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Benefits of a Clear Mind – Why Meditate Regularly?

What are the Benefits of Meditation?

When someone asks “What are the benefits of meditation,” they also must wonder, what is meditation? Rather than get cooked up in a chicken and egg situation we will answer in brief. Meditation is a process to follow that will bring the mind to persistence , a state of peace . The benefits and the definition are so very much all in one.

Imagine yourself:

– With a quiet calm mind,

– Access to clear and powerful thinking,

– With an ability to read and absorb what you are reading without distracting thoughts,

– Having access to rest and sleep without turmoil,

– Having increased energy through the day,

– At peace while the storms of life rage around you.

Practice of Meditation

The practice of meditation is described in a multitude of books, but this is all theory. Meditation is indeed a practice that has to be experienced to be understood.

Selecting the Good

In fact it encompasses a whole of life approach that results from a teaching and practice over a long period of time. If you devote yourself to something in life, and give this enough time you will certainly reap the results. Unfortunately, if this be a devotion to habits, thoughts or lifestyles that are contrary to best interest you will unfortunately reap the just rewards. Sometimes that is incomprehensible, but certainly it will be justice.

In like manner, if you read what is good, eat what is good and act well giving service to others you will reap the reward. It may sometimes seem that evildoers get to gain, but universal justice will always prevail.

The Fruits of Our Actions

If you really want to taste the fruits of a well nurtured life, learn the practice of meditation. Learn from very selective reading and from good company, and live in the awareness of the present moment. Let your life shine, rest in the deep peace, and experience the unity of all. Over time your mind will become even more discerning. You will know the distinction between confounding ideas or beliefs and the Truth.

How can you be sure? It's perfectly simple, just try it and see what happens. Every day devote some time to reading what is good, spend time in good company and practice meditation.

Good company is not always so readily available, however we can certainly be very discerning when we select what we read, what we watch on television and the quality of people we associate with. It must be obvious that bad company can bring down a good man or woman, however, it is equally true that good company can lift us and leave us feeling good from our association. In like manner, by being selective in what we say to others we can raise them up.

May you find peace and happiness.

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Heat Therapy With Reusable Heat Packs

Warming the painful joints and muscles with the help of heat provides relief from the nagging pain. Applying heat to the painful area of ​​the body dilates the blood vessels in the area, thereby boosting blood circulation, which helps to heal the sore muscles. Moreover, infant medical supplies therapy helps to improve flexibility of joints and muscles, easing pain and improving mobility.

In most cases, repeated application of medical supplies to the painful areas of the body is required several times a day. For acute pain, heat treatment may continue for several days, where chronic chronic may require treatment for a longer time. For long time heat application, you need reusable infant l care supplies that can be used repeatedlyly. Moreover, they are a cost effective heat therapy option. Instead of buying several disposable infant medical care supplies, a single reusable infant heel warming can be used for a longer time.

Uses of reusable heat pack
Reusable heat packs can be used for all types of heat therapies. They are widely used for treating inflammation and pain of the joints and muscles. Arthritis pain, back pain, cramps, muscle strains and tendonitis are common ailments that are treated with infant heel warmth. Heat therapy with infant supplies are frequently used in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, spas and fitness centers. You can even use infant medical supplies therapy for rejuvenating your tired body.

How reusable heat pack works
A supersaturated solution of sodium acetate and water is the main constituent of a reusable pack. The crystallization process stimulated by pressing a small metal disc present in the liquid produces heat. Within a few seconds, the temperature of the heat can reach around 130šš F. Good quality infant medical care supplies can sustain the infant heel warmth generation process for more than two hours. However, for the therapeutic use, for a single treatment session with a pack, retaining the medical care suppliesfor up to 30 minutes is usually sufficient. At the end of a heat therapy session, a infant supplies can be recharged simply by soaking it in boiling water for about 15 minutes. This helps to dissolve the sodium acetate trihydrate crystals formed during the crystallization process in water, to recreate the supersaturated sodium acetate solution. Once the infant heel warmth pack attains the room temperature, it is ready to be used for the following therapy session.

While buying a reusable heat pack, select a medical grade product. Good quality reusable heat packs usually last a lifetime, and come with lifetime warranty.

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Two Keys to Vibrant Health

Are you afraid of getting cancer, having a stroke, or any of the many symptoms that might pop up in your body every day? In this brief article, I'll share two powerful keys that can dramatically improve your health and how you feel.

As a health and wellness professional, I've seen some big changes over the past 30 years. Two things are particularly striking-one is disturbing and other is pretty awesome. To better understand the positive development, let's first look at a disturbing trend.

In the past few decades, we've witnessed the rise of the pharmaceutical industry and health care becoming big business. Because of that, we've developed a strong habit of running to the doctor for drugs to fix almost any symptom we experience. This habit is so ingrained and so well promoted, that we may rarely question it.

Now, many of these drugs work by inhibiting natural physiological responses or suppressing symptoms. Because of that, there are dangerous side effects. To compound the effect, we're routinely told that side effects are “normal” -and that we can handle those with more drugs. Many of these shut down our pain receptors and further numb us from what's really happening. Pretty soon we are like “chemistry experiments gone wrong” and we've lost our ability to feel what is happening in our bodies and respond appropriately.

As a result, we've become afraid of our own bodies. We're cut off from what's going on inside us-and it looks beyond our control.

Let's take getting a fever as an example. A fever is a natural healing response. Yes, it's important to monitor it. However, when we're afraid of it, we want to stop it right away. When we do that, we prolong the illness, because the fever is part of the cure. Because we do not trust what is happening in our bodies, we end up hindering rather than helping our natural healing responses.

