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A Year of The Practice


“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.”
—Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

I am so amazed by how quickly time passes. It has now been a year since the May 2014 launch of my book The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness, published by HCI Books. A year . . . unbelievable ! And what an amazing year it has been. I have met so many beautiful people all over this planet. and I have seen what I know to be true: At our core, we are all loving, good human beings.

Reflecting on the speed of this past year brings it straight home to me how fast-paced life can be and just how truly important it is to practice being mindful, being right here in the present moment on a daily basis. This is, after all, what my book and my life’s work is all about.

With my travel, speaking, and studying over the course of this very busy year, I am still thriving and full of energy thanks to the tools of The Practice. I wake up every morning and sit with myself, preparing for the day ahead. And then I use the other tools to keep me rooted in the present moment. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I did not want to miss a single second!

I stayed connected within each and every moment as I traveled around the country and abroad, sharing my lifelong passion of spreading outer peace through inner peace, at book signings, lectures, interviews, and workshops. When I think about this past year, it is a template for how to truly live every day—not just special days, weeks, or years. I believe the whole point of our lives is to be here in this present moment, open and receptive to what life has for us—fully present. This is easier said than done, for sure, but with a daily practice of connecting within, we can all begin the journey of living our most precious lives with passion and presence.

I am not saying I didn’t feel stress or any of the other emotions we have as human beings during this past year. Of course I did! Rather, I was able to manage any stress or uncomfortable emotions I felt, moment by moment. With a daily practice, we can all learn to stop, take a breath, and start again. We come to understand that we cannot control what’s happening in the outer world, but we can control our responses to what’s happening.

So, if I started to get nervous that no one would show up for the next book signing on the schedule, I would “change the reel of thoughts,” take a deep breath, repeat my Sacred Mantra, and stay in the moment, letting the future moment take care of itself with the deep knowing that I would be okay no matter what. It’s that easy.

We can change our negative, wearisome thoughts into positive, present-moment thoughts. It is this staying in the moment—not letting my thoughts carry me away—that gave me so much energy and reserve to travel, speak, and be at my absolute best all around the world.

5-12-2015-year-of-the-practiceI just returned from the launch of the UK edition of my book. While on tour, I connected with people who share my passion from various cities throughout the UK, concluding with the beautiful Irish city Dublin. It wasn’t all business, though! My beautiful children, Michelle and David, were with me, and we had such a fabulous time together! Here we are in front of a bookstore window, and that’s The Practice behind us!

Souvenir Press, my UK publisher, designed a different cover of my book (which you can see just above Michelle’s head). No matter the packaging—the message is still the same! I would say sort of like people: No matter how we look on the outside, inside we are all incredible human beings who are meant to live magnificent lives.

I offer my love and heartfelt thanks to all of you for making this year so very special for me! Together, we are bringing love, strength, and peace to the world around us every day!


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Autumn: A Time for Letting Go


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
—John Muir

With its changing temperatures and turning leaves, autumn personifies the impermanence of everything in the natural world. Of the four seasons, this one is a good reminder for me that nothing “out there” remains the same for very long. We can see before our eyes the days growing shorter, the animals squirreling away food for the winter, and the world so beautifully making preparations to go within. What a special time this is, as well as the perfect time for us to learn deep life lessons from nature and begin to make our own preparations for the days ahead.

Autumn signifies an excellent time for letting go of what no longer serves us. Look at deciduous trees, for example. They are beginning to turn their attention inward, and the leaves that worked so hard to sustain them all spring and summer long make their magnificent exit in a wonderful burst of color. The leaves no longer benefit the tree, and so the tree freely releases them. A tree is truly an incredible work of art for us human beings.

With this image of nature in mind, tonight when you go to bed, think of yourself as an autumn tree and the events of your day as your leaves. Take a moment to notice the beautiful colors, both bright and dark, and then allow each “leaf” to drop away one by one as you prepare for night’s sleep. In my book The Practice, I teach the process of letting go—“leaving the day in the day”—before turning in for a peaceful night. The tree, our beautiful friend, is a profound way to picture this nightly reflection activity.

Remember, the tree sheds all its leaves—not just the ones it doesn’t want. The tree does not judge the leaves as good or bad; each one has provided the tree with its necessary nourishment, allowing it to thrive in its existence. The same is absolutely true for your experiences. We really have no idea what a tree is actually “thinking” as it gives way to a new state of being. We can only imagine. However, this analogy gives us courage and hope that we too can let go, knowing that this is the natural order of our lives.

I have found that a beautiful way to end the Letting Go nightly reflection is by repeating an affirmation such as the one I include in my book and on my website. You can try this one or write one of your own:

“This day is now over. I choose to live in the present moment. I am thankful for having been given this day and the blessing that it has held. I take comfort in now releasing any challenges or successes I experienced today, and I head into a restful sleep with the peace and knowledge that tomorrow is a new day. I am always working toward the person I wish to be.”

What preparations are you making this autumn? Like the tree sheds its leaves, what are you ready to let go of that no longer serves you in your life?


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.