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When the tasks and activities we do become routine, it's nice to take a step away from the day to renew your energies.
When our days are filled with anxiety, frustration and aggravation, our lives may seem like never-ending battles. All of our meditations walk you through step-by-step the levels of relaxation and focus needed for that meditation. As I became totally involved with them I was reminded that there is a child in all of us and we are never too old to learn from that child like perspective. If we guide young people to look to themselves as their own source of calm, peace and self-esteem they will ultimately be better prepared for all that life is. We're going to learn this here on the computer, but I hope you will soon do it first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed. As you awaken, take a deep breath- stretch if you feel like it and put a smile on your face. When you do this several times you will start to notice what you are seeing around you throughout your day. Choose to ignore any ideas that come to your mind about what has happened already today or what is going to happen later. As those ideas try to come back to your thoughts just make up your mind to think about your breathing. Everyday take time to touch inside your own heart and soul to find the secret message you need to give to yourself. This meditation will help you find the guide within as it paints a landscape of mystic forests and cool surroundings. This meditation will help you find your sanctuary and make it a place where you can grow closer to your spirit and know feelings of harmony and balance. I touch the objects and truly feel I'm connecting with my soul as I acknowledge these meaningful objects that I love.
As you can see, creating these sanctuaries and altars can be simple- in fact they should be simple. So, whether you are well on your way on your spiritual path or only beginning, it is a good idea to create a private space for yourself where you can derive an immediate sense of peace. When you enter this room or approach the altar you've prepared your whole body and soul will respond to it and be more ready for the meditation time you give yourself. If, during your busy day, you need to reconnect with your inner peace just a walk by or a glance at your sanctuary will give you the connection needed until you have more time for yourself. Walking outdoors can open your mind and spirit to the wonderful and peaceful environments that surround us all day long. The result of this meditation will be a deeper appreciation to some of the beings and events that are all around us yet are sometimes left unnoticed due to the clutter and noise of our thoughts.
Before I know it I am engrossed in doing nothing but moving and I am as relaxed as if I were in my sitting meditation position. Walking meditation has long been practiced by people who are both physically and spiritually enlightened.
When the mind, body and spirit work together, the result is a balance of thought, awareness and well-being that is unmatched. As you sink into comfort and relaxation, see yourself basking in a waterfall of sunlight and crystal eldar water.
As the sun and water cascade over your body you absorb the healing oxygen carried within your blood vessels though your whole system. Your whole being sings with release and renewal as the source refuels and fortifies your body and spirit.
In this meditation, we will guide you through a conscious process of relaxing your tense body.
Our bodies have sensitive areas that are filled with energy and are the focal points of emotions, feelings, intuition and insight.
The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest and is the focus for love and understanding. The Throat Chakra is located in the throat area between one’s chin and the top of the sternum. Move up to the next circle of energy in your pelvic area – this is the center of your emotions. The throat Chakra involves the energy of your own inner voice – guiding you to be open and honest with yourself an others. Envision your whole being fully energized through your having focused on the Chakra points.
Think … what is going on in your life that may be blocking the positive energy flow – are you so busy with tasks that you must do that you have no time to be playful and enjoy the day?
There are many techniques that allow us to achieve what we want during meditation -- a silent room, a gentle breeze, a rythmic sound.
While keeping the picture you have chosen in your mind, begin to give attention to your breathing. Each needs to be felt in such a way that you can almost hold it in your hand like a cherished possession.
Often we feel the need to find some tranquility in the otherwise frenzied experience we define as life. Now I want you to move your attention DOWN from your head to your chin and DOWN from your chin to your throat and DOWN from your throat to your chest.
Now move down into that safe place deep within yourself, that place which is just below your navel. As it reaches the outer edge of your sanctuary, it stops and becomes a large pulsating crystalline light. Ask it to let you know it is there, consciously, within the next few days, whenever you need help. As the golden light folds back up around your guide, send it off with your best thoughts and love.
This is exciting and you are fascinated with your experience, your experience of expanding your horizons. As you do so, the path and the woods begin to fade and you find yourself gently coming back to the present… to this room, this time and this place. Right now, it would be helpful to you if you wrote down all you have experienced, exactly as it happened.
When I became aware of what I was actually doing, I began to study the concept of meditation. My business as an executive recruiter took me to many offices to meet with various people involved in the companies I would be hiring for. As you listen to the words of the meditation, picture the images that are being described in your mind. For many of us, we equate meditation with that great sculpture The Thinker by Auguste Rodin.
