Editor’s Column

Author: Monisha Vasa

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Literal Shyft: Conscious Words For Conscious Living. We are so glad you are here!

For those of you who don’t know, Shyft is a gym for the soul in Southern California, focused on starting a conversation about modern day life skills. How do we learn mindfulness at home, work, and in our relationships? How do we develop the social and emotional skills that help us navigate twenty first century parenting, friendships, and romance? And perhaps most importantly, how do we find each other and ourselves, so that we can jointly cultivate a conscious community for ourselves and the next generation? Literal Shyft is a digital magazine that allows us to start and continue those conversations through the written word.

In this issue, we will focus on Mindfulness 101.  We believe that conscious living is available to all of us, in all moments. We don't need to go away on a retreat, although that can sometimes be helpful.  We don't need to be a part of an enlightened select few.  Like all change, efforts to become more mindful as we navigate our daily lives, start with the smallest of decisions, the tiniest of steps, towards a more intentional life.

HERE, you will find practical, simple suggestions that you can implement with ease in your busy world. Perhaps you decide to start with a simple meditation practice for five minutes per day. Or perhaps you decide to put away all devices and eat a meal with conscious awareness. Maybe you will choose to notice gratitude for the most ordinary of moments. All of these are small steps in a more mindful direction, and yet over time, collectively generate big shifts in how we feel, think and connect.

From the bottom of our hearts here at Shyft, we thank you for joining us. We are truly grateful. At Shyft, there is no distinction between teacher and student, because we are all here to learn and grow from one another’s wisdom and experience. Together, we can co-create a community and a lifestyle that encourages kindness, awareness, grace, and most importantly, harmony.

We look forward to embarking on this journey with you.

With gratitude,

Monisha Vasa, M.D.

Founding Editor

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