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How to create calm in your busy morning routine

Does this sound familiar?

Your alarm goes off and you automatically think of your never ending to-do list.

A sense overwhelm overpowers you.

Your heart races and you feel panic in your body. 

Coffee goes on and the hustle begins; get ready for work, prepare lunch for you and the kids, get the kids ready, drop them off to school, arrive at work.

….All the while you are thinking of everything you need to do.

Exhaustion has kicked in by the time you arrive at work so you buy another coffee and attempt to get something done.

You can’t quieten down your mind and so you just rush through as many things as possible aware that you are making mistakes along the way. 

Lunchbreak, what is that? You eat at your desk so you can pick-up the kids on time from after school care. 

Kids, tick! Dinner, tick! Get ready to do it all again tomorrow, tick!

The day is done and you consider sitting down to relax but you know you need to get some sleep.

So you lie there. Tired but wired because of feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted. You begin worrying you won’t get everything done and as a result you stay awake for most of the night.

This never ending cycle continues day after day after day…

Honey, take a deep breath…

Inhale through the nose and exhale with a big sigh out your mouth. This blog post will give you some simple strategies and tools to help you create more calm in your busy morning routine and throughout your day.

Breathe baby breathe

During your busy routine, ground through your feet and place your hands on your belly, then as you breathe in let your belly expand, and as your breathe out let your belly come back in.  This breathing technique is simple and easy to do and you can carry it throughour your busy routine from morning to night.

Benefits

  • Reduces negative stress by lowering the stress hormone – cortisol
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Improves mental focus and concentration
  • Improves your mood by elevating the ‘feel good’ hormone

Put on some music

Music is known to be uplifting and can immediately take you out of a funk or a busy mindset because it relaxes you and just takes you out of your head. Just make sure you play some good uplifting music and nothing that will create anxiety or stress.

Benefits

  • Reduces negative stress by lowering the stress hormone – cortisol
  • Improves your mood by elevating the ‘feel good’ hormone

Meditate for Calmer Mind

Meditation is the best thing you can do to help calm the mind it has amazing benefits when practiced regularly.

Benefits

  • Reduced anxiety, tension and stress
  • Increased calm and pleasure
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Increased vitality and energy

Meditation changed my life

How to start a meditation practice

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. it’s a form of meditation and you can do this when you in the midst of your busy routine.  When you are washing the dishes, just be mindful and present with it or when you are washing your hair experience the internal and external experiences you are having with the process of washing your hair. Become more present in everything you do and you will pracitce mindfulness. This is a great practice to start doing even if it is when you are brushing your teeth as a first step and then gradually build until you start becoming more mindful and present throughout your day.

Mindfulness provides many benefits, including the ability to reduce stress, rise above self-limiting beliefs, improve focus, develop self-awareness, facilitate calmness, and handle difficult emotions such as frustration, resentment, boredom and anxiety.

 

All of these practices will not only help calm your mind and help you become grounded, but it will take the havoc out of that busy routine we go through everyday.

So, tell me in the comments below, if this blog post was useful and what you are most likely to start implementing from today.   Remember, to see the real benefits of any of these practices, you need to practice them consistently for at least 21-40 days.

 

 

Meditation changed my life

I love meditation, it has changed my life. I used to be the type that would meditate and then forget the next day. I would beIMG_0220 practicing meditation out of fear, instead of love. What I mean by that, is instead of finding the joy in my meditation practice, I was seeing it as a chore or something to tick off my list.  

When I started to evaluate my life on New Years Day I knew I wanted to make some massive changes in my life so I could help and serve others. If I wanted to change, I needed to do the work, so I made a commitment to myself to make my meditation practice my non-negotiable, so I could slow down and be more present.

