The kids in my 2nd-grade class are dropping like flies, there is a chorus of coughing and sneezing around circle time, and I know a few people who’ve had a nasty flu. No thank you. Even if you don’t work in a petry dish of germs like I do, here are 5 simple and effective strategies to boost your immune system. Prevention is always the best bet!
Feeling the pressure of a new year? Maybe the disappointment of another year gone by, and somewhere along the way you lost sight of all those shiny 2018 goals? NEW YEAR NEW YOU?!
Yeah. I’ve been reading people’s posts about goals and resolutions and “ARE YOU READY”s - I even posted about it myself once , and I stand by that advice and those strategies, but something in me has shifted and right now all of that JUST MAKES ME FEEL STRESS AND PRESSURE. So here is what I propose instead, and what I came into myself in the homestretch of 2018:
HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL?
Because rejection is just. so. fun.
I feel like this has been the year of rejection. Small rejections all the way to soul-crushing rejections. And not coincidentally, also one of the most powerful years of my life. Not always the most fun (although there has been a lot of fun), and definitely not the easiest, but in a whole caterpillar into butterfly, beautiful growing pains way kind of best.
So. Maybe you're working hard to make some changes in your life, and things just aren't going your way. Maybe you were dealt a really rough blow, or a series of small rejections. Please don't give up! Try this. (From someone who knows.)
Letting go of who and what doesn't serve you makes space in your life for what does...When you know who you are, it becomes easy to recognize who and what supports and uplifts you, and the things that don't. The more you get to know yourself, the harder it becomes to accept and allow things in your life that don't serve you.
SO, WHY MEDITATE?
Studies are great, but I don't need a study to tell me why I should meditate. Observing to my own body, mind, and emotions are more than enough. (And yeah, if you google meditation benefits, you'll likely find all of these listed somewhere, just probably without the swear words.)
HERE'S MY TOP 5 REASONS WHY I MEDITATE.
Mindfulness, meditation, being in the present moment - whatever name you give it, what was once reserved for the Buddhists, yogis, or new-agey folks is finally catching on as a legitimate practice in mainstream Western culture. And for good reason. Beyond just anecdotal evidence, Harvard has now scientifically proven the benefits of meditation on the brain. In the Harvard study, a group of participants spent an average of 27 minutes engaged in daily mindfulness exercises for eight weeks. Pre and post magnetic resonance images of the mindfulness participants found "increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection." So meditation not only makes you smarter, it also makes you a kinder, more thoughtful person.