Week 3 of 90 day meditation challenge

Week 3 – Turns out I am not excellent at making time to meditate. I see how people get frustrated with guru’s who tell you how easy it is. Of course, it is easy to do. What is not easy is finding the time to truly do it!

I did take some time yesterday over my lunch break to meditate for about 15 whole minutes. I tried my friend Stacy’s mantra of “I easily release what no longer serves me.” I felt lighter and I felt emotions move as tears rolled out the side of my eyes.

Yesterday was a very emotional day. I felt defeated after a long day of work that is not valued. I know that this is a feeling many people experience at one time or another in their lives. I know a lot of women who call that everyday Mom Life. I can usually take those days in stride. I don’t need an applause for my work, and most the time I don’t even need to be appreciated although it is always nice when it is.

Yesterday I found out people who haven’t stood in my shoes were making judgements out loud, discounting my efforts which I found to be a slap in the face and very disheartening. I began to wonder why I even tried or if I should continue to keep trying?

Knowing in my heart that I am doing 100% more than the nobody else who wanted to step up and try. All my effort, time, and energy were feeling futile and unappreciated and by someone who is supposed to be on my side. Which made me feel crummy, sad and frustrated.

I needed to meditate so I could clear this negative energy and melancholy. I ended up shedding tears and letting the feeling pass.

It was just a reaction to my feelings, I know it was not my truth, so I released this bad feeling of betrayal with meditation. I know that I am working hard, and I am doing my best. I won’t give up because I know what it is I am working so hard for. I know that people say thoughtless things all the time with only one side of the story to express opinions about. I have done it, it’s a human thing to do.

Anywhoooo… I did not meditate every day this week. What I did do was use meditation as the tool that I needed to help me move those big emotions on a really bad day. This was one of the crappiest days I have had in quite a while and meditation helped me move through those emotions in a real and healthy way.

All in all, I like that when I needed to reset I have a tool within me that I can utilize for my greater good. I did not have to go anywhere, it did not cost me one cent and I can use meditation as a holistic remedy at any time.

Although the challenge was to meditate every day, somedays I just do not remember, or I only had time for a very short attempt that just does not do what it is intended to do. It did give me practice for when I truly needed to let that shit go.

Does anyone else use meditation to help bring you back to basics of life, to remind you what is real and what is your truth? It was a very healing meditation even if it was the only one I accomplished this week.

I hope for you the best today and every day.

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

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Week three / 90-day meditation check-in

This week has been just about as hectic as the previous, this is becoming a normal state of being lately. For this reason alone, I see the need to mediate even more. I have been doing my best to sneak quite time and some deep breathing. This is not the same as meditating and I can tell the difference. Yet I feel that I am consciously still working on managing my stress in small ways.

I was at the doctor this morning and did have some weight loss. I lost almost 4lbs! Although, I cannot say for certain it was because I am meditating and reducing stress hormones. I am more likely to think that I am just extra active in the summer months then in the winter. Spring weight loss is kind of normal for me. That and thanks to the very warm and humid temperatures all week I am sure I could have also lost a lot of water weight due to perspiration.

I find I can relax much easier when I have had a good day of checking things off my to do lists. Seemingly each day this to-do list gets longer and longer because of additional campaign duties. I don’t mind the extra work, I do have some moments that I find overwhelming. This is when I must do better at being kind to myself and recognize the need for a break.

I have a feeling that the life lessons I will be learning this summer will be teaching me how to rest instead of quit. Trust me there are times I want to quit. There are times I wish for my peaceful, serene and sometimes boring life back! Yet I know this is not what I truly want. I have no desire to live a hum-drum life that looks the same every day! Been there, done that.

That’s why I am working so hard. I wish to change my life in magnificent ways. I wish to surround myself with wonderful friends and family time. I just miss the extra time to myself that I used to have to take care of my own needs. Who would not miss such important time? I know this feeling is normal and I let is pass as quickly as it comes.

I felt the urge to share this picture of my African Violet. It was a gift from a wonderful neighbor recieved just last month. Taking this picture felt like an intuitive compulsion so, it got me wondering the meaning behind the beautiful and finicky flower? I like to listen to my intuition for reasons just like this. I believe Spirit talks to us in many ways, it’s up to us to disypher its messege.

I did some research and found the Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion, deep love and commitment. African Violets teach us less is more, strength is in the spirit, and helps us to understand balance. It is said to nurture the violet will teach balance in health, love, commitment and longevity. Doing so will fill your home with joy, love and solidarity. How fitting!

