Welcome to 2018!
My words for this year are action and passion. My goal is to bring both those together inside all my offerings for you this year.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come (all these offerings will be available online):
Motivate To Meditate: January 17, 2018
This online program is my answer for those who've been struggling to create a daily meditation practice and really want to experience the benefits of meditation in their lives. Designed to fully support you during the 33 days of the course (and beyond!) plus, there’s an option to include 2 downloadable guided meditations! Sign up now!
Finding Your Quiet Mind™: March 2018
This will be a slightly redesigned version of the original which will make the course even easier to digest and implement, while still demystifying meditation, and covering all the basics so you can begin your journey to a quiet mind!
The Meditation Studio™: Late Spring 2018
The Meditation Studio™ will be the host and source for all the recorded guided meditations you will ever need! It will be a collection of the meditations I teach along with explanations on how to use them. I am beyond excited to put this together for you!
And much later this year….
Love From The Inside Out™: Fall/Winter 2018
This course will focus on the spiritual mentoring side of my offerings where you will learn what it means to love and fully embrace all aspects of yourself, how to deal with destructive thinking, how to forgive and hold yourself with compassion, along with several other topics. We’ll navigate 6 topics using the power of myth, mantra, self introspection, and practices to learn how to break patterns and create noticeable change in your life. Can’t wait to introduce this one!
I laid a lot of groundwork last year so that I can create and deliver new offerings for you this year. I am excited about what lies ahead in 2018 - I hope you are too - and I'm here to support you on your journey!
I'm also available to work with you in personalized one on one sessions.
About 5 months ago we adopted our first rescue dog. A black lab we named Pepper. We seriously won the rescue jackpot with her. She is a super sweetheart, easy going, fit right into our family (with 2 cats), and loves everyone she meets.
We don’t know how we scored so big! Her only flaw is that she has developed some separation anxiety. Who can blame her? Like most rescues her story is a sad one, being abandoned in a house with her sibling lab brother when her human family moved out. (Seriously, what is wrong with some people?!)
As part of our strategy to help remove her separation anxiety we’ve done a bit of everything: changing everything about our routines, leaving on tv, leaving on music, leaving on a loop of my recorded meditations, recording us having a conversation and leaving that on loop, using a thunder shirt, moving her crate to a new location, we even turned off all the panel sound on our alarm system so we could arm it without her even knowing!
That’s right - the panel makes no sound now. So not only can we set the system without her knowing it, but when we come home it doesn’t even beep when the system is tripped. The only sound it makes is the siren when the alarm goes off. And we’ve been hearing that a lot lately!
How is it possible that we keep setting this thing off almost on a daily basis when we’ve been using an alarm system for 13 years?!
This is what I woke up thinking about this morning as my husband set the alarm off for the first time today. (I then set it off after returning from our walk!)
Its the first thing we do every time we walk in the door. Shouldn’t this be an automatic habit by now?
But without the beep letting us know its been tripped we keep forgetting to turn it off.
Why do we keep forgetting when this has been part of our daily routine for so long?
The answer is that without the audible reminder of the beep we just simply forget that we need to do it - even after 13 years. That blows my mind!
This got me thinking about reminders in general. I know I have to add every task or event to my calendar or it will get forgotten.
And I started thinking about when I wanted to create a meditation practice on my own and how I had to schedule it to be part of my day or it wouldn’t happen.
Anytime you want to do something that is out of your usual routine (or maybe even if it’s part of your usual routine - like the alarm!) it is helpful to take the time to create a reminder for yourself.
[This same concept could be used to remove a habit you no longer want too - just remove the trigger.]
For now, I’m adding a note to remind us to turn off the alarm!
Oh, and Pepper is doing much better with her separation anxiety. We don’t have her 100% yet, but our last time out she actually slept. Hopefully that means, we can turn the alarm sound back on soon.
If you’d like reminders (and a whole supportive program) to create your daily meditation practice - join us for Motivate To Meditate!
What if you could stop listening to all those repetitive thoughts in your head?
You know the ones I mean - the ones that play like tapes over and over. They may come in several forms such as: nonsensical or meaningless, negative or judgmental speak, or a never ending version of your to do list or a rendition of something on it.
The constant cycle of unwanted thoughts in our heads can:
We also lose our ability for clarity and productivity.
Our brains were made for thinking but its difficult to do that when its full of unwanted thoughts. It’s hard to hear your creative, insightful, meaningful thoughts above the incessant chatter of the cyclical, useless ones.
But what if you could interrupt them?
What if you could learn to ignore them and not pay them any attention?
What if you could learn to calm your mind?
Meditation can teach you how to do that.
Meditation increases your awareness and ability to pay attention. When you start paying attention you begin to notice all kinds of things in your life including those cyclical thoughts.
Which means you can begin to clear them out (before they take up space!) by using your awareness to help you identify those repetitive tapes. Once you recognize them for what they are you can learn to ignore them. And when you stop listening—they stop showing up.
They literally vanish - making room for actual important thoughts. And a calm and more quiet mind.
There is tremendous power in being able to turn off the pointless thoughts.
When you learn how to recognize and distinguish between types of thoughts - your life changes.
It’s then that you are able to create space in your head for real brainpower to take shape AND to be heard because those important thoughts won’t be fighting amongst thousands of other unwanted thoughts. So you can easily find it and hold on to it.
Meditation can teach you how to recognize cyclical thoughts and how to ignore them, which will give your mind a much needed change of pace and also space for your creative, insightful, and powerful thoughts to be heard. And this is where your life starts to expand.
So take your seat right now to begin finding your calm and quiet mind and see where it takes you! If you need a little meditation assistance download these short mini meditations or set up a session.
For more blogs on meditation and breaking or changing patterns check out:
Out Of Control Mind
A Pattern In The Breaking
Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable
Jenn White, Yoga Educator, Meditation Teacher, and Owner of Embodied Bliss, began her journey of yoga and meditation in 2004 while recovering from a back injury. Feeling lost, restless and seeking something more from life, she found her path through meditation.
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