Breathe for Calm-Reduce Anxiety

The world is full of uncertainty right now. The news can feel overwhelming! Many of these world events are out of our control, but what we do have full control over is our reaction to them and how we choose to feel.

As the Coronavirus spreads, so does panic and fear.  It’s important to stay informed as how best to stay safe.  But the more news we hear, anxiety begins to take over.  Studies have shown that high levels of stress and anxiety can weaken your immune system.

Learn this Breathing Technique to Reduce Anxiety and Stress 

One way to release anxiety is to breathe, using a calm and mindful breath.  One of my favorites is known as the “Box Breath” or what I call 16-Seconds to Bliss.  In researching my book, Inner Power NOW, I discovered that the U.S. Navy SEALs use this breathing technique for calm and focus.  If this technique is used before and after every important mission by these elite warriors, then we can use this same breathing for our own stress and anxiety.  You can also teach it to children.

Click on this link at InnerPowerMindset.com to learn how to “Breathe Like a Navy SEAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One more thing, when we’re in stress-mode, our brain and heart are not in sync, so it’s more difficult to think straight and make decisions.  Always know that love is stronger than fear.  Come from your heart and strength inside.  Know that all will be well in the end, even if times are difficult now.  Practice this Breathe Like a Navy SEAL for a few minutes whenever you feel anxiety and stress, especially during this time of uncertainty.  It’s one of the most popular techniques that I teach.

Stay Safe, Healthy and BREATHE!

Namaste!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is a bestselling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct “Ignite Your Success Mindset” workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families to reduce stress and pain to thrive.  If you’re needing extra help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “Breakthrough Stress and Anxiety” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

100 Gratitude List

Today is my birthday and I’ve decided to focus on a 100 gratitude list — the many wonderful things to be grateful.  When you focus on gratitude, negative thinking melts away.  You also feel more connected to your big life and stop worrying about the small stuff.

A few years ago, I began this tradition of making a list on my birthday and I’ve decided to do this gratitude exercise again today.  I invite you to do the same and wake up to the miracles in your life.

What are you grateful for and have you completed your list of 100?  Something to ponder on your next birthday or any day.

100 Gratitude List

  1. Spiritual connection to the Divine
  2. The love of  Universal Power
  3. My husband and soul mate, partner, and friend
  4. My two sons who are blessings
  5. Putting my family’s health in Divine hands
  6. My beautiful family and wonderful extended family
  7. My wonderful mother who was so loving and giving
  8. My Dad who was fun but had a hard life
  9. Great sisters whom I cherish
  10. My dearest lifelong friends
  11. My Lovelies Book Club and Mastermind Group
  12. My new friends to grow and nurture
  13. Meditation and the peace that it provides
  14. Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization
  15. My fans and readers–YOU–thank you!
  16. The successful launch of my book Inner Power NOW
  17. All coaches and wonderful illustrator who made my book come alive
  18. The wonderful clients and patients I’ve worked with over the years
  19. The beautiful teachings of each beautiful soul that I meet
  20. The sea and sands if beautiful beaches especially Kauai Island
  21. Moonlight walks with a loved one
  22. Hiking and feeling peace in nature
  23. Dance, all forms
  24. Mountain views of any kind
  25. Sedona Red Rocks
  26. Chocolate
  27. Wine
  28. Relaxing Whirlpools
  29. Scented Candles
  30. Message
  31. Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping)
  32. Classical Music
  33. Great Rock n Roll
  34. Jazz and Smooth Jazz music
  35. Fun loving pets and puppies
  36. Laughing smiling babies—so much joy to appreciate
  37. The Universe inspiring for our good
  38. Knowing that life loves you and me
  39. Life’s challenges (but not too many) that help us grow
  40. Rising above those challenges, taking one step at a time
  41. Great people who gave me opportunities to work with them
  42. Great collaborations for my work and projfects
  43. Creative Work creating video and audio programs that make a difference
  44. Working with wonderful clients to help solve problems
  45. Working with a team that makes our programs better
  46. My soul-soothing voice, my gift to share
  47. Creative muses who help spark ideas
  48. Acts of loving kindness
  49. My beautiful warm home
  50. Fireplace and a crackling fire
  51. Great coffee and coffee houses
  52. Hearing live music that’s uplifting
  53. Teas of any kind, especially Vanilla Chai
  54. Vacationing in the Caribbean, meeting new cousins
  55. Weddings that spark new hope of love
  56. Family vacations to exotic fun spots
  57. Good health, much to appreciate
  58. Mindfulness, remembering to breathe and be present
  59. Fun loving movement as exercise
  60. Varieties of great cooking and different ethnicities
  61. Sweet anything, except when I overindulge:)
  62. Spending quality time writing in my journal or on my book
  63. Morning alone time to get centered and calm
  64. Fun new adventures like kayaking or jet skis
  65. Good night’s rest of 7 to 8 hours
  66. Fun shoes and new boots
  67. Himalayan salt lamps that glow and give off positivity
  68. Wise Teachers who have taught great lessons
  69. Clients who teach me more than they will know
  70. Neighbors who watch out for one another
  71. Community who comes together after heartbreak
  72. The wonders of my body, much to appreciate
  73. Wonderful soothing showers
  74. Long soaking tubs
  75. Poems and words that inspire
  76. Great books that keep us engaged with great storytelling
  77. Captivating movies that teach and enrich our lives
  78. A smile that lights up the world
  79. Great authors who inspire us to be and do more
  80. More than enough money to enjoy life (even though I worry over this)
  81. Lucky to be alive and born in the United States
  82. Community who cares about the future of this great nation
  83. Freedom of Speech
  84. Mother Nature and all her glory
  85. All the great plants, animals, and creatures on earth
  86. Beautiful weekend getaways
  87. Comfort food
  88. Comfort clothes like yoga pants and leggings
  89. My space heater for chilly days, keeping me warm and toasty
  90. Rays of sunshine with the hope of new day
  91. Books like “Love is Letting Go of Fear”
  92. Air transportation for quick travel
  93. Dancing and yoga for fitness, strength, and joy
  94. School teachers who encourage, especially my theatre teacher
  95. To have acted in great plays and musicals
  96. Art and Artists who teach and challenge us to think
  97. Those in health care, so many angels to thank
  98. Days of rest to kick back and chill
  99. This life, may I choose wisely for health and happiness
  100. All of you who have touched my life…I say THANK YOU!

Vicki Atlas Israel is a best selling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Mastery workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

 

Embrace An Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to having a successful and fulfilled life.” 

                                                                                                    – Jack Canfield

We often think of gratitude at this time of year with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming soon.  Having an attitude of gratitude is one of the best ways to open your heart and feel more present.   In my book Inner Power NOW,  I talk about how scientific research in Positive Psychology is showing the benefits of gratitude. 

According to Dr. Robert Emmons, Author of “Thanks,” A gratitude practice reduces perceived stress by 28% and depression by 16%. Gratitude is related to 23% lowerlevels of the stress hormone cortisol. Writing a letter of gratitude reduced feelings of hopelessness by 88% in suicidal inpatients and increased levels of optimism in 94% of them. Simply believing you are grateful for blessings does not bring more happiness. An increase in well-being is brought about by an actual practice of gratitude.

Finding Three Good Things

How about “Finding Three Good Things” for you and your family? This practice will help you focus on the good in your life. Take a moment to find three good things. Noticing and being grateful for the small things, as well as the big, helps you can find things to be grateful for each day. Fill out each day until you’ve completed one week.  You may begin on any day.

  1. ___________________________________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________________________________

Continue finding three things that you’re grateful for each day and continue this practice for at least two weeks.  You’ll see how your focus will soon begin to shift.

Gratitude Meditation

This is one of my favorite meditations for opening your heart.  Find a quiet place, get comfortable sitting in a chair or lying down, and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and begin to release any tension in your body.  Now place your attention on your heart. You may also put your hand on your heart.   Breathe in and out a golden light in your heart. Be thankful for your heart center.  Keep breathing in love and breathing out gratitude. Feel your heart expand to someone you love or loves you unconditionally.  Stay here for a few moments. Now feel in your heart some of the things you are grateful for:  like the abundance of nature, the beauty of life, so many blessings. Just breathe in love and breathe out gratitude. While in this stillness, spread gratitude to your loved ones… then expand out into the community.  Continue to sit in stillness for a little while, saying “thank you.” After several minutes gently bring your body back to the room where you began.  Remember to carry this gratitude for yourself and to all you meet throughout your day.

With Love and Gratitude,

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family thrive.  She’s a Mindset Coach, certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.” Contact Vicki at InnerPowerMindset.com for a FREE Inner Power Discovery Session at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.comVicki also conducts Inner Power Mindset Training for teachers, therapists, and those who work with children. 

 

 

Can Meditation Slow Down Aging?

Do you wish you had a magic wand to turn back time?  One answer to looking and feeling much younger is to meditate.  Yes, meditation has been proven to have anti-aging benefits.

When I give presentations and workshops, people always seem to be amazed when I mention how a regular practice of meditation can actually prevent Alzheimer’s.  Studies have shown that meditation can slow down or even stop the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  By increasing alpha waves and training the brain to be more resilient, we can improve memory and create new neuro-pathways for a more balanced mental state.

Another youth enhancer has to do with Telomerase – a relaxation enzyme in your brain.  A study showed that just 15 minutes of daily meditation helps increase telomerase production. Raising our production of this enhances our ability to relax and be more resilient. In fact, anything that helped trigger the relaxation response helps with telomerase production.

Another reason that meditation reduces aging is that it reduces the production of cortisol – a stress induced hormone.  Too much cortisol sends blood sugar levels through the roof.  When sugar binds to these proteins, it makes our skin look like we have spent 30 years in the sun. Meditation trains the brain to feel connected. When we feel isolated and separated, one particular brain region (the “parietal lobe”) becomes overheated. To calm down, practicing meditation on a regular basis can help this process.

Meditation also helps boosts creativity and brain power. Brain imaging studies have shown that highly successful, massively creative people use both brain halves in a much more balanced and integrated way. A regular meditation practice can help create a whole thinking, success mind-set. Professional sports teams now hire mindset coaches to bring out the best in each athlete on their team.  Why not do that for your business team?

Remember that in addition to being an author and best mindset coach, I am also a dynamic speaker and facilitator.  Click here to check out my custom coaching and workshops to empower teams. Refer any new client or friend to me, and if I am hired for a paid speaking gig or coaching package, I will reward you with dinner on the town with a $50 Gift Card now through October 31, 2019. Trust that I will take great care of your friends and clients that you refer.  Plus, you’ll receive a special thank you gift.

Hope to be hearing from you soon!

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you be your best with Unleash Your Success Mindset.  She’s a Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, Media Specialist and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Which Voice Will Win?

Two Voices Inside:  Who will Win? 

When you set a huge goal like writing a book or other dreams—resistance will show up in a big way.  Steven Pressfield who wrote the book War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, points out that your biggest dream will be met with the most resistance.  There’s an old parable that illustrates how to listen to the two voices inside.

An elder Cherokee Indian is teaching his grandson about life and says, “My son, a fight is going on inside people.  He goes on, “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves that live inside of us.  One wolf is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Energy Flows Where Your Attention Goes  

Feed the voice of expansion and do more to contain the voice of fear and doubt.  Both wolves will always be there.   I’ve noticed as I was getting ready to launch my new book Inner Power NOW and new website, I had a tendency to feed the dark wolf of fear and it became paralyzing.  “What if I fail?  I don’t know what I’m doing?”

If you keep giving into the first dark wolf, it may stop you in your tracks.  But what if we act in spite of those negative feelings or doubts.  Keep moving forward and begin feeding the right wolf, which is also your higher self.   Plant more positive expectations like, “All is well and will be well,” or “I’ll learn from this, no matter what.”  When we act “as if” and expect great things, despite these fears, worries, and doubts you’ll be feeding the white wolf.

