Meditation

Learn How To Meditate

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Do you know how to meditate? When we escape from our thoughts and concerns, we’re allowing ourselves to bring stillness to our minds. This is known as meditation. Meditating can be very challenging to master. We’re all capable of accomplishing by practicing. Understand, meditation is a journey. The purpose is to calm the mind, achieve inter peace, and reach a higher spiritual dimension. You don’t necessary have to sit in a dark room for an hour to reap the benefits of relaxation. You can train your mind to focus solely on your breathing when you need to bring stillness to your thoughts. Start by inhaling deeply, follow by exhaling with the same flow. Bringing your attention solely on your breath, feel your chest raise and fall while your lungs expand and deflate. If your minds starts to wonder with distracting thoughts, channel them by chanting a mantra of choice. Silently repeat the mantra over and over to yourself as you meditate, allowing the word or phrase to whisper through your mind.

For those who are new to meditation, it’s especially important to avoid distractions while practicing. Turn off the TV, your phone, and remove yourself from loud noises. You can listen to calming music or the sound of a small water fountain running. Your meditation space does not need completely silent. All you need is the ability to concentrate on yourself for how ever long you choose to meditate. You should try and meditate at the same time every day. This way your meditation will quickly become a part of your everyday routine and you will feel its benefits much more profoundly.

Join me everyday this week tracking your experiences with meditation. Let us know what benefits you have seen.

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Always Do Your Best

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Dealing with a head cold last week; I had to push myself to keep going each day. I wanted to stay in bed and sleep the sickness away. Boy do I wish I was rich enough to just shut off my phone, ignore my emails, and forget about all my bills. Unfortunately that’s not my life and I have to work when I’m sick. I used a lot of mental strength to get me through each day, determined to do my best as if I was healthy. Telling myself this too shall past and I’ll be back to my normal self soon enough. Thinking positively about my sickness and how this will only make me stronger. If I can continue to do my best I’ll prove to myself that I can do what ever I set my mind to. 

I’m about 90% better. My love for seeing myself succeed is undeniable and I’m not stopping until, I can ignore my emails or the world because I’ll have freedom of time and money.

“Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”-Miguel Ruiz

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What Is Beauty?

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Beauty is whatever you believe it to be. A sight you see or words you hear. The beauty about life is you’re in control of what you see as beauty. This past Saturday I attended a yoga session on the bluff of Long Beach, Ca. 50 plus attended, practicing together next to the Pacific Ocean. Connecting together; while encouraged to unite within yourself. Releasing built up tension from a busy week. Pushing my thoughts out of my mind and focusing only on me for that hour. I concentrated on listening, ignoring my thoughts about my week of woes. Breathing with the feel of the winds that were blowing through me. I was able to see beauty within myself while thanking myself for being myself. Listening to what my body was telling me through each different pose. Not letting anything get in the way with my beautiful moment to myself, for myself. Once practice was over I felt rejuvenated, satisfied, and happy I went. Even though I hadn’t been there for a few weeks; it didn’t matter because I went today.

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Yoga on the bluff in Long Beach, Ca

Later, stumbling across the internet, I came across a phenomenal young lady. Stephanie Fernandez. A self-taught freelance makeup artist. Seeing makeup in her own unique ways. From fantasy looks, to film, and using objects to describe her moods. The way she paints her vivid thoughts onto her body is a masterpiece. What an inspirational young lady. Visit her website  here.

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No one in this world we live in is the exact same. That’s the beauty about life.

When you look at yourself in a mirror. What do you see as beauty?

What Motivates You?

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Does fitting into a size smaller dress you bought at a bargain price, motivate you to work out?  How about challenging co-works to the biggest weight loser?  Whatever you use to push yourself, we all still need positive encouragement to stay focused on our goals.  If you don’t have  a reliable workout partner to drag your butt to the gym, you can use other strategies to keep you centered.

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Create a workout playlist with upbeat music. I listen to Workout-Dance/Pop created by Natasha Hussein. Listening to music while changing can jump-start your warm up. You’ll be dancing to the beats, pumping yourself up for a great workout ahead.  Also burning calories before you start your workout routine.  Visualize wearing that smaller size dress, strutting your stuff as admirable compliments flow.  Picture a healthier you while imagining how great you’re going to look as you drop those extra pounds. You can even use a role model to help with transitioning to a healthier you. Whom do you admire most?  Post a picture somewhere where you can look daily to remind you why won’t give up until you see results.

