Do you ever power off?

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

I shouldn’t admit to this publicly, but the picture above is as close to a self-portrait as one can get without actually being in the picture. I am queen of having three different devices in front of me — computer, phone, and tablet — while simultaneously trying to read a book. The only difference is, I don’t drink coffee while doing it.

(What? I don’t like coffee.)

My husband always jokes and offers to hand me his phone, or to grab our daughter’s tablet, so that I can have another screen to look at. 

He laughs. 

I don’t.

Not because I don’t appreciate being poked fun of. (I do.) But because it’s symptomatic of a much larger issue for me: a feeling of always needing to be on and connected

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

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

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. 😂)

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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.

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