Are you going around in circles?


Hope and Courage

“My awareness (to the balance of nature) opens to the creative energy of the universe (directed by God) as I walk into the fulfillment of the future (hope and courage).”

– Maria Elena Alberici, AKA – Maria Lauren


Going around in circles is okay if you’re dancing but it’s not fun if you’re just dealing with the everyday stuff of life!

I find that when I have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, my functioning in the present is all out of sync. Thinking as a singer/musician, it’s impossible to perform a jazz song, if your head is doing rock-n-roll.

Life has a rhythm and every day the song is different. Being aware of your breathing and the beating of your heart can give you a clue to the song that you are living. If you don’t like the song, then change the channel or stop to reboot.


Take a break…

Do something positive that will put a smile on your face. Read something motivational, maybe a devotional or you can journal, meditate, pray, listen to music or an inspirational podcast.¬† Relax-n-Renew is a good resource of mini Guided Imagery with soothing music. It’s like taking a mini vacation! ūüôā

Starting my morning with a heart of gratitude always makes me feel better. I also like to do some kind of stretching or exercise to warm up my body while being in a prayerful state of thanksgiving.

Of course, there are those mornings, like today! You see, yesterday I varied my workout, a good thing to do, but today my body is screaming at me. Uhg!¬†ūüė¶¬†To get the kinks out, I stretch on my incline board/slant board where I start with very slow and mindful movements.¬†

I enjoy doing different forms of exercise and if I can do it outdoors, even better. At the beach, the air is so delectable! It’s a great place to do Yoga or Tai Chi with the focus on deep breathing meditation.

“Inhale new energy; exhale old energy.”


The Wheel…

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On the theme of going around in circles. The yoga pose called, The Wheel, is a challenge that keeps my core flexible and my limbs strong. Being 66 years on this earth, I use this move as part of my mental youth meter.

The Wheel used to be easy for me until two years ago, when I fractured my arm in two places. Since then, I have been slowly easing myself into this posture. 


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To train my body for The Wheel, I do the same stretch with the support of a big ball.

The Yoga pose, Cobra also helps to stretch my abdominal and back muscles while The Plank pose helps strengthen my arms and core for this feat. 

Starting with the month of October is the arrival of Halloween and consecutive months of holiday celebrations which could be fun and stressful. I am getting a jump-start to keep the months ahead balanced and healthy. As I center my whole being on my breath, strength and resiliency, the distractions and worries of life no longer affect my nerve center in a negative way. I am grateful for the moment.


Final thoughts…

When I’m driving through life and I ignore my body’s speed limit and the environmental conditions, I may get stuck in the mud. My wheels go round and round, splattering mud everywhere but going nowhere. That’s when I need help to get back on the road of life.

Thank God for my circle of family and friends, especially those who hold me up in prayer.


“The circle of well-being balances strength and flexibility supported by a circle of family, friends and prayers.”

– Maria Elena Alberici, AKA Maria Lauren


Do you have a circle of prayers around you and your loved ones?

Wishing you peace,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

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Did you know? Surprising health benefits of doing Yoga!


Taking in a full breadth of life… Finding balance and peace within…

Connecting to the majesty of nature is only a glimpse into the majesty and wonders of God.

РMaria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici  РRiccio


The following¬†facts may be breathtaking and mind-boggling but don’t worry! ¬†Practicing Yoga can be a breath-giving and mind-opening experience.


Did you know that yoga delays aging?

Yoga stimulates your detoxification system.


Did you know that yoga may increase vitamin C levels and reduces toxins in your body?

Specific movements get the lymphatic system flowing and boosts your immune system.


Did you know that yoga improves sleep?

Your body and mind learns how to relax.


Did you know that yoga increases red blood cells?

This improves blood circulation.


Did you know that yoga increases joint lubrication?

Joint range of motion is improved.


Did you know that yoga improves gastrointestinal functions?

Several postures massage internal organs.


Did you know that yoga is believed to improve metabolism?

Certain poses regulate and control hormone secretions.


Did you know that yoga lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decreases your respiratory rate that improves your lung capacity?

Relaxing, controlled breathing with some movement stimulate the muscles and organs of the abdominal region.


Did you know that yoga improves balance?

Strengthens your core muscles. When one muscle is worked in one direction, it will be worked in the opposite direction for balanced strength.


Did you know that yoga improves depth perception, eye-hand coordination, concentration and dexterity?

Practitioners become more aware of mind-body connection with a faster reaction time.


Finally, did you know that yoga improves coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance and posture?

You probably knew this one! Different parts of the body are challenged to move together efficiently with proper alignment and awareness. Lactic acid build-up may be released as well as stiffness, tension and fatigue. This may be why yoga is frequently used by athletes.


In the above photo, I am doing one of my favorite yoga poses called, Lord of the fishes. Check out my previous post on the health benefits of this yoga pose and more.


Did you know that yoga may help in disease prevention and emotional stability? More about that on my next post. ūüėČ


Take care of your health and your health will take care of you. How do you take care of your health? I would love to hear from you. You¬†can leave a comment right here! ūüôā

Be well,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici ‚Äď Riccio

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  • Information derived from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sunrise Yoga Workshop.


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