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Focusing On Calm

Winter by John_Bln
Winter, a photo by John_Bln on Flickr.

Feeling holi-dazed? Looking for an app for meditation? Check out this link to a free app to help with your take-anywhere meditation practice:

calm.com

Meditation 101

Meditation by r_gnuce
Meditation, a photo by r_gnuce on Flickr.

More is not necessarily better…
Bigger is not necessarily better…
Louder, faster, brighter, busier is not necessarily better.

Try exploring the opposite of these ideas by simply (it’s not as easy as you think) closing your eyes, sitting comfortably and focusing on your breathing. Breathe slowly in for a count of 4 and breathe out slowly for a count of 5. Maybe you can do it for 5 minutes, maybe less. If thoughts are crowding your mind, say hello to them and then let them pass on like clouds in the sky. Clouds move along without you helping, your thoughts can too. If your mind drifts, just refocus on your breath.

And that’s it- Meditation 101

How About Here For Your “Special Place”?


Abiqua Curves

Originally uploaded by Gaz Photo’s

Since triple digit weather has arrived, I decided to mentally head for one of my favorite meditation places: the wonderful Pacific Northwest. If you’ve ever dabbled in meditation you may have come across the concept of a” special place”. This is a place you can go to in your mind to create a sense of calm, peace and well-being. It can be any place that speaks to you but I thought this place seemed pretty nifty.
Do you have a place? Have you filled in all the sensory details? What are the smells? Can you hear anything when you are there? What do the things there feel like? Do you always visit during a certain season or every season? Are you alone? If you haven’t already filled in the details don’t hurry! Enjoy the process. You can always change the details whenever you like- your place, your creation!