Daily Inspiration

I love to be inspired. When I’m inspired it’s like an endorphin rush courses through my veins and I feel amazing. Maybe I’ve been feeling anxiety or sadness or anger and am looking for something that shifts my attention. What I feed grows, so while I give myself a chance to feel my feelings, I also want to choose to feed what feelings I want to grow. Maybe feeling inspired feels so great because inspiration usually happens when I’m least expecting it. It surprises me and catches me “off guard.” Or sometimes I want to be inspired and am waiting for it so my eyes are open looking for it to happen.

Inspiration is not usually something that can be forced. If I sit down at my computer to write something inspiring it’s usually because something has come to me and the I write it down.  When I sit down in fron of a blank page and attempt to “force” inspiration to happen, usually I just get frustrated and annoyed and lack focus.  I can’t force myself to be inspired.

What I can do is put myself in situations or around people who inspire me. I can read inspiring books, go to museums, be in nature and the like and somewhere in there I feel inspiration.

A book that inspires me every time a read it is Melody Beattie’s “Journey to the Heart.” Her words are so loving and caring and encouraging it inspires me to be loving and caring and encouraging of myself. If you are looking for a daily devotional or daily inspiration, I highly recommend it. You can also follow me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – under the user name @MindfulMeganB, and see the (almost) daily that inspire me and maybe they are things that will inspire you as well!

Cheers!

Trusting the Process and Trusting Your Heart

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Trusting the Process and Trusting Your Heart

Trust is not easy.

When we are “trusting” something or someone, it assumes there is some uncertainty

and we’re “having faith” or trusting something positive will happen.

And typically, we don’t always love to feel uncertainty.

However, most of life is fairly uncertain. We think we know what’s going to happen but then we say,

“Or I could get hit by a bus tomorrow!”

However, do we really think we’ll get hit by a bus? No.

What this shows us is that even in the uncertainty and the possibility of getting hit by a bus,

we TRUST that we likely won’t get hit by the bus and therefore are fairly calm with the uncertainty of what will happen tomorrow.

What is really happening psychologically when we do this is sending ourselves a subconscious message

that we actually think good things are most likely to happen (we’ll be alive tomorrow)

more so than the negative will happen (getting hit by the bus),

 

I love, love, love “The Law of Detachment” chapter in Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. He writes,

“In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…

in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past,

from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.

And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities,

we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.”

 

How poetic and reassuring; compassionate and wise. Calming even.

I wonder if you noticed how it spoke to your head or your heart, your thinking brain or your feeling brain, or both.

Or maybe you even felt the two, the thinking brain and the feeling brain, connect with each other in a way that left you feeling calm or some other positive emotion.

If not, give it another read and see what happens. Maybe something even more profound might happen.

If not, no worries. Maybe you’ll notice something come to you in a few days, a week, or even a month from now.

 

May we all be willing to step into the unknown; to allow ourselves the opportunity to see all the possibilities the universe has to offer.

 

Setting New Year Resolutions, Intentions and Goals: Your Wording Matters!

Setting New Year Resolutions, Intentions and Goals: Your Wording Matters!

As a therapist I am constantly aware of the words we use with ourselves and others. Wanting to accomplish goals leaves you “wanting” to accomplish them, not necessarily getting them done.

When we use present-tense and the phrase “I am” ( or “I love”) it sends the message to our subconscious that THIS is what is happening right now and we start seeing it show up. “This is” who we are and our subconscious  starts to feed and nurture it.

When setting your goals and intentions for 2018 use phrases like:

“I am wildly successful at my job.”

“I love my job.”

“I have all the money I need to feel secure.”

“I love the way I feel in my body.”

Remember, even if you aren’t feeling that way just yet, when your subconscious hears you speaking and thinking that way, it starts to get on board.  You start to feel the way you want to feel and start seeing the results you “want” to see. Give it a try! What do you have to lose?

 

Introducing Our Weekly Mindfulness and Stress Management Group!

Weekly Mindfulness and Stress Management Group

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

We are excited to announce our Mindfulness and Stress Management Group starting 9/19/17 and continuing weekly every Tuesday.  The group meets at 5:30pm for one hour.

The group provides a relaxing and supportive atmosphere for you to develop skills to manage stress effectively and build positive relationships.  While the group will involve the teaching and practicing of mindfulness skills, there will also be opportunity for participants to process current stresses and receive feedback and support from others.

You are free to join the group on any week and participate for as long as you like; however, we encourage some consistency to give you the opportunity to get to know other people involved in the group and gain some momentum with your stress management.

We have limited spots available, so please make sure to sign up ahead of time through the scheduling section of our website.  The cost per session is $25.  Stewart Morgan, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate is facilitating the group.  If you have any questions, feel free to send him an email at LouisvilleMindfulnessCenter@gmail.com.

“Rewiring Your Brain” at Louisville Salt Cave

Nicole Bartlett and Kim Rash of Louisville Salt Cave have invited me back for their August Speaker’s Series.

Come hear me speak on using Mindfulness to “Rewire Your Brain,” August 31st at 6pm.

I’m looking forward to this opportunity to not only pass along some helpful nuggets of wisdom to help you change a pattern of thinking, feeling, or behaving, but also to offer an experiential practice that you can take with you anywhere you go! Learn to calm your mind and body, focus your attention, regulate your emotions, and find balance.

Register online on the Salt Cave’s website!

I’ll see you there!

What it Means When We’re Stuck or Stagnant

Many of my clients mention feeling that they experience Seasonal Affective Disorder every Winter.  Having grown up in Seattle I totally understand what they’re talking about. However, going through Winter is an important process seasonally and in our personal lives.

Watch the video and find out why…

2-Minute Meditation: Brain Balancing Breathing

If you are feeling overly emotional or you are over-thinking things, this is a great breathing technique that helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.

2-Minute Meditation: Mindfulness

​What is Mindfulness? Why is it important?

Can I really meditate for just 2 minutes?!​​