Fast Track to Bliss

Meditation

 

 

Life gets busy and we get even busier. As the demands of life pile up, stress comes knocking on our door. Quality of life is suddenly replaced by “quantity of life.” Quantity of activities, of chores, of demands for attention, of things we accumulate, you name it.

The question is how do we slow down so we can enjoy life? How do we increase our quality of life? How do we replace mundane days with blissful days?

The answer for me was simple: meditation and mindfulness. This daily practice has enriched my life and brought me many valuable assets such as peace, quietness, patience, and clarity, to name a few.

Some of you may be thinking that it’s boring, you can’t sit still, you don’t have time, you’ve tried and you can’t stick with it, your mind doesn’t want cooperate, or you don’t know how to do it. Believe me, I’ve used all these excuses myself, plus a few others. So I’ve devised an easy plan to help you along the way.

The blissful plan

Out of my many trials and errors in building my own practice, I’ve created a daily plan to gently guide you in creating your practice. My blissful plan is detailed in my new FREE ebook, Fast Track to Bliss. Here’s a sneak peak of what this guide offers.

Exercises

Fast Track to Bliss offers simple daily meditation and mindfulness exercises. I provided different exercises so you can play with which type of meditation resonates best with you. These exercises can be easily performed each day no matter how hectic your life might be.

Consistency

The key to any practice is consistency. You have to show up every day for your practice. My guide offers enough exercises to allow you to build a habit over a one month period. Once the habit is formed, it’ll be easier to maintain your practice.

Benefits

The growth gained from developing an inner practice can be astonishing. My own inner practice has helped me relax more, stay more in the moment throughout the day, and lead a happier life. Basically, it has brought me a deeper sense of well being throughout my life.

Blissful days every day

My meditation is not perfect. I frequently have “monkey mind” – that experience of many thoughts jumping around in my head and clamoring for attention. But it’s ok. Meditation is not about being perfect or doing it right. Meditation is simply about doing it.

During meditation, there is no one to judge you, no one to compete with, no one to complain about, no one period. It’s just you.

Undoubtedly, I have a long way to go in many aspects of my life. But the good news is I’ll be blissfully enjoying each step along the way. You can too.

Your turn:

How do you slow down your rhythm? What are your tips for reducing your speed so you can enjoy your life more? How do you incorporate peace into your routine?

With you always in my heart,

Andrea

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  1. Hi Andrea,
    This ebook sound wonderful! I am definitely downloading it :)
    And believe me…”monkey mind” seems to be the problem here too. I have noticed for me personally, deep breathing ten times can literally make all the external and internal chatter just disappear. Whether i consciously decide to meditate or not…at anytime….when there is too much going on and i feel like i cant hear myself think, i deep breathe.
    Meditation as a practice everyday, really does wonders for the mind, heart & soul. Making it easier to face the day.
    Thank you for this wonderful guide oh blissful one :)
    Much love,
    Z~

  2. Dandy says:

    Hi Andrea,
    I like this post alot. When we get caught up in the whirlwind of stress & frustration it is hard to get out of it. Stress breeds more stress. Then it becomes a horrible pattern & habit. When I need a moment to get centered I go outside somewhere, even a parking lot. Just outside where I can feel the breeze, see the sky, and take some cleansing breaths. I also say a prayer and thank God for the good in my life. It changes my countenance around completley!!

    Dandy

  3. Gina says:

    Aloha Andrea!
    Your attitude is a delight….to take the pressure off and not make mindfulness or meditation for that matter another thing on the list of things to do is really the way to go. You point to that with noting that with meditation there is no one to judge you. Ahhh finally we can just be!
    Be well, be happy. be!

  4. Sandra Lee says:

    Andrea,

    Congratulations on your new ebook! It looks fantastic. I too appreciate your spacious attitude toward meditation. Daily meditation is an integral part of my life bringing countless benefits.

