• The downside of daily meditation: because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes. #meditation #mindfulness #awareness #selfdiscovery #wellness #wellbeing #personalgrowth #personaldevelopment
    Personal Development,  Self-Care

    The downside of daily meditation. Because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes.

    In last week’s post, I shared about some of the (more pleasant or “positive”) shifts I’ve been noticing over the last two and a half months of meditating daily. I realize now (thanks to a friend and meditation mentor) that I didn’t really paint a complete picture of what’s been going on.

    So I wanted to take some time this week to broaden the picture and share about the downside of a daily meditation practice. Because meditating daily isn’t (and hasn’t) been all textbook zen and perfect.

    I also want to clarify that these observations are based on a decade-long practice of meditation and even longer time spent observing my thoughts and behaviors.

    Additionally, it may help to consider last week’s post to be POINT, while this week’s post is COUNTERPOINT. Or light versus shadow. In other words, the things mentioned below are all opposite sides of the same coin. (I promise it will make sense as you read on. Well, I hope it does. 😂)

  • The ease and the struggle of a daily meditation practice. An honest reflection of the impact a daily meditation practice can have. #meditation #selfcare #mindfulness #shadowwork #wellness #mindset
    Personal Development,  Self-Care

    The difference a little meditation can make.

    Back on April 3rd of this year, I embarked upon my 3rd 100 Day Project (!!). For someone who wasn’t sure she could do anything for 100 days in a row without flaking out, that feels like a pretty epic accomplishment.

    In previous years I’ve focused my time and energy on blogging (year 1) and yoga (year 2). This year, I thought I was going to spend my time painting faces but at the last minute decided to go with meditation instead. Daily meditation was something I really wanted to do, and knew that I needed to do, but didn’t think I’d actually commit to doing it daily without some sort of accountability (even if it was just to myself).

    So, meditation it was.

    I am happy to report that I’ve been meditating every single night for the past 70+ even though I haven’t been sharing about my journey much. I have been learning a lot through my practice and thought that it would only be fitting to share about it now that I am over two-thirds of they way through my 100 days.

    Better late than never, right?

  • Personal Development

    4 of my favorite tools for personal growth

    I wanted to share with you some of the tools for personal growth that I’ve been using as of late to get a handle on my time and be more intentional about where my energy is going. There are four tools in particular that have had a huge impact on my life and my mood: tarot, automatic writing, meditation, and weekly planning.

    What I love most about these tools is how they help me feel grounded and get me to connect with parts of myself that I don’t often connect with. They also help me to slow down and savor my experiences (especially with my daughter), to be more aware of the thought patterns and stories that I carry around with me, and to pay more attention to what I need to function at my best in the world.

    In the last few months that I’ve been doing these things, I feel like I am more organized and on top of things, I know what’s expected of me, and I’m more intentional and planful about how I’m showing up. And when I don’t do them, I notice a huge difference. I feel more scattered and unsure of what to do with my time.

  • 30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude
    Gratitude,  Personal Development,  Self-Care

    30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

    Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework.

    I’ve journaled when it was just me, and I’ve even managed to journal daily with two businesses to run and a toddler who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day. I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

    Wherever life has taken me, I’ve always found my way back to the pages of my journal. Because I know that when I’m able to sit down and write, I FEEL the difference. I have incredible a-ha moments, insights a-plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am way more grounded.

    And then, I found gratitude journaling.

    It literally turned my entire world around. First, through the experience of keeping a Miracle Journal based on the ideas found in Melody Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days*. A few years later, I stumbled upon another life-changing book called Thank & Grow Rich* by Pam Grout. I spent the better part of a week writing down 100 things each day that I was grateful for.

    Each experience cracked me open and helped me connect more deeply with myself and the world around me. Which is why I wanted to create a way for others to experience the joys of journaling and a daily gratitude practice. Consider this the best of both worlds, as each prompt will help you explore a different facet of your life and beliefs, all while expressing a little gratitude for it all. 

  • Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers
    Gratitude,  Personal Development,  Self-Care

    Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

    I’ve always had a bit of a temper. As a kid, whenever I’d get in trouble I would storm out of the room screaming, run to my bedroom and slam the door as hard as I could, crank up my stereo to peak volume, and yell about the injustice of it all.

    I wish I could say that I’ve outgrown that response as an adult, but I’d be lying.

    Up until a year or so ago, I would reenact the same behavior of my youth — screaming, yelling, and carrying on while muttering choice words under my breath, slamming doors, and cursing up a storm. I would eventually calm myself down after a healthy stress cleaning session and go on with my day. The only difference being the extreme guilt and shame I would feel after all was said and done.

    For a long time, I believed that my anger was justified. It was always over how someone slighted me or didn’t take my needs into consideration. I always had at the ready at least 15 different ways that the other person had botched it or times where they had done something similar and equally insensitive.

    It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I saw my anger for what it was: toxic and incredibly self-serving.

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