5 Mantras for Anxiety and Depression

If you’ve been through my Anxiety Workbook, then you know my story. Six years ago, I was a bundle of nerves and anxiety. It was crippling to the point that I found it hard to leave the house. I came to the point where I had to fix what was wrong in my life and I went on this amazing self-created Eat, Pray, Love journey that didn’t involve leaving my little corner of the world but did involve exposing myself to all sorts of different tools to begin to deal with everything that was wrong in my life. Slowly, my tense, high-strung, panic-attack having self began to unwind in this beautiful way. I discovered and re-discovered myself. I found all of these tools that helped me feel better. It’s essential to know what things you can do to make your life better. You need to know the things that relieve…

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My 5 Favorite Guided Meditations

Here at Blessing Manifesting I love talking about meditation because it’s had a huge impact on my life. The meditation The Cliff, was especially life-changing for me. (Also, check out this one about a rainbow) I love all types of meditation, I’ve meditated while dancing, while using prayer beads, while chanting, while sitting quietly, while listening to music, laying quiet and still in a yoga classroom. All great ways to bliss-out and find your center. But meditation can be hard. There are days when I just can’t quiet my mind, where I’m really upset and the ability to simply empty my mind doesn’t exist. We all like to think of meditation as this super zen, empty, quiet, thing – and it can be. But there are also times when you want your mind to be actively engaged elsewhere. Where you want your mind to get lost in happy thoughts and imagination.…

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Breath is Life: Pranayama

One of the greatest tools I’ve learned in this zen journey I am embarking on, is how important it is to breathe. Just breathe. That simple little thing. There are so many things we can do to help our bodies and to show love to our bodies. We can eat healthy, we can exercise, we can abstain from cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. We can also breathe. I know, you already ARE breathing, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I am talking about deep, slow, intentional, releasing of the breath. When we get stressed out our breathing tends to suffer. We breathe more quickly and shallowly which can deprive our bodies of the oxygen that keeps us going. Not breathing well enough has been linked to weakened immune systems, low energy levels, depression, poor concentration, and a higher level of stress, among other things. There is a sanskrit word ‘pranayama’…

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Sometimes You Have To Let Go and Fall

 I absolutely adore meditation, especially guided meditation. Guided meditation is when you listen to an audio track of someone navigating you through a scenario that your lovely brain gets to imagine. It’s calming and peaceful and after one of those especially sucky days, my secret weapon to feeling better, or at least holding onto my sanity. One of my favorite meditations is called The Cliff by The Meditation Society of Australia and it’s totally free to sign up and get access to some really great meditations.The Cliff starts out with imagining yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, looking out over the ocean as the sun begins to rise and you are safe there. Take a minute to really think about that image. Let your mind see it in as much detail as possible. The feel of dew dampened grass brushing against your feet. The expansiveness of being so…

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