Intent of the Day: Consider Something New

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We can all find ourselves in that rut. The rut can come in all shapes and sizes. It can look like a routine that has zero excitement and 100% consistency. It can look like constant tiredness. It can look like a brick wall we keep running into, metaphorically or literally. We can find ourselves stuck and stuck can look different for everyone of us, but restlessness, frustration and hopelessness are things we can all understand. What do you do when you’re stuck? The truth is the hopelessness can start to feel comfortable and it takes a lot of energy and effort to get your brain to think and do something different, but if want to stop running into the brick wall, we gotta find the courage and the strength. Our intent is to consider something new!

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Self-Care Isn’t Selfish! 5 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

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There have been a few times in my life that I have had what I refer to as a “light bulb” moment. It happens when something becomes so crystal clear and illuminated in my mind, almost like a light bulb has been turned on in a dark room.

I had a light bulb moment when thinking about my self-care routines, and ultimately it helped to transform me and change extended to my entire family.

As a young mom I had an idea in my head that being a martyr meant I was “doing it right.” I thought that putting everyone else’s needs before my own meant that I was proving my love to my family. The only problem was that when I did they got the exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed version of Mommy.

We have all heard flight attendants instruct us to put our oxygen mask on before those that we are caring for. Every single time I fly I silently thank the airline for the gentle reminder. It never gets old.

We cannot share what we don’t have. If we don’t have reserves of energy that allow us to feel balanced and centered we can’t give our best to our children and loved ones, to our jobs, or to our friends and extended family.

The more I began to prioritize my own needs and care, by practicing meditation, mindfulness and gratitude, the more patient, present and joyful I became. I was able to bring the best version of myself to everyone that I cared about.

What I learned as I transformed from a “hot mess” to a “mindful mom” is that it doesn’t take as much time as one would think to practice self-care. Small tweaks had a huge impact on my life. Things such as: Continue reading

Advice for Parents: Strengthening Relationships Between Children

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One of the most common challenges that parents face is connecting with their children and maintaining a relationship with one another. As kids grow and develop, it can be challenging to remain close due to outside influences and changes that take place. When you want to strengthen your relationship and form a close bond, there are a few important tips to follow that will prove to be effective. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Expect Abundance

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The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
-Marianne Williamson

When was the last time you felt like you had enough? Or were enough? We live in a world chock full of marketing and around every turn we can be reminded that we are not and do not have enough. We’re running behind on time, on energy, on keeping up with trends and the Joneses. The slope is slippery and the stress and anxiety associated with falling behind can be very real.

We intend to expect abundance.

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Intent of the Day: Expect Good

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Does mindset matter? Or are some of us just luckier than others? When you’re experiencing a string of bad news, what is there to be done? Sometimes it’s easy to forget that while we can have no control over our circumstances, we have entire control over our outlook. We want to focus on the good not only when things are easy, but more importantly when things are tough. That is when the focus really matters and helps. That’s when it can change the tide from drowning to swimming. It’s our desire to spend more days swimming than sinking. Our intent is to expect good from today.

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A Meditation to Restore Hope, Faith, and Trust

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Everyone has been experiencing the ill effects of disruptive politics. Thinking of the present situation in terms of a partisan divide doesn’t go far enough–there has been a wholesale loss of trust. Hope for a better future is defeated on a daily basis. Faith in the democratic system is perhaps at an all-time low. This malaise isn’t about issues and parties. It’s about how we view bad events and react to them.

Society presses the argument that problems arise “out there,” usually caused by other people, and getting immersed in private emotion is a suitable response. The cycle of event-response never ends, and it rarely solves anything. But we are all addicted to it. Not only do outside events capture our attention, but also there is the rush of feeling angry or elated, victorious or defeated.

The world’s wisdom traditions say very little about politics, but they have much to say about getting entangled in the drama, beginning with the teaching that matters the most: the drama never ends. Once you get enmeshed in external events that trigger strong emotions, you have joined the drama either as participant or spectator. Therefore, reality “out there” is the level of the unending problems life brings our way. By becoming stuck in it, people sacrifice their only path to finding a solution, which is to base their sense of self “in here.” If you don’t want to be affected with malaise, stop ingesting the next dose of poison.

When you lose hope, trust, and faith, nobody did it to you. However much you are tempted to demonize somebody else, everything “out there” is aimed at one and only one thing: keeping the drama going at full boil. How you respond is your responsibility, and this turns out to be the opening that sets you free of the drama. Dramas are built out of plot lines, and when you start to look inward, it becomes clear that every plot line, down to the smallest detail, is self-created. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Nighttime Routine

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It’s hard to get going when you wake up needing a nap. It’s no surprise that with as fast as we’re moving, we would expect that falling asleep would be instantaneous and that we would be surprised when it wasn’t. What is the point of a nighttime routine? Much like it is with any other routine, it trains your body to know what to expect, culminating in restful sleep. It trains your brain to slow down and get ready to shut off instead of laying in bed with your mind racing. In order to be ready for the day, we intend to establish a nighttime routine.

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For Better or For Worse: How Marriage Effects your Health

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It’s been said that “a good marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short”.  Perhaps it’s because of this companionship that getting hitched boasts such a bevy of health benefits. Recent research shows that married couples report higher level of happiness, better cancer survival rates, more sex, less loneliness, and longer lifespans than their single counterparts.

But, if these aforementioned long conversations are more likely to happen over an indulgent meal than a shared workout, beware.  A 2016 study of nearly 2,000 married couples indicated one hefty downside to marriage: a larger waistline.  Men in the study were nearly twice as likely to be obese, while both women and men that were married worked out less (approximately 47 minutes less per week) than their married counterparts.

So, what’s a health conscious but happily betrothed couple to do? As it turns out, there is a silver lining in all this.  A study presented by Johns Hopkins researchers that analyzed the data of questionnaires completed by 3,261 middle aged couples 6 years apart. It showed that while married couples typically have overall lower exercise rates, it only takes one person to in the relationship to sway the trend in a positive direction.  For example, if you (but not your spouse) breaks a sweat on a regular basis, your better half is up to 70% more likely to meet minimum exercise recommendations in the future–so long as you keep up the good work.  This effect was maintained, regardless of whether the husband or the wife was the original fitness buff. Conversely, if either spouse gave up their exercise regimen, the other was more likely to follow suit. The implication is that your exercise behavior has an outsized impact on that of your spouse.

My partner still won’t exercise!

Sometimes, it seems that despite best intentions, it’s impossible to get your partner off the couch. Here are 5 ways to get moving together! Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Mind Our Manners

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It’s very easy to let our feelings (specifically our frustrations or anger) get the best of us. Before you know it, the words out of our mouths and the attitude we present is nonstop negativity, and who wants that? We instead hope to be known for our patience, our understanding and our problem solving instead of our complaining when things get tough. Rather than sitting in the upset, we want to do something productive. We intend to mind our manners. What does this mean? This means not stewing on the failures of others. This means not being absorbed by what is being done to annoy us. This means doing something instead of just talking about it.

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