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Link Love: Here Comes the Sun

This year I’ve decided to fully embrace summertime. I tend to become (more of) an indoors kind of girl this time of year–heat and humidity are not my favorite things. (I’d rather have chilly and windy!) But for once I’m actually longing to spend some time in the sun and just soak it all in. I think George Harrison said it best: “Here comes the sun/Here comes the sun, and I say/It’s all right.”

Here are this week’s lovely links!

I’d like to spend a weekend here.

I really, really love swimming laps…but I’m re-thinking it after reading this.

Speaking of soaking up the summertime: I’ve got to round up my friends for a movie night like this.

My ongoing struggle with meditation continues, but I think this simple guide just might help me find a breakthrough.

(Image via *Seth cc)

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Beauty Rx: Meditation for healthy skin?

Lately I’ve been thinking about trying meditation.

It’s been on my radar for a while, but honestly, I have a hard enough time calming my mind to focus on my yoga practice—I can’t imagine being able to truly meditate. That’s one reason I choose to practice vinyasa flow in a heated room: it’s so challenging that I’m forced to focus; I can’t think about anything else. When I do more gentle yoga, I inevitably find myself composing to-do lists in my head while I’m on the mat. Not a recipe for a happy yoga practice.

But the Lululemon blog has recently shared a few guided meditations from Baron Baptiste, and the latest one, for email overload, really got my attention. (Did you know there’s a term for that holding-your-breath-while-opening-an-email phenomenon? It’s called email apnea.)

There are several potential health (and beauty!) benefits of meditation*:

  • stress and anxiety reduction
  • increased energy
  • improved memory
  • increased happiness levels
  • slowed aging
  • healthier, clearer skin

That last beauty benefit has me convinced; I’m going to try this meditation thing. I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, I need your advice! Do you meditate? What tips or techniques do you have to share? If you do…have you noticed any changes in your skin? —Aleigh

(Image via Loving Earth

*Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, disease, or condition.

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