Chocolate Meditation

The Peaceful Woman has recently begun Meet-Ups throughout the US and Canada.  The premiere meet-up theme was, “When you can’t access Peaceful, reach for Chocolate!”

At first this sounds like a sales pitch for Hershey’s, but when you get past that, it is really a metaphor to remind us to slow down and access our center.

Rachel Flower, a fellow Peaceful Woman, created a special Chocolate Sensory Meditation for the meet-ups, and it is available to download and experience for yourself.  You will never eat chocolate the same way again!

Blessings,

Mary

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Make “Mental Fitness” a Resolution in 2010

As 2009 winds to a close, so many of us eat way to much over the holidays, and make resolutions for the coming year to get physically fit.  But what about our mental fitness? Patt Lind-Kyle offers an easy way for us to strengthen our “mental muscle.”  And yes, it involves some meditation!

It’s time for the annual “Fitness Resolution.” (Or should it be “Fitness Delusion”?) If you’re like most Americans, you’re fantasizing about a 2010 characterized by thrice-weekly gym visits, early morning jogs, veggie-centric meals, and-of course-a sleek new body by summertime. Yes, it’s a nice goal. But according to Patt Lind-Kyle, it’s an unrealistic one. First of all, you (at least the current you) are probably not going to do those things. But more to the point, you’re focused on the wrong problem.

Instead of JUST making physical fitness your New Year’s Resolution, why not ALSO aim for mental fitness?
“You can change your life in any way you want to change it,” says Lind-Kyle, author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence (Energy Psychology Press, 2009, ISBN: 1604150564) and mind training guide whose voice appears on the book’s companion CDs. “That applies to getting fit or quitting smoking or strengthening your marriage or whatever. But first you have to understand what’s at the root of your problems: your mind and the way it directs your brain to function-basically, where you place your attention.”

Lind-Kyle makes two critical points. One, the lifestyle habits that brought you to your current level of pudginess have carved neural pathways in your brain that can’t be changed by sheer willpower. (That’s why resolutions so often fail.)

The rest of the article is located here… Or jump right in and get her book!

Blessings,

Mary

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Walk – Mindfully

Did you know the simple act of walking can be a form of meditation?

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD. explains how in the following article from EVliving.com

Many people have been indoctrinated to believe walking is a chore, therefore, it is something to be avoided. People look for the closest parking space in any parking lot, take elevators to the second floor and generally avoid walking as much as possible.

Some people recognize walking as the most beneficial activity that is a natural course of living.  Walking can be an easy multitasking effort. Walking a few blocks has unlimited benefits-not only for your health, but your spirit as well. As you walk, connect with your inner thoughts. If you are walking outside; walk on grass or bare dirt so that your feet connect with mother earth. If you walk on concrete; the earth is still beneath you, supporting you-simply visualize the earth’s nurturing energy coming through the concrete into your feet and body. Walking allows your body to remember simpler times, when life was less complicated-when walking was the only mode of transportation.

Finish reading the article here…

Blessings,

Mary

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Meditation and Relaxation for Children

Having three very active boys of my own, I know how challenging it can be to get them to lay still for ten seconds, let alone long enough learn to meditate! Keira Adams offers some useful tips in the following article:

Taking some time to collect your feelings before or after a full day of work or school is something most folks ought to do, yet often don’t seem to be able to manage. Practicing some guidelines for meditation and relaxation will help you to organize your thoughts at work and school, and once you enjoy the advantages of meditation, you may wish to teach them to your kids. Here are several of the most effective means to visually explain meditation and relaxation in a way that your kids will be able to follow.

Continue to Keira’s article…

Blessings,

Mary

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The Benefits Of Guided Meditation Music

Learn more about the different types of music available to help with meditation in this article by Ben Pate.

Meditation With Music provides a powerful element to the effort to bring balance to the mind and body. This is accomplished through meditative practices or in normal life situations. A person will find that this type of music is growing in popularity as more people become aware of its ability to positively change lives.

Read the rest of the article here…

Blessings,

Mary

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Can’t Sleep? Try Meditation

Article by William Bodri on The Chase Carter Method Tones for Healing

Many people cannot sleep at night. They try wearing socks, drink relaxing herbal teas or take tryptophan or melatonin, read a book, keep a stress journal, and try all sorts of other expedients to help them fall asleep and get a good nights rest. What if I were to tell you that you could use this downtime as a chance to practice meditation?

Continue reading…

Blessings,

Mary

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What is Guided Meditation?

Here’s an article from the Beginning Meditation Guide about Guided Meditation:

Guided meditations are usually experienced with the help of a meditation teacher, or by listening to a guided meditation recording…a guided meditation can be an experience that is not only relaxing, but one that enhances your sense of self, that transforms your perspective in positive ways, and that inspires you to live your life to the fullest. It’s an effortless and very enjoyable experience that results in deep relaxation, elimination of stress and a heightened appreciation of life.

Read the rest of the article…

Well said!  Remember, you can download a free guided meditation right here, right now, and experience the peace for yourself.

Blessings,

Mary

Get your free full-length guided meditation here.

100 Benefits of Meditation

By Frederic Premji

There are so many advantages to meditation. When I first originally thought of this post, I indeed wanted to make it 100 benefits long (think big right!), however, I wasn’t sure I could find more than perhaps 20-25 benefits. Well, I made it happen! Meditation is as powerful as I thought it would be. Here is the definitive list of benefits that meditation can provide you with:

See the full list…

It’s definitely worth a look.  Thank you, Frederic, for compiling such a great list!

Blessings,

Mary

Get your free full-length guided meditation here.