I’ve jokingly referred to the last few days as a “vortex”— of positive energy, inspiration, and serendipity.
Does that ever happen to you?!
When you least expect it, the universe unexpectedly pulls you to lessons, growth, and newness? Dare I say, the universe helps you find the silver lining! 🙂 Well that’s been happening like crazy and the more I roll with it, the more it feels right.
And it all started with The Path!
If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably noticed I recently dove into the world of meditation. I started with HeadSpace, an app offering ten minute daily meditations but it lacked the sense of community I find helpful when trying anything new. Meditation is tough. Sit still, breathe, and don’t think. However, as one of my good friends, The Balanced Blonde, said “There’s meditation, and then there’s meditation.”
Right? It’s so true. Meditation is intentional. It’s active. It’s up to you to do the work. Sure, sitting still and breathing is definitely going to calm down your mind and body but throw some intention behind it and direct your energy and boom, you’re next level where the magic happens.The Path holds bi-weekly hour meditations and monthly socials. My first encounter was a social on Mindfulness and Love that completely rocked my world. And check out the yumminess we enjoyed afterwards… #mindbody #satisfiedMy takeaways from the Dharma Talk >>
- You have to learn to love yourself before you can love anyone else. No easy feat but worth it. Especially as performers, this is a beautiful lesson we can apply to our personal validation so we don’t go seeking it in an audition room or from an audience.
- “There’s nothing unnatural or unique about our wild minds, and that building a mindful, centered mind is really a no-brainer… The mental muscles we exercise grow, be they muscles of distraction and dullness or muscles of clarity and calm.” – Dr. Joe Loizzo from Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science —It’s like training your voice to sing or your body to dance! You have to exercise the muscles you want to strengthen and our mind is no different. Whether you are trying to ease stress, release fear, accept self-love, or any other complexes in your mind and body, it takes practice!
- We operate daily as if we need to fight for our survival and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of us, thankfully, never actually fight for our survival. (i.e. run from a tiger or any other large animal that would eat us) Instead, we apply our primal instincts of survival to everyday stress situations — deadlines, auditions, finances, relationships, family, etc. We practice mindfulness to overcome these natural habits and transition into a higher state of reaction by being present.
- Breath is key! How often do we find ourselves in situations where our heart rate increases, our breath shortens and suddenly we’re in a complete panic? If you haven’t experienced this, I invite you to walk down the street in New York. (love this crazy city 😉 But in all seriousness, our bodies physically react to stress, fear, and anxiety in a lot of different ways. One sure way we can react positively is through intentional breathing. It helps us process the present situation enough to realize that we aren’t in any real danger and that we actually can choose to react to most situations in a healthy way that fosters growth, learning, and connectedness.
- Our brain naturally remembers negative experiences more than positive experiences. Because, back when we were actually fighting for our survival, this would have been really handy. i.e. OK, this part of the land is full of tigers and if I go there, I may get eaten. Great! The brain needs to put more emphasis on that information over the beautiful berries you picked this morning during sunrise. Follow me? But, since we aren’t fighting for our survival, how do we reprogram our brain to forget that terrible audition or first date and practice a little thing called gratitude. Mediation, Meditation, Meditation. Direct your thoughts and exercise positivity, towards yourself and others. It’s not natural, we have to practice!
After sitting in the 8:00am Thursday meditation class last week with The Path, I got introduced to an amazing organization called My Intent. Their mission is “to be a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive energy.” The founder, Chris, initiated the conversation by asking “What’s your word?” I started thumbing through the pile of bracelets looking for words and saw they were blank. “You get to choose your own word,” Chris explained and proceeded to unpack a kit to hand engrave the word or message. I originally chose “release” but Chris took off a bracelet from his wrist engraved with “let it go” and had me try it on for size. It totally stuck–the bracelet, the message, the intention. It was so in line with what I needed so I kept “let it go” and have been wearing it every day since!
I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me but I’m happy to report a daily intention that’s constantly visible is a pretty spectacular way to direct your life with purpose every. single. day.What do you want more of in your life?
What is a challenge you want to overcome? (myintent.org)
Click the comment button at the top of this post to share your word or phrase and head over to myintent.org to order your engraved bracelet or necklace. I have the Pura Vida Limited edition bracelet, pictured below and LOVE IT!I definitely want to order “I am enough”…anyone else?! — nod to Broadway goddess Sierra Boggess who promotes this mantra and also loves mediation >>
“Meditating on “I am” is a really cool thing, because you have to be very aware of what that means! I like to think of it as a finish the sentence thing… I am… love… I am… flexible to all situations…. I am peace…. I am patient… basically calling forth what you want to practice. And in doing that for you, you are doing that for the world!” -Sierra Boggess
A huge Thank You to the Path for setting off this crazy vortex of amazingness and My Intent for encouraging people to share truth and inspiration with each other! Stay tuned for Part II of this post about The Class, another experience that happened in “the vortex”. It changed my life, truly. I can’t wait to share!!
I’ll be at The Path next week!! (August 4th & 6th)… Anyone coming with me?? SIGN UP HERE.
Stay open, sweet friends.
Photos by: Piotr Redlinkski // The Path & Chris Pan // My Intent
**If you don’t live in NYC, I recommend starting a mediation group with friends! It’s much easier to stick with this practice if you have a supportive community on the same journey and it’s more fun! There are plenty of free online sources like HeadSpace that can get you started.**