I struggled with the debilitating pain of arthritis for about 4 years. I lost the ability to do things I loved, like playing with my kids, doing yoga and hiking. I couldn't even hold a glass full of water — it was so bad I had to get plastic cups and drink with a straw. Rolling over in bed took all my courage cause it hurt so bad. I felt like a victim and was sad, scared, ashamed and angry.
However, something astounding happened when I began my meditation journey 2 years ago.
I recently came across something that gave me chills when I read it:
Recent research shows that bees are attracted to the energy in flowers, not their color or fragrance. When flowers bloom, they give off an energetic vibrational frequency to attract pollinators (our friends - the butterflies, hummingbirds & the bees). The pollinators use their superpower antennae to detect those vibrations and make a match. Once the flower has been pollinated, it lowers it's energetic frequency to let the pollinators know to give to another flower friend.
How cool is that? It made me think - if The Universe is so perfectly supporting this tiny slice of life, can I choose to believe that I am supported just as perfectly?
"Connection is the energy that exists between when they feel seen, heard and valued."
As you know, this month at Anchor we're all about the importance ofconnection. We have been so amazed at all the ways we've connected with you over the past few weeks - and can't wait to keep it up!
What I've realized is that in our world today it's easy to make surface-level connections. It's much less uncomfortable or time consuming to scroll through someone's Facebook feed rather than ask how they are doing. It's easier to skim the surface than get deep.
At Anchor, we thrive off of creating space for those deep connections. And, science backs us up - everything is better when shared in person.
"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.
"When you focus on the good, the good gets better."
Our environment has a large impact on how we view the world.
It doesn't matter whether it's the state of your home, or what you consume on social media. There's no denying that our environment, online or in real life, affects our mood, our thoughts and how we interact with others.
"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.
"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).
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.