What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word we’re hearing increasingly often, because of its value for managing a variety of physical and mental health problems. However, what does being mindful mean and how can mindfulness help us attain greater wellness? Understanding Mindfulness The principle of mindfulness comes from Buddhism and was designed to help followers understand themselves, train their minds for the better, and free themselves of unhelpful thoughts that hold them back. It is possible to do this by focusing on our thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment, without distraction to the past or future, and not judging the way we

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Dealing With Emotions, Meditation, Random Inspiration|0 Comments

Can Mindfulness Help With Addiction?

Rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction and even quitting smoking, are notoriously difficult pursuits. It is not uncommon to read about parents who cannot afford to feed their families, but who do not miss out on their daily pack of cigarettes. In this day and age, the very best rehabilitation programs have a 70 per cent relapse rate. Clearly, new approaches to addiction are required! Reward- Based Learning Systems The reason addictions can be so difficult to beat is the reward-based learning system, ingrained in the human brain since primitive times. In its most basic form, it comprises three elements: trigger,

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Meditation, Random Inspiration|0 Comments

Can Mindfulness Help With Addiction?

Rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction and even quitting smoking, are notoriously difficult pursuits. It is not uncommon to read about parents who cannot afford to feed their families, but who do not miss out on their daily pack of cigarettes. In this day and age, the very best rehabilitation programs have a 70 per cent relapse rate. Clearly, new approaches to addiction are required! Reward- Based Learning Systems The reason addictions can be so difficult to beat is the reward-based learning system, ingrained in the human brain since primitive times. In its most basic form, it comprises three elements: trigger, behavior, reward. Triggers are indulged and since the effect is positive, our brain stores this memory so we continue the same behavior in the future. In primitive times, this reward based system worked well to ensure people obtained food to survive yet it continues to govern the way our brain works today, even when food and drink are not scarce for many. All addictive substances (from cigarettes to alcohol) affect the part of the brain that reacts to these substances through the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Using addictive substances like cocaine and cigarettes, continues to feed a cycle that prompts reinforcement from these substances.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word we’re hearing increasingly often, because of its value for managing a variety of physical and mental health problems. However, what does being mindful mean and how can mindfulness help us attain greater wellness? Understanding Mindfulness The principle of mindfulness comes from Buddhism and was designed to help followers understand themselves, train their minds for the better, and free themselves of unhelpful thoughts that hold them back. It is possible to do this by focusing on our thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment, without distraction to the past or future, and not judging the way we think or feel. There are four main aspects of mindfulness:

Quick Announcement and a Favor :)

Steven and I are really close to wrapping up our long-awaited Master Class on Manifesting & Mindfulness after months of planning and years of our own trial and error. We are so excited to share it with you! But first I need to ask you a little favor… We plan on releasing our Master Class this October (I know—so soon!). But before we do, I have to ask you a couple of questions. Can you help us out? You can answer the quick questions here and learn a little more about our Master Class at this link: http://bit.ly/mindfullymanifest Thank you so

By | September 16th, 2014|Categories: Manifesting, Meditation, Random Inspiration|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Why Meditation is So Helpful for Highly Sensitive People

Highly sensitive people *especially* benefit from taking time the to meditate, because it offers a break from too much sensory stimulation, and the space to be at peace with what is left over.  It is one of the most powerful tools available (and free!) for creating a life of magic and miracles, while on the journey to fulfilling the soul’s purpose.

My Top 8 Favorite Juicy Reasons to Meditate

So in my last blog post I talked about The Top 4 Most Common Excuses to Avoid Meditating. Now I’d like to share what really motivates me to meditate, when it seems like there are so many other important things I have to do instead. There are many benefits to meditating, but I want to share with you my personal favorites:

The Top 4 Most Common Excuses to Avoid Meditating (& How to Dissolve Them Now)

You probably already know some of the amazing benefits of meditation… But if you’d like to meditate regularly to reap those benefits, and you’re having trouble with your meditation practice, you might be using the same Top 4 Excuses I have used (and sometimes still use, until I dig into my tool box and remind myself otherwise).

By | August 23rd, 2013|Categories: Meditation|Tags: , |19 Comments

3 Inner Mindset Tips to Change Your Outer Results (+ Time Sensitive Free Giveaway!)

Do you ever feel like you’re waiting for things in your life to improve before you give yourself permission to feel great, relax, and enjoy? If so, you’ll want to read and experience this! Today I want to share with you a guest article by my dear friend and Law of Attraction Coach, Saskia Fokkink.I met her at Thrive Academy this past November and think she is amazing! She has some great tips for changing your mindset in order to change your outer results AND a very generous offer to help you do this (keep reading!) 🙂

By | April 19th, 2013|Categories: Law of Attraction, Manifesting, Meditation|Tags: , |7 Comments

What are the Exact Steps for Visualizing Healing and Change?

Okay, so you know the basics of creative visualization are getting into a relaxed state and then visualizing what you would like to happen. If you'd like more information about the basic steps, you can start by reading a four part series I wrote about detailed visualization here or sign up for my newsletter to get my free ebook (where I explain more) if you haven't yet. But once you get started, a whole bunch of other questions come up. Like what exactly should you visualize for the best effect? And how long or how often should you practice visualization for? Does spending more time at it indefinitely increase the effect, or is there a tipping point? These are some questions I received from a reader recently, and I'd like to address them in today's post here.