The only difficult part is actually remembering to use your stress-busting tools. You can set a reminder for a certain time of day or several times a day like once per hour.
You can be mindful to do this each time you walk through a doorway, when you're on a walk, or when you wash your hands. These habits can really add up to decreasing your stress level and blood pressure.
If you're ready to learn more, check out my free guided meditation library
One of my goals for this year was to branch out into offering more grounding exercises to empaths to help ease the emotional and physical pain through meditation. Recently, I did just that, and it was such a beautiful experience.
I’m excited to share my signature meditation with you... The Body Fades Away.
It's the PERFECT meditation to help with pain relief.
If you’re looking to take the step into owning your sensitivities, creating a meditation practice is a great place to start.
I usually have them somewhere on my body - as a bracelet, necklace, sometimes I wear ALL of my mala beads. I use these as reminders that I can always stop and take a deep breath, and find the stillness and silence that rests within.
Rolling the beads through your fingers is a physical way to direct your energy and attention. It’s a gentle reminder every few seconds to reground and refocus.
How do I use them for meditation? I use the beads as a replacement for an electronic timer. Depending on the mantra I'm using, it generally takes around 13-18 minutes to go through one round of mala beads. I often only use the breath while meditating and move to the next bead on each exhale.
The only thing I need to concentrate on is my breath. My mind is anchored on the breath or the mantra.
But, we keep on working. We all have todo lists, priorities, projects, and commitments. We keep working, thinking that we can dig ourselves out of this chaos by more work.
Why do we do this?
Society says, “tough it out”. Society rewards this behavior.
We celebrate overachievers who ignore their body signals.
This is incredibly harmful to HSP and Empaths.
We need ample downtime, quiet, and rest to thrive.
Fatigue is your voice of wisdom. It’s your body and your energy level telling you something. This is called listening to your body!
Take one compassionate action (baby step) for yourself.
What I've found is that the information is there, but we sometimes don't understand how to use our gifts or balance all of this information with responsibility. I've seen everything from breaking out of old patterns to using the information of being an empath as a license to drop further into victimhood and isolation.
Well, I’d love to make it real simple for ya, tell you a little story, and let you decide for yourself. Mantra really just means mind-vehicle.
What does the mantra do?
The sound (the mantra) becomes the vehicle that allows us to experience oneness.
It concentrates all the stuff that already exists within you and mantras are a great way of finding that stillness and silence.
Do I personally use a mantra while meditation? I sure do! I have a personal mantra that I use on a daily basis. I also have the privilege of giving mantras to my students based on the name of the light from the star that the moon saw when they were born. It’s almost magical.
If you’re still doubting whether you should use a mantra during meditation, this might change your mind. In Paths to God,...
Many of us love the holidays and look forward to spending time with loved ones, watching movies, and making your favorite meal. This time of year can also be very stressful and especially challenging for empaths and highly sensitive people. We tend to absorb the stressful energy of others.
Here are my 5 Self Care Tips for Empaths - The Holiday Edition
1. Enjoy the lightness of the Holiday Cheer. Use your senses to make the most of the holiday season. The smell of cinnamon, the sight of the beautiful decorations, and the sound of music that makes the season so special.
2. Overwhelmed by Crowds? This is a great time to look at your options here. You might find a time that is less crowded or you can be mindful not to go into crowded situations unless you feel centered and ready. Online shopping is one of my favorites.
3. Stillness - Excessive noise and activity can be overstimulating. Plan still, nonverbal times to allow yourself to recover from noise and...
I've received so many emails with a flood of questions asking what it's like being an empath, what types of empaths are out there, and how they can manage this divine trait. There are a variety of empaths so I thought I'd focus on one at a time. I get it. It's easy to get overwhelmed with so much information.
If you haven't done so already, please take the empath quiz so you'll have a better idea of what it's like being an empath or a highly sensitive person (HSP).
To put it simply, physical empaths absorb or manifest symptoms that aren't their own.
For me, if I see someone hurt, my body physically takes on symptoms and it becomes very uncomfortable. As a kid, when someone would talk about the details of an injury or when I'd even see something on TV, I'd say "That makes the bottom of my feet hurt." (what an odd thing to say, right?) As a kid, that was the best way to describe it.
This is hard for the other 80% of the...
In this post, I talk about the 7 reasons you should meditate.
Meditation has helped me out of some tough times. I used to be a “crisis meditator”. Meaning, something upsetting would happen in life and only then would I meditate. For instance, a co-worker or family member and I didn’t see eye-to-eye, I took something personally and held onto it, or I expected something of someone and they didn’t come through.
Basically, any of the day-to-day situations that we deal with can really blow out of proportion when we’re already in a negative or fearful frame of mind. That frame of mind made me fearful, insecure, or I would tend to assign blame when something didn’t go as planned.
When I made the change from crisis meditator to a daily meditator, I found so many unexpected benefits.
Here’s how meditation has helped ME over the years when I decided to make the commitment:
Instead of reacting, I am more likely to either...