It becomes so easy to do what you are doing because it’s safe – because that’s what you’ve always done, and you aren’t sure what might happen if you do something different…especially as life progresses and you find yourself with responsibilities, financial obligations, and dependents.

This week, we are asking you to take 10 minutes to sit with yourself and listen to the voice inside your head.

What is it telling you?

Perhaps it is encouraging you to make small changes (eat better, spend more time with family, spend more time at work), or perhaps it’s encouraging you to make a wild life change. Just sit and listen to what your voice is telling you.

What would life look like if you listened?

What is the best thing that can come from it?

What is the worst?

Your inner voice is controlled by your burning desires. It is the world trying to reach through your ego to help you find contentment and happiness. Listen in close and entertain what it is saying. It just might be the best thing you’ve ever done.

#courage #real #bekind #brave #coaching #truth #happiness #desire

We so often forget that our greatest strength is within ourselves.

When something challenges us, hurts us, or scares us, we most often look for external support. We asks our partners, our friends, our coaches, or complete strangers for advice and guidance. We cling to something or someone in hopes that their advice and strength will pull us through.

Yet, while that support can feel comforting and necessary in times of stress, we must train ourselves to stop looking outwards and start looking within.

Sit quietly and dig deep within you – you have the power and the strength to conquer even your darkest fears. You have helped so many others in your lifetime with getting through their struggles.

Gather that same energy – the strength, wisdom, and compassion – and channel it.

Ground yourself. Dig deep; find your strength.

You have everything you need to climb that mountain, to mend your hurting heart, and get back up. You can be your greatest support.


#courage #strength #challenge #wisdom #confidence

Maybe you’re new to mindfulness, or maybe you’re a seasoned vet of meditation — either way, there are things you have inevitably wondered about the practice of regular meditation. Today, we’ll dig those thoughts out of you and address them out in the open – because we are all thinking them!

To get started, let’s break down the difference between meditation and mindfulness.

Meditation involves training the mind, inducing a mode of consciousness to reflect, or to allow the mind to recognize its comfort in simply doing ‘nothing’

Mindfulness intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental focus of one’s attentions on emotions, thoughts, and sensations of the present

The difference? In their common form (sitting) – there is no difference. Though their origins drastically differ, they both involve the practice of breathing and detaching from our thoughts. Where they separate is in functionality – mindfulness can be applied to every day life, where as meditation is a practice that involves sitting contemplation.

As for those things you’ve been dying to know, here are 3 of the most common thoughts of mindfulness (and what you should really think!)

#1: There is no way I can sit still for more than 2 minutes. I have things to do, and sitting still is a waste of time.

THINK AGAIN! Sure, sitting for longer durations of time will take work – but it is possible. Start small…on day one, start with 5 minutes of sitting quietly. If you are successful with that, try to push it an extra two minutes the next day. Keep pushing it forward to aim for 10-15 minutes per day. And waste of time? Think again! Meditation and mindfulness have countless positive effects on your day – what you get out of that 15 minutes is going to be far more than what you may’ve missed doing in that time.

#2: No matter how hard I try, my mind always wanders when I try to focus. It is impossible to stop my mind from racing.

Think back to the definition of mindfulness we just gave you. Don’t be hard on yourself – that is most definitely the opposite of the purpose of the practice. When you notice that your mind has wandered, recognize it and bring your mind back to focus on meditating. This might happen once in your practice, or several times – your ability isn’t in how long you can quiet your mind. It is instead in mastering non-judgmental focus to your attention, emotions, and thoughts.

#3: People talk about meditating and mindfulness, but I think it is just a phase. It seems to be a trend all of the sudden.

Meditation has been around for thousands of years dating back to 1500 BCE. In more recent years, the practice has become more widespread in some western cultures, which contributed to the move towards practicing mindfulness, over meditation. The recent growth is a result of increased public discussion of the benefits of mindfulness, an increased interest in finding balance, and countless public figures expressing their personal gains from the practice. Will the trend and uptake continue? Who knows…but what we do know is that the benefits just keep adding up, so this is one bandwagon you’ll want to jump aboard!

What other thoughts have you had about meditation?

#meditation #surrender #mindfulness #nonjudgment #peace #love

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