Q & A: During the day I find my thoughts harder to accept and just observe. Any advice?

I can totally relate to this! Even one thought can cause a massive “tornado” of thoughts that can take over, usually unexpectedly of course! 

Accepting these moments can be challenging so I have 2 suggestions:

#1) when that thought along with the emotion starts to tornado in, see if there is an affirmation that you can bring into your mind right away - either a single word or phrase. I remember in my first year of teaching, when I never had enough time to do things and I’d become so overwhelmed with all the “newness” of my job, I started to say the opposite of what I was felling, instead of “I never have enough time to get what I need done finished” -> I’d ay to myself (even if I didn’t actually believe it at the moment) “I have enough time for everything that I need to get done.”

This concept of “pretending” to feel the opposite of what was going through my head started to seep into my mind and change my mindset towards believe this style of affirmation and it really helped lift a load. 

#2) using something physical to ground can really help. For example, if you know in your car is when you have many of those thoughts, have an essential oil or a lip balm or something you can use as a small sense shift and associating it with a sense of “acceptance” and knowing that others are going through these moments in different places at the same time. Another idea is a bracelet to just play with the piece the beads on my bracelet if I’m feeling overwhelmed to remind myself I’m human. All the little tricks count! 

During week 3 we’re going to look at how we can sit with the sense of empowerment of our thoughts are learn that we are co-creating with them and we are “not actually” our thoughts and they evolve. 

I’d suggest doing your best with your mediation practice, making it as enjoyable as possible and know by just showing up for our sessions and being open to self-awareness you’re on the path of self care!

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Carolina Smith

Hi there, I’m Carolina, the founder of the liaproject.ca, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating mindfulness lesson plans for my students, I'm usually hiking the rockies, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand. If you're reading this it's because you and I have a lot in common. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or ideas of real self care! 

Q & A: I have lots of thoughts still cycling through my head when meditating. Is it best to just accept they are there and try to refocus on your breath?

Every time you noticed your thoughts have taken over your conscious just notice and remind your self what you’re focusing one. You can use a gentle guiding comment to yourself like "This is a thought passing through, now back to the breath”. Making it a disciplined practice to refocus each time to the breath or your word. This is definitely something we’re going to be talking about more of this Wednesday! And yes, you will start to develop longer periods of time that you can focus on your breath before the thoughts start to take over. With the topic of acceptance, it’s simply accepting 2 things:

1) accepting what the actual thought is and if it is bring up emotions

2) accepting that you got caught up in the thought and not judging ourselves for letting that happen.  

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Carolina Smith

Hi there, I’m Carolina, the founder of the liaproject.ca, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating mindfulness lesson plans for my students, I'm usually hiking the rockies, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand. If you're reading this it's because you and I have a lot in common. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or ideas of real self care! 

Q & A: What do you suggest for a timer?

So for a timer, I use the timer on the calm app and then set my “do not disturb” & airplane mode button so nothing will interrupt me but I TOTALLY understand if having the phone around is not ideal for you. I’d suggest in that case to set another timer in another room so it’s a distant sound going off. Once you start to get comfortable with meditating for a similar time every time you’ll know when 10 mins pass and start to come out of your meditation by habit. I know this has been the case for me when I was practicing for an hour a day (a few years back) and now I have this “inner” feeling when 10 mins has gone by because that is my routined time I practice. - Carolina

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Carolina Smith

Hi there, I’m Carolina, the founder of the liaproject.ca, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating mindfulness lesson plans for my students, I'm usually hiking the rockies, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand. If you're reading this it's because you and I have a lot in common. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or ideas of real self care! 

Q & A: How should I go about readjusting my posture if needed and still maintaining that meditative state?

For the posture adjustment during meditation at this stage is simply noticing if the sensation arrises that you need to physically shift your body or itch, just take a breath to give yourself a moment to notice that you physical need that adjustment of if your mind is just using it as a distraction to “get out of meditation”. Take this as intuitively as you want. Overall, especially if you’re meditation for over 10 mins, your body can start to develop some “bad” posture habits that can strain the neck, spine, etc. so it’s best to set yourself up at the beginning of your practice and then use best judgement if you need to shift. It will also start to get easy to get back into the meditative state fast the more we practice.  - Carolina

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Carolina Smith

Hi there, I’m Carolina, the founder of the liaproject.ca, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating mindfulness lesson plans for my students, I'm usually hiking the rockies, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand. If you're reading this it's because you and I have a lot in common. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or ideas of real self care!