed for a couple of minutes during the day or evening—whenever you need a little refreshment of ease—and take ten or so deep, soft inhales along with long, slow exhales and just allow the noisy thoughts to float by.

Remember to slow down for some quiet, still time each day. It’ll make a big difference in how you feel, how you look, how you love. Now, breathe that in!

Love. Listen. Let go.

[Photograph: Priscilla Wannamaker]

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