Best Sports Bras for All Your Workout Needs – Rated by Intensity Level

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Wearing the wrong sports bra to workout is like brushing your teeth with sugar. It’s counterproductive, ineffective, and downright uncomfortable. During some serious CrossFit, we don’t want our twins to be flailing. And when we’re just lounging on the couch, no one is interested in constricting their breath.

 

So, we handpicked, tested, and rated 10 of the best sports bras out there for different activity levels so you’ll never be stuck with an inappropriate bra for your next workout (or Netflix session).

 

Oh, and did we mention that they’re all ridiculously cute too?! You’re welcome!

 

Check out these 10 diverse sports bras from your favorite brands:

These oh-so-cute sports bras are the perfect combination of fashion and function for varying levels of workout intensity and off the mat style.

 

1. Weave Bra in Diamond by Pheel ($48)

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Hellooooooo metallic! This self-described “anything-but-basic” Weave Bra in Diamond is exactly that. Be prepared to turn heads in this sexy, shimmery silver bra by Pheel as the perfect complement to your cute sheer top or quickly soaking up sweat in the Bikram room.

 

This quick drying, stretchy, breathable mesh bra is ideal for a light-intensity hot yoga practice or an easy outdoor beach workout. Offering ample coverage in the front, and flirtatious, crossing straps in the back, this bra really is a diamond in the rough.

 

Intensity Scale: Low to Medium

 

2. Alois Bralette by PrAna ($59)

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High neckline, T-strap back, moisture-wicking fabric, and adorable patterns . . . really, what’s not to love about the Alois Bralette from PrAna?

 

With just the right amount of support, this bralette is perfect for medium-intensity workouts. The neckline cuts above your cleavage – so you’ll never have to worry about your ladies peaking out – and the molded cups keep everything in place even when you’re bouncing during a stronger barre workout.

 

Intensity Scale: Medium

 

3. SOLite Bra by Manduka ($64)

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True to its name, the SOLite Bra is an ultra lightweight must-have piece for your hot yoga practice. With a trusted brand like Manduka it’s hard to go wrong, and they did not fail to impress us again with this super cute, adjustable, moisture-wicking, and sustainable bra.

 

With gorgeous detailing and adjustable support, this bra is ideal for sweating and moving. Holding the girls in place as needed for a higher-intensity workout, or letting loose when you’re out on the town, this bra offers the best of both worlds.

 

Intensity Scale: Medium to High

 

4. Phoenix Rising Lover Tank by Teeki ($32)

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“we rise. we transform. pura vida.” These are the sole words used to describe Teeki’s drop-dead gorgeous Phoenix Rising Lover Tank and, to be honest, we may not need any other words. This crop-top bralette is too cute for words and we want to wear it everywhere!

 

Best for those of us who are less-endowed and definitely not for your HIIT session, this bralette is ideal for lounging, festival-going, or turning heads at the beach.

 

Intensity Scale: Super Low to Low

 

5. Stratus Reversible Crop Top by Wolven Threads ($68)

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Two tops for the price of one . . . seriously, need we say more? Wolven Threads has wowed us with their versatile Stratus Reversible Crop Top.

 

Flip it and reverse it in this super adaptable bra top when you’re hitting the studio for a gentle flow, going on a hot date, or getting in a SUPYoga sesh. Stretchy, quick drying, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial, you’re probably going to want to keep this one in your hot yoga bag.

 

Intensity Scale: Low

 

6. Warrior Laser-Cut Bra by KiraGrace ($68)

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We really cannot ever get enough cut-outs in our yoga wardrobe; we just love them all. But, KiraGrace’s beauty-FULL Warrior Laser-Cut Bra just might take the cake!

 

Super sexy details and non-restrictive, compressive supports offers us everything we could ever want from a sports bra. This bra is perfect for a fast-paced flow class or paired with an open-back top for a night out clubbing.

 

Intensity Scale: Medium to High

 

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7. Victory Bra by Montiel ($44)

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Ready for whatever your workout brings, this “jumping jack approved” Victory Bra by Montiel really lives up to its name.

 

High-impact support with extra pretty colors and details, this bra is perfect for a HIIT workout or a marathon run, but also cute enough to slip on under your sheer tops when you’re out and about.

 

Intensity Scale: High

 

8. Y-Back Bra by Handful ($56)

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When a company’s tagline reads: “for women, by women . . . who have obviously thought of everything,” how could you not love them? Handful proves to us that they really have thought of everything with their Y-Back Bra.