Now, for the good news: In response to what's going on in healthcare, many people have stood up and said, “Hey, we're going about this all wrong.” The human body is an amazingly intelligent, self-regulating, and self-healing system.

There are two keys to taking advantage of this fact:

1. Tuning into the wisdom of your body and

2. Learning how to shift your inner state to enhance your natural healing abilities.

There is growing research that backs up your ability to do just that.

You may remember a few years ago, when the Human Genome Project was in full swing. There was this idea that we could map our genetic blueprint and discover “a gene for everything.” Well, researchers did map the human genome and found that genes did not begin to fully account for how we function.

In fact, they discovered that our genetic potentials give us a range of possibilities that can be “turned on and off” by other factors in our cellular environment. Things like environmental toxins, diet, exercise, and even what we think and feel make a huge impact on how our genes express, in other words, which of our genetic potentials become active and take effect.

Did you know that you have an amazing ability to tune into your body to sense what is going on? Did you also know that you have a powerful ability to shift your inner state to create a positive cellular environment? When we learn how to do that, we facilitate our body's natural healing response-and we feel better in the process. The truth is that we can discover how to work with the amazing intelligence of our bodies, rather than hampering it. We have much more power than we may realize.

There are a number of fantastic practices that tune us into our body wisdom and enable us to shift into a powerful positive inner state. Among these are various forms of meditation, yoga, t'ai chi, qigong, mindfulness, focusing, and a host of other therapies and techniques. I highly recommend checking out any of these that appeal to you.

What I've found most effective for myself and my clients are practices that work on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels-together. I've developed a practice that accomplishes this in a very short period of time. It's called Core Energy Meditation ™.

I invite you to try a short exercise taken from that comprehensive technique to experience what you can do by putting your mind into your body. Check out the Resource Box below for more information.

Enjoy your practice!

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Memory, Alzheimer’s and Meditation

Meditation itself is well-known to have beneficial effects: like slowing down the physiological effects of aging, lowering blood pressure, and reducing stress. It was thought to be a slow process, but some new research has found a marked benefit in a group that only adjusted for the 8 week duration of the study.

The study was to test the impact of meditation on age-related cognitive impairment. 15 people were enrolled in the study with ages from 52-77. All were suffering from some form of memory impairment, cognitive dysfunction, or Alzheimer's. None of them had any prior experience with meditation or yoga.

At the end of the study all the participants reported improved memory or cognitive function. This was supported by brain scans, taken before and after, which showed significant changes. The study itself was over an 8 week period and the participants were asked to meditate daily for just 12 minutes. So results are produced fairly quickly.

This study was a small-scale preliminary study, presumably it is not able to draw definite conclusions or start to make amazing claims about the power of meditation, but they used a form of meditation, Kirtan Kriya that I had not come across before , so I checked it out and thought I'd give it a go and see if I noticed any effects.

One of the problems with regular meditation is that it is not much fun. This is one of the reasons why I have started to create meditation CDs to make the process much more enjoyable. The boredom factor is also another of the reasons why it's difficult to notice any benefits you may gain from meditating. It's easy to do something when your body gives you immediate positive feedback. Not so easy when all you get is 10 minutes relaxation and during that time you have to focus on something like a mantra or your breathing, rather than on your much more interesting thought world.

Now when I checked out the details of Kirtan Kriya meditation I found it was quite different from anything I had done before, but I was immediately presented with a problem.

Kirtan Kriya is a Kundalini yoga meditation based around a chant consisting of four sounds: Sa Ta Na Ma voiced with long a's at a pace of around one sound per second.

Here are the rules:

  • Sit cross-legged, or in a straight-backed chair.
  • As you chant Sa, touch tips of thumbs and forefingers.
  • As you chant Ta, touch tips of thumbs and middle fingers.
  • As you chant Na, touch tips of thumbs and ring fingers.
  • As you chant Ma, touch tips of thumbs and little fingers.
  • Repeat this chant in a normal voice for 2 minutes.
  • Repeat this chant in a whisper for 2 minutes.
  • Repeat this chant in silence (as thoughts) for 4 minutes.
  • Repeat this chant in a whisper for 2 minutes.
  • Repeat this chant in a normal voice for 2 minutes.

You can see that this is a cycle within a cycle. The cycle of finger / thumb contact moving round the fingers, and the cycle of loud, quiet, silence, quiet, loud. The sounds themselves are another cycle. Sa represents the beginning, Ta is life, Na is death, Ma is rebirth & regeneration.

My problem was how I time the minutes without breaking my concentration to open my eyes to look at a clock, or set and reset a timer. One possibility was simply to meditate eyes open and watch the clock. That was a possibility and I was going to see if that would work when I found this amazing recording by Wahe Guru Kaur . So I made myself comfortable in front of my computer and started listening.

I think I have a pretty good sense of time and I thought I must have gotten something wrong, or this was not what I needed, because loud seemed to be going on for an awful lot longer than two minutes. I was just about to stop and turn it off when it changed to a whisper, so I closed my eyes and continued listening.

It turned out that this was a 30 minute version of a Kirtan Kriya meditation. 5 minutes out loud, 5 minutes whisper, 10 minutes silent, 5 minutes whisper and 5 minutes out loud. And it was really good.

The first thing I did this morning, before starting work, was to listen again. It has left me with a feeling that I want to do it, rather than I should . Why this audio track works so brilliantly and makes the meditation so easy is that for the out loud parts you have Wahe Guru Kaur's beautiful voice to speak along with. So any embarrassment about muttering weird sounds to yourself is gone completely. There is also a really pleasant background track to listen to. The beat in this is synchronized with the sounds so you do not lose track of the timing when it gets to the silent bit.

