How & Why Daily Practices Impacts your Happiness

Last blog post I made a list of 10 things you can do every day to stay happy.
Every practice on that list deserves a spotlight, which is why I’ll do a post on each.

But first, I’d like to go a little deeper on HOW & WHY your daily practice impacts your happiness (and overall well-being).

I just completed a personal development program from Tony Robbins called Personal Power II…
A-MA-ZING! 
(If you don’t know who Tony Robbins is, check him out here).

I learned SO much about myself! I also learned about the importance of daily rituals (which I call daily practices).

He explains that failure and success are not a ONE TIME big event that happens in your life, but rather it’s the result of all the little rituals you do every day before you’re living successfully.

Plus, what you do EVERY SINGLE DAY is quite literally the results of your life!

Now, if you’re familiar with his work (and based on what I’ve shared with you here), you’ll know that his teachings are driven to bring you success in your life.
My approach with this concept is to apply it to become successful at feeling happiness and love.

You see, for me, success IS joy…its living in the present moment, feeling good, feeling self-love, living happily ever after in the NOW.

Once I can accomplish feeling those emotions on a regular basis, then I know FOR SURE I can accomplish all the goals and desires I set up for myself.

So how & why can daily practices impact your happiness?

Based on what I learned from Tony Robbins, happiness is not a one-time event, that once you reach it, it’s yours forever more.

When you regularly practice happiness, you start to become familiar with that emotion, and once your mind and body become familiar with that emotion, you’ll be naturally feeling joy more of the time.

Also, daily practices are a powerful way to prime your mind, body, and energy to get you through the day feeling connected to yourself, and more importantly, feeling a sense of fulfillment.

Over time, you’ll start to believe that you can accomplish ANYTHING – big or small – because you conditioned your mind to believe that you can…all thanks to your daily practices.

Remember, life is happening NOW. Practice feeling good now! Don’t just let life happen to you; get control of your emotions and your states so YOU decide how life is going to turn out.

Make it a ritual, and you’ll see the impact your practice will have on your happiness and life.

I’d love to hear from you!

What daily practices do you have that set you up for the day?

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Sending you love, from my heart to yours,

Mari Medina 💗😘

 

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How to stay Happy – 10 practices

I used to think that living happily ever after was something that took place as soon as all my dreams come true.

I’ve come to realize that I AM living happily ever after – NOW.

Right now, I’m a happy wife, artist, entrepreneur, daughter, sister, friend, dog owner, traveler, dancer,  writer…happiness is happening NOW!

Happiness is not a place you finally reach once all of your dreams and desires have been met. Happiness is a state of being, that when practiced, can become our natural way of experiencing life.

I know life can be tough given the horrifying things we hear every day on the news. Those negative situations are out of our control.

The only thing you do have control of is your reaction, and how quickly you can shift your emotions when facing a difficult situation.

So how do I stay happy in life?

I simply practice happiness.

Since we are experiencing life from within, we have access to all states of emotions.

All emotions (the good and the bad) play an important role in our existence, and I believe that a natural balance will help you live a more joyful life experience.

How does one go about practicing happiness?

A good athlete spends hours training for each game. Think of yourself as an athlete in the game of life. The more you practice feeling good, the more you’ll show up as a champion of your emotions.

There are 10 practices you can start doing every day to start choosing joy as your natural way of being:

  1. Begin your day feeling appreciation.
    Before you open your eyes in the morning, take a moment to appreciate the bed you’re sleeping in and the sheets that have kept you warm at night. Appreciate the awareness that you have woken up to a brand new day! This practice cranks up the momentum of appreciation, which will more than likely carry you through the entire day in this delicious state of being.
  2. Meditate for 10 to 15 minutes.
    Meditation is the most effective in the morning, but if that time is not available for you, sneak in your meditation whenever it is possible. I would suggest at night right before going to bed. How does meditation influence our happiness? Well, given that our natural state of being is one of joy, meditation is the practice that will get us to align to the happiness we inherently feel.
  3. Intentionally look for things that please you.
    As you go through your day, look for things that please you, even small things like the song that has just come on the radio, or the texture of the mug you’re drinking your coffee in, or the smell of the flowers in your office as you walked by them. When you intentionally look for the things you like, you’re rewiring your brain to automatically look for these things as you go through the day. You’ll be less likely to continue observing an experience or story that makes you uncomfortable.
  4. Choose to only talk about the things that please you. 
    Gossip is inevitable when you’re working at an office or with a team. I would suggest if a conversation leads to one of judgment and harsh opinions, leave it alone. Judging others simply means you are bringing up the feeling of judgment within you. The idea here is to practice more conversations that delight and inspire you.
  5. Eat nutritious foods. 
    Everyone knows that a balanced diet promotes a healthy lifestyle. Did you know it also influences your happiness? Your mind, body, and heart connection are part of the system that makes you…well, you. If you are feeding your body unhealthy foods, your body will have a hard time processing it, which in turn will more likely affect your mood. Think of this practice as choosing a happy, healthy body over your cravings. That’s mindful eating at its best!
  6. Drink plenty of water. 
    Water is the source of LIFE…how important is that! Water keeps our cells hydrated, our brain functions better, helps our tissues regenerate…the list goes on! Get yourself a bottle of water in the morning and keep refilling it throughout the day. Just as I mentioned with food, when the body is not properly hydrated, our emotions are affected. Drink water to be happy!
  7. Have human connection. 
    This is SO IMPORTANT. There must be someone in your life you can give a hug to like a family member, a co-worker, a pet, your kids, your neighbor…ANYONE! Why is this important for our happiness? According to an article I read from Happyologists.co.uk, they say that “Oxytocin, also known as the “love drug”, calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions. Here’s how a good hug resulting in oxytocin flow affects you: It lowers your blood pressure, especially helpful if you’re feeling anxious. It lowers your cortisol (the stress hormone), enabling a higher quality of sleep.” Read the full article her e.
  8. Connect with nature. 
    We are a part of this earth and much like our need for human connection, our body also responds to our connection with mother nature. When you place yourself in nature, begin to feel the breeze on your skin, listen to the birds chirping, feel the connection with the trees or the ocean. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! You’ll see how nature will inspire you to naturally feel happy.
  9. Perform a physical activity. 
    Just to be brief, physical exercise is important for your body because it cleans out your lymphatic system (which means it flushes out the toxins in your body), and it also releases serotonin which is a chemical that makes you feel, well, happy!
  10. Maintain a clean, fresh environment. 
    As my mom used to say, a clean home is a happy home. How exactly is this so? Without throwing at you scientific evidence, I’ll stick with the metaphysical approach. Your physical world is a reflection of how you feel. A messy house that is ALWAYS messy is an indication you’re probably feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed. If you make time for and practice cleanliness, it is a clear indication that the things you own MATTER to you, that you’re placing importance on your environment, keeping it clean and tidy.

These are 10 practices I have included in my daily life that have immensely supported my happy state of being. There are SO MANY more practices we can do to stay happy, these are just the basics I believe can be done by just about everyone.

The beauty of this list is that it can be modified to fit your schedule and lifestyle.

All 10 of these practices are habits you can start including in your daily life, and once you’ve mastered them, you’ll become a champion of happiness!

I’d love to hear from you!

What are some of the daily practices you do to stay happy?

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share this post with someone you may know could benefit from 🙂

Sending you love, from my heart to yours,

❤ Mari Medina

 

What NOT to do during Meditation

About 3 years ago I was an Associate Director of Administration at an art complex near Wynwood Miami.

With this title came a great deal of responsibility, and it was the very reason why I started having anxiety attacks.

At that time, I felt that a steady meditation practice would surely cure my anxiety.

So I started meditating…everywhere, at all times.

I began meditating every single morning, then again right before leaving my house to go to work.

At work I would take bathroom breaks that were secretly “meditation breaks.”

I would meditate right before an important meeting and before presentations and tours.

I used any excuse to close my eyes, shut myself off from reality, and cozy up into my inner world where I felt safe and comfort.

My inner world became my escape from reality. I guess you can say my drug of choice was meditation.

All that meditation was good for me during this time because I was experiencing a critical moment in my physical reality, and I had to seriously do a lot of inner work.

The problem I began to have was when I began wishing for change.

I knew that I wanted to be a full time artist, to start my own business, be my own boss.

