Dr. Oz followed up Goldie's suggestions by showing pictures of how the brain responds to meditation/mindfulness by actually strengthening certain parts. We all know that illnesses can occur from being over-stressed.
So, long story short, I took some downtime this week (from all the social media--forgive me peeps for seeming to ignore you) to recoup my energies in my garden. Here are some pictures:
First ripe tomato: (deliciously enjoyed in salad the day it was picked)
Before the weather turns deadly around here (in the 100s), I like to sit under the arbor, enjoy my plants and read.
All spring I work to pull weeds, re-pot, clean up dead plants that didn't make it through the winter until I can just sit and enjoy this environment for a while.
I added a pathway last year and the plants are coming along nicely.
With cactus at the end of the pathway.....
and herbs all around....
. . .rosemary (with pots of tomatoes on left)
. . .and oregano (I use a lot of it in cooking and this plant has been with me for years).
Of course there are the garden guardians:
Saint Francis and the sun god.
And even my personal guardian (Buddy ) who sits near me ceaselessly (he recently had his long Lhasa Apso coat clipped for the summer).
You can tell he's sweet, right?
He is just as he looks.
But enough of my relaxation--now you go find a spot --10 minutes to let go of all the stress and anxiety.
Not everyone has a yard garden. So where and how do you relax (Yoga, gardening, exercising, hiking)?
No cheating by telling me reading. I'm talking about not using the mind to do something--I'm talking about stopping the mind for a while and not thinking (10 minutes a day can make a difference in physically strengthening your brain). Do you?