meditation

Using Apps For Meditation

Using Apps For Meditation

We've talked about the many benefits and types of meditation. I'm hoping you're onboard with the idea of trying it out for yourself now, but I can absolutely understand if you're still feeling a bit confused as to how to get started. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources to help you do just that. The ability to combine modern technology with the ancient art of meditation is exciting, and today you can use your smartphone or other electronic devices to making finding time to meditate a cinch. There are some incredibly useful apps on the market for both Apple and Android devices that encompass the gamut when it comes to meditational approaches. Keep reading to learn about using apps to meditate more and to help you cultivate a practice that fits your lifestyle.

💖 Calm

This app is great because it offers you programs you can customize by goal and time limit. Choose a three-minute session if you're in a hurry or go for 25 minutes when you want a more in-depth experience. There are also meditations geared toward particular issues like gratitude, sleep or anxiety. You get the first seven days free, and there are monthly or yearly subscriptions from which to choose after that. It's available on iPhone, iPad and Android.

💖 10% Happier

Another subscription-based app to consider is 10% Happier. You do get eight free sessions to try it out, though. This one gives you guided meditations led by some well-known names in the field of mindfulness. Guided meditations help you to stay on track on your topic of choice. This app gives you a wide variety of subject choices, including one as specific as political stress. Choose the app for your device. Android, iPad and iPhone are all options.

💖 OMG! I Can Meditate

Not only do I like the name of this one, but its content choices are incredibly varied. There's something for every need here. You can find a meditation session to help you lose weight, deal with the stress of chemotherapy and more. Check it out for iPhone, Android and iPad at an affordable monthly cost.

💖Aura: Mindfulness Daily

If you think there's no time for meditating in your life, the Aura app is the choice for you. The three-minute micro-meditations geared toward lots of topics are just right for the spiritualist on-the-go. There's even a quickie 30-second breathing exercise meant to quickly tackle your anxiety. There are both free and subscription options with really cool features like mood tracking and gratitude reflections. Give it a go from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

💖Insight Timer

If you're looking for a comprehensive meditation app that's totally free, Insight Timer should be your go-to. There are 3,500 free guided meditations and helpful options like calming sounds. It's great for when you need help falling asleep or just gaining a sense of calm. What's really great about this one is the ability to choose session lengths anywhere from five minutes all the way up to an hour.

There are lots more apps you can choose, but these are some popular ones with a vast number of features and subscription options. There's nothing that should be holding you back from getting started with meditation now.
 

Radical Self Care - 10 ways to add more self love in your life

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think or hear the term - Radical Self Care?

If you are not familiar with the term radical, let’s skip that for a moment, will talk about it later & talk about “self-care”.

What are some things you do to take care of yourself? Something you do exclusively just for YOU?

Do you get a massage? Do you color your hair or get a pedicure? Maybe go for a spa or get some quiet time to read? Do you go shopping?

Self-care means different things for different people! As Ruby Warrington, author of “Material Girl, Mystical World” rightly puts it, self-care is a holistic practice. It’s not just limited to rose-scented Epsom salt baths (they are given!!) but a more holistic approach covering the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of your life/body.

Why radical?

Self-care is a radical notion for women, especially moms/wives or busy career women that are constantly judged for putting their needs first before others. It’s against the societal norms and hence it’s radical.

Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to add more radical self-care into your life and get started RIGHT NOW! No excuses. You don’t need to get extra things, you don’t need to spend any extra $$ to get started and hence have no excuses to stop you from taking action!

Ready? Let’s Dive in!

  1. Meditation -  Meditation for me is a simple exercise of breathing in & out & making time to have a pulse check with myself. You can meditate in a lot of different ways, from sitting up straight and listening to your breath or you could listen to a guided tune on YouTube or an app on your phone that allows you to quiet that monkey mind; it can also be active meditation in form of walks in nature. Whatever helps you quiet the internal chatter and listen.

  2. Eat Whole - Read it again! I didn’t say diet/ I didn’t say eat a certain way or certain food or go Keto! Focus on eating whole, healthy that makes you and your body happy. It’s a mindset shift.

    Those of you who know me, also know that I was a self proclaimed junk food queen. I still love my junk food, but when I started taking care of myself, started paying attention to my body, putting myself first, those cans of Coke stopped appealing me.
     

