WHY Are You The Most Important Person in the World?

You Are The MOST Important Person in the World.

Words you may never hear anywhere else.

But you are. Why? Because TO YOU, you should matter most.

Not in an egotistical way, as if everyone else doesn’t matter and not like a Kanye way – to brag about how great you are, but in a God-like way. A way that knows the WHAT and WHY you’re valued and treats itself as so.

I want you to nurture this knowing, which starts by acknowledging how valuable you are.

The definition of importance is:

  1. of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being.

What if you treated every moment of your life like it was the most important task at hand? Like each second in your day was an ounce of gold…what would be different? How would you spend it?

Would you be more aware, more excited about your life? Would you value the choices you made?

This is the mentality shift that I want us to make. From treating ourselves and our lives as a random, powerless acts that just happen… to making our lives SIGNIFICANT, VALUABLE and in direct correlation to the SUCCESS of yourself and others.

How can you make this paradigm shift?

Step by step, choice and action.

  1. Start with ACCEPTING who you are. All of you, scars + all
  2.  Next, FORGIVE your past mistakes, people who hurt you and let go of mindsets that make you the victim. Adopt a stronger story. Know, that you have the power to change your life, to be free and to overcome any obstacle.
  3. Then, spend QUALITY TIME WITH YOURSELF. Sit in silence, meditate, journal, ask yourself questions, find out what you love most, how you want to spend your time, with who, where. Discover all the things you love about your body, your mind, your heart. Take yourself out on a date. Be your best friend. Connect to God within, be powerful in you.

As you take these first steps (and this is not easy), you will begin to prioritize your needs + be mindful of your time and thoughts. You will want to treat yourself with more patience, love, kindness. You will guard your heart, mind, soul with a deeper understanding that you must let go to anything or anyone who no longer serves you. Protect the goodness you feel!

SamoraLife is a community to support you wherever you are. If you want to practice self-love on a deeper level, come join us. There are many ways that we can help get you there. Here are a few more.

Have any other self-love tips or reminders? Or want to share how your self-love journey has evolved? Please leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!

You are always loved,

 


Meditation ain’t for Suckas + Why

Meditation:  It’s for everyone, but everyone aint for it!

To meditate is to be with self, listen, breathe + BE. That’s it! Really. You don’t have to try to let go of your thoughts or think only positive thoughts or ANYTHING. You just carve out some time to be still. Breathe deeply and let everything be as it is.

I personally believe that everyone should do it at least 5 minutes a day!

Why am I a big advocate for meditation? Simple answer, Meditation is proven to enhance your mental, physical and spiritual health.

Here are a few reasons how:

  1.      Lowers Stress. In the journal Health Psychology shows that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  2.      It changes the brain in a protective way. University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training — which is a meditation technique — can actually result in brain changes that may be protective against mental illness. The meditation practice was linked with increased signaling connections in the brain, something called axonal density, as well as increased protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region.
  3.      It helps us even when we’re not actively practicing it. You don’t have to actually be meditating for it to still benefit your brain’s emotional processing. That’s the finding of a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, which shows that the amygdala brain region’s response to emotional stimuli is changed by meditation, and this effect occurs even when a person isn’t actively meditating.
  4.      It has four elements that help us in different ways. The health benefits of mindfulness can be boiled down to four elements, according to a Perspectives on Psychological Science study: body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention.
  5.      It lowers depression risk among pregnant women. As many as one in five pregnant women will experience depression, but those who are at especially high risk for depression may benefit from some mindfulness yoga. “Research on the impact of mindfulness yoga on pregnant women is limited but encouraging,” study researcher Dr. Maria Muzik, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, said in a statement. “This study builds the foundation for further research on how yoga may lead to an empowered and positive feeling toward pregnancy.”
  6.      It supports your weight-loss goals. Trying to shed a few pounds to get to a healthier weight? Mindfulness could be your best friend, according to a survey of psychologists conducted by Consumer Reports and the American Psychological Association. Mindfulness training was considered an “excellent” or “good” strategy for weight loss by seven out of 10 psychologists in the survey.
  7.      . It helps you sleep better. We saved the best for last! A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress,” study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement.

