Embrace A Mindful Self-Care Mindset in August!

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NOTE: This blog post features an excerpt from Thriving Mindfully by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke. Copyright 2019 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Hey Everybody!

Can you believe August is here? That means we are into the eighth month of 2019. That also means we still have time to dive deep into the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care (ends on September 20th).

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WHAT IS THE THRIVING MINDFULLY  SUMMER OF SELF-CARE?

I launched the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care, a three-month journey that encourages us all to nurture our spirits, hearts, minds, bodies, breath, and lives, on the Summer Solstice, June 21st (ends on September 20th). It is designed to help us do three things:

  • Remember and accept we are worthy of and deserve self-care.
  • Nurture our spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life with self-care each day.
  • Offer ourselves a dose of the Big 5 — loving kindness, compassion, patience, nonjudgment, and forgiveness — when we don’t show up fully and practice self-care the way we’d like to.

Read my blog here to learn more about it. If what I’m sharing resonates with you, join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care. Share it with your family, friends, and colleagues.

TM-StartStart the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care when you feel called to. Use the resources that resonate with you the best. Do only what works for you. Do you boo!

Before you start… Grab your favorite beverage and take some time to explore my June and July blog posts that include a self-care pledge, tips on creating self-care rituals, journaling exercises, podcast episodes, and a class and workshop schedule!

  • June blog: Join the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care
  • June blog: Practice Self-Care This Summer with a Recipe of Weekly Themes
  • July blog: Let’s Claim Our Freedom with Mindful Self-Care in July

EVENTS

Plan to join me for the Thriving Mindfully Summer of Self-Care events in August and September.

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EMBRACE A MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET IN AUGUST!

This month, dive deep into creating and using a mindful self-care mindset. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this concept. I got you boo!

Also, what you’re about to read and experience is from my upcoming book and journal, Thriving Mindfully. Enjoy!

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LET’S START WITH A MINDFUL MOMENT EXERCISE

Take 3-7 deep cleansing breaths. Start with breathing in through nose and out through your mouth. Return to breathing normally and naturally. Allow yourself to sit, stand, or lay still for a few moments as you check in with your body. Notice how your body feels. If your mind wanders and gets distracted by thoughts, sound or physical sensations. It’s okay. Distractions are normal and natural. They are a part of being human. Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth as you return to the present moment.

CONGRATS! You practiced mindful self-care!

ARE YOU READY?

Before we get started with looking at the meaning of the phrase mindful self-care mindset, grab a journal or piece of paper and something to write with. You may want to take notes. Spoiler Alert: There are some journaling exercises coming up!

MindsetGraphicWHAT IS A MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET?

  • Mindful refers to your birthright of mindfulness, the ability to be aware of what’s happening inside and outside of yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness becomes a practice when you choose to use it and actually take actions to use it.
  • Self-Care is the act of nurturing your spirit, heart, mind, body, breath, and life with anything that uplifts your well-being. Self-care is also your birthright. You are born with it. You are worthy of it. You deserve it. It becomes a mindful practice when you claim, embrace, and use it.
  • Mindset consists of your way of thinking and beliefs that shape how you live.

Copy of Copy of TMMAW-JournalExerciseJOURNALING EXERCISES

First, take as much time as you need to answer these questions. Second, explore the ones that resonate with you the most. Leave the rest behind. Third, Do you boo!

 

  1. What are your current beliefs about self-care?
  2. Do you believe you are worthy of self-care? Why or why not?
  3. What does self-care currently look and feel like in your life?
  4. What are your barriers to practicing self-care?
  5. What would you like self-care to look and feel like in your life?
  6. What do you need to practice self-care (time, support, ideas, funding, books, podcasts, videos, classes, workshops, coaching, peer group, and/or free resources)?
  7. What is one thing you can do to create and use your mindful self-care mindset in the next 7 days?
  8. What are 3 things you can do to create and use your mindful self-care mindset in the next 30, 60 or 90 days?
  9. Who will serve as your accountability partner or team to help you stay on track with your mindful self-care practices?
  10. How will you celebrate your small, medium, and big wins in creating and using your mindful self-care mindset in the next 30, 60 or 90 days?

MINDFUL MOMENT BREAK

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After you finish journaling, I encourage you to take a mindful moment break.

Take 3-7 deep cleansing breaths. Start with breathing in through nose and out through your mouth. Return to breathing normally and naturally. Allow yourself to sit, stand, or lay still for a few moments as you check in with your body. Notice how your body feels. If your mind wanders and gets distracted by thoughts, sound or physical sensations. It’s okay. Distractions are normal and natural. They are a part of being human. Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth as you return to the present moment.

CONGRATS! You practiced mindful self-care!

CREATE YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET STATEMENT

TM-WritingBefore you create your mindful self-care mindset statement, take a look at the one I created: I release and forgive any lack, limitation, fear, judgment, separation or resistance I have created in my beliefs about self-care. I deserve, embrace, and practice mindful self-care daily with small steps. I offer myself loving kindness, compassion, nonjudgment, patience and forgiveness as I grow into the full expression of my mindful self-care mindset. I forgive myself daily for the ways in which I fall short of expressing my mindful self-care mindset. I celebrate my small, medium, and big wins in expressing my mindful self-care mindset. I am grateful I get to express my mindful self-care mindset in everything I am called to be, feel, think, say, and do.

I started with a statement about releasing and forgiving the things I have created that have prevented me from fully claiming mindful self-care as my birthright. I included  intention, celebrate, and gratitude statements to help ground and guide me each day.

Now that you know what I wrote, it’s time for you to get started on creating your own mindful self-care mindset statement. Here are a few tips.

  • Explore your current beliefs about your worthiness and self-care. Do they need to be released and/or forgiven?
  • Review the  barriers you journaled about. Do they need to be released and/or forgiven?
  • What type of self-care do you deserve?
  • What type of self-care support do you need?

Your responses should give you plenty of food for thought and inspiration to create your mindful self-care mindset statement.

HOW TO USE YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE MINDSET 

TM-DailyRoutineWhenever we decide to transform our way of being, thinking, and living, we are entering the land of change. How do you embrace change?

I often resist it. My resistance has taught me I cannot escape it. I have learned change requires action. I have discovered the only way to deal with change is to “DO” change. For me that requires a daily routine of small action steps with support from my accountability partners.

The small steps I take each day add up to progress and expand my ability take medium and big steps over time. Checking in with my accountability partners on a weekly or as needed basis gives me the support I need to move through my process and navigate any internal or external barriers. Celebrating my small steps affirms my progress and energizes me to continue moving forward.

With this game plan, I’m trusting that by the time I get to September 20th (the end of the journey), I will have the makings of a regular routine to support my commitment to practice mindful self-care.

How will you use your mindful self-care mindset statement to support your commitment to practice mindful self-care?

TMHowICanHelp (1)NEED MORE HELP WITH YOUR MINDFUL SELF-CARE PRACTICES?

Let’s set up a complimentary 20-minute call (phone or via Zoom) to discuss how I can help you as a mindful living coaching, mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga teacher, and reiki master practitioner: ananda@anandaleeke.com.

 

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