My own feeling is that this meditation is bringing body and mind back into balance. The finger-thumb touching with both hands is activating both brain hemispheres. The chant forces your breath into new rhythms – and breath is strongly connected to emotional states and the emerging of negative emotions. So you can see that even physiologically it has the potential to be beneficial without needing to subscribe to any mystical beliefs about the power of meditation – though you can do that too if you want.

A quick search around the internet reveals many other beneficial claims made for the benefits of this particular meditation, so why not try it out.

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Inner Peace Meditation Techniques

So what does it mean to be healthy? To achieve a perfect state of health, one has to remain mentally calm, steady, and emotionally stable. The best way to do this is to bring more life force or chi energy into your body. Chi energy is consciousness energy it flows all through nature and it represents the very breath of god. It helps you feel more alert, energetic, and full of good humor. A lack of chi results in fatigue, depression, and decreased motivation.

There are numerous ways to bring chi energy into your body including; yoga, breathing exercises, sun gazing, and praying over your food, and of course meditation.

Meditation itself is easy to do and does not have to be complicated. It can be as simple as clearing your mind and not thinking about anything for about 20 minutes a day. This is called mindfulness technique. This technique is probably not the best choice for those new to simply because it is very difficult to do. For example try to clear your mind for the next 20 seconds. Do not think of anything, go ahead and try it … Now try that for 20 minutes.

But there are many other methods that are much easier to do such as Mindfulness Technique which involves repeating a mantra or symbol image in your mind to help clear your thoughts. If you find your mind wandering simply repeat the mantra to bring it back on track.

There are also guided technique. These are usually pre-recorded and played back on a CD or cassette. They may involve relaxation exercises and guided imagery into different places and times. Content variants as much as your imagination, from boosting your sex drive to activating your DNA. These exercises are great for beginners as it teaches proper breathing techniques, posture, and how to relax in general.

Meditation Techniques for Beginners:

The key to deep relaxation is reaching a level of your mind that is between alpha and theta brainwaves as measured on an EEG (electroencephalography). This state of mind feels like a daydream. During guided it's hard to reach this level of mind as you're constantly being distracted or “guided” along. So the best technique for beginners would be a mix of guided imagery to help you reach a deep level of relaxation, which would then switch into quiet or calm music to help you reach the theta brainwave.

Studies have shown a minimum of 11 minutes of meditation per day is the minimum time needed to achieve full benefits. But even if you do not have 11 minutes a day, start out with 5 minutes and slowly work your way up. Find a place that is quiet and without distractions such as your bedroom and make it part of your daily routine.

Energy Healing Techniques:
Energy healing is just another way to use chi energy to bring balance your body's natural equilibrium on not only the physical dimension but also the soul or psyche level. Within the body, chi energy is stored in the chakras which are like vortexes of energy and the area around them known as your aura. Negative thoughts, emotions, trauma, and even physical violence can cause holes and unharmonious patterns of chi within your aura. This usually results in depression, disease, and if severe enough demonic possession.

To correct this problem the first step is to recognize the problem. Understand you are a spiritual being and not a physical being. What thoughts you project into the universe is returned back to you in your aura through the law of attraction. Once you realize you have the power to change your DNA blueprint then you can open up the door to healing. The next step is to surrender and release. All of us have made mistakes it is this learning process which brings us soul growth. By letting go of fear and anger and allowing yourself to feel love and give love you are embracing the universal energy frequency of god. We are all connected through chi energy in a divine universal consciousness energy field. We are all one! “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6: 4-5)

Open Eye Meditation:
Open eye technique helps unlock your multidimensional consciousness allowing you to see into the spirit realm. This involves meditating with eyes open into a blank area. To try this exercise place an object on both the left and right side of your field of vision and focus into a blank area in between these objects. These two objects help occupy your mind by focusing on two different things at the same time. This helps you release worry and discomfort while opening up your third eye.

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Five Solid Ways to Create Meditation Happiness

Meditation happiness is paramount to achieve especially in today's times when we can be easily affected by the most minuscule things happening around us.

But achieving this mediation happiness is a tough nut to crack. There are so many distractions that come in the sacred path that leads us to the glowing and energizing spirit that mediation shows.

Our lifestyles, thinking process, values, desires and goals, all of these and even more can be easily deterred from the right direction. The sad part is that we realize this when the things have gone way out of our hands. And for this the practice of creating meditation happiness in our life is very essential.

Therefore, here are some methods that will help us to create this wonderful phenomenon of meditation happiness and give some space to it in our lives. They are:

  1. Self-acceptance can prove to be the stepping stone to achieving meditation happiness. Happiness has always been an innate feeling. Since, it's always with us on the inside; we can say that it secretly waits for us to be brought out and given the space to shine. Due to the competitive spirit that we are born with, we have certain goals that we set for ourselves for us to achieve. But there are people who have tasted success but are still empty inside. This simply tells us that success is not a parameter to define happiness. Sometimes accepting things as they are lets you be compassionate towards others.
  2. To create meditation happiness, we can start being a simple yet important practice of deep breathing. Not just breathing but feeling the sensation of our own breath. This will make us feel booth relaxed and alive. This will also transport us from the mental banter to the present state of awareness. It will infuse more oxygen into the body, it goes without saying.
  3. We should try listening to music more often. Select some piece of music that connects the soul with the positive energies. It can be an old song reminding us of the olden golden days or even an instrumental piece that just glides through the walls of the mind, body, heart and soul. Words do not always have to be there to express emotions, do they?
  4. Drawing, painting or just doodling with a pen on a piece of paper can also calm the nerves that the daily hullaballoo sends us. Other than relaxing the mind, it's also a very easy practice and good if we wish to enhance visual memory. It really allows you escape like a deer into the dark forest, away from the sometimes overpowering leonine circumstances.
  5. We also recommend tickling the funny bone by sitting before a TV and watching some fabulously written and timed comedies. If we wish to see an all time favorite, looking up YouTube is perhaps the best and easiest option.

