Meditation Takes Practice

Have you been hearing a lot about meditation? Do you think its just some hippie way of living, and don't understand the benefits or why people are raving about it? I was one of those people. I heard all about meditation for a while, and just thought it was another fad.

The deeper I got into wellness and emotional healing the more and more consciously aware I became and I just wanted to learn more. I decided to finally tested out the meditation waters, and you know what? It wasn’t so bad. Painless actually. 

My first meditation experience was at a beautiful resort I stayed in with my family in upstate New York, and I went to a guided meditation class. After that experience I was completely hooked. If you have a wild imagination like me, you’ll have some great imagery come to mind. I had the most memorable and mesmerizing visuals. Throughout the hour-guided meditation I was in pure bliss, no worries or thoughts consumed my mind. I was in my element, literally. I felt calm and found the portal where my breath and mind were connected. I was silent, still, and my soul was powerless and taken on a serene journey. 

Guided meditation is a great starting point for beginners because it verbally guides your thoughts, and provides you with positive reinforcement throughout the experience. This helps you let go and relax. However, if you do become consumed with mental vomit, its ok, we all do, even in meditation! Awareness is key. Accept these thoughts. Don't force yourself to stop thinking, just redirect your train of thought to clarity. It's almost like the sunlight coming through your window in the morning, reawakening your mind. Allow the sunshine to come through. 

It's funny because many people that I suggest meditation to tell me, "I've tried it, but I don't think I’m doing it right." There are no tricks with meditation. There are different approaches and styles, but at the end of the day meditation is all about shutting off your mind, allowing yourself to relax, and being present in the now. We sometimes get used to being so hard on ourselves that ironically even in a time when we are supposed to be doing something good for ourselves we tend to think that it's still not good enough. We figure because we can’t do it “right” there’s no point trying again. Am I right? Don't rush the process. This is something that takes time and your investment in the time.

How did you learn to ride your bike? How did you learn to play baseball or an instrument? How do you learn anything in life? PRACTICE. Any habit or skill we have formed, we've developed through consistent practice. So keep meditating. Keep trying. Stay on the tidal wave, because you’ll stand up and be taken to shore, I promise. Sometimes you'll be able to clear your thoughts and feel at ease, and other times you may overthink and have to bring yourself back to the moment, and just breathe. This is completely normal and it doesn't mean you aren't meditating right, this just means you can practice more. Eventually meditation will become second nature, a habit.

Remember to focus on the good. Envision the energy you want to surround yourself with, the light that radiates from within. Take this energy with you throughout the day, this is your souvenir, this is your reward. You will notice a change in how you react to stress, the people you surround yourself with, what is important to you. You will gain so much clarity, and feel present, really present. You won’t be as consumed with the past or worried about the future, and you will feel more content with all that you have now and who you are in this moment in time. Does this sound terrible to you? I didn’t think so.

So what are you waiting for? A good way to integrate meditation everyday is making time to meditate for 5 minutes every day the first week then 10 minutes your second week and see if you can get up to 30 minutes. Attend a meditation class and try a different approach, just find what style works for you. I love going to classes as well because you are in a space where everyone is there to detach from their hectic lives together. This forces you to sit down and breathe with other likeminded people.

It takes 21 days to form a habit, so by the end of meditating every day for 3 weeks this should become second nature and a part of you. I hope you try it out, and please share your experience with meditation in the comments below; I’d love to hear how it has impacted your life. I know mine has completely changed, and its crazy to look back on how I stress ate, had so much anxiety and used to respond to stressors in my life compared to how I do now has significantly improved. When I was in college I would be so stressed that I would eat just about anything I could get my hands on because I just had so much to write and complete. I felt terrible afterwards but it was a habit I formed and I realized I needed to redirect that energy into a positive more beneficial habit not one that would make me feel terrible and breed negatively in my life.

I’m now fully in control of my reactions and I handle situations as they come. I’ve learned there’s no point worrying about if it’s going to rain or not. I’m not going to walk around in fear with an umbrella every day! The rain isn’t so bad anyway; it reminds me that I’m alive. This analogy just goes to show that its all about changing your perspective and learning how to adapt and handle what comes to you when it does. Meditation will help, I promise. 

I've included a simple meditation calendar to keep you on track. Print it out and check off each day you meditate. Set a goal for yourself. Every week you've meditated, treat yourself. Whether thats going to a yoga class, taking a day trip with a friend, or getting a massage. When you have a reward in mind it helps to motivate you.

8 Simple Ways to Cure Acne Naturally


I’ve suffered from breakouts since I was a teenager. Its hard to have clear skin when you’re not the one in control of your hormones. Imbalanced hormones, especially when that time of the month comes around, increases breakouts. Everyone knows not to touch or irritate pimples, but its so hard not to! Believe me, whenever I don’t give into that instinct to pop a pimple, it goes away and I’m not left with red marks all over my face. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s connected to every organ, and has a story to tell. If you suffer from acne, it may be hormonal, poor digestion, or liver function. If you have pimples all over your forehead for example, that means your digestive system isn’t functioning properly. You also might be allergic or intolerant to certain foods. Two common foods that cause breakouts are gluten and dairy. If you think that foods may be causing you to break out its worth it to eliminate those foods from your diet for a week and then slowly incorporate them back to see if you have any side effects or breakouts.


Heres some advice on how to heal acne naturally:

1. Drink Plenty of Water- Water helps to eliminate toxins in the body that can cause breakouts. It detoxifies and hydrates your skin. Add some fresh organic lemon juice to your water daily. Not only will you boost your metabolism, but your skin will begin to slowly clear up.

2. Change your Pillow Case Every Night- Oil and bacteria build up onto your sheets and pillow cases night after night. You want to allow your pores and skin to breathe. Changing your pillow case every night to a fresh one, will allow your skin to breathe on clean fabric. Also wearing your hair up and away from your face, so you don’t sleep on the oils produced by your hair will help as well.

3. Coconut oil- Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for your skin. It’s not made with harsh chemicals or fragrances, its pure. The best kind to use, is cold pressed organic coconut oil, because its the purest form. Everyone’s skin is different. Some more oily, dry, or combination, and it changes throughout the year. If your skin is feeling dry, I recommend using a tiny bit of coconut oil to moisturize. You don’t want to clog your pores though, so use coconut oil sparingly.

4. Rub Lemon Juice on Face to Reduce Acne Scars- The acid in the lemon juice will sting your skin a bit, but it will also lighten any scars you have on your face. This is the best trick, and it really does work! I used to touch my skin a lot and the scars weren’t pretty to look at. Doing this once to twice a week and leaving the lemon juice on your face for 5-7 minutes will really help lighten and brighten your skin to an even skin tone.

5. Sleep- Sleep is good for your entire body and it also helps speed up the healing process. When we sleep our body is restoring and re-energizing. Your face will look refreshed and your acne and acne scars will heal more quickly overnight. Have you ever noticed when you put pimple cream on your face at night and in the morning that pimple is gone? Yes, the pimple cream kills the pimple, but sleep allows your skin to work hard to kill that bacteria.

6. Wash your Face with Lukewarm and Cold Water- Never wash your face with hot water! Hot water not only irritates your skin, but it also opens your pores and allows for bacteria to spread. When you use lukewarm water this allows for your to wash your face, but not spread all the bacteria that threatens to create more pimples. Its best to splash your face with cold water at then end of washing your face, to close the pores and not allow for dirt and oil to get in. Another good trick is to fill your sink with freezing cold water and a bunch of ice cubes, and dunk your face in a few times. It not only will wake you up, but it also tightens  your skin and makes you look refreshed and awake!

7. Avocado- The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in avocado have amazing effects on your skin, when eaten or applied topically to your skin. Mash up a ripe avocado and spread it all over your face, leave on for 10 minutes and your face will feel so soft and smooth. It helps hydrate your skin. Breakouts don’t always happen because of dirt getting into your pores, it can also occur when your skin is dry and imbalanced. Avocado will help to balance your skin.

8. Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil is powerful. It drys out the pimple and kills the bacteria. You have to be patient, and not use too much, because it is extremely drying and you don’t want to irritate your skin. Its all natural and vegan-friendly so you avoid using products with chemicals or that have been tested on animals. It will not strip your skin of its natural oils and cause further damage. This link shows some great ways to use tea tree oil for acne.

Wel all are beautiful, but with clear skin you feel like you can concur the world!

Love and health,

Dorit xx