  3. Live in the moment -  How many of you struggle with staying in the present moment? Not worrying about tomorrow, not feeling regret over something in the past, just focused on what’s in front of you or what’s happening in THAT moment? I won’t deny, the struggle is real but you’ve got to train your mind to stay in the present rather than staying stuck on that never-ending conveyor belt of past, present, past, present, past present. You got to focus on the present.
     

  4. Move your body -  What are some things that you guys do for your body? Do you go to the gym? Do you lift weights? Do you do cardio? Do you do classes? Do you go for walks?

    I know you can list a 100 reasons why you can’t go to the gym or take a class or take time out to move your body from finances to kids, husband etc. etc. But I want to tell you baby doll they are all excuses! There I said it! You don’t need to spend $$ if you can’t to move your body. There are so many other ways like dancing your heart out, walking outdoors in nature & yoga! All you have to do is make it a priority & take time out!
     

  5. Forgive yourself - A lot of people have 2 different reactions when I say this. 1) But Meagan, what do I forgive myself for? 2) That’s ridiculous! I haven’t done anything wrong!

    If you are the reactive or the latter types, then this point is more so for you! Radical self love starts with forgiving yourself for being so harsh on yourself, setting unreasonable expectations and putting chains or barriers around yourself. If you’re regretting a bad decision you made, or if you wish you’d done something differently, or if you have a habit that you’re trying to give up and it’s hard, it’s probably because you are being hard on yourself. If reading all the pointers & thinking of taking time off for yourself makes you feel undeserving it’s because you are being too hard on yourself and you need to forgive yourself. Replace the ego with love and start working on self-forgiveness journey.
     

  6. Take Time Off - We are always running / doing / going somewhere. And in this hustle-bustle of life, it’s important to take some time off. Just retreat from the world, hang in your white flag and say - I am out!

    Some days, you’re just like, I’m not feeling it today. Maybe it’s a Saturday. Maybe you’re off work, and all you want to do is just unplug, stay in bed and watch Netflix. But we don’t always get to do it! We have kids, husband, family, chores. . . everything that needs us! But it’s okay to just say NO! It’s okay to take a day off, go in hibernation and rejuvenate yourself.

    And for the entrepreneur ladies, just like it’s important to take a day off, it’s equally essential to take a sabbatical from your electronics. Whether you are building a business, or following up with customers put the damn thing down for a few hrs. Not to mention your secondary devices like TVs, computers, gadgets etc. Give yourself some rest by getting away from the constant non=sleeping, non-ending world of social media. It’ll still be here when you’ll log in after a few hrs or even a few days.
     

  7. Epsom Salt bath - Rose scented epsom salt baths are given when it comes to self care. Right?! Just kidding. If you are not a bath person, you can always do looong uninterrupted showers or spa! Personally I love a good long epsom salt bath to raise my vibration. Sale bath not only balances your magnesium, it also affects your physiology and your mindset.

    I will simply soak myself in the bath for 20 minutes let my worries, stress, unbalanced and my funky energy all go down the drain. I visualize all the negative, clogged up energy that doesn’t serve me anymore going down the drain.
     

  8. Trust your intuition - If you are taking care of yourself, meditating, walking in the nature & connecting with yourself, you’re going to build a strong connection with your intuition and to your higher self.
     

  9. Massage - Get a massage or body scrub or spend time doing your own facial. Do something that’s a bit out of the norm, requires planning and gets you out of your comfort zone!

    Do things that you won’t usually do unless it’s a special occasion because you don’t feel deserved or worthy of splurging on yourself. Remember, you are worth of every penny and there is a way to make it happen, and every time you elevate yourself and you step up for yourself and you show up for yourself, and you do for yourself and sometimes you do a little splurge, you’re raising your vibe of what is possible for you. You’re raising your vibe of saying, Alright universe, I get it. I deserve this.
     

  10. Do what you love - Take time out to do something that you love. Be it a job or a hobby. Make a list of all the things that you love doing like activities or people that you want to be around, experiences you want to have, anything & everything that you love and that excites you. Make a list and then make it happen.
     

  11. Practice Gratitude - Bonus radical self love tip - practice gratitude. Be grateful for where you are, what you have, who you are and everyone who’s in your life right now. Your career or business, experiences, things around you. . . there’s so much to be grateful for. Become so grateful & so in love with your life that gratitude just exudes from you and becomes contagious to people around you.

