Category: Shine (page 2 of 30)

This includes posts on self-care, personal development, self-discovery.

Breath Awareness Meditation

When you’re starting a meditation practice, it can feel overwhelming, scary and downright weird. You might be wondering…

Am I supposed to just sit there, and do nothing?

How in the name of wine + chocolate cake am I supposed to think of nothing?!?

When am I EVER going to find the time to sit and breathe when the kids are running around and my to-do list is a mile long?

Forget it, I’m too “hyper” to meditate.

I resisted meditation for a long time…until it seemed like the only option left to help me heal some emotional issues, anxiety, depression and grief I had been carrying and struggling with. You know, stuff that counselling didn’t help me solve, because talking about it kept me in my mind, as opposed to in my body, my heart and in tune with my soul. I needed to be listening, feeling, noticing, forgiving and letting go.

At one point, I told myself: “What have I got left to lose?” One day at a time, I began to sit with my breath, sometimes with guided meditations, sometimes with a structured practice, and other times, just a much more flexible approach. Eventually, I worked my way through styles and found ones that worked for me, and built a daily meditation practice.

Yoga saved my life, and meditation saved my soul.

That’s why I want to share as much as these gifts as I can with my students and clients, and my friends and family (and anyone, really, who is ready to commit to their most meaningful, whole-istically healthy lives). I even created a FREE, 7-Day #MeditateWithMercedes meditation challenge (sign up here if you’d like to try it and be held accountable by having the prompts… it’s like I’m holding your hand virtually!).

When you don’t know where or how to start, developing breath awareness can be the most accessible, and is truly the most basic approach to meditation, as this is the simplest form of mindfulness (also known traditionally in yogic culture as “vipassana” in sanskrit).

Join me for this simple (and short!) Breath Awareness Meditation:

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Why We Struggle and How To Win

Take a quick assessment of your life situation.

  • Have you been struggling with starting a business?
  • Have your relationships felt strained?
  • Have your finances suffered?

Difficult situations are teachable moments, where we have the potential to grow and experience great shifts.

To find the blessing in a difficult interaction, ask yourself what it’s mirroring.

When I was in jobs where I’d was being micromanaged, undermined and criticized on a regular basis, I was even put through an intensive 8-week ‘improvement plan’. My strengths were misunderstood and my managers had no idea how to inspire and empower.

When I decided to bring awareness to the lesson/blessing, I realized that this situation was a mirror back to me; I was being too hard on myself, expecting perfection, out of a lack of self-compassion, so I attracted insecure micromanagers.

From this place of awareness, I was able to shift my energy into self-worth and self-compassion. And in a matter of weeks, my supervisors’ and coworkers’ demeanor and behavior changed to reflect my new reality.

Look for the lesson; what is your craptastic situation mirroring to you?

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