Trust us; these simple ways to create meditation happiness will make a whole lot of difference.

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Qigong As a Great Health Meditation for Every Senior Citizen

For the last several years, some Eastern approaches to health and fitness are gaining popularity all over the world. One of these approaches is Qigong. It can be considered as a form of health meditation that makes use of breathing techniques and graceful movements. We may picture out a Qigong session as an early morning activity that normally takes place where it is green or traffic-free like parks or gardens. However, we may also notice that many of the people who are practicing Qigong are in their sixties, seventies or even older. There are many reasons on why older people are doing this kind of ancient practice. This article presents some major reasons on why older people should practice Qigong.

As a Way to Treat Various Diseases

Statistically, older people tend to suffer from various kinds of diseases such as asthma, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, etc. This shows the proportion that as you grow older, there is also a high probability that you will contract various diseases.

Meanwhile, Qigong is known to treat many diseases. From its term itself, Qi means life energy while Gong means to cultivate. Thus, Qigong means the art of cultivating energy. The practice of Qigong ensures that the energy is functioning naturally. It believes that the Qi (life energy) is responsible for providing the feedback system, producing just the right hormones in the body, repairing the wear and tear, disposing toxic waste, and developing the immunity and self-defense in your body.

With the right cultivation of Qi, you are able to fight off those various diseases. Qigong is also a wholistic therapy as it does not only treat one major condition, but all of them at the same time. For instance, one who is suffering from asthma, after practicing Qigong for some time improved his / her blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels.

A Way to Prolong Life

With all of the health benefits of Qigong, we can there before conclude that Qigong can lengthen life. If you can get rid of those diseases, then, you are on your way to a healthy living and to extending your life as well. Well, every Chinese person already knows that the long term practitioners of Qigong live much longer, not to mention the Qigong masters who are quite old themselves and as healthy as an oak.

Recently, there is study that found a way to predict and increase your life span. Human chromosomes have tips called telomeres, which has been linked to life span. Longer telomeres are associated with longer lives or vice versa. The telomeres' length is decreed by stress while it can be increased by reducing stress. Qigong on the other hand, is a thousand-year old practice which is effective in reducing or managing

stress. As we grow older, we tend to have a lot of worries and discomforts. Qigong then addresses such issue as it has mental as well as physical maneuvering which simultaneously adjust body posture, breathing, and the mind.

Improves the Quality of Life

While Qigong has several health benefits, it can also improve the quality of life in many different ways. As some old people practiced Qigong because of their illnesses, this just came as an instant reward. Many older people who are practicing Qigong embroidered the fact that they can feel hungry and enjoy their food again, stop feeling lethargic, have better concentration, better memory, feeling alive and happy, being useful to their families and the community, or at least not needing anyone to look after them. It is also common for older people to be irritable, have mood swings, fear death, etc. Qigong can help them as it balances everything including their emotions, making them happier and easier to communicate with.

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What If I Can’t Meditate?

Firstly, I can tell you straight off that when you begin meditating for the first time you will find it almost impossible. Everyone does. It's not really about whether you can meditate or not, it's about whether you can begin the training of becoming a meditator.

So perhaps the question should not be 'What if I can not meditate?'. Perhaps the question should be 'How can I develop the skills to meditate?'.

Meditation is about mindfulness, it is about being able to focus the mind, control your thoughts and become aware of every moment that you are alive. Meditation is about giving yourself the space to reflect, to be still, and to find a deep calm.

The first thing to do is to forget about whether you can or can not do something. That's just the mind giving you a bunch of fearful feelings of failure and ineptitude. Take action to get over that and get yourself a timer. Set it for 1 min and then sit still and just let yourself be.

Become present in the moment.

Become aware of your breathing.

Sit and just allow whatever thoughts come into your head to simply drift by without any big reaction from you. Watch them and allow them to float away if possible.

When the timer goes off ease yourself back into the world, stand up and carry on with the day. That was the start of your meditation practice.

Often it can still be a struggle just to get 1 min of awareness and mindfulness so I'm going to give you three really powerful focusing exercises that you can work on at any time through the day. These can help you to sharpen your mind, and improve your concentration and focus.

With these skills, you will find your awareness increasing, and as a result meditation will become a more natural process for you.

These are all visualization exercises and can really help to sharpen the mind.

1. Close your eyes and visualize a single digit number.

Picture it however you want in the forefront of your mind. Now add a second digit, and then a third. Keep going with this until you reach the limits of the number of digits that you can hold in your imagination.

When you have reached the limit keep this figure at the forefront of your mind, your inner eye, for 2 min flat.

2. Close your eyes and picture a fountain pen slowly writing your name on a blank piece of paper.

Keep picturing the pen writing your name slowly over and over until the sheet is full.

3. Close your eyes and visualize a simple colored shape. For instance a golden triangle, a red circle, a blue six pointed star. You can stick to one particular shape or you can imagine a series of shapes drifting in front of your inner eye.

You can even use these exercises as your meditation for a while, plenty of people use objects such as candles or deities for this exact purpose. The point is not the exercise or the technique, the point is to be free of fragmented thoughts and attention and to raise your own strong awareness and mindfulness.

