The Six Month Mindful Living Challenge

The Six Month Mindful Living Challenge

 

“Ego-identification with things creates attachment to things, obsession with things, which in turn creates our consumer society and economic structures where the only measure of progress is always more. The unchecked striving for more, for endless growth, is a dysfunction and a disease. It is the same dysfunction the cancerous cell manifests, whose only goal is to multiply itself, unaware that it is bringing about it’s own destruction by destroying the organism of which is is a part.“

The quote above is from Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and I think it captures our society perfectly. We are the definition of cancer, consuming for the sake of consuming. That is why I want to challenge you to change, to cure the cancer that infects us all: the ego.

The Six Month Mindful Living Challenge {The lovely Vyana Marie}

You can start this 6 month challenge at any time. If you’re joining us late, start at Month 1 Week 1. If you feel yourself strongly resisting this challenge, or a part of the challenge, then it is exactly what you need. That negativity you’re feeling has a root emotion, and it’s root is fear. Fear cleverly controls us by disguising itself as disgust, anger, greed, etc and it is controlled by our ego.

I am super excited to be partnering with Vyana Marie of Wild Roots on this Six Month Mindful Living Challenge. Each week Vyana will share challenges, tips on small everyday changes we can make to consume less, yoga asanas and mini meditations. We’ll work through our plastic, water, & electrical consumption, food, garbage, movement & meditation. As part of the series, each month I will be sharing a recipe to tie into the theme. We will be working to not only lessen our impact but also diminish our ego, that is to say the mind structures that hold us in a place of suffering. Get ready to live in a more peaceful & balanced way!

I will update you guys each week with a post here on Tasty Yummies directing you to the current challenge, yoga series and mini-meditation for the current week. Check back here each week to get linked up to the current week’s outline, as well as past weeks (see the links below)! We’d love for you to share your thoughts on the challenge, your tips on what you are doing, etc. Get involved and share!

 

Here is the outline for the challenge.

[bold text is for our current week]

MONTH ONE: PLASTIC

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week 1 plastic challenge | plastic consumption tracking

week 1 yoga | sun salutations + advanced vinyasa add-on 

week 1 meditation | mini meditations [all levels]

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week 2 plastic challenge | small changes + Tasty Yummies Ginger Ale Recipe

week 2 yoga | warrior II flow [different versions for beg & adv]

week 2 meditation | 5 min pre-yoga [beg] or 10 minute morning Nadi Shodhan Pranayam [adv]

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week 3 plastic challenge | no new plastic

week 3 yoga | goddess mandala vinyasa sequence

week 3 meditation | 5 minute morning Ujjayi Pranayam [beg] or Metta [adv]

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week 4 plastic challenge | let it settle & track progress

week 4 yoga | Warrior I flow [beg] or Warrior III squats [adv]

week 4 meditation | 5 minute post yoga [beg] or Nauli [adv]

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MONTH TWO: WATER

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week 5 water challenge | water consumption tracking
No movement and meditation challenges this week

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week 6 water challenge | drinking water

week 6 yoga | utkatasana sequence

week 6 meditation | mindfulness practice

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week 7 water challenge | reducing waste at home

week 7 yoga | plank sequence

week 7 meditation | rolling OMs

extra: Homemade Insect Repellent

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week 8 water challenge | let it settle 

week 8 yoga | check in

week 8 meditation | walking meditation

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MONTH THREE: FOOD

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week 9 food challenge | tracking

week 9 yoga | prasarita padottanasana

week 9 meditation | mantra

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week 10 food challenge | mini challenge

week 10 yoga | garudasana & malasana

week 10 meditation | dharana

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week 11 food challenge | local, gmo-free, GF week 2

week 11 yoga | navasana

week 11 meditation | feeling the inner body

extra: A Quick Guide to Gluten-Free Eating

extra: Look Poo’s Talking Now

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week 12 food challenge | tracking

week 12 yoga | janu sirsasana & paschimottanasana

week 12 meditation | muladhara

extra: Why I am Gluten-free

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week 13 food challenge | slow down

week 13 yoga | check in

week 13 meditation | check in

extra: 7 Ways to Heal Your Gut

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MONTH FOUR: ELECTRICITY

week 14 electricity challenge | tracking

week 14 yoga | yin, liver & gall bladder meridians

week 14 meditation | swadhisthana

extra: The Benefits of Probiotics

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week 15 | small changes

week 15 yoga| yin, spleen & stomach meridians

week 15 meditation | manipura

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week 16 | big challenge

week 16 yoga | yin, heart/small intestine & lung/large intestine meridians

week 16 mediation | anahata 

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MONTH FIVE: PAPER

MONTH SIX: GARBAGE

 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie (A Fork in Hand) June 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

I love this! I think a lot of people feel overwhelmed when it comes to living more mindfully because they feel like they need to tackle all of these things at once. Breaking it down into baby steps over 6 months shows just how accessible mindful living can be. I’ll definitely be joining the challenge!

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2 Andrea June 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I am so grateful to have found this article! I’ve recently come through a challenging phase in my life and have been looking for a way to get back into my yoga practice and cleanse my soul a little, while still giving something back to the Universe. I’m looking forward to joining in.

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3 tastyyummies June 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

Yay Andrea, this makes me so happy. I am so glad you will be joining in. Please stop by and share your results and your experiences, we would love to hear how it is going for you.

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4 Naomi "DigitalFanGirl" Williams July 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

WoW! This challenge is really speaking to me. I think I’m going to jump right in starting Sunday August 4 and watch how it transforms me.

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5 Crosby August 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

This is PERFECT! My best friend and I are both at a crossroads in life and feel it’s the right time to focus more fully on awareness and health and a natural lifestyle. This is an excellent guide for us both! As someone else said, it can feel a little overwhelming to get on board with what I know I should be doing, so a nice hand-holding guide is excellent. Thanks so much!!

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6 tastyyummies August 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hi Crosby! Welcome. We are soo happy you are joining us. We hope you enjoy the challenge and please keep in touch to let us know how you are doing and if you have any questions, comments or concerns! xo Namaste.

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7 Simply called food August 21, 2013 at 6:43 am

Your articles are so interesting, and very inspiring!

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