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Self Meditation for Daily Life: I am Letting Go

Self Meditation for Daily Life: I am Letting Go

 
  Here’s a powerful daily meditation for increasing the level of peace in our lives which is very useful:  

Allow your body to relax in your chair. Let your arms, your shoulders, and your back release their tension and just drop.

As you’re sitting there watching the screen, make a conscious decision that there is nothing else that you must do for the next couple of minutes.

Take a look at an area in your life which has been causing you stress. Make a conscious decision that there is nothing you must do about it for the next  couple of minutes. Let it go entirely, knowing that you can pick it up again shortly if you choose to.

Repeat Step #3 with another area of life which has been causing you stress.

Repeat Step #3 until you feel convinced that in this moment, there is nothing you must experience stress about or concern for.

Allow yourself to experience the freedom for these few minutes of not having to worry or feel stress about anything in your life. Notice that nothing is  getting worse for lack of your concern about it.

Offer yourself the opportunity to release your worries and concerns regularly by using different self meditations in your daily life.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 12

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 12

“The spirit still has something for us to discover-an herb, a sprig, a flower-a very small flower, maybe you can spend a long time in its contemplation, thinking about it.”

–Lame Deer, LAKOTA

The world today is about hurry up! Get there faster! Work harder, produce more, hurry up, eat quickly, be on time, don’t get stressed- headaches, conflict, drink to calm down, go to training on stress management, time management-STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP! Go spend 5 minutes with a flower or a plant. Look at it-think about it-look at its beauty, smell it, close your eyes and smell it again. Touch it; touch with your eyes closed. Listen to it; listen to it with your eyed closed. Slow your mind down. Think about the little things. Now close your eyes and pray.

Great Spirit, this feeling of calmness that I have, let me have it all day long.

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The Daily OM for Feb. 12th – Soulful Voyages

Soulful Voyages
Travel Sensitivity

by Madisyn Taylor

Traveling can be hard on sensitive souls; routine and a few favorite items can make your journey easier.

The journeys we take are often as exhausting as they are exhilarating. The thrill we feel as we travel to a new environment may be undercut by our sensitivity to change, strange surroundings, and forced shifts in our usual habits. Air, road, and sea travel can be extremely taxing, and

many people find sleeping soundly in a strange bed exceedingly difficult. There are, however, numerous ways of taking the stress out of both short voyages and lengthy sojourns. Since much of the comfort we feel in our day-to-day lives stems from the fact that we enjoy the regularity of routine, adapting your typical customs to correspond with your travel schedule can alleviate the unease you experience while away from your home. Likewise, when you ground yourself by honoring the rituals that are a part of your daily life, you’ll no longer feel like you’re out of your element.

If you find yourself disconcerted by the foreignness of your surroundings when traveling, packing a few reassuring items from your home in your luggage can help you stay balanced. Photographs of loved ones, a favorite tea or snack, soft slippers, or even your own pillow can soothe the rigors associated with travel by plane, car, train, and ship while en route. Holding a crystal, gemstone, talisman, or medicine bag in your hand during particularly stressful periods of travel can help you stay relaxed and alert. Items imbued with healing or calming energy can help you de-stress once you reach your destination. As you unpack your travel altar, light a stick of sweet-smelling incense, or bask in the glow of a meditation candle, you’ll gradually begin to feel more grounded and serene in your new location.

During the course of your journey, try not to forget to indulge in those activities that center you and sustain your emotional equilibrium. If you tend to sleep and wake at the same time each day, maintaining that schedule will ensure you stay strong and healthy. Taking time out of your voyage agenda to write in a journal, meditate, do yoga, or walk can help you reconnect with yourself in an alien setting. However you restore your tranquility, your conscious choice to surround yourself with comforting possessions and focus on your well-being will make traveling a joy.

