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8 Tips for Holiday Mindfulness
So often when planning for the holiday season we can get stressed. Whether dealing with family dynamics, planning to navigate holiday parties, or fitting in family time in busy holiday schedules. So I have put together a list of mindfulness tips to help reduce stress and bring a calming peace to your holiday season.
The connection between Mindfulness and Meditation
“Mindfulness” has become quite the buzzword in popular culture today. While we could argue that its vogue-like emergence is just another fashionable trend – embraced, paraded and glamorized by both health enthusiasts and socialites alike – I would suggest that what we are really seeing is something far more significant. I would also suggest that the practice of mindfulness itself actually has some very important implications for where our civilization is going.
What Wonder Woman Taught Me About Being An Empath
Like most women my age, I grew up with the awe-inspiring archetype of Wonder Woman.
I remember as a child feeling enamored and drawn to that character, a strong, powerful, magical woman, who was here to save the world.
In a sea of male Superheroes, she held her own, she stood her ground, she was sensitive and compassionate, she paved the way unapologetic and determined. Wonder Woman helped me to relate to myself as different, as at that point I didn’t know that I was an Empath; I just knew there was something ‘not the same’ about me.
Health Issues for Highly Sensitive People
In the fast-paced world in which we live, even the sturdiest people can face health issues. It stands to reason, then, that people who classify themselves as highly sensitive, or who identify themselves as Empaths, can struggle even more. It is now widely recognized by scientists, doctors, psychologists, and other healthcare practitioners that stress and toxicity in the body can lead to a whole host of health challenges, potentially leading to disease.
For the average person living life in a highly populated city, stress and toxicity abound, from food, water, and air quality to family obligations and a stressful work environment! Add to this the emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual toxicity that people also have to deal with, and you start to get the picture of why so many highly sensitive people struggle with their health, as we Empaths feel these toxic inputs at a much increased level.
Are You Grounded?
Grounding is the concept of having your consciousness fully engaged within your mental, emotional, and physical body. If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or an Empath, being present in the physical world is about the most important thing you can do to improve your quality of life. If you are ungrounded or reactive to your surroundings, you will be less effective at managing the increased information you receive every single day. This can lead to over-stimulation and hyper-sensitivity, which results in a reactive and defensive state of being. That's simply no fun for anyone.
Being Highly Sensitive in a Violent World
If you identify yourself as being a highly sensitive person (HSP) or an Empath, then the current energetic climate is probably pretty terrible for you. What you may experience is a growing sense of impending . . . well, that something really, really bad is about to happen. You probably can't quite put your finger on why you feel the way you do, and you may have thought more than once, ‘Am I going crazy?’ or ‘What the hell is wrong with me?’
On Being An Empath
If you often feel over-sensitive, highly emotional, and exceptionally intuitive, then you may just be an Empath.
For many of us living with heightened sensitivities, emotional acuity, and deep intuition, we struggle to find the relevance, meaning, and acknowledgment we so deeply yearn for. Instead we are often met with comments such as “You’re so sensitive!” or “Just toughen up!” or “Stop crying!” For those of us born as a Highly Sensitive Person, that’s far easier said than done. The consequences of other people’s opinions often mean that we internalize or feel shame, or we try to hide our baffling emotions and the intense sensations we experience.
How to Let Go? Learning to Surrender Differently
You were born in the age of Ignorance – the more you know, the more anxious you become, the more you try, the more energy you lose. Sounds familiar? This is what most of people’s lives looks like. You believe that getting more knowledge and putting more effort is the only way to reach something in your life. But is it really true? Haven’t you ever noticed that when you give up trying so hard, things starts to flow? When you give up a desire, it finally manifests in your life? Well this is what the so-called Golden age is about.
Kirtan Kriya – The Art & Science to Heal Mind, Body & Spirit
Kirtan Kriya is given for everything from breaking negative mental patterns that hold us back from achieving our dreams to establishing emotional balance, heightening intuition & increasing radiance. It also will help to release deeply held impressions from past negative sexual encounters, cleanses the aura, arc line & psyche. It reestablishes your aura as your own, gifting you with clarity, joy & vibrance. In fact, this meditation is considered the highest meditation for a woman in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and was one of the first meditations that Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga taught.