  5. Lance says:

    Andrea,
    Meditation is something I have only recently began to incorporate into my daily life – and find it to be such a great start to my day (it really centers me). Looking forward to what you have to share here, and so good to be along with you on this journey.

  6. Steven says:

    Monkey mind? That is a common occurrence for me too. When I find things are getting too hectic that is a warning signal for me to take a step back, breath deeply, smile, and re-evaluate what it is I am doing. The more aware we become of our internal states, the better we can monitor them and adopt one’s that benefit us more. Great tips!

  7. Dia says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Meditation is one of the most powerful things we can do to relax and clear our mind. I practice meditation daily and it helps me to focus on my goals and what I want. Thanks for sharing my friend :)

  8. I slow down by taking time each day to do what I like; what’s important to me and my soul. It can be a workout at the gym, a cup of coffee without the computer or time with my family. Making time for bliss, happiness, brings more of it into my life.

    Alex

  9. ayo says:

    hello andrea
    how are you?
    congratulations on the ebook and i would download a copy to read.
    with regards to the monkey mind while meditating, i can relate to that because i get caught up with my thoughts taking unplanned detours in my mind but there’s so much beauty, calm, clarity and relaxation achieved through meditation
    i also engage in reading books and listening to inspirational or motivational talks/messages and making sure i create time out of no time to just relax.
    take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

  10. Jk Hustle says:

    Andrea – Hello! This very morning I spent my entire drive to work in a different way than I ever had. I turned down the music completely, turned off my phone – and had a deep, heartfelt conversation with myself. For an instance I felt funny as I stopped at the red light, but then I remember I had my bluetooth in, so people would think I was speaking over the phone. About half way to work, it felt so right, so good, I took the bluetooth off, with complete comfort and carried on my conversation with me.

    This was peaceful. I’m usually battling the worries of this world, rushing for no reason, finding stuff to stress out about and so on. I’m going to shoot to do this every day. I just had to share that one.

    I find peace at home. Even with the kids running around like mad. It’s peaceful to me. To me, there’s nothing that provides a better feeling than watching my healthy children playing, having fun, enjoying life.

    I can’t wait to check out the ebook. Thanks for offering it for free!

    PEACE!

  11. Keith says:

    Hello Andrea,

    “Monkey Mind”? I love that term! While I have never heard that term, I have definitely experienced it!
    A few years ago, as I was reading some books on Buddihism, meditation etc, I found something that helps me a lot. I read that when thoughts enter your mind, and they almost always will, the thing to do is to not resist them ( What you resists persists, right? )but to allow them to float freely in and right back out of your mind. Just because they enter doesn;t mean you have to focus on them. After a while of this, Monkey Mind ceases to be a problem.
    That is one little thing that has helped me, maybe it will help someone else too. :-)

    Thanks Andrea, a very good article.

  12. Congrats on your new eBook. I know how much time you probably put into creating it and it sounds very interesting. I am so looking forward to reading it. Who wouldn’t want a Fast Track to Bliss? :) I think it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and all that is going on. We need to have an approach and good habits we can integrate into our day to always make sure we are staying calm and relaxed. Really great suggestions you gave here. Thanks.

  13. Andrea,

    Congratulations on great looking ebook! All of us, no matter where we are in life, how young or old, we all get to busy and overwhelm sometimes, even when we do not want to :) it is great to have bliss plan. I am so happy for your productivity to finish this ebook.

    Preeti

  14. Like they say practice makes perfect, but make sure you never reach for perfection. Too much on the mind and body. Just find peace from hard work. and A desire to be happy. It will arrive, just go out and get it.

  15. Hi Andrea,
    I do the same things Andrea! For me meditation is a medicinal. I need it my “medicine” daily to make my life work. I calm down and breath and pull away from all that I have going on and let my mind relax. And yes, some days it’s hard, very hard to stop the “monkey mind,” even after decades of practice. I’ve tried those brain entrainment cds too – I don’t feel they help me as much as when my mind calms down naturally. I also go for walks in nature. I love the natural sounds of nature, especially birds. That helps me to relax.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful and insightful post.

