Four Things I’ve Learned From Practicing Meditation

Four Things I’ve Learned From Practicing Meditation

I have been told for more than half of my life that I should try meditating. I would always respond with, “I can’t meditate!” or “It’s physically impossible for me to stop thinking for a second, let alone five to ten minutes!” And many other iterations of the same sentiment. Back in September, I hit rock bottom with my anxiety and depression and decided that for once I would try something I had never (sincerely) done before. I started meditating five months ago (and this is what happened). Premeditated Erin Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your own mind. via GIPHY I have struggled with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) as far back as I can remember. To be real, since as young as five years old, where I felt what I would later call, ‘panic attacks’. My Montessori school referred to my behaviour as a ‘tantrum’, but it was severe overwhelm and fears that my child-mind could not communicate properly. Naturally, the child panic manifested into teenage anxiety and depression, which led to multiple eating disorders and a host of other bad habits throughout my 20’s and (most of my) 30’s. The problem was always my… View Post
How To Beat Your Winter Woes

How To Beat Your Winter Woes

The winter can be a favourite time of year for many people. Some people love putting on a bobble hat and going for a long walk in the cold air. And there is no doubt that that helps blow away the cobwebs. But many people do not like the winter weather due to increased illnesses, problems with cars, and how that can slow us down. Winter can be a bit of a miserable time for some. Not to mention, that holidays can be an emotional time for many people. However, it helps to remain grateful for what we have, acknowledge that there are people less fortunate and that with a little creativity and preparedness, you can make the winter more enjoyable. Read on for how to beat your winter woes! Prepare We should never fail to prepare, no matter what in life; it is always crucial that you prevent yourself from being late, any unexpected challenges that could throw you off course, and to avoid unnecessary breakages and problems for yourself. Many people prepare their cars and vehicles for the winter, by checking tyre pressure, and oil levels as well as keeping all of your car windows and windshields adequately… View Post
3 Steps For Finding A Silver Lining (In Any Situation)

3 Steps For Finding A Silver Lining (In Any Situation)

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. Buddha What’s an attitude of gratitude? It’s living your life from the perspective of appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you do not. You may hear this phrase when people talk about an ‘abundance’ mindset vs. one of ‘scarcity’. We all struggle with finding positive value in the shitty things that happen in our lives. Believe me, this is something I have struggled with my entire life. In fact, I remember when I was 29 years old I had a terribly toxic boss and suffered with so much anxiety. One day I was helping the HR director – telling her about how tough my prior year had been after losing my job, health insurance, and a personal financial crisis and that things, “couldn’t get much worse.” Naturally, her reply was, “Love, if there is anything I know in this life it is that things surely get better… View Post