Arien Smith's Articles (9)

5 Ways to Stay Mindful During the Holidays

Despite the merriment the holidays bring, many of us deal with difficult feelings during this season. Sometimes, seeing family and spending a lot of time with people is overwhelming, and sometimes we’re reminded of grief if we’re spending the holiday alone. Both of these feelings can create a lot of stress and anxiety leading up to the holiday season.

Fortunately, mindfulness can help carry us through…

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Added by Arien Smith on December 6, 2016 at 5:37pm — No Comments

How to give the benefit of the doubt without being taken advantage of

Providing people the benefit of the doubt is an important part of living compassionately, spiritually, and mindfully, yet those of us who actively provide this often find ourselves tricked, lied to, and taken advantage of. Discovering a way to balance this compassion with our own self-preservation is important. 

If we are taken advantage of time and time again, we are almost certainly going to feel our…

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Added by Arien Smith on October 11, 2016 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Present Pain Does Not Limit Future Joy

Sometimes we have days, weeks, or even years where it feels like life just isn’t working out. We’ve all been there, struggling and trying to piece together what seems like broken and mismatched pieces and feeling hopeless every second of the way. How do we expect to feel calm when life has fallen apart around us? Is it even possible?

There are ways we can journey into this peace. The first, and most powerful way, is to let go of the belief that what is happening right now will dictate…

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Added by Arien Smith on August 8, 2016 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

There's a Simple Way to Find Joy

Joy is an essential part of what we know as spiritual enlightenment—it is that tender and loving feeling towards ourselves and our life, most often experienced when we are one with the Universe, or our chosen Higher Power. It is a state of total transcendence where all the ebbing and flowing of life moves around the blissful individual, never impairing their divine state. Doesn’t this sound wonderful?

We’ve come to know that enlightenment does not always mean feeling great, but joy…

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Added by Arien Smith on July 11, 2016 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

What Past Lives Can Teach Us

Many of us believe that we all travel through many lifetimes, time periods, and situations through a process of reincarnation. Even those of us who doubt this concept recognize that there is often merit in the symbolism of past life memories. Beyond just being interesting, what makes these memories so important to uncover in our current lifetimes?

Past lives are one of the easiest ways to understand our current pains, egoic patterns, and repeating life situations. We all know what…

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Added by Arien Smith on June 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

A Guided Meditation for Times of Grief

Grieving is a painful process—when we lose someone in any capacity, we are often overcome with the realization that they will never have the same role in our lives anymore. We are also hit hard with the impermanence of all relationships. This meditation is meant to help relieve both the pain of grief and the fear of loss—be that of life or relationships.



This is a compassion-based meditation, so it will be founded in love for ourselves and for the other. We must simply trust in…

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Added by Arien Smith on May 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Understanding the Akashic Records: They Are the Universe

The Akashic Records have many names in theology and philosophy, like the Books of Life and Death, the Tree of Knowledge (and/or of Life) and the Book of Records. “Akasha” is a Sanskrit word that means “ether” or “pure substance.” In it’s history, Akasha is a word describing the pure Source/Universal consciousness itself—the consciousness that transcends individuality and is all things, all at once. The Universe itself is all things and the manifestation of these into ideas, happenings,…

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Added by Arien Smith on May 3, 2016 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

The Power of Gratitude Journaling

Love for ourselves is the foundation of loving all others and, too often, us spiritual people will neglect to fully thank ourselves for our hard work. We often favor giving to others, rather than spending time to give ourselves the compassion we all so desperately need. If we begin to increase our self-compassion, we will also increase our empathy, deepen our spiritual journeys, and manifest greater love in all areas of our life. But how exactly do we bring the…

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Added by Arien Smith on April 12, 2016 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Six Ways to Be More Mindful, Even With a Busy Life

A lot of us are career busy-bodies, swept up with our family's needs, students racing to complete assignments, or entrepreneurs. As spiritual individuals, we often need to stretch beyond traditional time management to include a strong foundation of mindfulness in our own lives. Doing so takes some careful examination of how we could increase awareness without adding time to our already full schedules. Here are some of the ways to foster a regular routine of…

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Added by Arien Smith on March 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

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