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If you put a flea in a jar and put a lid on the jar, initially the flea will jump around and hit it's head on the lid of the jar for a certain period of time until it learns the boundaries of the jar. After a few days the fleas learn the limitations of where the lid is, and you can remove the lid from the jar but the flea will continue to jump at the adjusted height, and never jump out again because it's been conditioned by its environment.
Humans are like fleas. We start out young, confident, and have dreams and aspirations. Along the way, our thinking conditions us to operate and live within the limitations of our environment, and we begin to adjust to the limits others have set for us as if we are fleas in the jar. We have limiting paradigms about our work, house, boss, economy, family, self - that are keeping us in the jar even when there are no limitations.
When we operate within limiting paradigms we are confined and limited in ways we...
Have you had a chance to watch the replay of Thursday's live workshop? It's coming down tomorrow, so be sure to find some time to watch before it's gone. In the Q&A at the end, we answer some very specific questions about what IS and IS NOT working online and we share our best advice for how to get started with an online offering from scratch.
And along the lines of what is NOT working, we see so many people making false assumptions about what it takes to meditate. They talk themselves out of it before they even start!
We're debunking the 4 BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT MEDITATION, right now..
Do you believe these four major myths about meditation and what it takes to enjoy daily meditation practice?
I see so many people making false assumptions about what it takes to have a daily meditation practice. They talk themselves out of it before they even start!
I’m debunking the 4 BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT MEDITATION, right now...
Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of women who struggle with worry, anxiety, and self-criticism. They’re smart, driven, wonderful women who do so many things right.
And you know what I’ve noticed? They are all making the same mistakes that are jeopardizing the most important relationship in their lives, the one with themselves. You spend more time with the voice in your head than anyone else in your life, so you might as well make the relationship a loving one.
So today, I want to discuss the three most common mistakes in the hopes that discussing them will help you recognize the behaviors in your own life! And offer some alternatives that just might feel a whole lot better.
We tend to worry about the future and project all of the “worst case scenarios” playing out in our minds. Instead, imagine how everything could work out better than you ever imagined. Your mind literally doesn’t know the...
The holidays can be a stressful time of year - especially in a year like 2020! Whether you’re dealing with re-arranging travel plans or taking care of family members, you may be wishing for nothing other than just some peace of mind. But how do you find that amidst all the hustle and bustle of daily life?
First, remember that lasting inner peace can’t come from anything or anyone outside of you. It must be cultivated within. Just like any other mental state or skill, you have the ability to strengthen the “peace muscles” in your brain.
The more you practice intentionally creating a peaceful state in your mind, the easier it will be for you to feel it next time. Your brain will create neural shortcuts to navigate life from this space of calm rather than through overwhelm and stress - whether through the holidays or any other time of year. And when you gain that sense of peace, it will be much easier for you to become a source of it for others!
Self-care was never meant to be selfish. It can actually be a gift to everyone else in your life. As the season of giving is upon us, your inbox may be piling up with Amazon wishlists and gift ideas to deliver to your loved ones’ doors. Yet amidst trying to find the *perfect* presents, we often forget how easily we can give those we care about gifts that will last them a lifetime.
Self-care refers to anything that helps you maintain strong mental, physical, and emotional health so that you can be your best self regardless of what life brings your way. And while it may seem counter-intuitive, your own self-care practice can become a gift to another.
How? By choosing to share your self-care journey with another and offering to help them on theirs, you can help them build positive habits that will improve their well-being!
Committing to taking better care of yourself by integrating positive habits into your days - such as a workout routine or a daily meditation...
We all want the next year to be better than the last - with 2020 being an even more special case than most years! As you start thinking about how you want next year to unfold for you, you may already have some goals in mind that you’re wanting to achieve. No matter how small or big these goals are, there is one mental skill you can start strengthening right now to help you make manifesting much easier: the ability to focus and direct your attention.
Your attention is a precious resource. Almost everyone in your life is constantly competing for it! Just think of all the companies that target you with ads as you scroll through your Facebook feed or those TV moderators who beg you to stick around for the next piece of “breaking news.” Business and media understand the power of attention because they know it drives action.
What you choose to give your attention to affects the decisions that shape your life on a daily basis. This includes the actions you take (or...
We share this planet with over seven billion other people. Yet many of us still find ourselves feeling lonely. It is no wonder that in a year of lockdowns, quarantines, and severe travel restrictions, people are feeling more isolated than ever.
According to a survey from last year – even before the pandemic - more than three in five Americans reported feeling lonely. We are social creatures after all. Feeling lonely is a natural part of longing to experience our shared human connection.
The irony of loneliness is that you can feel lonely even if you are in a crowd of people. Perhaps you sometimes feel misunderstood, or as if you’re the “odd one out.” When we feel like no one understands us or that we’re going through things on our own, that sense of loneliness is deepened. So what are some ways to move through these feelings into a greater sense of connection and meaning? The first is to understand where loneliness stems from.
If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s to not take the little things for granted. Lockdowns and quarantines are making us appreciate the things that just a year ago seemed so normal.
Who would’ve ever thought that our ability to hang out with friends and colleagues, to attend concerts and sports events, or to travel would be so severely restricted?
Gratitude can truly transform every aspect of our lives - especially in crazy times like these. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of its science-based benefits before. But just in case you haven’t - here is a brief summary based on the findings of Dr. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading gratitude expert.
Practicing gratitude on a consistent basis can help you:
We all want to know that our life has made a difference. Feeling a sense of purpose doesn’t just make our days more meaningful and joyful. According to research, it can also help us live longer. The sooner you uncover and start living in line with your purpose, the more you potentially increase the odds of outliving your ancestors.
Living with a sense of purpose is ultimately about living for someone or something larger than just yourself. It doesn’t necessarily have to be related to a job or a non-profit organization. For many people, it means making a difference in the lives of their loved ones – being the best mother, spouse, or friend they can be. Yet many others feel most fulfilled when they are part of a larger mission - whether an existing one or their own.
So how do we connect with our purpose amidst our busy lifestyles? How do we figure out how our natural passions can become a pathway to helping others and then fearlessly step in that direction?
The importance of mental health is increasingly coming to the forefront of people’s minds. And with this, so is the attention to mindfulness. New scientific findings continually confirm the effectiveness of mindfulness in helping to reduce stress and boost health and happiness. So what exactly is mindfulness and how can you bring it into your days so you can feel more peace regardless of what goes on in your life?
Mindfulness is the practice of coming fully into the present moment. It’s a way of experiencing life as it is without resistance. While we would like to think otherwise, a lot of the stress and tension we feel in our lives is self-induced. When we resist what is, we feel disempowered. Through mindfulness, that resistance can melt away as we learn to be more accepting while also taking more responsibility for our own happiness.
Whether your intention is to not get stressed so easily, to be more focused, or to be kinder to yourself or others, mindfulness is a...