MEDITATION IS YOUR FRIEND!
Let us be honest: hospitality can be very challenging and stressful. BUT there are way to learn to embrace that and sail through life. Ever worked with someone that just seemed cool and calm even though they may be swamped with work? Chances are they meditate.
Meditation is a very handy tool to have for stress management because:
1. ITS FREE
2. You can do it anywhere, almost anytime, doesn’t need gear or buying anything
3. SCIENCE says ITS GREAT FOR YOU.
4. It takes nothing from you other than your attention (and that can be learned)
5. The mind can be a powerful ally if you can learn how to guide it.
So we encourage you to give these a try. None of them have much in the way of religious this or that, they are easy to understand and the results can be very interesting, truly life changing with regular practice. They do not take a lot of time, and you can do them at your own pace.
We hope that these help you live a better life, embrace and manage stress and maybe even help you sleep better. As always, we are not paid to post any of these, all free, our job is #helpingtalentrise
STRESS MANAGEMENT FROM THE GREATEST MINDS: MARCUS AURELIUS, ROMAN EMPEROR
This is a real treat, a true blast from the past. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor that lived through one of the worst pandemics history has known. Yet he remained ICE COLD and held the empire together. . . so he knew a thing or two about stress management.
HOW DID HE DO IT? Well, this is when philosophy comes handy. He was mentored by the finest minds of the time (you may have heard of Socrates) and shown by example what keeping your wits together can do to keep you level headed.
You can lookup #stoicism but the tl;dr: life will happen, how do you think about it is what determines your outlook and outcomes.
Don’t let these trying times get to you, perspective is everything in life. All these bland meals we are cooking at home, all those wines we are missing out on will be all the more delicious when we finally get to enjoy them!
We highly suggest listening to what Marcus Aurelius (AKA Marc Anthony) has to say in his book. These were the notes he would write to himself, as reminders. Think of it as the crib notes that Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos would make. Although they are old AF, the content is PURE, 100% PURE WIN. Fresh and still relevant. If you feel you are having it bad, give it a listen. it’s not preachy, not judgy, super well thought of, you’ll find many jewels of wisdom. And even better : FREE.
Some choice quotes you may have seen elsewhere:
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”.
“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
SLEEP IS KEY! GET A GREAT NATURAL NIGHT OF SLEEP
Another useful resource. Can’t sleep? NO PROBLEM!
The soothing voice of @jasonstephenson will put you out in no time. I know in these times a lot of us are anxious and our sleep patterns are all over the place.
Try these meditations out. I seriously rarely make it past the 15 minute mark. Really, really great soothing guided meditations with soft music, no ads, and no drugs needed. You too can be a fluffy little cloud or dip on a magical soothing pond in the forest with your imagination and a little guidance.
I’m not a doctor (though I play sometimes one behind doors) but I can tell you that it even helps with pains and aches. The mind is a POWERFUL ally if you can help it to work with you.
This content comes in all formats, youtube, in insta and podcasts. I have downloaded from itunes as well, so I can always have the tracks even if I don’t have internet. There are also live meditations on Wednesday and Friday 9am EST.
So shout out to Jason, THANK YOU for your effort, and we hope you continue to help people with your sweet soothing voice. Namaste.
DO YOU NEED TO CHEER UP YOUR DAY? YES YOU DO, HOW ABOUT SOME SWEET, SWEET DISCO?
Dancing can be a meditation too!
(even if it is only in your kitchen!)
Here is a bright ray of sunshine courtesy of @patchoulibrothers bringing solid happy disco beats from Toronto to the world! Give them a listen, if they don’t wanna make you dance or at least tap your foot there is no helping you.
They are Super cool dudes, if you are ever in Toronto when things settle go check them out, they do throw sweet parties.
How is this related to hospitality? well, it’s all part of giving visitors (AKA you!) a little something that may brighten their day, beyond what they would expect.
The album is intended to be a fundraiser for #changeforahundred https://ca.gofundme.com/f/changeforahundred
which feeds families in hard times, so if you have some $ to spare buy the album, help someone in more dire need.
As always, I am not getting paid for this, not affiliated, not commissioned, etc etc. They are friends and I like to help talent rise.
Here is the link to the charity powering album:
Here is the link to the FREE, full album. May the power of disco lift your heart.