That idea created a lot of stress for me because I wasn’t sure how I was going to make that a reality, given the facts of my current situation.

My dream life felt SO DISTANT, like there was a huge gap from where I was to where I wanted to be.

As a student of the law of attraction, I knew the steps required to manifesting anything in life. I knew that in order to manifest, you have to feel that you already have it.

The problem was that I felt negative emotion with the dream life I was after.

I thought that more meditation meant I was closer to making my dreams come true. So during my practice, I began to think about what I wanted.

I started asking the universe for help, to make it happen faster…I felt desperate.

Thinking about what I wanted only made things worse for me because when I opened my eyes, my situation was still the same.

Meditation went from feeling like my favorite drug to feeling like I overdosed.

It wasn’t long after this cycle of mixed emotions was finally cleared up for me.

My desires switched from wanting something physical to wanting a feeling of relief.

I began to listen to the Teachings of Abraham on YouTube. Video after video I learned SO MUCH about the process of manifesting and the true reason why we should meditate.

I put it all into practice, and with time I was able to better balance my emotions. I learned that what people truly want in life is a feeling, an emotion.

As Abraham puts it, the things you want in life is because you think you will feel better when you have them.

The lesson I learned was this:

Don’t meditate to make something happen.

Meditation and visualization are 2 things that should be done separately.

Meditation is meant to give you relief, to let go of resistance.

I’m not saying you can’t think about the things you want…just do it if it feels good. If you have mixed feelings about your desires, don’t force yourself to try and solve it during meditation.

Today, I work as a full time artist in my home studio, I started my own business, I know how to balance my mind, body and heart, and more importantly I am able to teach others about what my practice has taught me.

The journey to enlightenment is different for everyone. No matter what stage you’re in, allow your emotions to guide you.

We are all at different stages in our personal evolution, and I’m happy to be able to share my experience so that it can help you in your journey.

I’d love to hear from you!

Have you come across a bump in the road with your meditation practice? If so, please share in the comments below.

Also, feel free to share this with someone who might also be struggling with their practice.

Sending you love from my heart to yours,

💋 Mari Medina

A Family Portrait: My New Project

My absolute favorite thing about new projects is getting to know new friends who have an interest in my art 😁 haha…no my ego isn’t big, I just sincerely LOVE people who Love art. Doesn’t have to be mine…but its a bonus when it is. Especially if they’re placing an order!

I equally love a person who is spending some good time putting together a special gift for a special somebody in their life. I’m now a part of their journey to make someone feel loved.

All custom orders I’ve received have come from such creative folks looking for a unique gift idea <insert heart inspired art here 💗😉>

This next project is for a friend of mine who is wanting a family portrait, but a little more creative then a simple photograph.

His idea is to create a painting with colors and names, instead of faces.

Here’s the scope:

  • 5 Hearts, one for each member of the family
  • Their names by their hearts
  • Each heart [& name] is painted using that persons favorite color
  • Names can’t be too obvious
  • Make sure its bright and colorful!

Here are some pics of the sketching process so far:

Next week I’ll share an update on this project and its evolution!

If you’re interested in checking out my other projects, or would like to have more info on how to order one, just send me a message, or find me on Facebook & Instagram: 👉@popheartstudio

Make sure to check out my website: 👉Popheartstudio.com

Thanks for reading!

Much love your way 💗

Marisol Medina

A peek at my next 5 goals

Hi friends!

First goal (…not part of the big 5…), is getting momentum, clearly seeing the direction I’m taking Pop Heart Studio in…which is why I’ve been postponing blog posts these past few weeks.

For close to a month I’ve brainstormed, sketched, and planned my first collection I’ll be featuring in my Pop up & online shop.

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A well, thought-out creative business has the capability of creating a movement around a particular subject.

That being said, a really long time ago I chose the subject of love as the movement I joined for my life and artistic venture. Hence the hearts 💗😁

What started off as a small business idea has eventually evolved and transformed, just as I have on a personal level.

The more experience I have with my business, the more desire I have to see it grow and have remarkable impacts on the society I live in.

I see the need for gift ideas outside of paintings, and I’ll be following my intuition on this one…🙌

No matter what’s added to the shop, it’ll all serve my lifes mission: to be a messenger of love.

