On Cultivating Mindfulness



“Self-care Sunday,” we hear this phrase all of the time, but what does it really mean? I started dissecting upon this phrase, and most of the articles that I’ve been reading upon define this phrase as treating ourselves/pampering ourselves. Reading these articles got me thinking, does recharging solely have to be on Sunday? Why can’t it be everyday?

                “But Lyka, I can’t go to a spa everyday, I can’t get my hair done, everyday.”

While yes, it would be an amazing feeling to pamper ourselves everyday, I’m talking about more so  being more in tuned with core. In other words, cultivating mindfulness. We read so much articles on the importance of mindfulness and even hear about every so often, but the thing is do we really do it? We live in such a fast-paced environment that we sometimes don’t even stop to think about really listening to “our higher self.”

For the past few weeks, I’ve been introspecting a lot to get more in tuned with “my third eye,” and I honestly feel more rejuvenated– less anxious, stressed, etc.  With that said, here are a few things that may help, as it has helped for me.


Okay, so can I just say how amazing these books are? The best things about these books is that it’s segregated into different parts/chapters on what it is that you want to incorporate more in your life, or different advice that you solely need.

  1. Thrive by Ariana Huffington

I feel like the title of the book is pretty straight-forward. Hence, how to thrive in life. Arianna basically redefines what is means to succeed in life by promoting ways on how to reduce stress and burnout. It’s a really encouraging book, I’d say.

2. The Golden Rule by Bob Bowman

Okay to sum up the book, Bob Bowman (Michael Phelps’s coach) presents ten key concepts that all people should live by. Basically merits that he instilled in Michael Phelps to help him succeed. The thing that I really enjoyed about this book is that it’s very candid. “Get gold out of every day,” is definitely one of my favorite quotes from this book.

Honestly, I’ve been listening to a lot on affirmations,etc. There are definitely a lot of youtubers who do this, but here are two of my sources that I usually reach out to when in need of affirmations.

1.) Ted Talks-

There’s actually quite a lot of speakers who give out affirmations on Ted Talk. But the reason why TedTalk in general captivates me is because they give a lot of scholastic meaning behind all of their videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmfikLimeQ8Programming your mind for success”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-1mRynn8BECreate a better future with the power of ‘I am’ “

Aside from books and youtube, there’s definitely a lot more ways on cultivating mindfulness, such as apps, podcasts, etc. With that said, I feel that once we begin to fully  care after ourselves, we radiate with so much more energy, we radiate with so much more passion that we begin to share our talents, our gifts, and thus block out those negative energies. We begin to live.


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