Meditation and Peace within- Day 5

Have you ever looked at a prism’s reflection and noticed how the colors line up? Red is on the bottom, next orange, yellow, green, baby blue, and deep purple. The Chakra system brought to us by ancient Indian masters, assigned these 6 color values to each part of the human body including white which emanates from the top of the head. The chakras can be thought of as vortexes spinning either clockwise, counterclockwise, back and forth, diagonally or being at rest.

Color breathing is a fun exercise that gives your mind a focus as you move further along the meditative process. Tomorrow I’ll describe the chakras system and their relationship to the body, mind and spirit.
To begin, I would start sitting comfortably in a chair, feet flat on the floor. Start with a big exhale moving the stale air out of your lungs using the sound Huh. Look at the first day and review the three clearing breath sequence remembering to concentrate on belly breathing and increasing your lungs capacity. Next take in a gentle breath seeing the color red as a ball of energy at the base of your spine. Notice if it is moving, or at a still point. As you gently exhale let the red ball fall back down to your feet. Visualize an orange ball under your belly button. Take one or two complete breaths and send the ball down to your feet and back to the earth. Next see a yellow ball in the center of your stomach, notice what it is doing. If you don’t physically see these colors, imagine them in your mind’s eye. Take two or three complete breaths and send the ball down to your feet and out. Next see a green ball at the level of your heart. Breathe into it a few times and send it out moving this time upward through your throat and out at your top of your head. Next, see a blue ball at the level of your throat. Remembering to note any movements. Let the blue ball float upward and out the top your head. Next see a purple ball, let it rest in between your eyes, breathe gently in and out and send it upward and out the top of your head. Lastly see a white ball at the top of your head. Breathe in and out and send it upward to Spirit.

Meditation and finding peace within- day 4

I believe many of us are searching for a deeper sense peace in our lives. This short poem by Rumi speaks to our desire to feel communion with others and the Divine in this endeavor.
“The clear bead at the center changes everything. There are no edges to my loving now. You’ve heard it said there’s a window that opens from one mind to another, but if there’s no wall, there’s no need for fitting the window, or the latch.”

Bringing the Divine to your meditation, can help you relax as you call on your higher self, your faith or your spiritual practice to help silence your busy thoughts. By giving thanks for whatever is going right in your life before you start will help you move into a state of relaxation and peace.
Today’s meditation works well if you need a fast a power nap or if you wake up in the middle of night with insomnia. It’s best to do this exercise laying down either on a comfortable mat or in your bed. Lay on your back, and breathe in slowly feeling the air enter your nose, gently expanding your chest and existing slowly through your mouth. Bring your attention to your feet. Use your mind to sense the space under the balls of your foot. Think of this area as a drain and feel it open allowing busy thoughts and physical pain a way to leave your body. Next bring your attention to your ankles, sensing your ankles, breathing into them and exhaling through the feet. Allow your attention to be brought to your calves then hamstrings, relaxing your legs into the bed, breathing out through the mouth feeling the breath leave the bottoms of your feet. Take your next breath and sense your hips and your lower back sinking into the comfort of your bed, sending the exhale down your legs into your feet. Bring the breath up feeling your shoulders, your arms and hands, letting go of stress. Send the exhale downward again through your legs into your feet and into the earth. Feel the back of your neck, letting go, becoming more relaxed, letting tension leave as you continue breathing through your body and out your feet. Feel the back of your head, the softness of your pillow, letting go, letting go…. Know you are loved.

A meditative challenge

I have practiced many forms of meditation from yoga poses to Tai Chi. I have sat quietly and tried to tame the “Monkey Mind,” darting here to there over “things to do” and daily worries. The one thing I have never been able to do is a daily meditative practice.

Research out now, from Harvard and MIT prove that meditating daily for two months will increase the grey matter in your brain and improve your memory. It will also reduce stress in the body. I’d like to share this blog with people who are ready to take the challenge of an every day practice for two months, and I’d like to help you get there.
It’s good to have a specific time and place you can meditate. It might seem hard at first, but sitting will get easier with time. Lying in bed is usually not a good idea because napping, which is a healing for the body, is not the intended purpose of meditation.

I’m on day 2 of sitting quietly for 25 minutes. If you have never meditated, we could work together.

  • The first thing is to sit comfortably, either on a chair, with your feet on the floor or on the floor on a cushion with your knees gently elevated using pillows.
  • As you close your eyes concentrate on your breath. Watch it enter your nose, as you expand your lower abdomen filling your lungs with air. Sometimes its easier to count the seconds you bring in a breath. Eight is number that will allow your lungs to fully open, the front, the sides and back.
  • Hold your breath for 4 counts, let out the breath for 8. I would do the cleansing breath 3 or 4 times.
    Then sit and observe what goes on in your body. Watch your thoughts, let them float by and when you are done, record how your feel.

Each day you do your practice, you should feel a little calmer.

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Proof: Meditation Changes the BRAIN

Here is proof in the power of meditation to change one’s life.

“Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation
Literally Rebuilds the Brain’s Gray Matter In Eight Weeks”
Read It Here

I’m offering two classes on Mondays beginning on Mon. Sept 14th at 9:30-10:30am, Tai Chi, a moving slow meditation freeing your body and mind to experience a sense of weightlessness and freedom unlike any the western form of movement.

From 11:00am to 12noon, “Meditation and Energy Movement” will give you hands on techniques and meditations to help you build a practice of your own.
The location is United Methodist Church on Monte Sano in the administrative building behind the church.
The cost is 10.00 a class.

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