This is Your Brain on Meditation

Seriously, with just 10 minutes of meditation, your brain calms its stress centers, reduces inflammation and improves your life on so many levels. Why would you not try this?! Did you not read the over 141 benefits of daily meditation?

Amid the chaos and busyness of life surrounding you, you can be calm and serene and focused, like this person…

So today is it – the last day of this 30 day meditation challenge.

December’s challenge brings 30-31 days of poetry – a new poem each day. That will be fun! I LOVE poetry!

I’m actually looking forward to January’s challenge of living a plant-based diet. A bit anxious but more excited to experience how much better I’ll feel, how much more energy I’ll have, growing healthier skin, a healthier and stronger body, and I’m sure my teeth will thank me as I’ll be off the coffee and the sugar. I am a Super Sugar Fiend! It’s like CRACK!! I’m sure January will be an interesting journey as I discuss my anxiety, my cravings driving me mad, and probably an angry monster of a stomach growl for 30 days. We’ll see. Maybe it won’t be as tough as I think. And maybe it’ll be worse. Time will tell. Oh no, and no wine, no cheese. I’m hurting already. No alcohol of any kind. I’ll be livin’ it up in December, babeeee!

As for now, let’s get to more benefits from daily meditation:

  1. Beat Addiction
  2. Growth Hormone
  3. Boost Melatonin
  4. Increase Libido
  5. Lengthen Telomeres
  6. Healthy Heart
  7. Life Extension Gene
  8. Less Muscle Tension

And that’s all folks. I hope some of you got something out of this meditation challenge. I hope it’s helping you and I hope you stick with it. I hope I stick with it, too. It’s like going to church – it’s so easy to get out of the habit of going when you stop. Not that it’s a bad thing. But meditation is truly good for you and me and I think if everyone in the world meditated daily, the world would be a more mindful, peaceful, more relaxing, calm, loving place. Is that enough adjectives for you? And then, maybe I live in dream land.

Oh well, on to the next…

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The End

…or almost. Today and tomorrow and the meditation challenge will be done.

No mumbo jumbo – I’ll get right to it – more benefits to daily meditation:

  1. Boost Serotonin
  2. Boost DHEA
  3. Have More Energy
  4. Longevity
  5. Fortified Brain
  6. Younger Skin
  7. Relaxed Nervous System
  8. Help Infertility
  9. Break Habits
  10. Willpower & Discipline
  11. Balanced Thought

Oh, and ALSO, the more time you devote to meditation each day, the faster you will reach all of these many benefits, and the faster you’ll reach that state of bliss. So spend some time with yourself in peace and quiet and self-love, because you deserve it. Time is an investment, I realize. Invest in yourself.

Short and Sweet and Upcoming Challenges

So since not many are into this meditation thing, I won’t make it a long post. I’ll get right down to it and catch up on more benefits from the last few days I’ve missed.

  1. Boost GABA
  2. Need Less Sleep
  3. Gene Expression
  4. Healthy Chemicals
  5. Mind Healing
  6. Optimism
  7. Mental Awareness
  8. Mental Health
  9. Pregnancy
  10. Better Endocrine System
  11. Better Circulation
  12. Calm Neurotransmitters
  13. Beat ADD & ADHD
  14. Beat Eating Disorders
  15. Better Listening
  16. Better Perception

And that catches us up with more benefits of daily meditation. 2 more days, peeps, and meditation challenge will be over (I know most of you are like “THANK GOD!”) and I’ll be starting a new challenge for December.

The votes are in and December will be a poem a day. This’ll be fun! I LOVE poetry!!!

January is set for a plant-based diet for 30-31 days. I’m all wrapped up in anxiety, dread, sadness, and excitement over this one!

Reach Out and Connect With People

Hi y’all. I sure do hope you had a fabulous holiday and found tons to be thankful for. I hope you spent time with people you love, laughed and ate till your belly hurt and drank till you were merry. Even if it was non-alcoholic.

Mine was amazing. A holiday, for me, would not be complete without injury. One Thanksgiving, I sliced off the tip of my finger, slicing apples for my famous apple pie with gruyere crust. No worries, it actually grew back. Crazy, right? Who knew part of your finger could grow back? Like a lizard’s tail!? LOL! This Thanksgiving, I cut one finger with a knife preparing something the day before, and cut another finger on turkey day. No worries. A couple of bandaids and I was fixed right up. Nothing much bigger than paper cuts, thankfully.

While I cooked, I was enjoying a Cafe’ feu lait m de poule (which is hot coffee mixed with eggnog and cinnamon fireball whiskey), which is quite dreamy. I was listening to iHeart radio’s Christmas classics, dancing around the kitchen and singing (badly). Poor Buddy’s ears. He made me belly laugh when Baby, It’s Cold Outside came on. He nearly rolled his eyes and made this horrific sound (after they’d sang the same tune for about the umpteeth time) that was a mixture of sighing and growling and then he laid his head down in complete and utter dread. I asked him if he didn’t like the song and he gave me the most hilarious look, I laughed till I nearly cried. It wasn’t just his eyes. He does this thing with his mouth that says “Are you seriously asking me that after the disgust I just expressed?! You’re a genius, aren’t ya?!” My dog is the funniest little man alive! And no, I did not get drunk, in case you were wondering. I only had one mug full. I mean, I did have to cook, too.

