Be present in the moment. It sounds so simple, right? Yet it is actually very difficult for most of us to do. More often than not we are either ruminating about the past or planning for the future. We all understand the benefits of living in the present moment, such as reducing stress, feeling happier, and getting better sleep. However, if we are always living in the present, how do we plan for the future we dream of? I have always been . . .
“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” - President Rutherford B. Hayes I am sure you have heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: Everyone was a beginner at one point. Take a second to consider this again and then apply it to something new that you are learning right now. Perhaps you are learning a new skill to propel you to your next role at work, a new exercise routine to hit your fitness goals, or a new marketing tool to grow . . .
Keeping your gratitude tank full is a vital aspect of self-care. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, has studied more than 1,000 people from ages eight to 80 and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of physical, psychological, and social benefits including stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and the ability to experience more joy and optimism. Experiencing gratitude . . .
“Wherever you are is the entry point” - Kabir Starting a mindfulness practice is different for everyone. Some people start by creating time in their day for a formal sitting meditation practice. Others decide they are sick and tired of scarfing down their food at lunch and try instead to be a bit more mindful while eating. Others simply look up and around and start to notice the world around them as they walk to work. Whatever the entry . . .
Meditating is one of the most powerful things I have learned. It is a key practice that lays a foundation for a mindful life. Meditation is a way to train and strengthen your mind, much like training and strengthening your muscles when you go to the gym. Your ability to be aware of and to recognize what the mind is engaging with — and choose how you respond — is a skill that can be helpful in all aspects of life, from the workplace to . . .
Whether you are starting a new job, digging into a new volunteer project, or have become a new parent, the new year is a great time to cultivate an intention of radical self-care. It might feel impossible to take a few moments to fill up your "well" or to find a little “me time”. Especially if you are a new parent, like I am, “me time” may seem like a distant memory. It can help to remember that self-care is not selfish. In fact, self-care . . .