 

Designed to flatter – not flatten – this perfect high-intensity workout bra molds to your body without restricting. Detailed with crocheted stitching and cinched fabric, this bra can easily move from the gym to the street with fitness and fashion versatility.

 

Intensity Scale: High

 

9. Pyramid Bra by Onzie ($48)

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Ultra feminine and dainty, we are absolutely obsessing over the Pyramid Bra by Onzie (https://www.onzie.com/).

 

With an uber-flattering shape and slim straps, this bra is best paired with low to medium-intensity workouts and can also add a little extra feminine flair to your stylish night-out outfit.

 

Intensity Scale: Low to Medium

 

10. Happiness Runs Tank by Free People ($30)

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Who doesn’t love a good, comfy crop top? Free People definitely rocked the classics with their Happiness Runs Tank.

 

Although the name may be deceiving, this cropped tank is probably not best used for running, but ideal for lounging or a Restorative Yoga practice. This simple, seamless, compression tank can be paired with or without a bra.

 

Intensity Scale: Low

 

These Are the Best Sports Bras Based On Intensity – Which One Is Your Favorite?

Sports bras are such personal items and every lady has her own unique favorites to sweat, jump, flow, or relax in.

 

What are your favorite sports bras to workout in – for high, medium, or low-intensity activity? Have a favorite sports bra or yogawear brand that didn’t make our list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

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There’s A Shortage Of EpiPens And Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors In The US Right Now

Epinephrine auto-injectors can treat life-threatening allergic reactions, but they are in short supply right now, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that there’s a shortage of two of the three epinephrine auto-injectors on the market – including popular EpiPens.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that there's a shortage of two of the three epinephrine auto-injectors on the market - including popular EpiPens.

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The devices are pre-filled cartridges that are used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. The reactions, usually to food, insect stings, medication, or other allergens, are known as anaphylaxis, and they can be fatal.

At least 1 in 50 people in the US are thought to be at risk for anaphylaxis, and they need to carry epinephrine auto-injectors at all times because using them can help slow or halt anaphylaxis.

EpiPens, which are made by the pharmaceutical company Mylan, are experiencing “intermittent supply constraints” due to manufacturing delays from Meridian Medical Technologies, which is owned by Pfizer, according to the FDA.

“We are currently shipping product and our shipments have been increasing over the last few months, with April shipments exceeding projections,” Pfizer said in a statement. “The constrained supply of EpiPen is due to supply of certain third-party components, along with process changes implemented which have temporarily limited capacity at our manufacturing facility.”

The company said that “product is available,” and the FDA recommends calling Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 to find pharmacies that have it.

Another type of auto-injector, the generic epinephrine auto-injector called Adrenaclick, made by Impax Laboratories, is also in short supply due to manufacturing issues.

There is a third type of auto-injector that is not experiencing a shortage, called Auvi-Q, and it’s made by Kaleo Pharmaceuticals.

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“That’s not just in the US, but internationally as well,” Dr. James Baker, CEO and chief medical officer at FARE, told BuzzFeed News.

A survey the group conducted suggested that 450 people in 45 states were having difficulties filling a prescription, Baker said. “Patients not only can not get them filled, but they aren’t being told when they will be available again,” he said.

“People who have these devices need to check their expiration date because it may be a problem coming up if they are unable to get these devices,” he said.

Studies suggest that expired epinephrine auto-injectors can be used in an emergency for six months after the expiration date, but after that there is “significant degradation of the material,” he said. “Certainly it’s less-than-optimal to use an outdated device.”

Although it’s possible to get a prescription for epinephrine that’s not in an auto–injector cartridge, it requires using a syringe to draw up the correct amount and injecting it under emergency conditions, which can be difficult for people, particularly those without a medical background, he said.

Whatever people do they should not go without epinephrine.

“Whether they use the Auvi-Q or one of the other devices or they go to their physician to get epinephrine they need to have epinephrine with them,” he said.

Stop Self-Sabotaging! Here Are 5 Ways to Unf*ck Yourself and Live Your Life Empowered

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At some point, everyone has done it. Whether it’s going back on a promise we made to ourselves, backtracking on goals, or just plain procrastination, we’ve all self-sabotaged. And once we’ve done it once, we’re more likely to repeat the same bad habit. It’s time to unfuck yourself – keep reading to find out how!

Studies show people with high levels of “self-control” aren’t constantly battling temptation – they’re simply relying on good habits.

