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Planet Mindful

Planet Mindful

Issue 11

Planet Mindful magazine brings you eight issues a year of wonderful, friendly advice on how to slow things down, strengthen your relationships and treasure your mental health and wellbeing. Each issue is divided into three sections: Mind & Body, Relationships and Living. We hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve crafted as we bring you the ideas and trends that are longer-lasting and more powerful as tools in keeping you happy.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Anthem Publishing
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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to planet mindful

EVERY YEAR AROUND this time, I wait with eager anticipation for one of spring’s greatest spectacles: cherry blossom. I’m lucky enough to have an ornamental cherry tree in my garden, right outside my bedroom window. So every morning in March and April, when I pull back the curtains, I’m excited to see what stage the blossom has reached. It’s fascinating to watch the barren winter branches develop tiny buds that grow and swell until it seems like they just might explode. It sometimes feels like nature is teasing me, waiting until my excitement is at a suitable fever pitch before my patience is finally rewarded. It’s usually on a sunny spring day, when the conditions are just right and I need a little cheering up, that the blossom finally bursts into…

4 min.
what is mindfulness?

1 ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL We’re all different and there are infinite ways to ‘do’ mindfulness, so however you do it is up to you. You might also prefer different approaches on different days, depending on the kind of mood you’re in. As long as it feels right for you, that’s all that matters. You can do it by yourself, with someone else (such as a friend or a loved one) or with a whole room full of people. It’s brilliantly versatile. 2 SLOW DOWN The first step towards mindfulness is to slow down and take a step back (either physically, mentally or emotionally) from the busy blur of life. If you like, you can continue with what you’re doing but more slowly and purposefully. If you prefer, you can stop completely…

8 min.
how to cultivate calmness

1 FRESH AIR “Being cooped up all day inside can really take its toll on you, physically and mentally. So try to get outside for some fresh air at least once during your working day. Whether it’s eating lunch outside or going for a walk, this will get you moving and give your eyes a break from constantly looking at a screen. If you can do this with friends or colleagues, that’s even better because you can encourage each other to get outside, plus doing an activity together builds better, more resilient relationships.” Kira Mahal, personal trainer and founder of Reset LDN (resetldn.com) 2 Tap into reflexology “With stress being so prevalent in our modern lives, reflexology is a wonderful way to unwind, calm a busy mind and tap into the body’s innate healing…

5 min.
made in japan

SINCE THE BEGINNING of our cultural history in Japan, cherry blossoms have always been associated with the fleeting nature of beauty and life, a tinge of sadness in the shadow of euphoria. Their full bloom lasts only until the next gust of wind, ending in the breathtaking beauty of sakura-fubuki (cherry blossom blizzard). During the flourish of warrior ethos amongst Samurai, cherry blossom became the symbol of their honour code, in which life is valued not for its length but for your deeds. In a sense, it became the artistic metaphor and backbone of Samurai values, sometimes verging on a form of death cult, honouring self-sacrifice over inglorious survival and perseverance. In Japanese villages, cherry trees were regarded as divine and their annual blossoming augured the coming year’s harvest. Long before…

4 min.
amidst cherry trees

YOU’RE SITTING COMFORTABLY cross-legged with your eyes closed. Water splashes gently nearby. Rays of sunlight warm your face. When you’re ready, you open your eyes and find yourself in the centre of a well-tended Japanese garden. You take a moment to breathe in deeply through your nostrils, drawing the wonderful air right down to your abdomen and slowly releasing it through your mouth. You repeat this several times before, in the garden, you unfold your legs and stand up. The ground under your feet is carpeted with springy moss interspersed with stepping stones. You inhale the fragrant, cool air, noticing the subtle scent of some of your favourite flowers. The path of stepping stones leads you through the garden, past crimson azaleas and blush-pink peonies growing in vibrant clumps. Perhaps you run…

4 min.
spend it well

Equilibrium restored The Wellness Sabbatical is a new travel concept where days of work and wellness are intentionally blended, addressing the reality for many who simply can’t escape from the office for long vacations. From May, Kamalaya in Thailand will offer a minimum 21-day sabbatical program which aims to go far deeper than a mere ‘recharge’. Guests can work for fixed period of time every day and then enjoy a holistic ‘reset’ aimed to rebalance the nervous system. Therapies and treatments include ayurvedic massage, physiotherapy, yoga and qi gong, all set in a lush paradise. Kamalaya.com Yoga in style Make your yoga practice more mindful with planet-friendly clothing – ChaYkra offer a brilliant range of yogawear, all ethically made with breathable fairtrade organic cotton. Their best-selling ‘Balance’ crop top is a great athleisure…