The Daily OM

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, October 11

We might try to avoid irrational feelings for the sake of expediency since today’s calculating Capricorn Moon encourages us to reach our goals. However, the Moon’s dynamic square to the radiant Sun in accommodating Libra reminds us to stay aware of other people’s perspectives, even as we climb the ladder of success. Meanwhile, sensual Venus and the Moon form stressful aspects to indulgent Jupiter, prompting us to believe that more is better.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although you’re tempted to take a risk at work, it’s probably not the smartest idea. It’s a better strategy to stick with the conventional plan now, instead of following a whim. Socializing may be more fun, but your productivity suffers when you wander away from your chores. Set a steady pace early in the day and be as methodical as possible. If you accomplish a lot today, you can always be spontaneous tomorrow.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You’re quite serious when you tell others today that you’re going to take an extended vacation to a secluded tropical island or some other exotic location. Even if your ideas seem ridiculous, your fierce determination might just find a way to make it work. If anyone calls you to task because of your imagination, be selective enough to keep the rest of your plans to yourself. Save the details for a trusted friend or the person you wish to be your travel companion. Making your dreams come true isn’t as hard as you think.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Your restlessness could turn the most pleasing person in your life into an ornery antagonist today. Just when you believe you have everything figured out, the emotional dynamics may shift, proving your assumptions wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t hang on to the status quo any longer. Your relationships are in flux now, as are your feelings. Prevent regret by giving yourself some time for reflection before making any big decisions that can’t be changed. When you calm down so will everyone else.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You might not be willing to make so many changes so quickly today, but you have to do whatever it takes to hold it together. Your feelings of insecurity could rise to the surface, only to be buried again as you are happily distracted by external events. If you have previously chosen to suppress your emotions, you now have an opportunity to shift gears and do things differently. Sharing what’s on your mind allows others to lend a helping hand.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Anything can happen today if you’re willing to make a plan and then execute it accurately. Today’s opulent Venus-Jupiter connection reminds you that pleasure is closer than you realize. But you might still run into trouble since there could be some instability in your relationships. Instead of claiming that you will accept the outcome whatever it may be, give yourself permission to state what you want, so at least you know that you tried.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You’re quite serious about relationships today, but, thankfully, your cautious attitude doesn’t have to get in the way of romance. Your calm demeanor might make you very appealing to someone you admire. The more responsibly you act now, the easier it is for others to find reasons to love you. As always, just being yourself is your best strategy.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s not easy to keep quiet today because you might have more to say about your feelings than those around you. You don’t have any perfect answers, but you can see where the lines of tension have been drawn. Don’t shy away from the stressful points. Go through them one by one and iron out any disagreements for the good of everyone involved. A lively discussion will clear the air; find a tactful way to get the ball rolling.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You’re eager to try something new if you believe that it can bring happiness today. You don’t want to sit around and idly wait for life to happen; instead use these days to push through your resistance to change. Don’t worry; any forward movement is better than returning to the past, even if you’re unclear about your destination. It’s not time to be too cautious. Take a few deep breaths before boldly following your intuition into the great unknown.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You could make everything appear to be effortless today, but you’re probably stressing a lot more than anyone realizes. You want to finish what you started but you can see divergent paths everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, no option is perfect. Eventually, you must stop the analysis process and just make a choice. Remember, when making a decision it’s always best to choose love over fear

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might not be completely ready to move to the next level yet. The Moon is visiting your conservative sign today, but a series of rough aspects probably won’t slow you down. However, you may inadvertently cling to an old and worn out habit that becomes more trouble than it’s worth. Don’t focus on your immediate happiness now. Instead, concentrate on your future goals because they can hold your attention for a much longer period of time. Pursuing your ambitions brings you joy and success.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You think you have an ace up your sleeve today, but you could be missing a few cards, instead. Although you believe you’re at the top of your game when it comes to negotiation, it’s wise to settle for a little less than you expect. Nevertheless, stop sweeping the intensity under the rug and don’t be afraid to say what you want. Bringing feelings out into the open now is the only logical way to go.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Holding too tightly to your long-term goals doesn’t leave room for any new possibilities to enter your life now. You’re aware of the opportunities for fun and games, but you can feel the stress between a potential payoff for taking a chance and the loss of security that comes from leaving stability behind. Trust your hunches and your good intentions will shine through, which in turn encourages others to support you.

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Daily OM For May 24th – Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling Overwhelmed

Breathing into Order

by Madisyn Taylor

 

Difficult situations are opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion.

Sometimes we may feel like there is just too much we need to do. Feeling overwhelmed may make it seem like the universe is picking on us, but the opposite is true: we are only given what we can handle. Difficult situations are opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion.

The best place to start is to take a deep breath. As you do, remind yourself that the universe works in perfect order and therefore you can get everything done that needs to get done. As you exhale, release all the details that you have no control over. The universe with it‘s infinite organizing power will orchestrate the right outcome. Anytime stress begins to creep up, remember to breathe through it with these thoughts.

Then, make a list of everything you need to do. Note what needs to be done first, and mark the things others may be able to do for you or with you. Though we often think no one else can do it correctly or well, there are times when it is worth it to exhale, let go of our control, and ask for help from professionals or friends. With the remaining things that feel you must do yourself, take another breath and determine their true importance. Sometimes they are things we’d like to do, but aren’t really necessary. After taking these quick steps, you will find you have a plan laid out, freeing you from frenzied thoughts circling in your head. With calming deep breaths, you are now free to focus more fully on our priorities. Herbal teas or flower remedies along with wise choices about caffeine and food can help keep us from becoming frantic too. But with nothing further from us than our breath, we can breathe in our best intentions and let the rest go with an exhale. Keeping ourselves centered and breathing into and through life’s challenges helps us learn what we are truly capable of doing, and we will find we have the ability to rise to any occasion. Remember you aren’t being picked on, and you are never alone.

