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The benefits of having a gratitude practice have been written about extensively. Current studies reveal fabulous health and overall wellness benefits including lower blood pressure, stronger immune system, higher occurrences of positive emotions (i.e., joy, optimism, happiness), more compassion and generosity, and a lessening of feelings such as loneliness and isolation. Julie offers two simple steps to start practicing gratitude today.
Sometimes it seems as if the world is ending. Just when one disaster blows through, another one blasts down with fury and devastation. How can we deal with disaster on the personal, local, and global level? Julie offers 13 tips.
When life’s whirlwind starts up, it’s nice to have something to grab hold of that reminds you to stay in your body and stay present. The simplicity of a stone works wonders towards this end.
We’ve all got those voices in our heads that speak to us in not the nicest of tones. Those voices are our inner critics. They try to keep us safe, but not in the best of ways. If you’re ready to take the wheel of your life and lay off that overworked critic (with severance and proper acknowledgement, of course), grab a writing utensil and a journal.
It’s wild to think about, but it’s true: We can change our brains. It is the fundamental notion of experience-dependent neuroplasticity. Our thoughts and emotions fire neurons in our brains, which then wire together and form new neural circuits. What fires together, wires together.
A lack of self-care can leave you feeling unlovable, and that can make it very difficult to connect with others, which we are hardwired to do. This disconnection can then lead to depression, and things spiral out from there. Be your own BFF so you can always count on YOU, even when the hurt or chaos may be coming from the closest people and relationships in your life.
There are so many things that can throw us off course in our lives, some of them obvious and some of them subtle yet persistent. Regardless which category of “storm clouds” have you veering out of alignment with your joy, clarity, and overall well-being, here are some mindful methods you can use to check your compass and stay calm during the storm.
Loving Kindness meditation invites you to expand your ability to have compassion for yourself and others, including those who you find off-putting, for whatever the reason. It opens the doorway to the possibility of being mindfully calm, clear, and loving in an otherwise chaotic world.
Stress is a contributing factor to heart disease, obesity, depression, and many other physical and mental ailments. After stress caused symptoms similar to those of a brain tumor in Julie Potiker, she took her doctor’s advice and began studying mindfulness. Now, she teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to others.