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Created to help you unlock deeper meaning & stronger connection in daily life through meditation, insight, and action

Meditate Awake Erik

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Created to help you unlock deeper meaning & stronger connection in daily life through meditation, insight, and action

    CLOSER CONNECTION through imperfection

    CLOSER CONNECTION through imperfection

    Today, try bringing your journey with imperfection into your meditation practice. There are endless ways you could do this, but start simple: accept the imperfection of your practice. When your mind wanders, notice it; and then gently return to your practice and consciously send love to your active, wandering mind. If you feel frustrated or uncomfortable in your meditation, notice that; and then allow yourself to smile as you acknowledge and welcome the reality that your meditation practice — like everyone else’s — can be a messy and beautiful human experience.

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    FITNESS: Are You GROUNDED?

    FITNESS: Are You GROUNDED?

    So in this episode I talk about fitness in more than just the physical sense but also how I can relate to the feeling of steadiness. Physical awareness supports mental and emotional steadiness and having a firm foundation.

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    STRESS RELIEF: Are You Moving? Hear This!

    STRESS RELIEF: Are You Moving? Hear This!

    DAILY INSIGHT Did you know that moving house is up there with the top most stressful experiences in life? Shifting your life from under one roof to another can bring up a whole host of unexpected emotions, and has your cortisol stress hormone levels rising high. Have you moved recently — or are you planning a relocation soon? If so, it’s important to integrate some crucial self care into the transition.

    DAILY ACTION Care for your mind and emotions during a house move. Even moving a few blocks away has an important impact on your stress levels; but moving to a new town, city, region or country is more likely to affect your mental health. Make a commitment to yourself to pause and breathe; and once you’re in your new home, put some comforting rituals in place to help you settle in.

    Simple actions like finding a shop or cafe you like that you can go to every day or two, creating familiarity; unpacking your favorite coffee mug right away; and taking time to sit and be present in very corner of your new space; can help to ease the intensity of change.

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    SLEEP: Are You Affected by Natural Light?

    SLEEP: Are You Affected by Natural Light?

    DAILY INSIGHT The sun helps you sleep. A study by psychiatrists Campbell, Dawson and Anderson found that bright light exposure during the day time improves sleep quality and duration, and shortens the time it takes to fall asleep by 83%. It doesn’t have to be sunlight; artificial bright lights that simulate the experience of natural light have marked positive effects, too.

    DAILY ACTION Get outside! Ideally, we’d all spend a few hours every single day outside, allowing our bodies to fall into rhythm with our environment. If a few hours aren’t possible, do what you can. Get out for a short walk, or sit by an open window if you really need to be inside.

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    CLOSER CONNECTION: Do You Have Propinquity?

    CLOSER CONNECTION: Do You Have Propinquity?

    DAILY INSIGHT Are you craving a loving relationship? Studies show that one of the factors involved in falling in love is ‘propinquity’; that is, familiarity that comes about because you spend time with the other person, live near them, or think about them frequently.

    DAILY ACTION If there are (preferably single) people in your life who you spend lots of time with, or who you think about a lot, don’t suppress feelings that may grow for them. Lots of us push away flickers or romantic intrigue about people we already know — we tell ourselves that it’s not possible, that it would compromise friendships, that it would be too strange. But lots of incredibly strong and loving relationships grow from less intense connections. Be open to the intrigue, and if it’s reciprocated, give yourself a chance to explore it.

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    SLEEP: The Safest Sleep Aid

    SLEEP: The Safest Sleep Aid

    DAILY INSIGHT: Research published by the Sleep Foundation shows that meditation could be the perfect tonic for insomnia. Deep relaxation through meditation has been found to increase the amount of time you spend asleep; improve the quality of your sleep; and make it easier to fall asleep. This is particularly exciting because meditation is completely safe and brings lots of other brilliant benefits into your life at the same time. And you can safely combine it with other sleep techniques, too.

    DAILY ACTION: You guessed it — try meditating today. If you’re not sure where to start, wait for our practice-focused post at the end of this week. We’ll share a simple meditation technique that’s perfect for sleep.

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