Quote: Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing.
Mindful Practice: Meditation
Activity: Reading (with a glass of wine)
Hindsight is 20/20, and while I wish I had made some decisions differently, I have learned so much about myself, my interactions with others and what I want out of life.
I spent a majority of my life making choices and trying to please others so I felt like I "fit" somewhere. I thought if I could make others happy, I would be happy.
It wasn't until I stopped and did the work for me that I was able to feel happiness and no longer found myself in situations where I could be taken advantage of.
When I put me first, my world opened up. Putting yourself first doesn't mean that you don't care about others; honestly, I feel like I have more empathy and have more to give now that I have the pieces within me put together.
Self care and love has taken me around the globe, and every time I am so thankful for the experiences and growth I have discovered along the route. I can't wait to bring these to you, and help you on your journey of discovery and happiness.
Life is about balance. When we go too much this way or that, that is when we find ourselves struggling.
As much as I believe my meditation practice has had a massive improvement in my overall life, health and mindset it's important to balance it. Knowing what you need to live a balanced life is important on your journey.
For me its cheese and wine.
Self Love Activity
Stress releasing Activity
Enjoy appetizers, wine and discussion surrounding amazing books!
2nd Monday of every month 7-9pm
This night is all about growth. An opportunity to meet and connect with other women on their roads in business. Each month will feature a different woman in business or topic of discussion to help us grow.
3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9pm
Book your private meditation or group meditation and choose a focus that is important to you.
Mind Your Movement
I always find the holiday season to be particularly difficult.
One Christmas, many years ago, we found our family in Florida – all four of us. We had saved up for a couple years putting all of our change into the “Trip Trap” and when we finally had enough, off to Disney we went. It was great; I wouldn’t have changed a thing. And for a 10-year old it was a pretty amazing way to spend your Christmas holidays. Shoulder to shoulder, or rather shoulder to waist, with my favourite princesses.
That being said, it did not felt like Christmas, there was no snow, no real Christmas tree and instead of gathering with family and friends, we were vacationing by a pool. Less than 3 months later we became a family of 3 with the loss of my younger brother. Our first Christmas without him, as with most firsts after the loss of a loved one, did not feel like Christmas either.
I felt the pressure, to compensate. To make sure Christmas always felt like Christmas, and isn’t that how we often feel? I gave myself the gift of self-imposed pressure to make it a Grand Christmas, a Christmas to remember, a Christmas like no other before it.
So for years I had these grand expectations and desires to make the season feel like Christmas, like what every hallmark movie says Christmas is supposed to feel like. I spent way too much money, bought too many presents, went over the top with décor and by mid December had some mental meltdown because I wasn’t fulfilling my ridiculous expectations about Christmas.
Enter the solution: yoga and meditation. Where the focus on breath, movement and meditation calms the sympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and releasing tension and negative energy from the body. You may not feel or recognize the stress during the busy holidays, but taking part in yoga and meditation is a great opportunity to give your mind and body a break, whether you know you need it or not, allowing some time to decompress. This is best done with a mindfulness practice where you can allow your mind to unclutter and give you a sense of calm and peace while allowing you to reduce the adrenalin rush that often results in panic or anxiety attacks.
If you find yourself over the season needing a moment of calm try the following breathing technique called the Breath of Dissolution:
Wishing you a season of peace, calm, joy and good memories with your loved ones,
Sara Porter and the Re:mind Wellness Family
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