  16. Dear Andrea,
    This is a lovely post reminding me again about the power of meditation. I have tried it on and off. Have never been able to do it consistently. But whenever I have done, I have felt tremendous positive energy and faith inside me.
    I have to sit down tonight before I go to sleep to clear my head of the clutter. During meditation, I do a Buddhist chant that really works for me…

    Thanks again for this reminder. :)

  17. Hi Rashmie!
    I love chanting too. If I don’t do it at home, I chant on the way to and from work. It’s my driving meditation. :)
    Clearing the head before going to bed is a great advice. I shall try that in bed before falling asleep.
    Loving blessings!

  18. Hi Angela!
    I see meditation like my medicine too. Walks in nature are also great. Nature sounds help relax. Besides birds, I love the sound of the ocean as a relaxing elixir. A CD with ocean or nature sounds can help when there isn’t nature readily available.
    Thanks for your insightful comment! Loving blessings!

  19. Hi Jonathan!
    Yes, in meditation there is no need to strive for perfection. That’s the beauty of it. We can just be and relax. That by itself will bring on happiness.
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Loving blessings

  20. Hi Preeti!
    Thanks sweetie! Not letting the chores of life take over my world is constantly a work in progress. Meditation and yoga help a lot. Yes, a bliss plan is the best route. :)
    Great to see you here, my friend! Loving blessings!

  21. Hi Sibyl!
    Thanks my friend! For me consistency has been the key to make it work. When I was on and off with my practice, I didn’t get the same results. We have to really stick to a plan to get the best benefits.
    Thanks for your kind words. Loving blessings!

  22. Hi Keith!
    You are totally right. Resistance doesn’t help a bit. When we release judgment and just let the thoughts come and go, we can relax. Thoughts will come and go at will, no point in bothering with them.
    I appreciate you sharing your tip with us! :) Loving blessings!

  23. Hi JK!
    I love that you were having a conversation with yourself out loud. Absolutely gorgeous. I agree that we can find peace everywhere, even with kids running around. It’s an internal state independent from the outside chaos.
    Thanks for sharing your story! I appreciate your visit. Loving blessings!

  24. Hi Ayo!
    Thanks so much! Reading and listening to inspirational/motivational speakers is also a favorite of mine. Sometimes just doing nothing is a good way to relax too. Well said: “i create time out of no time to just relax.”
    Thanks for coming by and visiting with us. Loving blessings!

  25. Hi Alex!
    So true, whatever we make time for we bring more into our lives. I like your concept of slowing down by doing what you love. Nothing better than living a life of joy.
    Thanks for contributing to the conversation. Loving blessings!

  26. Hi Dia!
    Wonderful, another meditation buddy. Yes, meditation helps with many things including being more focused.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. It’s always appreciated. Loving blessings!

  27. Hi Zeenat!
    Thanks for your sweet words! Deep breathing also helps me focus and get centered. I use it in all kinds of situtations.
    Thanks for the wonderful reminder! Loving blessings!

  28. Hi Dandy!
    I totally agree that “stress breeds more stress.” Cleansing breath, being in nature, and praying are all great practices for centering ourselves. I love all of them!
    Thanks for your insightful comment. Loving blessings!

  29. Hi Gina!
    Such delicious words… I love your charming comment. Having no judge is great, isn’t it.
    Thanks for visiting and sharing! Loving blessings!

  30. Hi Sandra Lee!
    Thanks! Great to hear that you collecting such wonderful rewards from meditation. I’m glad to find another meditation sister. :)
    Loving blessings!

  31. Hi Lance!
    I love that I share this journey with such amazing people. It’s always a pleasure when you come by. Loving blessings, my friend!

  32. Hi Steven!
    It’s fun to see how many people are sharing the monkey mind. :) Stepping back with a smile has to be a good combination. You got it, awareness is the key.
    Thanks for your beautiful comment. Loving blessings!