meditation

15 Affirmations For A Bad Day

On a surprisingly cold November morning in Charleston, I dragged my feet into the kitchen for my daily shot of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Despite the bad taste it left in my mouth and stomach, it was time to get rid of the bad vibes I woke up with. I walked backed to my room, and reached for the stack of index cards on my dresser.

“Today is the most magnificent day of my life!” I recited with a fake smile, “Health, wealth, happiness, love, success, prosperity and money come to me in great abundance.” Yes. All of that. This was the beginning of my morning affirmation routine. After my ACV shot, I read the index cards while staring at my “third-eye” in the mirror. (Your third-eye is basically in between, but slightly above, your eyebrows.) For 3 weeks, I repeated about 20 affirmations out loud at 3 times each. So. Many. 3s. Supposedly the ACV wakes up your third-eye, also known as the ajna chakra, so it helps you soak up all the good vibes your affirmations bring.

My motto at this point in life was fake it till ya make it. If I read the affirmations enough in a believable tone and with a smile on my face, they’d eventually become true. At the time, I just quit my job and ended a major freelance contract which left me money-less. This also meant moving out of my cozy bachelorette pad and of course, stress eating. All the changes had me way down, so I was looking for all the positivity I could get.

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a “statement that is declared to be true” (Shoutout to dictionary.com for a formal definition). Positive affirmations help us believe in our potential and strengthen our minds. If it’s not already part of your self-care rituals, today is a great day to start!

A few years after my affirmation routine was born, I rediscovered at least 100 index cards. There was an obsessive phase I went through with self-help: books, webinars and videos. I’m talking about the obnoxious ones with “Earn a 6 Figure Salary in 6 Days By Being Your Best Self”  type of content. Although most of it was fluffed-up common sense, some of them did bless me with gems.

Originally this post was supposed to be a cute affirmations printable. I decided to go green by not encouraging you to print anything. I just feel better knowing that I too *dramatic pause* helped the planet. What actually happened is I never spent enough time learning to create a printable on my own after proposing this idea.

So shoot back that ACV, light your sage wand and repeat after me.

15 affirmations for a bad day

1. Nothing in life is worth the price of worry.

2. I constantly visualize my purpose, seeing it clearly in my mind’s eye.

3. I radiate beauty, charm and grace.

4. I always focus on the positive.

5. My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away. 

6. Today I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.

7. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

8. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening and will happen.

9. Today I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

10. Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life. 

11. My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.

12. A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.

13. I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.

14. I believe in myself, and my abilities.

15. I am the architect of my life: I build its foundation and choose its contents. 

Do you have a favorite affirmation to add to the list?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Pinterest Meditation Mood Board

Pinterest Meditation Mood Board - palmsinatl.com

mood board: an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

When I decided to create a mood board on Pinterest, I really thought I was going to pin a bunch of pictures to show how I was feeling. After a little research, I realized I was wrong. Everything I searched had color themes, texture and most importantly–a mission to create something. Clearly, I could’ve still broken the “rules” because I do what I want haha, but I decided to follow through…kinda.

It was easy, but still hard to do Wordless Wednesday this week. I was tired, but had so many emotions and feelings to talk about. Between new and exciting freelance opportunities and spending the weekend in Florida with my best friends (and Beyoncé)–my thoughts were on fleek.

Being overwhelmed has me craving a beautiful meditation space. So why not create a mood board to help visualize it into existence?
Meditation Pinterest Mood Board - The Palmetto Peaches

What’s on my board

Green Chakra Stones

Green represents the heart chakra (Anahata). Opening the heart chakra brings forgiveness, acceptance and love. I know I’m not the only one who can use a little more of all 3 of those things right now.

Green Juice

Nothing says zen like a morning (or afternoon) green juice.

Green Space

Even though my allergies make me hate nature these days, I’d love to meditate outdoors. Some days I step outside and think, “I can’t believe I’m a part of this.” Waking up to a new day is one thing, but basking in the morning sunlight, or listening to the rain takes gratitude to another level.

Green Accessories

I rarely leave the house without a headband. Yes, even ones with flowers. Might as well get in meditation formation with a green headwrap, flowy dress and jewelry.

Why I chose the color green

Other than green being my favorite color, it relaxes me. I’ll leave this part to the experts. Jennifer Bourn (BournCreative.com) broke it down like this:

The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance. Green takes up more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and it is the dominant color in the natural. It is a natural choice in interior design as an ideal background or backdrop because we as humans are so used to seeing it everywhere.

Pinterest is not cooperating with me right now, so if my mood board isn’t visible in this post please visit this link to check it out: Ace’s Meditation Mood Board.

Have you ever created a mood board? I’d love to see them, and hear your tips for making one.

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Headspace Review

If you’ve been keeping up with The Palmetto Peaches, you know I’m a rising Deepak Chopra. I’ve written a few posts (Spring Cleaning with Ace & Meditation: Soul Food) about meditating. I usually rely on challenges or my favorite YouTube videos to get my meditation fix, but this time I used Headspace: a “free” app to help train your mind.

Headspace Review--The Palmetto Peaches
Source: iTunes

 

For 10 days, I assumed the position before the turn-up squad (my nephews) woke up: plugged in my headphones, brewed my Yogi tea and lit my 3-wick candle. Then, I let Andy Puddicombe, the Headspace creator/narrator, and his super relaxing British accent completely put me in my zone. Previously I mentioned how I prefer to lay down when I meditate, but Andy required me to have my “hands in my lap and my soles on the floor”. No big deal, I survived.

