Meditation

Moving Meditation

How are your mornings? A pefect morning should include steps to take care of body and the mind.  A great way to do this is with moving meditation. I’m one of those people who really like the benefits of meditation but the sitting can be more of a distraction. I’m allllllll about whatever works.

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What is moving meditation? Slow rhythmic physical movements and deep breathing. This of course has all the benefits of regular meditation including;

 

  • increased focus and calm,
  • reduction of stress and anxiety,
  • helps blood pressure and insomnia.

Moving meditation can have a profound effect on the body as well as the mind including decreased inflammation and pain. Moving meditation can also lead to increased;yoga

  • flexibility, balance, and agility
  • energy and stamina
  • cardiovascular capacity
  • muscle strength
  • joint health

So what are some examples of moving meditation? Yoga, tai qi (chi), qi gong, breath walking, certain types of dance… honestly you can make a moving meditation out of almost any can of activity you want. It only has to be rhythmic and breath centered. Breath centered means that you are focused on taking slow deep inhalations and exhalations. So give it a try in the morning. #getpoked

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Standing Meditation 

Perfect mornings should have a relaxing and nurturing component. It’s hard on the body to wake up and rush off to life’s many demands and not give it daily TLC. An unusual way of doing this is standing meditation.

Standing still in a relaxed pose and breathing deeply is great for:

  • Increasing your energy
  • It can reduce low back pain
  • Improve posture
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improves core strength and tone
  • Improves balance
  • Increases bone density
  • Improves sleep quality,
  • Helps with body alignment
  • Tones the pelvic floor
  • Improves the mind-body connection

There are many different ways of doing this. My favorite is called horse stance. Now, if you really want a detailed description you can find many online like here and here. It’s always best to have someone show you that way you know where you might not be doing it correctly. Ultimately, I think with practice most people get it right one way or the other. Here is a quick description. Continue reading “Standing Meditation “

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Visualizations, Affirmations, and Manifestations

We truly take for granted the power of human will. On this quest for the perfect mornings you are exercising your will to put a little love in your own tank before moving out into the world. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is focused day dreaming aka visualization, affirmations, and manifestation.

“It is by will alone I set my mind in motion… ” Mentat Litany Dune

You have either heard of all 3 or it’s just some new age hooey to you. Yes technically all 3 are different. Should you chose to delve into quantum physics you will find some of the scientific evidence that supports the power of positive thinking and the effects it has on the human body. We spend too much time worrying about day to day problems and the things we don’t want.  We don’t spend the same amount of time and energy thinking about the things we do want.

Personally I like to imagine, in vivid detail, a goal, desire, or outcome the same way kids imagine Christmas the night before. I “live” in the day dream. I think of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the people I’d meet both good and bad, and how exactly everything I wanted would be just pefect. When I’m done I think about how to get to my dream and what can I do about it today.  Michelangelo famously said: “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That’s how it should be with your own life: see your own potential of the angel within, and chisel away at your limitations until this potential is realized.

 

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Stone Sitting

How was your morning? I like to do a little breathing meditation in the morning with beautiful stones. I have a thing for stones. I love their vibration, their colors, the way they will hold the heat of sun or fire. I love how stones are always cool to the touch. I love to read about the different vibrations and attributes of different stones.

So what is stone sitting?  I mediate with stones. I love the quiet presence of a good stone. I place a stone or some in my lap, against my chest, the palm of my hand, any body part, or around me like the base of a pyramid. There is no right or wrong way. If you like a stone’s attributes, you can make that a part of your reflections. If the stone is small enough you can put it in your purse or pocket to bring you back to a place of peace throughout the day.

Don’t limit your self to just stones you can hold and carry with you. In the warmer months, I like to find a large outcropping, rock, or boulder to sit on or near. This is especially awesome on a warm day. It quickly can turn into stone napping.

By the way, you can do this with flowers, candles, trees, kittens or anything else that brings you a deep-seated peace. It doesn’t matter.  It only matters that you give your body, mind, and spirit an opportunity to recharge. #getpoked

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