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Relaxation Techniques Boost Health

There are many techniques in achieving maximum relaxation. These techniques can less stress, and help you fully enjoy your life even when you are ill. Relaxation techniques are a great form of stress management. One advantage of it is that it reduces stress on your body and mind. It helps you deal with daily stress and other stress related problems such as pain and sickness.

You can take advantage of relaxation techniques even if your stress has subsided or still in its worst condition. There are easy basic techniques that you must learn to enjoy relaxation. These techniques may have a small cost or no cost at all and may create a slight risk but can be done almost anywhere. Following the easy techniques of relaxation can help you get started to fully release stress

If you have lots of tasks and responsibilities both at home and on work or if your disease is giving you more demands, relaxation techniques can help you so much. Relaxation technique can also give you health benefits. It can help you lessen stress:

  • It slows down your heart rate
  • It lowers your blood pressure
  • It slows down your breathing rate
  • It increases blood flow towards your major muscles
  • It reduces chronic pain and muscle tension
  • It improves concentration
  • It brings frustration and anger
  • It boosts confidence in handling problems

Relaxation techniques can be more effective when done together with other positive activities such as getting enough sleep, exercise, and supporting friends and loved ones.

Health experts like psychotherapists and doctors, alternative and complementary health practitioners, know different kinds of relaxation techniques. You can also discover some methods by yourself.

Typically, the techniques involve in relaxation involves refocusing your mind onto a calming situation to increase awareness in your body. The type of technique does not matter for as long as you do relaxation frequently to achieve benefits.

There are kinds of relaxation techniques are

  • Autogenic relaxation. This type of relaxation Autogenic means something that happens within you. In this technique, you are using your visual imagery in cooperation with body awareness in reducing stress. You are saying words within your mind over and over again while reducing muscle tension. An example is when you are imagining a calm environment and then you start to focus on relaxing your breathing making your heart rate slower or by feeling various sensations given the calm environment like stretching your legs and hands.
  • Progressive muscle technique. This relaxation technique helps you in focusing slowly on tensing and then trying to relax every muscle group. This technique helps you in focusing on the distinction between relaxation and muscle tension. You are becoming more conscious of bodily sensations. Another technique of progressive muscle relaxation is by starting to tense and relax the muscles in your feet particularly on the toes and then work your way up to your head. Alternately, you can start from the head going down if you want. Stress your muscles for 5 secs. and then loosen up for 30 secs. Do this Repeatedly.
  • Visualization. This relaxation technique, mental images are formed in taking an imaginary travel to a calming and peaceful situation or place. During the mental picture, use as many senses as you can such as touch, sound, sight and smell. If you are imagining a relaxing moment at the beach, for example, imagine such things as the sound of waves, smell of salt water, and the heat of the sun touching your body. You can close your eyes and sit somewhere quiet and then loosen your tight clothing.

Other common relaxation techniques include:

  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Hypnosis
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi

As you practice techniques of relaxation techniques, you will be more responsive of muscle tension and other stress factors. If you are fully aware of this, you can now do relaxation techniques when you feel stress. The techniques use in relaxation is one's skills and this can be improved if done regularly. Be tolerant of yourself and do not allow your endeavors to add to your stressor. Try a relaxation technique that will work for you. Talk to your physician about other alternatives if you think that these techniques do not work for you.

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Five Top Tips for Living Your BEST Life

Enlightened wisdom believes that the question is more important than the answer. In other words, without the correct question being asked, you can not ever get the correct answer. So asking the RIGHT questions to yourself is the most important thing you can do for your own personal growth …

We are born, and we will all die one day – this is certain. In the middle of our birth and death is this thing called life. We do not have a choice about the fact that we will die one day, but we do have a choice about how we will live the days of our life. So here's an important question to ask yourself – What is life for? What is my life about? What is the purpose of my journey here?

It's important to ask this question because the answer will decide what your experience of life becomes. Is life just for growing up, getting education, meeting your partner, having children, creating a big successful career, company, or family, having experiences, friendships, relationships, and then one day leaving it all behind when you pass away?

It is true that along the way you may do all of this, but what is the big picture of life all about? This is an important and powerful question to ask.

I asked myself this question when I was just a teenager, and then went in search of the answer. I looked both within, into my heart, and also searched externally, by meeting and learning from enlightened teachers. After after a lot of search, practice and experience, I found my answer.

While each one of us has different goals to fulfill and life to love, there is a common thread in our existence too. We are all here, experiencing life, to bring out the best possible potential from within us and share it with others. We are all here to be the best we can be, as individual human beings.

This is the answer to the big question that will clarify and set the path of your life – You are here to be the best that you can be, in your relationships, in your work, in your friendships, in your efforts and in your life .

To help you live your best life let's begin by understanding that there are essentially just three ways to live life.

  1. You can live your lowest life : regardless of circumstances, this is a life where you do not follow your dreams; you keep chasing STUFF. You are the least important person in your life; everyone else is more important than you: your partner, your kids, your work, and your in-laws – all of this is more important that being authentic to yourself.
  2. You can live a mediocre life . Regardless of circumstances, this is a life where sometimes you get your way, but it is only after other's get theirs too. So there is always a compromise. And you're supposed to feel satisfied with just what you've got, been given, or received in life. You look around and see that everyone else is doing the same thing – they are not living the lives that they want to live, instead they are always compromising to keep moving ahead. Mr Jones gets up, goes to work, comes home, spends time with the family, then goes to bed. The next day, he gets up and does the same thing all over again. This is the conditioned life, albeit stable, secure and comfortable. Living this life of no sense of life purpose every day is dangerous as it may bring you to a mindset that believes this is how life is supposed to be. Once this mindset has taken root you are condemned to a life time of mediocrity and non significance.
  3. You can live your best life! This is a life where you know the reason you are alive. You have a clear sense of what you want to do with your life. You are living authentically, not to fulfill others expectations of you. You are full of purpose, passion and a sense of completeness. You are engaged in work that you love, you share life with someone you love. When you wake up you know you're living your highest potential.