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Feng Shui Tip for April 16th – ‘National Stress Awareness Day’

As if we needed to reminded, today is ‘National Stress Awareness Day.’ When I become aware that my stress levels are rising I immediately stop and engage in an ages-old breathing exercise that brings relaxation and relief. Put the tip of your tongue against the back of your top teeth and breathe in four times through the nose while silently saying the word ‘So.’ Exhale one big breath through the nose while silently saying the word ‘Ham’ (pronounced as ‘Hum’). This is a mantra used in Kriya Yoga and can be interpreted as ‘I Am That.’ Because you and I both know that you are all that — and more!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Meditation Every Day? We Thought Not!

Meditation Every Day? We Thought Not!

An Expert Offers a Brush-Up on Meditation Basics

by Dianus Blackcat

Meditation is the foundation of pagan spiritual practice, and a basic method to improve our mental and physical state in today’s often stressful and chaotic world. For most pagans, the art of meditation is one of the first skills learned in spiritual practice. Yet for many, the value found in daily meditation exercises is sometimes left by the wayside during the course of our busy lives.

Why meditate every day? Because from pressure to complete tasks at work or school, to world politics, we are bombarded with stressful stimuli every day. That stress can negatively affect both our mental and physical health. Simple meditation exercises, practiced routinely, can counter the negative impact of overstimulation on our minds and bodies.

Mental and physical stresses are experienced together, joined like two sides of the same coin. For example, think of something pleasant, such as a loved one or a sunny afternoon. Immediately we experience the pleasant feelings associated with these images. After thinking of something good, we feel good. If we think of something unpleasant, we conversely experience a negative sensation. We grimace at the news. Pressures on the job give us tension headaches. We use this same mind-body connection in ritual when we take an action in the physical plane to activate the astral. By this principle, meditation can be approached as ritual and magick.

Meditation techniques vary from person to person. Often meditation is put into a religious context. It is not necessary to do so to achieve the benefits of reduced stress, but as pagans, we find that a spiritual dimension to life leads to increased happiness and health. Some practitioners burn incense and play New Age music. Others might sit in various yoga positions and fast or otherwise modify their diet as part of their meditation routine. Despite the variations, virtually all meditation practices do have some attributes in common: a state of deep relaxation, a quieting of mental chatter and a keen awareness of either our internal state or external surroundings.

Many people find it challenging to experience all three of these common attributes at the same time. They may try to silence mental chatter with a forceful effort, only to end up negating their attempt to remain relaxed. They may become so relaxed as to fall asleep, countering their attempt to remain aware. Meditation is not always easy, but the methods are quite straightforward and simple. Even if we have mastered the techniques, like any skill, meditation becomes easier and more rewarding with practice.

Stress is experienced in the body as tension. The origin of that tension can be a mental source, such as the memory of an argument, or a physical source, such as bad weather. What many people forget is that the mental-physical link works both directions. That is, just as our body responds to thoughts, our thoughts will respond to our body. Many people become grouchy when hungry or depressed when overtired. When we reduce the physical tension, we experience a relief of mental tension. Knowing this gives us our first step in successful meditation: deep relaxation.

Step 1: Deep Relaxation

Find a quiet place were you can comfortably sit upright and not be disturbed. It is helpful to have a small kitchen timer or other alarm to keep track of the time for you, so that you are not preoccupied with how long you have been meditating. Take a moment to tense up and then release each muscle group in your body, beginning with your feet, then legs, then gradually moving upward. Twist your torso, then lift and stretch your arms. Finish by moving the muscles in your face to make exaggerated facial expressions. Wrinkle your nose; stretch your mouth. Really let go, but do not strain yourself. Remember to continue breathing deeply. When you draw in a breath, push out from your belly to expand your lungs. Doing so will increase the amount of available oxygen in your lungs, aiding your relaxation. Be sure to exhale fully to prevent dizziness.

After you stretch out and relax, you are usually aware of internal thoughts and feelings more than anything else. We might hear a little voice inside our heads or have a constant internal dialogue going on. We rehash old discussions, worry about unpaid bills and criticize our hair or clothes. This is the mental chatter that we need to quiet from time to time, for it is often the most insidious cause of stress in our lives.

We cannot always control the external events that have an impact on us, but we can do something about our reaction to those events. Silencing the mental chatter can give us just the break we need to help us to view external events more objectively. I believe that an underlying motivation for overstimulation in today’s society is the desire to escape relentless self-dialogue. When we process input, we are distracted away from our egos.

