Meditation Monday

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Are you having difficulty finding a tranquil moment on you own? Check out my top 3 apps that encourage calm and meditation.

#1

The Mindfulness App

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Meditation beginners and gurus alike will find lots of options with The Mindfulness App. A five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness helps you get started, and timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes will suit your busy lifestyle. The app also offers personalized meditation options, reminders to keep you mindful throughout the day, and statistics to track in your meditation journal.

#2

Headspace

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use. Before bed, try any of its 10 new sleep music tracks or 16 nature soundscapes. The app builds personalized plans based on a little input from you, so you can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

#3

Calm

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 5 stars

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

This award-winning app has calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax, and even a Calm Kids section with meditations for kids between 3 and 17. The new Sleep Stories section features a great mix of voice talent — you may recognize actors Matthew McConaughey or Jerome Flynn — to lull you to sleep. A recent update to the Calm app makes for a mindful experience through the Apple Watch, with three new breathing exercises, a mindful walking meditation, and calming exercises you can all access right from your watch.

It’s Meditation Monday!!

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Are you guys ready for the next step toward emotional freedom?

Step 2:

See Boundaries

If you took time to get “quiet” last week then you probably noticed a few thoughts or worries that tried to compete with your quiet space. The disturbances may have appeared as bills, tasks, people, situations… what are you supposed to do with these thoughts and feelings so that you can have a true time of quiet or peace?

 You must acknowledge the negativity, I call it “see the boundaries.”

 Follow the steps below:

–  When a thought or worry presents itself, write it down

– After you write the worry down, take a moment and think of the solution

– When you are having “quiet” time and the worry appears, tell yourself that you have already solved the problem. This gives the problem permission to leave your quiet space.

Join me next Monday as we gain more tools towards peace and tranquility.

#SLiM

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Forgiveness Friday

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Do you have questions about how God’s love has the ability to sometimes accompany pain and disappointment?
Check out this classic movie: The Shack

The Shack for me has been the best illustration of God’s love and the complexities of life rolled into a two-hour representation of a true story. You may not receive all the answers you are looking for concerning pain and forgiveness, but if you watch it with an open mind then you just may find the peace you have been looking for.

Let me know what you think!

#SLiM

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Meditation Monday:

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How do you begin calming your mind and uplifting your spirit?

STEP 1: You must learn how to get quiet.

Quiet means more than a lack of speaking, it’s a moment of peace, where interferences of any kind is not welcome.  You may think that you know how to be quiet, but there is a skill to being still. Look at the steps below and try this week to have a quiet moment.

Take a moment in your day to sit and be still.

  • Cut off or silence all technology
  • Dim the lights in the room you are in (or light a candle)
  • Close your eyes
  • Get in a comfortable position (sitting or lying down)
  • RELAX

This quiet moment can be 30 seconds to 5 minutes, just allow yourself to be still and uninterrupted. Let me know how the experience is for you!

Meditation Monday:

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Today I want to introduce you to true power, when you learn how to control your thoughts you learn how to control your life.

Through meditation I have learned to build my own vehicle for receiving and experiencing the situations that come into my life.  I for one didn’t want to live at the mercy of my emotions.  Being driven by your emotions is like strapping your mentality into a seat on a roller coaster that pushes your body back and forth until life decides that the ride is done. My body was worn and mentality exhausted, until I learned that I could take my power back, that I could construct my own ride for the experience called life.

Through meditation I have learned how to slow down, speed up, and control the turns in my newly constructed life. I have learned that every bump on the road doesn’t have to make me sick to my stomach or have lingering aches and pains.

This month I want to share with you some of the tools I have chosen on this journey that has helped me build a powerful and productive lifestyle. Join me!

SLiM

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Top 3 Productivity and Calendar apps for families

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Check out these incredible apps which assist families in productivity and organization!

1. Google Calendar

The calendar from Google is one of the most-widely used apps because it’s free, simple and available on all platforms. All you need is a Google email address and you’re good to go. Google’s color-coding options make it easy to divide up different types of tasks, activities and events, so that each person can filter their view by what matters to them. The ability to share calendars make it the perfect option for busy families with older children who have a lot of practices and other dates to keep track of on a weekly basis

2. Trello

Trello is a project management tool that has been loved by professional project managers for years, but tons of families rely on it as well. Essentially an electronic corkboard, Trello can be as simple or as complicated as you would like it to be. You can create a “board” for anything, from a family vacation to meal-planning. Share it with your family members and anyone can add “cards” made up of links, thoughts, dates, to-dos and more. Family members can comment on cards and easily move them around by dragging and dropping. You can also find templates for Trello created by other families that you can save to your own Trello for your family’s use.

3. Cozi

Cozi has been around for many years and is still the go-to family organizational tool for many parents. It boasts a host of features such as family calendars, to-do lists, recipe sections, shopping lists and even a space for a family journal. Because there are so many features within Cozi, some parents find it overly complicated, but it’s still a favorite for many. With over 20 million users, Cozi is cross-platform and definitely worth checking out. The ad-supported version is free, but an ad-free version is also available as a paid upgrade .

Thank you Kate Ward for the incredible compilation article.