Busting Meditation Myths

"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour."

It's easy to think that meditation just isn't for you. I often hear from others that they just can't sit still for more than 5 minutes, or you have too many thoughts racing through your mind.

Before I began meditating daily, I had similar fears and misconceptions. Truth be told - I didn't start a regular meditation practice until 2 years ago, so I remember the struggle I had in seeing myself as a meditator.

So, in today's newsletter I'm going to do some meditation myth-busting. And, even if you have a strong meditation practice - I encourage you to share this list with one person in your life who believes they can't meditate and watch the magic happen.

This month, we are celebrating YOU!

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."

Since opening Anchor 5 months ago, I've realized that the community you surround yourself with is more important than ever. 

Which is exactly why I decided to build Anchor Meditation - to create a community of like-minded folks who want to experience this journey of growth...together. 

Why you don't always need a plan

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you need to just breathe, let go and trust that everything will work out."

Who says that we need to plan every second of every day?

I often feel "lazy" if I don't send that last email (just one more!), or use up every second of that free hour. If you're like me, it's easy to feel like a failure if we're not constantly the most proactive, the most involved, or the most efficient. 

How learning to trust will change your life.

"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."

Our theme this month at Anchor is Trust - and trusting isn't always easy...especially when you can't see the path in front of you. 

In the midst of a difficult situation, we tend to overthink. We jump from point A to Z - running through every possible situation, mostly leaning towards the negative. The worst outcome possible (just in case). 

Trust - The Universe has your back

"You can only lose what you cling to."

This month at Anchor our theme is Trust

In our world today, one where it feels like almost everything is uncertain, trusting feels difficult to do. Whether it's fearing for our safety as citizens or the bubbling anxiety over everyday decisions, it can be hard to trust that everything is unfolding how it's meant to. 

But, it will. 

Commit to your rituals daily - it can change your life

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver every time."

As summer begins and schedules change, it's easy to slowly drift away from our daily rituals - those tiny actions we take that help us feel really, really good (or just get through the day).

For some of us, those rituals might be a morning workout. For others it might be a 15-minute meditation. And others (most of us) - just a few moments of silence will do the trick. Alone. 

But, staying committed to those rituals each day is difficult. Especially when schools out for summer or travel takes you away from your usual routine. 

So, what do you do then? 

Meditation Needs You

"Meditation is essential. In this modern day and age, it is no longer an option - it is a must."

What if everyone you knew - including yourself - set aside 5 minutes each day to be still?  To turn off their phones and get quiet?  To ground themselves and reflect on who they want to be - not what?

How different would our world be?

How to Release What No Longer Serves You

"Feel the feeling, but don't become the emotion. Witness it. Allow it. Release it."

...and we're back! 

Just like that, our Pause & Reset Challenge is officially over and classes are resuming again tomorrow. We hope you feel as relaxed and rejuvenated as we do!

Since we are entering a new month, a new season and a new chance to start with a clean slate, it felt fitting that our meditation theme this month is: Release. 

The Gift of Meditation

"The thing about meditation is...you become more and more you."

Hi friends,

It was about this time last year when the idea of Anchor came to me. I was driven by this deep desire to learn more about meditation after I noticed how a simple 10-minute at home practice made a huge difference in my sleep, my pain, my stress, my relationships, and my overall sense of well being.  

But, a little something was missing. I needed a community to share my practice with.

The Pause + Reset Challenge

"What if we recharged ourselves as often as we did our phones?"

There is power in quietness. In stillness. In pausing and reflecting. 

In our world today, it's easy for us to constantly be on the go. We are often running from work to the gym to cooking dinner without a breather. And, when we finally have the chance to slow down, we are so drained from our constant movement - we don't have the energy to reflect. 

So, here's a challenge for you to think about: What would happen if you took some time to recharge? 

Your best relationship is with yourself

"Love yourself first, because that's who you'll be spending the rest of your life with."

How often do you take yourself on a date? Pause to enjoy a few moments of quiet time? Give yourself permission to be alone?

Before I began meditating, the answers to these questions for myself were: almost never. I was too busy with the kids, with work, with my household--and all the things on my never-ending "to do" list.