Engaging With Engagement
‘Engagement’ is the current name of the game. In Education, for example, students need to be fully engaged, and research staff need to be engaging with the wider community. Excellent. It’s common sense, but useful to highlight such needs and to commit to satisfying them. But . . .
From my observations, engagement is in danger of becoming just the latest in-thing that achieves very little. Why? Largely because it will be treated as the latest flavour of the month, in a short-term programme with a well-meaning intent and appealing words . . . but without really understanding what’s actually required.
Do I Hoard? How Do I Stop?
Do you hoard? What is the first answer that comes to mind? What is the first visual image you see when you think of the word? Let us first look at the definitions of the word hoard to give us some perspective before we dive in a little deeper.
Fat Girl – You Are Beautiful!
I was a fat girl. In middle school, I asked my mom if I could go to fat camp. I wanted to lose weight and for once in my young life be a skinny girl, so away I went. I clearly remember that first mortifying day when all of us kids lined up – girls in leotards, boys in swim trunks – to take our “before” photos. We got weighed and measured, our fat pinched, every unwanted inch discerned. Our “calories in” were counted to the milli-bite, and “calories out” were tracked with every step and jump in the exercise of our choice. That set me up for a lifetime of this-or-that new diet fad or fitness routine in my never-ending quest to be thin – to have that perfect body that every girl but me seemed to have. One summer in high school I decided to drink nothing but orange juice for a month. I tried my hand at bulimia in college along with several of my girlfriends, but wasn’t dedicated enough to stick with it. As with most women on this journey, I yo-yo’ed between 3 clothes sizes – my skinny clothes, my fat clothes, and my average clothes.
Do you text while driving? Even though too many people still do, I hope in your heart you can answer no. I think enough awareness has been created to know that as drivers, it is so important that we put 100% of our attention and focus on the road. But what about when you’re eating? Do you text while at the table? Perhaps catching up on Instagram over lunch or mid-bite you’re reaching for the phone seconds after that *ding*? Or maybe you’re not texting but you are distracted in other ways… What has your attention?
Your Own Reality Check
With so many untruths, if not downright lies being shared on social media these days, now more than ever we need a reliable way of separating fact from fiction. If we read something on-line, how do we know whether we can trust it or not?
The 10 Things That Each Made Me 10% Happier
It seems like everywhere we look someone is telling us how to be happier. Commercials telling us what we need to buy to be happier. Store windows showing us the look of happier. Memberships to buy happiness long term. So how does this manifest? Being told over and over what we need to be happy, ultimately makes us question what we already have. It’s like that dangling carrot we can never quite reach. So how do we actually be happier?
7 Steps You Can Take Every Day to Create the Life of Your Dreams
Here is the secret . . . you already have the answers to everything you are wondering about inside you, you have the ability to heal your Self, only you can change. All you have to do is say YES! Say yes to the Universe, say yes to receiving, say yes to health, say yes to healing foods, say yes to happiness, say YES, say YES, say YES! Starting to get the picture?
4 Simple Steps To Creating Sacred Space: Say “Ahhhhhhh”
Picture your absolute favourite place. Use all of you senses, yes, your sixth one too! Why is it your favourite place? What does it smell like, look like, feel like, sound like. Are there tastes? What is the energy like? Sit with this in your mind’s eye for a few minutes.
Every Day Is A Holy-Day
You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate the true spirit of Christmas. “Peace on Earth, goodwill to all men” is an intent understandable to and appreciated by men and women of pretty much any religion or no religion. So as we attempt to bring peace, health and inner harmony into our personal lives, how can we tap into this true spirit of love and shared humanity?
How to Set Boundaries That Are True to Your Values
There will always be people around you that act in a way that is inconsistent with your values. It may be that they say something, do something around you. It could be they do something directly towards you; this is where things can get really challenging. It’s good to have a plan so that you can minimize the impact of the power you give this. It will help with your personal wellness and ability to maintain your peace.