The best first step is to replace old, negative habits, with new, positive ones – and it only takes anywhere from 18-66 days to form a new habit! Think of it this way: it’s much easier to replace a bad habit with a good one than it is to just stop doing the bad one.

 

Here Are 5 Ways You Self-Sabotage, and How to Unfuck Yourself:

1. Self-Sabotaging Statement: “I don’t have the time.”

Most people would say that they are extremely busy people. In a study with 10,000 adults, roughly half of young people (aged 18 to 34) said they overstate their own busyness to others.

 

No matter how “busy” you are, you are never too busy to brush your teeth or shower on a regular basis. You make time for these essential things. So, the things that you “don’t have time for” are really things that you deem non-essential.

 

How to stop: Plan a time to accomplish the things on your list, but also re-wording the phrasing in your head. Instead of “I don’t have time for . . . ” say “It isn’t my priority to.”

 

This will help you evaluate what you will make time for and what isn’t important for us in the moment. (Example: “It’s not a priority to call my grandma today” triggers more of a response than “I’m too busy to call my grandma today.”)

 

 

2. Self-Sabotaging Statement: “I’ll deal with it later.”

“Later” is an imaginary time-frame that sets us up for failure. If you messed up on your diet and had a brownie (or three), you don’t need to wait until tomorrow to begin again. Simply begin again, right there. We learn this in meditation constantly.

 

It isn’t about having an empty mind, it’s about returning to the breath. Not “later” but now.

 

Here’s how to stop: If it takes less than five minutes, do it now. Dishes, that email you’ve been meaning to send, paying a bill, thanking a family member, etc. These things sit on your list for hours when they could be done before the barista has made your matcha latte.

 

For things that take more than five minutes, take five minutes to make a plan of when you will do it and make sure to follow through. It might be helpful to set up a reward system, or find an accountability partner to keep you on track.

 

 

3. Self-Sabotaging Habit: Comparing ourselves to others.

It’s said that “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparison is so deeply embedded in our culture – from keeping up with the Joneses, to competing in sports or education, to every fashion and beauty ad ever created. How can you move past it?

 

Here’s how to stop: This solution is deeply personal and varies from person to person. I’ve had a great experience with gratitude journals and affirmations that make me look at the big picture. They help generate positive feelings for the present moment.

 

Another key thing to do is to unfollow people on social media that don’t make you feel good. I officially give you permission! I don’t care if they’re the “best,” most “inspirational” guru out there, if this person and their perfectly crafted Insta-world makes you feel like sh*t, then don’t have them on your feed!

 

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4. Self-Sabotaging Habit: Creating impossible expectations.

I once had the goal to read one book per week. Sure, some people can accomplish this feat without much hurry involved, but I am not one of those people. So when I made this impossible-for-me goal, I was predictably disappointed within the first month when, despite my hurry, I hadn’t even finished my third book.

 

Here’s how to stop: Be realistic. Review your past habits in the department you’re looking to grow. Your next step should look similar to what you already have in place – baby steps. Once you do that, break it down into the smallest steps you can think of.

 

You might find that there are more steps than you realized, and that starting even smaller could get the ball rolling. (Ex: Triathlon. You might want to start with running a 5k, but when you realize that a 5k is 3.1 miles, and you’ve never run even one mile, then maybe running one mile is a more realistic goal.)

 

 

5. Self-Sabotaging Habit: Analysis Paralysis.

Analysis Paralysis happens when we are confronted with a decision that we can’t decide on. We think we are being logical by comparing the facts or writing pros and cons lists. But, in the end, we are made useless by the information and are rendered emotionally or physically immobile.

 

Here’s how to solve it: Just do it! I know. It is the hardest and most impossible thing to do. If you could “just do it,” you would have already! But I will say it again: if it doesn’t hurt you or another person, do it!

 

Don’t make another list. Remove any delay mechanisms (“I’ll do it later,” “I’m too busy,” or any numbing versions of self-sabotaging like drug use or comfort eating), and pick the option that comes to you organically.

 

Measure the pros and cons, sure. Be prepared, yes. But don’t let those things stop you from making a change and growing yourself spiritually, physically, or emotionally.

 

Stop Self-Sabotaging and Unfuck Yourself!

Self-sabotage is a common and preventable occurrence. Everyone does it, and there is no fool-proof way to stop it completely. With these five examples, you can see that you can take negative habits, halt them in their tracks, and change them for the better.

 

Start with mindfulness of self. Find the root of the problem and establish a compassionate way to set yourself on a more beneficial path.

