Category Archives: meditate

I Need a Vacation

Twelve Apostles

I don’t know where this is, but I want to be there.

It looks so peaceful and clean and calm and like it smells like salt air and sea breezes.

I think it is Australia. So golden and serene.

I could meditate and swim and unwind.

Take me away.

My Safe Place

Secret Garden

Do you have a safe place?

It doesn’t have to be a real place. It’s a mental place that your mind can go when it needs to take a break. It’s a meditation place.

I remember an episode of BBC’s Coupling when Sally needed to go to her safe place. Her place was a white room with a string quartet; she was wearing a pretty dress and holding a cocktail.

My place is a garden. It is a very old garden in the shape of a circle and walled in with ancient stones. Only I have the key to its thick wooden door. In the center is a stone bench where I can sit and think. It’s The Secret Garden from the children’s book of the same name by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. That was my mother’s favorite book when she was a child and that’s the way I imagined it to look. For some reason in my mind, the garden is in Italy and the wall is ancient and perhaps a ruin from the Roman Empire.

What’s your safe place?

Quick Stress Fix

beautiful young woman lying on isolated white background

When I get home from work, the muscles around my neck are shoulders are usually tight after sitting at a desk all day. This only gets compounded by driving in traffic.

Here is a quick and pleasant way to relieve tension. You’ll need a bowl of warm water, a wash cloth and your favorite calming essential oil. Lavender and camomile are best.

Fill a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Add a few drops of essential oil and swish around with your hands. Put in a wash cloth and soak for a minute. Then ring out and apply to face and neck. Breathe deeply. The warmth and soothing scent will help relax your muscles. The cloth will cool off quickly, so reapply a few times.

These little moments alone can really help. Try adding some relaxing music.

Meditation Music

Music

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~Berthold Auerbach

I’m always looking for ways to relax. Music calms my soul and allows my mind to be open to creativity.

Lately, I’ve been listening to music specifically designed for meditation. Here are a few of my current favorites:

Cry Of The River - Nature Meditation

Cry Of The River – Nature Meditation – Ma Jana
I find the sound of running water to be a comfort. This disc is a combination of tinkling soft music and the beauty of nature.

Meditation Music of Ancient Egypt

Meditation Music of Ancient Egypt – Gerald Jay Markoe
I’ve long had a fascination with ancient Egypt. This music conjures images of sacred ceremonies in exotic temples.

Classical Healing

Classical Healing – Tom Barabas
Melody, harmony, familiarity. This CD is a collection of well-known classical pieces played intimately on a piano.

What is your favorite relaxation music?

A Poem for Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
It marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Here is a lovely little poem by Robert Frost.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Stress Release: Power Napping

Napping

A short nap in the middle of the day can reduce stress and invigorate you for the remainder of the day.

Quick napping for 10 to 30 minutes a day can relieve stress on your heart and increase your effectiveness at the office.

Of course, it’s not always possible to nap at work. But no one will miss you if you sneak off to the ladies room for a few minutes. Close your eyes for 5 quiet minutes and try meditating as a substitute.

Instead of reaching for a midday coffee, try the oppositie approach. Shut down for a few.

Stress Release: Talk To Yourself and Listen

Mirror, Mirror, On the WallI enjoy reading my horoscope, especially as written by Jonathan Cainer.

In today’s post, he wrote about feeling like we are talking to ourselves.

Then he asks Virgos (my sign) that if I really were talking to myself, what would I say?

“How honest would you be? Be brave.
Give it a try.”

So, I suggest that we all try talking to ourselves.

Stand in front of a mirror all by yourself. What do you want to say? As Mr. Cainer suggests, be honest and be brave.

I say:

“Self, you are loved. You are beautiful, graceful, kind, intelligent, hard-working and not as fat as you think.”

What do you say?

Car Mirror

Meme Me – Blogs That Make Me Think

My EyeThis meme comes from Joey Moggie and is based on one at Linky Love which is based on one from The Thinking Blog.

I probably won’t do all this correctly, but I’ll try.

Here are the rules according to Joey Moggie:

1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think, sit, read, stop by again or sizzle.

2. Explain why each of these blogs make you think, sit, read, stop by again or sizzle.

3. Link to this Linky Love post so that people can easily find the exact origin of this most popular meme ever.

4. Make sure this counter gets copied, so we all know how popular you are making this meme! (I can’t do this one. Don’t even know how to try.)

Here are the five blogs that make me think:

DeRosaWorld – This site always strives to give you the truth about current events. It features political rants, naughty language, and the occasional cocktail recipe. Pour yourself a drink and read pages and pages of wisdom.

Pumps and Gloss – The sexy ladies at this site offer a music-filled look at pop culture, fashion, sex, and of course, high-heeled pumps and lip gloss.

Celluloide Blonde – The always fascinating musings of a Hollywood screenwriter and author with funs polls, fantasy stories and rants on unfortunate neighbors.

The Clotheshorse – A feel-good site for fashion lovers with tips on shopping, style trends, and all the latest in the world of clothes.

Flypaper – I like that a blog associated with a consumer site, bluefly.com, is ballsy enough to take an irreverant look at the fashion world.

What sites make you think?

September Is My New Year

Cosmic Clock by Ciro Marchetti

Something about September makes me feel like it’s the start of a new year.

Perhaps it’s because my birthday is in September or because school traditionally starts now. Maybe it’s the change of seasons. I don’t know. But September is a time for new beginnings.

What do you want to change?

Start now.

Image by Ciro Marchetti. Check out his work. It’s modern and timeless at the same time.

Stress Release – Use Your Five Senses

Use Your Five (5) Senses

See – arrange colorful flowers, watch a movie, paint a picture, buy a coloring book and crayons, look through a kaleidoscope, look through a telescope, look through a microscope, look at the moon, wish on a star, gaze into a mirror, wear your glasses, read a book, explore an art exhibit, study your palm…

Hear – listen to music, read aloud, sing in your car, go to a concert, listen to a speech, go to a play, be in an audience, play the harmonica, whistle while you work, put on your iPod, listen to the ocean, put a seashell to your ear…

Taste – suck on a lollypop, suck your thumb, eat pudding, lick an ice cream cone, kiss someone, have a beer, drink a glass of wine, sip tea, eat a peach, take a deep breath by the ocean…

Touch – get a massage, give a massage, hug someone, get your hands dirty, knead dough, mold clay, dig in your garden, pet a cat, run your fingers through your hair, soak in a tub, wrap yourself in silk, bang a drum…

Smell – stop and smell the roses, bake cookies, chop onions, light a scented candle, light a fire, try aromatherapy, spill a little perfume that your mother wore onto a hanky and breathe in the memories…

6th Senses – explore even more ways to relax: meditate, dream, remember, think, plan, hope, fear, desire, marvel, learn, evoke, consider, try, commit, believe, ponder, justify, change.

Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section.