I needed to hear this today. Even though I have much to do, to do, to do! I must keep making time for my spiritual and mental health and happiness. I just wanted to update you on the progress of the Adventure Sisters 90-day Meditation challenge. Have you been trying to meditate more? How do you fit time into your schedule for yourself? I would love to hear your ideas!

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Week 2 meditation update

First of all… Really?! This is only week two? It feels like it’s been a month. So, clearly. I am failing forkin’ miserably at this meditation stuff. No meditation for me! I ain’t got time to bleed, my friends! I know you feel me. I could really use several more volunteers for the Emy for House Campaign. I could use an extra helper or family nanny too!

Is it too much to ask someone to take care of things around the house including me, while truly loving my dogs and sing to my birds while I’m gone?! P.s. I miss time with my husband and daughter. This is a lifestyle change I did not expect. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the people I meet and all I learn immensely. This change is exciting!

Yet, I spent many years constructing my beautiful life of simplicity on purpose. I love working at home, I get to bring my dogs to work with me every day. I like eating lunch on the deck between clients and sneaking in loads of laundry. I also have filled my home with lots of plants and things that take my attention. And what else…. oh yeah, my family, working and writing! These things all need my attention every day.

These ‘things and duties’ are my life that I love! I worked hard to build this simple rural life, and I will not sacrifice the life I love. I am working on fitting the responsibilities of campaigning into my life, as opposed to fitting my life into the campaign. I refuse to let it consume all my time. I know what matters most in this world and it is not a job title.

I want this opportunity to represent my community fiercely because I want to fight for my beliefs. I want a thriving community, I want a clean environment, I want affordable healthcare and so much more for everyone! Yet, I do not feel it would be fair to ask me to sacrifice my health, love and family for the opportunity. I know others agree, but there are a few who seem to expect I put my life on hold to get this position.

This political position does hold immense responsibility. I know this, but if I don’t have family to fight for, if I don’t hold on to the intention to protect what I love; that’s when corruption, self-interest, and debauchery take hold. It is why I consider the love of my family and simple life style so valuable and important.  I hold on to my intention to fight for what I love.

I suppose they don’t tell you this part on purpose. People in congress encourage you to run alongside them. Most of them are wonderful people who have embraced me and try to help me succeed, because the more people you have on your team the easier it is to ‘win.’ Although, I don’t view it as winning. I believe we are all on the same team even if others don’t know it. I do feel like I am being guided to my purpose. I love every opportunity in this life that I have been blessed with!

At the end of the day, I try not to complain. I am a good kind of tired.

A good tired means I worked hard and was purposeful today. It means I feel like I accomplished something, and I believe in everything I did. It means I can sleep peacefully and soundly because even though this exciting time in my life is kinda kicking my butt… Life is darn good!

I am thankful for this good tired, I am also thankful that my days are full of things I love. I will figure this work/life balance thing out like we all must.

Realizing this internal struggle, I see I must make some sort of spiritual practice mandatory in my day, I know it is important. I can tell, and I miss it when I slack. I agree with my Adventure Sister Stacy, that when I try to meditate while laying down before bed, I seem to sleep better. Although then I miss the sudden insights of wisdom that seem to download during some meditations. Divine guidance is so much easier to hear when you are tranquil and awake!

Stacy and I took 2 minutes out of our busy day yesterday to speak to each other and do different sort of meditation. It was short, thoughtful, specific and powerful. We sent our meditative energy towards a specific purpose of love, community, harmony and abundance for everyone. It was almost like praying together but slightly different with the same intention.

This short meditative timeout purposely raised our vibes to love and peace. It was almost like hitting the reset button on my mind. When we were finished we felt lighter, less stress and connected to each other and the Universe. This feeling of peacefulness is how I know and why I know, I must make time for meditation and other spiritually lifting practices in my daily life.

Meditation does help me feel better it keeps my intentions pure and my mind focused.

I will check-in again with week three, I know I can do this! I can find time for everything that is important to me! Mind, body, spirit balance here I come!

Have you been following the Adventure Sisters 90-day meditation challenge? How are you doing with it? I’d love to hear from you!

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Sending you love, luck, and most of all JOY!

Wishing you an abundance of love and blessings,

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Flawed perfectionist

One week into the Adventure Sisters 90-day meditation challenge, and I am not failing but I am not doing as well as I hoped. I am not smoking, which is a great thing, and one of the reasons why I decided to jump on board the 90-day experiment with Stacy. I am doing things to manage my stress in healthier ways then I was a week ago. I’m not meditating like a monk yet…

Do I really think it would be possible to learn to mediate like a monk in a week? Why do I set such unrealistic goals for myself? I mean, Monks dedicate their lives to the spiritual practice and I seem to think I can master it in 90 days or less!? Come on girl!

