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"Thank You!" A Moment of Gratitude & Reflection for the New Year

Emily Porta

 

I wanted to send this message out to all of you this week and say "Thank you." 

Thank you for all the support over this past year.  It's been amazing getting emails, and the calls, and the questions.  It's really helped shape the way that I get information out to the world.  I really appreciate it. 

I also want to remind each of you to take time--rather, make time--to care for yourself during this time. I know it can feel kind of hectic to people.  Maybe even feels a little bit more lonely than normal.  Make time to show yourself some love and compassion, whatever that looks like during this time. 

Really gear up for the start of the new year.  Take a look back at 2015. Look at what you're grateful for.  Look at all that you've accomplished.  Look at the challenges that came up and how you navigated through them. 

Because you are here today.

I want to encourage you to take care of yourself, whatever that means, as the new year starts. 

Thank you again, everyone. I look forward to seeing you in 2016!

The New Year is here!

Emily Porta

A couple years ago I wrote about my take on New Year's resolutions. (You can read more about it here.  ) But if you are looking to make one change in the new year, might I suggest one? 

Stay present.

Yeah, yeah, you've heard it before. But the practice of mindfulness not only leads to more calm in the brain, it changes the brain. Literally the physical composition of the brain shifts with meditation. If you experience anxiety, depression, distraction or overwhelm, meditation can help you heal. So here are some tips for beginning a meditation practice in the New Year.

• Start off with just 10 minutes a day and work your way up.  Headspace is a great app that can help you get started as well. 

• Make a sacred space, just for you, where you can sit and be. It doesn't have to be super quiet, just comfortable.

• Sit on a cushion or in a chair - whatever works for your body. But sit with your spine straight and alert.

• Be comfortable. Where comfortable clothes when you start, light a candle if it makes you feel good, play light music in the background, whatever you need to entice you to sit and be. I play a yoga music track on Pandora. 

• Remember the goal - to befriend your mind. This isn't mind control or how you stop thinking. You are taking time to observe and understand how your mind works. 

Need help with starting a practice? I work with client that use meditation as part of their healing. Give me a call 714-390-1652.

Holiday Anew

Emily Porta

One of the things that strikes me about this time of year is our traditions. Don't get me wrong, I love traditions. At my house we watch a movie while we decorate our tree and we open our gifts on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. With traditions come a lot of expectations. And when those expectations aren't meant, it can feel so disappointing. So this year I am encouraging people to do something different. Try a different way of doing things. 

This is so important for those that have experienced loss of relationships this year. Maybe last year you were headed over to the in-laws for a holiday feast and this year, you are divorced living in a 1 bedroom apartment. Now is the time to let go of the past and start looking at the now. Look at what you are at and dream big about you want to do with this moment. You need a vision without expectations. It is like holding hope for the future and being open to possibilities that you never thought of before. 

So this year, what new thing do you want to try? Spend time with new friends or family, try a new meditation practice, buy yourself a gift, volunteer in our community...options are endless.