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Take a Break from Fear

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Wouldn't you love to feel free from fear? We get afraid when we think that what we’re facing is bigger than the resources we have to handle it. Because of that, we feel more fear when we exaggerate...
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Would it be worth just 10 minutes of your time to rid yourself of some of your fears?  This mini-meditation from Mind Body can help.

 

We are living in a world of worry.  Fear is present these days in nearly every aspect of our lives, contributing to our greatest fear of all: Survival.  So how can we relieve ourselves from all of this anxiety?  One option is to connect with that part of you that is fearless.

 

We are afraid when we feel we don't have the resources to handle the very thing we fear.  We inflate that fear when we exaggerate its power, underestimating our own resources.  When we continue to focus on what scares us, we start to believe that that thing is more likely to happen then it is. 

 

This mini-meditation guides you through a "specific fear you have from a place inside you that is free from fear".  It helps you to connect with your Core Source and build trust with the part of you that is fearless. 

 

I took 10 minutes this morning to try this guided practice.  After listening, I had a smile on my face and felt lighter and somewhat relieved.  Perhaps you would like to give it a try as well.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.
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Are you a meditation practitioner or do you find meditation practice to be a challenge?  Either way, writing can be used as a way to bridge your active mind with the meditative mind.  And as little as 10 minutes each day reaps great rewards.  This blog tells you how:

 

(1) Sit in stillness for 5-15 minutes or begin by taking a minimum of 21 consecutive breaths.  This sets the "intention to cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and openness toward yourself and your experience."

(2) Set a timer and free write for 10 minutes.  Just write what immediately comes to mind without conscious thinking.  (Right now...) Suspend impusles to stop, contemplate, edit or analyze.

(3) When the timer goes off, pause; take a breath or two and read what you wrote aloud to yourself.  Give yourself permission to listen deeply to yourself.

(4) Underline or highlight any words or phrases that resonate.  These fragments can be used now or for other timed writing sessions.

(5) At the conclusion of the session, intend that "whatever insight you gained produce positive effects for yourself and all beings touched by you."

 

This practice can be done anywhere, at any time in virtually any location.  The practice creates the "conditions where insights can arise as you uncover hidden obstacles and unwind your judging mind into greater warmth, spaciousness and acceptance of of all."

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Ten Breaths To Happiness

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When you think of activities that make you happy, breathing probably doesn’t spring to mind.
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We can use breathing to enjoy life more fully and savor the things that are meaningful to us.  Based on a practice developed by Glen Schneider, the Ten Breaths exercise helps to deepen our everyday experiences.

 

"The next time you hear, smell or feel something wonderful, stop and give it your full attention", using these steps:

 

(1) Stop what you are doing

 

(2) Close your eyes

 

(3) With your dominant hand on your stomach, focus on your breathing

 

(4) Take 3 deep breaths to clear your mind

 

(5) Once you feel present, open your eyes and look at the object of your concentration.  Slowly take in one deep breath -- and then let it out.  Count this as your first breath.

 

(6) Continue with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th breaths.  As you are counting, observe the object.  "Notice its color, shape, sound, or smell."

 

(7) As you count, also become aware of your body and any emotions or sensations that arise. 

 

(8) When you've counted to 10 (breaths), "rest in the feeling of the moment."

 

(9) If you'd like to continue, take 10 more breaths

 

(10) Smile because you feel happy!  (I added this step)

 

Breath is always with you; so you can do this practice at any time in any location.  You can use the practice for anything from eating ice cream to watching the sunrise to walking your dog. 

 

"The Ten Breaths practice not only helps you be more present in the moment. It also helps you discover things you’ve probably never noticed before...as it creates positive pathways in your brain", eventually creating patterns of happiness that become habitual.

 

A happiness habit?  Now THAT sounds like a good habit to have! 

 

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