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Mantra: Om Sarvatva Namah
This mantra means, “I open my individuality to its true universality, the wholeness of cosmic awareness.” As we connect with our essence, we are revitalized, restored, and renewed.

 

 

By: Deepak Chopra

Mindfulness On The Trails

Practice Mindfulness on Your Next Hike
“We all deserve to have more peace in our lives, and I truly believe nature and hiking can bring that to us.”
Last month co-founder Karla shared her top tips on practicing mindfulness on the trails presented by Aftershokz.

Mantras for Meditation

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  1. “Aum”, “Om”
    Sanskrit/Hindu, meaning “It Is” or “To Become”.  Also used in Buddhism and other traditions. It is a sacred word. One translation being that it is the first breath of God. It can also be reference to; the soul, the self within, the entirety of the universe, truth, the divine, the spirit, energy, or ultimate knowledge. Listen here.
  2. “Om Mani Padme Hum”: Buddhist, meaning “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus” (perhaps the jewel being Buddha, perhaps our sufferings) Listen here
  3. “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”: “shanti,” which means “peace,” is chanted three times. As a spiritual aspirant, one chants shanti in desire for the occurrence of circumstances conducive to a spiritual education. But these mantras can be chanted for peace in a general sense as well. Listen here.

“As we purify our own consciousness by extricating ourselves from the grosser vibrational planes, we turn back toward the formless. The practice of mantra is a technique for tuning us to those subtler vibrational levels. As we move more and more deeply into mantra, the sound becomes the vehicle that allows us to experience both halves of the act of creation-and-return, so we’re going from the many back into the One, and then from the One into the many, all on the strength of the mantra.

Mechanical vibration alone won’t do it, of course. The mantra and the reciter of the mantra are not separate from one another, and the power and the effect of the mantra depend on the readiness and the openness and the faith of the one who’s doing it. In fact, mantras in and of themselves don’t do anything at all – it all has to do with the beings who work with them. Mantras aren’t magical spells; power mantras are just sounds, unless you’re the kind of person who has the one-pointedness of mind and the particular personality characteristics that make those power mantras work. That is, what a mantra does is to concentrate already-existing stuff in you. It just brings it into focus. It’s like a magnifying glass with the sun: The magnifying glass doesn’t have any heat in and of itself, but it takes the sunlight and focuses it; it makes it one-pointed. The mantra becomes like that magnifying glass for your consciousness.

Mantras can be used as a way of stilling thought as well as focusing it. If you imagine the mind as being like an ocean, with waves of thought surging along on it, waves going in all directions because of the crosscurrents of the tides and the winds – in that ocean, a mantra sets up a single wave pattern that gradually overrides all the other ones, until the mantra is the only thought-form left. Then there’s just one continuous wave going through your mind – going and going and going.

– Ram Dass – Why Do We Use Mantras

Meditation With The Owl

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Get comfortable in a place where you won’t be disturbed. Find a quiet place outside, or put on nature sounds if either of these options are available and make you feel more connected to owl energy.  Do whatever you feel guided to do.

Imagine you are in a wooded area, perhaps sitting safely upon a tree limb as you watch the owls soar from tree to tree. Imagine the feeling of the air around you, hear the wings of the owls as they fly near. Feel the branches you’re sitting on, feel the wood beneath your fingertips, smell the tree sap and the woods all around you.

As you watch the owls, speak to them, state what it is you would like owl wisdom on. You could simply think,  “Owl Energy. I look for your wisdom” Or you could say, “Owl Energy. I feel that I am stuck in (name your personal situation). Help me see through the darkness. Help me see with wisdom and direction.” 

Continue to become a part of the woods you’re in as you grow more comfortable sitting in the tree as you feel the flap of an owls wings in the air brush against you as it sits next to you on the branch. Note any observance you have; any feeling, words that are spoken or come to mind, symbols, etc.. Stay in this moment with the owl for as long as you feel guided to. Feel your heart fill with gratitude for this moment.

When you feel you are ready open your eyes and feel the lightness in your spirit.

I can’t emphasize this enough, journal your meditation. Write down any information you received. If you received any symbols, google them. You may even be revisited by an owl in a dream. In meditations like these that essentially search for your own inner wisdom to shine through, often clarity of the message isn’t completely understood at first glance. Give it time. 

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Emotional Purification Exercise

I ran across this emotional purification exercise yesterday and found it to be very grounding while still feeling fluid. It’s kind of a mental bath. If feeling mucky mentally it’s a good mental exercise to do for washing away all the stress and worries of the moment. Sometimes all I need is a momentary break in the flow of negative thoughts to feel refreshed, or to even come up with an idea or answer that my head seemed blocked to find a solution for. I get caught up in my own internal drama something simple like this is perfect!

