It’s that time of year again. Time to buy school supplies or dorm room décor and prepare your child to head back to school. Whether it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten or first day of college, a new school year brings with it a whole host of emotions. It can be a stressful and exciting time for kids and parents. Here are my best mindful parenting tips to help your child transition into the new school year.
Often times, people ask me why I decided to be an Intuitive Healer and Wellness Practitioner. My answer is always the same, “I came to this path with great resistance. My life was literally on the line and in the search for healing I found out I was a healer. It wasn’t a choice, it was a call I had to answer.”
New beginnings can bring up a mix of emotions; scary, exciting, doubtful, hopeful, and more. When a new beginning takes us by surprise, we may feel thrown off and unsure of how everything will work out. Yet, somehow it always does.
We asked our Journey LIVE teachers to share with us stories of new beginnings, both expected and unexpected. Their stories show us that even if we can’t see how our story will end, eventually all the dots connect.
Business executives often experience stress and burn out. Faced with so many responsibilities at work, executives are often pulled in so many different directions that they feel exhausted and overwhelmed while losing their sense of passion, motivation and joy in leading.
Mindfulness can help. Just a few simple mindfulness practices can help reduce stress and fatigue while reigniting your passion and commitment to leading.
In our fast-paced modern world, it can be a challenge to find a work-life balance routine that, well, works. Between juggling job responsibilities, family commitments, social plans, and that seemingly elusive “me-time,” creating a work-life balance routine and staying with it can feel like work in and of itself. Routines can be difficult to maintain for many reasons, and psychology tells us that it largely has to do with decision-making. After a long day at work, we simply don’t have the same mental capacity to make decisions that we did at the start of the day. We are therefore more likely to opt for the path of least resistance which, in the context of your work-life balance activities, may mean heading straight home from the office instead of going to that workout class you’ve been wanting to try. The good news, though, is that, there are specific things you can do when planning out your routine to help make it stick
Between balancing school work, a social life, extracurriculars, and family time, it can sometimes feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions as a college student. Not to mention adjusting to a completely new lifestyle away from the comforts of your childhood home--it can certainly feel overwhelming! As someone who dabbled with meditation before going away to college, I admittedly had a difficult time incorporating my mindfulness practice into college life at first. However, once I got my bearings and fell into a routine, I was able to find new ways to practice mindfulness that helped me better manage the stresses of college life. If you’re a college student looking to practice mindfulness but don’t quite know where to start--don’t worry, you’re not alone.
It’s easy to be busy in a big city like ours. New York, NY is 8.6 million humans, give or take 62 million annual tourists—shopping, shuffling, stopping for a bite, working hard to afford our $5 cold brews, subway fare, rent is due, cable, diapers, dresses and everything else it takes to make it here, so we can make it anywhere —it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle.
But, there is peace to be found.
I had to find it.
Wish you could quit your job and travel the world?Well, Journey LIVE community member, Rosie Yakob, did just that! Rosie, alongside her partner, Faris, is the co-founder of a nomadic creative consultancy called Genius Steals.
So, how did they create such a lifestyle and how do they find community along the way? We were excited to be able to chat with Rosie to find out how they’ve made these dreams possible.
The teenage years are full of ups and downs for both parents and teens. As we watch our children grow, we experience just about every emotion possible - pride, joy, fear, sadness, and everything in between. As teenagers, our children are experiencing one of the biggest periods of change in their lives as they find their independence, struggle to better understand who they are and journey toward adulthood. Being a teenager and being the parent of a teenager requires patience, resilience, self-awareness, open-heartedness, and the difficult and endless task of letting go. Enter mindfulness.
Summer means vacation time. It’s a season that most people look forward to all year - long sunny days, time spent outdoors and a much-needed break from our busy routines. However, switching from work-mode to vacation-mode can sometimes be a challenge. It can take a few days at the start of a vacation to unwind. Then, just as you begin to sink into a slower, more relaxed mode, you hear that little voice inside your head telling you that vacation is almost over, as your shoulders begin to tense up again.
So, how can you learn to truly enjoy your time off while you are away? And, how can you maintain that vacation mindset once you are home and back at work?
You’ll often hear great leaders speak of how it was really the people, their team, who led an organization to success. In fact, Steve Jobs once said: "Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people." Cultivating a great team is no easy task, it requires a delicate blend of skill, patience and leadership. Meditation can be an important tool that supports this process.
Four years ago, I created Journey Meditation with the mission of helping all people live happier, healthier lives. We set out to build a supportive and inclusive community, both online and off. With the launch of Journey LIVE, the world's first live group meditation app, we are harnessing the power of human interaction to help us improve our lives, while feeling more connected to ourselves and each other. Our mission to improve lives is guided by five simple yet powerful principles.
The best guidance I ever received on how to share and talk about meditation came after a week of silent retreat.
I remember feeling so excited to share the breakthroughs and realizations with anyone who would listen. Not only had I spent a week without talking and felt eager to get back into it, but I sensed that this was a profound experience that was going to transform the course of my life. I wanted my loved ones to understand.
I’m a rather impatient person by nature.
My life has often moved at an unsustainable speed. And when it has, I see the effects immediately — I’m more easily agitated, terse in my responses, and rush towards decisions, big and small. My thoughts, both the frequency and pace of them, start pulsing at an erratic rhythm. Think head-pounding EDM beat.
It seems counterintuitive at first glance: how could sitting quietly by yourself be beneficial in romantic relationships with other people — talking and texting, going out for a drink or dancing, and running around in the world? In reality, it might be the most useful thing we can do to improve our relationships.
In this Journey Community feature, we’re chatting with Chris Adamo, Chief Business Officer at WhereBy.Us, a media and technology company that helps the world’s curious locals understand and explore their cities. Whether it’s through his business ventures, his move to Miami, or even the Hawaiian shirt on his back, you’ll learn that Chris is bold in everything he does.
Sarah Komers is a triple threat - Mom, Entrepreneur, and Meditator. Sarah is the founder of Mom Culture, a lifestyle shop selling fun and relatable merchandise such as t-shirts that say “Mother” and coffee mugs stating “Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting”. Not only is she making the world a better place one mom mug at a time, she’s also building a community that empowers and supports moms in their journey of raising good humans.
From starting company meetings off with a Journey LIVE session to encouraging her 12-year old daughter to meditate before school, Sarah has made meditation and Journey LIVE an integral part of her personal and professional life. We were excited to be able to chat with Sarah to learn more about her and her meditation practice.
It is no secret that meditation is a practice shared by high performers from a wide variety of industries. Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Weiner and Ray Dalio are all reported to practice regularly. Top performing firms like Google, Nike, Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Apple are said to have meditation programs embedded into their HR initiatives.
Can we say that meditation is these top performers’ secret to success? Maybe, but that would likely be oversimplifying things. There is no secret sauce to high performance (if there was, we’d all be Oprah), but there are undeniably several traits that many productive people share. Developing a mindfulness practice can help us sharpen these tools.