 

What kind of self-sabotage have you experienced? How do you re-route this habit? Tell us in the comments!

 

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How to Harness Healing Energy For Peace, Health and Happiness

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Healing energy is incredibly helpful to our body, minds, and hearts. This energy lives inside of us and is key to functioning and thriving. We can use the beautiful bright white light energy within to calm anxiety, reduce sadness, let go of limiting beliefs, and cleanse our emotional fields.

We can also harness healing energy when we’re sick. Sometimes when you’re not feeling great it can be hard to acknowledge that you will feel joyful again – you feel like you will never recover. Healing energy is like the transition from winter to spring – it feels nearly impossible after months of snow, but you know it will come.

 

You have all the healing energy you need already inside of you.

 

And . . . GUESS WHAT? You have all the healing energy you need already inside of you. All you have to do is tune into it.

 

How to Find Your Healing Energy

Turn your attention to what is working in your body. Start to deepen your breath as you continue to read this article. Notice how your mind becomes more centered and peaceful.

 

Your breath is your greatest asset – it can change the way you feel instantly. Imagine that each breath in is energetic and beautiful bright white light, and each breath out signals a clearing out of what no longer serves you.

 

Bring to mind all of the things your body does for you without being asked on a daily basis. How your organs work and how your heart never misses a beat. By appreciating what is going right, we create a vibrational energy that gives your body a higher healing energy frequency!

 

Want to learn more breathing techniques? Read this!

 

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How to Harness Your Healing Energy

Did you know that the turtle is a symbol of healing, good luck, and longevity? They represent patience, endurance, stability, and strength. They teach us that all things happen in divine timing, that we are at home in our bodies, and that it is okay to rest when we need to.

 

These three steps are inspired by the healing powers of the turtle. They’ll teach you how to harness your healing energy to regain your peace, health, and happiness!

 

Mantra For Healing:

On Your Inhale: Slow and steady

On Your Exhale: I am healing

 

Recommended Read: What Are Mantras and Why Do We Use Them in Yoga?

 

Step 1: Slow Down

Do you rush around trying to do everything for everyone? Are you busier than you have time to explain?

 

The turtle teaches us to slow down, which is why recognizing that you need to pump the breaks is the first step in healing yourself. When you pause to let your body settle, you activate your relaxation response. This allows your body to focus on healing. Your energy can be spent on realigning your system instead of exerting yourself to accomplish the things on your to-do-list.

 

Step 2: Treat Your Home With Love

Turtles are always at home in their shell. Think of your body as your home, because it truly is. Be sure to nourish your home with food that will sustain you. Eat natural, whole foods that will rebuild your strength and give you energy instead of hard-to-digest food that will take your energy away.

 

Step 3: Retreat Into Your Shell

Turtles can find grounding and comfort wherever they go because they know their home is always with them. In yoga, we create shapes with our bodies to create space for love and light in our bodies and minds.

 

You can imagine you are retreating into your shell by practicing Child’s Pose and visualizing a magical healing shell on your back. As you connect your forehead to the earth, notice how you can rock your head from side to side, signaling a clearing out of any thoughts of sickness that do not serve you.

 

You can state the mantra as you rest and retreat into this pose!

 

Go in Peace, Health, and Happiness

Whenever you need to clear space in your mind, free yourself from anxiety, release limiting beliefs, or regain vitality when you are sick, remember healing energy is inside of you. You are exactly where you are meant to be, and there is no need to rush. You can take time for yourself. Call on your breath, the turtle shape, and your mantra to bring yourself back into alignment.

 

Sending you light and love!

 

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You Will Now See Calorie Counts On Menus Everywhere And People Have Thoughts

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Starting on Monday, chain restaurants and other locations across the US that sell food, like coffeehouses and supermarket salad bars, will have to include calorie count information on their menus.

The rule is courtesy of Obamacare, or the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and is being put into place uninhibited by the current administration. It applies to any restaurant chain with at least 20 locations that have the same name and it’s not just restaurants – the rule includes movie theaters, grocery stores, vending machines, and any location that provides food or drink.

Calories counts are now mandatory on menus, and other nutritional information, such as fat and carbohydrates, must be made available on the premises.

“Consumers can also ask these establishments for additional nutritional information — provided, for example, as a booklet, handout or in electronic form — that includes the amount of sodium, fiber, sugars, total carbohydrates, saturated fat and protein for any standard menu item,” according to the FDA.