If you can find the courage inside you to decide to live your highest life, here are 5 tips to help you to do so.

Living your best, highest, biggest, brightest life is easy when you follow the 5 tips. The first tip is the most difficult, but let us start here because if you can do this, then all the others that follow are easy.

Tip 1 for living your BEST life – Accept Responsibility for your life and everything in it.

Understand that you can only change what you have responsibility for. If you are not responsible for it, then you do not have the power to change it either.

So accept responsibility for yourself and creating your BEST life.

Make a commitment that you will live your best life. Accept that you have to make it happen – not your partner, your husband, your family. It's not your mother's responsibility! Others can help and guide you, but it is your job to walk this path. This also means that you STOP WAITING!

Stop depending or waiting for others to make your life better! Instead you do it yourself. This step is most important but difficult too. If you do not participate in making your own life better, well then nothing can become better. Make a silent mental commitment to yourself “I will do / change whatever I have to … I am responsible for living my best life.” Then think of what actions you can take to make your life better today. Not tomorrow, not next month. Identify some small steps / things that will improve your life experience today, and then take action on them.

Conscious change starts inside you first. This is a truth that can never change. Was not this article a thought in my mind before it became real? Similarly, your relationship, your home, your children, your job, your current life – all these were thoughts first before they became a reality. When you understand this, you can also understand how to change your life for the better.

Tip 2 for living your BEST life – Invest in yourself by learning meditation

Every day that we are alive, we invest. We invest our time, energy and effort in our children, our homes, business, our travels, our stocks & shares … but along the way we forget to invest in ourselves.

You are at the center of your whole life and everything you have created in it. So make sure the core is always well taken care of. Think about it – before your children came into your life, were you not there first? Who came before your home? You! Before the relationship? You!

You are the reason why everything else is in your life. Sometimes we lose sight of this powerful truth …

So make sure you invest in yourself by training your mind to be happy and joyful. Meditation is the ancient science of mind training and it shows you the way to create your own happiness and joy. It also gives you a mental clarity that allows you to see the big picture of your life and empowers you to take steps to make it what you wish.

So invest in training your mind through meditation. You can not live your best life without a mind that supports you to be happy and joyful. Find a good teacher and then spend the time, energy, effort and money you need to learn the wisdom that will guide you to your BEST life.

Invest also in your health, and good experiences. Exercise, travel, enjoy good food and drink, enjoy nature, hang out with positive people and most important of all – remember to see the good in your life on a daily basis, not just once in a while.

Tip 3 for living your BEST life – Discover and follow your passions.

Ask yourself this simple question – How much passion do you feel in life? Do you feel alive and on fire as you start your day? Are you excited to be at work? Do you feel that you are doing what you were born to do?

To live your BEST life, you must discover and release your passion – this is extremely beneficial for you and everyone around you too. You must look inside yourself to find meaning and work that will light a fire inside you.

It takes courage to live your BEST life because it means finding and following what you love to do. Be aware that you will always be better at doing what you love to do than doing what you do not love. Now if you think that you do not have a passion / dream in the first place, I want to remind you that you DO! It's just been so long since you thought about your passion that you think it is no longer there. So spend some time looking inside and discover the fire that is waiting to be lit inside you.

Tip 4 for living your BEST life – Release negativity.

Release and let go of all negativity, regardless of why it's there. There are always good reasons of why we feel anger, hatred, grudges or jealously towards others, but no reason is good enough to keep on hurting yourself for. All negativity hurts you more that those around you.

Imagine that you are holding onto some heavy weights in your hands. And now you try to raise your hands higher to flap your wings to fly. You will find that the weight is really heavy and it holds you down. Blame, complaining, anger, grudges … these are all the weights that hold you down.

Interestingly, the more positive you become the more you see good opportunities – reasons to say thank you and be grateful. And the universe supports you more too.

Be aware that if 5 years ago someone hurt you, but you keep thinking about how that person hurt you by what he said or did … then he hurt you but then hurt yourself a 100 times thinking back about it.

If you get on a flight to go somewhere there is always a limit on the baggage you are allowed to carry. 20kg in economy, or 30kg in business class, or 40kg in first class … but always there is a limit. If you take more that that you are penalized! Similarly, in life if you carry too much baggage you are penalized and you will not enjoy the beauty that life has to offer.

So, let go of the negative experiences of your life. Accept that it is you who has to let go of the pain, not the people who caused you the pain (if you wait for them, you are playing out the role of a victim). The enlightened teachers say it is never the snake bite that kills you; it is the poison left behind that kills you.

Learn your lessons for the hard knocks of life, and move on a better person. Do not hold on to the past, because the past is not holding on to you!

Tip 5 for living your BEST life – Love yourself every day.

Treat yourself with love every day, not just on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Do not wait for others to make you feel good either! Take the responsibility to make yourself feel good no matter what happens! Again, meditation training will be invaluable for this.

So everyday of your life, remember that the most important person in your life is YOU!

Enjoy small pleasures on a daily basis – a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, yoga class, a good book to read, a chat with a friend, a massage, enjoying the beautiful trees around you … anything to show yourself some love very day.

If life was just one thing, then all people would be having the same experience of life. Yet some are happy, others unhappy. Some are full of gratitude, and others are full of complains. The truth is that life is nothing without you. There would be no experience / definition / quality of life without you.

In truth, Life is what you make it to be, nothing more, nothing less.

