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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meditation

Blog 17 of 30 ~ Effy Wild's Blogalong ~ Thirty Posts in Thirty Days 

Meditation
I took a meditation class back in 2001. 
It was one of the best experiences of my life. 
I learned more about myself and 
developed a daily meditation habit.

And then, I fell out of habit.

Not only do I want to get back into meditating, I need to.

So I jumped on the opportunity for the 

21 day Meditation Challenge
with Deepak and Oprah.
https://chopracentermeditation.com/home

I have really been enjoying these morning meditations - 
even craving them.

I feel more centered. 

I feel ready for whatever the day holds.
When the 21 days are over, I plan on continuing on my own - 
making meditation part of my morning routine.

With the variety of demands on our lives, 

we can constantly feel overwhelmed.

Meditation helps one find the still, silent place within one’s being. With meditation we silence our minds. This opens us up to better health, better intuition, better decisions and a better life.

With daily meditation, thoughts become more clear.
We begin to understand our own mind.
We can learn how to transform our thoughts from 
negative to positive.

Daily meditation of just 15 minutes a day
can have profound effects on your
physical and psychological functioning.

You will have sharper thoughts and a clearer mind.
With a clear mind, new ideas become available.
Everyday life stressors won’t seem so stressful.
You will develop a more positive outlook on life.

We have the power to transform our lives with meditation.

There are as many ways to meditate
as there are minds to still.
Everyone can meditate and
find a practice that works for them.

In its simplest form,
meditation is just focused attention.

There are a variety of techniques and none of them are wrong. Find what you are comfortable with. 
And please, I implore you, do not stress about meditating.
 Do not approach this as another task. 
Don’t think you may be doing it wrong. 
The best approach is to just start.

Do or do not. There is no try. ~Yoda
Yoga Meditating 

What do you need to get started?

You need a quiet space, a comfortable position, 
a receptive attitude, 
and focused attention.

Choose a word, sound, or a prayer to focus on.

Disregard everyday thoughts.

Sit in your quiet space in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes.

Relax your muscles.

Take a deep breath in, slowly breathe out.

Let go of your thoughts.

If you have a thought, see it as a cloud in the sky and 
watch it pass.

Continue breathing naturally, in and out.

As you inhale, focus on your word, sound, or prayer.

Continue this for 10 minutes, practice daily, 
building up to 15-20 minutes.

When finished, take a few more deep breaths and ground.

Open your eyes slowly.

Take a few more breaths.

Greet the world.

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Meditation brings deep relaxation, inner peace, and balance.

When we are earthed, centered,
and connected in a meditative state
we are part of the universal whole.


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse

Amy Riddle is an empowerment coach, crafter of sorts, writer,
herbalist, reverend, and all out muse.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. 
She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. 
Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. 
She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.