I memorize key Scriptures and review them during the day, and I pray about a particular verse that speaks to my specific situation at the time.
I enjoy admiring God’s creation—clouds, mountains, changing colors in the autumn and falling snow in the winter. Meditation is not a cloistered life in a monastery or the adoption of a life of reflection and silence (as good as that may be). Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. From stress reduction to improved attention and memory, meditation is a practice that yields a large number of health benefits. While it may seem like a fairly simple task, it is a cranial exercise made more difficult by today’s society.
Research has shown that after as little as 8 weeks of meditation, practitioners begin to develop “unique brains” with well-developed areas. In an extremely individualistic culture like that of the United States, meditation has been slow to catch on when compared to its widespread popularity in other parts of the world.
The idea to take time to be mindful feels like an impediment to the individual when, in reality, it builds a stronger individual by helping them gain empathy for others. For years, one of the major benefits of meditation has been the improved ability to deal and manage one’s stress. On both a scientific and psychological level, stress management is one of the major draws for newcomers in the field of meditation.
In general terms, multiple studies have found that meditation can be effective at improving the area of the brain responsible for self-control. For those without an addiction, meditation still serves as a tool to increase self-control. Meditation also works to increase the left-side brain activity, which can have positive effects on the immune system. Meditation is a practice with a long list of pros and a virtually non-existent list of cons. Emily Hunter is a SEM Strategist and Outreach Supervisor at The Marketing Zen Group & Samahita Retreat.

Thank you for such a wonderfully helpful and practical way to live out what scripture teaches on meditating and practicing God’s Word. I am just like you -- involved in life and work, seeking more serenity and calm in my life. Either close your eyes during this getaway, or fix your gaze on the pictures presented for you. This stress can build up and release on people we love, cloud rational thought, influnce our actions in negative ways, even cause health problems.
You'll find that you achieve the same kind of relaxation response, but experience it in a different environment.
We can consciously direct where we most focus our attention using these qualities as our needs change. I dream that these simple meditations will in many cases replace "time-outs" and that children will learn the life-long lesson that meditation is an acceptable activity. This kind of breathing is calmer and will help you during this exercise we call meditation. What color shirt did your friends have on yesterday" Did you notice how many bikes were at the playground? This is going to become a special place for you where you can be quiet, be alone, be comfortable and you're going to like it that way. This time I want you to shake your head real fast and make a funny noise as you push out all the air that is inside of you.
Whether this place is one found in nature like a forest or a waterfall, or whether it is a place of our own creation like a quiet room or an altar, we find a unique spiritual attraction to these places that calm us -- help us more closely internalize our feelings and vocalize our spirituality.
There I keep a silk heart shaped pin cushion, some porcelain hand vases (I collect hands -- they are very spiritual to me), a candle and an orchid plant. I notice the color of the sky, the mood the trees set, the way the air touches my skin and certainly, the sounds. Often my spirit will divulge important messages to me as if by osmosis; they just occur to me completely. Invariably this phrase touches exactly upon what my spirit and soul know I need to address.
Come back to this space whenever you want to, know that this space is always available even for a moment. Through meditation, we can visualize events in our body and cause effects like relaxation through conscious thought. In this way, you can experience the effect of controlling the functions of relaxation and tension within yourself.
We will guide you through a breathing exercise that will re-energize you with healing energy. Any organs within the area of these Chakras are used to control; and are, therefore, directly affected by the properties of that Chakra. This Chakra is associated with the acts of giving and receiving, and is tied into the more physical feelings of love, passion and sexuality. Feelings that stem from this love such as forgiveness, compassion, balance and harmony radiate from this point.
As one might guess, this Chakra is associated directly with dealings of the mind and spirit. The body connection to each energy source will guide you to heed its request for attention through physical sensations – a headache, a stiff back, butterflies in your stomach.
Are you so involved with the technical side of daily activities that you have no time for fantasy? The key is finding out how to listen and respect the intuition and insight that we all hold. It is your sacred place now and you will return often to gather more information for your life. You may be moving slightly more quickly now, Anxious to awaken with your new sense of yourself, anxious to see how this will become part of your life. We need to step away -- find some peace so we can let go of our daily worries -- cleanse them from our beings. Through meditation, you can hear clearly the many voices that sometimes call to us, lead us into action. Now you begin to hear in the distance other-worldly music, Tibetan bells… flute music… soft chanting… You listen carefully, as you feel drawn to the music.
You know it is your spirit guide because you feel a strong surging of love pouring out from it to you and you feel, deep in your heart, a strong answering outpouring of love from you to it.