Although some places around the country have already made this labelling mandatory – notably, New York City – this is the first time it will be enforced nation-wide. Some chains have already been providing this information, such as McDonald’s, Panera Bread, and Starbucks.

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The idea is that people can make healthier dietary choices if they know more about what they’re consuming. According to the Food and Drug Administration, people consume about one-third of their calories outside the home.

Research suggests that including nutrition information on menus can reduce consumption by 30 to 50 calories a day, according to the Washington Post.

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“I truly believe that knowledge is power and having information can allow consumers to make an informed choice,” Vandana Sheth, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told BuzzFeed News.

She said it can be hard to know what’s in restaurant food, so the new labelling is especially helpful to people who track what they eat.

“Many of my clients who are trying to eat healthy or trying to lose some weight or watching their blood sugars for diabetes … if they have this information it’s something they can take into account,” she said.

Not everyone’s a fan though – some see it as government overreach and a burden on business owners. In 2011, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Carl’s Jr., said the rules are “one of these nanny-state regulations that’s designed to solve a problem that isn’t really a problem at all.”

For many people however, it’s a welcome change.

If you choose to listen, that is.

And some people would rather live in blissful ignorance.

Stuck In a Rut? Ask For Divine Guidance to Ignite Your Passion + Find Your Purpose

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Have you ever caught yourself zoning out at work? And when you snap back, and realize this job . . . this life . . . it all leaves you feeling underwhelmed, uninterested, and alone. And you created it!

Life isn’t meant to be boring. You’re meant to live out your purpose!

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. We’re taught to shut down the voice inside and to conform to what our parents, teachers, and peers want. Through words, through abuse, or sometimes through the “put that down” look our mum’s were so good at. We are told that in order to survive we must work in jobs we hate, we must make money however we can.

I was like that, and it wasn’t until I started following my divine guidance that I FINALLY opened myself up to the possibilities of my power.

Here’s how to quit your job and travel the world instead.

 

What Is Divine Guidance?

Divine guidance is the key to accepting your true gifts in life. When you ask your soul to guide you, you are allowing something bigger than yourself to guide your life. And, as an added bonus, you can heal your pain!

 

Divine guidance is your connection to your soul. It’s inside of you right now! Seriously. Take your hand and put it on your heart. There it is!

 

Your soul is the purest thing inside of you – inside of all of us. It offers divine guidance for true healing. It’s the part of you that is always connected to source energy, and is never disrupted by feelings, emotions, or abuse. It is the pure connection you have to something bigger.

 

When you ask for divine guidance, you don’t have to go very far. Actually, you don’t have to go anywhere. You just need to touch your hand to your heart, and you’re instantly connected back to your center, to your purpose – to divine guidance.

 

Waking up every day with a sense of belonging, purpose, and connection to yourself? Yes, please!

 

Why You Need (At Least) a Little Divine Guidance in Your Life

Everyone is born with specific talents and gifts in this lifetime. Some are super good with animals, some are clairvoyants, some are amazing at algorithms.

 

It’s more than just your job, a lot more actually. But a job is a really easy way of looking at whether you need divine guidance in your life or not. So let’s take a little quiz! Yay, quizzes!

 

Answer yes or no:

Are you living out your full potential at your job?

 

Do you get to wake up every day, live your life on your own terms, treat yourself right, AND express your gifts to the world in a loving way?

 

Do you feel authentic when you’re working?

 

Is this the job that you TRULY want?

 

If you answered yes to everything, congrats! You’re awesome! You may now click away to more interesting things. If you had any no’s, however, you might want to keep reading.

 

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For Me, Divine Guidance Looked Like This:

Before I surrendered to divine guidance in my life, I was living an extremely stressful life as a receptionist. Trying to make everyone else happy, for low wages, and just sort of “getting through the day.”

 

After I surrendered to divine guidance, I began healing all the pain that was holding me back. I started my own business. I get to write every day, about things that are vitally important to me. And I got to connect online with hundreds of other women who are healers. It f*cking awesome!

 

All because one day I realized what divine guidance feels like, and I decided that I would keep seeking that feeling no matter what.

 

Some days I’m better at it than others, but every day I am moving closer and closer to living my dream life. No, scratch that . . . to living MY life. It was always there, this writing for a living, connecting with people, healing my pain. I just had to choose to accept it.

