Daily Motivator for October 30th – Focus on the good things

Focus on the good things

Your mind is astonishingly powerful. Focus that power on the good things.

Your thoughts create the landscape in which you experience life. Make that  landscape empowering in a positive and fulfilling way.

Even if something is very small, you can make it enormous in your life by  choosing to intensely focus your thoughts upon it. So focus on what you wish to  make bigger, and not on what you want to avoid.

Let your thoughts center around all that you love, respect, admire and  treasure. Give positive power to each of your moments by giving positive focus  to your thoughts.

Sure, there are plenty of negative things that can quickly capture your  attention. That’s why it is important to be able to just as quickly put yourself  back into a positive perspective.

By all means deal with the bad things as necessary, while keeping your  primary focus on the good things. Make the best use of the mental power that is  yours by keeping it pointed in a positive direction.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Guided Meditation for Young Children

Guided Meditation for Young Children
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Author: LynxSeer

Most of your meditations are focused on bringing balance into your life. Meditation is a great way to calm the mind. Therefore so can your children. You can do a guided meditation with a your child (as young as a toddler) or let the older children guide themselves. I’ve found meditation a great way to have arguing siblings calm down enough to come together with their differences.

Grounding and Centering to Calm Angry or Frustrated Young Minds

Here the child will be writing numbers on the blackboards in their mind, each time they erase them they will feel more calm and collected and more ‘themselves’ without the anger and frustration. Speak in a quiet soothing voice. I’ve written this in my own voice, feel free to make it your own.

Have the child lay on their back, in front of you (don’t try to touch them, this will just increase the energy they already can’t control.

*Close your eyes taking a deep breath.

*[You’ll guide them in re-connecting to their own energy with speaking.] Begin at your feet (‘become aware of your toes, relaxing as your laying. Become aware of your ankles…then calves…then knees…etc. up through the head.)

*Feel the ground beneath you, the energy of the earth seeping into you through your shoulders and rear. Let the energy of the earth take your anger and frustration. Let your mind quiet.

*Picture a large blackboard in your mind. You are standing in front of it.

*Pick up a piece of chalk. Draw a large circle on the blackboard.

*Begin with the number 10. Draw it within the chalk circle.

*There is an eraser in your right hand.

*Use the eraser to wipe away the number in long stokes, leaving the circle intact.

*Write the number 9…….Doing this all the way down to 1 (you can also direct the calming energy…generally at number 5 I again remind them that with each number they are growing more calm.)

*Erase the number 1.

*The blackboard slowly fades from your mind.

*Take a deep breath and open your eyes.

*Take a moment before stretching your revitalized muscles awake.

Here are some tips for doing meditation with children. This is my Autumnal Equinox Guided Meditations but they can be used throughout the year, really.

Meditation with the very young child: (ages 2 – 6)

Meditation with the very young child is more teaching them to focus and ‘stop’ for a few moments. This will not last long as a young child has a hard time staying focused for more than a couple of minutes – so don’t try to make them do longer. The simplest thing you can do with a very young child (or a child who has never tried meditation) is the Bell or Gong. You can also do this technique with a crystal glass partially filled with water.

*Have the child lay in a comfortable position.

*Have them close their eyes and take a few deep breathes.

*Speak soothingly to them for a few moments to sharpen their focus: “do you hear the birds?” do you feel the breeze on your skin?

*Tell them you are going to ring the bell. Tell them to follow the sound with their ears and to not open their eyes until the sound goes quiet.

*Gently ring the bell or tap the crystal – something that makes a sound that slowly fades.

*When they open their eyes ask what they felt, how did the bell sound, etc.

*You may find a child will tell you the sound never goes away completely – this is scientifically true – the sound waves just move out of range of our hearing. Children love this concept and will tell you a million eye-opening things about the sound of the ‘bell’.

