No matter which side you’re on, or even on no side at all, it seems no one knows what to believe anymore.

Welcome to the Era, or should I say “Error”, of Fake News.

In our fast-paced society loaded with distractions, we have lost touch. Compound that with a distrust for our media and you have the perfect storm to feel off-base, irritable or any number of unsettling emotions.

So what’s the secret to getting back on and staying on track?

Research by Harvard psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert found that “A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” 

Or put another way, a present mind is a happy mind!

This sounds so simple, but I believe staying present is one of life’s greatest challenges.

One of the key ingredients to staying present if to commit to a daily meditation practice, even if it’s just for 10 minutes!

If I merely mention the importance of having a daily meditation practice to people, many look at me like I’m absolutely nuts. Layer on top the stress of every day life and distractions from all of our gadgets, and no wonder sitting with ourselves is so challenging!

I hear people say, “I don’t know how to meditate?” “It doesn’t work for me!” “I don’t have enough time.”

The fact is, we all have enough time. The problem is that we’re too uncomfortable with ourselves, and our emotions to sit quietly for 10 minutes to “observe” “lean in” “contemplate” the pain we are feeling.

Besides the fact that science has proven that a dedicated daily meditation practice can actually change the wiring in our brain, it also enables us to be more present in our lives and true to ourselves and our values.

A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called “The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.” One of the top regrets was that people wished they had had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others expected of them.

Time to quiet our minds from the banter and distractions. There are so many types of free meditations online, such as mindfulness, calming, sleep issues, etc. Google them and keep trying each of them until you find a practice that resonates with you.

I understand if you’re experiencing a loss, illness, domestic abuse, divorce, meditation is particularly challenging; however, it is all the more necessary. Also, feeling comfortable meditating isn’t an instant process. It involves commitment and patience.

If you need guidance locating resources and/or support, please reach out to us. We’re here!

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/05/thanks-mom/309287/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/03/top-5-regrets-of-the-dying_n_3640593.html

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/