When you are ready, be sure to drink some water and maybe eat a slice of bread to ground yourself. Awareness of our authentic self broadens our world, increases our vision, unlocks our fullest potential and opens us to possibilities we never thought of or imagined.
It’s a man sitting on the world with his elbow on his knee and fist under his chin, contemplating the universe. For example, while studying Romans 12:1-2, I underlined all the verbs and circled the nouns.
Mediation has slowly been gaining in popularity in recent years, garnering a number of scientific studies to determine the specific effects the practice has on the body.
With so much information and stimulation around on a daily basis, attention spans are limited and focus can sometimes be hard to come by. Previously, it was believed that this benefit came from simply spending more time thinking about oneself.
One of the reasons for this is because the focus on the individual and “me-centered” thought process is much more prominent in the U.S. A Yale University study found that mindful meditation decreases activity in the brain network responsible for self-referential thoughts. A major reason for this is the decreased brain cell volume in the part of the brain responsible for fear, anxiety and stress.
Practically, this development can be applied to many areas of life and, most recently, has been used to treat people with addiction. Whether you’re looking to make better nutritional choices or kick a bad habit, practicing meditation can help lead to you making better decisions and controlling your urges. With so much potential for positive change and effects on the brain, what are you waiting for? She loves designing strategies with her team and is excited about spreading the Zen gospel.
Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. It’s a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about knowledge, awareness and self-improvement.
You have lived your life, by God’s grace, that is an example of holy living, you always proclaim the hope of Jesus to sinners like me. To me, as well as many others, the word "meditation" conjures up the picture of a bearded man sitting cross-legged in front of an entrance to a cave or high on a mountain top. Control over these files can be maintained by the individual by deleting or blocking them, or notifying the user when such a file is stored.
I was in many of the photographs and can remember quite well that at the time they were taken I thought I was overweight. This is a really good thing to do and to share so tell your family and friends about it too. Keep it there while you think about your breathing, about relaxing and about keeping your eyes closed. I light a candle- usually read a paragraph or two from a current favorite book on spirituality and I'm ready for my meditation.
When you are through you'll find that you now have the ability to call up a healing moment at any time of day.
The feeling of pleasure is also linked with this Chakra, so one may feel focus and feedback in this Chakra during moments of harmony, generosity, group creativity and selflessness. This Chakra also nurtures the rarified feeling of unconditional or divine love, love that goes beyond the physical.
Through this Chakra, one can realize truth and knowledge; honesty, kindness and wisdom and how these elements can be conveyed through thoughtful speech. This Chakra is deeply tied to the exploration of one’s consciousness and place in space and time. Accepting the joy and contentment derived from physical pleasure will contribute to overall balance in life.
When listened to this will lead you to take actions that will keep you balanced and true to yourself. Let yourself free your mind and as you accept the power and the awe of your own soul, so will you realize the soul within everyone and everything. With this Chakra, flashes of enlightenment will occur -- moments of true understanding of the world and all it contains. Are you so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs that you ignore your own needs and desires?
Becoming fully aware of this inner voice, learning to trust it, is an ability that will serve you your entire life.

Whatever you have been seeking, this presence is aware of and has a feeling to share with you. You will feel in touch with this inner messenger and you will trust the answers that came to you. Like stepping into a forest, this meditation will teach you that calmness can surround you and fill your senses. These "guides" can take on any form: a sphere of light, a wolf, a tree or even another person.
You understand that in this inner sanctuary you invite any and all of your guides into your awareness.
Sometimes I thought I was bored and unmotivated and felt guilty for just sitting and blanking out. I thought of how great it would be if these people could practice meditation for a brief time during the day. Meditation then is a learned skill to focus and concentrate on reading, studying and reflecting on Scripture. So much of the news today depicts violence and mayhem, and the media often criticize religion and people doing good. As technology makes pornography accessible at the click of the finger, we must protect our hearts from its poison. It has been found that meditation and other forms of relaxation and mindfulness not only change the immediate state of mind, but also alter the actual structure of the brain. Taking time each day to focus on your thoughts is an exercise for your brain that boasts a long list of health benefits.
The increase in thickness of the hippocampus increases the brain’s ability to learn and remember, as well as its ability to regulate emotion.
The physical and scientific stress reduction coupled with the participants perceived improvement make for an overall exponential increase in stress reduction. As a treatment possibility, meditation drastically reduces the state of “craving” cigarettes, drugs, or whatever substance a person is addicted to. For this reason, a brain that is exercised regularly through mindful, or any other form, of meditation, is more likely to have higher activity, more viral fighting antibodies, and an overall stronger immune system. If you would like more information about meditation and other forms of relaxation, visit our yoga retreat today!
