Meditation

Meditation

Meditation and the Mantra

There are many forms of meditation out there and certainly giving yourself time to engage in relaxation and meditation (no matter what form) is better than nothing. Specifically, for people who practice Transcendental or Vedic Meditation, a mantra is used, along with effortless breathing, to fully "transcend" and reach "bliss", where anxiety and stress melt away and the body begins to release. The mantra, a simple collection of sounds or words is used as a focus for the person meditating, but is essentially a forgetting device.  Based on sound quality alone, a Vedic Meditation mantra is a forgettable thought.  In

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Health, Meditation

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Pow-Pow-Power Walks: Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn't work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Pump those arms (all the way up to your ears!) Try increasing speed or distance and tackle some hills to give your heart a better workout. Plug in some energizing music to help motivate you! (more…)

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Meditation

Meditation: Spending Wisely

The most valuable asset each of us owns is our attention.  It is like currency.  Our attention funds and provides growth to all that we are attending.  So it is important to take care with how it flows. Whenever a demand or a change of expectations is made upon us, as meditators, we are able to make a choice and ask ourselves the question: where will I place my attention right now? We can focus on the worst possible interpretation of the event or circumstances and construct an assumption-laden story-line to support that viewpoint.  (more…)

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6 Healthy Habits That Reduce High Blood Pressure

If you are not a fan of taking pharmaceutical medication to reduce your high blood pressure, feel good knowing that there are many different easy forming habits that can be formed that have great positive effects in reducing that scary number that has been linked to dangerous heart conditions, the increase of stress hormones and body fat. High blood pressure is described by the Mayo Clinic as having a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above). In a nutshell, high blood pressure increases the

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Health, Meditation

14 Different Ways to Meditate and How You Benefit from Meditation

There are many ways to partake in meditation, to clear the mind of the constant noise, to relieve stress, to release emotional and physical pain and also to gain mental clarity. Certain forms of meditation has been medically proven to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, embody compassion, combats stress and simply makes people happier. Because there are so many different types people can meditate, the following list by Christian Bevacqua (Green Tree Meditation), Robert Piper (Huffington Post) and Jeffery Rubin (Greatist) showcases the most popular and effective of them all. Pick a few to try out and follow

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Top Foods That Melt Away Anxiety, Worry and Stress

There are certain power foods in most of our reach that can help fight off the feelings of nervousness, anxiety, worry and stress. While there are no magic foods or pills out there, people should know that incorporating specific foods have been scientifically proven to calm nerves and lift mood. A general key when it comes to foods that reduce stress and anxiety is to find foods that are high in zinc, iron, B vitamins, vitamin C, iodine and magnesium (commonly lost from the body during the stress response). The following are my favorite picks for go-to-options when feeling worried,

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Meditation

Meditation: From Heart to Heart

Part of the human condition is to strive for greater and greater happiness, to attain a deeper and richer experience of life.  Whether we express it in that way or not, it is our actions that speak volumes on the topic.  The old paradigm is to seek escape or distraction - we externalize our condition and attempt to pacify it through some form of consumption.  The result brings only temporary relief, and once the novelty wanes we look to the next experience.  This is life as a "seeker." (more…)

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Meditation: Finer Levels of Thinking

In our most excited state, we are only aware of the surface layer of  mental activity.  Mental stresses maintain a high level of background  neural  activity, preventing awareness of the quieter underlying  levels  of the thinking process.  It's just like speeding down the freeway in a  car  with the windows rolled down - the noise of the air and engine  requires us to turn up the radio, yet still we hear only the general outline of the music. The effects of stress are like mud in water - a bubble can only be detected at the surface when the water is  murky.  As

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Meditation

Meditation and How to Love

In order to Love, we must first Understand. In order to Understand, we must Appreciate. In order to Appreciate, we must Perceive. In order to Perceive, we must Purify our senses. Our  senses are the instruments through which we experience the physical world.  Our bodies are the housing for them. Without a body we would have no sensory experience, and therefore no physical experience of  life. (more…)

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Meditation: I AM

When we recognize our identity solely as individuality, we experience life on the surface.  Our sense of self is derived from our relationships, our job, our career, our possessions, our home, our wealth, our race, our political leanings, our religion and on and on.  In an endless combination of all these things, our identity shifts and changes depending on whatever the situation demands.  We have an identity in flux.  And we look for what we can hold on to  that will allow us to feel stable and safe. In meditation, we recognize our identity as one thing:  I am. Wholeness.  This sense of identity is

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