The Practice of Presence
Inspirational Words to Supplement Your Mindfulness & Gratitude Pratice
Our lives may have gotten so full, and so complexed that many of us have forgotten how to be patient. Not only do we need to be reminded, we need to continually practice patience.
The “L.A.G.” are the 3 steps and the acronym I use to remind myself of what to do when I am feeling impatient. It is when I cannot stand to wait, and I truly DO NOT WANT TO WAIT that this practice comes in most useful.
“L.A.G.” is a distraction technique that is not a distraction at all but a way to deeply connect myself to a mindful, moment-to-moment practice of presence, and thus patience.
Whenever you are faced with less than stellar circumstances, you can always put a twist on a N.E.G.A.T.I.V.E.
The beautiful Tachi Wiltshire at Bajezen shares her experiences and wisdom practices in slaying negative vibes, turning them into positive energy that serves her being and soul.
If ever you find you are in a funk, give these practices consideration. These may just be the positive solution you are seeking.
I share my 1st steps in Europe, the beginning of a Parisan adventure. Despite all that appears foreign, I am accompanied by the undercurrent of good that underwrites my life.
Not knowing language or land, I find myself greeted by familiar souls, bridging the sacred past to the ever unfolding present.
In this post, I share my experience and the the five spiritual practices that have nursed and nurtured my personal growth. Through these 5 steps, I practice presence - staying connected to the ever present good that is life.
The facts tell all: to do lists, organizers, schedules, bullet journals, even recipes! Although these are tools for productive (and yummy 😋) living, we may be a bit attached. Rather than utilizing them as tools, we’ve become somewhat neurotic and dependent - our tools run us!! (Think about your smart phone 😬😳😱).
Check out these 6 audacious practices that help keep me ahead of the addiction to control. They “grow” me out of my comfort zone as I lean into the bliss that is my one precious life.
This awareness of breathing deeply is the beginning of a larger awareness of Self that is a blue print to what makes you tick.
The practice of slow, deep, intentional breathing is a window to better understand yourself: insight on what drives you, and what might be behind your actions.
Slowing down the breath may also hold the key to the mystery of life, providing profound insights to your soul’s purpose.
Stress can make us react, rather than respond to situations, people, places and things.
Reaction might cause us to snap, snap, and attack (even when we don’t mean to!). We all can become growly bears when we feel depleted right?
With story and insights, I share with you the SDB Method (TM) - Stop. Drop. and Breath Stress Response Method (TM) to help you come back to center.
Transitions and Every Day Grief: Instead of the monumental grief associated with the death of a loved one (of someONE), I want to address the subtle everyday grief, associated with the passing of a part of us that is no longer (of someTHING).
Everyday grief is what I would call “process grief.”
Process grief is the necessary process of letting go of people, places and things that once served us well. Yet, no longer serve us now.
Spring cleaning, love it or loathe it, is a good way to clear your mind, simplify your life and increase your productivity levels. I’ll admit, cleaning never sounds like the most exciting activity; however, it can be incredibly satisfying once completed.
Check out these 5 ways to declutter and how spring cleaning can have a dramatic impact on your health and wellbeing. Decluttering your surroundings enables the mind to be decluttered all at once.
H.A.L.T. :: Hungry . Angry . Lonely . Tired .
Just as a car needs fuel to run, so too, do the trinity of our body, mind, and spirit. We must make sure we are not running on empty.
When we feel drained, it is time to stop and refuel. To avoid breakdown and disaster, we can remember to stop and take care of ourselves. A great way to remember to yield - to STOP for self-care is to remember the word and acronym: HALT.
Home is where our heart is. In the journey home to the heart, we have ample opportunities to recognize the Truth of Our Being so that we can honor the authenticity of our soul's path, and who we’ve come to be.
Mastering these 7 powerful practices of courage requires commitment, consistency and even charisma! May this practice, along with insightful questions, lead you home to a greater awareness of your purpose and calling in life.
From where, or from whom, do you source your power?
True to the words, I define personal power as something deeply personal: Personal power is my own ability to influence, sway, relate to and utilize the power that courses through me, as me, within me to run my life in a way that empowers my living.
These 5 Guardrails to Happiness (TM) had helped me safeguard and reclaim my personal power, and I believe that with practice, you too can reclaim your happy too!
As Valentines Day approaches this year, I’ve been thinking about the value of this holiday. Negative perspectives have been springing up around our electronic consciousness (aka social media outlets) about this “sweet as a toothache” holiday.
These current rattlings in the world have inspired me to think deeper about the idea of Love and to invite my single friends to transform the negative stigma of Valentine’s Day for those uninvolved in romantic relationships....
These 11 questions were asked of me, and have inspired me to renew my commitment to my craft. In turn, I've got 11 original questions for you to (re)ignite your passion for getting out there and speaking your Truth.
A big Mahalo (Thank you in Hawaiian) to fellow island girl and heart-centered blogger, Tachi Wilshire for recognizing me and nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award allows the blogging community to support, promote and encourage one another, connecting us to our common bond: writing in the digital media space. For this privilege, I am honored, and humbled. Please visit these fabulous blogs on my list of nominations. They are AMAZING!!
Many of us act instinctively and may not even be aware that we're not in control of our reactions.
The irritation we feel may turn into agitation and then we become aggregated. Rather than reacting with agitation, irritation or even aggression, we might stop to take a breath, and tame that crazy reptile within!
Included in this article are the four steps to Taming Your Inner Reptile.
Success is a result of hard work. But, success is not me. It is no different than saying failure is not me.
What we do or not do does NOT determine our worth.
We are inherently worthy just as we come.
Coming home to ourself is a single conscious moment of awareness of where we are and what we are simply is. Rather than human doings, we live as human beings.
“Saying thank you as a spiritual practice does NOT mean “thanks for nothing” or as a comedic brush-off like the familiar American saying, “thank you, ma’am, may I have another.” Responding with Thank You is a way of honoring The Gift of the moment itself.”
Being grateful is not about the other. When we shift our perspective from victim to victor, we a live a life of awe - and bonafide miracles unfold before us. Gratitude allows us to accept, to release and to move on.
Today is the 1st day of 2018. The 526,600 minutes of the year is filled with ample opportunities to create the life you want.
The saying, “Today is the beginning of the rest of your life!” may seem more applicable today than any. Join me today (and this brand new year!) to reset, to get centered and clear on what’s yours to do.