appreciate yourself

1. “I Exist.”
Repeat, “I exist” during your morning meditation to help harness your ability to identify your self-existence. As you start to chant, or silently say to yourself, “I Exist”, you are becoming present in the current moment. Practice being non-judgmental toward yourself. Try “I Exist” to restore your mind before you embark on your busy day.

2. “I am powerful.”
By chanting, “I am powerful” you are defining your ability to control any situation through your thoughts. You recognize that you are in control of your destiny and are able to see that your gifts and abilities fuel your internal power. Your absolute happiness lies in your power to choose positivity. Notice how “I am powerful” fills you, then repeat. Try “I am powerful” when you need to bring your ‘A game’… before a meeting, job interview, presentation, or an exam.

3. “I Love.”
Try repeating “I love” as your morning mantra. Every time you exhale you will think, or even say, love. You will start to realize that the things you love pop into your head as you repeat it! Try this if you are feeling down, impatient or defensive.

4. “Om”
OM is the most universal mantra. When you chant “Om,” you are creating a powerful sound and vibration. Ancient sages identified Om (or aum) as the most elemental sound, representing infinite universal consciousness. They were (and so can you) able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in nature – wind, thunder, water, and recognized that these sounds are a manifestation of spirit into matter. Try chanting “Om” in the morning before getting out of bed, before and after your yoga practice, or when you’re looking to dive deeper into a situation or project. If you are feeling spaced out and disconnected, chanting “Om” will help ground you before you start your day.

5. “I am.”
You are all! You are Om. To chant “I am” is to sit and acknowledge your divinity. You, in your space, as yourself. Contained within each of us is everything, and everything is expressed through us. Let the joy of being alive fill you from your fingers to your toes. Try “I am” when you first wake up to pass harmony into your day and into the world.

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ULTA, GIMME 50 FEET!!!

Ever been to BUCKLE, the clothing store?? Ever feel almost bothered or harrased by the ‘sales assistant’ ? WELL, I definitely have. And I worked there almost 5 years ago. But I said screw this and quit, because I couldn’t stand how annoying they wanted us to be. I have to mention that normally I am the type of shopper that I when I come into the a store (which is rare)… unless I’m in a hurry or at I’m at TARGET, I like to look at EVERYTHINGGGG!!!! and not be bothered while I’m doing it… a few “ARE YOU DOING OKAY?” or “CAN I HELP YOU WITH ANYTHING?” are perfectly understandable. But not when I feel like a girl swimming in the deep ocean with a school of sharks swarming around me or don’t know when one is gonna pop out of nowhere and try to come in for the kill. Like a damn episode of JAWS. Well this is the experience I had at ULTA. Man, I love that whole store. Normally you can’t pull me away from the high end retail selection of makeup; but today it was like I had to check my peripheral vision to see if any were coming to the BENEFIT or URBAN DECAY section. Literally, there was a select pair of girls, that knew they had “checked in” (each girl, so that’s 10 total)
and finally one, who seemed was the most relentless, finally said

she: “I’m just checking, if you need ANNNYYYTHING, I’d be happy to help you”

ME: “yes. I know, thank you. The other girl just checked with me as well”

she: “so if you need anything, you can just ask”

ME: “yes ma’am, I know. Literally, I’m okay. I just like to look” (now I’m getting annoyed”

she: “yea, cuz you can just grab me if you have any questions, you can come grab me, I DONT WANNA PRESSURE YOU”

ME: “yes, thank you. I’m fine the other girl literally just asked me”

she: “ohhh, that’s why I was saying just ask” (she wasn’t getting the hint”

ME: “I know, haha. Man, y’all are like tag-teaming. If I need ANYTHING, I’ll holla at you”

she: “oh, ok good. thank you”

ME: (THINKING) WTF?!?!

***no wonder I online shop; or wanna go to SEPHORA, they leave you alone unless you seek them out.

sorry. ~rant over~ INTROVERT SHOPPERS, beware: ULTA has reached the same harassment level as BUCKLE. shop online or take someone with you. My anxiety level is at a 10. Bout to go shopping looking like this