My meditation practice makes me feel more grounded, present and connected to my body. It helps me slow down and be more still. I can tune into my intuition. When I don’t meditate i notice how differently my day unfolds, it’s more chaotic, busy and stressful, compared to the days when I meditate in the morning, I can be more present and mindful in my choices and decisions. I am a full-time working mum, but I always make the time for my meditation practice. It helps me slow down and stay connected.  I set my alarm 20 minutes earlier every morning and do my practice before I get ready in the morning, I don’t even have a tea or coffee beforehand. I like to start my meditation practice straight from bed after a splash of cold water on my face. My son has done a meditation with me before as well, sometimes he just likes to lay next to me when I am doing my meditation and that can be grounding too, that sense of unconditional love right next to you.

As for meditation practices, there are so many to choose from. I like to do either a guided meditation, breathing meditation or a kundalini meditation. I tune into my body on what it needs and that guides me to my practice for the morning.

Here are some of my favourite breathing meditations I enjoy doing, you can start with as little as 3 minutes per day and gradually build it up:

  1. Count each inhale and exhale – so breathe in 1, breathe out 2, breathe in 3, breathe out 4 and so on, until you reach 10, then start over again. Continue this for up to 3 minutes, and gradually build it up.
  2. Breathe in for a count of 10, hold the breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out for 10 seconds, keep repeating this cycle of breath for up to 3 minutes and gradually build it up.
  3. Hold your hands on your belly and as you breathe in your belly expands, and as you breathe out your belly comes in.

Have you tried meditation? Tell me about your meditation practice.

 

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!

Have you started off this year already in a state of overwhelm, perhaps taking on habits from 2014 into 2015 and getting upset with yourself? Are you putting yourself down or going through a state of eating too much which is causing you to feel down on yourself and react from a non-loving way? In January, fear-based thoughts can tend to creep into our thoughts because we start to evaluate where we are in our lives and why we haven’t achieved what we wanted or perhaps why we are still stuck in an emotional rollercoaster of stress and anxiety. 

Does this sound familiar? I know personally, every January I tend to go through this process. From eating too much or going back into negative thinking because I haven’t done all I wanted to do, so it limits me from reaching my full potential and creates blocks.  So how do we move on from these blocks we have created in our life? It’s a simple shift in perception from fear to love.  All you need to do is change your thoughts, and you will change your reality so if you are continually thinking I am not good enough, I don’t like my body or I don’t have any money, change the way you perceive the situation or you will just create more lack in your life.  Sounds simple right? It really is.  Just make a commitment to see things differently and the universe will provide for you.  Sometimes placing trust in something like the universe can be difficult if you are in a state of rock bottom or you just haven’t experienced miracles in your life.   Start feeling more love to yourself and others, and even your bank account even if it is only showing $0.  The more love you show each area in your life, will create more flow.  Think about what you are saying, your words are creating your reality just like your thoughts.  What are you saying to your kids? What are you saying to your loved ones? More importantly, what are you saying to yourself? What’s your inner dialogue? Is it loving or fear based?

Start with some little steps, one step at a time. Focus on one area in your life where you are in lack or finding things difficult.  So, for instance, if you want a better body, start having a better relationship with your body by treating it better and nourishing it with foods and exercise which will make you feel joy.  OR start celebrating the money you have in the bank account, even if there is only $0, just feel good about it.  Hope you found this post useful, feel free to post a comment below. I would love to know how you shifted your perception from fear to love in areas of your life.

 

 

 

 

Week 4: Make Peace With Your Mind

Welcome to the last blog post for the weekly blog series Make Peace With Your Mind.  Here’s a simple body connection practice to help you connect into your intuition and get you out of your head space.

Body Connection Practice 

Sit on a chair, close your eyes and bring your attention to the soles of the feet. Feel the connection of your feet into the floor.  Imagine yourself so grounded to the floor like roots into the ground.  Let the chair totally support you and become heavy in your lower body.  Start to bring your attention to your breath, deepen your breath, slow it down.  Bring your awareness to the centre of your chest, to your heart.  Breathe into this space while still grounding through the feet.  Say this following mantra There is an infinite supply of love, I am love and I am loved. Continue grounding through the soles of your feet.  When you are connecting to your heart, you may start receiving messages or images – this will be your intuition guiding you. Do this for 2-5 minutes and get your journal out and write down anything that came up for you.  