This is not unusual behavior for me, yet when I choose to let the world know what I am up to; like weekly reporting on how I am progressing on the meditation challenge it becomes clear. Things that I didn’t see, are blatant and suddenly coming into my perception. Hello, my name is Emy and I am a flawed perfectionist. I don’t like being so particular all the time, it makes my life more difficult than it has to be!

Today I had a meeting with a wonderful woman I met on the campaign trail. It was about a thirty-minute drive to meet her, so I took the opportunity to turn the radio off and not meditate of course but relaxed and focus on my breath work. I OM’d down the road for fifteen minutes.

It worked, I felt calm when I got the meeting, and we had lovely conversations. Today is not a stressful day. It was very nice actually, yet as I write to report back about my meditation experience, I feel like I could have done better. Not because I am stressed but because I missed a day or two over Mother’s Day weekend.

I had company and a fun filled weekend that didn’t leave much time to meditate. I did still take a few minutes before I got out of bed in the morning to gather my thoughts and say thanks for the day ahead. This really does help me adjust my attitude for the whole day.

Yet I am having trouble taking the time for myself to ‘check out’ relax, or step outside to clear my mind. Behaviors that were cloudy now become clear. Now that I know I like to clear my thoughts while moving my body or being outdoors I can move forward with making sure I schedule these things in my day.

This realization that I don’t make time for myself, will change how I will be implementing my plan going forward into the second week of the meditation challenge. I am choosing to schedule me-time and take it. I will make sure I put it at a specific time that will work the best for me on that particular day, so I am more inclined to achieve my goal.

One day it maybe morning the other may be afternoon or evening. There is no right or wrong time or way to take a few minutes to clear my mind, relax my body and check in with my soul. I will release the thought of perfecting meditation or how I think it looks and just do what feels right for me.

I do feel less stressed then when I started, and that’s a good thing.

How is it going with your attempt at our 90-day meditation? Are you doing well? Are you struggling some like me? I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Meditation contemplations

Seemingly, I lost my meditating mojo… the last week has been fun and busy with campaigning. Yet, on Monday, I forced myself to lay down to quiet my mind even though I had a lot to do. Tuesday, I visited the state Capital and was out in the city most the day.

I did have some quiet time while sitting in the park at the capital across from the food trucks. I sat on a park bench, trying to breathe deeply while relaxing my mind. This worked for about one minute. I cannot relax in the middle of the city.

When I got home I just wanted to unwind, drink some wine, eat some pizza, blog and go to bed. That’s what I did. Even though I enjoyed these meetings and activities, I am only human, and I do need some quiet time to myself or I feel anxious.

Wednesday I worked all day then had a great DFL meeting that kept me out past my bedtime. Wouldn’t you know it, even though I was tired as I crawled into bed, I could not fall to sleep until after 2am.

As I lay there, meditating, breathing, tossing and turning like a rotisserie chicken, I thought “this is so weird, I know I am a professional at this sleep thing, get to it!”

When I have a ton of things to accomplish I stay awake in bed thinking about them, so I don’t forget. Even though, I have seven lists on my desk… so I don’t forget. I know I am not alone on this.

I was laying in bed for hours, doing every meditation technique I could think of, I still could not calm my mind enough fall to sleep.

This meditating the stress away is harder than I thought it would be. I have stress on top of my stress and now I feel stressed about not being able to release this stress. I will be checking out a few of the Mediation Apps Stacy recommended!

Today I am going to try a different technique. I am going to do a walking meditation and I am also going to spend some time in my garden freeing my asparagus patch from the weeds that intrude every spring. Spending so much time in front of the computer is starting to get to my spirit.

I realized that I like to move, it occurred to me that I like to move because it calms my mind.  I like to pick weeds, plant flowers, cook, walk the dogs because being out in nature is healing for me. Even if I sit on the porch with the laptop while I write, I seem to feel much more relaxed.

The point of meditation is relaxing so that you lower your stress level. I was trying to ‘fit it in’ when really, I found that, I do my best first thing in the morning when I wake up, if I take ten or fifteen minutes to give thanks for waking up and decide that I am going to have a great day.

This gives me the opportunity to decide how my day will look instead of absorbing the vibes of others throughout the day. When I decide today is going to be wonderful, productive and pleasant the moment I wake up. I then my brain responds to make it happen.

