Category Archives: Meditation

Energy…

Everything at its finest level of creation is energy. We are exchanging energy and silently communicating with every person we meet or come into contact with. Energy impressions are always our first impressions that influence what we think or feel about others. – Carol Tuttle

All people will hold negative energy at times – we’ve all experienced it ourselves, and we’ve all experienced being around a person when they are holding negative energy – it simply doesn’t feel good in either instance. But we all have a choice to stay and hold onto that negative energy or we can work to release that negative energy and come into a positive state again. When we are in a positive state, or when we are around others who are in a positive state – it simply feels good – there is a flow and a magnetism. It’s dynamic.

The most common term for negative energy or blocked energy is stress, anxiety, and depression. Think of a time when you’ve felt any of these energies – also think of a time when you’ve been around another person who is experiencing these….no good. But – again we have a choice to grip onto these feelings and allow them to take us on a wild emotional roller coaster ride – or we can release them.

We all have the capacity to clear our energy. We can do this by practicing asana (physical yoga) and working with our chakras. We can also do this during meditation. There are many guided meditations on the internet. Some people have a hard time letting these kinds of feelings or mental and emotional blockages go. Sometimes it’s simply too hard to do the work on our own. That’s when it is useful to work with an energy therapist or a yoga teacher who focuses on energy healing.

Not Being Affected by A Chattering Mind…

Wisdom by Sally Kempton

It is the nature of the mind to create thoughts and images. The energy that we call “mind” is dynamic. Like an ocean, it has an innate tendency to create surface waves. Yet when you sit regularly, you’ll begin to become aware of a part of the mind that is untouched by thoughts. You might experience that deeper layer of consciousness as pure sense of being or as a sense of being a witness. Sometimes it feels as if you have plunged into the deeper “water” of the mind, where it is calm – while all the time, the mental chatter continues. In other words, the mind can keep thinking, but “you” are not affected by those thoughts.

So let the thoughts be there, and see if you can become aware of the awareness – the sense of being present – that is behind the thoughts. Or simply let yourself keep coming back to the sensations of the breath in the body, or the felt sense of energy in the heart, or the vibratory quality of a mantra. In time,  you’ll notice that the thoughts drift more and more into the background while the underlying sense of being comes more into the foreground. That’s meditation.

Childs Pose…

There is within every human personality a child. Everyone can remember how it was to be a child, to feel the inner freedom of a child and to experience life in a simple way.

This inner child is very wise.

It feels CONNECTED to ALL LIFE.

It knows LOVE without question.

This inner child gets covered as we become adults and try to live by our rational minds only.

This limits us.

We all long for freedom – it is through the child that it will be gained.

– Barbara Ann Brennan “Hands of Light”

Cultivating Loving Speech and Deep Listening…

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am determined to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy and hope. I will not spread news that I do not know to be certain and will not criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or community to break. I am determined to make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.” – Author Unkown

Meditation…Calming a Turbulent Mind…

Your mind is a thought-generating organ. Thought forms perpetually arise in your awareness. If you try to stop your thoughts with the intention of creating stillness in your mind, your mental activity may quiet for a few moments, but it will almost certainly start up again at full speed.

The activity in your mind is communicated to every cell in your body. When your mind is turbulent, your messenger molecules communicate turbulence to your cells, tissues, and organs. If you can quiet your mind, you can send messages of peace and harmony to every cell in your body. To experience the real essence of yoga – the full integration of body, mind, and spirit – you need to develop the ability to calm your mental turbulence.

Meditation is the technology that enables you temporarily to escape from this cycle. Through the process of gently focusing your attention (known in yoga as Dharana) while innocently witnessing the thought forms that come and go in your mind (Dhyana), you enter into the gap between thoughts, glimpsing the domain of unbounded awareness (Samadhi).  – Deepak Chopra

These gaps between thoughts are what I refer to as – Slivers of Peace – it can be difficult work at first to calm a turbulent mind – but slowly it happens if you work at it – and then these slivers of peace grow into chunks of peace, longer and longer – and it also becomes so much easier to find that peace within yourself. It is definitely worth the time and effort.

Yoga Is…

Flow by Sarah Benning…the process of replacing old patterns with new and more appropriate patterns. ST Krishnamacharya

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Chakra Meditation…

Energy Centers

On Wellness in the Workplace…

Study after study shows that high levels of stress, experienced day in and day out, are significantly detrimental to health and well-being. Scientists warn that stress contributes to health problems ranging from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and infertility. One study shows that working more than 60 hours a week and failing to get regular sleep can double the risk of having a heart attack. But only 28 percent of Americans say that they do a good job of managing stress. Companies are – thankfully – getting involved. Wellness programs are becoming robust within medium and large organizations across the US and throughout the world.