In her spare time, she cheers for Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment, crafts her own sodas, and crushes tower defense games. Climbing the mountain and reaching him is part of the arduous journey toward self-fulfillment, self-improvement.
This meditation helps to alleviate the stress that can build up so life flows more smoothly.
Eventually we will integrate this positive energy until it is a natural state and available to us all the time.
To learn more about your Chakras and become more aware and conscious of their functions, use this meditation. One’s sense of power and authority, as well as self-control and discipline of the ego converge here. Oneness with the universe, your spirit and will, inspiration, divine wisdom… all the things that deal with the Higher Self are rooted in this Chakra. While letting your breathing becomes deeper and even, picture yourself standing with your feet apart hands by your sides with your fingers naturally open. Whenever you need guidance, whenever there is a question that needs to be answered, search inward.
It has an essence to give you that will make you aware of the answers to your own questions. This serenity allows us to leave everything else behind and ease our minds and bodies so that we can take life on again with a fresh and more peaceful approach. You feel drawn by that door and you move through the door of light into a place of peace, comfort and protection. The color of the wild flowers stands out strong against the greens of the grasses and the brown-black of the tree barks. We acknowledge these forces and strive to understand them, find our place among them and work with them, not against them. In Philippians, Paul exhorts us to force our mind to deliberately fix its attention on God—and His works, world and Word. During the course of the meditation session, practitioners focus on one thought and one thought alone. Together, these two effects create a greater sense of empathy and ability to more effectively socialize with many types of people. For example, what may only be a small scientific reduction can lead to a meditator believing that their stress has reduced even more.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based relapse prevention are both treatment options that maximize these positive effects on the brain for addiction treatment. Once we find him we ask, "What is the meaning of life?" or "How do we achieve peace in ourselves and our lives?" This all-knowing man tells us the answers are "inside ourselves" and tells us to go and contemplate. Pretty awesome to realize how much we can manage how we feel and act regarding our own life.
It requires courage to face the truth that will come to you, strength to seek change, patience to achieve your goals and faith to continue to do the work.
It will help you focus your mind and body as you work to discover how your Chakras serve you and how to best use them as guides in everyday life. This Chakra can be used to sense the very use of one’s internal energies to affect what is outside the body. One can also focus their realization of their own soul, divine wisdom and peace of mind in this point. Think about it … Permit yourself to realize that as you notice these connections, you will naturally save yourself, your soul your spirit.
You are comfortable in the place you have selected and feel safe an relaxed enough to let your feelings show themselves. Use this meditation to help focus your mind, guide you to find the answers that have been inside you all this time. Once we accomplish this, a deeper appreciation and awareness of the world and the events that unfold is achieved.
Everyday life is demanding, and if we even attempt to meet all those demands we require self-nurturing behavior to manage. If a “stray” thought develops, it must be recognized quickly and then brought back to their original focus of attention. In addition, meditation gives people the tools and self-awareness to be able to deal with stress more effectively.
If you don't like that word call it mindful relaxation, chosen relaxation -- it's one and the same. All of this will come to you during your meditation in the form of an inner voice or intuitive messages that you will grow to trust. I believe that daily visits to this site will be a gift not only to the children who use it, but, as a result of their visits, a gift to the world(at least their parents will think so).
Your ability to love comes from here and includes your capacity for empathy, sympathy, forgiveness and allows the abundance of all life to be available to you.
I try to guard my lips and aim to pray for the people and authorities that irritate and provoke me.
We may be able to meet all the demands physically, but what happens to our insides -- not our organs per se, but our soul? The fact is these are the goals and the results of consistent practice of meditation: living awake, alert and aware.
Allow your mind to think about how right it is that there be so much beauty and peace in your world and that you fit into this picture you have created in your mind. The smell of the forest and of wild flowers surrounds you, bathing you in an essence so sweet and so wild that your senses are reeling.
Since I travel frequently, I try to always be with a friend or colleague to ensure accountability and to avoid temptation. I've come to think that one reason is that we're approaching the problem from the wrong direction. So I apologize for anything offensive that I’ve said, sensing that it was neither lovely nor admirable.
Numbers on a scale or size tags on our clothes are not enough for us to achieve or maintain these numbers.
Knowing that, doesn't it seem obvious that to honor you properly you ought to nourish yourself -- your house -- properly?

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