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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!

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Maintaining a Meditative Practice

I was well on my way to meditating for two months straight. The research about the benefits of meditation state it takes at least two months to create more grey matter to improve memory, as well as your general well being. I felt each day I meditated my mind began to recede into the back round and I could observe the peace behind closed eyes. Then my husband and I took a trip to Florida to visit my elderly parents. I could have found time to meditate, but it seemed like my concentration wasn’t there. My parents had become more feeble since the last visit in April and that was stressful. It was a good visit. When I got back home, I was too busy to meditate. At least I thought I had too many more important things to do. I started to miss it. Today, I decided not to beat up on myself for not maintaining my practice, but to begin where I left off.

In Meditation you create the rules. Meditation like life needs to flow from you. Today I did a chakra spread. If you ever thought about learning the ways of stones and crystals the “Dream Maker” in Huntsville is a great place to purchase reasonably priced minerals and stones.

There is much written about the chakras and the various stones to use for each one. If you review my Chakra blog you’ll see the colors each one corresponds to. Today I used Red Jasper as I sat on the floor, for my first chakra, for the second chakra, orange jasper, for the solar plex-citrine, the heart- malachite, throat- turquoise, third eye- amethyst and for crown chakra, a quartz crystal. Sitting on the floor, I first rubbed my hands together to stimulate my electro-magnetic field. I felt the field between my hands and then charged the stones with my energy field. This is something you can do as well. Then I took each stone and used them separately on the corresponding chakras. When I finished I felt more energized but peaceful. If you don’t have stones you can use your imagination and use the color breathing exercise I posted in January. Namaste!

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Meditation leads to finding the root of subconscious issues

Depression is something all of us experience in our lives. Yet some of us are plagued by it. Clinical depression is one of the most common maladies of our time. I share this personal anecdote in hopes it will encourage others to employ meditation in their daily life.

A few days ago I woke up feeling a sense of depression, yet not knowing its root cause.Things have been going relatively well in my life, but the sense of unease hung over me like a dark wordless cloud. I sat in meditation for a half hour and when I came out of it, I was still feeling depressed. I questioned myself, why hadn’t the depression lifted and my higher self answered, “it’s because you haven’t been out to the garden in nine days and you haven’t picked up your musical instruments.” We had been visiting my elderly parents during that time and subconsciously I had also buried feelings of sorrow about the reality my parents were getting closer to their demise.

This thought did not come out of the meditation but after the meditation, opening up a deeper part of my brain to get to the root of why I was feeling out of sorts and depressed. It was almost as if my higher self went into the swirl and extracted the information I needed to act on. Having the cause in hand, I empowered myself with a plan by making music, visiting my garden and calling my folks. I know many of you will say, those issues are nothing compared to mine. But meditation can help you as well!

On Saturday Feb. 27th I will be offering a workshop at the Yurt Garden on Personalizing your Meditation. The class will include basic breath work, creative visualization, energy work, toning, Tai Chi, mandala work and classic sitting meditation.

It will begin at 10:00am and run until 3:00pm. Lunch is included. The labyrinth will be available to walk The cost is $50.00. Message me at the number above, use the Contact page, facebook me, or just call today!
Registration is limited to 10 people. Please contact me and reserve your space.

Namaste, Lynn

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Mindfulness and its rightful place

Mindfulness in order to take root in one’s being must begin in the Heart. If you have decided to embark on this journey of self-awareness from a purely intellectual mindset, you will most likely be disappointed and end your practice. Becoming more mindful, allows you to become your own best friend. It can help you learn to love yourself as you explore the parts of you you’d like to enrich as well as the parts you’d like to let go.

What helped me manage my anger when I was raising my three small children as a stay at home mom, was my first foray into mindfulness. I had promised myself I would not yell and scream at them like my own parents did raising my brother and I. Yet, unconsciously I had slipped into the role I vowed I would never take on.
Looking down at their three little faces looking up at me in total fear, helped me decide I would find the root cause of my rage. I asked my husband to watch the children and I took a long walk. What came to me was the cause of my anger was my own frustration of not having any time for myself. Once I finally verbalized it, I could see I could do something about it. I would find time in my day to do something enjoyable for myself. I equated this with a healthy self love. The uncontrollable anger dissipated as well as the guilt associated with it.

Taking a walk in nature, sitting quietly in a beautiful place, being creative, are all ways of taking time to be kind to yourself. No judgement, just love exploring your dimensions.