  • DuPont reports a 47% reduction in absenteeism over a six-year period for participants in a corporate fitness program. They also found that such employees used 14% fewer disability days than nonparticipants – a total of nearly 12,000 fewer disability days overall.
  • A study in the journal Ergonomics concluded that “Mental performance was significantly better in the physically fit than in the un-fit. Fit workers commit 27% fewer errors on tasks involving concentration and short-term memory as compared to un-fit workers.”
  • In a study of eighty executives over a nine month period, those who worked out regularly improved their fitness by 22% and demonstrated a 70% improvement in their ability to make complex decisions and compared with non-exercisers.
  • The Canadian Life Assurance Company found that 63% of participants in a fitness program reported being more physically relaxed, less tired and more patient during the workday. Some 47% reported being more alert, had better rapport with supervisors and co-workers, and experienced a higher level of enjoyment at work.
  • At Union Pacific Railroad 75% of employees reported that regular exercise improved their concentration and overall productivity at work.
  • General Motors found that employees who participated in a physical fitness program had a 50% reduction in job grievances and on-the-job accidents, and 40% reduction in lost time.
  • The Coors Brewing Company found that it got as much as $6.15 return for every $1 invested in a corporate fitness program. Companies including Equitable Life Assurance, General Mills and Motorola have all reported at least a $3 return for every dollar invested.

This is all great – I’m so excited to see companies investing in their employees wellness – but at the end of the day – it is our own individual responsibility for creating balance and wellness for our own selves – in our own lives. If you live in high stress, start chipping away at areas where you can reduce this – and counteract those areas in your life that are stressful by adding daily meditation, breath-work, yoga or other mind-body-spirit practices. Eat for fuel, not for emotional reasons. Sleep well. Our society equates success to always being busy – always doing something or you aren’t being productive – but a successful person knows – or relearns – how to sit still and rest – because resting is resetting/recharging/renewing yourself – sitting still you find insights that would have never had surfaced had you not taken the time to sit still and reflect – work when you work, rest when you rest. Your whole wellness – your whole being – will thank you for it.

Gratitude is an idea worth spreading…

Take a deep breath. The breath is not something we just “take”. Breathing is a gift. It is a miracle that is offered to us over and over again, yet much like our health, we often take it for granted right up to the moment we no longer have it.

If you look at life through the lens of love and gratitude you will transform people. You will transform places. And you will transform the way you do things.

The Heartbeat to Eternity

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Drop a pebble in a still pond and watch the ripple travel out in an ever expanding ring.

Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters.

They create ripples that spread and expand as they move outwards.

Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives.

And their reactions in turn affects others.

The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine.

The choices you make have far-reaching consequences.

Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin.

A new millennium is here and a great spiritual awakening has begun.

It resides within your heart.

People everywhere are seeking answers.

To the true nature of our souls,

To what God has to do with our lives,

To whether our small contributions can really effect great changes.

The pond is the world. Your heart is the pebble.

The ripple is the love and positive intention you send out with every heartbeat.

Imagine…

Your heart sends out a ripple

It beats in time with another heart and the ripple doubles.

Which beat in time with other hearts…

And the ripple grows…

Spreading from heart to heart with gradually increasing influence over the community.

The ripple effect is a connection between those in need and those who want to help.

If all of us give just an hour a week to good works,

Or one hour sending out a blessing with every heartbeat,

Think of the combined effect of the growing ripple on our communities and our culture.

Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse.

We can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of loving kindness that will wash over the world.

Each act of charity. Each thoughtful deed.

Each positive thought can ripple from heart to heart and evoke changes in time and space.

Bringing heartbeats to vibrate in time.

The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripple moves onward and outward,

The ripple growing in size as your heart connects to another and their contribution is added.

The ripple becomes a wave. The wave growing in strength as more heartbeats begin to resonate together.

Rippling out to reach countless souls.

As our heartbeats vibrate in time and space.

The wave becoming a rising tide sweeping across the globe.

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.

Each individual must believe in their ability to use their heart as the pebble in the pond.

To send a ripple outward with every heartbeat.

To touch the lives of everybody they come in contact with. And outward to everyone those people come in contact with.

And outward. And outward.

Until the hearts of all humanity create a tide that will raise the level of consciousness on this planet.