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Life Recipes and Meditations

Life Recipes and Meditations

Author: Lindsay Ambrose

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Practical, heart-centered methods and meditations to guide you into being more present. Taking moments to connect inside help you connect with others and feel greater harmony, wholeness, and love everyday.

Through uplifting, inspiring messages around mindset, attitude, growth, development, spirituality, and connecting within along with practical methods to follow and time for stillness and meditation, each episode is sure to lead to introspection and positive growth.

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There is a little gift that everyone's been given, even when you are at bottom, and that is grace. Grace is being loved and knowing that at anytime you can return to the love that is inside. You may have come to think that you are being judged, that you aren't good enough or could have done better. Yet that judgement, criticism, fear, worry, or regret exists only in your own head. You have been given grace. Grace by the universe, God, love - whatever higher power you believe in. Grace is yours. You don't have to be more or do more. Just as you are. You are enough. And you have been given grace to move through hard times.  You have grace to extend to others by your shear presence. You can be grace for others. You must first see that love in yourself. Listen to this meditation on grace and know you are forgiven. --- Support this podcast:
Practicing loving kindness helps you feel and extend love. This guided meditation allows you to feel love inside you. This is your essence. Through the practice it becomes easier to love yourself and love others. As you begin to treat yourself with loving kindness, you experience life more fully because you are not fearful. You open up to life's experiences, see them as a way to grow yourself and connect deeper within and with others in relationship. Creating more moments to love and be loved - through friendliness, appreciation, joy, encouragement - has a ripple effect that is felt by those around you. Take this time for you, to love and be loved. --- Support this podcast:
Your truth is felt. Living in your truth is not about becoming who we are supposed to be. It’s about removing those parts of us that are learned, that are not in alignment, so we can be the person that we truly are. Understanding our truth is perhaps best understood by what is not our truth. We can start living in our truth by letting go of the thoughts we hold the walls up that take us away from feeling love and light. That is not our truth. Truth is doing what is right for you even when it is hard. Even when it is different from what you’ve always known. Even if it’s different from what ou family or friends are doing. It comes from within. This is a spiritual journey - your truth is found in meditation, prayer, reflection. Listen in as I share about being in your truth and how you can make choices in alignment and feel the wholeness and harmony of living this way. --- Support this podcast:
When our days are full, its hard to think about our future and what we want more of in our life. We can just go through the motions but we are all made for more. Allow this guided visualization to bring you to a place of appreciation for where you are now- for all that you’ve accomplished to get where you are. Your struggles may be a part of the dream you once had. Know that you can focus on the good and practice appreciation and as you do you create more to be appreciative of. Visualize yourself five years from now and allow that dream to help you to take small steps forward now. Knowing is you can dream it you can be it! --- Support this podcast:
What is meditation and how can you integrate it into your day in easy way? Listen to this life recipe for a practical heart-centered method and meditation to get your practice started. Start feeling the overwhelming benefits in body + mind + spirit from taking time for stillness and meditation. --- Support this podcast:
The root of all things is vibration. An energy. Even the thoughts we think. We may not utter them but they are felt. Whenever we are thinking thoughts that don’t serve us or others, we can Pause. Breathe. And see that you are more that that thought. You are the thinker who thinks the thought. We can create some space and observe those negative thoughts knowing they don’t raise you up. Our mind knows no different. A negative thought about another is done to ones self. Pause and choose differently. Be responsible for the energy we bring by being aware of our thoughts and choosing differently. Choosing love. --- Support this podcast:
Vitality is a powerful word. It means life and it’s within all of us. But there are different ways we feel it. Different ways we express it. So we have to tune into our own still voice and take time in our day to feel. It’s about creating meaningful experiences regardless of what is happening around. We can find meaning, be full of life and vitality. It’s a choice, a tuning in to that stirring. Not silencing. Keeping the channel open and choosing to let that life and love in. --- Support this podcast:
Mindfulness is being present in this moment. Being the watcher of our thoughts. As we become more mindful, we are aware of what we’re feeling in our bodies and what we’re feeling around us. Allow these couple simple mindfulness activities to help you tune in to the moment, remember to breathe when things are hard, and know that right now in this moment it’s you’re ok. And help to remind you to extend appreciation and love to those around you. --- Support this podcast:
We have to actually design our life for health if we want to be healthy. It just takes a little planning, making a commitment.  We live in a world where everything we need or want is at our fingertips - and we can use that for us or against us.  Yes, there are unhealthy choices lurking everywhere. But there are healthy ones too. We have to seek them out. We are traveling and the food being served is really unhealthy. The easy choice is to just eat it and then feel bad in your body. The other choice is to plan ahead. To have some mixes for shakes to look into some food delivery options nearby of healthy choices. It comes down to what our plan is. We have to plan because if we leave it to indecision and will power. It won’t work.  If we’re relying on willpower, that means we haven’t fully determined what you want. We haven’t made the commitment.  And in that case we will easily be swayed toward the shiny object, the oooey gooey delicious that is right in front of us. Yet, we know there is far greater fulfillment in achieving the big vision of what we want and we desire. Saying no in the moment when a temptation comes up is easier when we have our vision in mind and we can see that saying no means we are saying yes to something much better, something in alignment. The reward is far greater than the instant gratification of what looks good right now.  You have to make the commitment and and design your life for it.  Are you really serious about this? Or are you just talking? If you are still on the fence and going to rely on will power, it’s probably not going to work. Research shows that will power is actually a finite resource within us. It won’t last.  However, when we make a decision, there are infinite resources that come back to us. The internal debate is over.  We have to choose to stick to your decision. Listen for the steps to do it. --- Support this podcast:
Understanding and getting in touch with the five elements of nature that correspond with the seasons - wood (Spring) , fire (Summer), earth (Late Summer), metal (Fall), and water (winter) can improve your health. These lie at the heart of Chinese philosophy and are within each of us. There are simple things we can do each day restore and harmonize these elements so we can feel more centered and healthy in body mind and spirit. I write this as on a cold winter day in Chicago. I look out and see snow all around me. Its cold and its helpful for me to allow this season (the element of water) to allow me to slow down. To rest and restore and reflect. I love this truth that our body needs this restoration and so does the earth. I see how nature thrives following these patterns and we can too as humans if we begin to understand it, trust it, and incorporate practices in our day to begin to feel this harmony and wholeness. Making time for each of these things are important and will help us feel better.  Fire (summer) - warmth, joy and happiness - take time to laugh. Fire is about warmth, transformation and dynamic, sparkling movement. Summer brings fire through the heat of the sun, long days and energized bodies.  Ask the question, how do we make this fun? It’s so important to laugh everyday. Earth (late summer) - nurture yourself - self-care is so important. Represented by those last warm, light-filled days in September and October - just before the cool weather sets in.  Take care of yourself. Feel nourished in the meals that you eat. Enjoy and take in whatever you are being nourished by. Nourish your soul and tell yourself you deserve this right now. Metal (Fall) - Take time to breathe. Process of refinement and its resulting products. In this season, it’s time to make sure everything is pure and that anything unnecessary or wasteful is eliminated (especially in our thoughts). What is no longer serving us? We reminded to practice Meditation and mindfulness. If you can’t take ten minutes to meditate, just breathe.  Find some inspiration and stillness everyday. Listen to song you love, feel inspired. Water (Winter) - Cold and dark season that is associated with water - the element of tranquility and flow. It's a time of inward reflection, rest and restoration. We are reminded that need water everyday.  It’s so important for our bodies as well as getting clear, turning in, and resting. Wood (Spring) - Motivation, drive, and movement. A time of birth and new beginnings. Exercise that wood element. Even if you can’t get to gym, move around, move your body. Allow the energy to flow through you. Making little efforts to find a little more balance with all the elements in our body can go a long way toward better health and vitality. --- Support this podcast:
Gratitude is a practice. What we focus on grows. We have to affirm, say thank you, and appreciate what we have now and visualize and say thanks for what we desire to see more of. Even if what we’re experiencing now is small portion of what we want to see more of, say thank you. This practice helps us feel more gratitude and creates greater abundance. Finding joy is in the journey. We never get there fully because it’s always expanding. Practicing gratitude is the gateway to joy. Here are are affirmations across different life areas for you to listen to so you may turn on gratitude and abundance in your own life. Practice at night before you sleep on the morning and throughout the day, pause, breathe, and affirm all that your thankful for and visualize and say thanks for what you desire to see more of.  --- Support this podcast:
Brene Brown says “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” We are called to step out of our comfort zone and to do those things are heart desires even if it makes us scared or nervous. Even if we fail, its not really a failure at all, we stepped out and we tried and that is how we grow and evolve. This is the work we are here to do, to keep challenging and growing ourselves into who we are meant to be. To live with more meaning and love and harmony, we have to step out and do something different.  We have to choose courage over comfort. There will be critics, the one in our own head, and those outside of us. It's not the critic who counts as Theodore Roosevelt says "Theodore Roosevelt "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." So take the first step. Do the thing that scares you. See how new pathways open up and you are on the path to more meaning, love, wholeness, and harmony.  --- Support this podcast:
