FREE 21-day Meditation Class from Oprah and Deepak Chopra

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FREE 21-day Meditation Class from Oprah and Deepak Chopra

Abundance Affirmation

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Inbreath: I attract an abundance of all that I need.

Outbreath: My life is being filled with all that I desire.

I am open to receiving an abundance of all that I need in my life.

I create myself as a successful, wealthy, healthy, and happy person.

A constant stream of abundance flows towards me.

Each of my actions moves me closer to abundance.

I manifest and attract abundance into my life every day.

I am constantly in tune with all of the abundance that surrounds me.

I create unlimited abundance in all areas of my life.

I feel calm, peaceful, and relaxed.

Relax

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Relaxation in 20 minutes

If possible, choose a quiet place where you can lie down undisturbed for about 20 minutes. Eventually, you will be able to do all or part of this exercise sitting up wherever you are when you’re feeling stressed.

Relax your body as much as you can, to the point where it starts to feel heavy. If it helps you relax, try to visualize you are somewhere calm like the beach. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Try to imagine that the tension is leaving your body each time you take a breath.
Next, inhale and contract the muscles in your feet at the same time. Hold the contraction briefly, and then relax your feet as you breathe out. While you do this, continue to imagine that the tension is flowing out with each breath. Spend more time breathing out and relaxing than when you breathe in and contract. Focus on how your muscles feel as they contract and relax.
Follow the steps from #2 with other parts of your body. From your feet, move up your body, contracting and relaxing your lower legs, and then your upper legs, butt, abdomen, arms, and hands. End with your face; tense and relax your mouth, jaw, eyes and scalp muscles. If a muscle seems particularly tight, repeat the contraction with it.
Now lie still for five minutes, just relaxed. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
When you’re ready to get up, count backward from five to one. You may feel groggy at first, but in a few minutes, you should feel refreshed.
Keep it up
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If you make it a habit of doing this exercise, in addition to relaxing you, it can also train your body to recognize when you have muscle tension and reduce it. You can do it daily, along with other stress-reducing techniques such as meditation and visualization. Or take the time to do it whenever you begin to feel stress.

You can even do this technique focusing just on the muscles you use at work or school, such as your neck and shoulders if you’re sitting for extended periods of time.

Pause

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“Learning that a true pause is an instant, and it needn’t be profound nor prolonged. One attentive breath. The perfect bite of food. A deep laugh. A steady gaze with the ones you love, loving you back.”

~Elena Brower

Loving-Kindness Meditation

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Loving-Kindness Meditation

I’ve been practicing this really simple meditation in the morning and it’s really making the start to my day more positive and motivated as I go forward through my day. It’s good to set intentions first thing in the morning so your day is focused.

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  • Find a place where you won’t be interrupted. Or maybe even somewhere in nature.
  • Find a comfortable position and posture. You can sit or even lay down, just be comfortable and try and keep your back straight.
  • You – Think of a moment when you felt great joy and happiness in your life. Focus on that feeling and say to yourself: “May I be happy.” – “May I be healthy” – “May I live with ease.” … Give at least 2 minutes to each sentence before you move on to the next. Focus on your body. Feel how you relax and open and your senses open.
  • A good friend or loved one – Remember a happy moment you had together. Imagine them in a happy mood. Focus on that person and say to yourself: “May _ be happy.” – “May _ be healthy” – “May _ live with ease.” … Pause and reflect for at least 2 minutes after each sentence before moving to the next.
  • Think of an acquiescence or someone you don’t know well –  The coffee guy, a Facebook friend, or the lady that checks you out at the grocery store. Imagine them in a good mood. Focus on that person and say to yourself: “May _ be happy.” – “May _ be healthy” – “May _ live with ease.” … Pause and reflect for at least 2 minutes after each sentence before moving to the next.
  • Think of a difficult person – Someone who’s hurt you or made your life difficult. Or someone who’s made someone else’s life difficult or hard. Imagine them making life better for others. Focus on that person and say to yourself: “May _ be happy.” – “May _ be healthy” – “May _ live with ease.” … Pause and reflect for at least 2 minutes after each sentence before moving to the next.
  • Now think of the world – People across the sea, people in another state, people near and far. Imagine them in a happy mood. Focus on humanity and say to yourself: “May the world be happy.” – “May the world be healthy” – “May the world live with ease.” … Pause and reflect for at least 2 minutes after each sentence before moving to the next.
  • Now imagine yourself wandering through this new world everyone’s smiling, happy and living healthy and with peace. … Pause and reflect for at least 2 minutes after each sentence. Then slowly allow yourself to release from the meditation. 

