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A Mindfulness Prayer for Stress Relief and More LIFE in Your Life

A Mindfulness Prayer for Stress Relief and More LIFE in Your Life

There’s always something to get done. But living like that’s all you’re here for — to do all the things — isn’t much of a life at all. It sucks the life OUT of you. If you're addicted to being busy, too, just take a minute with this prayer for stress. You’re here to live, really live, and nothing less.

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Try This Nature Mindfulness Walk When You’re Super Stressed

Try This Nature Mindfulness Walk When You’re Super Stressed

Being in mindful contact with nature is a powerful reminder that beauty is everywhere — shining forth from every little flower and patient tree, from the light dancing on the water’s surface, from the celestial celebration in the night sky. To relieve stress and come back down to earth, try this nature mindfulness walk. It’s a breath of fresh air.

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3 Nighttime Affirmations That Work Better Than a Nightcap

3 Nighttime Affirmations That Work Better Than a Nightcap

If you’ve ever trusted in the power of a good strong drink to get you to sleep, I have something else for you to try tonight. When you're ready to hit the hay, try these nighttime affirmations. Why? Because words carry energy — the kind that can either keep you up spinning your wheels, or help you sleep like a rock. Also: you deserve to rest.

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Dissolving Worry in Your Awareness: A Mindfulness Practice

Dissolving Worry in Your Awareness: A Mindfulness Practice

Try this simple mindfulness practice next time you feel trapped by your own thoughts. It’s short and you can use it anytime, anywhere. Instead of destroying the worry, you’ll dissolve it in your focused awareness. Then you can move through your day (or night) feeling calm, capable, and open to what’s next.

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A Visualization for Stress Wherever You Are (The Energy Bubble)

A Visualization for Stress Wherever You Are (The Energy Bubble)

Stress happens. It doesn’t care if you’re in the middle of a meeting or the grocery store, or cozied up on the couch. Try this visualization for stress — I call it “the energy bubble” — before anyone or anything else decides how you’re going to feel. If stress pops up, you’ll be ready… and you’ll stay awesome.

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Reminders to Breathe Deeply That'll Inspire You to Actually Do It

Reminders to Breathe Deeply That'll Inspire You to Actually Do It

Of course you don’t need reminders to breathe — you do it without even thinking! How about inspired breathing that makes you feel like you’re connected to everything, the present moment a piece of eternity that so loves having you here? Sounds better. Feels the best. It’ll make your day... maybe, your life.

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5 Little Notes to Remind You to Live for the Moment

5 Little Notes to Remind You to Live for the Moment

To better understand life, sink into the moment, wherever you are, without past or future. Such a simple intention can take you deeper into what you can do from here. To do anything or go anywhere, you need to start here. Read these handwritten notes to remember: that when you live for the moment, you really live.

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18 Quotes about Self-Care from the New Book, Sleep Rituals

18 Quotes about Self-Care from the New Book, Sleep Rituals

Surprise: each of these quotes about self-care are from my new book, Sleep Rituals, which happens to be about more than getting a good night’s sleep: it’s a self-care menu. Basically, you’re asking yourself how you can help your future self and that, in itself, is a recipe for a nice, long moment of real rest. (Sweet relief)

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A Note on Healing Through Writing & the Therapeutic Power of Words

A Note on Healing Through Writing & the Therapeutic Power of Words

The words we choose to document our lives — those we read, those we write, those we speak to ourselves and others — influence what we hold as truths. I have a little note (and a poem) for you on healing through writing. I’ve learned firsthand that putting negative experiences into words has positively profound effects.

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In This Moment: 5 Relaxing Affirmations for Meditation

In This Moment: 5 Relaxing Affirmations for Meditation

Do you need some help meditating? Try reciting a meaningful phrase (sometimes called a mantra) - it's an ancient practice for reigning in the wandering mind. And it works. So, here are 5 easy-to-remember affirmations for meditation, inspired by my own practice.

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