 

What are you going to start doing today? Share how you take care of your self - physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually in the comments below!

Top 5 Crystals For Beginners

In part two of our #AbundantCrystalCourse I talked about my top 5 crystals for beginners. These are beauties I use almost every day. 

✨Amethyst is a powerhouse stone. It vibrates at a high frequency, creating a bubble of spiritual protection against negative energy. It awakens higher consciousness, assists in wise decision-making free of emotional confusion, and facilitates meditation and intuition.

Uses: Intuition, Meditation, Protection, Purification, Wisdom

✨Flourite clears and clarifies mental clutter. If you are confused and distracted by too many ideas, or worries about the future, flourite will put your mental mess in order, enabling you to focus on what really matters. It’s a support for work that involves making subtle distinctions, or a lot of decisions in quick succession.

Uses: Clarity, Creativity, Purification

✨Clear quartz is the most useful and versatile of gemstones for metaphysical work. It has the unique property of being “programmable”, meaning you can infuse it with your intention and then it will amplify it, working on your behalf to manifest it in the world. It also acts to amplify the energies of any other stone you are working with.

Uses: Manifesting, Meditation, Purification

✨Rose quartz stone of love. It helps dissolve old hurts and open the heart to trust in love and have faith in the benevolence of the Universe. It has a melting effect on mistrust and suspicion, and reawakens the heart chakra to abundance of love available to it. great stone to place in your home or workplace to increase the vibration of harmony and love in the environment.

Uses: Emotional Healing, Hope, Joy, Love, Nurturing

✨Carnelian is about action. By activating the first three chakras, Carnelian provides a powerful boost to your willpower, with the physical energy and drive to back it up. If your heart wants something, carnelian can give you the confidence and power to go for it.

Uses: Confidence, Empowerment, Physical Health, Vitality.

Meditation Made Easy : Beginner's Series For Boss Babes Mindset

It’s so easy to think that meditation needs to be difficult and that there’s no time to do it.. I know, I’ve been there. I KNEW it was something I wanted/needed in my life but every time I sat down to attempt a session my brain went rogue: Grocery list, bills due, client meetings, arguments with hubby, what do I want for lunch, did I remember to feed the fish… allllll came rushing in demanding attention. 

This chick felt like a FAILURE.

It seemed like the path to finding more peace within myself was more frustrating than zen. 

After I finally realized mediation was a muscle that had to be strengthened I gave myself enough grace and TIME to learn the new skill that would ultimately help me “go within” and learn how to love & heal myself, profoundly transforming my life, my relationships and my business. 

YOU have the power to heal yourself. If you have ever experienced high anxiety and panic like you felt it was going to eat you alive, meditation is for you. 
If you've experienced feeling disconnected and lacking motivation, meditation is for you.
If you are hungry to find balance and clarity in your busy boss babe life, meditation is for you.
If there are relationships in your life that need healing or release… meditation is for you.
If your finances are a major stress in your life.... meditation is for you. The money mindset I started with was limiting, scarce, controlling, the cause of so much stress. The “M” word was not something I cherished or felt empowered around. .... 

* Meditation reduces stress.
* It improves concentration. “I'm more centered and focused in everything I do. 
* It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
* The practice increases self-awareness. 
* It increases happiness.
* Meditation increases acceptance. 
* It slows aging.
* The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.

SO many times I’ve been asked “How do I start meditating?” “How can I make it work for me?” “Where do I start?” “What if I can’t quiet my mind?” “Do I have to close my eyes?”

I realized there is a HUGE need to guide but I also realized it’s not something that can be conquered in one tidy conversation. Beginning your meditation practice is a journey, it will serve you for the rest of your life. I honestly believe it’s one of the most empowering things you can ever do for yourself. 

I’m honored to open my “Abundant Meditation” series.

This series will be in a private group setting lasting 30 days. We will cover everything you need to get comfortable and consistent in your meditation practice together. 

Finding what works for you is key, no two people are exactly alike. 

In the group I will share lives, resources, guided meditations and tools to help you:

Create your space
Get grounded
Clear energies
Remove Blocks
Open to abundance
Private meditations on manifestation, money mindset, creativity, forgiveness, releasing past traumas, stopping anxiety attacks, reducing stress,... (just some of my favorites). 

This is going to be such a BEAUTIFUL and transformative community.