Miindful Monday 10/30

Happy Trick or Treat (in TRNJ) !

Today began a 22 Day Meditation Experience with Oprah and Deepak, you may still be able to register! I highly recommend if you are just getting into meditation or do it daily, its wonderfully structured to make it relaxing and enjoyable.

I am thrilled to be able to experience it this time around with Dylan on my lap during each daily session.

Exciting to know one day we will be able to practice fully with me.

I am also starting a challenge for myself from now until Thanksgiving of healthy miindful eating. I know the holidays are upon us and my family is full of foodies but I am making a promise to myself to not mindlessly eat until Thanksgiving then I can enjoy that weekend guilt free and then back on track until Christmas. Short attainable goals, that is how any venture should be. Make every moment matter & enjoy the ride. I am starting at 245. I will be accountable not only for my practice but my challenge to myself, my son, and MiindfulMama.

Sorry keeping this a bit short.

Namaste & Love,

Nicole

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Family Festivities

It is the time of year for family. Fall festivities, pumpkin picking, carving, trick or treat, then the holidays … being grateful and miindful of sharing these moments is key. We all have crazy families but these times are so important. We have to look past any judgements and enjoy our lives, most importantly for our children. Share the spirit of fall, of family, and of the holidays. 

This is our time, this is their time. 

Live in the moment. 

Namaste & Love,

Nicole

Miindful Monday 10/23

Mondays have this stigma to them that I want to break. Myself, I am a fan of Mondays… almost like that first day of school feeling you get each year, but you get a small dose each and every week. 

Why do most dread Mondays? 

Probably because the weekend is over and we are back to work thinking about everything we have to do with the hustle and bustle of our lives.  

This is where being mindful really is key. 

Take each moment as it comes. Put yourself in your own little box and stay there. Do whatever works for you. Trial and Error may be needed.

Take a deep breathe, 

Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4.

HOLD 1, 2.

Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now take another. 

Feel your breath fill your body, feel the air on your nostrils. 

Once more. That is simply miindfulness.

Set a reminder on your phone a couple times a day to stop for 1 minute, then maybe 2 or 5. 
That is all you need. Teach yourself these habits then teach your children… they imitate everything you do. 

Namaste & Love 

Nicole 

Mama & Me Meditation

I went through a small fertility journey and my meditation practice definitely helped me through the many doctor appointments, bloodwork, and ultrasounds. It was 2 months of very needed miindfulness. Although I have practiced meditation since I was 18, I really found my silence during that time. When we found out we had been blessed with a “bean” as I called him for the first 20 weeks or so, I continued my practice throughout my entire pregnancy. Most of the time it was either done in my bed, or in my rocker in the nursery. My meditation also incorporates my self reiki as well. It was “my time” than became “our time.”

I was so grateful to have a very smooth pregnancy and even birth process. After Dylan was born, 2 weeks into motherhood I was diagnosed with Postpartum OCD. I thought I could get through it with my practice, but medically it was more than that. So I sought help in therapy and treatment.* Please if you are feeling any signs of Postpartum Mood Disorders do not be afraid to get the help you need. There are so many resources now available. I was textbook case for PPOCD and it was very scary, but now I am myself again and able to regain my Miindfulness as well as my Confidence as a new mom.

Now Dylan is beginning to be strong enough to sit up with support so we have ” Mama & Me” meditation time. On his foam titles in his nursery, after some tummy time, we relax and just breathe. Of course at this age he cannot fully participate but it allows us to begin a habit that as soon as he can begin to understand we can build upon. I know babies are very active at this age so he likes to eat his fingers and do rasberries but even 5 minutes of silence and breathe is impactful.

I am looking forward to the next year to see how his involvement evolves and we can grow our practice together.

The benefit in being able to teach your children these habits is that you become better at them and more consistent as well.

Take this opportunity to share this special bond with your baby at any and every stage.
I would love to hear your stories as well. Comment below 🙂
Namaste & Love

Nicole