Meal planning and prep have been KEY to living on a tight budget; while, feeding my body, mind, and spirit. What I put in my body has direct correlation to my energy, mood, confidence, and exercise performance. Meal planning and prep are one of the ways I honor myself. When prepping seems like a chore, or a “have to,” activity. I remind myself that feeding my body and soul with nourishing foods is a way to love myself.Read More
Below is a list of 21 activities that are data driven; and, that can translate into a life full of more meaning, a stronger mind/body/spirit, and improved relationships with yourself and others. Most of these activities are free, or low cost; and, they take a minimal amount of time.Read More
This recipe is one of my favorites because it takes minimal time to prepare, and no cooking required. Plus, it’s a complete meal in one dish. Be sure to choose your favorite salsa for the recipe – that will bring the flavor you love to this easy-to-prepare meal.Read More
As the saying goes, we are all students and teachers. Being the mindfulness teacher this year, following are the top five things that I have learned.
1. Empathy, compassion, and listening go a long way: Do you remember your first break up, first crush, or first love? Trying to figure out where you belong? What’s going on with your body? Feeling misunderstood, awkward, and confused? Feeling like the world is against you? Do you remember trying finding out, the hard way, about true friends?
A few days ago a friend sent me this blog, “9 Things Saving My Life Right Now.” It spoke to me, so I just had to create my own list. Making has helped me land my attention on all the little treasures that I have, every single moment. Plus, it’s a fun journal activity. I’ve provided and excerpt from my list below. Thankfully, my list could go on and on. Here are nine things that are saving my life right now.Read More
Consistently show up to two, three or all of these practices and deepen your relationship with your intuition. You will begin to notice soul growth, increased personal power, and tranquility of the mind.Read More
It’s important for use to realize that each dimension is related and bleeds into one another. For example, if you are not finding meaning in your work, you may start complaining non-stop to your partner about your job, you become sick more frequently, you take LOTS of mental health days, you’re irritable, bored with life; and, you think going on an all-inclusive tropical vacation will solve all of your problems.Read More
Permission can soothe the intricate and turbulent ride of relationships, feelings, inner dialogue, and stress. By doing this, you get to leave behind guilt, open wounds, shoulds, people pleasing, lack mentality, exhaustion, and disappointment. Instead, you will be able to write YOUR OWN storyRead More
This breath is named alternate nostril breathing, or nadi shodhana in Sanskrit. The high school students that visit me in the Mindfulness Room use it before tests, to leave home stressors behind, and to clear their minds in order to decline choices that impair their personal best.Read More
Here’s why YOU’RE going to fall in love with meditation:
Meditation…reduces stress, decreases anxiety, improves emotional intelligence, decreases loneliness, decreases depression, lessons PMS symptoms, enhances self-esteem, increases optimism, increases resilience with adversity, improves mood (God knows I need that some days), enhances immune system, increases relaxation, decreases impulsivity, helps manage pain, enhances self-acceptance, helps develop and improve social connection, decreases fear, increases energy, improves focus, relieves asthma symptoms, keeps dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay, increases empathy, lowers blood pressure, makes you more creative, alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms, improves concentration, helps manage ADHD, helps overcome addictions, prevents emotional eating, improves memory, slows cognitive decline, improves decision-making abilities, and reduces risk of heart disease… just to name a few things (references available upon request).
Continuously swimming in mindset pond scum, overtime, can lead to ubiquitous negativity, stress, depleted energy stores, and negative health implications. On the other hand, when we filter the scummy waste out of our minds, we can boost our immune system, increase the longevity of our lives, and feel delicious head-to-toe. One tool that I use to shift my mindset is making the good stuff stick.Read More
The space between endings and beginnings are where the juicy things are born. The unexpected, the miracles happen. This is the time when we figure out what we're made of, who truly stands next to us. This is when we learn surrender, and quit resisting. But it can be painful! It's scary, unpredictable, anxiety-provoking, self-worth crushing. We question everything. Why is this happening? Why ME?Read More
The definition of risk is a situation involving exposure to danger, harm, or loss. Now let’s pause…is playing a wrong note dangerous? Is hearing “no” to your great idea truly harmful? Is being not being a yoga guru during your first yoga class really a loss, dangerous, or harmful? Yes, we may feel uncomfortable or exposed. But, what are you missing out on if you don’t take a risk?Read More
We are here on this earth plane to find grace in the human experience. To feel the grit, the elation, the calm, the unsavory, the peace. We can talk to every moment and experience we have, asking it, "what are you teaching me?"Read More
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.”
Throughout my life, I lived with the belief that vulnerability, being sensitive, showing emotion, and tenderness were weaknesses. So, I tried to go through life with a “suck it up” attitude. I did my best to hide my sensitivity (not very well). This was especially evident when dating; rather, avoiding commitment, from the get go.
TO PREPARE THE SOUL FOR SELF ACCEPTANCE:
1. Turn the mind on to Contemplation for 365 days.
2. Soften the Adversity with 3 cups of Forgiveness. The nutrients in Forgiveness allow feelings from Adversity (shame, guilt, fear, and doubt) to dissolve into learning experiences of overcoming obstacles.