There are 5 mindful meditations to choose from: stress, creativity, focus, relationships and anxiety. All of them were tempting, but naturally, I chose anxiety. Here are the pros and cons…

Pros

User-friendly: As a visual learner and a big kid, the animated videos helped me see the bigger picture. (Ya girl loves cartoons.) Metaphors like bad weather and traffic helped me understand the power of the mind. Example: a few dark clouds doesn’t mean clear skies aren’t ahead. Cheesy, I know, but so true.

“It’s easy to forget that what we’re looking for is still here. That’s why we need reminding.” -Andy P

I also liked that I didn’t have to remember which session or day I was supposed to listen to. After completing one meditation, the app automatically chose the next session for me to play on the following day.

Length: “Take10” was the free program I tried on the app. The Deepak/Oprah challenges and the meditation videos I watch are usually 15-30 minutes long, while the Headspace sessions are only 10 minutes. In my typical routines, the 10-minute mark is usually when I start to wonder, “is time up yet?” (That my friends is the main reason I should be meditating on a daily basis.)

Valuable information: Before choosing which meditation I was going to practice, I did a little research on the website. Under the “The Science” tab is a breakdown of the different types of mindful meditations and how they can be useful to subscribers. After reading the infographics, quotes and statistics, I didn’t feel as crazy.

“Many of us worry. The rates vary, but in western countries between 14 and 29% of us are likely to suffer from an anxiety problem in our lifetime.1 So if you’re a worrier, don’t worry – you’re not alone.: (Headspace)

Cons

Price: The free app ain’t so free. Subscriptions range from $6 to $13/month.  I’m all about investing in your craft, but damn Gina. Maybe I haven’t practiced enough to make that kind of investment just yet, but there is too much free information on the Internet for all of that.

Not enough time with my own thoughts: I know I mentioned loving the sessions being 10 minutes and that I love Andy’s voice, but I wanted more alone time. Homeboy Andy talked through most of the meditation, and it was a bit of a distraction. Whenever he wasn’t talking, it felt like an awkward silence. A few times I caught myself checking my phone to make sure my battery didn’t die in the middle of the session.

Headspace Review--The Palmetto Peaches

Overall, I enjoyed Headspace and would recommend “Take10” to all newbies! Annnnd, I’m super proud of myself for starting and finishing something in a timely fashion. 🙂 Still looking for guided meditations to practice and mindfulness experts to follow, though. If you have any recommendations, drop their names by leaving a comment below!

P.S– if you want to give Headspace a try, download the app and let me know what you think!

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Meditation: Soul Food

Meditation is like waking up to the smell of your favorite blend of coffee while your favorite song plays in the background. Not a fan of coffee? Then imagine waking up to the perfect meal you dreamed about all night, already on the kitchen table. The day I started Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, I was on my 6th straight day of waking up at 6am for work. Tired isn’t the word to describe how I felt. However, I eagerly woke up at 5:30 to start “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude”. The excitement woke me up like it was St. Pat’s in 5 Points…which is equivalent to a kid on Christmas morning.

When I complained to someone about not being able to focus long enough to meditate, her response was “that’s more of a reason for you to meditate.” There’s always so much noise in my brain, especially with a 24-hour news cycle. Quieting my mind for a few minutes everyday is a way to relax and regroup. Sometimes I even wake up scared or sad about things that haven’t happened yet. I’ve said this in previous posts, but I’m a worrier–and here’s a screenshot of my meditation playlist as proof.
Meditation: Soul Food--The Palmetto Peaches

When I first started meditating, my biggest concern was “Am I doing this right?” followed by 1 million other thoughts. Thanks to YouTube and Google, I’ve learned a few things:

There isn’t a wrong way to meditate: Most of the pictures I see are of people sitting with their legs crossed, hands on their knees, with their fingers shaped in some weird gang sign (like my picture above). Sometimes I lay down instead of sitting. Not only is it more comfortable, but if my nephews happen to see me, they’ll think I’m sleeping and will leave me alone.

Don’t force thoughts out of your head: I know the point is to quiet your mind, but the harder you work to not think about something–the more you’ll think about it. If you’re an artist, over-thinker or living with ADD; this is easier said than done. Just relax and focus on the mantra to ease your mind.

Add it to your daily routine: Some days I just roll right over and start meditating, but deep breaths come a little easier after brushing my teeth. Just sayin’. A good 10 minutes of meditation before checking your email or dabbling in celebrity gossip maybe exactly what you need.

Be patient: The first few times will be awkward. I really thought I’d be floating across the room tuning people out after 1 week of starting my meditation journey. I was wrong. But after a few months, I was able to initiate my own meditations.

“The Science Behind Meditation and Headspace” is a great read for beginners. According to the article, meditation can help relieve stress, boost your creativity and improve your relationships. I haven’t used the app yet, but my plan is to use it when the 21-day meditation challenge ends in a few days. Headspace offers a series of different meditations based on your personal goals.

Although I’m new to Headspace, there are 2 guided meditations I practice on a regular basis:

Lisa Nichols “Discovering Your Worthiness”

Deepak Chopra “Secret to Attraction”

Like I said, I’m not a meditation guru–so I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions. Let me know who you follow or what you listen to for guided meditations. Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL! (Don’t forget to mention the meditator or include a link!)

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches