:: A SLOWER OCTOBER ::

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. My sister shared this on her IG feed this AM and couldn't agree more. No specific reason, but October is one of my favorite months. Crisp, cozy and fresh fall vibes.

As I sat down to write some intentions for the month this morning two words came to the surface: slowly and sweetly.

These are my practices I wrote down at 4:48AM today- Pen to paper. Now I type them to you:
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to walk slower, to move slower, to feel what I feel, to experience everything, to find silver linings in every single thing, to take nothing for granted, to screw up, to fail, to learn from my mistakes, to take care of others, to take care of myself, to listen -like REALLY listen, to play, to laugh, to enjoy, to push pause often, to say yes, to say no, to honor, to SMILE, to love each day as it is my last. ⁣⁣ Because life is short but sweet for certain. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Celebrate it all.⁣⁣

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:: SIT, STAY, BE NICE ::

I have a week ahead of me where I can already feel the energy turn up, up up. I can already feelthe itch to move. It is that sort of week ahead of me. Hence my short message and hence sending this late on a Monday (hopefully you are sleeping!)....BUT sharing my mantra for the week.

SIT. STAY. BE NICE.


Sounds rather simple, right? Not for me. The hardest part for me is the STAY part. Sure I can sit, sure I can be nice -- but the STAY (no way!) -- I mean YES, WAY! challenge accepted.


I commit to sitting for 5 minutes 4x this week. That is my goal and I hope you hold me accountable! Will be sharing on my IG stories my progress.

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A few tips to help you sit, stay and be nice.
Because Meditation is NOT easy, my friends!

MY MEDICINE FOR MEDITATION PRACTICE

1) Find a comfortable seat or lay down 
2) Start by just being a witness to your breath and notice where you are at today (where are you emotionally? how do you feel?)
3) Bring your attention back to your breath and literally watch your inhales and your exhales 
4) I like to pick a spot in my body ( nose, belly, heart) and tune into the sensation there - notice for a few rounds, then move on
5) Then this is the hard part -- when your mind starts to wander (which it will - what am I doing later? What is for dinner? Do I need a haircut? Etc, Etc) - return to the breath. 
6) over + over again

Accept whatever arises, be good to that thought, let it pass, come back to the breath. Build up your mindfulness tool
kit!

And I personally love to end my mediation practice with a little positive affirmation. Anything positive.


▽ AFFIRM IT ▽⁣⁣
I am giving myself to the practice of stay with what is, accepting with what comes up and receiving all the benefits of STAYING.

:: CONTENTMENT :: 3-24-19

When we can open our hearts and work with what we are given, loving what’s before us — life stays possible.” -Mark Nepo⁣

Sentimental day for me as I’m remembering my grandfather who would have turned 98 today. The year he passed, the months prior actually, I asked him what the secret to life was and he said one word — contentment. I remember this moment so vividly — in his wheelcheer in his nursing home. Couldn’t feed himself anymore, couldn’t care for himself anymore and this one word he quietly spoke.⁣

C O N T E N T M E N T

Inspired by my grandfather — choosing the practice of contentment this week (and for weeks to come) Accepting what is, trusting what is — the pretty, the not so pretty, the crystal clear, the unknown. All of it. Loving what’s before me. Keeping “it” ( life ) possible.⁣

I invite you to join me .

The last photo we took, the last candles he blew out. I’m grateful for his life, his guidance, his cheer.

I have another story about that I’ll save for another day :)

Until then — contentment, my friends —contentment.

LOVE YOU POPPIE! ALWAYS

:: CURIOUS KATY SOBERS UP! ::

FACT: I’ve been SOBER (Curious) since October 18, 2018⁣⁣. Annnd about three months later, still sober today.⁣⁣
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I almost don’t⁣ believe it myself but yes, it’s true. If you know me, you know I love my occasional spirits but you also know I’m a super curious person.⁣⁣ More behind the “why and WHYs” later...⁣⁣
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So the one week sober in “sober October” has now propelled its way all the way into “dry January,” and I cannot tell you good I feel. And not just physically — mentally, energetically, spiritually! I can remember my dreams!⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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So when Lindsay  came to my class this morning and slipped me this book, the title, struck me : I AM SOBER CURIOUS. So I must ask you, my friends:⁣⁣⁣
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Have you ever made the choice to sober it up besides a “Dry January” experience?⁣⁣⁣
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Not here to tell you it’s the right choice or YOU should try it, but to let you in on my experience. ⁣⁣⁣
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And to remind you that: ⁣⁣⁣
♥ Curiosity knocks on our hearts daily, open it time and time again⁣⁣⁣⁣
♥ It’s okay to get curious about something and change your mind⁣⁣⁣⁣
♥ Comfort zones are not a safe place to hang and a little discomfort never killed anyone⁣⁣⁣⁣
♥ Stay curious, never judgmental (Walt Whitman)⁣⁣⁣⁣
♥ Mirror what you admire (and this very moment it’s this most spontaneous mirror selfie with Kari doin her thang!)⁣⁣⁣⁣

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