tools for inner peace video

It’s impossible to worry and be grateful at the same time

“It’s impossible to worry and be grateful at the same time” — Silvia Mordini


A simple #toolsforinnerpeace to interrupt anxiety or excessive worrying  is to generate a list of things you’re grateful for. This shifts your thinking from lack to love ❤️ What are you thankful for today?

Benefits of Meditation

This week’s Tools for Inner Peace is #meditation! I’ve provided a few different exercises, however my daily sadhana includes me sitting upright each morning when I wake up for 11 minutes meditating on these 4 questions:
1️⃣. What am I #grateful for? 
2️⃣. Who do I need to #forgive and what do I need to forgive myself for? 
3️⃣. What “I AM” #Affirmations would benefit me today? Then I repeat two or three with my inhale (I am) and exhale (adjective) until I believe them from the inside out. Right now, my affirmations are #iamcalm#iamcentered, + #iamconfident😁
4️⃣. Last but certainly not least, I ask for guidance from source, universe, God, Spirit, insert whatever resonates with you. I try to get as still as possible and VERY present and simply ask, “ God, what do you want me to know today?” Or “What intention would serve me today?” I sit and wait for my inner wisdom to speak and I take that nugget of insight with me. Sometimes I space and my intuition pipes up later in the day when a situation calls for whatever guidance I received earlier.TRUST YOURSELF — you have infinite wisdom within, all you have to do is listen. 👊🏽
These moments allow for me to clear out all the junk from yesterday and start each day with a fresh perspective and a deeper connection to mySelf. 🙏🏽

108 bows of gratitude to my teacher @inspiredyogagal for teaching me this tool

Prefer guided #meditations? @insighttimeris a PHENOMENAL meditation app that I’ve used for years ❤️ @mooji.official + #pemachodron are a few of my favorites teachers 🤗

Benefits of Journaling

How many of you have overanalyzed a situation and have allowed the past to creep into the Now? It happens to me far too often and my BEST defense mechanism is journaling! I write out my #shittyfirstdraft @brenebrown to fully feel my emotions and honestly identify the insecurities swirling around in my mind. This exercise helps me distinguish between negative self-talk and what’s really going on. 

#Neurological Studies have shown that journaling improves short-term memory, focus, and self-reflection. All of these can lead to conceptual development that stimulates higher #cognitive functioning. It also reduces symptoms of #depression, #anxiety and #stress levels by ending the continuous loop of confabulations in our minds.
 
Here are a few prompts to get to you started:
✅ what am I grateful for today? 
✅ how do I feel today? 
✅ how do I want to feel today/ week? 
✅ what are my core values? 
✅ what do I love about myself / life today? 
✅ what is stressing me out in my life right now? What can I control & what do I need to let go of? 

How to help a friend that you're worried about...

After finding out about @anthonybourdain recent death, I was devastated. He was one of my favorite tv personalities because of his honesty and authenticity. He was a major reason I traveled to Vietnam! After finding out that he took his own life, I reflected on numerous people I’ve know that have committed suicide. Did you know that #suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in the United States? And on average, there are 123 suicides per day.
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I don’t know about you, but those numbers broke my heart. For many years, I worked and volunteered for @866teenlink as a #youthsuicideprevention specialist and supervisor for their teen #helpline. Those experiences inspired this week’s #toolsforinnerpeace: how to help a friend if you’re worried about them.
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If you find out your loved one is suicidal, connect them with resources @crisisclinic / NAMI Seattle 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433). They deserve a specialist to assist them through this difficult time in their life and so do you.
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If you have this conversation and your friend isn’t suicidal, continue to talk to them and provide emotional support. “We all need a little help from our friends.”

Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise

This week’s #toolsforinnerpeace is a #pranayama exercise called #nadishodhana also known as #alternatenostrilbreathing which rejuvenates your nervous system and equalizes the flow of oxygen to both hemispheres of your #brain. Practice the single round explained in the video above 5-10 times until you feel a sense of peace wash over your heart and mind. This breathing exercise should leave you feeling refreshed and alert. #mindfulness #mindbodygreen #teachpeace #breath #stopandpause #beherenow

4 Count Breathing

Here is a simple 4-count breathing exercise to help find a sense of peace and serenity within. #toolsforinnerpeace

If you're having trouble falling asleep, you can extend your exhale to 6 counts (if it feels comfortable for you). #pranayama #breathwork #breathe #peace✌️ #innerpeace #teachpeace #powerofnow 

Smile!

Here is a super simple #toolsforinnerpeace: SMILE!! 😄 When you #smile you release #happiness #neurotransmitters in your brain that make you feel good from the inside out! Plus smiling is contagious, so spread some joy by showing off those pearly whites to the world around you!

😁✨😆✨😀 #teachpeace #beyourself #iampeacepilgrim #spreadthelove #smiles #smile😊

Feeling Your Inner Body

This week's tools for inner peace video is inspired by #eckharttolle #thepowerofnow - one of my absolute favorite books that changed my perspective on life forever. Feeling the inner body is a technique to help us connect to the subtle energy field within us, a micro-step deeper into our Selves than our body.  

Eckhart encourages readers to feel their body from within. Try to NOT think about it & FEEL IT. The more attention we give to this frequency, the stronger it becomes. You can practice this technique in your #yoga practice, before you go to bed or for those first few moments when you wake up in the morning. This technique changes our tendency to judge everything we do and say TO acceptance and compassion towards the world around us. Try it out and let me know what you think!

“Your #innerbody is formless, limitless, and unfathomable. You can always go into it more deeply. If you cannot feel very much at this stage, pay attention to whatever you CAN feel. Perhaps tingling in your hands or feet. That’s good enough for this moment. Just focus on the feeling. Your body is coming alive.” - Eckhart Tolle