Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience

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Look into their eyes

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The world goes by so bustlingly fast, a blur of action, words, and feelings.  As human beings, we work so hard to take it all in, to make it all part of that story that is us.

So often we miss the opportunity to witness without action, to pause and be in the moment, to look into the eyes of those around us as they experience their own defeat and triumph, their own fears, their own hurt, their love, their joy and to be with it all, but act on none of it.  Animals do it, especially cats.  They are wonderful at exercising the witness mind.

Let go of rational thought for a moment and step away from the need to do.  Pause, tapping into your animal instincts, and just watch.  Meditate on what you see.  Look into the eyes of those around you. Look beyond the surface…and even those who, in your mind, may have brought hurt or pain may reveal to you an underlying softness, a love, that they just can’t figure out how to put into action because they’ve put so much other stuff out there.

Look into their eyes and connect with that love and you just may have more love to hold onto as you go bustlingly through the fast-paced action that is the story of you.

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Free Your Heart

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AHIMSA – a Sanskrit word for non-injury, non-harming, kindness – a practice we should regularly engage in with others and ourselves according to ancient yogic traditions.  But, too often hurt, loss, or betrayal cause us to want to protect the heart, put up a shield, wrap it in armor and fight back.

Opening the heart to love and loss allows one to forgive, let go of resentment, and release fear, and thus to feel all emotions more fully, including love, joy, and contentment.

Today is the day to FREE your heart, to practice Ahimsa.  Shed the coat of armor, soften and expand the space surrounding your heart and allow sensations to flow through you.

Peel back the armor by inviting deeper and more fulfilling breath into your body, reaching deep down inside, freeing your breath, freeing your body, freeing your feelings.

Let your face muscles soften

…brow relax

…corners of the mouth curl up in a subtle smile

…shoulders roll back and down

… ribs move more freely as breath draws deeper into the body

…heart space opens.

Feel nurtured by your breath.

Feel the freedom beginning to unfold.

Dive into the love, joy, and freedom you bring to yourself on the wings of your breath.

Begin healing your deepest essence.  Breathe in…breathe out…FREE your heart.

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Rock Your Goddess


You are a goddess if…

*you are a source of life and being.

*you are believed in by others.

*you are a being of beauty and grace.

*you have supernatural powers and attributes.

YOU are a GODDESS!! (yep, guys, you have goddess in you too!)


Let the mystery and sparkle that is you continue to slowly unfold as you rock your goddess self!

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Beacon of Joy

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Do what feels good.  Not what feels good to the touch, but what feels good to the soul.

You know…that feeling that comes from way deep down, that bubbles up through your heart space and spontaneously makes the corners of your mouth turn up from the inside.  The stuff that breeds butterflies in your belly, causes goose bumps to ripple on the skin, and parts the clouds in a heavy sky.

If you move from that place of good, you cannot help but to be a beacon of abundant joy.

And, isn’t that what life should really be about?