For those of you who don't know Amanda, her Instagram feed @spirituallydope may be one of the most inspirational we've found! She’s an energetic and gifted vibrational healer and author. We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to talk to her about mindful living and what it means to her.
Read on through for her tips on living mindfully and learn how you can begin your own practice today!
Photo by @spiritualydope
(SE) What does Mindfulness mean to you?
(AE) This is such a beautiful question. I have never looked up the definition, so this is literally straight from the heart. Mindfulness is the practice of being completely in tune with your thoughts, emotions and intuitive insights and respecting and honoring them. Mindfulness is loving yourself and loving all of humanity.
(SE) Thank you, that’s a beautiful response. What tools do you think are essential for living mindfully?
(AE) Recognizing beauty in all that is.
(SE) Do you have a mindfulness practice, if so, what does it look like?
(AE) Meditation and journaling. Through meditation I am able to calm down the chatter and listen to my inner voice. Through journaling, I am able to practice self-care by acknowledging every emotion that arises. I am also able to connect with my higher self and my guides by journaling.
(SE) When did this practice begin?
(AE) Meditation - 2009, Journaling - 2007
(SE) How did you get started?
(AE) I started to see a life coach when I was 23- she taught me the art of slowing down and removing frustration through meditation.
(SE) What has this practice done for you as a person?
(AE) Both practices have been amazing. I am able to write out my fears, hopes, worries and prayers knowing that the divine is listening and answering.
(SE) Definitely seem worth giving a shot! Now for all those readers who do say they cannot find the time or the headspace to begin a mindfulness practice, what advice would give them?
(AE) Start small. For instance, If you would like to meditate, start with 3 minutes a day - this will train your subconscious mind to remember that you do have the time and you will recognize yourself as “someone who meditates” - pretty soon you will be steering yourself towards longer times naturally. Also, please remember that mindfulness practice is self care. You tell the world how to treat you by how you treat yourself - if you take time to honor yourself, the world will take time to honor you as well.
(SE) Makes a lot of sense! Seems easy enough. Is there a particular practice you would recommend to cultivate mindfulness?
(SE) Noted (haha). Can you list three, everyday things that we can do to stay in the present and live a mindful life?
(AE) 1. When feeling overwhelmed, take a moment, take healing breaths.
(SE) Do you offer any type of mindfulness training? If so, can you provide details?
(AE) Yes, I help people create the ideal vibration to magnetize their desires by recognizing that the vibration of what they want is already within them.
(SE) Are you currently working on anything you would like to share with the Soulful Essence community?
(AE) Yes, I am opening up a few slots in my personal coaching program and a few other *top secret* (hehe) group coaching programs as well.
(SE) Is there anything else you would like to share?
(AE) Recognize the beauty in everything. This allows for miracles.
We hope you are as excited about our talk with Amanda Elise. Feel free to drop in any questions or comments you may have for us or for Amanda! And be sure to check us out on instagram @soulfulessence.