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Minding the Mind

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to reduce pain, increase focus or make better decisions.

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to manage stress, increase focus or make better decisions.

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important.

In today’s fast-paced world of multi-tasking, working lunches and drive thru dinners, attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter.

But, with a little mindfulness, the monkey can be tamed.

Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means paying attention,” said Lalli Dana Drobny. She teaches classes in mindfulness as well as other subjects at Santa Barbara City College.

Drobny, who has been meditating for 25 years, started offering mindfulness classes in Santa Barbara about eight years ago as a public service

“Because I knew how important it was, and I had seen the difference in my own life.”

Intention is an important component of mindfulness, so Drobny asks students to choose one goal for class.

“Everyone who comes to my mindfulness classes comes for a reason,” she said.s

They want to find a way to manage stress, they are distracted or angry, they can’t focus, or they want to be able to make better decisions. “They want to change. They aren’t accepting where they are. (But) it’s a paradox. Because mindfulness is really about accepting what IS in every moment.”

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Being ‘in the moment’ can be as easy as sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for a minute or two.

In my Lisa.FM Thrive podcast, Drobny offers three short and simple mindfulness exercises, and the results are remarkable. I was surprised how at ease I felt after just breathing slowly for a couple of minutes.

Drobny suggests bringing mindfulness into daily activities, which can be as simple as paying attention to what you are doing (and thinking) while brushing your teeth, or eating lunch.

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“We do a mindfulness eating exercise, where we take four minutes to eat one raisin… You digest your food better, you actually eat a lot less, so it’s good for the environment, good for your budget and things that we are eating.”

A simple mindfulness technique consists of sitting still, feet on the ground. Pay attention to your breath… inhale, pause, exhale, pause… repeat.

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“Sandyland Sunset” by Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It’s okay if your mind wanders, instructs Drobny. Just “kindly, gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

Don’t think you have time for Mindfulness? Think again

“In mindfulness circles there’s a joke,” said Drobny, “If you feel like you don’t have 20 minutes to sit (in meditation) today, sit for 40 minutes. Because time expands.”

Drobny shares a story about one of her students who was having a hard time sitting for a formal 20 minute mindfulness practice. She instructed the woman to incorporate mindfulness into the time she spent with her young child.

“So she was totally mindful as she spoke, watched and listened to her daughter. And, she came back the next week to report that both she and her daughter were happier.  So she didn’t add anything extra to her day, she simply did it with a different focus.”

Click the link below to listen to my podcast with Lalli Dana Drobny. Follow along as she walks you thru three short and simple mindfulness breathing and focusing exercises.

It’s okay if your mind wanders, just “kindly gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

To get in touch with Lalli Dana Drobny about her upcoming classes, email her at “lallidana at-gmail.com”


Manage Stress with Essential Oils

Essential oils can be an effective way to provide support for the nervous system and can help eliminate occasional irritability.

Essential oils can be an effective way to provide support for the nervous system and can help eliminate occasional irritability.

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It’s probably not realistic to eliminate all stress from daily life, so the key is how well can you manage it?  Yoga and other forms of routine exercise can work wonders. Essential oils can also be an effective tool for helping to promote a feeling of peace and calm. The products I use are from Young Living, because they are medical-grade (unadulterated), so the quality is top-notch.

Lavender is a great all around oil and has been known to help with relaxation. Rub two drops of lavender oil in your hands then brush across your pillow can help promote a restful night’s sleep. Dabbing a drop or two of Stress Away on wrists or temples can help ease frayed nerves. Stress Away (featuring the aromas of vanilla and lime) is one of my favorite essential oil blends from Young Living, and it seems to live up to its name.

I recently spoke with my friend and Young Living mentor, Carla Cohen, about her favorite essential oils for relaxation. In the podcast (click link above to listen), she shares a funny story about how she learned by accident the relaxation-power of Stress Away. Carla also shares another of her favorite de-stressing-oils, which you may have in your kitchen: Marjoram.

“It has an uplifting scent,” said Cohen. “Marjoram was known as ‘the herb of happiness’ for the Romans, and the Greeks called it ‘the joy of the mountains.’” But, Cohen went on to explain why you need the pure essential oil in order to enjoy the full uplifting benefit of marjoram, because dried herbs have virtually no manna, or beneficial powers, “It’s a living organism with the essential oil,” said Cohen.

<a href="https://www.youngliving web based project management system.com/en_US/products/rutavala-roll-on?sponsorid=1734225&enrollerid=1734225″ target=”_blank”>Ruta-Va-La is another Young Living blend which you may find helpful in calming nerves, promoting sleep and managing stress. It contains Valerian, which is sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s Valium.’

Cedarwood, with its fresh woodsy aroma, has long been used to promote a feeling of peace during meditation.

Cedarwood, with its fresh woodsy aroma, has long been used to promote a feeling of peace during meditation.

While I can’t promise you that essential oils will work for you in managing stress, promoting a sense of calm or easing anxiety, you may find these oils sometimes known as ‘nature’s medicine’ can be of help to you and your family.

Essential oils have been around since ancient times. They’ve been used to promote health and induce a feeling of peacefulness in meditation (such as Cedarwood, Hyssop, Frankincense & Myrrh). Today, scientists are studying Frankincense for use as a treatment in brain cancer research, and for promoting healthy brain function.

Because Young Living Essential Oils are very pure, it only takes a drop or two to be effective. You can also add one or two drops to a carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, or other oil) for massage. When ordering these products from Young Living, please be sure to use my ID #1734225, so you join our team!

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