How often do you take breaks during the day? Even though mindfulness is familiar and we know we should practice it, we struggle to do it and need reminders to stop and care for ourselves. Podcast guest, Shonda Moralis, who is a life balance coach and therapreneur, explains how mindfulness and finding a state of calm is when we perform at our best.
Life balance and mindfulness is not just about getting calm, but checking in and being a-tuned to what is needed and recalibrating the balance in life. Studies have shown from parents who participated in mindfulness exercises that the children benefit indirectly from their parents being more mindful and calm.
In the interview, they discuss the difference between mindfulness, meditation, and mindful breaks. A new topic to Hines, mindful breaks can be as simple as taking 30 seconds or a minute to simply sit and be in the moment, and they can be as impactful as a long session of meditation. Moralis explains mindfulness as being present in the moment with a spirit of kindness to pull ourselves out of autopilot in which we are either focused on the past or the future. Meditation is the practice of mindfulness to familiarize ourselves with our busy mind. Mindfulness helps us interrupt the negativity to help us focus on the present moments and see the simple beauty around us.
She developed a method and wrote a book with the same name, Don’t Forget to Breathe, that focuses on simple, mindful breaks that can be applied in minutes. Mindful breaks are reminders to stop in our busy day that pull us out of our rush and autopilot nature, and pay attention to our body and the present moment.
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW is on a mission to help women play big without burning out. She is a Life Balance Coach, Therapreneur, Author, and Podcast Host.
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