Exploring Inner Peace Blog

I will periodically be adding blog posts and tipsheets to help you with your journey. 

 

Previously, I explained how mindfulness meditation can benefit everyone and why we should all take a moment to fully be present to recharge ourselves. If you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. Here are some common questions about meditation and how to get started.

 

Mindfulness and meditation are so beneficial for stress reduction, improving mood and sleep. Here is a free guided mindful meditation:

 

There has been a big push for people to try meditation recently. There are more articles about Mindfulness and Meditation to reduce stress, and therapists frequently recommend it. But why? What’s the big deal? Isn’t meditation religious or something that monks do? 

Meditation is not religious. It is not the same as prayer. There are no expectations that you must sit with crossed legs on the floor and wear a robe. If that is what you’ve been picturing, then of course it may sound silly. 

What is it? Mindful meditation is the practice of being present in the moment. Most of the time our minds are elsewhere, thinking about what we need to do, making future plans, or thinking about the past (“I shouldn’t have”… or “why did they”…). When you think about it, how often are you really fully aware of where you are, what you are doing, and the sensations around you instead of living mostly in your thoughts? It’s probably pretty rare. 

Why the recent push for mindfulness? When we take a break from all of our busy thoughts and we experience the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations around us, our minds and bodies become connected. There is relief! With those moments, our bodies relax and re-energize. They are more prepared to face any challenges ahead. With a mindful practice, we find more control over our thoughts and emotions. We can experience in the few minutes of meditation that thoughts and emotions come and go. They are fleeting and we can choose not to get caught up in them. Through mindfulness we gain confidence, awareness, insight, and peace. 

In this short video, I explain why I became a therapist and what it means to me. There is a struggle many of us have about reaching out for help. Can you relate to this? Don't be intimidated by seeking therapy.

Finding a therapist that is the right fit for you is the key for effective therapy. Contact me today and let's get started!

 

Self-care Is Worth Taking the Time

 

 Meditate or schedule alone time.Time For You

Many of us are raised with the value that we need to serve others. In order to be a good person, you may believe that you have to put your friends’ and family’s needs ahead of your own. You may find yourself always striving to please people and never having time for yourself. The next time you are feeling frazzled, ask yourself: is it really selfish to take care of myself?