Discover Gratitude

Discover Gratitude

Gratitude opens up your way of thinking and can elevate your mood. I know this for myself when I am in a funk, just the simple practice of appreciation can bring a huge difference into my day. When I get down, it’s because I have forgotten to do so. A little bit of gratefulness goes a long way! Be it in meditation, writing in a journal or taking a walk. We say “thanks” many times throughout the day. You may say it automatically when a cashier hands you your change or when someone holds the door for you. But how...

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Recognize When You Slip Out of Balance

Recognize When You Slip Out of Balance

Rest assured, this happens to me on occasion too and it did so recently. Although I do tend to notice it pretty quickly so I can set my life aright again. But it’s easy to slip out of balance. The current world situation is one way we find our way back to negative and addictive behaviors. Other ways can be a heavy workload, relationship disagreements, or trying to do it all. At this point, we seem to fall away from those very practices that assist us in maintaining equilibrium. We have to remember that balance is not a final goal,...

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Ah, Right Now It’s Like This

Ah, Right Now It’s Like This

Why lament where I have been? Why reduce the progress I have made otherwise in my life because my body is not doing what it used to do 5, 10 or 25 years ago? If I can be mindful to the present moment, I can recall that “Ah, right now it is like this.” I can make peace with the present moment. This phrase of “Ah, right now it is like this,” I teach in my mindfulness classes. The mind can have an idea that whatever I am experiencing may go on indefinitely, yet by using this phrase, it is...

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Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package

Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package

I am working on creating a special Calming and Relaxation Aromatherapy Package, that can be bought for an online event I’d like to hold most likely early November. This package will be personally tailored to you! And you can use it for the special session I have in mind! I’d like to include 3 products in the package. What sorts of products would you like to receive in this package: Bath salts, relaxing balm, massage oil, diffuser blend, roll on, face scrub, pillow spray or lotion? Email me and let me know Tell me your top 3 and one person...

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Don’t Believe in Everything You Think

Don’t Believe in Everything You Think

Oh the thoughts I think! And where do they go? Down the Rabbit Hole!  I know I have thoughts that appear whether it is I am unloved/unlovable, I am unappreciated, I am disconnected, I am limited in time and resources. These thoughts if I allow them can take me into stories of judgment and limiting beliefs. When I can bring awareness to the thoughts, recognize, accept and then release these burs on my mind, then I can breathe a sigh of relief. My inner peace is my work and mindfulness over the decades has helped me to achieve a life of equanimity. This...

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The Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation

The Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation

There is a lot of speculation as to the difference between Mindfulness and Meditation. Let’s discuss the differences before we begin our discussion surrounding Mindfulness. Both Mindfulness and Meditation allow you to accomplish three goals: Inner Peace and Calm Self-Awareness Compassion for Self and Others Contrary to popular belief of late, both Mindfulness and Meditation can be spiritually life-changing practices when you incorporate them into your everyday life. When you practice Mindfulness, you become fully aware of everything in the present moment. You become Mindful of your consciousness without trying to judge it or change it. By doing this, you...

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The Journey to Wholeness and Well-Being

The Journey to Wholeness and Well-Being

Last week I had some challenges with pain because of our week of rain. It provided the opportunity to recall again why I rebranded my office studio to the name Peaceful Wellness. This returns to my belief that if I can be at peace within, no matter the experience I may have, then it does bring me well-being. Thankfully, this week has been entirely different. Even though last week my pain levels were high and my body was not doing what I wanted it to do, and certainly I did take this further in as “Oh, my body doesn’t look...

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Beginner’s Mind with Deb Phelps

Beginner’s Mind with Deb Phelps

I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good friend Laura Bender for her new podcast, “Bend So You Won’t Break.” Here’s Laura description of our session together below and her website is https://www.lbyogi.net/. Episode 2 – Deb Phelps – ‘Beginners Mind’ I became acquainted with Deb through my 300 Hr training I did through My Vinyasa Practice earlier this year, as she was assigned as my Peer Support Representative. I remember a couple emails that we exchanged and it was like she was inside my mind! She understood where I was at due to the pandemic and with...

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Forms of Mindfulness & Meditation Practice

Forms of Mindfulness & Meditation Practice

Just as with other new endeavors you start in your life, mindfulness and meditation takes practice.  If you want to experience acceptance and awareness of your thoughts, you need to cultivate it with repeated practice. If you are running a marathon you don’t start by running the entire 26.5 miles (or whatever the length of the race) without starting out slowly by building stamina, frame of mind, etc.  No matter what you start, you will almost never start at the highest levels of stamina. So too with Mindfulness. We need to cultivate mindfulness in order to fully integrate it into...

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3 Tips to Make Your Meditation Practice Fruitful

3 Tips to Make Your Meditation Practice Fruitful

As you start your meditation practice or wish to enhance your practice, here are some tips that can assist and benefit your continued practice. Designated Space Even though one can practice anywhere, including a busy airport. At home, it is nice to have a corner or room set up just for your meditation time. This area becomes a physical and mental cue for you to come to the quiet. Make this area special to you. Create an altar if you like with candles and other objects that you mind meaningful to you on your own quest for peace in your life....

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