Meditation is defined as the act of engaging "in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of awareness." And, it is one of the most beneficial (and free) tools to help you create positive change in your life. I know, that sounds like a lofty goal, but look at the evidence from the Mayo Clinic alone:
We're just days away from the start of a new year! While this may mean lots of food, travel, and time with friends and family for many, it can also be the perfect time to reflect upon the current year and prepare for the following.
Here are some of my favorite ways to reflect, set intentions, and establish my goals:
Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with being fully in the moment. Whether that be in school, at church, or hanging with my friends, I zone out and became lost in my thoughts or worrying about the future. It’s mind-blowing that I can be physically in the room, even engaging in conversation, but often times my mind is somewhere else
Do you feel overwhelmed with work-life blending?
While we all have the same 24 hours in a day, being able to use time effectively is a real challenge for many people. With the demands of work and personal life—not to mention digital distractions from phones, texting, social media, and more, it's no wonder we're so stressed out!
Here are five ways to beat overwhelm and give yourself the gift of self-care...
Growing up I was very self-aware and knew if I was going to accomplish anything in life I would have to be my own #1 cheerleader. Yet, despite knowing this, I struggled when it came to validating my own self-worth and truly loving me. I simply did not have the tools to practice real self-love.
So, how exactly did I come to realize that my inner dialogue was harmful and false? How did I come to finally understand that I am amazing and that my true essence is soulful and beautiful?
Let the words you speak to yourself be kind ones. You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself and the truth is that your thoughts hold so much power.
At any given moment, within my own mind there are a variety of narratives underway. I recently learned how to be more self-aware. One of the results of practicing this is a positive turn in how I speak to myself. In the past I would often reprimand myself for any number of things including: