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.

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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. 

 

 

Stress Relief for Caregivers and Families

Feel Less Stress and More Calm

Improve Your Emotional Resilience As You Care for Your Family

In this group presentation, you will learn ways to breathe for calm and focus like how the US Navy SEALS are trained.   We will experience mindfulness and guided imagery, while connecting to our hearts. Discover mind-body tools that will help families thrive by tapping into your inner power to reduce stress and be happier.

 About the Presenter:

As the Author of the upcoming book Inner Power Now, Vicki Atlas-Israel is a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner, Best Mindset Coach, and Media Producer.  Organizations hire her to help reduce anxiety and to help their teams, members, patients, and families to gain skills to improve the quality of their lives.

The Power of Visualization and Meditation

This story will make you a true believer in the power of visualization, meditation, and setting intentions.  Believe in miracles and this may happen to you, too.  I’ve had amazing things come true in the last few months that I have to share.   

Last year, I had attended a Breakthrough to Success Training with Jack Canfield, New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series® and The Success Principles®. Jack overheard me talking about a book that I was writing.  The book Inner Power NOW is to help strengthen families, parents and children, with soothing breathing techniques, guided imagery, and meditation.  It’s intended to relieve stress and embrace healing at home, in pediatric hospitals, and at school.

Following my brief talk, Jack went on stage and asked if he could endorse my book once it’s done.  He said he believed this is really needed and could benefit parents and children.  To me, that was a Divine moment because earlier in the week I had been asking for clarity before my meditation—”please give me a sign.”  I was questioning whether I was on the right path wanting to teach these skills and techniques to both parents and kids.  Now, I had received a clear sign—Jack’s promised endorsement!  But that’s not all.

In the past few months, Jack not only came through with an endorsement, but he wrote a fabulous foreword to my book which will be published in February 2019.  Then, because I had asked about a possible video testimonial, he also sent a beautiful video message that I may use to help promote Inner Power NOW and audio series.  He is also allowing me to use this message in our possible research at a pediatric hospital in St. Louis and in schools.  This beautiful amazing gift keeps on giving.  Even in my visualizations, I had not even imagined all of this.

What’s the message and lesson?  Keep doing guided imagery and visualize what you most want in your life before you meditate. The key is to have a strong intention and gratitude. Then, surrender it to a power greater than you.  That can be your wiser self, the Divine, or the power of the universe.  Your visualization eventually will come true in some future time.  And remember to ask for a sign, as you let it go.

Click here to get a free guided imagery on how to create your day and become a part of my Inner Power Circle.  You’ll receive updates on the book, bonuses, and newsletter.

Learn to meditate and visualize to help live your dreams.  Turn down the noise, turn off your screens, and embrace calm as a Superpower.  Take advantage of my Holiday Half-Price Sale on all my guided imagery in my store.  

Wishing you peace,

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.

Boost Your Recovery with Mindfulness

It’s difficult in our modern world to take time for ourselves for more peace and calm. In this workshop, we will learn ways to breathe and to allow a deeper connection to our hearts.  Discover why mind-body tools can boost recovery, as well as helping you to grow spiritually.

This workshop will be led by Vicki Atlas-Israel, the author of the upcoming book Inner Power Now.  As a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner and Best Mindset Coach, Vicki is hired by organizations to help reduce anxiety and to help their team, members, patients, or clients gain skills to improve the quality of their lives.

As you make a deeper conscious contact with your higher power, you will discover a safe place to heal and live with more bliss and ease.Expand your awareness.  Feel less stress and more calm, while improving your connection to your higher self.

Meditation can be healing and these practices are relevant for addictions, clearing past trauma, and chronic illness. We will experience meditation, mindfulness, and guided imagery, plus learn the research behind these techniques.

All are welcomed to attend!  This workshop is open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Alumni Association of Sierra Tucson and Sober Living by the Sea Residential Treatment

 

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.

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Try A Few Joy Boosters

We all need a few ways to release stress, add some joy, and re-energize ourselves.  Here are some of my favorites:

Add joyful movement:  When you get up in the morning, thank your body.  Sometimes that’s not easy when you feel a few aches and pains.  Still, appreciate your body because it’s continually regenerating billions of cells at any moment.  So, stretch your body and release endorphins–those feel good chemicals! Daily exercise will increase the quality of your life and your feeling of wellbeing. Include movement that you enjoy like walking, running, Zumba, Yoga, or NIA, which is like dancing Yoga.

Create a Zen Den:  Find a place where you can hide out when stressed. Disappear there for a few minutes to chill out with a cozy chair.   Surround yourself with whatever you love. These can be beautiful objects, music, and maybe add aroma therapy with a diffuser.  Even in your office at work, add a soft lamp and other things that bring calm.  Remember to walk away from your desk and stretch out the stress and add some deep breathing for calm.

Have some Fun!  Laughter is one of the best remedies to stress.   A burst of laughter can get the blood flowing and boost your immune system.  Laughter releases endorphins that help you to feel better and have a positive attitude. Believe it or not, there’s a practice called “Laughing Yoga,” that is meant to boost joy and healing.  I teach this in my workshops and groups.  Click here to learn more about How to Ignite A Success Mindset.

Eat healthier:  Ever notice how you feel, when you eat too much junk food?  The next day you feel sluggish and not very energetic.  When you eat healthier, the opposite is true.  Feeding your body lots of fresh veggies and fruit, protein smoothies and wholesome foods, helps you feel more energized.

Enjoy sipping green tea:  Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that is great at relieving stress and anger.  Some studies say it can also boost your metabolism.

Treat yourself to a mini-massage. Rub some lotion on your hands and start massaging the muscles in your hands using your thumbs to help get rid of stress. You may also include your shoulders, neck and scalp.  This will get your energy flowing with a sense of well-being.

Talk to a friend: Create a support system.  When something is bothering you, share your feelings with a friend. Vent to a close family member or call a close friend.  In person or over the phone is so much better than venting and texting.  You will feel so much better afterwards.

Daydream and visualize:  Let go of your stress by imagining something that makes you happy or something that you want to create in your life. Use your imagination and travel anywhere that makes you feel peaceful and serene.  Or imagine your life a year from now, and what you want to create.  Visualizing will boost your mood and lower blood pressure.  It will also help bring more of what you want in your life.

Remember these joy boosters to create the best mindset! If you like this blog post, please share it with your friends.  And let me know in the comments below some of your favorite joy boosters!

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and children.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Facebook and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

5 Tips for More Happiness

Where Are You on the Happiness Scale?

Can you choose to be happier?  Psychology professor David T. Lykken believes we each have a “happiness set point.”  Yet, other Psychologists who study happiness believe we can improve our state of emotions.  Try focusing on gratitude and appreciation and creating the intention to be happier.  Here are a few Best Mindset tips to help you expand your happiness.

Tip # 1: Choose Happier Thoughts

Choose to make happiness a top goal.  Author of The Happiness Hypothesis Jon Haidt teaches positive psychology and for homework, he assigns his students to make themselves happier during the semester.   Some of these include: being more forgiving or more grateful. They also learn to challenge negative thoughts.

Tip #2: Make a Gratitude List

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise.” It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.  I also keep a gratitude rock by my nightstand and before bed, I remind myself of 3 to 5 things that I’m grateful for.

Tip #3: Continue to Forgive

Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, researchers who edited The Psychology of Happiness claim holding a grudge can affect your health.  One way to curtail these kinds of feelings is to practice forgiveness. This reduces the power of bad events to create bitterness and resentment, and add stress to your body.

Tip #4: Build Friendships

There’s nothing like a good laugh with dear friends, and this also promotes happiness. Author of The Pursuit of Happiness David G. Myers found one Australian study that showed people over 70, who had the strongest network of friends, lived the longest. Myers claims the “social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times.”

Tip #5: Find Meaningful Activities

People are seldom happier than when they’re in the “flow.” This is a state in which your mind becomes thoroughly absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges your abilities. Psychology research has found watching TV ­­produces some of the lowest levels of happiness. It turns out that to get more out of life, we need to put more into leisure time.  Choose activities that you most enjoy doing.  They’re good for your mental health and your happiness.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Ignite Your Morning Power with Meditation

Time for A Mini-Meditation?

Do you have a time that you set aside for meditation?  Motivational success coaches, like Best-Selling Authors Jack Canfield and Tony Robbins, suggest meditating first thing in the morning.  It helps set the tone for the day.  If you do not have much time, try this six-minute mini-boost in the morning which is outlined below.