So here are my next 5 goals:

  1. Start a YouTube channel
  2. More blog posts on the subject of love
  3. Pop up shop [on wheels] calendar of events
  4. Collaborate with fellow artists
  5. Paint heart murals around town

…and much, much more! ☝

If you’ve read this list and thought of feedback, send me a message, asap! I’d LOVE to hear from you 😁

Putting my goals out there holds me accountable to see them through…so wish me luck!

Thanks for reading 🙏💗

Much love your way,

Marisol Medina

A walk through the forest

Hi friends 😍

We have landed in Buenos Aires! It’s our last week in Argentina…I’m sad to be leaving but super pleased about the vacation we’ve had!

This post I’ll share a very special experience we had last Friday in Bariloche with my mother in law.

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We enjoyed one of the prettiest skies and most peaceful walks through a forest called “El Bosque de Arrayanes.”

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Arrayanes are unique trees with a cinnamon color bark that gives off a particular scent. I was completely captivated by the mystical sensation I felt walking through this forest. A perfect setting for perfect pictures!

At one point I felt compelled to have a spiritual moment…and so we did! I sat crossed legged on a fallen tree trunk, closed my eyes and started to breathe deeply. 

Meditating in the forest made me feel grounded, like I was one with the earth and the creatures around me. Listening to the wind brush against the trees brought chills down my spine, I felt so alive!

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Love was in the air!

We completed our visit by hiking up to a hotel where a bus took us back to the city.

With this post, I’ll say goodbye to Bariloche, and welcome our time in Buenos Aires.

We had such a remarkable trip!

Every asado, every glass of wine, every memory shared will be kept close to my heart! Until next time, thanks for reading, and may my journey be an inspiration for you in case traveling is something you see in your future 😎

Much Love 💋

Marisol Medina

Argentina 2018 – my camping experience

Hi friends! 💖

We have done so many things, visited so many places, and ate so much food in the past week…but one experience sticks out among the rest: my first time camping!

We stayed at the camp ground “Los Baqueanos.” Dope little spot by a massive lake, surrounded by enormous mountains…the view was UNREAL 😍

 

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It felt to me like we were staying at a national park because the camp had bathrooms with showers and a food spot (like, gorgeous food spot made of wood).

We  found a nice fire pit close enough to the beach yet further in the woods to avoid harsh winds. It was a hot day, but we knew the cold would come once the sun hid behind the mountains.

All day we were out hunting for wood to make a strong fire to cook what they call “un asado”, which is like a bbq.

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The water was too cold for me to get in! I still enjoyed laying out by the lake, drinking that Argentine wine, and chatting away about how different life is back home. We’ve got the beach in Miami, but this camping trip was different for me…between the food, the view, and the cultural “do’s and don’ts,” I’m happy it felt like something new.

At night it got so cold! For me at least 😆  regardless I covered myself up, kept eating, drinking, and playing dominos (that’s right…I take my dominos EVERYWHERE I go…)

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Laying out by the lake at night for me is unforgettable…I looked up at the sky, and saw so many stars and galaxies…It was so magical, like nothing I’ve seen before!

The best part was hanging with friends we only get to see every few years.

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I had a blast! The next day we hung out with some more friends, and you guessed it! Ate and drank the day away 😍

We did some walking through the woods, and I was able to leave my heart at the camp! I made a heart sculpture with pebbles on the beach 💗

 

Art feels real when its made out of nowhere, unplanned, spur the MOMENT. I got high creating something I knew wasn’t going to last forever, but those who pass by my pebble heart will feel something, hopefully moved to at least think about love.

I use to think a lot about why I always create hearts in my artwork. I know now after so many years that my mission as an artist, as an artistic messenger of my generation, my mission is to bring to light the subject of love. Its real, its why we continue to evolve, its the reason why everything we see exists 💗💗💗

This is just a piece of the adventure…nothing like living it for real though! I do plan on making more art during my trip. Let’s see what I create this upcoming week!

I’ve got more pics to share on my instagram page…make sure to follow me! @popheartstudio

Stay tuned for our next adventure here in Argentina, our 2018 trip!

💋 Marisol Medina