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Hello Friends!

How is your journaling coming along?  Any new insights about yourself that you’ve received?

Another step I feel leading you towards the path to Self Love is through meditation.  Whether you choose to call it quiet time, prayer, or simply ME time – it’s important.  When you get quiet, you can listen – listen to what your body is telling you, the messages from your angels and guides, and listen to what dreams and desires inside, dormant and just waiting for you to bring them to light!

Never meditated before?  Can’t seem to keep your mind in the “stillness”?  No worries – just follow these tiny steps that I find are so key to beginning a meditation practice.

Breathe!  Relax!  You’ve got this!

1.  Decide when is a good time for you to get “quiet” and designate that time aside each day.  It may be in the evening after the kiddos are in bed, or it may be first thing in the am, perhaps in the lovely quiet space away from the office during your lunch hour.  The time and place doesn’t matter as long as you keep distractions and interruptions to a minimum.

2.  Allow for distractions.  While this sounds silly following the first step, but know that your mind will wander and distract you – this is okay, it’s normal and will happen A LOT when you first begin.  Just practice a gentle acceptance towards yourself when it happens and bring yourself back to the present by directing your focus back to your breath.

3.  Now’s the time to journal – some of my greatest awareness and messages have come during meditation, so sometimes those interruptions are arriving at exactly the right time for you.  I love to use my journal for this, keeping it close by so that I can quickly jot something down and get back to my attention focused breathing. :)

4.  Start slow at first – try setting a timer for yourself of maybe 5 minutes, then increasing after you feel comfortable to 10, then 15 and so on.  How you decide to “up” your time is up to you, but you may see how you’re feeling and how many distractions are coming in.  Of course, it also depends on how much time you may have at that moment.  A quick 5 minute meditation practiced daily can lend lots of positive results in your life.

Let me know how you’re doing in the comments below and if you already have a meditation practice, I would love to hear your best practices!

Much love and light to you all!

Courtney

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