4 Mindful Women Share Secrets to Living Well
I’ve seen so much good writing lately about presence, simplicity and deliberate thinking. Today, I’d like to share blog posts from four friends of mine who walk their talk. These gals are super-charged when it comes to mindfulness and they’re living with passion and integrity.
First up is Zeenat Merchant-Syal who writes a blog called Positive Provocations, a guide for healing with positivity, love and happiness. Zeenat lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She is a practicing counseling psychologist, spiritual counselor and motivational speaker (plus a whole bunch of other things!).
Zeenat wrote a sweet post earlier this month about realizing the sacredness of everyday moments, reveling in the moments when you love what you’re doing and letting yourself become absorbed by the simplicity of those moments. Can you feel how alive you are in those moments?
Zeenat writes, “The true magic of being alive comes alive in these small but precious moments, which happen to us every single day and many times a day too.” Read her post,”The Magic of Being Truly ALIVE.”
Jody is an author of a children’s book called Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool and a constant writer, especially through her work at a PR firm in Detroit. She is also an advocate for kids and families that struggle with alcoholism.
Her writing is sometimes raw with emotion, sometimes funny and always passionate because Jody, like Zeenat, lives a full-on, all-in life. She says we can’t feel fully alive without proper self-care. When we don’t mindfully take good care of ourselves, we’re vulnerable to attack, usually by our own thoughts.
Her recent post, “8 Ways to Deal With Anxiety” is a personal account of her very real experiences with anxiety attacks. She happily reports that she is doing great today, but “anxiety is still around like a jerky former boyfriend who waits for an opp to show up on my doorstep at a vulnerable moment, knowing exactly what to say to make me instantly feel like crap about myself and the world.”
Be sure to check out her 8 tips and the rest of her work at jodylamb.com.
Despite our best efforts to stay positive, practice mindfulness and be consciously in the moment, life has a way of reaching up and biting us on the butt. Sandra Pawula, who writes the blog Always Well Within blog from her home in Hawaii, has done her share of fighting back against the well-armed butt-biters.
A self-proclaimed fix-it person, when Sandra was diagnosed with a debilitating, chronic disease 10 years ago, she became obsessed with finding a solution.
And she did find a solution, after years of struggle: Accept the unacceptable. Sandra realized that though her illness defined her at that time, it didn’t have to forever. And that meant letting go of why-me’s and other negative dominating thoughts, instead focusing on the things she could do.
Sandra let some thoughts die away so new, healthy thoughts could grow. Mindful focus is really no different from nature’s changing seasons or relationships dying so others can birth.
“Proactively coming to peace with impermanence can help you accept the unwanted with greater equanimity,” she writes in this wonderful post “How to Accept the Unacceptable.”
“Too many of us have accepted fear, doubt, routine and mediocrity as common ways of being,” writes Courage Coach and all-around cool gal Tess Marshall.
Tess reiterates the attitudes that Zeenat, Jody and Sandra embrace–keep your focus on what you can do, celebrate all victories and remain steadfast on positivity. All these things require taking baby steps toward exchanging limiting thoughts for positive right now thoughts.
Nothing stays the same; we are in constant motion. Impermanence is beautifully permanent and to keep up with perpetual change in our lives, we can’t simply think about change. We have to do something different.
Read more in Tess’ post “What You Need to Know to Become Fully Alive.”
Sit for a moment with this wrap-up mindful question from Tess:
“What would your world look and feel like if you courageously committed to choosing the thoughts and taking the actions that manifested in more energy, vitality and aliveness?”
The world awaits you, my friends. Go in peace, go in love, go in mindfulness.
Many thanks to Zeenat, Jody, Sandra and Tess for inspiring this post!
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