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An Important Tip for Practicing Mindfulness Meditation

An Important Tip for Practicing Mindfulness Meditation

Does anyone else have a million thoughts running through their head when they shower?

 

I do. 

 

All of a sudden it’s as if I’m not even in the shower anymore. I’m thinking about wanting to buy a different kind of soap. And then I’m singing along with the music I’m playing and probably thinking about how ridiculous the lyrics are. Within another minute or so I’ve already planned half of my week, decided what I’m going to eat, and drafted five emails in my mind. 

 

This used to stress me out. Big time. I’d feel exhausted after one simple activity because of the overwhelming number of thoughts passing through my mind, and how I was interpreting them. I wasn’t fully present in what I was doing, and I wasn’t allowing myself to relax and let go of the outcome of situations that hadn’t even happened yet.

The Most Important Activity for a Mindful and Happy Life

The Most Important Activity for a Mindful and Happy Life

1. Journaling gives us an opportunity to vent: 

No other activity gives you all of the space and time to completely express your internal monologue as often as you'd like. Journaling welcomes you, giving you page after page to express thoughts you've kept bottled up for years. How often have you stopped yourself from saying things that felt true to you because it was the wrong time, wrong place, or because things just felt inappropriate? In life we’ve been trained to censor ourselves, but in journaling we get to be 100% ourselves. We get to see ourselves unapologetically. Journaling gives us the opportunity to work through those moments and thoughts we cut ourselves off from - a chance to fully express our thoughts, and work through past situations in a way that feels liberating. Want to know the best part about venting to your journal? No one has to know about what you’ve written unless you want them to! 

5 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination

5 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination

Have you ever felt like you had a million things to do but no idea where to begin? Have you ever put off something extremely important only to feel rushed and underwhelmed with your performance once you actually got started? Have you ever given up on something, a hobby, a project, a relationship because you just didn’t want to do what was necessary to revive it?

 

We’ve all been there. We’ve all struggled to figure things out. We’ve all scratched our head in confusion not knowing how to get ourselves away from the TV or Facebook or (insert your avoidance mechanism of choice here) so that we can move forward in our lives. 

 

I’ve got some tips for you! Here are some ways I’ve learned to beat procrastination and perfectionist tendencies and make decisions from an authentic, loving, respectful place! 

 

1. Ask yourself what you get out of doing this task.  

25 Ways To Get Through A Bad Day

25 Ways To Get Through A Bad Day

Bad days. The days when everything seems to go wrong. The times when you can’t seem to crack a smile. When you wake up frustrated, when the electricity goes off before you’ve had your morning coffee, when there’s construction on your morning drive and you end up late to work, when someone treats you horribly, when you have an argument with a loved one, when you get life changing bad news and you can’t focus on anything else… 

 

You’re having a bad day. 

 

They happen to us all! 

 

Recently, I had a long string of bad days.

How to Be Happy With Yourself and Find Joy In Your Life (In Any Situation)

How to Be Happy With Yourself and Find Joy In Your Life (In Any Situation)

Today, I want you to think about this one question:

 

How do you measure your happiness?

 

Life gives us so many experiences… so many moments to decipher and interpret. And sometimes our immediate reaction is to see the frustration in that experience. Sometimes we jump right into analyzing the situation and focusing on the things that make us cringe or sigh or tense up. We see that something will be challenging, something will take too much time, something will make us uncomfortable, something will cost too much money, something isn’t working and we have no clue how to fix it. 

 

But how often do we look at the moments in our lives (all of them) and look for the beauty?

What Do You Believe Is Possible for Your Life?

What Do You Believe Is Possible for Your Life?

THE GOOD LIFE: MYTH OR FACT?

 

Tell the truth. Have you ever told yourself that the good life doesn’t exist? Have you ever chosen to believe that something you wanted was too good to be true? Have you ever stopped pursuing something you were excited about because it seemed improbable? Have you ever told yourself that only certain people were allowed to be 110% happy and that you simply weren’t one of the chosen ones?

How to Find Your Passion and Discover What You Love In Life

How to Find Your Passion and Discover What You Love In Life

1. Pay Attention To Your Life. 

When was the last time you actually thought about everything you did in a day after it was over? So many of us are in a hurry to put the day behind us when it’s over. We just want it all to be over and done with. We want to rush to the next day, or the next week, all along hoping that things will improve. All along impatiently waiting for our next weekend or our next vacation.

We run through the same old habits and rituals day after day - hardly paying attention to what we’re doing. How many of us have experienced that feeling of getting to your destination not even remembering the drive?

10 Reasons to Let Go of Situations That Are Causing You Pain

10 Reasons to Let Go of Situations That Are Causing You Pain

Why do we choose to hold on to things that cause us pain? 

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does it… 

Don’t leave me hanging here… You do it too. I know it. 

I know it because holding on is part of being a human. It’s part of wanting to be connected to other people. It’s part of craving belonging. Holding on makes us feel like we have control over, well, everything. 

Holding on makes us feel like we can force our way into the result we want. If we just work a little harder. If we just suck it up a little longer. If we could simply stick it out until something changes…

There’s just one little problem with these ideas...

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On Your Dreams

It’s time to get fired up. It’s time to embrace that little voice inside of you that’s been saying “You’ve gotta do this.” It’s time to follow your curiosity until it becomes an obsession. It’s time to jump in, feet first, unafraid and excited for what’s to come. 

 

How much time do you waste wondering about the what-ifs of a situation? How much time do you spend thinking that you should play it safe until you know for sure that something will work out? I’d be willing to bet that you spend way more time waiting than you spend taking action. You might even spend more time worrying about other people’s reactions to your life choices than you spend getting in touch with how you feel about your life. 

How to Discover Your Passion and Find Out What You Really Want In Life

How to Discover Your Passion and Find Out What You Really Want In Life

Why haven’t you done what you want yet?

Seriously. 

Do you wake up in the morning, dragging yourself out of bed, kicking and screaming your way to some occupation that drains your energy and leaves you upset and confused? (By occupation I mean how you spend your time, whether it’s a job, school, a relationship, a hobby, or none of those… you’re occupying your time with something, right?) Do you ever wonder if there’s more to life than running from one necessity to another?