These are the Important Questions

Well, it took a full week, but we are all getting into the 21 day meditation challenge now, here at our home.  This morning Roxy made it to savasana and even stayed in position for quite a while after Mitch and I were done and out of the room.  This is a real reminder for all of us…routine and repetition go a VERY long way towards forming new habits!

https://chuckieb123.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/negative-and-positive.jpgI have gotten a few great tidbits out of this meditation challenge.   The one I will be focusing on today, and tonight in 7pm class, is the concept of positive and negative input.  In short, Chopra says that our days are filled with a lot of negative input (stress from work, finances, family, injury, illness, world news, just to name a few)  This input wreaks havoc on our physical, mental and spiritual health!  The only way to combat it is with POSITIVE input.  This is found in the things that bring us joy!  Many of us have to go out and find and make that positive input happen.  Whether it’s holding a baby, bonding with nature, a great workout, playing an instrument, painting a picture, watching a sunset (and I could go on and on) there is MUCH positive input for all of us IF we take the time to seek it out.

For the past few weeks, we have been repeating 4 important questions during yoga class.

Who am I? 

What do I want? 

What is my purpose

and most importantly,

What makes me happy?

Letting images, thoughts and words come freely after asking those questions, helps us answer them HONESTLY.   Learning what makes us happy allows us to fill our free time with POSITIVE input, hence counterbalancing all the negative input.

Chopra also suggests at the end of the day we ask ourselves what was the BEST part of our day, helping us to focus even more, and end the day, on the good stuff!

Whether you are at home, at work, coming to class tonight, participating in the meditation challenge or not–try giving some quiet time to these important questions and I promise you will not only learn more about who you are at your core, but also bring more joy into your life, which will make you healthier!

THIS, is just one of  the quiet ways in which meditation enriches our lives and improves our health and well-being.  Always, but especially during these crazy times in our world, we need that more than ever!

NAMASTE

 

When Was………..??

Last weekend we got to spring ahead.  That’s one of my two favorite days of the year.  Tomorrow we all get to be Irish.  Next week is not only the first day of spring, (also on the top of my list of favorite days) but on Monday a new 21 day meditation challenge begins with Oprah and Deepak Chopra.   It looks like it is going to be a great one:

Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit! Together we’ll take steps to release the burdens that hold us back so we can start shining from the inside out.

You’ll learn how to:

  1. Release heaviness and toxicity – on every level

  2. Break free from unhealthy habits using the light of your own awareness

  3. Discover what truly nourishes your entire being to bring newfound freshness, inspiration, and joy into your life

Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit begins on Monday –  You can participate in this journey by registering at:

chopracentermeditation.com

While walking the streets of NYC, I saw a great sign on a Kabbalah center.  I am sharing it today so we can all ponder this question which may help us all dare to step outside of our comfort zone.   It said:

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If you have never tried the meditation challenge, that would be a great place to start!  I always say there is a reason that meditation and medication are only one letter apart.  It’s the cure for so many things that ail us.

Get out there and make it a wonderful Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping in!

Thanks to Elephant Yoga for This One!

For those that resist meditation or feel it is too hippie dippy…but just as much for those that meditate daily…this one, if you haven’t seen it already, probably has the same calming effects as other more traditional guided journeys, but definitely is anything but traditional.  I tried integrating some of it into my morning meditation and it actually helped me gather some internal focus!

I WARN YOU IN ADVANCE IF PROFANITY OFFENDS YOU PLEASE DO NOT WATCH.

Flickr/Tambako The Jaguar: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/15739450032/

https://youtu.be/92i5m3tV5XY

A special congratulations to Jolene and Derek as they move into their new home this week and lay down some roots in Sin City.  For them, Las Vegas has been ANYTHING but the city of Lost Wages.  Focus, determination, hard work, and goal setting all paid off.  As a team, my guess is you 2 can accomplish anything.  You probably could have used the above guided meditation over the last month or so.

Can’t wait to celebrate with them.

Lessons Learned From a Cat……….

Peeking at Roxy Cat during our morning meditation is living, breathing, in our face proof of the INSTANT power of meditation.  (I took about 8 pictures this morning, but they don’t due the situation any justice as she just looks like a blob of fur…)

We aim to do our sitting session at about 7:30am and it’s amazing how Roxy starts to talk to us (a lot!) right around then.  She is absolutely ready and heads right off to the room we meditate in.  The SECOND we hit play on the tablet, she is in her zone.  When Oprah stops talking and Deepak begins, she starts to wag her tail a few times and then goes way deeper into the zone, usually ending up in savasana for the duration of the time.

