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Kathy DeFranco
Feb 01, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
How can we have happier relationships? This month is all about friendship and finding small ways we can stay connected and feel closer to others. This Friendly February calendar is packed with ideas to give or enhance your relationships. Have fun spreading kindness wherever you go!!!
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 29, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
3 Ways To Foster Self-Worth BY AMBER TUCKER 1. Surround yourself with supportive people. The most important step, says de Botton, is to “seek out the help of a wise and kindly other person.” This could be a close friend, a mentor, or therapist—someone who believes in you, and will provide you with moral support when you begin to doubt yourself. 2. Tune in to your true emotions. When you’ve spent so long listening to other people, pushing down your own feelings may feel like second nature. By practicing mindfulness, you can begin to recognize how you truly feel about a given situation. In doing so, we can “more often take our own sides and feel increasingly solid inside, trusting ourselves more than the crowd, feeling that we might be able to say no." 3. Find what drives you. Once you’ve begun to listen to your emotions, you can start to concentrate on what you’re truly passionate about, regardless of what other people in your life may think. “Having come to know ourselves like this, we will be a little less hungry for praise, a little less worried by the opposition – and much more original in our thinking.”
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 16, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
Mindfulness is about the process, so the more you do it, the more natural it becomes. Consistency is the key. Here are 6 tips for making mindfulness part of your daily routine. Stick with it. Remember that it takes some time and a little effort to make a new habit. We encourage you to try it at least 3 times in one week. The 7 Best Meditation Apps of 2022 (or try meditating in silence) Best Overall: Calm. Best Budget: Insight Timer. Best for Sleep: Headspace: Meditation & Sleep. Best for Beginners: Ten Percent Happier Meditation. Best Guided: Buddhify. Best For Focus: Unplug. Best Selection: Simple Habit. 2. It's okay to make it informal. Practicing mindfulness doesn't actually have to be in a formal setting - try to connect it to an existing routine or everyday activity, like drinking your morning coffee/tea, or brushing your teeth/shower. 3. Get comfortable. When you start a meditation practice, it can help to create a quiet space without distractions, but really, you can do it anywhere. All you need is a cushion or chair where you can sit comfortably and in a relaxed position. 4. Easy does it. It also helps to start with small steps. Your goal is to actually do the practice, so it helps to keep it simple. Set your goal each day for short periods of time. It can be as simple as checking in to how you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally, or practicing mindful breathing for one or two minutes. 5. Plan ahead. You may want to schedule your practice. Experiment with different times to practice to find what suits you best. 6. Embrace the experience. And finally, the way you pay attention really matters. If you can make it enjoyable and develop a kind and friendly attitude toward yourself and the process, you'll find that you'll struggle less with whatever comes up. And remember to take a moment to appreciate whatever time you were able to spend meditating and whatever benefits you feel, however small. Namaste, and many blessings to you! Kathy
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 08, 2022
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 06, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 03, 2022
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 02, 2022
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 02, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
By noticing the mind’s tendency to be lost in the future or the past, we create an opportunity to come fully into our lives in the present. And the present is the only moment in which we can experience joy, grow or change. These practices can help to create mini-breaks during the day to recalibrate the nervous system. They might be very short but they are very effective if done in combination with daily meditation. Practice “2 Feet, 1 Breath,” “3 Ps,” Pause for a single breath, Be Present - notice sensations in the body, thoughts, feelings, and emotions just as they are. Proceed - using mindful speech, respond compassionately to whatever needs your attention at the moment. These simple practices will help you to step out of emotional reactivity/automatic pilot and reconnect with the present moment experience.
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Kathy DeFranco
Jan 02, 2022
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
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Kathy DeFranco
Dec 26, 2021
In Mindfulness Tips & Tricks
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