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Last week I talked about the power and benefits of morning meditation. If you’ve started meditating after reading that article, congratulations on jump starting your meditation practice! Hopefully, you’ve found a rhythm, and are beginning to see the benefits of meditating consistently.

You understand now that meditation is a fluid process that helps capture great ideas, set intentions, and connect your dots. I hope you’re experiencing a wonderful flow of ideas, downloading them after meditation, and trusting and implementing them into your life.

Thanks to your practice, you’re now more present, more aware, and even you notice it. By mid afternoon you may ask yourself, so what’s next? 

That’s the time to check back in with yourself. 

Ultimately, it is you that holds the power.

Checking in is an intentional practice or invitation to catch “mind drama” early, so that you may adjust and get back in alignment to what serves you. It helps you get back to what you have already declared yes to. 

Studies have shown that mental midday check-ins bring about a lot of beneficial psychological effects, such as fewer mood swings, better control over emotions, and an improved sense of well-being. 

Take a few moments each day to check in. Take it for what it is: an invitation to pause to see and feel where you are. 

Asking yourself the right questions will help to keep you on course. Here are some questions I would offer:

  • Am I consciously breathing, or am I holding my breath and creating tension? If you’re doing the latter, then, close your eyes and inhale three long, deep breaths in and release each one slowly, through your mouth.  How do you feel now? 
  • Can I use this moment to take an action toward a goal important to me? 
  • At this moment, what am I grateful for? The feelings of genuine gratitude opens the channels for more goodness to enter into our lives.

Keeping resonant affirmations close by will also help keep you connected to your yes, by keeping the vision close. It is there to remind you of your purpose, and to further empower you. I find the following affirmations to be really empowering:

  • “If it’s not a HELL YEAH, then it’s a no.” —Lacy Phillips, founder of To Be Magnetic
  • “Don’t wait for permission to do something creative.” —Ava Duvernay, director and filmmaker
  • “When you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” —Paul Coelho, author of The Alchemist

Ultimately, it is you that holds the power. Checking in with yourself throughout the day—and using affirmations to keep you grounded—reminds you of your power.

Hear Tori talk more about making time for you in the video below.

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Tori J. Jones is a mom, entrepreneur, songwriter and author. Tori also has a passion for helping moms stay connected and accountable to their YES! She helps guide and support moms in ways that allow them to navigate from clutter to clarity—and from uncertainty to the START—as an accountability coach. You can book a 20-minute clarity call with her and follow her on Instagram.

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