Feeding Both Wolves Is the Best Approach

In the Cherokee tradition, there’s another version of this story, where the older Cherokee tells his grandson:

“If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on.  If you only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for you to become distracted or weak and jump to get my attention. He’ll always be angry and fight the white wolf. But if you acknowledge him, the dark wolf will calm down and be happy.   The white wolf is happy, and we all win.”

“The black wolf has many qualities like tenacity, strategic thinking, and being strong-willed,” explains the grandfather. These are the qualities the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, and recognizes what’s in the best interest of all concerned.”

We need to feed both sides of our internal voices.  Acknowledge the black wolf by saying thank you for sharing and trying to keep me safe.

Here goes.  Are you listening — my two internal wolves?  Let’s work together to help bring more stress relief and peace with my new book and programs for Inner Power NOW.  I need both of you on my side, working as a team, to create the highest good for all concerned.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her speak at your next event.  As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

Jack Canfield Divine Timing

Do you believe in Divine timing or synchronicity? See this picture of Jack Canfield #1 New York Times bestselling co-author for Chicken Soup for the Soul®? This is a cassette tape series bought at a Jack Canfield Self-Esteem program several decades ago. Okay, I’m aging myself now. Cassette tapes are a thing of the past.

Back then, Jack Canfield was not a bestselling author at the time He did Self Esteem seminars and led other trainings like Insight and gained a lot of stories running those seminars. Many of those also ended up as part of The Success Principles® book and sparked Chicken Soup for the Soul.®

How to Know It’s Divine Timing

I had loaned these cassette tapes to my sister Marilyn and she repeatedly played them over and over.  Facing a rough time, she found they really helped her set a new way of abundant thinking for herself.  My sister was also the first to attend Jack’s Breakthrough to Success Training.  She claimed something shifted in her, and began living her vision of a richer life.  My sister continually nudged me to go to his intensive training.

It took me another 10 years to finally invest in his Breakthrough to Success Training.  Obviously, I now look back and know that this was “Divine timing” or synchronicity.  It still amazes me how he chose my book Inner Power NOW to endorse and to declare that in front of hundreds of people, something his assistants later told me he does not do.   According to Wikipedia, “synchronicity” is  a concept introduced by psychologist Carl Jung, calling them “meaningful coincidences.” Many believe it may mean you’re on the right path.

Intention and Syncronicity

As a side note, one week before the seminar, I had been meditating asking for a sign I was on the right path. Wow, did I receive it that day, loud and clear.   In hearing me talk about my book, Jack understood my purpose–to help relieve stress in parents and children facing a serious life challenge or health issue.  He later told me that he decided to support my efforts to help end suffering in families.  For his endorsement, I am eternally grateful! It’s obvious those seeds for all of this to unfold began many years ago with buying those cassette tapes.  Life is full of synchronicities, so make sure you stay open to what may unfold, and expect them.  Tell me what “meaningful coincidences” have happened in your life.

Inner Power NOW Book Prelaunch

Next week for the prelaunch of my book, I’ll be offering a FREE sample chapter.  This will include JackCanfield’s Foreword for Inner Power NOW.

Wishing you and your family the best!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, and Author of the upcoming book Inner Power NOW.  Vicki is passionate about helping you and your children feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

 

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

 Wonder what a big belly laugh can do for you?

Laughter can enhance your mood, your health, and your happiness.  Everything from a slight giggle to huge laughter feeds your spirit and also builds connections and friendships.

You may have heard of the book Anatomy of an Illness by Dr. Norman Cousins published a few decades ago.   Dr. Cousins was almost on his death bed, when he took up watching funny comedies and shows all day long for pain control.  He wound up reversing his illness.    Dr. Cousins later won numerous honorary degrees for writing his book, including the UN Peace Medal.

Laughter Yoga is based on this concept of healthy laughter that can be fun to do in group.  Start laughing and see how contagious it can be.  Keep the laughter going for 15 to 20 minutes.  I have a few exercises to try in a group later in this article.

