It's Not Just About Thinking Positively, Here's Why:

It's Not Just About Thinking Positively, Here's Why:

Popular culture has us believing that thinking positively will change our lives in a snap. So much so that when bad things arise, we feel like we're the idiots for even allowing it into our space. While it might be true that we are in control of certain things, it looks as if this kind of thinking has minimized the mere experience of difficulty, struggle, and pain. And sometimes it's not as easy as just "thinking positively", shifting, or rebooting our thoughts.  Here's why:

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How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

Two years ago I joined a mindfulness program that has encouraged me to meditate every single morning, engage in morning exercise, and incorporate mantras into my day - all this with the intention to enhance my own sense of self-compassion. Wherein I have read books on the topic and even developed my own personal exercises for them,  I realized that nothing could enhance my own self-compassion more than going out into the world all by myself. I always believed that learning happened best through actual experience. While we can sit down and do self-compassion exercises, going on solo flight to a place completely unknown taught me a few things about what it meant to be compassionate. 

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I Integrated Mobility into My Daily Meditation, Here's What Happened:

Just when I thought that I had the formula to increased self-awareness, a few exercises on mobility seemed to have shifted my ideas on automaticity and programming.  It wasn't just about paying attention to the different muscle groups, but acknowledging my defects, that made me want to improve. Mobility, as it turns out, is meant to help you function better on a regular basis. Unlike passive stretching (widely used for flexibility), mobility looks at long-term changes in the viscoelastic properties of muscle (Stephens, et al. 2006) , and when practiced regularly, could increase muscle length. 

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How NBA Coach Phil Jackson Taught His Teams Mindfulness

Coach Phil Jackson was known to use mindfulness with his teams. I love the whole idea of silent practice - not only does it increase their sensitivity to each other’s body language, it also develops the somatosensory cortex of the brain. Mindfulness is such a great tool to have really. You’ll be surprised how many great athletes use mindfulness in their day to day activities.

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