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.
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.
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?
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.
Summertime can be a much-needed break from our overly scheduled lives. This summer, resist the temptation to fill up your summer schedule with activities. Instead, try these ideas to truly enjoy those beautiful summer days, giving yourself and your children the gift of slowing down and being more present.
Take a moment and count to 5. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Now, think back to the last time you felt overwhelmed, out of control or generally triggered. In that moment did you offer yourself the opportunity to breathe and be still for a few seconds? Or did you dig into the distraction and begin to spiral out? First, let me say there are no wrong answers here. Whether you gave yourself the pause, used every bit of your imagination to spiral into worst-case scenarios or fell somewhere in between; it’s all good. We’re all learning what it takes to show up in our fullness from moment to moment.
One of the most essential skills we are building in a mindfulness practice is the power of concentration. In our modern, busy world, we are constantly distracted and our attention is continually being drawn in many different directions. We live in a state of continuous partial attention. This is exhausting and stressful. And, when we need to focus our attention, we often have trouble “turning off” all those distracting thoughts and reigning in our attention. Mindfulness practice, in which we are learning to intentionally bring our attention to the present moment and hold it there, builds our power of concentration and offers many benefits to our health and wellbeing.
My dear friend playfully refers to the obvious moments of self-awareness as “duh, jerk” moments—and the scientific fact that we need sleep for peak performance certainly qualifies as a “duh, jerk.” The CDC has shown that we need sleep for cognitive sharpness and that we’re chronically sleep-deprived. And while it’s annoying if one of our kids or a tossing and turning partner has denied us some shuteye, it can also be life-threatening.
The First Step In Meditation
There are several ways to approach a meditation practice. From reading a book, to learning from a teacher in-person, listening to audio recordings or downloading a mindfulness-based app.
Regardless of your in-roads to the practice, and no matter the style of meditation, I have consistently noticed that there is one step any and every new meditator must take. This step is all about laying the groundwork and creating stability in order for the mind to be able to meditate.
As a New Yorker, I get it — we’re busy. I’m a long distance runner, and know that sometimes food is only fuel — calories consumed to keep our bodies in movement. I’ve squeezed plenty of packets of electrolytes in my mouth while running, and for lunch today I microwaved a burrito while taking a conference call and reviewing train times for my next appointment. But I also love cooking and eating. And, news flash: mindfulness is not a speed, it’s an attitude of curiosity and compassion for whatever’s happening.
Mindful Eating is often thought of as the classic “slow eating of a raisin” exercise made famous by Thich Nhat Hanh and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training. It’s a wonderful way to pay attention to the subtleties of eating.
Peace of mind, defined as “a feeling of being safe or protected,” is not something that is bestowed upon us when, say, all our ducks are in a row, or external circumstances are calm and harmonious. Peace of mind can be cultivated in the most turbulent times; amidst the most turbulent emotions. It is a continuously cultivated quality. One breath at a time.
Showing kindness to ourselves can be one of the more challenging practices to commit to. Life happens, challenges arise, we get busy, and it is only illness, fatigue, burn out, and moments of overwhelm that ask us, with urgency, to prioritize self-care. Yet, by living in a human body we have every tool needed to support ourselves in sustainable well-being.
One of the simplest means of showing kindness to ourselves is to create personal rituals. Rituals are a single action or series of actions that are meaningful and performed the same each time. Rituals are tools that offer us space to pause, honor ourselves, and become present.