A daily 15-to-20 minutes of laughter can do wonders for your health.  Researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at Loma Linda University in California studied the benefits of laughter and found these results. Start watching comedy shows or cartoons to begin reaping benefits.

 

Blood Pressure Drops

They found laughter lowers blood pressure.  People who lower their blood pressure also reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.

Reduces Stress Hormones

Researchers found it lowers stress hormones, like cortisol.  By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re cutting anxiety that impacts your body. Also, it helps build a higher immune system. Laughter, even in the midst of difficult times, releases pressure and helps you cope.

Build Strong Abs

One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your ab muscles. When you’re laughing, your stomach expands and contracts.  It’s like exercising your abs, but so much more fun.

Improves Your Cardio

Get a great cardio workout with laughter.   Even those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness, may benefit.  Researchers claim laughter burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace.  So, laugh more, stress less.

Boosts Your Immunity

When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add some laughter to make it go away.

Releases Feel Good Hormones

Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

Helps WellBeing

Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. People who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative.  Doctor’s order—smile, laugh, and live longer!

LAUGHTER YOGA

I have presented these exercises in my teacher trainings on mindfulness and they’ve been a hit!  You may feel silly at first, but try these exercises in a group of people, as laughter is contagious. Make sure participants can look around the room and see others laughing.  This is important and adds to the fun!

Exercise 1: You may stand or sit.  As you take a big breath, bring your arms over head arching back a little.  Then bring your arms down with laughter (Ha-ha-ha), having others join in and do the same. Keep doing this for several minutes.  Bringing your arms up overhead, and then down with laughter (Ha-Ha-Ha.)

Exercise 2:  Clap your hands in front of you 3 times, as you say:  “Very good, Very good,”  after the last “Very good,” lift your arms overhead, like the exercised before, and come down laughing.  (Ha-ha-ha.). Keep doing this same exercise for several minutes.

Have a good laugh and pass it on!

Vicki Atlas Israel is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping you feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

How’s Your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

It’s nearly three weeks into the New Year.  How’s your New Year’s resolutions going?  One study reports that only one in three of us who make New Year’s resolutions is successful.  Here’s a best mindset tip for success.  Maybe work on just one at a time.  Here’s how to increase your chances of success in whatever new habits you want to achieve.  Turn your New Year’s resolutions into goals.

What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal?

  1. New Year’s Resolution:“I’m want to lose weight in the new year.”
  2. New Year’s Goal:“I will release 15 pounds by March 30th, and I will do so by working out three days a week while also cutting out junk food, adding more veggies, and reducing my food to three meals a day and nothing in between.

This goal is different than the resolution because it is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited (S.M.A.R.T.) When it comes to results, you’re far more likely to lose 15 pounds with this kind of goal than a New Year’s resolution.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal

A good goal is one that spells out who is responsible for a desired outcome, and how to meet that outcome.

  1. Specific. A good goal is specific like who, what, when, where, and why. It tells you not only what you eventually hope to accomplish, but also the steps you must take to get there.
  2. Measurable. What will you measure to see success?  In the example above, success means releasing 15 pounds. Being specific is much more effective than the hope or wish of losing some weight.
  3. Attainable. Giving yourself the ability to meet your goals in a reasonable manner helps you avoid discouragement along the way.
  4. Realistic. Realistic goals mean you’re willing to attain the goal. If you are not “willing” to do the work, then don’t set the goal. It will only lead to disappointment. You can pick up the goal when you’re ready.
  5. Timely. Also, make sure that you put a date on the goal. It can be for a special event, or it can just be a date that is about three months away. Giving yourself a time frame will boost motivation.

Now that you know how to make S.M.A.R.T goals, take one of your New Year’s Resolutions and make it happen with these vital steps as outlined above.  Consider who you want to be in the future, and then employ S.M.A.R.T. goals to help you create the life you want.

One more tip, visualize daily how great you’ll look and feel having reached your goal.  Bring in all the positive feelings and emotion.  This will supercharge your efforts.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping you feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

What’s Your Vision in the New Year?