Meditation with the young child: (ages 6 – 11)

As you both sit outside, ask the child what they did this year? What was the favorite thing they did this summer? Have them describe it in detail. You can go so far as to explain how that wouldn’t have been possible without the Gods blessing you with good weather.

First Guided Meditation – Thankful for a beautiful Summer. Lets go to the beach!!

(You can also use a fountain, swimming pool, whatever kind of water the child is familiar with) {Note: I’ll tell this as I tell it, in my voice, feel free to make it your own as you know your children and what they can connect with}

*Lay down

*Close your eyes and take a few deep breathes.

*Feel your body getting heavy, as if it will sink into the ground.

*I’m going to count slowly to ten, keep breathing and relaxing {1, 2, your getting a little heavy. 3, 4, 5, your arms are too heavy to lift, 6, 7, 8, you feel the breeze softly caressing your skin, 9, 10}

*You see a hallway in front of you in your mind. There is a door at the end that is closed.

*Walk through the door onto a beach on a warm sunny day.

*In your mind, just feel yourself standing still for a moment looking around, seeing the waves wash against the shoreline in their regular rhythms, over and over again. Hear the soft whoosh of the waves. And the kee-kee of the sea gulls.

*Watching the waves, breathe with them. Take a beep breath in as the waves wash to shore, breathe out as the water recedes.

*As you breathe with the waves you feel the sun shining down on you. It feels warm and soft – like a hug. It is a hug from the Mother Goddess. She’s glad you are here, enjoying her beach.

*Enjoy this hug from the Goddess. Feel warm and comfortable and relaxed in her embrace.

*When enough time has passed, begin to come back to your everyday active self. Turn around and see the doorway again.

*Walk through the door into the hallway. I’m going to count backwards from 10 as your body wakes up. {10, you can feel slight tingles in your toes and fingers, 9, 8, your body is getting lighter, 7, 6, 5, you are again aware of the air around you, 4, 3 you can feel the ground beneath you, 2, 1, open your eyes}

*Stretch out those limp arms and legs, take a deep breath, and sit up.

*Do you feel your new energy, all set and ready to go again!

Second Guided Meditation – Thankful for a beautiful Summer. Lets go to the fields!!

*Lay down

*Close your eyes and take a few deep breathes.

*Feel your body getting heavy, as if it will sink into the ground.

*I’m going to count slowly to ten, keep breathing and relaxing {1, 2, your getting a little heavy. 3, 4, 5, your arms are too heavy to lift, 6, 7, 8, you feel the breeze softly caressing your skin, 9, 10}

*Imagine walking through a beautiful meadow on a warm sunny day.

*In your mind, just feel yourself standing still for a moment looking around, seeing the tall brightly colored wild flowers blowing in the gentle breeze, hear the breeze passing over the grass, the bees buzzing for nectar.

*Watching the flowers nodding in the breeze, breath with them. *Breathe out as the breeze blows; inhale as it ceases.

*As you breathe with the flowers you feel the sun shining down on you. It feels warm and soft – like a hug. It is a hug from the Mother Goddess. She’s glad you are here, enjoying her beautiful meadow.

*Enjoy this hug from the Goddess. Feel warm and comfortable and relaxed in her embrace. Her breath is the breeze gently caressing your skin.

*When enough time has passed, begin to come back to your everyday active self.

*I’m going to count backwards from 10 as your body wakes up. {10, you can feel slight tingles in your toes and fingers, 9, 8, your body is getting lighter, 7, 6, 5, you are again aware of the air around you, 4, 3 you can feel the ground beneath you, 2, 1, open your eyes}

*Stretch out those limp arms and legs, take a deep breath, and sit up. Do you feel your new energy, all set and ready to go again!

Meditation with the older child: (ages 11 – 14)

An older child is better able to connect by grounding and centering. They should have enough self-control to shut out outside noises and distractions (otherwise how would they do their homework..hehehe) Therefore you don’t have to do as much, you can let them develop their own minds with meditation. Especially these Sabbats meditations for thankfulness. I suggest you sit with them and do your own meditation – because as a child learns to shut out the outside world they can get a little frightened – they are so used to the stimuli.