 

 

This is the end of the 4 week blog series, hope you have enjoyed it.  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

 

 

 

Week 2: Make Peace With Your Mind

Make Peace with Your Mind

 

Welcome to Week 2 of Make Peace With Your Mind.  In today’s vlog, I am sharing a simple yet very effective breathing meditation which will reduce stress and bring you into the present moment.  

Have you ever experienced times where something has totally pushed your buttons, causing frustration or anger, which then of course sends your mind into overdrive thinking about the problem to eventually come up with a solution?  Well this meditation is designed to reduce stress, bring you into the present moment and get you out of the overthinking mind.  

This breathing meditation practice can be done absolutely anywhere, you could do it in the morning when you wake-up or in the middle of the day.  

Feel free to share your experience in the comments below or on the Facebook page.  

Namaste

Michelle

Week 1: Make Peace With Your Mind

Welcome to the first week of the 4 week blog series Make Peace With Your Mind.  If you are an excessive overthinker, then you have come to the right place. This blog series is designed to give you some practical tools to help you declutter the mind, become more present and change the inner dialogue so you can feel more peace with your mind. 

I was an excessive overthinker to the point of being so consumed in my head I wasn’t following my heart. My ego was running the show, not my heart. These tools you will receive are all things I personally do to make peace with my own mind. Did you know on average, we think around 70,000-100,000 thoughts per day, amazing isn’t it? BUT on average half of that is taken up by negative thoughts, so that’s almost 50,000 thoughts per day dedicated to negative self talk such as I am not good enough, who will listen to me, I feel fat.  The busy mind will start to try and make sense of what’s happening to the point of making it a problem to solve.  The mind loves solving problems. Then there is the time trap - thinking about the past or future. I know I have done this a lot, where I have been worrying about the future, and it hasn’t even happened, or there was no point even worrying about it because it all worked out. Worrying only focusses on the one thing you don’t want in your life. 

Week 1: Bring Your Awareness To Your Feet

Sounds simple right?! Bringing your awareness to your feet. If you are an excessive overthinker like I was, this was extremely hard because my mind would start thinking I am not doing it right, well there I am thinking again. All you need to do for this practice is bring all your awareness and attention to the soles of your feet. This practice is designed to get you out your head so you can connect to your body and be present.  Set an hourly alarm on your phone, call it ‘Bring awareness to feet’ so you immediately know what you need to do, after a day of this practice, you will hear the alarm and you will automatically bring your awareness to your feet.  Start noticing if anything comes up for you, or if you go into the thinking mind.  Sometimes we can face resistance to things we really need in our lives, so stick with this practice for the full week to achieve great results.

You are also going to start to witness your thoughts, what are you thinking about the most, it will generally be what’s worrying you the most.  This could be money, relationships, or stress at work.

So, this week is pretty simple right, just bring your awareness to your feet every hour. Stay tuned for next week’s blog, with your first meditation. Feel free to post a comment below or share how it is going for you on the Facebook page.

Namaste

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Week Blog Series: Make Peace With Your Mind

Make Peace with Your Mind

 

Are you an excessive overthinker?

Do you constantly go into your head to think of answers?

What would your life be like if you weren’t thinking so much?

How would it feel to go to bed each night without thinking about what happened during your day?

 

I have a confession to make I was an excessive overthinker. I would always go into my head looking for answers, or I would just be continually thinking about the same thing every time, it was like a movie playing over and over again. It was the same types of ego-based thoughts around not feeling good enough, not believing in myself, giving up when it gets hard.  During all of this overthinking based on the ego’s projections, I was not tapping into my intuition. Instead, of trusting my heart for answers, I was listening to my head which was always wrong.  It resulted into anxiety, stress and lack of sleep from overthinking to the point of waking up in the morning and feeling hungover because I went to bed thinking about something that happened during the day or worrying about something that hadn’t even happened.  I was a constant worrier but now I pick myself up on it. I used to always worry about things that hadn’t even happened to the point of getting anxious and stressed over it and losing sleep.  