As we embrace the New Year, do you have a clear vision of your future?  There’s a visioning process that may help you make the most of your best intentions.  It’s inspired by the Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, bestselling Author featured in the movie “The Secret” about the Law of Attraction.  He’s also written books and has audio programs on the Life Visioning Process.

You may do this alone or in a group.  It can be quite powerful when you gather in a group and hold good intentions for yourself and others.

Visioning Process Guided Imagery

Have a journal or paper with you for this Guided Imagery.

Close your eyes, and take a couple of deep breaths in and out.  Release all negativity, stress and tension in your body, as you breath in peace and release your breath, saying “free.” (Pause for 20 seconds.) Sense and imagine the love that is all around you and invite this loving presence into your heart. (Pause for 20 seconds.) Find this inner light within that wants to feel joy.

This loving light wants to express through your body to create and expand.  Take a few moments to sense this energy inside your body now.  In your mind’s eye, take a minute to notice its size, shape and color.  Whether it’s huge or very small, this does not matter.

Next, move your awareness into this energy.  Welcome this part of you that wants to feel joy, creativity, love, and peace. Spend at least 15 to 20 minutes on this journaling and visioning process.

Ask Your Inner Coach Questions:

  1. “What is the divine vision for myself in the New Year?  What does it look and feel like?    Allow all sensations, images, messages to appearTake some time to freely receive whatever thoughts, feelings, images etc. that come.  Then record them on paper allowing several minutes.
  2. How does my life look as this divine vision for 2019 manifests? Consider your relationships, health,  success and prosperity.  What is wanting to come through as your higher self? How are you acting and flowing as this future self? (Pause and receive whatever thoughts, feelings, images etc. that come. This may take a few minutes.)  Then, record them on paper.
  3. What needs to be released for this vision to manifest?  Pause and receive whatever thoughts, feelings, images that may come. (This may take a few minutes.  Then, record them on paper.
  4. What else wants to be known?
    (freely receive whatever thoughts, feelings, images etc. that come…
    record them on paper allowing several minutes)

After you’ve completed the visioning, spend time talking or writing about the meaning of these images, thoughts & feelings.

Allow them to formulate into a sense of direction for the coming year.

Wishing you the best in 2019!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping children and parents feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

Kindness Matters: Pass it On

Today is International Kindness Day.  In a day and age where civility seems to have gone by the wayside, what can we do to create more kindness? Do you know that there’s a direct correlation between showing kindness and receiving kindness? The two acts feed off one another and lead to a perpetual cycle of giving. Your kindness does matter as it ripples out into the world.

Scientists have also discovered a certain hormone called oxytocin which increases when we are empathic or generous. When the level of oxytocin increases, the circuit in the brain that controls fear, anxiety and rage shuts down. That is why practicing kindness leads to greater empathy and morality. It is also difficult to hold a grudge.

It is important to teach children about kindness—what it is, how to identify it, and how to practice it. We develop empathy following rules for expected behavior in the classroom, preventing bullying and developing compassion. Children learn by playing. When children are role-playing, they are also learning about perspectives and skills to stand in another’s shoes. We learn about our differences and similarities.

If we have not learned basic kindness skills by the time we are around 8 years old, it is very difficult to teach. This lack of empathy leads to anti-social behavior.

Without empathy, we have no chance at civility. We need that connection to feel human. We also need to be connected to a purpose greater than our own. Our inner power helps to create the best mindset through meditation and connecting to our heart.

Model civility, practice kindness every day, whether opening a car door, helping a lost puppy find its home, or helping a senior citizen cross the road safely. The very act of kindness creates more kindness, more empathy, and self-respect, and more “feel-good” hormones.

Engaging in kindness and compassion is what makes for a grateful society. And who doesn’t need a little more gratitude in our world? Here’s a way to begin your day in kindness and gratitude with this morning six-minute meditation. Click here to download for FREE this meditation and join my Inner Power Circle!

As Comedian and Talk Show Host Ellen DeGeneres always says, “Be kind to one another!”

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping children and parents feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

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