Explore your Wild Mind - Learnings from the Animas Valley Institute, Wild Mind IntensiveRead More
Today I started, with A TON of incredible humans, Deepok Chopra's, 21 days of Abundance Meditation. I also started reading "The New Meditation Handbook" by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. I would not say, so far, that this is a "must read" but I'm only on page 35, so I'll keep you posted. AND I'll recap what I read with my own spin below.
Without inner peace, there is no real joy at all. The more we control our mind, the more our inner peace increases and the more joyful we become. Therefore, the real method to make ourselves happy is to control our own mind through the practice of noticing our breath in meditation.
Problems, suffering, and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind-- they are feelings and so they are a part of our mind. Therefore, only by controlling our thoughts through meditation can we permanently stop making up stories that cause our problems and live with inner peace.
Today, Sydney Badik has been sober from alcohol for 2 years!! As only Sydney can, she spoke in poetry about her thoughts around alcohol and how she was able to stop drinking. She gave me her blessing to share her story with you.
“When we are clear, what we want is to live at our highest vibration. I believe we are all seeking confidence, connection, love (of others and ourselves), grounding, facing our fears and finding our truth. We aim to operate with clarity and I used alcohol to give me these feelings… but really, this was just an illusion, a buffer, a façade. Alcohol diluted my clarity and ultimately, me.”Read More
When you are living in the past, you are living in depression.
When you are living in the future, you are living in anxiety.
When you are living in the present, you are living in peace. ~ Lao TzuRead More
Sit or lay down on a comfortable surface in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed.
Breathe in for a count of 5. Bring the breath in deep and low, from the belly.
Part your lips and let the air go very slowly out of your nose and mouth for a count of 10. It is important to note that you are not pushing this breath out, but instead just letting the air leave your body very slowly. You will not hear your breath, it will just make its way out of your lips and nose with ease. All of a sudden, you will feel that you are empty of air and you need to breathe in again.
Breathe in again for a count of 5 and let it go for 10.
Practice this breathing style for 15 minutes every day. You can even do this while you are driving, or in the midst of a conversation. You will look completely normal with a relaxed face and parted lips.
Breathing in this way helps alleviate stress by bringing us into the present moment. It slows down the fight or flight reaction and helps relive the body tension that often comes from rapid, shallow breathing.
We create our own life’s story. These stories have the power to hurt or heal the way we live our lives, moment by moment.
Take a breath or two to consider the word self-talk. What is it? Where does it come from? Can we do anything about it?Read More
Often clients will ask me, “What happens if the weather is bad? Do we still have sessions outside?”
The answer is yes! We still have sessions outside. The weather can bring up a lot of content for us to work through that traditional therapy may not have access to.Read More