If you want to learn more about how to ignite your inner light and create your best life, join my six-month online member program Unleash your Inner Power which starts February 7th.

Now, here are simple directions for my mini-meditation.  Find a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed.  Sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes.  Begin with a minute or two of gratitude.  Think of someone you love or who loves you.  Or, think of other things that you are grateful for. Maybe you appreciate a hot cup of coffee, or the morning quiet, before everyone is up.  Opening your heart in gratitude brings us in a higher state of appreciation.

Follow that with two or three minutes of receiving a loving presence from above and all around that connects your Divine spark.   Know that this higher power can heal and solve problems in your life.  Raise this awareness and connection.  Allow the Divine, Source Energy, or God, whatever you call this power, to help you in your life.  But in order to receive, it is helpful to be in a state of appreciation.

Then, use two-to-three minutes of visualization to imagine the three to five things you want to accomplish in your day or your life.  Imagine what it would feel like to complete those items.  Spend time with each thing that you would like to go well, whether it’s a relationship, a business deal, reaching a health goal.  See the end result as already accomplished.

Join us to begin igniting your morning power! The six-month online member program Unleash your Inner Power starts February 7th. We will also be setting intentions to create what we most want to manifest in 2018.  As a group process, this can be even more powerful.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to children and adults.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.com, for kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

 

How to Recapture Wonder? Try Guided Imagery

This Guided Imagery may help you recapture that sense of wonder.

During this time of year, we often see the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  On the brink of suicide, a Guardian Angel saves George Bailey from ending his life. The angel helps George rediscover how important his life has been and how many lives he had touched with love and kindness.  George returns with new appreciation and wonder for life and his many blessings.

So how do you recapture that childlike wonder?  In order to cultivate more wonder, it’s important to stop, take a breath, and appreciate your life and the miracles that surround you. You have touched many lives and will continue to do so. We are very much interdependent.  During the next few weeks, take a few moments to be the observer, who does not judge, but sees with compassion.  You are a miracle and you will continue to be a miracle to all of the lives that you have touched.  That’s what will help make the holiday season more special.  This Guided Imagery “Welcoming Wonder” may help.

Guided Imagery: Welcoming Wonder

Let’s recapture a feeling of childlike wonder.

Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breathes in and out.  Slowly breathe in on the count of 4…1,2,3,4 hold it…then let it out on a count of 4.  Do a few more deep breaths like that, letting the air in through your nose, expand down into your belly, pause, then slowly let it out through your mouth…

Feel your heart space and let it expand… (Pause for a few moments.) Now, see yourself as an observer…Be like a child who is watching a colorful rainbow.   Or, spinning in the breeze because you feel so alive. Or, lying in the soft cool grass watching magical clouds float by.  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What do you smell?  Let that feeling gently come into your being.  Be in wonder at the process of life. (Pause again for a few moments.)

Now expand this wonder, this feeling of joy for life, expand this feeling even 10 times stronger than what it was before…this sense of awe that your life does matter and we are connected.  Stay in this feeling for several minutes, or however long you’d like, opening and appreciating.  Feel a compassion for yourself and others.

When you are ready to return from this Guided Imagery, gently bring yourself back, opening your eyes.  And bring this sense of wonder and awe back with you into the rest of your day.  Wishing you peace and a holiday season filled with wonder!  If you like this, check out our store page for more Guided Imagery.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to children and adults.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.com, for kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Stress Relief for Parents!

Treat yourself to the gift of calm and stress relief, especially during this holiday season!  As a parent, I know how hard your job may be.   Remember the oxygen mask analogy in a plane?  You must secure your mask first.

Learn a few mindful and meditation tools to add more happiness and peace.  As parents, you deserve ways to add more joy and calm.  This will enhance your relationships and help you be a more present parent.  Join us for this session and come away with tools to enhance your life and the lives of your children.

How would you like to:

  • Empower your parenting
  • Learn tools to help calm your children
  • Embrace a new way of looking at stress
  • Discover ways to relax and enjoy better sleep

Give yourself the gift of calm on Saturday December 2nd!  Join us for this empowering session to create your best life!

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