Lindsay and I before the Natural Living Expo and an awesome meditation!

I’ve found that really the most instrumental thing I can do every day to make sure I don’t get too stressed and therefore stay inspired + happy + motivated is to take five minutes to myself before I start my day.

Here’s what I do: I keep two feet rooted to the floor (or sit on the floor) to make sure I feel really connected to the ground and the earth. Our minds are capable of moving so much faster than our bodies are designed to move, and by rooting my feet down into the ground I feel like I’m syncing up my body to my mind. I also picture myself protecting my energy so I’m not “leaking” around negative people, when I’m confronted by large crowds or just super stressful situations.

Then I just let myself get quiet and listen.

Typically, my thoughts want to run the show. “What are you wearing today?”, “Aren’t you going to be late?”, but they usually settle down thanks to practice. However, if your mind continuously wanders when you’re trying to mediate or just experience a little quiet, here’s a tip:

My yoga teacher says that when we worry we’re usually replaying the same five of six worries over and over in our mind continuing this loop that we don’t even realize we’re participating in. If you write the worries down, you immediately break the chain and shift to your point of power. You may not be able to fix everything, but you can at least look at what’s coming up and evaluate your options. Learning to watch the mind was an amazing part of yoga teacher training, and I learned so much!

Here’s the link to the Miracle Meditation Lindsay, and I did this weekend at the Natural Living Expo as part of Gabrielle Bernstein’s lecture.

Three things:

1.) My roommate Rachel shared this article, “Marriage Isn’t for You,” by Seth Adam Smith with me last week. It’s exceptional. I loved this part, “So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

2.) The Massachusetts Conference for Women is sneaking up on me quickly, and I am STOKED! Lindsay and I are both going this year. I will be bag stuffing the day before to pay my way =)

3.) These gluten-free and vegan chocolate dessert recipes look SO GOOD!