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How to Sync Up Your Mind, Body and Heart


By: Gaia Staff  |  May 13, 2014

Wake Up and…Stop?

The alarm goes off, our eyes open, and our brain starts going. What’s on my agenda for today, we wonder. With stress mounting, we reach for our smartphone. The notification light is flashing: text messages, emails, reminders… There’s so much to do! We power up and hop out of bed, hit the shower, drink our coffee, and get busy. In just twelve “short” hours, we’ll be able to wind down on the couch with some piece of our technology.

Plugging In, But Not With Ourselves

Already our heart is racing, our senses are on full alert, and we are prepared to seize the day by the collar. We’ve checked our messages, the weather, the news reports, the day’s to-do-list, and the gas tank, and although we may feel a little anxious, we seem satisfied that we’ve got it all covered.

But actually, deep inside we know we don’t. We have forgotten to check in on the most important aspect of our day: ourselves. We have connected our phone to the car charger, but we have forgotten to connect ourselves to our inner source of patience, gratitude, confidence, and peace. We’ve synced up all our Bluetooth devices, but we haven’t synced up our mind, body, and heart.

So how do we make this crucial connection to better prepare ourselves to greet the day with the confidence that we can handle anything that comes our way and with the inner knowledge that nothing can shake us off our higher ground? It truly is a simple, doable process: Instead of “wake up and go,” we wake up and stop. Literally . .

Wake Up and Stop

The alarm goes off, our eyes open, and we feel gratitude for the new day. The worries of the world can wait a bit, as we rise from our bed with an intention to meditate—to sit with ourselves—before engaging the outside world. We take care of the few things, like brushing our teeth or walking the dog, and then we go to our quiet space and close our eyes. For those few precious minutes we sit with ourselves to be with our breath without any judgments or expectations.

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Do This Every Morning

In our quiet space, a room, a corner, on a cushion or on the floor, we sit with the intention of “spending time with ourselves,” away from the external world. We choose a meditation practice. We may begin to say our mantra, pay attention to our breath, repeat inspirational passages. Any of these can become the object of our meditation that we can bring our mind back to when it wanders or becomes engaged in thought. We let our thoughts come and go, but when the mind starts to engage a thought we gently bring our focus back to the object we have chosen. This is our practice of being with ourselves, of calming the mind, as we go within to access our inner wisdom, our inner voice, of guidance, strength and love.

In doing this every morning we bring our mind, body, and heart into alignment—so that all parts of us are on the same page when we go about our day. We get a deep sense of how we are feeling that particular day which allows us to make adjustments where necessary. Through this process of checking in with ourselves, we are better able to recognize the many opportunities we will have in the day ahead to be the most magnificent version of ourselves that we can be.

When our meditation is over, we then move on to our “to-do” list from a calmer, less impatient, and more peaceful place—simply because we have taken a few moments to stop, even before we begin.


 

Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt is such a captivating speaker that her radiant passion and charisma have garnered her the devotion of fans who travel across the globe to be part of her inspiring movement for global peace through inner peace. On May 13, 2014, Barb will launch her highly-anticipated book, The Practice, (HCI Books) the product of over thirty years of commitment to personal development and research. The Practice provides simple tools for managing stress, finding inner peace, and uncovering happiness.
After many years of success in business and philanthropy, Barb partnered with the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace in 2001. Five years later, Barb launched Peaceful Mind Peaceful World, a community outreach program designed to promote the principles she had taught and studied for years in her work with FAU. Peaceful Mind Peaceful World incorporates workshops and weekly teachings with Barb and many of her esteemed mentors, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, medical intuitive Caroline Myss, authors Dan Millman and James Finley, and Dr. Andrew Weil, and others.
Throughout her life, Barb has espoused the principles of leading a productive, happy, and meaningful existence. She founded the Spirit of Giving Network, and co-founded and served as President of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of South Florida, raising millions of dollars in proceeds. As a longtime student of religion, sacred texts, psychology, and meditation, Barb seeks to promote the cause of achieving global peace through individual, inner peace. Barb has studied with Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Scott Peck, Marianne Williamson, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, and Thomas Merton scholar James Finley, among many other notable teachers.
By 2011, Barb founded Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, a non-profit organization through which she teaches The Practice, a three-part guide to practical spirituality in the modern world and her tool for spreading her belief that “outer peace begins with inner peace.” Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life has rapidly expanded to include an online community via Facebook (with posts reaching over 10 million people), through their daily inspirational emails and weekly blogs. In 2014, Barb’s extensive achievements in fostering positive change earned her an invitation to the White House State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. Barb is now excited to bring The Practice to a greater audience with its official book launch. 100% of net proceeds from the book’s sales will go towards furthering the mission of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life.
Website: www.peacefulmindpeacefullife.org and www.barbschmidt.com
Amazon: The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Innter Peace, and Uncovering Happiness
Facebook: Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life
Twitter: @PeacefulBarb
Pinterest: Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life


 

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