I will keep this habit for the rest of the challenge because it seems to work the best on my attitude about how I perceive the schedule of my day. If I ‘think’ its going to be stressful, then I manifest myself a difficult day. When I decide I am going seize the day, I do. Things seem to fall in line, I get things done and my anxiety takes some time off.

Even though I am no Yogi, I have learned what type of meditation or activity makes me FEEL the best. What I can do to effectively reduce the anxiety I feel during my day is not what I thought it would look like and that is great! The more you know the better you do, right?!

How are you doing managing your stress? Which apps do you find the most helpful? I would love to hear from you!

For Meditation App reviews check out Stacy’s blog at stacycrep.com

Namaste!

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Meditate the weight away?

Adventure Sister Stacy texted yesterday and told me she is starting a 90-day, daily meditation challenge to see if she could reduce stress. Her reasons being that stress causes us to produce too much cortisol. The hormone that makes you retain weight around your middle.

Stacy is a holistically trained RN and Yogi with an abundance of knowledge on how the effect our mind, body, spirit connection can truly change your life. Hence the meditation weight loss experiment/adventure. If we can meditate a short while every day for 90 days, we may have success in managing our stress and our weight.

I asked if we could do it together to keep each other accountable. We both had the same reasoning for doing this 90-day meditation stress reducing adventure, we wanted to try relaxing extra pounds of stress away in a healthy way.

I thought. “You know what? I’ve tried crazier diets. Let’s give this one a whirl!”

I had another reason, I used to smoke cigarettes…. I absolutely one hundred percent without a doubt in my mind know that smoking is one of the most destructive things you can do to your own body. I have started up again randomly here and there to deal with stress. I am not proud, I wanted to stop.

I am an intelligent person. I know this is not good for me in anyway. I decided this old habit of stress management is not acceptable. I am in control of how I choose to relax and manage stress. I am choosing to cope with my stress in healthier way! If I can lose weight well that would be great!

Besides, I used to be good at this meditation stuff. I would even add chakra stones, and sound healing to my meditation practice. I could let my mind wander and relax for an hour or more. Now, life has me chasing my tail on the campaign trial, while working and writing. The time I have to myself lately is far different then I have been used to and it is causing me stress and anxiety.

I started the mediation adventure on Monday. I had a campaign team meeting scheduled at my house that evening. I had several things to accomplish that day but knew I had to get my meditation in. Stacy and I had not talked about the amount of time we would dedicate to this experiment. We knew that we would both do the best we can in the time and space we are given.

As late afternoon approached, and I knew I must get my meditation in before team arrived. I am so thankful and blessed to work from home. I was not in the relaxing meditating frame of mind so decided to put on a beauty face mask that required me to lay down on for twenty minutes or it would fall off…. I was basically forcing myself to lay down and relax.

As I laid there I thought, “I can do this.” Approximately two seconds into my meditation, my thoughts started up.

“I have to write that phone script, I have to email my team, I have to make sure dinner is made, I have to do, to do, to do… blah, blah, blah….”

I decided to focus on breathing and counting my breaths in and out.

“I cannot let stress win. The timer on my phone is going to go off any minute, right? I have things to do.

Relax gosh darn it…. Sigh…. I used to be good at this.”

I was able to relax my mind after a few minutes. It is not important to not think at all. That’s almost impossible for most of us! It is important to calm your thoughts and not respond to them with emotions that get you feeling uneasy. Meditation is easier for me when I have a mantra that I repeat to myself to keep my mind from wondering so I did that.

“I am peaceful, I am joyful, I am love.”

The first day of our 90-day meditation adventure was a good experience. They say when you don’t have time to relax. That is exactly when you need to relax! As a massage therapist and energy worker I know this is true. I must practice what I preach and treat my body, mind, and spirit connection with respect if I want to feel my best.

Yet, I just can’t believe how uncomfortable it is to relax somedays!

I can do this, I need to do this for myself. It is going to be a challenge fitting in time to reflect when the list of ‘to do’s’ keeps getting longer. But I guess that is the whole point. Taking care of myself by managing my stress should be on the list every day too.

I feel I tend to put other people and tasks ahead of my needs and I will not continue that. I choose take time for myself so that I can be the best me I can be.

We would love to hear your meditation tips if you choose to take the 90-day meditation challenge with the Adventure Sisters.

We are going to blog once a week about our mediation results so please make sure you follow Stacy’s blog at stacycrep.com

Namaste!

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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