You started the year with great intentions, boundless energy, and ambitious goals. Yet, today you may find yourself back at square one. And on top of that, you’re beating yourself up for the lack of progress. If you’ve veered off your path, it’s not too late to get back on track. Follow these two simple steps, including a meditation for self-compassion.
The holiday season does not have to put such a heavy strain on your wallet, your schedule, or your sanity. Consider these gift ideas that offer a mindful state of being and a positive impact on the giftee’s life, even just in some small way. They range from $6-$50 in price, so they won’t break your bank either.
It’s healthy to strive for excellence, but perfectionism can set you back in more ways than one. And learning that less-than-perfect and excellence can coincide harmoniously is a useful lesson. Whether you’re a full-on perfectionist or just have some tendencies, this meditation will help you loosen up and let it go.
Meditation is a simple, effortless process for some, but can feel like a daunting challenge for others. If you’re struggling to get over the hump of beginning a practice, start with some alternative activities—like playing music and coloring— that can incite a clearer state of mind. Here are some ideas.
If you’ve ever felt your blood pressure rise behind the wheel or on public transport, you may need to learn how to upgrade your commute. 500 million people around the world commute to work, for 40 minutes on average—each way. Not only that, but many consider it the worst part of their day. If you’re […]
Contrary to popular belief, meditation is simple to learn. You can learn without a teacher and at your own pace. There are myriad techniques and as you begin to cultivate this wonderful habit, you will eventually stick to a technique that works best for you. By setting aside between two and five minutes each day, […]
When I was young, my mom had a terrible fear of flying. She would clench up on the way to the airport, gasp during the smallest air pocket mid-flight, and sigh with utter relief when we deplaned. Needless to say, we did not fly often. Looking back, I wish I had known what I know […]
Want to reap the benefits of a mindfulness practice, but can’t seem to sit still? Meditation is the most studied and well-known tool to for mindfulness, but it’s not the only one. You can practice doing anything with 100 percent of your attention to find a mindful state of being. Check out one of these non-traditional ways […]
The different seasons lend themselves to different perspectives and activities. To me, the beginning of spring marks the most palpable change in the year. Visibly, our surroundings change in dramatic ways—there are more hours of daylight, flowers blossom, trees turn a bright green. Spring also sparks a certain feeling of excitement. As temperatures rise, we […]
Your heart rate speeds up … your blood pressure soars … your breathing gets shallow … your palms start sweating … your mind begins to spin … sounds familiar? These are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight. The next two things I say shouldn’t surprise you: 1. Our culture […]