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Life Recipes & Meditations for Presence, Wholeness, Harmony & Love

Life Recipes & Meditations for Presence, Wholeness, Harmony & Love

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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
 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 tarabrach.com.) 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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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.   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
Allow this simple guided meditation to ground you. To recenter you. To help you return to the peace within you. Whenever you need a lift or even before you go to sleep or in the morning as you wake up. Meditate to this to begin your practice or compliment one you already have. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
Listen to this guided meditation to center yourself and start your day in a positive, calming way. The positive affirmations will help you feel inner peace, be more present, and connect to the love within you and all around you today. The affirmations will help you remember that at any time throughout the day you can pause, breathe, and start fresh. Each new moment is an opportunity to start fresh. Today is a good day. Listen and start your day in a positive way. Take this time for you and feel a positive shift in your self, your relationships, your home and work, --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
Marianne Williamson said in her book A Return To Love “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?” Within each of us is love. Our essence is love, goodness, curiosity, courage. It’s showing up as our unique living self allows us to feel the joy that is all around us and manifest what we desire in our life. Check out these four steps for tuning into your essence, that part of you that is like no one else. There is a gift inside you that our world needs. As you tune in and be your true, authentic self, you feel that life-giving energy. Listen and begin appreciating more and showing up as your highest self, and see how that inspires those around you to show up differently too- with more love, peace, understanding, joy- all the good stuff. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
Gratitude is the gateway to all the good stuff that we desire more of in our life - joy, peace, abundance, love. We often think of being thankful for when we are experiencing the good. Yet, we can use this practice to help us when we are facing a big challenge. A roadblock. A problem that feels like it has no solution. Taking a moment to get into a solution mindset. We can never solve a problem when we are in the energy of the problem. Gratitude helps us manifest what we desire by shifting our energy. As we visualize how we would feel if we attained the wealth, health, work, connection—whatever roadblock we are facing. What it would feel like within us, how we would show up, what we would do, what would it be like if this was solved? Enjoy this visualization exercise to move through a challenge you are facing with gratitude and uncovering your solution from inside out. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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