Explain that we are thankful for all we have done and experienced through the year. You can even make a list of special events – or work on a scrapbook (I love scrapbooking with my kids) . As life goes on, it is in caring interactions that we find joy and happiness. Explain the steps of the meditation to them before beginning. As you go through your own meditation – only speak softly occasionally to move to the next step – otherwise, let the child progress on their own to fill in the mental images.

Guided Sitting Meditation:

*Sit cross-legged, back held straight, and face each other.

*Clasp your hands and let them rest in your lap.

*Close your eyes.

*Breathe easily and evenly, in and out. Silently count each breath in as one count, and each breath out as one count, till 50 counts – 50 breathes. (Breathing in is 1, breathing out is 2, etc)

*Now, while continuing to breathe evenly, take some time to think about the event or person you are most thankful for. Relive the experience (s) in your mind. What were your favorite parts? Who was there? Do you feel the sun on your skin?

*Continue breathing deeply and evenly. Imagine writing a letter of thanks to the Goddess. Thank Her for this time you so greatly enjoyed. Thank Her for your family and friends.

*Imagine folding the letter into a paper airplane and sending it to Her on the breeze.

*Continue breathing deep and evenly.

*Think about some ways you can show Her and your family your appreciation of them.

*Again become aware of your body. How do your feet feel? Your legs, torso, arms head?

*Take a final deep breath in, slowly let it out, open your eyes, stand up, and stretch.

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 30

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 30

“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”

–Don Talayesva, HOPI

Human beings function from choice. We can choose to stuff things, or we can choose to let go of things. If we choose to stuff things, then we will feel a heaviness, or sorrow, self pity or fear. Sometimes we feel the need to cry. Sometimes we are taught it is not okay to cry. The creator designed the human being to cry. Crying is a release. This release allows us to let go of thoughts that are not helping us so we can open to new thoughts that will help. Crying is natural for women and men.

Grandfather, if I need to cry, let me realize it’s a natural process and help me to let go.

8 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life

by Ed and Deb Shapiro

We can’t imagine what life would be like without meditation. It has seen us through tough times and many life changes, keeping us sane and grounded and real. Life is challenging enough; we can never know what will arise next and only when our minds are clear and focused can we make the best decisions.

How are you able to deal with the madness and chaos that occurs daily? How do you deal with the challenges of life? Meditation is highly misunderstood and often under-rated yet is perhaps what it takes to be a truly sane person. How does meditation affect us? How does it shift our priorities, enable us to make friends with ourselves, to find answers to our questions?

Here are eight ways meditation can make your life more meaningful and enjoyable!

1. Living With Kindness

No one deserves your kindness and compassion more than yourself. Every time you see or feel suffering, every time you make a mistake or say something stupid and are just about to put yourself down, every time you think of someone you are having a hard time with, every time you encounter the confusion and difficulty of being human, every time you see someone else struggling, upset, or irritated, you can stop and bring loving kindness and compassion. Breathing gently, silently repeat: May I be well, may I be happy, May I be filled with loving kindness.

2. Lightening the Load

In a stressed state, it is easy to lose touch with inner peace, compassion and kindness; in a relaxed state, your mind is clear and you can connect with a deeper sense of purpose and altruism. Meditation and medication are derived from the Latin word medicus, to care or to cure. A time of quiet calmness is, therefore, the most effective remedy for a busy and overworked mind. Anytime you feel stress rising, heart closing, mind going into overwhelm, just bring your focus to your breathing and quietly repeat with each in- and out-breath: Breathing in, I calm the body and mind; breathing out, I smile.

3. Letting Go of Me

Stillness is always there between the thoughts, behind the story, beneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing our natural state of being is the habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind. Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there is no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. From being self-centered, we can become other-centered, concerned about the welfare of all.

