Meditate- Choose your thoughts wisely

At first, I thought there was no way I could meditate. My mind is rich with thoughts at all hours oftentimes into the night. However much I read about the practice and even engaged in it during yoga I couldn’t quite get the equation. Until finally, determined to give it a try I decided to make it part of my morning ritual.

I bought a little sitting pillow, grabbed a lavender candle and created my meditation area, a space which permitted only my meditation. It wasn’t for anything else. The first morning I timed 15 minutes and made myself sit there. My mind wasn’t quiet, it was actually pretty difficult but I sat there encouraging my mind with positive affirmations about my life and my day.

The first week was a challenge, the second it got easier and little by little I started looking forward to my morning mentions. It was my time in the morning to say thank you to the universe for all the great people in my life, my health and my abundance.

Where your mind goes, energy flows.

Slowly meditation began to make a difference. Normally quick to anger, my responses were almost sedated. Conversations that would normally spiral downward were not doing so. Instead of reacting, I thought to myself, how important is this to me? Am I being kind or am I trying to be right? What will I gain? This dampened my reactions and I thought a lot more before speaking hastily. I started focusing on everything that was right and warded off thoughts that didn’t serve me.

I learned that when I give myself time to reasonably meditate and focus on my positive affirmations, my whole day is different. At first I thought this was hokie, now I realize this was a practice I’d only wish I’d known more about.

Meditation has taught me to focus on gratitude and that my day can be determined by the attitude I adopt before I leave the house. I can ask myself before responding to someone if my agitation is warranted and really, is it necessary? Sometimes we forget that we are here to help each other not to combat one another for minor details. Is it added pressure? No, when I act from my heart I feel greater authenticity. Even when the day isn’t the best, a concentrated effort towards the positive does make it better. Love you! Love yourself.

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Balance is the heartbeat of our day

Tons of people swear balance is key, but really what are some real practices to apply?

  1. Just do it. Quit talking yourself out of the things you need the most of. Stop the excuses, the long list of other things you could do instead and most importantly stop spending time in front of the TV wasting precious hours on sitcoms when you can be sharing moments with others.
  2. Meditate always. Meditation will keep you grounded and happy. How do you meditate you might ask? It took me awhile to figure this out. For me it was a matter of focusing on affirmations that I repeated out loud. This made me remember where to keep my focus on the most important goals of my life. It also taught me to treat circumstances with love and also to disregard time.
  3. Self care. By self care, for me and many women, I mean the rituals that make you feel like a woman. Whether it’s a body scrub or a massage or getting your nails done or having a facial or a long bath. Take a dance class or do something that feels utterly feminene. These are the ways you stay in touch with your feminene energy and dispel all the masculine energy we can’t seem but to absorb in today’s world. These are all ways to self care and love yourself that every woman needs to adopt and practice daily, weekly, monthly. Loving yourself is that important because as we all know to love others, you must love yourself first.
  4. Gratitude. Every morning I am in the habit of stating 3 things I am grateful for. Within those three things would range my pilates class, my abundance, my puppy’s health, my boyfriend’s smile.

Being in balance isn’t always a 100% game. Sometimes you can only do this 60/40% of the time or 80/20 or 20/80. Just remember that you can always return to this space to attain your balance.

Personally, today I’m developing all these habits again. It hasn’t been easy to remember that these rituals require maintenance so that I feel completely balanced and in love with myself. After all, the most important relationship is the one you have with you.

Stay in balance! Wishing you much health and happiness.

Eat Well. Sweat Often.

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