 Our feelings and emotions are our measuring tools. They are energy in motion. We want to become aware of them and let them flow. The way we show up - our energy is important. We can always pause, breathe, and recenter, which allows energy to flow through us in a calm way. The source of energy is attention. What are we paying attention to? Flowing is abundance, creativity, love, peace, joy. This is our essence and what we are meant to feel. When we become more emotionally aware, we can move through our experiences and feelings with greater acceptance and calm. An emotionally only lasts 90 seconds. Whatever it is, feel it, and move through it. Technique to move through tough emotion: RAIN by Tara Brach Recognize whatever it is you are feeling.  Allow and accept the experience without judgment.  Investigate the feeling with kindness and curiosity as an observer.  Nurture and nourish yourself for whatever you felt. Give yourself kind words and love.  (More on this at Every Day Every moment we can start fresh. The more we practice the more aware, present, and in the moment we can become. When we are present we are in our essence -we flow with love, peace, joy, creativity - all the good stuff. The more we practice the more we feel it. --- Support this podcast:
Be Present Being present is the most natural thing we can do but also one of the hardest. It’s so easy to get lost in feelings and thoughts that don’t serve us; thoughts that do nothing disconnect us from others and the experiences in front of us. The present is where all the good stuff is, but we can’t experience the present when we’re consumed with negative, fear-based thoughts. There’s always some goodness around for us to see and feel. Being present helps us recognize the goodness and appreciate more. HOW DO WE GET PRESENT? Awareness is the first step. Becoming aware that we’re feeling things that don’t make us feel good — like fear, doubt, worry — is the first step to changing them. Next, give yourself one moment of mindfulness, one breath. Focusing on your breath brings you back to this moment. Once you do this, you can choose to think differently. You can choose to think a loving thought instead. ZOOM OUT. When you zoom further out in your mind from your own experience, you can start to see how unimportant the thing you’re worrying about is. Zoom out 10 years from now, will this really be important? Zoom out to see how small this situation is in the footprint of the whole world. How small is the issue when you think about the vastness of oceans, mountains, and space? Zoom out to your life goals. How do you want to live and what you want to accomplish? Is the way you are feeling in alignment with your core values and goals for yourself? Once we are aware and mindful again, we can really feel what you are experiencing again. Be Positive One positive thought leads to countless other positive thoughts, just as negative thoughts lead to countless more negative thoughts. And thoughts do become things. We experience life as we tell ourselves we will.  Listen to this and learn more tools to get present. --- Support this podcast:
Mindfulness helps us be here now in body + mind + spirit. When we are fully present, we connect with ourselves, others, and the universal power of love and peace. It's within all of us, yet we have to practice in the stillness, returning to our breath, being fully engaged in our activities in order to bring this awareness into our lives. It's easy to be caught up in thoughts in our head about past or future instead of being here now. As we practice stillness, focusing on our breath, reconnecting,  we strengthen our attention skills so we bring more awareness to the thoughts and beliefs in our mind that fuel our reactions and behavior. Once you know how to harness and focus your attention—you can get out of your head and into this moment. You awaken your innate ability for happiness, no matter what life throws your way. We create space between our thoughts and our reaction.  Mindfulness is one way to achieve greater fulfillment— it’s a set of attention skills that you can learn and grow Mindfulness is like a gym for your mind and it can radically transform your life—leading to better health, more connected relationships, greater productivity, performance, purpose, and creativity. On this episode learn about mindfulness and how you can practice it and begin seeing the positive effects of it in your life and your feeling of wholeness and harmony. --- Support this podcast:
Life recipes help us live above the clouds. What does above the clouds mean? Imagine your thoughts and the experiences you face each day as clouds. You can let them clog you, overwhelm you or you can allow them to happen and move through and above them with grace back to clarity, peace, and bright blue sky above.  Within all of us is the ability to feel peace and love and harmony. Life recipes help us move through life with more wholeness and harmony and fulfillment. Life recipes are practical methods and affirmations to feel more centered, calm, and connected to ourselves and world around us.  Listening to life recipes helps us break down big ideas and execute them in a practical, quick way. Just like a food recipes make cooking delicious foods easy, life recipes make living wholeheartedly easy. By following life recipes—in as little as 5 min a day—we tap into stillness and our essence that guides us into finding meaning in our everyday and wholeness and harmony in our mind, body, spirit, and soul.   --- Support this podcast:
