Mindful Moments

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“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.” – Gandhi

Yesterday I taught my after school yoga class how to meditate. But actually, I didn’t teach much. I just gave them the space to sit with their eyes closed and focus on their breath.

They loved it.

I’m excited to include more mindful moments in all of our classes.

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The breath is a powerful tool. It is a mirror to our mind. When our breath is shallow and constricted – our mind is full with thoughts dancing everywhere. When we can mindfully slow down the breath, our mind begins to calm and we can access space and ease.

Practice getting quiet and focus on your breath. By simply becoming aware of the breath it naturally begins to lengthen, and the thoughts begin to settle  – if only for a moment.

If you are wanting more of this mindful meditation goodness – I made a mini meditation bundle that includes 5 meditations. You can purchase the bundle for $5.00 here, and also try out 3 free mini meditations to try it for a spin.

Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions! I’d love to hear from you.

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The Muck of Meditation

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I’ve been doing a morning meditation (on and off) ever since college. It is now a non-negotiable part of my morning routine.

Connecting with myself – for even just 3 minutes – before the day begins in full force, has been so ridiculously healing, grounding, and powerful. Yet even though I have some moments of amazing clarity, peace, and calm, I still catch myself loosing my patience before I even roll up my yoga mat and wondering:

Is this working?

Am I doing it right?

This is stupid.

This is hard.

There are so many other things I could be doing right now.

I haven’t even stopped thinking for a millisecond…

 

And if I’m lucky I find my way back to the breath and I remember that these thoughts are all completely normal, expected, a part of the journey.

There is muck, but there is also SO much light. There are times where great ideas just float into my mind and there is an amazing sense of alignment, that wouldn’t have arrived without a pause. Then there are others filled with doubt and worry.

It is a practice that is getting juicer and deeper, and I continue to show up every morning because it just makes me a better human being.

I made a mini meditation for you here : A moment to connect to your vision and then let it go and rest in the breath. Which is especially great to do on the new moon.

 

Start where you are.

Commit to a practice, and expect the doubts to come tumbling in. 

Receive them, just as you are, and keep going.

 

Let me know if you have any questions about meditation, or if I can help you in anyway as you begin or refreshen your practice.

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Meditation to Receive

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sit + breathe + listen

 

 

Consciously create space to receive.

 

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

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Words that Sparkle

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Words have such power and most of the time I use them habitually, so I like to insert some magical mantras to add a bit of sparkle to my life.

Mantras are a sweet collection of uplifting words that help to settle the mind. I consciously select a powerful arrangement when I am stuck in the muck or have a moment to unwind. You can create one specifically for how you want to feel or experience.

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 5.28.13 PMHere are a few of my favorites:

I am enough.    

I am a powerful, playful, expressive goddess (!)

Life is easy & light.

When I want to feel extra magical and grounded I chant a sanskrit mantra: Ek Ong Kar Sat Guru Prasad  I sing along to this version in a bubble bath.

One day I’d like to make a mini mantra deck – written in hot pink.

I’d LOVE to hear what mantra keeps you grounded.

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A Present for You: Presence

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“Be present.  Stay in the moment.  Experience the now.”

How many times have you heard this message?  It is shared frequently, and as easy as it is to understand, it can be quite difficult to practice.

With this new move to Germany, I have been spending a lot of time looking both backwards and forwards, sometimes at the same time (my brain is so talented!).  But this way of being causes a whole lot of stress and anxiety.  I have to remind myself to slow down and tune into what is happening right now, since it is the only moment I have.

Ex: “Oh look how beautiful that magnolia tree is,” rather than, “Am I going to make any friends?  How will I meet people in this new city?”

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Here is what I have found to help me stay present: First, I catch myself when my mind is rattling in all different directions.  Then, pause and breathe and celebrate that I caught my mile-a-minute mind, even if only for a moment, since it is a very challenging feat.  Then: practice, practice, practice, because it is a continuous evolution.

The payoff is huge because when you are in the moment you can experience a whole lot of JOY and EASE.

I’m super excited to offer some guidance to nurture this practice, and since a brief moment of conscious breathing can have an incredible impact on your day I’ve made a mini meditation for you!

Click here for the soundbite, and let the presence you create infuse and inform your day.

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Looking forward to sharing more mindful moments together, and I hope you enjoy this first soundbite.

Love and inhales & exhales,

Leah

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