We can create obstacles, diversions, and sinkholes to block our path. These mental, emotional, and physical detours we create rob us of connecting with ourselves, our goals, and all we have the ability to create and experience. It can block our connection with higher consciousness and trust. Identifying how we get in our own way allows us to get rid of automatic cycles and imprinted patterns, creating space for a new highway. One You design.
The Ego-Less Self: Achieving Peace & Tranquility Beyond All Understanding by Cardwell Nuckols
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
Leading with curiosity applies to our inner self, emotions, physical body, perceptions, and connections with others as a way of living. By leading with curiosity, it improves our self-esteem and self- concept and regulates and balances our emotions, allowing us to get to the middle of our emotions as we discussed in the emotional ladders episode. Leading with curiosity also improves our physical health and dissolves our attachment to assumptions, expectations, and judgments. This allows space for a connection within and with others full of genuine acceptance.
Some affirmation decks I use:
Power Thoughts: 365 Days of Affirmation by Louise Hay. I have this in my office and my clients enjoy reading them when they come in for sessions.
Power thought cards: 64 card deck. I use these at home. I pull a card each morning and put it on my fridge for my daily reminder. I bought one for my daughter and she uses it the same way in her home.
Meditation cushion I use:
Sometimes I sit on this alone or sometimes I use it in addition to my backjack my sitting on it also or sometimes placing it under my knees.
Backjack I use:
I use these at home and at Serenity. These are what we use for our meditation groups and other workshops and gatherings. We also have the meditation cushions,bolsters, and blankets people use at times with the backjack.
I've been highlightening the numerous benefits of mindfulness for our emotional, mental, and physical health along with the many ways we can incorporate it into our way of living. Kevin Briggs joins me for a discussion about his research on Mindfulness, barriers of incorporating the full nature of the practice, and how to integrate the fullness of culture, history, and experience.
You can reach Kevin Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some links to the journal and some books on mindfulness you might find helpful.
The Miracle of Mindfulness
Mindfulness in Plain English
If you’re interested in learning more about the women who were a part of the journal article in Yoga Journal, here are their websites. (May/June 2019 edition)
Rina Deshpande https://rinadeshpande.com/
Sangheeta Vallabhan http://sangeetavallabhan.com/
Hemalayaa Behl https://www.gaia.com/person/hemalayaa-behl
Rumya S. Putcha http://rumyaputcha.com/about/
Susanna Barkataki https://www.susannabarkataki.com/
Nicole White, LPC, DBTC