Mindful Fitness

Shhhh….I’m trying to meditate!

January 26th, 2015

meditating kitty

As anyone who has sat down and tried to meditate knows, the mind and the outside world are very noisy places! Well, guess what? This realization is an important first step in recognizing how much you are constantly dealing with both internal and external stimul. Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain and listened – silence. And you notice it because you rarely hear true silence. Are we doomed in our quest to find calm and peace in the practice of meditation unless we climb a mountain? Fortunately, the answer is no. (but climbing a mountain is okay too!)

Try to find a place that is your best bet for quiet and turn off your phone and computer. As soon as you close your eyes and become quiet, you are now more aware of the street noise, airplanes, yard work, people talking, children playing, dogs barking, and clocks ticking. If you can easily change any of these things, then do so. If not, embrace the noise as part of your meditation. Thus, the noise becomes just another part of your experience, like the breath, the floor you’re sitting upon, and your thoughts. Read more »

Before You Say Good-Bye, Say Thank You

December 28th, 2014

sunsetIn a few days, the sun will set on 2014 and the focus will shift to new beginnings and hopes of a prosperous and happy new year. With resolutions abundant and motivations high, our energy propels us forward. But wait…not so fast! Are we so quick to forget 2014? I hear a resounding YES! It’s true, often we’re anxious to wipe the slate clean and forget the difficulties, the disappointments, the supposed failures and what ifs of life. We often forget to celebrate the successes and the fruits of our labor as well.

I encourage you to take some time to reflect, to pause, and to honor this past year. Why you ask? Because every event of your life is a gift for you to unwrap and receive its blessing. And you deserve to celebrate YOU for all of your complexities, your shortcomings, your humanness, your gifts, your magic! So before you say good-bye, say thank you to a year filled with people, events, memories, and moments that created a perfectly orchestrated symphony of a beautiful 2014 that’s uniquely YOU. Read more »