We ate way too much. And poor Hallie had to eat two meals. She had Thanksgiving with her dad and that part of the family (they do an early lunch) and we do ours like an early supper around 3pm. We hung out with family at Mama’s, watched part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, talked, laughed, and groaned from eating too much.

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Today, my faith in humanity grew quite a bit. We were out like crazy people going to check out the Black Friday sales and a sweet woman had just flipped her car several times. We didn’t see the car flip but the guy that came over to join us witnessed it from across the interstate. He said it flipped many times before landing belly-up. What we saw was the dust and maybe a smidge of smoke floating in the air just above the car and seeing the woman crawling out of the window. I lost count of how many people had stopped and not one person was taking pictures or videos, which seems to be the thing when something horrific happens, but everyone was concerned about this woman and wanting to make sure she was okay. It was incredibly heartwarming.

Honestly, I am down on people a lot, because of the whole taking pics and videos with their phones rather than trying to be of service, or I’m mad because people don’t know how to drive or they charge out in front of you at the grocery store without saying excuse me. Usually, people irk me. Not all people, okay? And I am trying to work on it and give people the benefit of the doubt. I mean, you never know what someone is going through. And seeing all these kind people stop and try to assist was just so loving and warmed my heart up and though, yes, I got a bit irritated with a couple of drivers today, for the most part I was believing people were/are good. It’s good to know there are so many caring selfless people. I guess I needed to witness that.

By the way, the woman only had the teensiest scratch on her wrist and she was understandably shaken but we had her laughing in no time and this helped her relax a little. Because as we all know, laughter truly is the best medicine. Anyway, she’s okay.

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And for the meditation part of the post for today and yesterday…

More benefits from daily meditation are:

  1.  Gut-Brain Axis
  2. Aid Digestion
  3. Help PMS
  4. Positive Mindset
  5. Quiet Mind
  6. Better Breathing
  7. Lose Weight
  8. Build Bigger Brain

I’m sure most of you will be happy to know this meditation challenge will be over in 6 more days. And then, on to December’s new challenge – yes, a different challenge. I know how bored some of you are. I guess most people are not making time or are not interested in meditation. Oh well. It’s good for me so I’ll try to keep making time for it.

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And now I’m off to rest my eyes, because one of ’em feels like it’s been rubbed with sandpaper. Ugh. Some of you women may understand. You ever feel like you picked out the wrong mascara and it feels like about 10 eyelashes have fallen into your eye? Dang. I’ve put so many eye drops in my eye since I got home but it still hurts like a motha and it’s so red. I’m sure it’s nothing a good night sleep won’t cure. I’ve rubbed it so much today, now it’s thoroughly irritated. I wish I could pluck it out, rinse it off and put it back in.

Anywho, have a lovely evening, enjoy your leftovers, and have sweet dreams. Love you! Oh, and one final thought I’d like to send you off with…

If anyone looks like they might need assistance, whether it be an accident, or as simple as someone at the store trying to reach something or pick up a bunch of items they spilled onto the floor, helping them will not only change their whole outlook but it will change your entire perspective, as well.

Think about it.

xoxo

A Productive Day and a Question For You

So asking again – some votes are in and I want to hear from the rest of you on what the next challenge should be if ya don’t mind:

1. A new poem daily
2. Weight loss challenge for 30 days
3. Stepping out of my comfort zone daily
4. Making time to read for fun (I never seem to make time for this)
5. Purposely learn something new every day
6. Learning 1-3 new words every day (this has the most votes for Dec, so far)
7. Experiencing a plant-based diet (doing this in Jan)
8. Going caffeine free (meaning no coffee) 30 days+

What sounds interesting? Do you have any ideas for a fun challenge? Let me know. You can post here on the comments, or on the blog facebook page on my latest post, or my Instagram page under my New Challenge – Start post.

On to more benefits from daily meditation:

  1. Cure headaches
  2. Healing Thoughts
  3. Emotional Stability
  4. Compassion

Ask if you need me to elaborate.

Today was very beneficial. I was too busy this morning to get my meditation in first thing so I squeezed it in toward the end of the day. Actually, at 6pm, after work. I normally work until 430 but I wanted to finish some things so I didn’t have to worry about them on Monday.

However, while a new app was downloading onto my comp for work, I cleaned and organized different areas in my office and the rest of the house, so I got sooo much done today. I feel so accomplished.

Plus, I mowed my lawn (probably for the last time this year) during my lunch hour, so now my yard looks groomed and clean. Yea! Today was another feeling filled with happiness kind of day. I was a little irked because during each project I worked on, I kept getting interrupted, but they were sweet interruptions, so I’ll take it. I didn’t get finished with all my projects, but they were nothing that couldn’t be finished up on Monday, so it’s all good. I got the deadlines for today completed.

