Try, Try, Again.

It’s been a month.  An entire month since my last post.  You may recall that for the month of November I challenged myself to a post a day.  By November 5th I realized I was in over my head with that challenge and tweaked my challenge to 30 posts in 30 days.  Drumroll please…


I wrote 6 posts in 30 days.

It’s pretty embarrassing actually, to publicly challenge yourself and publicly fail.  Maybe no one else noticed, but I did.  I noticed the first day I missed a post and then the more days I missed the more anxiety I had about not writing.


Then one morning a friend of mine posted this link on Facebook, 10 Successful Famous People Who Failed Before Their Big Break and I was all like:

You know, the truth is I could have gotten up just a little bit earlier or stayed awake just a little bit later but I didn’t feel like it.  In fact, I didn’t really feel like doing much of anything, and you know what?  That’s ok.  Life is full of ups and downs and just like my man Ray Liotta said in the movie Blow, “Sometimes you’re flush and sometimes you’re bust, and when you’re up, it’s never as good as it seems, and when you’re down, you never think you’ll be up again, but life goes on.”

One of the things I like (and dislike) about being 30 is that I have finally figured out what works and what doesn’t work for me.  For example, I know that meditation helps me with my anxiety, outlook, and demeanor and that I should practice at least once a day.  I know exactly how many hours of sleep I need to function, what kind of food makes me productive, how many shots I can have before I’ll be glutton for an epic hangover the next day, etc.  That being said, I know that what I needed an intervention, a spiritual intervention to be exact.  I needed to do things that were good for my soul.

I reignited my meditation practice and went to a group meditation with my Sanga on Saturday.  It was awesome.  For those of you that don’t know, a Sanga is a Buddhist community; a church of good vibes if you will.  It’s always such an uplifting and positive experience.  I also put on some Christmas tunes, trimmed the tree, decorated my apartment and made my Christmas Cookie list.  Turns out, a little meditation and some Christmas Spirit was just what the doctor ordered!


I think it’s safe to say I’m back in action.  Cheers!

Meditation Monday

I shouldn’t be surprised that meditation is the subject that I have gotten the most questions and comments on, the mere two times I mentioned it in this blog.  Everyone wants to be more calm, peaceful, and mindful but they don’t know where to start.  Enter meditation.

Kid Monk

If this kid can do it; YOU can do it.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.  This is achieved when the mind is calm and silent.

Your mind works 24/7 and it’s been given the impossible task of narrating your entire life.  How exhausting that must be! Can you imagine having to work 24 hours a day 7 days a week since you were born?  Now imagine how amazing it would feel if you had worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and then all of a sudden got a 10 minute break.  Even that little bit of downtime would rejuvenate the heck out of you and keep you working for the next “break”.  Now apply that concept to your mind.  Give it a break.

The awesome thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere.  Think Green Eggs and Ham-esque: on a train, in a plane, with a goat, on a boat… seriously, it can be done anywhere.  For all you mass transit morning commuters… bingo!  Put down your kindle or tablet and quiet your mind.   Load a guided mediation onto your iPhone and listen during your commute to work.

I often do on my morning walk with Skyy, I make it a point to not bring my phone with me on our walks so I can actually enjoy the time I get in the morning before the chaos of the day begins.  We go to a pocket park every morning on our walk and there are chairs there; I let her do her thing and I squeeze in a quick 3/4 minute meditation while I’m enjoying the morning and my hot lemon water.  It’s just a great way to start my day.

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Hot Lemon Water in my favorite Anthropologie mug.  Click the link above to learn the benefits.

I encourage you to start your own meditation practice; it only takes 1 minute to begin and you can slowly build up to more time as you cultivate your practice. If you want some tips on how check out my new page at the top of this post, Meditation 101; every Monday I’ll post something new to the page to help you either begin or cultivate your practice.  You can also tune into guided meditations from your phone, tablet, or laptop.  Hell, you can even sync your YouTube account to your Blu Ray players and play them through your television (Gabby Bernstein (my spirit idol whom I’m going to see in person Nov 12th when she comes to South Florida!) has some great FREE guided meditations on her website, check them out!)


Happy Monday and happy meditating!  Cheers!