Sometimes You Have To Tell Your Mind To SHUT UP

meditationSo a few weeks ago I tried the 21-Day Meditation Challenge online with Deepak and Oprah. Although I didn’t do it every single day during this challenge, I really enjoyed my growing need to start my morning off more grounded.

I learned a few things about myself while doing the last challenge. One important thing was that I am addicted to”rushing”. I noticed that I don’t use my time wisely and every morning I go through chaos trying to get out of the house so I am not late to work. If you are familiar with the experience, you may know that this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.

It was funny because I remember Day 1 of the last challenge and in the beginning Oprah would give a little introduction  for Deepak where he would take over, start explaining the day’s mantra as well as an affirmation to focus on. Then we would begin the actual meditation.

The first day my brain was going so crazy and I was in such a big rush that I remember thinking “can i just skip this part?” “Do I need to hear this?” “OMG this needs to hurry up, I’m gonna be late”. I then remember just laughing at myself a bit because what I was doing right there was exactly the opposite of the reason of why I wanted to meditate in the first place. Here I am, attempting to meditate in order to slow my brain down, and here it is doing its wonderful job at going crazy, and here I was letting it do that. I literally had to tell my mind to just SHUT UP!

In that moment I had to ask myself a quick question, “Do you want to do this or not?”. YES I wanted to do it. I took a deep breath and chose to just listen and follow through. At that moment I let go of the fears I had of being late and remembered why I wanted to take the challenge in the first place.

During this time, I had already been waking up to do B-School, and I had started reading “May Cause Miracles”. I had to also make the meditation a part of my morning schedule, which meant I had to use my time wiser in other areas. For me that meant I had to set a time schedule for the other things I was doing and try to stick it to. When it came to meditation time, I was able to put everything on hold for just 15 minutes, which allowed me to start my day off positive and more balanced.

 I was finding my peace in the morning and this also allowed me to become more calm through out my day. I was then even able to “meditate” while doing other things throughout the day. When I would find my mind going crazy and jumping from one thought to another and/or my leg tapping back and forth from anxiety, all I had to do was take a deep breath, tell my mind to shut  up and choose to focus 100% at the task at hand.

Last week in my email I received another 21-day meditation challenge and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys and get started. I would love for you guys to join me in my next 21 day meditation challenge with Deva Premal & Miten.

You can sign up here through Mentors Channel. The meditation started on April 23rd but right now Day 1 is still posted so it’s not too late but hurry before they take down Day 1.

Just remember, the simple practice of setting aside 20 minutes of your morning to practice meditation will start to strengthen your ability to focus on other areas of your life as well. Who’s with me?

SIGN UP NOW!

xoxo,

barista

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Day 38: “I Will Help Those In Need” – Funds 4 Nate

Good Morning Fellow Coffee Readers,

Today I wanted to share with you my experience of Day 38 of “May Cause Miracles” and how I decided to be of service to others. Week 6 is all about focusing on becoming a miracle worker. A quote that I liked from the book was that “being a miracle worker isn’t just about letting go of negative beliefs and becoming happy: there is much much more. Being a miracle worker is a practice of personal growth that leads to worldly transformation.”

Wednesday was my second time repeating Day 38 because I decided to start the week over again a few days ago. On Day 38 the focus is “Shift from ME to WE”. The morning reflection was:

“Today I prepare to shift my focus from me mentality to a we mentality. When I am of service to others, I get out of my own way and stop focusing on my own inner turmoil. Today I choose to shift my attention from my internal dialogue by consciously paying attention t o others. I will listen to those who want to be heard. I will help those who are in need. I will guide those who are lost. I will serve those who call for love.”

Although May Cause Miracles is not religious based book, because of the value of this particular prayer, for the evening exercise I had to recite the Prayer of Saint Francis (which you can find here) and then meditate in a way to get my inner guide to help me be of service to someone else. The first time I did this exercise I focused on someone I knew and how  I could be of service. The answer came to me as in to help my friend, who is on a tight budget, with photographing her wedding within her means and budget (I do photography on the side). This time I didn’t want to focus on anything specific but wanted to see what would show itself in my path. I told you, I’m having fun playing with manifesting stuff.

Last week a friend of mine’s boyfriend had a stroke while in the gym working out and was rushed to the hospital. I remember, at the time, vaguely knowing about it but not the extent of the aftermath. Well just yesterday (the day after my meditation mind you) I finally was able to visit the funding website they set up to get help for his medical bills because he needs to go through intense therapy to recover from a loss of many of his skills including his speech and motor movements. I had NO idea this was going on. I was amazed when I saw how many people had helped in just two days. They posted a goal of $15,000 and two days later over 80 people had helped and they raised more than $9,000 for her boyfriend.

I immediately knew that I had viewed this website on this day for a reason. My inner guide was bringing it to my path like  I had asked. I had actually saw her post about the website the day or so before but hadn’t gotten the chance to look at it and I believe it happened yesterday by no mistake or coincidence. I wasn’t even consciously thinking about my meditation from the night before. It wasn’t until after that I realized the connection. So this morning I donated $50 towards his funding. Being that I have a voice, on here especially, I feel the need to share with you the information and do with it what you will.

I know that many of you do not know my friend nor her boyfriend but I would LOVE for you to at least take a look at their website and read about his story. IF you feel compelled, feel free to donate for the help of his treatment. I’m almost positive they are going to end up needing way more than what  is being asked right now and any amount helps. Let’s come together and help show them the power of WE and raise well over the goal amount being asked. Sporadically I have hosted my “$50 give-aways” where I ask for ideas from other people of where to donate money but every once in a while, something more personal and close to home calls and this is one of those moments.

Check out www.gofundme.com/funds4nate and read Nathan’s story and I just ask, if the urge speaks, listen! Even $1 counts. Feel free to let them know My Mornin’ Coffee sent ya.  🙂

Here’s to a WE based mindset!!!

xoxo,

barista