 

How to Get Really Good at Asking For and Receiving Divine Guidance:

When I think of the process of healing your life I get this image in my mind of human lungs. Have you ever seen what they look like when you breathe in? It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

 

That’s what divine guidance looks like to me. Before we start accepting it our lungs are flat, they don’t have any air. The more we breathe love into our lives, the bigger our hearts get, and soon we’re just bursting at the seams with divine love and guidance.

 

Wanna start right now? Close your eyes . . . wait no! Read this first, and then close your eyes.

 

Close your eyes. Take 3 deep breaths. Say the following: “I am divine love. I accept divine love into my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for guidance to become my true self. Thank you for helping me heal my pain and get closer to my authentic self.”

 

Then put your hand on your heart and say: “I love you”

 

How amazing is that?!

 

The Takeaway

Connecting to divine guidance doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a lot easier than you think. All you have to do is connect to yourself. Here are some simple ways you can connect to your heart:

  • Meditation
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Bathing
  • Doing yoga
  • Going on a run
  • Walking in the park
  • Affirmations
  • Energy healing
  • Therapy

 

Good luck on your divine journey, and if you want some of my guidance you can check out my website.

 

In the comment section below, tell us where you need divine guidance in your life!

 

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Feeling Uninspired? Use Meditation to Boost Your Creativity – Here’s How

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Meditation has quite an impressive number of benefits, and among them is its mind-blowing impact on your creativity. If you’re a creator of any kind – playing with yoga, dance, painting, or cuisine, meditation for creativity has many surprises in store for you.

Since I became a yoga teacher and embarked on this path, I’ve found myself enjoying the process of creating new classes, writing blog posts, and sharing on Instagram. It is freeing to let my creativity shine through my everyday work while I connect with the yoga community and my students.

If you’re a creator yourself, you’ll know creativity is an elusive creature. Sometimes your mind doesn’t cooperate. You could experience writer’s block – I find that sometimes my lack of confidence takes over and has me wondering if what I’m writing about and talking about in class actually brings value to the world.

On the days you feel down and uninspired, stop everything. Try reading, watching documentaries and TV shows, or listening to podcasts and music because to feel inspired, you need inspiration, right? Inspiring input feeds your creative mind.

And then, try to meditate.

 

How Meditation For Creativity Works

Mediation comes in handy when tracking down creativity. Here’s how:

 

1. It helps you process your input.

Sitting in silence helps your brain organize all the colors, sounds, and words you’ve listened to or read. After all, creativity is about connecting ideas and connecting the dots, and this can be challenging if your mind is a mess.

 

Sitting in meditation gives you the space to set up your “inner desk,” and it helps bring the clarity you need to create.

 

 

2. It helps you see things from a different perspective.

This is a very useful tool. The reason we get stuck is because we lose precious perspective – we lose sight of the bigger picture. By observing and focusing on your breath, and staying present when your mind wanders, you can filter out the trivial from the important.

 

Making this distinction creates space in your mind, allowing you to see things more clearly.

 

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3. It develops patience.

Being a creator – whatever it is that you create – requires lots of patience. Whether it’s painting, drawing, writing, baking, teaching, playing music, or dancing, you know the result is rarely there on Day 1.

 

Creating requires time, effort, dedication, and patience is a quality you can never have too much of. Sitting in meditation enables you to practice your patience, sitting, observing, practicing doing nothing and resting your mind.

 

 

4. It gets the ideas flowin’.

As we touched on earlier, meditation helps you to connect the dots and organize your mind. Going back to the image of the “inner desk,” imagine this: as you gather new supplies and new tools, you can spend time reorganizing things. Maybe instead of ordering by color you’ll start using shape, or instead of shape you’ll start using material, and so on.

 

Seeing things clearly frees up space. In your mind, this might materialize as a new topic you’d like to discuss on your blog, or maybe you’ll know how to pair two poses together for your next yoga or dance sequence. Words might pop into your mind for your next poem or your next book, you might find colors and images for your next painting.

 

So, stay focused. Take in the colors, the dialogues, the music, the settings, and the stories in from your sources of input. You can even take notes while you listen to music or watch your favorite show to make sure you’re paying attention to the details.

 

Once the show is over, sit down to meditate. Let your mind process it all and let the ideas come to you. Then, get creating and watch your magic unfold!

 

Harnessing Your Creativity Through Meditation

Meditation is such a versatile tool. Not only does it bring you inner peace and help release physical tension, but it also leads you to connect to your mind and ideas in new ways and on a deeper level. As creators, we’d be making a mistake if we didn’t make use of it.

 

Remember that you can always return to meditation to harness your creative energy.

 

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