Beginner’s Guide To Meditation!

Meditation helps relax the mind from racing thoughts. It also helps develop concentration, clarity, and allows you to focus on your inner self.

It gives you a heightened state of awareness and helps with improving your focus.

There are so many physical, mental, and emotional benefits to meditating!

Check out my video where I share all the details about meditation and I also give you resources on how you can start! It’s so simple and easy!

Here’s the link:

Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Hope you enjoy! =)

Sneak Peek! 👀

Hey y’all! In my previous post, I mentioned that I’m working on some creative projects. Well I’m finally ready to share that with you!

I have decided to start my own YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!! I have been contemplating and thinking about it for a while. I wanted to start this channel to share with you all of the creative adventures that I get involved in!

I’m always getting into something new and exciting lol and I wanted to take you along this journey with me!

The link to my first video is below!

Sneak Peek!

Thank you for your support! =)

I Need Your Input! Details Inside!

I have been trying to use social media to be productive and use it as a way of learning and connecting with like minded people!

For 2021, I will be starting a FB group with topics surrounded around:

-Self-Care

-Mental Growth

-Spirituality (no specific religion)

-Esoteric Topics

-Meditation

-Astrology

-Inspirational Quotes/Memes

-Sharing Your Favorite Music

-Self Improvement Videos

I wanted to start this FB group so that I can have the ability to share what I’ve learned through my self care journey and be able to interact with others and hear their experiences on this life journey as well!

I feel like it’ll be more personable and I’ll be able to connect better with people! And it’s also a way for other people connect to each other as well!

If you are interested in being a part of my group, please comment below and I will send you a link to the FB Group! I hope to see you all and look forward to getting to know you better! =)

Friday Reminder

Good morning folks! Happy Friday!

Just wanted to remind you to do some deep breathing before starting your day!

This will help you release yesterday’s thoughts, be in the present moment, and look forward to having a good day!

Peace and blessings!

Happy Friday!

Boundless World

“The world of reality has its limits…

the world of imagination is boundless”

-Jean Jacques Rousseau

As I have been meditating more, using my imagination is something that I have been tapping into more and more and I love it!

Anyone else enjoy tapping into their imagination?!

6 Easy Ways To Practice Self Care!

These are some of my top activities that I do to practice self care on a regular basis. Check em out!

Physical

Make a playlist and dance around to your favorite tunes


Dancing is always something that soothes my soul. To be able to move and harmonize with the music is one of my favorite self care practices!

Take a relaxing bath while listening to calming music

I always use Dr. Teals Bubble Bath in combination with Dr. Teals Epsom Salt when I take my baths. I run my bubble bath, dim the lights, light a few candles, and turn on 432 Hertz (deep healing music) and use this time to unplug from the world!

Mental

Get lost in an interesting book

I enjoy reading self help books where I can soak in the knowledge and be able to apply it to my own life. I am currently reading The Edgar Cayce Remedies that talks about holistic approaches to common health issues.

So whether your genre of choice is fiction, history, or mystery, dive in and after a few minutes you’ll be captured by the story!

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Grab a coloring book and let out your inner child

It’s the constant motion and calming sound of my colored pencils that help me chill out and relieve any tension that I’ve had for the day. Here’s the Adult Coloring Book that I’m using along with the Colored Pencils that work best for me!

Emotional

Get in a comfortable position, turn on relaxing music, close your eyes & Meditate

When I meditate, I like to lay on my bed or on my couch. Michael Sealey is one of my favorite meditation Youtubers to listen to.

I put in my headphones and turn on one of his guided meditations and just tune in. After my meditation session, I feel so much more relaxed!

Release your thoughts by journaling whatever comes to your mind

I like to Journal because I have a lot of thoughts running through my head, maybe its from my Mercury in Virgo or Mars in Gemini! haha (a little joke for my astrology folks out there!) There is no right or wrong way to do this because this is for your benefit.

If you try out some of these self care practices, let me know how things went for you! =)

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Self Care Morning Routine!

I’ve been trying to get into a solid morning routine where I can indulge in some self care and help me prepare for the day! Check out what I’ve been doing!

MINI WORKOUT

I found a quick, but effective workout on Pinterest called 6 Minute Before Shower Workout.

That workout consists of:

15 squats

15 pushups

30 second plank

15 bicycle crunch

As soon as I get out of bed, I start my workout. I started doing this on Monday and it’s been working out pretty well so far!

I’m not a fan of exercising so this routine is a good start for me to get back into the groove of exercising again!

As listed, this part of my routine takes about 6 minutes.

SUN SALUTATION

After I do my workout, I do a sun salutation sequence. I like doing this sequence because the poses flow so well one after the other.

For those that don’t know, sun salutation is a set of 12 yoga poses that helps with stretching, flexing, and toning the muscles. It also offers health benefits like relaxing the mind and help your body produce energy.

After doing this yoga sequence, I jump in the shower and I actually have a few personal motivational affirmations that I say everyday while taking a shower. It’s helps me get into a good mindset in order to be able to take on the day!

This takes me about 3 minutes to complete my yoga stretches.

