Let’s continue this month of gratitude because it is the month of Thanksgiving. Last week, I talked about what we can do when we go to bed at night to remember our blessings throughout today.
This week I'm going to talk about what you can do first thing in the morning before your feet even touch the floor. Watch this video to learn more.
When I wake up in the morning, I like to think of 10 things that I am grateful for. I always start with, ”I am so grateful for this comfortable bed because it gave me a good night's sleep.”
You could be grateful for the shower with warm water, the dishwasher, your pets, the beautiful day, or the fact you have a job. You could even be grateful for anything as simple as being able to walk.
The biggest challenge sometimes is to get down to those smaller things that we don't realize every day. So start thinking about what you are grateful for.
If you can express your gratitude for 10 things every morning before you...
Today I want to talk to you about counting your blessings. This is one of my favorite exercises to do right before I go to sleep because it helps me to get in a great vibration. Since we are in the month of Thanksgiving, it's also a great way to show gratitude. Watch this video to learn more.
When I lay my head down on my pillow every night, I think about my entire day and how I was blessed.
You can acknowledge big things that you were blessed with like maybe a raise at work. Or you can simply be thankful for the fact your car made it to work today, or that it was a beautiful day outside.
Count all of your blessings and find gratitude in your day. That way before you go to sleep you'll be in a better place.
You will feel great and even have better dreams! I guarantee it. So try it. Count your blessings every night before you go to bed. It'll put you in a wonderful place.
This month we have been studying different meditations that cover all 5 senses. This week we will be doing a walking meditation to concentrate on our tactile senses.
Watch the video to learn more.
I suggest you take off your shoes and find a soft patch of grass to walk on. You will be connecting to the Earth.
Ever so slowly, start taking small steps from the heel to the toe. You could do this with your eyes open or closed. The most important thing is to really feel each blade of grass on your feet, connect to the Earth, and get grounded.
You don’t have to travel far. It’s more about being slow and methodical. If you would prefer, you could count to 100 while taking these small steps. I highly recommend you end your walk at a tree and give it a hug, There is a lot of energy there.
Enjoy your walking meditation this week.
Today I want to talk to you about mindful eating. I absolutely love this meditation because I love food, and it helps me to lose weight when I apply it effectively. Watch the video below to learn more.
For this example, I'm going to use a strawberry, but it doesn't matter what you are eating. When I'm having nachos, I make it a point to make the perfect nacho.
The first thing we want to do is have gratitude for the food that is nourishing your body. Say to it, “Thank you for giving me health and energy.”
Next, truly look at your food, admire how beautiful it is, and appreciate it visually.
Finally, when you take a bite, take that one small bite, and chew it at least 50 times until it's an absolute liquid in your mouth. With every bite you take, feel what it's like in between your teeth. Relish what it tastes like on your tongue. I want you to enjoy and savor every bite.
This helps you lose weight because you're not mindlessly...
Today we're going to meditate on focusing our attention on a picture. This could be a photograph, or something that's painted. For the purpose of this video, we're going to focus on this Van Gogh painting. Watch the video below to learn more.
You need to really look at the painting. It might sound strange, but you are going to ask the painting, “What are you trying to tell me?”
First, you want to start with the big picture. Notice the clouds and how they go all the way across a portrait. Notice the extra green patch that is in the middle, the hills, and the flowers that are in front (if that's what you interpret the red dots to be).
Now, I want you to walk closer, so you can see the detail of the colors. Notice the yellows, the greens, the purples, the blues, and the different shades that are present.
Before I did not see what I interpreted to the right side as possibly a bush. Maybe you didn't interpret the lines in the middle as a farmer's...
For the month of October, I am going to focus on meditation. I want to dedicate this to my dermatologist who is having a hard time slowing down. Watch the this video to learn about alternate nostril breathing to slow your racing mind or anxious body.
This technique is relatively simple. You will use your thumb and ring finger or pinkie.(your hand will look like the Y shape) to close off different sides of your nose. Start by placing your ring finger or pinkie on your left nostril and breath in on the right side of your nose for the count of four.
Next, close the right side of your nose with your thumb and breath out through the left side for the count of four. Hold for two seconds and breath in on the same (left) side. Close the left side with your finger, open the right side to breath out. Hold for two seconds and breath in for the count of four.
Move again to the left side to breath out and then in pausing between each breath.
If you would like to add to the practice, place your...
During my adventure in Hawaii, I volunteered with a Botanist who taught me about Kumulipu, an Hawaiian chant. It speaks about how the earth works as a unit. Watch the video to learn more about how Mother Earth gives us clues on how to take care of ourselves.
We as humans try to control nature, but nature will win every time.
What can you do to work with nature? How can you protect it?
Listen or watch to see what signs nature is giving you today.
Communing with nature is so important if we are to keep Mother Earth healthy. Watch this video to see what I learned this summer while visiting Maui when I volunteered for a botanical reserve.
Nature heals us whether it is giving us renewing energy during a hike or medicinal plants that keep us healthy. It is important that when we take from nature we ask permission, listen to our intuition and honor if it is not wanting us to take from the land.
This week consider thanking nature for everything it provides for us: oxygen, beauty, life sustaining food and medicine. Treasure it. Love it.
Take the time to slow down and really look at a tree or a flower to see its beauty. This is meditation.
Today I want to talk about increasing your sense of deserving because the Universe can only bring to you what you feel you are worthy of receiving.
When we place limitations on ourselves that tells the Universe to place limitations on what we would love to manifest.
In order to increase our sense of deserving, we can:
First, make a list of 20 successes you have experienced in your lifetime. They need to be both big and small. It can range from…I got my degree to I fed my kids today, or I got out of bed when I didn’t feel like it. Then every day, write AT LEAST one success you have had recently.
Second, surround yourself with people that are supportive and believe in you 100%. I encourage individuals to dream bigger than they ever have before, and if you tell others this, they may say it isn’t possible. You want to surround yourself with people that believe ANYTHING is POSSIBLE.
Third, let go of your negative thoughts. We tend to love others so much...