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  • Writer's pictureSandy Jolles

Personal Peace Plan

When it comes to living in accordance with our passions, many of us tend to fall short. We tend to work long hours connected to a computer, and fail to take care ourselves the way we deserve to.

Meditation - medicine for the mind

The majority of us have heard/seen many apps and influencers speak about the beneficial effects of meditation, yet it can be difficult to take that first step. I like to think of meditation, whether it's for a minute or twenty, of purging my inbox from junk mail. On a neurological level, a daily meditation practice translates to less age-related cortical thinning as well as brain shrinkage.


The energy of nature can be inherently healing. When we are in that space, our bodies and brains can respond both on a structural and functional level. By being electrically grounded with earth, our aura and human spirit can feel an awakening.

A walk in nature for even 10 minutes has shown decreased rumination and negative feelings, as well as an improvement in our cognitive performance (as opposed to walking along a busy street). As soon as you wake up, try to go to a window and let the sunlight hit your eyes in the morning time.

Musical Influences

I'm a bit biased on this one, but I do believe music can have a tremendous impact on mellowing the mind.

•The Prayer – Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli

•Emile Pandolfi piano medleys

•Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven

•What a Wonderful World – Louise Armstrong

•Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

•Hawaiian Wedding Song – Elvis Presley

Attitude of Gratitude

As a general exercise, pick five things you are thankful for. The more you think about a subject, the more blood flow to that center of the brain. In this case, you would feel a greater amount of activation in the compassion and empathy centers of the brain.

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