I am heartbroken lynching in any form continues in modern-day America. Powerful protests in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people continue across the nation, with calls for reform and restitution in the face of police brutality.
For a variety of reasons, not everyone may be able to attend or should attend a protest in person. There are many ways to fight for justice and equity.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
Many nonprofits and organizations work nonstop to support the families of slain Black Americans, as well as aid protestors with necessary resources, like bail fund, to continue their fight against injustice.
Your name has power! You can show solidarity toward movements and organizations, or demand justice by merely signing a petition...
Two weeks ago, today, life was pretty average. I took my daughter to school, saw some clients, had some meetings, did some writing, picked her up, took her to after school class, and then home for homework, dinner, family time, bath and bed.
A week ago, I discovered we live in the New Rochelle Containment zone. That's right, the epicenter of cases in New York.
In the blink of an eye, our world has changed in response to the virus
– pandemic declared
– states of emergency enacted
– schools closed
– sporting events canceled
– travel bans put in place
– and quarantines are in effect.
It's scary how much things can change and how quickly.
But fear is a fascinating thing.
Fear is part of the evolutionary system that helps us survive. We need it. But under so many modern circumstances, fear does more harm than good.
Fear allows instinct to take over to preserve life when threatened by, say, an angry bear. The instinctual reactions of fight,...
I love helping people become more mindful during their days. But many people ask me the same question, “How can I stop being distracted and become present?”
What a great question! When you ask this question, I know you’re serious about becoming mindful. Unfortunately, there’s no one perfect answer. However, I do have a few suggestions for you….
Cut off your phone. The most significant source of distraction for most people is their smart device. That’s because it is always dinging with notifications, messages, and calls that take you out of the present.
You don’t have to give up all technology, but do consider shutting down for a few minutes each day. Even five minutes away from the noise can boost your mindfulness and make you calmer.
Step outside. Sometimes, just getting away from a noisy or crowded environment is enough to help. You don’t have to go far. Consider just walking down half a block or stopping over in your...
Did you know your skincare routine is a good way to be mindful? Most people have both a morning and an evening skin routine. This routine might be simple—like sunscreen, mascara, and lip gloss in the mornings. It could be more complex involving an array of products to keep your skin healthy.
The point isn’t how many products you use or don’t use. It’s all about using the time you spend nurturing your skin to be present. Here are a few ways you can do this…
Do a quick inspection. Before you add any products to your skin, take the time to really examine your skin. Are there any blemishes or spots that concern you? Does your skin look healthy and well moisturized? Or does it look dry and dull? Paying attention to your skin is a simple way to check in with your body.
Go with a mini massage. When you apply a product, slow down and feel your fingers connect with your skin. Use slow circles and massage the area as you work, taking note of any...
One of the best places to practice being present is in the shower or bathtub. That’s because there are a variety of things you can use to engage your senses in the bathroom. Start by paying attention to these three things …
The feel of the water - Focus first on the temperature of your water. Is it hot, cool, or lukewarm? How does it feel against your skin? Are the drops from the showerhead running down your back? Is the bathtub water swirling around your toes?
The scent of your products - Your favorite shampoos and conditioners have a familiar smell. Close your eyes as you use them and see if you can pick out the various scents in them. For example, can you tell there’s lavender in your body wash? Does your shampoo have notes of jasmine?
The texture of your towel or sponge - As you leave the shower or bath, pay attention to the textures against your skin. Is your towel soft and plushy? Or is it scratchy and uncomfortable? What about the clothes you put on...
Being mindful isn’t always a straightforward journey. You may want to be mindful but struggle to reach the outcomes you want to achieve. You’re not alone. Three common mistakes can keep you from living passionately in the present. Let’s look at those, so you discover if you are facing one of them.
Mistake #1: Thinking you don’t have time to be mindful. When some people imagine living in the present, they think of spending hours contemplating the universe or life. But you don’t have to dedicate hours to being mindful. Even practicing mindfulness for a few minutes each day can make a significant impact on your life.
Mistake #2: Thinking you can’t do it right. Sometimes, people try to be mindful, then they immediately feel like failures. Many people associate being mindful with being 100% content or at peace with everything. Therefore, leading to feeling like you are doing something wrong if you don’t immediately find inner peace.
The truth is...
Living in the present takes practice. That might sound odd to you, but most people live in the future (worrying about what will happen) or the past (fretting over what did happen). It’s hard to be present. But there are a few things you can do right now…
Stop. Check-in with your body. The more you tune into your body, the easier it gets to become mindful. That’s because your body is your connection to the physical world. If you want to be fully present, starting with your body is a good idea. Do a body scan starting with your head, check your alignment, and make corrections (sit up straight), check for tension, and relax your muscles. Are they tight with tension or loose and relaxed?
Look. Observe your environment for a moment. If you need to see it through fresh eyes, try counting the number of blue objects in the room or seeing how many similar objects such as pens or stickers that you can count.
Listen. Pause for a moment to listen to the...
If you’re like most people, you like the idea of being mindful. But it seems some environments—like work—make it difficult to be. It doesn’t matter whether you work in an office in a high-rise building or as a two-person team painting homes, you can still practice mindfulness. Here’s what do…
Focus on just one thing. Many people struggle with mindfulness simply because they’re trying to do too much at once. You aren’t a machine. You weren’t designed to do 65+ things at once.
Instead of trying to do everything, choose to focus on the most meaningful task right now. Which task will bring you closer to your goals or your boss’ goals for you right now? That’s the one to focus on first.
Turn off notifications. If you have trouble concentrating once you’ve picked your one task for the present moment, then try to silence notifications. This means logging out of your inbox, silencing your phone, or shutting...
Last week I sent out posed about mindful eating. I was blown away by one of the responses I received.
In September, this courageous young woman was mindfully eating only once per day in preparation for a hunger strike against gun violence.
Shai appeared on news 12 two weeks ago to tell the world about her hunger strike. Hastings-on-Hudson woman to go on hunger strike against gun violence
Mindfulness is something you can practice anytime or anywhere. But I always recommend starting to practice mindfulness around food. I do this because, for many people, eating is an enjoyable part of their day, and I want you to associate mindfulness with fun! Besides that, there are a few other benefits, too…
Mindful eating helps you enjoy your food more. If you’ve ever eaten in front of the TV and couldn’t remember what your snack tasted like, you were a distracted eater. Most of the time, distracted eating means you didn’t enjoy your food or worse, you’re left still feeling hungry.
With mindful eating, you spend time focusing on the aroma, texture, and taste of your food. By the time you have finished, you feel like you’ve savored every morsel.
Besides enjoying your food, mindfulness also helps you eat less. When you plan to have a leisurely meal, you take your time and chew your food thoughtfully. You pause between bites and gauge...
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