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Beyonce is my inspiration

Stay far away from negative people while you’re focusing on an improved exterior.  They can have a toxic effect on your interior and cause you to lose track of what’s really important.  Which is self-gratification.  Hey, I don’t write these blog posts for nothing. Use this blog as a tool, knowing I’m here with you struggling in the same life battles.  We can be each others support system. We can do it!

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How Not To Hit Or Yell During A Hostile Situation

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Ever hear the expression “Patience is a virtue”? This method can be challenging when you’re in a heated situation. The phrase tells us to gather our thoughts and pause before reacting. Frustration, desperation, evil thoughts, or dealing with an antagonizing individual requires deeper thoughts than the surface. During an agitated moment we overcome these obstacles by not letting the problem get the best of our character.  People will push our buttons, scream in our face, belittle our intelligence with insults, or put their hands on us. If we engage in this behavior we’re allowing the situation to get the best of us. Ultimately it puts us in danger.

Once I started practicing Yoga I’ve learned how to focus on my breathing. Yoga taught me to breath deeply when my heart rate is racing uncontrollably. I over came my struggles with anxiety.  Using this exercise brings stillness to my mind and calms a stressful situation for me. Focusing only on my breathing and not frustration really helps with walking away when I’m angry, listening to others without rebuttal, and taking control of the situation at hand. Yes, we all want to set people straight and give them a piece of our minds, but what does fighting accomplish?

Next time you’re dealing with negative gossip among co-workers, road rage, a disagreement with your life partner, or any difficult problem. Take a moment to breathe through it. Try counting to three when you inhale and exhale. Doing so will give you clarity and assist in making the right decision.

How do you overcome a hostile situation?

Wednesday Wellness

Benefits Of Protein Shakes To Start Your Week

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How many people are actively keeping up with their fitness regimen? So far, I haven’t even started this year. I’m ready today though! Started my Monday Me off right; with a protein shake and 40 minute workout. The protein shake had: beef protein powder, almond milk, banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, dash of cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Protein shakes have many essential nutrients and benefits for your health. Read more about the benefits of protein shakes for women here.

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Ever get the feeling you’re lacking in energy and performance? Or your clothes are starting to fit differently than before? Yeah, that’s how I’m feeling now… And enough is enough! Just like I stated before “Time to get it right and tight“. The holiday’s are over and I have a 10 pound New Years Resolution to complete. I spoke with a personal trainer the other day, explaining how I wanted to go cold turkey, by starting a 5 day cleanse. He explained to me it might be very difficult to carry out and I should slowly curve my appetite. Taking his advice: I’m cutting out all deserts, no curbs, no red meats, only seafood, drinking more water, no liquor, and working out at 6am every morning this week.

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I urge others to join me this week by cutting out unnecessary foods from your body. Who’s with me?

Wednesday Wellness with Meditation

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With Christmas right around the corner are you starting to fill overwhelmed? How about completing your end of the year reports? When you start to feel like the world around is starting to close in; take a moment to Meditate. Inhale and exhale deeply to bring stillness to your mind. By doing so: will help improve your concentration for a clearer mind, less bothered by little things, better health, and making you more productive.

Meditation is about consciousness. Giving yourself the feeling of inner peace. Meditating requires practice! Taking 10 minutes each day to meditate is highly recommended. Yes it is challenging to relax our thoughts-although you can concentrate on just focusing on not thinking about your current situation and only focusing on your breathing.

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t attain a silent mind at first. It takes time and practice. Just keep in mind-it gives you a chance to just focus on you; and bring you back to center. tumblr_m2l6r5Vizx1ru1nxuo1_500

-Namaste

Do you practice meditation? If so how do you meditate?

 

Wednesday Wellness

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Life is a challenge! One thing I have noticed is my focus is everywhere, but on myself. If you aren’t the best; how can you be the best for others? This section will bring you back to center. We will incorporate spirituality; through mantras, scents and all things that make you feel comfortable. In order to feel the best, YOU have to be surround by IT. Spirituality,a clean house, a bubble bath, a good book and most important something bigger than you is key. I don’t care who or what you believe in, but everyone needs a higher power or belief they can indulge in. This section is about feeling good: everything from candles and bubble baths to mantras and yoga poses. Use #wednesdaywellness to connect spirituality with others.

by Elise R.

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