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Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness has become the new buzz word for people who are trying to escape the rat race their minds create and living more fully. It is a way to live one’s life more aware and connected in the present. By giving the “automatic pilot” the back seat, you can bring new self awareness and peace. Becoming more mindful in situations can allow you to feel more in control of your own reactions to the stimuli around you. It is a positive and empowering way to live. One important way to become more mindful is to pay attention to what you eating, how you eat, and what the triggers for overeating are. So many times we take eating for granted. This exercise is all about experiencing the pleasure of taking one bite of something you find enjoyable.
Before I would begin, I would use the big Exhale, clearing the debris from your mind, followed by three clearing belly breaths. These exercises are explained in the previous posts. Settle into a comfortable chair and then begin.

The food you choose should be something bite sized. Either a small piece of chocolate, a teaspoon of ice cream, a favorite sucking candy, something you will not be chewing. The object is to allow this delicious morsel to dissolve slowly in your mouth feeling the way your tongue, your throat and the inside of your mouth respond to the sensations. Your mind becomes the observer or witness. If any negative emotional reactions come up, send them away and tell them to take a hike. Bring yourself back to the positive experience of having your eyes closed and fully employing your sense of taste and the physical sensations of what is going on in your mouth. Experiencing the pleasure in the moment can elevate your mood. Since this food is something to be considered a treat allow yourself one more piece and evaluate your sensations the second time around. Does the second bite taste as good? Note in your journal if there is a difference. Have a good day!

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Experiencing your human energy field- Day 7

In the previous six days I’ve shared breath exercises, a brief overview of the chakra system, and how to utilize color breathing with your meditation. Last night, after watching an episode of “Foyle’s War,”an excellent show about WW11 through the eyes of a British policeman, I was unable to fall asleep. My mind was racing with the images I had just witnessed, some violent in nature. It came to me, to let my mind wrap around color chakra breathing. Within a short while, less than fifteen minutes, I was asleep. Using these techniques, letting them become a part of your daily life can bring wonderful results!
Once you discover this new awareness within your own body you will never think of yourself the same way.

The exercise I learned from my first teacher over thirty five years ago was the one that changed the course of my life. I like to think of it as my Dorothy moment from “The Wizard of Oz,” when the Wizard told her she always had the ability to go back home. All she had to do was click here heels three times and say “there’s no place like home.”
Your human energy field is the same way. It has always been with you. Awareness is all you need to unlock your potential ability to heal yourself and those around you.

Begin by sitting comfortably in a chair, feet flat on the ground. Exhale all the stale air from your lungs, take in three clearing breaths breathing into the belly and exhaling gently through the mouth. Next rub your hands together as if you were starting a fire for about a minute. Close your eyes and gently pull them apart. Notice what you feel. Can you sense a magnetic pull, heat or cold sensations? Pull them a little further apart, still with closed eyes. Notice where you don’t feel them exerting a pull over each other. Bring them together and in your mind’s eye, see a ball. Feel the sides of the ball, and the top and bottom of it. What size is it? Is it a tennis ball or soccer ball? What color comes to mind as you hold your energy ball? If you don’t feel anything the first time, don’t give up. Everything gets better with practice. Namaste.

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The Seven Chakras and the human energy field- day 6

The last meditative exercise we did was color breathing by bringing the intention of a color to the various parts of our body. These parts of our body correspond to the Chakra system that had its birthplace in India thousands of years ago. See if these descriptions align with the organism that is you.

The word chakra in Sanskrit for wheel. You can think of them as funnels or vortexs of energy. The seven major chakras are three dimensional going through your body from front to back.
According to Barbara Brennan,”Chakras function as intake organs for energy from the universal life energy field. This energy is taken in and metabolized through each chakra and sent to the parts of the body located in the major nerve plexus closest to each.”

The first chakra called the root, is located between the legs in the sacral-coccyx joint. It’s color is red and it is associated with our life force energy. When we are sick this chakra is usually the first one to be depleted. The second chakra located below the navel called the sacral.Its color is orange. Its associated with our emotions as well as our sensuality and sexuality. The third is the solar plexus between the diaphragm and the navel. Its color is yellow. It supplies the stomach, intestines,gall bladder, pancreas and spleen. It is where we can have a gut feeling about something. It is also where we experience our place in relationships, as well as ourselves. This is place that emotional issues can plague or physical body from digestion to elimination. The fourth chakra is the Heart, its color is green. It is related to love and openness to life. The fifth is is throat chakra. It’s color is blue. It is also associated with our ability to hear and smell. It is where we give voice to who we are. The sixth is located on our forehead between our eyes. Its color is purple and it is the seat of our intuition and the place we perceive the world from. The seventh is our crown located at the top of the head. It’s color is white. It is the place of direct knowing, linking our personality and spirituality as one.
See which chakra is most active or least active in your body. I would love to show you first hand how to experience the energy within you.