MEDITATION

I then do a mini meditation session where I’ll listen to either a guided meditation or I listen to calming sounds on this app called Mindfulness. My favorite sounds to listen to are the beach sounds because that’s where I want to be everyday, all the time!

For my guided meditation, I listen to Michael Sealey on Youtube, he has a lot of options to choose from. Here is a link to one of the videos I like to listen to: Michael Sealey’s Guided Meditation

But I listen to the short 10-15 minute videos. It consists of soothing background music as he provides instructions on helping you to completely relax during the meditation session. His voice is so calming I can listen to him talk all day! Haha

I spend on average 10-15 minutes during my meditation sessions. If I have more time in the morning, then I’ll extend my session. If I wake up late or don’t have a lot of time in the morning, I listen to Mindfulness App for 5 minutes so I can still get in my meditation for the morning. Believe me, it makes a difference!

MUSIC IS LIFE!

After my mini meditation session, I start to get dressed and ready for work. As I’m doing that, I listen to my favorite upbeat songs on Pandora or my favorite tunes on Youtube to give me some energy before leaving my place.

It may sound like a lot of things that I do, but it really isn’t. And once you get a good flow going, it’ll be easier to do.

I’ve been noticing that I have more energy in the mornings because of my routine that I’ve come up with, so I’m happy to see the improvement!

I hope this gives you good some ideas on coming up with a morning routine for yourself!

Do you have a self care morning routine?! If so, what do you like to do to prepare for the day?!

Sources:

Destressmonday.org

Pinterest.com

Yogapedia.com

What Happens To Your Body When You Stretch Everyday!

Stretching is normally done before exercising, before performing a strenuous sport, or if you have an injury. But there are other reasons, good reasons, why we should be stretching at least once a day! Here are the benefits of stretching:

1. Increases Flexibility

Stretching everyday improves your flexibility to help you perform everyday activities with ease and can also delay the aging process relating to your mobile ability.

2. Increases Blood Flow To Your Muscles

When you stretch on a regular basis, you improve circulation and improves blood flow to your muscles. This as a result, can reduce muscle soreness.

3. Improves Your Posture

Imbalances in your muscles can lead to poor posture. When light strength training is paired with stretching, this can reduce muscuskeletal pain and encourage proper alignment.

4. Stress Reliever

When you’re stressed, there is a great possibility that your muscles are tense. This is because our muscles usually tighten in response to physical and emotional stress. Wherever you tend to hold your stress (in your back, neck, shoulders,etc) focus on stretching those areas to help relieve your stress.

5. Calms You Mind

When you stretch on a regular basis, this can help calm your mind. While stretching, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises. If you need help with these exercises, check out this post that has all the tips you need: Easy Meditation Tips

6. May Decrease Tension Headaches

With proper diet, hydration, and rest, stretching may be a great help in decreasing the tension you feel from headaches.

A Few Tips For Stretching

-Look online to find stretch routines for a specific body part. You can Google it or use Pinterest.com.

-You should feel a little tension when stretching, but it should never hurt! So don’t stretch beyond the point of comfort.

-You should check with your physician before doing these stretches, especially if you have an injury or had one in the past. Safety always comes first!

So If you don’t normally stretch, come up with a quick and easy routine and you’ll see what difference it makes for your body! Thanks for reading!

Source: healthline.com

New Years Resolution Series Pt 4 – How To Include Daily Self Care!

One of the biggest parts of self care is being able to have quality alone time with yourself. Meditation is a big part of self care for me and has done wonders in my personal growth and development.
For people who are new to this, it may seem hard to sit in one spot for a long time, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to go a day without doing your meditation session!
For the last part of this New Years Resolution series, here are easy meditation tips that anyone can use!
1. Try Sitting For 2 Minutes 
When first meditating, it can be hard to just sit and do nothing for a long period of time. So start by meditating 2 minutes a day for a week. If that seems to work well, then increase mediation time an extra 2 minutes per day. If that goes well, keep adding 2 minutes a day to your meditation time until you are comfortable.
2. Do It First Thing In The Morning
Set a reminder every morning when you wake up to meditate. By setting a daily alarm, this will ensure that you will make it a habit to meditate everyday.
3. Don’t Worry About How, Just Do
Don’t worry about the correct place to sit or how to sit, just start very simple. You can start by sitting on a chair, couch, or bed. If it’s more comfortable for you sitting on the ground, feel free to do that and try sitting cross-legged. You goal is to sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
4. What You’re Doing In Those 2 Minutes
How you’re feeling: As you begin your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling. 
How does your body feel? 
What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious?
Understand that whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session is completely okay, whether good, bad, or indifferent.
Count your breaths: The next step is to turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.
Come back when you wander: Your mind will wander. This is an almost absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly okay to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and you won’t be good at it for a little while so just take it one day at a time.
Develop a loving attitude: When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. See them as friends, not intruders or enemies. They are a part of you, though not all of you. Be friendly and not harsh.
As you begin to include meditation as a daily self care method, remember that the goals for meditation are to:
-find inner peace and calmness
-be in the present moment
-activate your subconscious to find inspiration
-reach a level of fulfillment
So give these tips a try and if this is done consistently, you will notice an improvement in your mood for sure! If you have any useful tips on meditation, feel free to comment below!