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BY: Katie IndiCrow

Suggested exercise:

Take 3 deep, long breaths.

Allow yourself to come into your body and set the intention to slow down your thoughts and increase emotional flow.

Allow yourself to connect in to the images/videos that appeal to you in this set.

Visualize yourself blending in with the flowing of the water.

Connect to the swirls and waves and colours.

(Allowing yourself to search through the bubbles brings you into them)

As you are doing this, intend to Invite in peace and balance and release all else.

Enjoy the flow of tranquility and relaxation entering your system.

Note: each image does something different. Try one at a time or viewing as a series. Give each a minute to connect!

This activity will also help connect to calm in stress. Remembering to breathe as we feel all of this is important.

ENJOY! REPEAT AS INSPIRED.

In loving co-creation,

Katie IndiCrow @ IndiCrow Energetics

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Here’s to a healthier May!

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Let’s face it, this month just did not go as planned. I was injured, and am still healing from tendon and ligament damage, and one of our cats who was a mammary gland breast cancer survivor had a relapse and didn’t survive the second round. My fitness challenges went out the window. Life happens. 

My ankle and heal are still unstable so I don’t want to commit to too many online challenges, or worry about advancing miles or speed. But I need to commit to some plans for the upcoming month. My body feels neglected. 

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Plans & Goals

💠I already started a new meditation challenge 5 days ago. The *21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge. The meditations are very simple, very easy going and inspiring. I’ve actually focused a lot this month on personal development and meditation. Perhaps my injury in the end was a good thing because I feel amazing mental focus now and seem to be handling anxiety challenges better and better. I really recommend this challenge, and it’s FREE!

After the 21 Days I’m going to try and do *Gaia’s am/pm meditations with Rodney Yee. Since we subscribe to the channel I should make more use of it lol. They are each about a half hour long. I know it’s an added chunk of time taken out of the day, but when it’s for making the quality of the days and my life better, it doesn’t seem like lost time. I’ve done some Rodney Yee meditation before and I’ve really enjoyed it. His delivery is very calm and gentle. 

💠*Potterhead Running Club’s *Penseive 10k’s (virtual running event) official date is May 2nd. I am not at all able to do all the miles for a 10k (about 6.3 miles) all at once with my injury or it will just delay healing even longer, but the nice thing about the PHRC is that they believe it’s perfectly ok to run it in chunks and even have a tracker for it. I plan to start on Monday and do a little every day. I have to build strength in my ankle back up. I ripped it up pretty bad when I twisted it weeks ago. 
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💠I also have a new schedule set up for May to get back into setting a routine. This is kind of my go to schedule. It works with our lifestyle. We don’t normally have time for hikes or climbs until the weekend. 

Monday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Tuesday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Wednesday: Short Run/Walk & Les Mills Bodyattack
Thursday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Friday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Saturday: 30 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump & other (hiking/yoga/climbing/etc)
Sunday: Rest day or hiking/climbing/etc

💠 And weekly sound baths, meditations and tea with Buddha (weekly sangha) is always on schedule for mental health, physical well-being, furthering my own sense of zen, and expanding my spiritual knowledge. 

Photo by Paul Davis.

*Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community, 
it’s a deep spiritual practice.
A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together 
in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. 
The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, 
harmony and love

Here’s to making May a healthier month that April!

*Reference
21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge
Potterhead Running Club
Penseive 10k
Lions Roar
Gaia – Rodney Yee’s am/pm meditation

Morning Mindfulness

“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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How you start the first 10 minutes of your day does more than any other 10 minutes of your day to orient your life toward true joy or mindfulness. 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation Mantras

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Inspiration For Meditation

 

    1. I am bliss
    2. This moment is perfect, whole, and complete.
    3. Nature is conspiring for me. 
    4. I have no expectation of any result.
    5. Recharge, renew, then respond.
    6. The power of intention lies within.
    7. I will follow my bliss. 
    8. I am as dynamic as my rest. 
    9. I am available for energy and creativity.
    10. My nature is to flow. 
    11. I am grateful for… 
    12. What is true for me today?
    13. My intent is heard by universal intelligence.
    14. Everything and everyone is extended self.
    15. The answers are sourced within.
    16. I am committed to my personal growth and evolution.
    17. My bliss is judgement free. 
    18. My true nature is spirit. 
    19. I celebrate my extended self.
    20. My true happiness is sourced from within. 
    21. I am.