The terms mindfulness and mindful living seem to be popping up everywhere, but what is mindfulness?
I describe mindfulness in two simple words: Pay attention. When we pay attention with all our senses, we are then present 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”.
The concept has been around for centuries, originating from Eastern philosophies, but today a number of factors are propelling more people toward the practice as consumers develop a quasi-Zen desire to experience everything in a more present, conscious way—Mindful Living.
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This week, let our mantra be: “I Quiet My Mind And Listen To My Soul”
I look back at my medical training, and there was never a moment to stop thinking. It was about reading and memorizing large amounts of material. Then, I chose to specialize in neurology. Amongst all of the medical specialties, we pride ourselves on our ability to overanalyze everything. So, to tell me to quiet my mind seems contradictory to everything I have ever learned.
Many of my clients in law, business, and education share the same type of training which results in always thinking, analyzing, and problem solving. Insert our hyper connected digital world and it’s no wonder that “our minds never turn off”.
What are the symptoms of analysis paralysis?
1. Repeated thoughts of a task, problem, or situation circling in your mind without a solution in sight.
2. An inability to shut off that “to-do” list prior to going to sleep,
3. Waking up with your to-do list pushing you out of bed at full steam ahead...
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This past weekend a wave of self-pity started to drown me. I know first-hand that when our minds are tuned to a negative frequency, our bodies will soon respond with deteriorating health symptoms. The self-pity stemmed from the fact that I realized I am 40 days away from turning 40. I’d love to tell you that I am mindfully accepting my aging process with grace, but I am having moments when I am struggling with self-doubt. I drove to yoga teacher training in a flood of tears and negative emotions, including “I’m too old to be doing this” followed by a feeling of fatigue that just washed over me.
What does this have to do with yoga teacher training? I’ve not been in the studio for a couple of weeks because I’ve been tired. But sitting on the yoga mat, I realized that the fatigue was coming from feeling down about my age. A negative and distracted mind harbors self-doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety.
Let our mindful mantra this week be: “I choose peace over panic.”
Do you ever feel like your day is controlling you, even if everything was scheduled perfectly on your Google calendar? Last week I launched my first national online program, “Heal Your Headaches.” Despite months of careful planning, with just hours to go before the first live broadcast everything started to malfunction technically. I mean everything- the “top of the line” program used to host webinars, my wireless internet connection, software on my laptop, and most importantly my mind.
With each minute on hold for technical support, my panic levels were rising. I could feel every muscle of my neck and shoulders tighten up and a massive tension headache coming on. As the headache set in, my voice was becoming more rapid and tense. How could I soothe others who suffer from headaches in this state?
When people hear me speak or read my blog, I get often get asked, where do these mindful mantras come from? My real life. I try to take mindfulness from my meditation mat into daily living. And like meditation, it is a practice. Our minds can be a sponge for negative emotions and thoughts. A mantra is a phrase or affirmation. Repeating these positive phrases can not only elevate the mood, but also change our perspective on how we cope with external circumstances.
Can you imagine letting go of stress and anxiety and feeling a sense of relief or inner peace? I am a neurologist with expertise in mind-body medicine physician. After years in traditional medicine, I have seen clients over-stressed which results in physical and mental illness like heart disease, depression, chronic pain, headaches or migraines, lost time with family, loss of income, divorce.
I empower busy professionals to find work-life balance by teaching the science behind mindful living. If you haven't noticed, the hot topic that everyone is talking about is "mindfulness". As our lives and careers become more chaotic, we seem to have lost connection to ourselves and our families. Mindful living helps to address this issue. With my background in neurology, I have an understanding of how the brain works. I have designed programs revolving around the science behind mindfulness proving that stress reduction techniques can help people cope with chronic disease, reduce stress, increase happiness, and connect to inner peace.
I work with individual clients as a certified health and wellness life coach at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, FL as well as work with clients from all over the country virtually.
I speak to corporate audiences, women's groups, and non-profit organizations through keynote lectures, workshops, and retreats.Read More