Raise Your Vibration with Sound

As homosapiens, we have a natural connection to sound because it is a vibrational force (just like us). This is why music has the power to move us – Literally! It can make us cry and heal or jump and twerk something.

Imagine what could be accomplished when we use sound as a tool in our meditation practice. During sound meditation (whether set to singing bowls, ocean waves, or your favorite jams), allow the sound to fall on you and notice how the vibrations feel. Here’s a video on how to choose music to raise your vibration during music meditation.

Feel free to play with your meditation practice. And join me for a free live guided mediation during our next Sunday Slowdown this week at 7:07pm on FB/IG Live. Sunday we will be diving into knowing what we want and why we want it as we go through this mindful glow up journey.

Stay High Vibrationally!

<3, Jess

Can You Imagine?

Our minds are capable of so much, but as we get older we stop actively using the mind in all the ways it can work for us. Remember, when we were kids, we would imagine the most grandiose ideas? We’d say, “I am going to be a firefighter,” then continue to imagine this story play out fully in our minds to the point where we can act out the entire life of a firefighter with just a water hose. You could almost feel the heat of the fire surrounding you as you save lives of families and cats. If it weren’t for the age restriction and written exam, you’d be turning in the application after nap time.

Our goals may surely change since then. But we tend to also stop exercising this wonderous imagination ability of our minds. Visualization meditation allows us to tap back into this forgotten skill of ours. This tool is powerful because it allows room for manifestation by focusing on images of a realized goal. If you can’t imagine yourself accoplishing a goal then the chances of it becoming a reality is unfathomable and much less likely. You increase your chances tremndously just by imagining your life completely fulfilled.

Do it with me; imagine yourself completely accomplished. What do you look like? Where are you? Who are you impacting? What is surrounding you? What is happening around you? Paint the picture fully and sit with it. That’s all there is to it.

We will play more with visualization as we work through our life vision during the Mindful Glow Up TODAY at 10AM – free on FB/IG Live.

Stay Blessed!

<3, Jess

Declare a ‘Do Less Day’!

WHAT IS A DO LESS DAY?

A Do Less Day is not a national holiday (but wouldn’t that be nice!?!). It is instead a personal commitment to take things a bit slower for a day.

WHY COMMIT TO A DO LESS DAY?

Our to-do lists are always 10-miles long, resulting in this impeding need to start checking boxes as soon as we open our eyes till the moment we settle back into bed (and often times we are still on ‘do more’ mode way past bedtime, allowing the white lights of our phones to demand our attention for a bit longer). Do less because operating on the normalized “do more” mentality leads to burnout, and burnout results in under productivity. How are you able to give your all to something when your well is empty? There wouldn’t be anything to give.

A great example of this is a computer. If you never turn off your computer, it will begin to run slow and some applications won’t even perform correctly. Once you turn off the computer and allow it to reboot, the performance increases tremendously. Our minds work in this same way. They are always on and working overtime nowadays, especially with technology as an increasing constant. Technology is growing in speed and our minds are expected to keep up without the same reboot! Give your mind the well-needed and often overdue reboot by doing less.

HOW TO TAKE YOUR DO LESS DAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

My fave addition to a Do Less Day is a bit of yoga (and not always in the traditional form). We touched on this idea in the most recent Sunday Slowdown, but I must repeat here; you do not have to take a yoga class to do yoga. You don’t even have to be moving physically to do yoga. Yoga in the simplest form is “the cessation of the modification of the mind”. The mind is constantly at work. Yoga gives the mind the opportunity to rest, giving it permission to chill tf out. The asana (yoga poses) are added as you draw your attention to the placement of your body and the rhythm of your breath. Moving INTENTIONALLY is key here! This can be done in an intense hot yoga class or sitting on the couch (and anywhere in between), by bringing your attention to your thoughts, emotions, breath, and body as you move about your day.

A bigger way to incorporate yoga is to of course get on your yoga mat. This (like everything else in your life) is a choice. If you choose to bring a physical practice into your Do Less Day, let your mat be your sanctuary for the entire time you are connected to it (whether it is for just 15 minutes or 1.5 hours). You can take a class at your local studio, or find a community class (check out the chocolate chip yoga list if you want to find some fun flavor), or follow along to a youtube video, or (my personal fave) just let your body flow however it needs to in this moment.

Recognize how you feel before, during and after your practice. I can guarantee you will feel a difference. Yoga is a form of mindfulness and self-care. In yoga, you are moving mindfully, intentionally with the breath. There’s always so much going on around us (so many things to do and places to see). Yoga gives you that opportunity to tune out; a gift of peace in such a busy world.

HOW TO GET STARTED?

  1. Declare a Do Less Day
  2. Mark your calendar
  3. Commit yourself to it.

A Do Less Day should not just be an annual commitment; I actually recommend making it a continuous celebration – monthly, weekly, or better yet daily. Try it out for one day (or even part of a day). Mark your calendars, and commit yourself to do less that day.

I’ll be taking a Do Less Day on Saturday and will be doing a bit of pampering on Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day to me! 🙂 If you tune in to the Sunday Slowdown this weekend, you will see me in all my green-face-masked glory as we talk more on this idea of a Do Less Day. Mud up your face with me if you’d like (wtf not!!?!?). This Sunday Slowdown will go live at 7:07pm on both Facebook AND Instagram @jessmkimbrough (if the technology goddesses allow). Catch you there!

How to Become a Moon Believer

New Moon this…New Moon that. In case you’ve been living on another planet, you have heard a great buzz this weekend about the new moon. I myself am participating in two different new moon events, and I’ve seen many others floating around. It is becoming a craze! But the moon and its effect on us is a phenomenon and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I wanted to share some insight for any who are curious about this whole moon phase thing. The moon is a powerful force. It’s gravitational pull controls earth’s waters causing the tides – it’s science. It also has a similar affect on our bodies, which is understandable since (like the earth) our human bodies are made up of roughly 70% water. As the moon goes in its rotation, it pulls at our beings in different ways creating a cycle of energy surges.

If you are skeptical, I get it. I was at first too because it is admittedly hard to grasp just by considering the theory. I didn’t become an emphatical believer in the lunar effects until I did some moon mapping of my own. Moon mapping  is, “attuning to and utilizing the lunar phases as a principal guide for organizing aspects of your life, including career, romance, social, etc.” (Latham Thomas, Own Your Glow).

How to Moon Map

Note when the new moon and full moon will be on your calendar. From there, you can moon map each month, setting intentions at each new moon. Then build on those intentions until they come to fruition at the full moon. Then you will shed and let go of things that no longer serve you as the moon approaches the new phase once again. Lean into the lunar cycle and let it work for you!

If skeptical, you can first just observe how you are throughout the cycle. You will notice that you will naturally want to be more to yourself and self-reflective at the new moon, and more social and ready to make things happen at the full moon. Challenge the theory and find out for yourself; you will no doubt become a moon believer.

I’ll give you the dets on how to moon map tonight (4/15/18) at the sunday slowdown on Facebook. Stay blessed and dope.


Click here for the recording of the live video… ⚠️ Full warning: This is covered in two separate videos because of technical difficulties (the link to the second video is in the first) AND the picture keeps breaking up in the second, but the sound is perfect! A lot of great nuggets in this one if you are curious/skeptical of lunar affects. I wish mercury was in retrograde at the time of recording so I could blame the tech issues on her.

Stay Curious!

<3, Jess