After work, had a few bites of glazed chicken, rice and about four seasoned green beans for supper, then a leeetle wine, cheese and pork tenderloin. Girlfriend was eatin’ good tonight, babeeee!  Yum! Then, I was too tired to bake cookies, even though I really wanted some, so I opted for a handful of peanut M&Ms.

I’m writing up my ingredients list that I need to purchase from the grocer on Saturday for everything I’m making for Thanksgiving and then another list of ingreds for the tree decorating party that weekend. Fun times will be had! And probably some spiked eggnog. And hot cocoa. And there’s always wine. Oh, and hot spiced cider. I hope the weather will be nice and chilly. My house is almost ready for guests. Just as long as I finish everything by Wednesday, I’ll be a happy camper.

Do y’all have fun festivities planned with friends and family for Thanksgiving? Or just family? Or do you have FriendsGiving and skip the family thing altogether?

I am off to work a bit on my book, and probably go find another glass of Sweet Red. I’m pitiful, I know. But for some reason, my writing is easier when I have a little liquid courage. I don’t overthink, ya know? My mind is more relaxed and flying on the wings of imagination. Can’t you just see me sitting on a wing with my glass of wine in one hand and my block o’ cheese in the other? Lol – with it being me, my hair would be blowing right into my mouth so I couldn’t access the wine or cheese.

I’m rambling… Sorry.

Anywho, y’all have a groovilicious evening and I’ll chat ya up tomorrow. Tomorrow will be fun! A Christmas shopping adventure will be going on at a local annual venue. I’m sure I’ll spend too much. Or just enough. And then lunch out with my mom, groceries, errands, and more fun stuff.

Laters taters!  xoxo

Smile! Meditation is Great for You!

Happy Friday Eve, dear ones! That’s what I prefer to call Thursday. Sounds closer to the weekend. Yea! The weekend! Fun!!! Time to clean, time to shop, time to eat out, time to work in the yard, time to cook, time to write, time to go to fun events. It seems I live for the weekend. Isn’t that horrible? I mean, I like the weekdays. I actually like my job and love who I work with/for. But the weekends mean freedom to do whatever the heck I want to do. Time off. If I choose to sleep in, I can. How about you? Do you live each day fully or do you live for the weekends, too?

On to more benefits from meditation:

  1. Become Superhuman
  2. More Brain Integration
  3. Help PTSD
  4. Synchronicity – This happens to me every single day, several times per day, and this has been going on for probably 3 or 4 weeks now.

Today was another really good and productive day. I had much more energy, but I kind of owe the gym for that one just a bit, I’d say, plus being well. Work went great – got lots done, was easier to concentrate (somewhat). I did stray a bit a couple of times but that was around my lunch hour so not sure that counts. I mostly stayed focused and was productive during those hours. I cleaned and organized during my lunch hour and again after work at 4:30. Felt so great to clear my desk and desk side table and put everything where it’s supposed to go.

Plus, I just sort of felt happier today more so than I usually do. Not sure why. Not sure if it was the meditation or just that I am practicing gratitude daily for all we have (mostly each other) but it’s nice that something has worked to make me happy. It’s not that I’ve been unhappy but I notice I don’t smile as much as I should. I look like I have resting bitch face 24/7, but I’m really not in a bad mood. I guess I fall in the rut of the daily stuff like a robot at times and my face is heavy. But today, my face felt lighter and, I don’t know, I just felt sort of filled with some joy, so that’s always a welcome treasure.

If you have any ideas for a new challenge at the end of this one, let me know what might be interesting, whether you do it with me or witness me jabbering about my doing it. I think I pinned some ideas to a post about 5 or 6 days ago. Let me know your ideas, too?

And have a lovely evening, my loves.

It’s a Beautiful Sunshiny Day!

Hello beautiful darlings! I hope your day was productive and inspired! Mine was! It’s so great to be over whatever that bug was and to have energy again, and to go back to the gym at 0:dark:30 this morning, and for Mama to be better, too. I had ENERGY today, babeeeee! I was productive at work, productive during my lunch hour, and productive after work. I did good today. I actually was still (mostly) for my morning meditation and I could focus a little better on not focusing, not thinking, just breathing and listening. I’m not gonna say I did great the whole time but I got a few good minutes in there where I could be present and mindful and pay attention to the moment. I’m learning… Slowly but surely.

So, it was a good day.

On to the next benefits from daily meditating:

  1. Chronic Inflammation (Health)
  2. Brain Balance
  3. Cure Phobias
  4. Connectedness

And there ya have it!

I am having my wine, some 13 yr aged cheddar (oh YEAH!!!!), some pork tenderloin, and just got through watching Kevin Probably Saves the World. Let me tell you, that is the best show on tv right now, in my opinion. It makes me laugh, makes me cry, gives me hope, inspires me, and makes me want to be a better person. It helps me to love all parts of me, including my weakness because we are human – therefore, we are all weak. The Good Doctor comes in at number 2. But I can wait a week or two before I watch that. As soon as I see Kevin in my dvr, honey, I am on it!!!

So now I’m off to work on my book. Wish me luck?

How was your day? How is meditation working for you? Have you tried it yet? I know, I know… Only so many hours in the day. I said that for a long time, so I know.