Jessica Mehring

Jessica Mehring
Jessica is a professional writer and editor, and the director of Horizon Peak Consulting. She believes in the power of the written word to transform our inner-selves and the world at large. When she’s not writing compelling web copy for businesses or editing her clients’ brainstorms into virtual gold, you can find her taking long walks with her dog, attending comic conventions with her husband, reading and practicing yoga.

3 Huge Benefits of Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | October 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Conscious Living News, Fitness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Yoga

When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone?

It’s easy to get into unhealthy routines or get stuck in ruts. Shaking things up and getting out of your comfort zone can seem scary – but taking risks is crucial to a healthy life.

Fell Off the Healthy Habits Wagon? 3 Steps to Get Back On

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | August 15th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

You haven’t practiced yoga in a month. Your meditation practice has become sporadic at best. And that vegan diet you were going to maintain all summer? That lasted two days before you dove into that pint of Rocky Road.

Breathing Meditation for Patience

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | July 25th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

“Patience is not learned in safety.” -Pema Chodron

Spring tests my patience. Every single year. Especially here in Colorado, as the weather whips back and forth between snow and sun, and as calm mornings give way to blustery afternoons, my patience is tried every spring. I become anxious for warmer, more stable weather.

Every spring, I am reminded once again that I am not in control. Patience is the only way through.

We humans, though, don’t learn patience the easy way. We don’t learn patience when things are going our way. Rather, we learn patience when we are tested, and when we finally have to accept that we can’t control the world.

Don’t Let the Scorching Sun Cook Your Attitude This Summer

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | May 29th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

This month in the northern hemisphere we celebrate the summer solstice, aka the first day of summer.

For many people, this is their favorite time of year. The weather is lovely; you can get outside for walks in the sunshine and sit out on your patio with a good book in the cool evening. No shoveling snow, no traipsing through puddles in your galoshes.

But for some people, summer keeps them cooped up in the house just as much a winter does. When the heat sets in and you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, or the humidity is so high it feels like you walked into a sauna when you walk out the door of your house, you feel more like staying inside with the air conditioner blasting than getting a dose of sunshine.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, is talked about a lot. SAD affects more than 10 million Americans. But there isn’t a lot of conversation about what high heat does to our attitudes.

Even here in Colorado, Gaiam’s home state, the heat can get unbearable in the summer. So I rely on these three things to keep myself feeling good when the sun is baking the world outside my window.

4 Ways to Keep the Flame Burning Year-Round

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | February 14th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships

Love isn’t the same thing as romance. Romance is one way to express love – but we can express love in so many other ways, too.

Love isn’t just a feeling. It’s not just an emotion. Love is a commitment to putting your partner at the top of your priority list. Love is intimacy at every level.

Meditation Techniques for Insomnia

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | December 4th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

meditation for insomniaIt feels like with every passing year, the holiday craziness creeps up a little faster. While I love the true spirit of the holidays — time with family, generosity, celebration — I do find that the stress of keeping up with everything makes for some sleepless nights.

Apparently I’m not alone. Many people say that they have trouble calming their minds at night as the year dips into winter and the holiday festivities begin. Some people even resort to sleeping pills to get through until the New Year.

Fortunately, I have found that meditation works so much better than sleeping pills — and there are no troublesome side effects to worry about. The following meditation techniques are favorites of mine, and they work wonders to help me slip gently into sleep at night.

For both of these techniques, start by getting comfortable in your bed. Lie on your back with your arms resting lightly at your sides.