What if we really could be happy with what we have? What if we didn’t need to change our bodies, relationships, or bank accounts to feel good about our lives? What if we could just make peace with what is, and see that we already have everything we want? Here are a few ideas for entering that state of mind.
Hungover? Count to 1000. So angry you could hit someone? Count to 100. Want to have a good day? Count to 10,000. One of the reasons silent counting works so well is because it gives me some distance from worries, fears, and overthinking long enough to see I didn’t need any of those thoughts in the first place.
2. Act like you’re always in a music video.
I am perpetually collecting methods for being present, or “in the Now”. Nothing makes me more aware and appreciative of my current reality than listening to some good jams and pretending I’m the star of the video!
3. Try this mantra: “All my wishes are coming true.”
Any time either Kelly or I get something we wanted, we exclaim, “All my wishes are coming true!” Notice it, get more of it!
4. Try this mantra: “I’ve decided to feel good about that. It’s working itself out.”
Last Friday I got up late. Instead of beating myself up about it, I said to myself, “I’ve decided to feel good about getting up late. It’s working itself out.” Then Kelly and I had to rush to get ready for an 8 mile bike ride up north. Kelly asked me if I wanted to meditate before we left, and even though I felt rushed, I decided to sit. I said to myself, “I’ve decided to feel good about my timing. It’s working itself out.” By the time we finished meditating, our friend had texted asking if we wanted a ride. On a humid, 90 degree day?! Yes! All our wishes are coming true!
5. Feel your inner body.
Another technique for entering the present moment, “feeling your inner body” is a suggestion I snagged from Eckhart Tolle. The idea is that feeling your inner body helps you sense the infinite energy source from which you come, and it takes your attention away from overthinking.
As I ease through my third decade of being human, I come to realize again and again that the solution is always to meditate. There is no action I can take to make more money or lose weight. But I can sit down to meditate, remember my oneness with life, and know that everything is already perfect and in its place and I don’t need to change a thing.
My current mantra/technique for not driving myself crazy is this: to each worry or concern that arises in my mind, I say, “I’ve decided to feel good about that. It’s working itself out.” Then once I’ve run out of worries to pivot from, I come back to the present. I say, “Breathe in and be here now. Breathe out and be here now.” I do my best to be present, alert and connected to the Now, where everything is fun and there is nothing to worry about.
I’ve been recording 3-10 minute video meditations for YouTube since September 2012. I started making them because my boss at the time told me I had a sexy voice, and I’d always wanted to record guided meditations.
Every day I receive sweet comments from people, telling me how my meditations have helped them with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Some people watch them to relax, and some just like the reminder to breathe.
One day, a woman emailed me asking for a longer-form meditation, so she could relax more deeply without having to click the “Next” button, or have to listen to ads or an introduction every 4 minutes. And so Everything Is Going To Be OK was born!
Everything Is Going To Be OK is an 11 track compilation of my best meditations, edited to flow together seamlessly. You can purchase a physical CD which comes with a booklet of transcriptions, or download a zip file of 11 MP3s and one PDF. The hard copy is $20 and is available in the U.S. only. The digital download is $9 and is delivered instantly!
Check out the tips below to learn how the meditations can help you.
1. Stop doing, start listening.
Do you get wrapped up in feeling like you need to ACHIEVE and DO and SUCCEED? Me too! Every time I get wound so tight I could snap, I record a meditation that helps me remember what I know. I can relax! I can let it be easy! I can let it come to me! “You Do Not Have to Care” is a good track for opening up to receiving.
2. Overthinking something?
Listen to track two, “Everything Is Going To Be OK.” It explains the power of your thoughts, and how to let go of the ones you don’t need.
3. Feel safe and secure.
If you crave financial security or the safety of a lover’s arms, listen to “Be One With Life.” It will help you see that the only true security comes from uniting with the flow of life, not from money or relationships or things.
4. Just breathe.
When I start feeling lack, like, “I need money!” I remember that my breath is the only abundance I need. Fortunes come and go, health goes up and down, but as long as you’re breathing, you have everything you truly need. Life takes care of the birds in the sky and the plants on the ground, so why wouldn’t it take care of you too? Place your focus on your breath and feel more abundant with each inhalation. “Your Abundance Is Your Breath” and “Conscious Breathing” are perfect reminders of how blessed you already are.
5. Be in the Now.
Every one of these meditations will help you become more present. In the Now, everything is fun and there’s nothing to worry about. In the Now, the solution is right in front of you. In the Now, you feel loved and connected to life. In the Now, life is good!
I promise these meditations will help you relax and feel more centered. Whether you need a mood boost, or some help dealing with your problems, I can guide you back to that place where you feel happy, loved and at ease. Whatever is going on in your life, know that everything really is going to be ok.
Preview the Meditations
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The digital Everything Is Going To Be Okay is a 55-minute guided audio meditation and 40-page, 8.5×11″ transcription PDF written and designed by Kelly Cree and Jessica Mullen. The ZIP file you receive will include 11 MP3s and one PDF. When you purchase this digital download, you will receive two e-mails from PayPal. The first is your confirmation email; the second will arrive shortly after and contains your product download link.
Hard copies of Everything Is Going To Be Okay are 40-page, 5.5×8.5″ saddle stitched booklets and include a 55-minute audio CD. Books ship flat in a padded envelope and are shipped via media mail. Price includes shipping. At this time, Everything Is Going To Be Okay is shipped only in the U.S. Allow up to 10 business days for delivery.
I crave hallucinogens. What is it about a 12 hour mind fuck that I love so much?
Ingesting a psychedelic substance puts me straight into the Now. I can’t think too much, or I’ll have a bad trip. All I can do is stare at my surroundings and marvel at the wonder of life.
That magickal state of being brought on by LSD, DMT, mushrooms or salvia (to name a few) is attainable without drugs. Just look!
Just look means to observe your surroundings without thought. Look at the patterns that make up your table. Fall into the depths of your lampshade. Allow yourself to really see the things around you.
Most of the time we are too caught up in thought to appreciate our environment. But if you challenge yourself to just look without thinking about what you’re looking at, you can start to feel the consciousness in all things. There may not be pretty tracers following moving objects, but there’s a subtler beauty to behold.
To get into the just looking mindset, pair a mantra like “I AM” with your breath. Breathe in and say “I”, breathe out and say “AM”. When you find yourself caught up in thought, remind yourself to just look. And now you see.