This day exists because there are roughly 1.1 billion girls living around the globe - 15 million of which marry before the age of 18 and 130 million of them - between the ages of 6-17 - do not have access to education. Today exists because every 10 minutes, an adolescent girl dies from violence. Today exists because there are an estimated 1,920,000 girls around the world who are victims of human trafficking. Today exists because girls matter. And there is no more time to waste.
In our first Somatic Insights post, we briefly discussed the parts that make up our Autonomic Nervous System - the Parasympathetic and the Sympathetic Nervous Systems - along with their functions and roles for maintaining allostasis in the body. To delve deeper into the ways we can access and restore our physiology, we’re sharing a list of nine ways to tap into our Parasympathetic state and replenish mind, body, and spirit.
Did you know that your body’s Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) - which is responsible for regulating your bodily functions such as heart rate + digestion - acts solely from your subconscious, except when you access it through breath? Knowing this and how to access your ANS through simple breathing techniques is an extremely important, transformative tool to have in order to manage your stress response and reset your system.
The spiritual significance of the Fall Equinox has transformed largely in order to adapt to modern eras, but even though rituals and practices have transitioned with the times, the overall, uniting tone of this season-shift has always asked us to find inner balance and return to our abundant, natural state of being.
The Spring Equinox signifies a time of rebirth and re-invigoration, inviting us into the light (literally) with newfound energy and aliveness. With the return of our sun comes longer, sun-filled days, more movement, and new beginnings — everything is finally in bloom!
Some days, I feel like I need a regular visual reminder to be mindful. For me, it’s the small stickers and crystals strategically placed in my office and these Thinking Eggs on my desk at home as tiny symbolic reminders that trigger me to take a moment, to take a deep breath. I also use lock-screen wallpapers on my phone to encourage me to resist the digital distractions.
I’m Justine, strategist and founder of The Mindful Series. I tell the story of my journey into mindfulness in the first pages of our planners. You can also read my background on my website. But this is a slightly different story.