Be More by Doing Less: How I Learned to Slow Down at Sunrise Springs

In a world that constantly rewards us for speed and multi-tasking, it can be difficult to slow down and do one thing at a time. The Awakening Journey package at Sunrise Springs allowed me to do just this. Allowing space for serendipity led me there.

I hadn't lived in Santa Fe two weeks when I connected with talented photographer, Eric J. Keller @soulcatcherstudio , who put me in touch with powerhouses, Amy Tischner and Caitlin Jenkins of @simplysocialnm. As I would be a great fit for their influencer event at Sunrise Springs Resort and Spa.

This opportunity was like seeing SLOW DOWN in giant red spray paint letters on the highway overpass as I sped mindlessly in my smooth black Volvo. A lesson my stubborn ass has had to learn over and over again.  

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Barrett Freibert
Flow State: What It Means and 5 Ways You Can Use It to Improve Your Life

Flow is a heightened state of consciousness that silences our inner critic, accelerates the path to mastery, and cultivates immense joy. Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours to genesis is no longer relevant, because with flow, you can get there in half the time.

Flow is that runner’s high that kicks in after 15 minutes of pounding pavement. It’s surfing down the translucent tube of a Big Kahuna wave. It’s matching breath with movement in yoga class. It’s losing yourself in conversation where 3 hours pass like 30 minutes? That’s flow.

It’s Focused mind. Time warp. Graceful action. Richness.

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Barrett Freibert
9 Tips to Boost Confidence from a Recovering Perfectionist

Photo take by McCall Besten of @birds.n.bees

Perfectionism is something I have struggled with from my first breath of earth's sweet gases.

As a young woman in America, eating light and exercising was not enough. So in the name of a perfect body, I meticulously counted calories and sweated in surplus like an anorexic Olympian.

 

As a student, studying was not enough. So in the name of good grades, I abused Adderall and coffee.

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Barrett Freibert
Mindfulness on the Road: 5 Ways to Cultivate Joy While Driving

If the average American spends 290 hours driving each year, shouldn't we use this time wisely or at least be present?

Many people loathe driving. But driving can be an opportunity to be mindful. Mindfulness is defined as "the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something." And mindful focus on the present cultivates joy.

In life, we don't always have control of our final destination or the speed at which we arrive. But in driving, we do. We can create driving experiences that cultivate presence, joy, and spaciousness for new ideas.

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Barrett Freibert
A Letter to My Younger Self: What I Wish I Knew About Grief As a Teen

My father died 10 days after my 14th birthday. That was 15 years ago. I thought I was over it. I went to therapy, journaled, wrote sappy poems, and cried a lot. But that was not enough.

Grief does not decay as quickly as our bodies do. It's sticky, like the gum you can't get off your shoe.  It arrives unannounced and ambushes you from behind, like a rear ender when you're already late.  If you're lucky, you let yourself sob to a stranger on the street. Mascara smeared under eyes for a raccoon surprise.

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Barrett Freibert
How I Learned to be Happy in Discomfort: Living with Insomnia and Lyme

What if our headaches, stressors, and lows are our gurus? What if our challenges saturated in uncertainty are waiting for us to ask what is this trying to teach me?

For the past three years, I have experienced the most uncertainty of my young 29 years. I sat in the discomfort of not knowing why I couldn't sleep, why was I ill, would I be able to sleep again, would I be able to work again, where was I supposed to live, and what the hell was I supposed to do?

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Barrett Freibert
Insightful Insomnia: How Insomnia Lead Me Back to My Authentic Self

Everyone has experienced a night of sleeplessness. But have you ever experienced years of troubled sleep? I have. When I first became acquainted with "the hour of the wolf," I ignored the seriousness of this problem. Instead of looking at the root of my sleeplessness, I drank more coffee and tried to inhabit the spirit of the energizer bunny. Guess what? It didn't work.

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Justin Mabee