8.      My favorite –  It lets us get to know our true selves. Mindfulness can help us see beyond those rose-colored glasses when we need to really objectively analyze ourselves. A study in the journal Psychological Science shows that mindfulness can help us conquer common “blind spots,” which can amplify or diminish our own flaws beyond reality.

Over time, you can notice how much meditation plays a role in keeping you grounded, balanced, clear minded and LOVED. Want to give it a try? Start with my Guided Meditations.

I would love to hear about your personal experiences with meditation! SHARE!


10 Selfie Love Date Ideas!

I always preach about “loving yourself first” and many people don’t know what that entails . I have many ways that I teach my little lovies how to make yourself a priority but here is a fun way to start! DATE YOURSELF!

Think about it, when you start to date someone you’re interested in, you make time to get to know them, find new experiences to share together, laugh, talk for hours and maybe give a little love + affection.

Take that same dating experience and apply it yourself. Pick a day + time that you can be alone and show up looking your best! If you can’t be someone that you would  want to date, how can you expect someone else to want to date you? So put in your best intentions and efforts to impress yourself!Here

Now for some fun!! Here are some ideas that you can incorporate into your self-date night:

  • SPA DAY! No matter what your budget is, you can pamper yourself either at the spa or at home. Treat yourself to a nice massage, manicure/pedicure, sauna, bubble bath or relax with a long shower. The key is to RELAX. Allow your body, mind and spirit to let go of anything that troubles you and enjoy the body you’re in.

 

  • Vision Board– I know, I know…the magazine cut out project gets old. But I found a new way of making this fun again. Instead of posting magazines, try to find personal items around the house or photos of experiences you enjoy. Creating a vision using memories that spark inspiration for you. Make it REAL to you. Find out more here.

 

  • Treat yourself to a REALLY good meal. Have a favorite place in mind? Or something you love to cook but never have time? Eat good and put your phone away. Focus on being grateful to provide for yourself and all that you’re blessed with.

 

  • (My Favorite) Plan a photo shoot! This so fun and easy to do. Have a photographer friend whose building a portfolio or needs to practice? Or maybe a friend with a great camera phone? Plan out a full on photo shoot! Wear your best looks, capture your essence, feel beautiful and shine!

 

  • Nature Walk– Remind yourself of how beautiful the world is by surrounding yourself in nature. Live near a beach? Lie there. Canyon? Hike there. A park? Walk there. Wherever you live, find a place where you can submerse yourself in mother nature, the Divine, and breathe it all in!

 

  • Clean Out Day– I know it sounds like work, but taking time to thoroughly clean out your space and organize your life is actually very freeing. Trust me, you will feel so good after! Go through your closet and take out anything that no longer fits or works for your life. Throw out old papers, magazines, donate books. Bring yourself back to your present intention. Anything that doesn’t serve you is weighing you down. Cut it loose! More cleaning tools can be found here.

 

  • Take a Class– That acting class you wanted to take. The Spanish meet-up you swear you will join one day. The hip-hop dance class that you’ve been thinking of…TAKE IT! Let yourself explore, learn and have fun!

 

  • Exercise– some of you do this already, but many do not! Taking time to move your body is not only super healthy but super loving! When you spend time focused on your physical needs, you feel so good about yourself! Find a gym or active class and make a date of it!

 

  • DAY TRIP!– I love to travel so I am always down for a day trip. Pick a place close by that you haven’t been to before. Find local activities there. Sightsee, eat, explore and try to keep phone engagement to a minimum. Observe yourself, what do you enjoy most, what annoys you? If you can, spend a night in this foreign land and make it selfie-sleepover!

 

  • Turn Your Phone Off!– The easiest, cheapest and most telling (of self) way to date yourself is to simply turn your phone off for a period of time. You can just spend time with your own thoughts, feelings while doing your day to day tasks, uninterrupted. For those of you with phone addictions, you may want to try my phone fast.

 

I hope you take time to try at least one of these date ideas. The key is to focus on yourself, in the moment, with what you’re doing. I would love to hear more about your experience.

Please share!

You are always loved,

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