Feel better now.
Hello and welcome, you may know me as an actress but I’m also a mindfulness and meditation coach. And if you’ve been feeling everything from fear to frustration during these unprecedented times, you’re certainly not alone and definitely in the right place if you want to feel better faster.
We’ve all been challenged to quickly adapt to the constantly changing landscape of our lives.
This is why I’m passionate about meditation.
Within a matter of minutes, simply connecting to the breath helps us disconnect from the chatter in our minds and allows us to be gently guided back into our bodies. Moving us closer to our hearts intuition and away from our mind’s ego.
Through a simple technique of exhaling for a few beats longer than our inhale, we activate the vagus nerve running along our spine that sends a signal to our brain to turn down our sympathetic nervous system– aka, our fight, flight or freeze response.
This slight manipulation of our breath (which can be done to combat everything from panic attacks to stage fright), ignites our parasympathetic nervous system– aka, our chill mode.
Take a minute and clock how your feeling right now, then try this techniques out for yourself.
Gently inhale through your nose for a slow count of 2.
Hold at the top of your inhale for 2.
Then gently exhale through your mouth for a slow count of 4.
Repeat this at least three times and notice the difference with how you feel afterwards.
For the last two decades of being an actor and cultivating my sense of self through meditation, I can say that being able to feel however I want has been one the single most important skills I’ve developed.
If fuels everything I do as both an artist and a person. It’s helped me create a life and career that was beyond what I could have ever imagined.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, entrepreneur, if you’re working with an organization, or you’re a stay at home mom– the truth is we’re all busy trying to live our best life.
As the energy in the world becomes more extreme, it’s becoming that much hard for us to ground ourselves, go with the flow and be at peace.
So, if you’re not used to sitting still, or focusing on your breath, it can feel awkward, even uncomfortable at first.
My intention with sharing what I’ve learned over the years is to help guide you in a practice that will connect you to your body, allowing you to respond from your spiritual practice and not your emotional programming.