So make a commitment to live your BEST life: your Beautiful, Empowered, Shining and True life.

This would be a life well lived!

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Perseverance and Courage Are Natural Gifts

Being immersed in nature we can get back in touch with what we were inherently born with.

Perseverance comes to us naturally as a biological function – it is society that tells us we should give up our natural sense of courage.

Unconsciously we bend to the over-culture of modern society and soon we feel overwhelmed with all that we are 'supposed' to do, feel, see and act up in our daily lives.

After awhile even the smallest of issues can seem monumental and we are overwhelmed with how to even approach finding a solution to the problem or issue we are faced with.

The steps to reclaiming our natural ability to cope with daily issues comes from connections. Chaotic energy can run rampant when we are disconnected from the natural world and the divine. Renewing our connection to the natural world will also, by default renew connections with divine forces.

Severing connections with stress, overwhelm and general chaos takes only a moment but is something we tend to gravitate toward the least. This is because we are ingrained to believe that 'we must' do this, that or the other when it is simply not the case; when we step back and view the entire picture rather than just the issue or problem this becomes clear.

When we step back we can take a deep breath, center ourselves and clear our minds. These small actions allow us to refocus on the natural order of things and on how the divine works within our lives. The result is that we can see how skewed the previous chaotic perception was. By allowing nature and divine connection within our lives we also allow the natural ability of perseverance and the courage to try again back into our energy.

Conversely, our connection with natural rhythms and the divine also affords us opportunity to more clearly see what no longer serves us and what needs to be discarded. With clear intent we have courage to then put into action clearing things and situations from our daily lives.

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Wonderful Benefits of Meditation for the Modern Age

A lot of people, possibly not surprisingly, are seeking methods to break free from the difficulties of contemporary life. Those of us who choose to find tranquil pastimes have various options. Meditation is just one of those options and is gaining more and more interest. The factors for this are 2 fold. Yoga is the physical part to meditation, but it is a little beyond a lot of peoples capabilities. The meditation aspect however is less challenging on the physique. In addition, scientific analysis into meditation endures to produce remarkable conclusions. Reports have been conducted for many years and continue to this day. Men and women who practice meditation can expect to receive a highly effective impact on their bodies and minds and is also backed by this research.

So do you know the benefits of meditation? We all know basically what meditation is. However it is not as straightforward an answer you might have hoped.

Meditation is numerous things to different individuals but we shall consider the essentials that are expected irrespective of the type of meditation you choose and the kinds of effects one could wish to experience.

The core idea of ​​meditation should be to quiet the mind in Vidic and Buddhist traditions, this is to purge out impurities of one's mind, allowing for effortless connection to a higher or higher source of power or energy. This allows for connecting onto a higher point of power, or awareness. It may be said that you can really feel a peaceful, a quietness, wash over us that can not be achieved any other way.

Our minds are always rushing at 100mph. Try now to think of nothing just for 30 seconds. Go on and empty your mind. Do not visualize a pink elephant What happens? It turned out near impossible to not think about a pink elephant, let's be truthful. If you're really to think of nothing, know now it's a learned skill that needs time to work and effort and large spoonful of persistence.

Being on this degree of conscious awareness brings real and mental benefits that can not be underrated.

Nonetheless it warrants that that it's not a prerequisite of meditation to have a vacant mind. Sometimes the mind simply needs a diversion, something to focus on that keeps the usual fluctuations and muddled thoughts from entering. The mind requires a focus, which is where guided meditations come in very useful.

Guided meditations work for people with seemingly hyperactive minds. The listener basically has to focus on the narrator, and brain activity starts to decrease to some extent akin to that of daydreaming. This is known as the “Theta” state and brain wave functions are much slower than usual alert brain wave functions.

You will already be knowledgeable about this state of mind, because you reach this point just before you fall sleep every night, or at times during the day as you temporarily zone out, or daydream, and a friend is required to tell you to return out of it. This can be needless to say entirely natural and easy to achieve. And it also can be good for everyone.

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Instant Calming Techniques For You

Feeling stressed? Need help calming your nerves? Here are six stress reduction techniques that require only a few minutes to immediately calm and refresh you.

Remember to breathe!

In response to stress, many of us breathe more shallowly or we hold our breath, triggering anxiety and panic. Remember to breathe smoothly and evenly.

For even greater results, use deep breathing to calm yourself. To the count of three, breathe in through your nose. Hold to the count of three. Then, again to the count of three, slowly and evenly exhale through your mouth like you're blowing to cool something hot. Repeat a few more times. If you begin to feel light-headed, take a little break.

When you breathe deeply, the body releases endorphins and then interpret the presence of these endorphins to mean that it can stop producing stress hormones. Automatically, your heart rate slows and your mind becomes more relaxed.

Visualize relaxation!

Try this visualization: Close your eyes and imagine you that a warm light is entering the top of your head, then bathing and relaxing every part of your body, from your head to your toes. Feel that warm light easing and releasing each tension.

Some people prefer to replace the light with a color of their choosing and they fill themselves with that color and the attributes they associate with the color. For example, they may associate blue with calmness and they fill themselves with blue / calmness.

Shrug your shoulders!

Shrugging your shoulders will help to release the tension in your neck and back. While breathing deeply, slowly raise your shoulders up toward your ears. Hold for a count of five and then exhale and slowly lower your shoulders. Roll your shoulders a few times, then repeat the entire process to release pent-up tension.

Smile!

Smiling can trick your mind into feeling better. Studies have shown that even forcing a smile when we do not feel like it can be enough to improve our mood and help us feel calmer. Smile big and see if you do not feel better.

Change your post!

