This year, I am choosing to live a healthy lifestyle and focusing on beginning my meditation practice anew. Chanting is a powerful practice that can further your meditation practice. The melding of sound, breath and rhythm is soothing.
Chanting is also proven to have positive health benefits – increasing the flow of energy through mind and body by regulating the nervous and endocrine system. Chanting is an easy practice to follow on your own or in a group. There are many syllables that one can chant. Om Nama? Shivaya is a powerful five syllable mantra that is chanted by devotees of Lord Shiva. Om Nama? Shivaya has such power that the mere intonation of these syllables reaps its own reward in salvaging the soul from bondage of the treacherous instinctive mind and the steel bands of a perfected externalized intellect. If none of these mantras resonate with you, feel free to browse the many articles that guide you in finding your own mantra. This meditation more than any other allows you be fully present in your body and in the moment. Walking anywhere works, but I prefer to stroll through my neighborhood, park or local gardens. Last Fall, I decided to enroll in a Zentangle class offered by one of our local yoga studios. Zentangle is a doodling technique where varying and repetitive patterns result in a structured yet unique work of art.
For those who struggle with sitting meditation, the process of doodling offers the freedom of movement with the mindfulness of art. Zentangle is not only a meditative practice, it serves many uses from motivation training to unlocking creativity. They also make great gifts! Crumbs on the floor, marker stains on the table, reams of paper that showcase my kids creativity, unidentifiable fuzzy objects (UFOs) on the furniture, these are just a few things that surface as unwanted thoughts when I settle down to meditate.
I don’t really despise cleaning, I just dread it, because it is a never ending process.
By embracing repetitiveness and bringing mindfulness into even a trivial chore such as doing laundry, I have found that it is possible to turn it into a spiritual practice.
I don’t promise that your outlook will change in a day, but bringing elements of meditation into cleaning does make the task more bearable.
Most of all, by finding value in these simple tasks, I am able to find value in what I do for my family.


This gazing meditation, as its otherwise known, can be performed by focusing on an object that is internal or external. For external Trataka, there are any number of objects that you can choose as your focal point. I find focusing on a candle flame, an object from nature such a leaf or flower or water to be an uplifting Trataka practice. Consequently, only a fraction of our thoughts pertain to what is important and real: the present. Content on this site is protected by US and International Copyright Laws. Content may not be copied or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.
Here are just a few examples of recent designs from the Keep Calm-o-Matic creative community. Yet, even my fragmented practice has reaped numerous benefits – it has enhanced my focus, improved my memory, decreased my stress, brought me greater awareness and sparked creativity.
I am utilizing unusual ways to meditate that suit my temperament more than conventional meditation methods.
I share them with you in the hope that one of these methods will help your further your own practice.
It denotes an instrument of thought, a word or sound repeated to aid concentration. Hindu hymns often involve chanting of mantras in cadence. Here are a few powerful ones I have tried.Om is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds.
Nama? Sivaya quells the instinct, cuts through the steel bands and turns this intellect within and on itself, to face itself and see its ignorance.
The need to hold your body still, in addition to having to quiet your thoughts can be daunting. The simple process of taking steps alternating the left and the right foot helps create a meditative state.
Water elements such as a lake, river or waterfall are especially conducive to meditation and add to the richness of experience.
Appreciating the fluidity of your movements and natural surroundings, helps you control runaway thoughts. I enjoy a soothing nature sounds playlist such as “Nature Radio” on Pandora or turn to a Nature sounds album to enhance my experience. At first glance a finished Zentangle looks complex, until you learn the practice of tangling. The string could be a shape, a letter or an abstract shape. The cardboard is then sectioned off and built upon one section at a time.


Three children and their accompanying stuff create significant levels of clutter even in a decent sized suburban house. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.
The drudgery of housekeeping does not diminish me, in fact it highlights my capacity for attention. This attention speaks volumes of my love for my family. Bring mindfulness to your breath, to a mantra, let its cadence steer you to peace. Tune into the gracefulness of your body, feel calmness and joy wash over you. Click through to see more designs, create your own, share designs and purchase customised products.
Whether I am waiting for an appointment or have a few minutes of quiet, I can pull out my pattern and continue to work on it. Since I work from home, its hard to escape the clutter. By the end of a cleaning session, I am left with a clean room that I can scarcely appreciate let alone enjoy because of my agitated mind. Acknowledging that the task is done out of love, washes away any traces of resentment and fills me with joy. If you have ever struggled with developing the habit of meditation, one of these methods is sure to help you.
But, the progression of the pattern itself is unplanned, it grows organically through each mindful stroke. Each Zentangle is unique and created with focus and love. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. It is said that advanced yogis develop intuition and clairvoyance through the dedicated practice of this form of meditation. Our thoughts are in constant chaos, alternating between past and future; fact, fantasy and negativity. It will ward off stress, improve your memory, help you concentrate, and ignite your creativity.
Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.



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    2018 writes:
    Realized to meditate but have let ten minutes to put aside for mindfulness amazing life experiences.
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    Been offering and main meditation retreats india a la Eat, Pray, Love for retreat, or join organized.