life coach rona 16 07 10 frog meditate

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

~Dalai Lama


Ancient and modern thought leaders, and now modern science tells us that the path to happiness is training the mind.

The best tool for training the mind is meditation.

Start simply. One minute. Sit comfortably and with dignity. Watch your breath as it goes in and out of your body. As thoughts emerge (and they will! ) say to yourself: “Isn’t that interesting” and allow the thought to pass––without judging or clinging to the thought.

The benefit of meditation as it relates to your happiness is so that in your life when your buttons get pushed you can notice your thoughts as they arise. Say to yourself “Isn’t that interesting" and allow the fear, the anger, the perceived injustice to pass–– without judging or clinging to the thought and emotion. Then, you can respond from a place of calm versus reacting out of the disturbance.

That’s the practice. –Are you willing commit to one minute a day? (Or, more if you are so inclined!)

(Many of my clients have started or deepened their meditation practice by taking Oprah and Deepak’s FREE 21-Day Meditation Challenge. You can sign up here: chopracentermeditation.com/about-us )

Namaste!

 

life coach rona 16 07 04 sunset 1

 

One of my favorite things about Summer is hanging out on the lake that my sister and her family live on. It is a slice of the good life: time with family, great food, and activities that I love (especially tubing with my nephew!)

A ritual we all love is gathering around the fire and watching the sunset. Last night I wondered: “Why do we all make such a big deal about a sunset?”

A sunset is magnificent to look at (below was last night’s splendor!) but there is something more going on–indeed, enough to captivate the attention of my 14 year-old daughter and 12 year-old nephew! But what is this indescribable quality that has us heading to the beach, driving to a vista, or taking a sunset cruise?

I believe that as we pause to watch the sun as it sinks gently into the horizon something magical is happening: We are dropping into the present moment.

We suspend play, conversation, eating, even our thoughts momentarily disappear as we watch and share in the wide open space of that moment. THIS, I believe, is the true wonder of a sunset. The beauty, the awe, the close of a day and the promise of a new one are all just bonuses.

The next time you watch a sunset try to observe what is going on in your internal world. That quiet, one-pointed mindful attention is what being in the present moment feels like. Once we notice and experience this, we can recreate it and deepen it elsewhere in our lives: feeling a cool breeze across our face, washing the dishes, petting our cat, listening to music, folding clothes, watching small children at play...

We don’t have to wait until the next awe-inspiring sunset, we just have to practice letting go...and dropping into the present moment!

 

 

life coach rona 16 06 26 pets 1

 

Ever wonder why we love our pets so, darn, much?! I wonder about this and I have my theory.

Our pets live in the present moment. They are not ticked off because we wouldn’t play ball earlier, and they are not worried about when they will next be fed.

Our pets live in perfect vibration and harmony with Nature. When we are around them we sense this at a subconscious level. It raises our own vibration and we feel good. –This is what we experience, respond to, and love so much.

When I play fetch, watch my dogs run or play, or just be, I am plugged into their world. I am participating in their joy, right here, right now in the present moment. When I am paying attention to them I am not thinking of email, to-do lists, or that I blew off my morning workout.

When I am engaged with my dogs (Romeo & Juliet above!), I too, am fully present and vibrating in perfect harmony with Nature.

The beauty of life is we don’t need a pet to experience these moments of pure, unadulterated joy. (Though our pets have a way of forcing their perfect energy upon us! 🐶) Life continuously offers up these moments when we pay attention and are open to them.

We can experience these moments of elation watching our young children at play, pausing for a sunset, listening to music we love, journaling, taking a walk in nature–anything that takes us out of our heads and drops us into our hearts and into the glory of the present moment.

As you wake up to this perfect day, decide to look for, capture and experience those moments of perfect joy!