As a part of our global mindful living community, I know I am not alone in having to stand in the face of fear. Tests appear in all of our lives, right? Maybe it is having to hear a diagnosis of chronic health issue, walking away from a stable paycheck to become an entrepreneur, or ending a relationship that is no longer filling your heart with love.
What is the difference between the mindset of people who can stand up to those fears and those who buckle under the pressure? It is not the lack of courage. Courage lies deep within all of us, we just have to learn how to cultivate it during times of darkness.
Meditation gurus have known the impact of mindfulness beyond the meditation mat for centuries.
For the last few years, mindfulness is gaining attention in the news headlines and the scientific community. The health benefits of meditation for high blood pressure, sleep and depression are widely accepted in adults. But what about our children? Is there a simple way to improve math scores in children without all the stress of complicated homework, tutors, test anxiety?Read More
What is mindfulness? Why Should I be mindful?
I describe mindfulness in two simple words: “pay attention”. When we pay attention with all of our senses, we are then present in the current moment. By being in the current moment, our minds are not ruminating about the past or worried about the future. Modern psychology defines mindfulness as “bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis.”
"Worrying is betting against yourself"
This past month I was inspired by one of my clients who is an elementary school teacher at a school where financial and social challenges weigh heavily on the young children. She created a "Worry Jar" with empty pieces of paper next to it and placed it on her desk. At the start of the school day, she reminded students to write down any worries (anonymously) to get rid of them out of their minds. She would then "throw their worries" away. Initially, the children were shy to come up and take a piece of paper, because no one wanted to admit they were the "only person" who worried.
The next morning everyone got a piece of paper at their desk with the instructions to write one thing that was worrying them that day. It was no surprise that everyone (teacher included)started to feverishly scribbled their worries away. The lesson is everyone has worries- small, big, or overwhelming.Read More
Is it time for a brain break this afternoon?
Do you reach that point in the afternoon where you feel like you are dragging a little bit? It is about that time in the afternoon where we all start to lose a little focus, slow down, and maybe even get distracted by Twitter (guilty as charged!).
It is too easy to reach for chips, processed foods and coffee. I welcome you stop and give yourself a brain break. What is a brain break? It is giving your brain permission to rest and refuel through nutrition, mindfulness, and shifting your mindset.