One day I just woke-up and realised, I was worrying about nothing and overthinking was just making my life feel like a mess. So, I started a regular daily meditation practice and writing in my journal to calm down the mind and clear the clutter so I could finally make peace with my mind.  

This 4 week blog series is designed to help you clear the clutter in your mind so you can create stillness, just imagine how amazing your life would be if you just could calm down your mind and get yourself into the present moment (here and now) with no thoughts happening, no judgments or resistance, no attachments to things to change or focusing on the past or future.

To be part of this weekly blog series, you need to be on the mailing list, just click on the pop-up box to put your name and email address.  Starting from Friday, 5 December, you will receive your first blog post which will contain a meditation and/or breathing practice to do for the week ahead, plus a worksheet on some journalling exercises.  

This is completely FREE. Just sign-up on the mailing list and you will be able to finally clear the clutter in your mind, feel calmer and feel more free, peaceful, expansive and connected to your body.

If  you have any questions, post them in the comments below.  

Namaste

Michelle

Make Peace With Your Mind Blog Series

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20 things to do when you’re upset

 

downloadWe don’t always have the best day, so sometimes we just can’t shake off the funk from feeling flat and upset.  Here’s some ideas to get rid of the funk, and say hello to feeling on top of the world. 

1. Go for a walk in nature 

2. Mediate for at least 5 mins – even if it is guided meditation

3. Help someone else or do something for someone else

4. Put on your favourite song and dance like no-one’s watching

5. Write a gratitude list with all the things you’re grateful for in your life 

6. Tell someone you love them

7. Do something completely spontaneous and fun 

8. Go to a yoga class

9. Practice some deep breathing exercises – breathe in for four counts in through the nose, and once out through the nose. Continue this cycle of breath until you start feeling better

10. Book in for a beauty treatment

11. Organise a lunch date with your girlfriend

12. Load up your phone with feel good music – songs that make you happy

13. Bake a cake

14. Write in your journal about why you are feeling upset 

15. Watch your favourite movie 

16. Tell someone how you’re feeling 

17. Have a bubble bath

18. Spend time on yourself – self care is important 

19. Smile

20.Eat something that makes you feel good 

 

If this post helped you, post a comment below.  

 

 

 

 

 

Create a Daily Gratitude Practice

gratefulA common question I get asked is ‘why should I commit to a gratitude practice? To put this simply, how would you like to create more love and miracles in your life and manifest all the things you want in your life.  You have the potential to change your life in so many ways.  It’s all about directing your awareness and attention. So, if you started to show gratitude towards your money, particularly to what’s in the bank account (no matter how low) you are putting that out to the universe and instead focusing on the lack of money, you are being grateful for what’s in the bank account.  If you continue to focus on the lack, or stress in your life, you are only going to manifest that back in your reality in some way.

What you can expect from a regular gratitude practice?

  1. You feel happier – you focus on the good things happening in your life
  2. Reduces negative emotions – feel less negative
  3. Increases your self worth – gets you out of the ‘poor me’ syndrome mentality
  4. Improves relationships with others including your loved ones

So, it’s time for a shift in our attitude to create a daily gratitude practice to help create love and miracles in our lives.

  1. Need an affirmation, try this one:  Gratitude is my only attitude (Gabrielle Bernstein, Miracles Now)
  2. Get a Gratitude Journal (I bought mine from Kikki K) or you can just grab any notebook that makes you feel like sharing your grateful moments.  If you prefer an App, there are plenty of Apps in the market as well.
  3. Each night before you go to bed, write in your gratitude journal at least 3 things you are grateful for. Here’s some examples of what I am grateful for:

I am grateful for my son DJ who lights me up and reminds me of the light in me

I am grateful for the sunshine

I am grateful for eating such nourishing foods that fill me up with energy

 

It’s that easy, so give it ago. I would love to hear from you, post a comment below or on the Facebook page.

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