Wednesday, August 7, 2019

An Unexpected Meditation Outcome

I’ve been dabbling in meditation for about a year now. 

I have found that it brought with it certain benefits like:

  • Decreased stress

  • Increased focus

  • Awareness of self

  • Manifestations


I love it. 


I usually do meditations from the Insight Timer App. But this past month I decided to do the 21 day challenge with Deepak Chopra and Oprah, because I love them both. 

I expected amazing things to happen. Which they did!


What I did NOT expect, was that it would also bring up things from my past. 

Like, my past, past. 

Apparently, I had been compartmentalizing a few different things that I dealt with as a child (which manifested in the bad way, as night terrors). 

After a week of solid meditation, my night terrors came back and with a vengeance.

I also noticed more emotion. I was crying more, about random things. It wasn’t a usual biological thing that would cause more emotion...in case you had that thought. 

I mentioned this to my friend (also an avid meditator), who said that sometimes we need to shed our old self to prepare for our new self. 

This part made sense.


The nightmares did not- at first.


I hadn’t put two and two together on the compartmentalization. My therapist did after I had the third nightmare and finally went to see her. I hadn’t been sleeping well, and was done with this whole experience. 

It’s amazing to me that after 20-25 years, the same issues can resurface. Not that it is unheard of, but still. 

What I needed to do was acknowledge the fear - like the movie IT.

So I did, and then something came up that exact day that was similar to my fear. I still acknowledged it- again.


I finally had a good night of sleep two nights ago. 


Meditation allows us to look inside of ourselves, and sometimes that means YEARS inside to unpack all of the things. 

But imagine- had I never done that, the fears that I would hold inside?


Wow. 


I’m going to keep meditating for sure. Because not only does it release stress, and allow positive forces to enter into my life, it allows me to let go of very old problems as well. 



Have you meditated? I highly recommend the the Insight Timer App, The Chopra Center App, and following @charmcitypt (IG) for more info on meditation. 


Let me know your thoughts!


Love & Light,

SBR 



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Phillips Seafood & The Charm'tastic Mile

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
I was excited to be a part of an event last night held in Baltimore's legendary Phillips Seafood Restaurant that celebrated them becoming an addition to The Charm'tastic Mile.

The Charm'tastic Mile, an idea spurred by the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, is the 1.3 mile path connecting Downtown-West, the Inner Harbor and Harbor East (per their business social media account). The Charm'tastic Mile was introduced on April 25, 2016.




Founder of the Charm'tastic Mile Derrick Vaughan along with Phillips Seafood Restaurant were both promoting last night's event,  adding the seafood restaurant, a Baltimore staple in the Inner Harbor since 1980, to the Charm'tastic map. 



The seafood was a-plenty and the drinks were on hand, but one of my favorite special touches of this event was the number 42 baseball cupcakes for Jackie Robinson Day. The anniversary of the 65th year of the Orioles opening day (4/15/1954) was also celebrated at the event with cherished memorabilia. The evening had promised to be a celebration of Baltimore culture and sports, and with seafood and memorabilia certainly delivered, they held to their promise. 



Thank you to Derrick Vaughan and Phillips Seafood for having me! And thank you to my friend Shelby Blondell for attending with me. She brought her product the Sheller to this Baltimore themed event too- and if you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should right here. 





Have a great Tuesday, Baltimore!
SBR


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