A Meditation on Loving Kindness

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This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a loving kindness and friendliness toward oneself and others.

With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes over and over in our heart.

With a loving heart as the background, all that we attempt, all that we encounter will open and flow easily.

You can begin the practice of loving kindness by meditating for fifteen or twenty minutes in a quiet place. Let yourself sit in a comfortable fashion. Let your body rest and be relaxed. Let your heart be soft. Let go of any plans and preoccupations.

Begin with yourself. Breathe gently, and recite inwardly the following traditional phrases directed to your own well-being. You begin with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others.

May I be filled with loving kindness.

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind.

May I be at ease and happy.

As you repeat these phrases, picture yourself as your are now, and hold that image in a heart of lovingkindness. Or perhaps you will find it easier to picture yourself as a young and beloved child. Adjust the words and images in any way you wish. Create the exact phrases that best open your heart of kindness. Repeat these phrases over and over again, letting the feelings permeate your body and mind. Practice this meditation for a number of weeks, until the sense of lovingkindness for yourself grows.

Be aware that this meditation may at times feel mechanical or awkward. It can also bring up feelings contrary to lovingkindness, feelings of irritation and anger. If this happens, it is especially important to be patient and kind toward yourself, allowing whatever arises to be received in a spirit of friendliness and kind affection.

When you feel you have established some stronger sense of lovingkindness for yourself, you can then expand your meditation to include others. After focusing on yourself for five or ten minutes, choose a benefactor, someone in your life who has loved or truly cared for you. Picture this person and carefully recite the same phrases:

May you be filled with lovingkindness.

May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May you be well in body and mind.

May you be at ease and happy.

Let the image and feelings you have for your benefactor support the meditation. Whether the image or feelings are clear or not does not matter. In meditation they will be subject to change. Simply continue to plant the seeds of loving wishes, repeating the phrases gently no matter what arises.

Expressing gratitude to our benefactors is a natural form of love. In fact, some people find lovingkindness for themselves so hard, they begin their practice with a benefactor. This too is fine. The rule in lovingkindness practice is to follow the way that most easily opens your heart.

 

This meditation is taken from the book, “The Art of Forgivness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

The Painted Mermaid

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      0d974046b5eb280c420206bdb5de90ea_mermaid-tail-by-linzee777-mermen-clipart-without-background_300-300I LOVE Dolphins

                 0d974046b5eb280c420206bdb5de90ea_mermaid-tail-by-linzee777-mermen-clipart-without-background_300-300I LOVE anything that has to do with the sea 

 

It’s a newer obsession of mine, seeking my artistic side. Art and crafty type hobbies were not something I grew up with. I came from a very practical household. Artsy type endeavors were considered frivolous and a waste of money and time. This kind of sentiment is something that’s been bred into me and my own nature. To a point I was kind of fearful of it. 

But now as I explore more and more that artsy side of myself I’m finding it to be really meditative and so good for my state of mind. I will definitely be throwing myself more and more into areas of life I’ve avoided because of how I was raised. It’s mind expanding and liberating to try out simple things like painting that were never part of my childhood.

Thanks to The Mermaid Factory for a fun place to create, dream, imagine, grow and allow us all to nurture the artist within We’ll be back to do the dolphin!

 

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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
― C.S. Lewis

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It’s about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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“Everything seemed possible, when I looked through they eyes of a child.
And every once in a while; I remember,
I still have the chance to be that wild.”
― Nikki Rowe

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“We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey.”
― Serina Hartwell

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“Acknowledge your inner child. Even though we have found the light in ourselves today, we sometimes forget to heal old wounds of our past. Your inner child still needs to be loved in order to heal the complete self.”
― Karen A. Baquiran

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Morning Meditation

Good Morning!

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Every morning should start this way!

Morning Meditation

With my messy bed head hair I decided to start the day right. Meditation and visualization! I think this card will be repeated often for me, it wasn’t difficult to summon up an event that was/is difficult to accept.  I love the way the day started. Some soul searching, warm sunny rays and yummy food! I think every one of my days will start this way. Next stop was an hour of ashtanga yoga!!!

Easy Breakfast

Half of a Rudi’s Plain English Muffin

Half Tbsp. Justin’s Almond Butter

Half a small banana

Glass of water w/lemon

 

Steampunk Tights (transformed into capris) by: INKnBURN

Visualization cards by: Unknown (given to me as a gift and there are no markings on the cards). If anyone recognizes what these are let me know!

The World Needs More Than Good Intentions

Praying and meditating won’t stop violence, environmental disasters, or inequality. Our spiritual path needs to become one of action.

Source: The World Needs More Than Good Intentions