4. Dissolving Anger and Fear

We do not accept or release our negative feelings so easily; we are more likely to repress or disown them. But when denied they cause shame, depression, anger, and anxiety. Meditation invites you to openly meet these places, and to see how selfishness, aversion and ignorance create endless dramas and fears. Beneath these is a quiet stillness where you can get to know yourself; this is a wondrous and beautiful experience. Whether you practice for just ten minutes a day or longer does not matter. You are releasing your limitations, while opening to self-acceptance and awareness.

5. Awakening Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. As you sit in meditation and watch your thoughts and feelings moving through you, so you can observe that who you are now is not who you were just a moment ago, let alone a day, a week, or a month ago. Who you, or someone else, was when pain was caused is not who you are now. When you experience your essential interconnectedness you see how the ignorance of this creates separation and suffering, so that forgiveness for such ignorance arises spontaneously.

6. Generating Harmlessness

Simply through the intent to cause less pain you can bring greater dignity to your world, so that harm is replaced with harmlessness and disrespect with respect. Harm is usually caused unintentionally, whether by ignoring someone’s feelings, putting yourself down, reaffirming your hopelessness, disliking your appearance, or seeing yourself as incompetent or unworthy. How much resentment, guilt, or shame are you holding on to, thus perpetuating harmfulness? Meditation enables you transform this through recognizing your essential goodness and the preciousness of all life.

7. Appreciating Appreciation

Take a moment to appreciate the chair you are sitting on. Consider how the chair was made: the wood, cotton, wool, or other fibers, the trees and plants that were used, the earth that grew the trees, the sun and rain, the animals that maybe gave their lives, the people who prepared the materials, the factory where the chair was made, the designer and carpenter and seamstress, the shop that sold it—all this just so you could be sitting here, now. Then extend that deep appreciation to everything and everyone in your life.

8. Being Aware

Awareness is the key to awakening. Through awareness you can see your monkey mind and all its mischief. Almost everything we do is to achieve something: if we do this, then we will get that; if we do that, then this will happen. But in meditation you do it just to do it. There is no ulterior purpose other than to be here, in the present moment, without trying to get anywhere or achieve anything. You are just aware of whatever is happening, whether pleasant or unpleasant. No judgment, no right or wrong. Simply being aware. Enjoy!

Daily OM for Tuesday, May 15th – Mindful Walking

Mindful Walking
Walking with Awareness

by Madisyn Taylor

 

Walking meditation is a simple way to connect with your spirit and mother earth in a very grounded way.

Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits – not only for our health, but our spirit as well, for as we walk, we connect with the earth.

Even when walking on concrete, the earth is still beneath us, supporting us. Walking lets our body remember simpler times, when life was less complicated. This helps us slow down to the speed of our body and take the time to integrate the natural flow of life into our cellular tissue. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment.

Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves and our feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body, but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk, through the length of our inhales and exhales, and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step towards mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all that is. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility — the problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the ‘now’.

The simplicity and ease of a walking practice allows us to create time, space and awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within. Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of our breath will in turn open the door for the beauty of the world around us to filter in.

Guess What? It’s Monday Again! Have A Great One!

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Today’s Affirmation for Monday, February 6th

“When I look into the future, I see a vista of challenge and resolution. I venture forth with strength, hope and faith.”

 

Thought of the Day for Monday, February 6th

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Anonymous

 

Meditation for Monday, February 6th

A Map of Life’s Road

Perform this meditation to help you negotiate your way through various options. First, sketch a map of the paths available to you, and the potential paths these may lead to in the future. Illustrate each path with relevant images or symbols. Meditate on the map through half-closed eyes. Notice whether particular images draw your attention, or new images occur to you, suggesting alternative courses of action. Allow your inner sense of direction to speak to you.

Alternatively create a collage of your future. Leaf through magazines, holding in mind the question “Where do I start to go?” Cut out appealing images, stick them to some cardboard and use the collage as a focus for meditation.