Are you hunched over with your breathing constricted? If so, straighten up! Imagine a string tied to the center of the top of your head and as it's filled, you straighten up. Physical balance translates into improved emotional balance. Improve your posture and feel more refreshed as you breathe more easily.

Distract your mind!

Listening to music, singing a song, counting to 10, or performing another mental exercise can all distract the mind from it repetitive, stressful thoughts. Once the mind is given something else to focus on it will, at least temporarily, leave its current stressed state. That distraction may be all that is needed to help you feel calmer.

The next time you feel overwhelmed, try these techniques. Since they take so little time, try a few and find which ones work best for you. Incorporate these stress management techniques in your daily life and enjoy more calmness!

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Various Meditations in Motion As Effective Stress Management Techniques

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction of the body to the increasing demands of our daily lives. However, too much of it can have negative effects on our body as well as to our overall well-being. That's why today, many individuals are looking for various ways to manage their stresses. One of the most thought-after methods is through meditation. While there are a number of ways of meditating through a state of stillness, there are also meditations through gentle and mindful movement. These are called meditations in motion. Meditations in motion such as walking meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga are effective stress management techniques that you can opt to.

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is a kind of persistence in motion. Here, mindfulness and meditation are being practiced while walking. You are also using the experience of walking as your focus. Here are some steps to do it properly:

  • Try to walk slower than your usual pace and notice your breath while doing it.
  • Feel your breathing. Every time you exhale, let go of those tensions in your shoulders.
  • Be physically aware such as noticing the feel of your feet as they make contact with the ground or feel the sensation your heel as your foot strikes the ground.
  • As you walk, sense the inter-related movements of the motion of your body. Try to notice how the weight of your body is focused on different areas of your load-bearing foot, as it moves from heel to ball of the foot, to the toes.
  • Grasp the awareness of your breath, your body's movement as well as the peace and beauty of the present moment. Be with each step and each breath.

Tai Chi

One way to reduce stress of today's lifestyles as well as to improve health is by practicing the ancient art of Tai Chi. It is also another form of meditation in motion because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting your mind and body. It came from ancient China and being used as a self-defense, but today it evolved into a graceful form of exercise to reduce stress along with a variety of health benefits such as enhancing balance and muscle strength, improves body coordination, develops aerobic capacity, and boosting your immune system. This practice is made up of a series of slow, fluid movements and coordinated breathing. Here, you perform a series of postures and each post flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Qigong Meditation

Qigong meditation is a very old Chinese healing art that combines movement and meditation. Qi means energy while gong means cultivation. Putting it together, it technically means energy cultivation or energy work. When you practiced this kind of exercise regularly, it gains balance and flexibility, increases stamina, improves blood circulation, develops immune function, and relieves stress.

Controlling the flow of Qi is one key to achieving good health. When your mind is filled with the clutter of the day, the Qi in your body will become unbalanced, causing you stress and other diseases. With Qigong, you release stress by clearing your mind. Qigong meditation enables you to achieve balance at a physical, mental, and spiritual level.

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient system of movement and philosophy that began in India. According to the science of yoga, the diaphragm is the seat of the intelligence of the heart and the window to the soul. During stressful situations, the diaphragm becomes too stiff to alter its shape as you inhale and exhale. By practicing yoga exercises, you can develop the elasticity of your diaphragm. Thus, when stretched, it can handle any amount of stress, whether it is intellectual, emotional, or physical.

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What Is Third Eye Meditation?

Third eye meditation is one of the many enigmatic concepts that have befuddled the human mind from centuries. This type of meditation primarily focuses on the ajna (brow) chakra according to Hindu spirituality.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the universe possesses the 'Third Eye' which is located between his eyebrows and a little higher than the bridge of the nose. Whenever the universe is threatened by the immoral atrocities committed by mankind, the sacred energy of the third eye engages and burns down the evil to ashes. When Lord Shiva calms down aftermath, he lets the generative energy flow through his third eye to create a new universe.

Through third eye meditation, you establish contact with your inner environments and accumulate them to help you advance to higher levels of spiritual consciousness. You acquire the wisdom to distinguish the layers of this material world and beyond.

To practice third eye meditation, find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit down and take a few deep breaths. Open the doors and windows of your mind and let all the troubling thoughts and feelings escape.

Close your eyes. While breathing in and out, concentrate on the region between your eyebrows ie the third eye. Visualize your deep breathing activate this space. Believe that your third eye is a gateway to the state of realization: where you can allow the conscious to expand beyond the earthly levels.

Feel the freedom that comes with the higher knowledge. Let your spirit lose to taste the waters of the deepest seas and scale the height of the highest peaks! As you delve to search the meaning of your existence, you experience a connection with you mind through your third eye. Remain in contact with your mind and still allow your soul to travel to the places that you can not possibly imagine exist in the material world.

Now, you are in a state where nothing: no thought, emotion or situation, can snatch away this moment: the celebration of stillness, contentment and happiness. Take some deep breaths and let your mind absorb the calmness and allow it to enter the complex layers of the unconscious. Listen to the voices within, the ones you may have left unheard in the hullabaloo of your busy life. Let these voices resonate with every particle of your mind.

With some more deep breaths, let your body and soul slowly be engulfed by the liberated energy. This energy travels from your third eye down to the other parts of the body, sending positive sensations to your spine, moving down to your feet and the soles of your feet. Now, imagine this energy flow link you back to the daily chores of your 'regular' life. But now, you're calmer and stronger to face the challenges for you possess the divine knowledge grassed through the third eye.

This sense of being alive from within empowers you to transmit this energy to other people around you. Allow others to also discover the answers to their innumerable questions by spreading the message of third eye meditation.

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