Our egos tend to consume a lot of our energy by worrying about superficial, cultural matters. By adjusting our focus away from them, it helps us to connect to that divine part of ourselves that is a great source of spiritual connection and inspiration. Remembering this gives us our second step in successful meditation: silencing the mental chatter.

Step 2: Silencing Mental Chatter

After having stretched, still breathing deeply in a relaxed way, allow your gaze to fall upon some pleasant, yet emotionally neutral, focal point. I recommend you light a candle ahead of time that you can focus on, but anything pleasing to you is fine. It can be a religious object, a flower or some scenic view. Just look at the object. Do not think about it; just watch it. A candle is useful because it will flicker and change, making it easier to observe without boredom because it changes unexpectedly. Do not make mental notes or judgments. As thoughts come into your mind, simply allow them to pass. Do not attempt to force the thoughts out of your head. You are awake and alive, and thoughts will come to you. Rather, continue to pay attention to your focal object. Watch it as if it is about to jump out at you and you don’t want to miss a thing. By focusing your attention on this single object, time will pass and you will realize that the mental chatter has stopped.

When we calm down the voice of our ego by focusing our attention, we suddenly become aware of a great deal of information that we were missing due to our focus on internal dialogue. For many, that internal dialogue is of a criticizing nature. With that internal critic out of the way, it becomes much easier to face the challenges we may have been suppressing. Facing any hidden or suppressed emotions is the best way to release them from our lives and improve our mental and physical health. Knowing this gives us our third step in successful meditation: keen awareness of either our internal state or external surroundings.

Step 3: Keen Awareness

When observing the focal object of your meditation, allow yourself to also notice your surroundings. Notice the temperature of the air around you. If you are outside, is it calm or windy? Is it hot or cold? Listen for any sounds. Is there traffic on the road outside? Is there a bird singing somewhere? Do you hear some people having a conversation somewhere else in the house? Allow yourself to simply be the observer. You may begin to feel a deep connection with the world around you. You may also have sudden flashes of images from previous or current challenges in your life. Allow yourself to view any memories as if you were watching the events of a fictional character in a movie. Simply observe. The detachment from these images may be difficult at first, but concentrate on remaining relaxed and remembering to breathe deeply.

Meditation is a skill that improves with practice. Regular meditation practice will reduce stress and lead to a happier and healthier outlook on life. For positive results, meditation should be performed every day for at least 15 minutes. Each of us can afford to take 15 minutes out of our day to do something good for ourselves. After a while, you may find that troubles in the news and in life, although still troubling, can be dealt with. When we are relaxed and energized through these exercises, we are more able to face challenges. There may be times when we are particularly upset and might feel that we cannot meditate during a crisis. When we are most upset is precisely the time when we need meditation the most. It will help.

Meditation helps us to understand ourselves because it requires us to carefully pay attention to our inner thoughts as well as the world around us. When we pay attention to the world, we can more fully interact with it. When we can interact with the world, we can change the world and cease to be helpless and fearful. Often we approach the world by talking out our opinions and thoughts, projecting sometimes false ideas on others. Meditation is a way to stop the talking. Simple meditation exercises, when practiced routinely, can counter the negative impact of daily stress on our minds and bodies. When I stopped talking, I listened. When I listened, I heard. Listen, and you will hear a world within and around you, inviting you and loving you, divinely connected.

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Using the Power of the Elementals to Clear Negative Earth Energies

Using the Power of the Elementals to Clear Negative Earth Energies

 

Elementals are essential to the movement of energy through the Earth. But sometimes energy lines get blocked because of human pollution such as motorway construction, phone-mast erection or mine working that has been abandoned though the resources are not naturally exhausted. Other causes include major housing developments especially in direct line with sacred sites. Sometimes housing or workplaces are created from old business premises or institutions such as mental hospitals, prisons or warehouses. These can carry negative feeling from earlier inhabitants that likewise sour and slow the flow of energies through the new homes and office. These negative earth energies are sometimes called geopathic stress.

If you live or work in a place of negative earth energies then the building or certain rooms may feel cold or seem dark even in Summer. Plants will not thrive and animals refuse to settle. Children may become factious there or have night mares if the blocked psychic streams are below a bedroom. You may feel tired or suffer a series of minor illnesses and accidents in common with others who live or work there or there may be a lot of quarrels seemingly triggered by no logical causes. Stress-related illnesses are common among workers in such establishments.

One of the best ways to remove such negative energies is to set amethyst geodes (tiny crystals in rock ) around the area and wash them regularly. However, an elemental ritual is very effective and very fast-acting, so this can be repeated every month or so if you feel the negativity returning.

Because you won’t be at a spot of natural elemental power, you can use elemental spirit substances to transfer elemental energies to a problem area, large or small. You can also use the same ritual near the center of your home or business to revitalize the energies to restore good luck and happiness if you have had a run of misfortune.

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