When the 20 minutes comes to an end, she remains calm and begins to give herself a little bath.  Spirit and body clean, she heads out to the patio for her morning dose of sunshine and exercise.  It’s truly amazing to witness and is more affirmation of how important it is for all of us to take time out of busy days to at least try to block out all the chatter in our heads.  Taking the time to be present helps us to better learn to appreciate and be grateful for the here and now, for in reality, that is all we have.

Thank you, Roxburry, for helping us to learn more about ourselves, but also for helping us even better understand how much the humans and the animals have in common.  We all seek the very same things……

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Find YOUR Inner Peace…

Next 21-day, free, online meditation with Deepak Chopra begins on Monday the 13th.  To register, just go to chopracentermeditation.com

An email will be sent to you each morning so it’s easy to remember to do your daily meditation.  Equally as great for beginners, or those that have been meditating forever.

Meditation is for EVERYONE!  Mitch and I have committed to getting up earlier for the next 3 weeks so we don’t feel rushed.  If you feel that you don’t have enough time, you need it even more!

“Sitting,” always helps with focus and the ability to prioritize what is most important, so the investment of just 15 or 20 minutes a day, just might help you squeeze more time out of your busy day.  Let’s face it.  If you are working, caring for family members, getting in your daily dose of fitness, taking time to eat healthfully and mindfully and contributing to your community there isn’t a whole lot of time left.  Meditation has definitely helped me fine tune what I want to use my “extra” (is there such a thing??) time for.  Asking myself the simple question “What makes me happy?” on a daily basis and then, just letting the images and answers come to me, has helped me more than I can put into words.

But…this isn’t about me…it’s about YOU.  If you are looking for ways to lower your stress and worry levels, if you are looking for a mini-vacation for your body and your mind, if you need to lower your blood pressure, lower your resting heart-rate, improve your immune system, (ok…I could go on endlessly because the benefits are endless) give it a try.

Hoping the link below opens for you–I don’t seem to be getting audio but hoping that’s just me………..Namaste!

What Makes a Champion?

Love this quote.  Apparently Coach Carroll made a very wise move when in 2011 he initiated meditation practice for his team to help fight stress and improve performance.  Meditation.  The less you think it’s for you, the more it probably IS!

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“Meditation is as important as lifting weights and being out here on the field to practice.”

–Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks Offensive Tackle

Found in the Funnies………..

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As I have mentioned before, and wrote in my article in Green Panther Press (Pete and Erin’s all things vegan venture/zine) one of the byproducts of eating a plant-based diet is that a more peaceful nature becomes you.  This is much like what happens from sitting in meditation regularly.  While this comic pokes fun at lawyers, it’s pretty clear, based on the recent on-going theme that someone (the artist?) involved in the production of this comic has given up eating animals and is feeling the peaceful difference it makes.

In fact, though, becoming more at peace doesn’t HAVE to make you any less on your game if you are a lawyer or an athlete or an ANYTHING!  Dan Harris (ABC News anchor) writes about this very topic in his book 10% Happier.  While meditation started to make him TOO ZEN, he did find the balance and stay on his game (a quite competitive field!).  It’s learning how to enjoy a more peaceful soul, without losing the aggressiveness needed to be successful on the job.

So if want more peace and happiness in your life, consider some plant-based meals today and every day!   If you want to learn more about the vegan lifestyle, I have lots of info, can recommend some great reads and foods and you can search this site for some recipes.  If you are on Facebook make friends with Green Panther Press for lots more (hardcore) info!

Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday.  Can’t wait till next month to get together with some of most favorite people in the world for a vegan pot-luck Friday.  More about that as it gets closer!

 

Weighing in on the Current 21 Day Challenge…….

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did day 19 of this current 21 day meditation challenge with Deepak Chopra.  While I am thrilled that it keeps me in the habit of meditating daily, I have to say, this is the least enjoyable series that I have participated in thus far.  So if I encouraged you to try it and this is your first one, I apologize that it’s not a little more concrete.  But again, I would rather be doing it, than not!  Meditation has subtly helped me in countless ways and I am grateful for the inspiration, which for me, began with the series called Miraculous Relationships.  I will continue to participate in each one and hope that meditation is a forever way of life.  So glad that Mitch and Roxy join me on this journey.  So happy that some of you are, as well.  Namaste and happy Friday!