Everyday is a fresh start. The sun sets. The sun rises. And so do you. Today you rise. Today you are starting your day in a calming, energized way. Whatever your day has in store for you. Whether there is challenge, opportunity, excitement, or more of what was yesterday. Even in the mundane you can find joy. It’s in the moments where you choos love and from this you create peace, joy, and that fulfillment and meaing you desire. It’s up to you to make today you’re best. You choose how your show up. You can show up as your higher self. Today you choose to show up as love. You choose to be energized. Knowing that at any moment when you lose your step. Challenges arise. Things do not go as you expected. This is life. This is your opportunity to pause. Breathe. And Re-center. Trusting, affirming that life is happening for you. You have everything you need to meet the challenges of today. You are whole. You are strong. When hard things happen, as they do because this is life. You remember to ask question, to be curious about what is coming up, just be open. Instead of reactive. You choose to ask what is this here to teach me? How can I still choose to respond with love. Take a big deep energizing breath. This is your connection to life. Your breath. This life force is within you, every other person, and all around you. You are one with it all. Experiences during your day may leave you feeling depleted, frustrated, like you are not in a flow. Lie you are not wanted or loved. Today you start fresh. Today you remember that life is happening for you, not to you. Take a deep breath knowing that you have life, so you have purpose. Life Recipe: Reflect on what energizes you an what saps your energy. Set an intention to do one thing today that energizes you and to think of a way you show up differently for that thing you have to do that saps your energy. How would the experience shift if you show up differently? Listen in for this calming, energizing morning meditation and relflection that will start your day off right. --- Support this podcast:
Do you take time to be still? To connect within? We forget that taking this time for our soul and spirit is just as important as taking time with movement for our bodies.  Remind yourself as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience." Your soul self is your essence. It is where you find meaning, love, joy, peace. Taking time to quiet your mind, allows space for you to hear your soul speak. To connect to spirit. As you connect within, you connect more with those around you. Allow this message and meditation to ground you in stillness and connect to your heart center. To the rhythm of your breath where you find peace, joy, and love. Light, love, joy, peace, and power to you. Thanks for tuning in. Please subscribe, share with a friend, and consider donating so I can keep this content coming.  Kindly, Lindsay --- Support this podcast:
Just be. It's easier said than done. It's away to practice being aware and intentional with your thoughts. A way to be mindful or present.  Mindfulness like anything else is a practice. It's about about skillfully managing your attention and awareness.  It’s a skill you have to practice like any other skill. The more you do it the easier it becomes. But your work is to keep at it. One mindful practice is called Just Be. When something hard is coming up and you are suffering: Just Be The following technique is called Just Be. When you re suffering, remind yourself to Just Be. Don’t hide it, don’t stuff it down, don’t blame yourself or another. Just be and see how you move through that discomfort and suffering with greater calm and return to love. Life recipe for Practicing Just Be Just Be. You can say yourself just be. This helps you be with whatever you are feeling, thinking, or experiencing. Bring awareness to it and just let it be. Create space for recognition of what you are feeling and acceptance of it. Letting it be what it is.   Be open. Openness allows you to let it just be without trying to change it. You can be curious and observant to shat you are feeling and experiencing without trying to change it. As you bring awareness in an open way, you are able to move beyond. You are able to accept with equanimity, allowing things thoughts experiences to be without push or pull. Be Kind. Be compassionate and kind to yourself an others, knowing you did the best you could. Sometimes its your own judgement of yourself that you hold on to long after the act has been forgotten. YOu can move beyond this feeling of shame or guilt with compassion. Loving yourself through it. Extend kindness to yourself as you would a friend. Be Intentional. This is how you return to your higher self knowing there is natural flow and life is happening for you not to you. There is a lesson in what is coming up, teaching you something, helping to grow you. Now it is your choice to respond with intention. To be responsible for your energy, for your attitude. It your choice to return to love. Choose love. Listen in for more on how to practice Just be and practice mindfulness and meditation to feel greater calm acceptance and love. To be more present! Enjoy a meditation at the end to ground and center you in starting this new practice. --- Support this podcast:
Your mindset, the set of beliefs you hold and way you think, has power. It determines your attitude, outlook, and eventually outcome. You can observe the beliefs you hold by taking some time in stillness. This time connecting within helps you to create some space between what happens and how you are responding. You can examine what beliefs are serving you and which are not. Awareness is the first step. Then you can pivot and begin to create new beliefs that are more in alignment to how you want to be, show up and respond. Listen now to hear how you can shift your mindset in a practical, easy to follow way. Close out with a calming meditation that allows you to connect within and set an intention. --- Support this podcast:
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