Finding time to unplug from the world

We seem to be in the strangest of all times in the year 2017. Overlay our surreal political situation and our own daily worries and responsibilities is a recipe for mental overload. If there has ever been a time to cultivate inner harmony and peace it is now! By taking time to unplug from the world, we take time for our own healing.
This can be as simple as walking in your neighborhood, being in nature, going to a museum, spending time with a friend, sitting quietly in meditation, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, doing something creative. Tapping into what makes you uniquely you and honoring it!

Unplug from technology for a while. Shut your cell phone off, give the internet a rest. When my children were young, I was a stay at home mom and son of seven began his battle with cancer. I knew I had to find time to take deep breaths and long exhales. Thankfully, he is twenty six years old and is cancer free.
We are shaped by the experiences of our lives and I would like to share what I have learned with you. I hope you will make the drive into the country, into nature to unplug from your every day world and join me on Sunday Jan. 22 at 10am for a gathering called Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement.

By linking to one another we will find strength in our numbers. By delving into our spiritual center we’ll find hope and faith. By tapping into the love we have for those in our lives as well as reaching out to those who are suffering, will keep us human. By taking time to unplug from the world, we take time for our own healing.

Lessons in mindful thinking

One of the first lessons of mindful thinking is learning how to check in with oneself. Most of us walk around on auto pilot doing the everyday things of our lives without listening to our bodies. Checking in, is listening. Where are you feeling your aches and pains? What is your emotional state right in this moment?
With these things in mind, sit quietly in a chair or comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes, and if you are in a chair have your feet flat on the floor. Take a slow deep breath through your nose expanding your lower abdomen. Feel your lungs expand then use the sound Huh as you exhale through your mouth. Repeat this breath two more times, allowing the sound Huh, to force the stale air from you. Resume your normal breathing paying attention to yourself as your breath enters your nose, expand your lower abdomen, fills your lungs and gently and is exhaled. Check in again with yourself. Are there any differences in the way you feel? This is the first step of mindful thinking, being present with yourself in the moment you are in.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Motion Third Sundays

Join me on the third Sunday of each month from 10am to 1:00pm for a gathering on mindfulness, meditation and movement. We’ll discuss and experience tools to help one live more fully in the present, move gently into spiritual meditation and end the session with gentle chi gong and tai chi. The first gathering will be on Sunday Jan. 22, 2017. A potluck will follow, so bring a dish to share. Donations are appreciated.

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Peaceful Holiday workshop-Sunday Dec. 11th-10am to 1:00pm

The Yurt Garden is hosting a Peaceful Holiday workshop on Sunday Dec. 11th from 10am until 1:00pm. We’ll focus on centering ourselves, so we can be present for others during this hectic time of year.

Breath work, creative visualization, energy work, tai chi, and sound vibration therapy using Tibetan Singing Bowls will help put you into a relaxed state of mind. Each participant will experience a singing bowl massage. Art supplies will be on hand to create a mandala.

Bring a bag lunch and enjoy this time out for you! Refreshments and healthy snacks are included. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. The cost is $30.00. Please reserve your spot because space is limited.

You can register at the webpage www.yurtgarden.com using this Contact Form, or call Lynn Anderson at 256-424-2221

Lynn Anderson LMT #1307 has been operating the Yurt Garden for 16 years offering a variety of services including massage therapy, energy work, spiritual and life coaching, singing bowl massage and meditation and breath work. See ad, below.

Mindfulness and stress in our every day lives

I know many of you are trying to keep to a scheduled practice of taking time to observe your own self through meditation, yoga, tai chi, breath work, mindfulness training or a myriad of other practices. What it all really comes down to is if you use these tools as a first line of action when an uncomfortable situation arises in your life. If its a stressful work situation, an idiot driver pulling out in front of you, a surly clerk at the store, or the sense of helplessness when you have too much on your plate, the list goes on.

I’ve been doing spiritual and life life coaching for over 15 years. The Yurt is a great place to have a cup of tea and let your story unfold. The energy work and relaxation massage you’ll experience on my table can be life changing. I hope you’ll come out and visit.

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Meditation, Mindfulness and Mandalas

There are many stressors in our daily lives. Many of us are using meditation as a way to reduce the mental anxiety and physical symptoms that can leave us exhausted. Mindfulness has become another tool or buzzword for paying attention to the reasons we are stressed and the importance of living life in the moment. Creating your own mandala is another tool that can help you explore the inner workings of your mind as well as relax you.

Mandalas have been used for thousands of years primarily in Buddhist and Hindu religious art. They are circular in form. It’s inside of the circle the drawing is created. There are numerous examples of mandalas on the web. There are even tie die designs you can use to make your own cool tee shirts.

I like simplicity, so here’s an idea the next time you meditate have your colored pencils, crayons or colored markers sitting beside you with a paper plate. Paper plates are perfect to create mandalas because you can use the inner border for the picture and decorate the outer boarder without having to draw a circle. When you come out of your meditation, check in with yourself. Do you remember what you saw? Were there colors behind your closed eyes, did images float in and out of your mind as you tried to calm it? Let your creativity and imagination take you inward. So many of us are finding the calming effects of adult coloring books, I can tell you creating your own mandala is even more satisfying. Try it, it might give you a new window into yourself. Namaste!