December 16, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Thanks to a gift from Rita, I have been revisiting the 21 day meditation challenge I did this summer. Today was day 12 and it was and is one of my favorites. The centering thought is “I use my energy to heal and transform.” We all give off all kinds of energy and that is a big responsibility. How we project ourselves is felt by all those that we connect with and can create an incredible rippling effect. Chopra explains that when “we come from compassion, peace and unity, we become a powerful force for good and open the door to deep and rich relationships.”
I was intrigued with how he explains the effect of energy on water as studied by Japanese scholar, author and entrepreneur, Dr. Masaru Emoto. His findings showed that when water was exposed to loving, caring, compassionate thoughts, beautiful crystals formed. Conversely, when the water was exposed to negative, ugly and hateful thoughts, fragmented, chaotic crystals formed. Since our bodies are about 60% water and our brains are about 70% water, we can easily imagine how our thoughts and words can greatly impact others as well as our own bodies and minds.
Sure, there are always going to be times in our lives when we are agitated or edgy. My guess is, it would probably benefit us, take some deep breaths and choose to send out the kind of energy that not only makes beautiful crystals but helps heal and transform those around us. What we put out is definitely what we get back.
November 12, 2013 by Leave a Comment
This mindful moment is brought to you by the people at today’s Oprah and Deepak meditation challenge….
Take a moment to observe one choice before you today. Prior to making a decision, check in with your inner voice and ask yourself “is this the most nourishing choice for me and everyone around me?” If the answer does not feel right to you, then consider making another decision. If when you check in with yourself, your choice feels right in your heart, then proceed with abandon.
“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
October 2, 2013 by Leave a Comment
Found this while doing some research on meditation yesterday. If you participated in the 21 day challenge or not, you will appreciate these questions and answers by Dr. Chopra.
What’s the significance of sensations during meditation?
During each 21-Day Meditation Challenge, we receive questions from participants who are curious about the sensations they experience during meditation, including everything from tingling feelings in the body and sleepiness to the desire to cry or laugh out loud. Although there are a variety of sensations that you can experience during meditation, in reality, only four things can happen during meditation:
You have awareness of your mantra or the focus of your meditation.
You experience thoughts or sensations.
You fall asleep.
You enter the stillness between thoughts, commonly referred to as “the gap.”