Two-Tip Tuesday: Digital Detox Challenge



iphone Glued to HandLast week I accepted the challenge of a digital detox. Inspired by an article written by Aarona Ganesan, my favorite coach, Jill Keuth started a group on Facebook to support brave souls taking this plunge. The concept is taking a break from your digital addictions. It started as not touching your phone for the first hour of the day upon awaking, but also addresses wherever you have electronic addictions throughout your day-to-day routines.

This past week, I have made some pretty big behavior shifts, ranging from not checking email in bed, to looking at Facebook during mealtime, to canceling cable. Note: this is not a requirement, just something I have been pondering for a while, and finally did it! And let’s face it, no one should start checking email before their first cup of coffee, just sayin.So, here is my challenge to you: Explore where you can add stillness and quiet to your day. Only you know your issues in the digital wasteland. So, try to eliminate something. Today’s tips will help you with a little digital detox of your own, and add to the challenge.

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Sometimes it is challenging to sit in complete silence. As I’ve been playing around with different meditation techniques, I’ve noticed that it is much easier for me to sit in stillness with a little background noise.

Relax Melodies (free app for Android and Apple), is a fantastic way to create a variety of sounds ranging from basic white noise, to a babbling brooke, to a roaring rain storm.

You can compile multiple sounds on top of each other and control the volume of each. There is way to save them into your favorites, allowing you to keep track of your favorite renditions.

In addition, there is a timer setting, allowing for you to time your meditations, go to sleep listening to ocean wave bliss, or even set an alarm for the morning.

Warning: Creating sound combinations can add to your digital addiction. So, try to keep it simple in the beginning, and even consider using the pre-composed melodies.

Eliminate Notifications iphone Notification Hell

Having email, Facebook, Twitter, and any other notification on my phone is a huge challenge for me. Part of it is my OCD to keep my screen clear of blaring red numbers begging to be opened, but it is also a constant distraction. I constantly feel compelled to open an app the second a new notification pops up.

The simple solution?

TURN OFF YOUR NOTIFICATIONS!

It sounds so easy, but it is slightly painful to do. Just remind yourself that there is a pretty good chance you will be receiving emails and social media updates all day.

Set a specific time aside to check all of your email, etc. at once. This will not only help with efficiency, but can aid in removing some of the glue attached between your phone and your hip.

If this isn’t a big enough challenge, try taking social media apps off of your phone all together. See what it is like to eat a meal without looking at your phone.

Try it for a week…I dare you!!

As always, I want to hear from you! Hit REPLY and let me know what you are cutting out and how it is going!

Meditation Class: Create Calm Through the Holidays



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Are you feeling overwhelmed this holiday season? You may be thinking that you don’t have time to add one more thing to your schedule, but this class is NECESSARY to help you keep your cool through the holiday season. This class is for anyone interested in learning about meditation, to anyone who has experience. Even if you’ve been to a class before, this will be a different experience for you. Learn meditation techniques for a modern lifestyle and other methods for creating calm in your daily life. Concepts we’ll cover include:

  • Protection techniques from harmful or unhealthy energy.
  • Grounding and centering.
  • Filling in with your own positive energy.
  • Guided meditation.

Take from this class tools you can use immediately to:

  • Protect yourself from harmful energy.
  • Feel more centered.
  • Cope more effectively.
  • Release daily stress.

Light snacks, coffee and tea will be served.

Fee: $25 online or $30 at the door

Additional information: Call Julie with any questions, at 303-929-9655. Visit these pages to learn about Julie, meditation and energy healing.

Bring (optionally): A journal or notebook, a cushion or pillow and a friend.

I look forward to welcoming you in my space and sharing what I’ve learned in my own study of meditation and energy healing!

Children’s Meditation Class



 

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In our over-scheduled, technology-saturated world, more and more children feel the same stress and overwhelm as many adults, on a daily basis.  Children may be even more sensitive to these energies, manifesting in difficulties focusing and sleeping.

This class is a simple introduction to meditation, taught in an age-appropriate style using fun imagery and visualization.  Your child will learn methods for:

  • Meditating and relaxing.
  • Feeling safe in his/her own personal space.
  • Managing his/her own energy.
  • Protecting him/herself from unhealthy energies.

Meditation can help your child to:

  • Increase concentration and focus.
  • Release stress.
  • Decrease bedtime struggles and improve sleep.
  • Cope with anxiety and fear.

Ages 5 to 8:   10 am – 10:50 pm

Ages 9 to 12:  11 am – 11:50 pm

This is a drop-off class.
Fees for siblings are discounted!  Register online.
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