“Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.” ~ Mindful.org
Okay, I am going to give it to you straight, human to human:
Life is really frickin’ hard right now and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t struggling.
You don’t have to worry about me or anything, I’m fine, I’m just being honest. Working from home in close quarters with family up in your grill every minute wears on you after a while.
Listen, it’s not all bad. My favorite season is right around the corner, which is something to look forward to and also happens to be the time when I start to nest and get my head out of my butt.
Since March, it has been a steady diet of nightly cocktails and other unhealthy choices.
Things like that don’t help my cause when I am already a grade-A worrier.
I am ready to right this ship and honing my mindfulness skills is the first order of business. I guess you could consider this part of my Adult-E-Learning.
That brings me to our partnership with Ashley Nelson (see our Live @ 5 chat here) and INSEUS, a mindfulness-based coaching company, created on the premise that life’s challenges impact the effectiveness and quality of life.
When I was first introduced to Ashley, I joked that I had been looking for her all of my life. I really believe that our meeting was not by chance.
I have long struggled with focus and anxiety and often stress about my ability to stay productive while working from home with all of the distractions.
Couple that with a national health crisis and e-learning and the pressure is on. I need to keep my wits about me if I want to be successful and happy.
There is hope for me yet, and you too if you are like me and looking to right your own ship.
Mindfulness School is in session.
The Sister Project is heading to INSEUS’S Online Search Inside Yourself Program and we want you to join us!
This 4-part program was created by and for Google. Search Inside Yourself teaches mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills that lead to peak performance, more effective leadership, and mindful skills we all could benefit from cultivating.
“Mindfulness in all its forms can be practiced at every life stage, regardless of place or time. It is particularly helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety, loss, depression, pain management, serious health issues, and other major life challenges.” – INSEUS
We really hope you consider investing in yourself by joining us on this mindfulness experience to learn some ways to live your most present and mindful life.
Post-module we will host a Sister Project Zoom wrap party so we can connect with you and share our experiences with each other.
This is definitely something to look forward to right now!
Sign up for the Online Search Inside Yourself Program here!
Deep Breath, Pause, Release
Feel the breath and ground into the moment.
Feel Your Feet
Notice your feet on the ground as they act as a portal in the present moment. Take a breath as you do so.
Deep Belly Breath or Diaphragmatic Breathing. This type of breathing helps to use the diaphragm correctly and use less energy and effort to breathe.
Sit comfortably, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head, and neck relaxed. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible. Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.
Take a moment to arrive
Take note of the event and ask yourself how you are feeling. Notice what is happening in your body as well as the thoughts and emotions you are experiencing.
Notice Unpleasant Events
Take note of what you’re feeling and implement breath. Deep Breath, Pause, Release. Then revisit how you are feeling, or in other words, your reactivity.
See you there!
Michelle & Lauren