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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.

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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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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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Discovering your aura and using it in your every day awareness

Everyone has an aura. It is the electromagnetic field that surrounds us as well as all living and non living things. If you have ever been in a gathering of people and someone comes up to you and pick up a weird vibe from them, you are literally sensing their wave length or energy field. You may have a few words with the person but you feel uncomfortable in their presence so you excuse yourself and leave. Energetically, what is occurring is a clash in your auric fields. If you see a good friend and walk toward them, you sense well being and joy. Energetically, your fields are merging.

Each of us are protected by our auric field yet it can be damaged by stress which in many cases leads to disease. In my Day 7 post, I suggested an exercise to help get a feel for the field by rubbing your palms together, pulling them apart and feeling the sensations between one’s hands. This exercise makes tangible the electrical- magnetic side of your energy field. Today’s exercise will allow you to physically see your field so you can incorporate this knowledge in your daily life.

Your auric field is multi layered. The first layer called the Etheric layer. This layer of energy can be seen an inch or two off of your body. The easiest way to see your field is to take a hot shower and steam up your bathroom. Stand in front of the mirror and look through the steam just above your shoulders and neck. Next look two inches around your head. Do you see a yellowish white light around the outline of your upper body? If so, you are seeing the first layer of your field.
Let your eyes move upward about two feet off of your body, looking at your shoulders and head, do you see any colors? This is the mental level. Now let your eyes stray further around four feet off of your body, do you see anything in the steam at this level. This is your spiritual level.

Tomorrow I’ll offer another auric exercise you can do with a friend or a group of people. The more we know we are multi-dimensional and extend beyond our bodies the more empowered we can become to help ourselves and others find peace and heal.

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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!