Annapurna Woman: Dr. Jennifer Jones
How do you start your day?
I often wake up about 10-15 minutes before the alarm and I love to stay in bed and visualize dreams and goals. Although I learned early on in my career about how the brain distinguishes little between visualization and reality, I never applied the practice until recently. In the last five years, I've discovered the greater truth of the power of creating your own reality and manifesting desires. I imagine accomplishing my goals and dreams with intricate detail and they happen—all of them! It's like magic. I've also become very mindful of how I think and often cleanse myself of any negative thoughts by releasing judgement on myself or others as I see it come. Last year, I met Ram Dass in his home in Maui. He showed me a photo of George Bush on his altar next to many gurus. I found this very strange and he explained that he sees it as his job to love even those he does not like. I thought this was sweet and laughed at the time … it took me a few months for this message to sink it and truly understand that any time I have negative feelings toward another, it re-elects in myself as well so I avidly practice love for everyone—even the George Bushes of the world. I do this while still in bed. Once the alarm goes off, I start my day with cuddling with my children—the best way to wake up! They often crawl in bed with my husband and I and we spend as much time as possible cuddling them before we start getting ready. I'm working on not rushing in the mornings as we get everyone to school and work.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
I think about how lucky I am, take a breath and let it go. Also, living in LA with lots of traffic and driving, as much as it pains me to be late, I often opt to be a bit late rather than rush and stress.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Seeing happiness in my children's eyes, happiness in those I love and happiness in others—especially strangers; hugging the love of my life, and crowds clapping or singing together (I always cry at the end of a play or concert when people clap together) ... this list could go on and on but I will end here for brevity!
What are you currently reading?
Peter Thiel's Zero to One, Alexandra Jamieson's Women, Food and Desire, and Polishing the Mirror by Ram Dass.
What are you listening to right now?
Anything Brazilian or old school soul and hip-hip from the 80s and 90s (Did someone say Stevie Wonder?!)
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Lentil soup: a handful of chopped carrots, celery, onions, lentils and chicken or veggie broth.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
Say “yes” as often as possible, get regular deep-tissue massages, do regular date nights with the love of my life, play with my children, do yoga, dance, paint, and swim.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment is filling my heart with love, laughter, gratitude and health.
How do you make space for play?
My children are my teachers and remind me to play and laugh. Sometimes I get distracted by things I think are more important than play then they remind me that nothing is more important than playing and laughing!
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
Life is short, be grateful for every moment. How much you love others is a reflection of how you love yourself and We are all one.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
We are all one; the happiness of others (even those you do not know) has a direct correlation with your own happiness and likewise, the unhappiness of others directly affects you as well. Any love or gifts you can share with others gives back doubly as it creates more happiness for them and for you!
About Dr. Jennifer Jones
Dr. Jennifer Jones is the CEO of EntrepreneurShift and a nationally acclaimed psychologist and expert in the science of success, relationships, and happiness. She has been featured on national television and travels internationally as a featured speaker. Dr. Jennifer’s unique approach integrates positive psychology, organizational psychology, and neuropsychology with the wisdom of humanistic theory, attachment theory & holistic healing. Dr. Jones has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has studied at the University of Oregon, Alliant University, and UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her upcoming book “Entrepreneur Shift: Mastering the Psychology of Success” teaches how to develop your full potential. Sign up here for Dr. Jennifer’s newsletter: http://bit.ly/1wSNIGf and connect with her online @DrJenniferJones.