Posts Tagged "meditation"

In Nature

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Nature

In Nature

(Image: ‘Nature’ by dan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Last month, I went to the Om festival in Collingwood . For one week, a temporary community camps in a beautiful forest, and works cooperatively to create the event. Everyone who attends is required to participate in the collective vision. Even meals are communal. Spending 5 consecutive days in the forest with nothing to do but be is complicated. As in other years, I grappled with the absence of urgency and purpose my urban existence demands. Without the ceaseless waves of doing pushing and pulling me in a tidal frenzy, I am left feeling sore, vulnerable, and at times lonely. Yet, day by day, the barriers built up by city living peel off; at times, whole walls collapse into a shivering heap of ash at my feet. And the forest, in its infinite presence and murmuring silence, holds the space for this opening, this deepening of connection with self. A literal understanding of “spending time in nature” is to dwell within one’s own nature. Being in nature is not simply the act of wandering through a park, it is about wandering through oneself. The so-called natural world invites this connection because it exists in perpetual presence. Trees dwell in their nature, as do flowers, squirrels, raccoons, bumblebees, and blue jays. Nature is not something that happens somewhere outside the confines of our houses, streets or cities; nature is within us, it is what we are. My invitation to you is to spend time in your nature. This can mean being in a presence-ful environment such as a park, or beach, or forest; practicing prayer, or still or moving meditation; singing; dancing; even laying down in a quiet room and simply feeling your feelings. Exploring and becoming intimate with the world within you ultimately opens you to the world around. Spending time in your nature brings you home to the deeply interconnected reality of...

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The Power of Our Thoughts

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on The Power of Our Thoughts

The Power of Our Thoughts

(Image by audfriday13 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) I’m sure you’ve probably heard about the power of positive thoughts and how they can attract the things we wish for in our lives.  It definitely seems like a great idea to turn our thoughts into motivators and harness them as good energy to fuel our days.  But it can sometimes feel like a challenge, especially when the weather is gray or things are not going our way.  What can we do when we are are going through these times and it’s hard to see the brighter side of things? A daily meditation ritual has been show to focus our minds and soothe our souls.  Try these beginner meditation tips. The more regular that you are with a meditation practice, the greater the effects and ability to create positive thinking.  I myself have experienced this.  I sit down every morning for 5-10 minutes (or more) on my little meditation cushion and observe my thoughts.  I let my mind be still.  It is amazing how I feel starting my day on a calm tone.  I really notice the difference if for some reason I don’t get a chance to do my morning meditation.  My day feels a bit off and more nervous energy can set in.  When this happens on the rare occasion, I remember to stop and take a few deep breaths to re-balance and allow myself to function at a more tranquil frequency.  My mom told me something so insightful and lovely the other day during a phone conversation. She relayed this great analogy of how every one of us has a small lighted flame deep within us and the way to nourish this flame is with positive thoughts that act like pouring oil onto the flame.  Just picturing that image in my head helped me to see how powerful good thoughts can be.  So to generate some positive vibes and thoughts, try meditating. Here’s a simple exercise from Gaiam Life to help you get started and it takes  less than  five minutes, I promise! How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction. 1. Sit or lie comfortably.  2. Close your eyes. 3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally. 4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly. Make no effort to control your breath; simply focus your attention. If your mind wanders, simply return your focus back to your breath. Maintain this meditation practice for 2–3 minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.  My very best wishes,  Dr. Anita Rajan...

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