The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.
GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.
See how Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, HuffPost's wellness editor, practices mindfulness in her GPS Guide below.
Meditation And Quiet
As much as I love being with people, I cherish quiet time. I recharge in the quiet, whether reading, meditation, gardening, or petting my dogs.
Being With Animals
When I am with animals, I am in the present moment. Whether I am with my own dogs, or with the dogs at the shelter where I volunteer, I find that I am in a joyful place when I am with these amazing creatures.
Snorkeling to me is a spiritual experience. I hear my breathing as I encounter the most amazing colors of fish and coral. Life under the sea is miraculous.
The practice of Qigong leaves me feeling balanced and centered.
Hiking And Being In Nature
I am so fortunate to live near amazing hiking trails, many of which overlook the Pacific Ocean. Hiking clears my mind, gives me perspective, and leaves me feeling refreshed, renewed, and grounded.
For many years, I sang in a gospel choir. What an amazing joyous experience. I still find that singing hymns and songs from various spiritual and religious traditions uplifts my soul. And good ol’ rock and roll does that as well!
Prayer And Expressing Gratitude
I find myself thanking God for my life and blessings throughout the day. The more I give thanks, the more I am aware of my blessings, and the more I am humbled, restored, and centered. No matter what we are experiencing in life, we can always find something to be grateful for.
Patricia Fitzgerald is a licensed acupuncturist, certified clinical nutritionist, and a homeopath. She has a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine. She is the founder and Medical Director of the Santa Monica Wellness Center and the author of the best-selling, award-winning The Detox Solution: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, Abundant Energy, Ideal Weight, and Peace of Mind. You can learn more at TheDetoxSolution.com. Her mission is to inspire others to live their passion, while creating and enjoying optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
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