Three easy meditations you can do in stressful times

Three easy meditations you can do in stressful times

There’s no magic in a meditation practice. You don’t need more than a few minutes to help bring peace of mind to stressful times. Here are three easy mediations for these difficult weeks.

Wash your stress away in the shower:

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Use your imagination to bring peace of mind. Takes just a minute or two every day:

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Yes, when I said easy meditations I meant it!

Send kindness to yourself and others.

This powerful practice is called “metta” or “loving kindness. It’s particularly helpful for some of us these days. (Yeah, talking about myself here.) It’s very simple:

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Getting in touch with heart energy gives us an amazing boost..

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Start with yourself. Take your time and really feel it.

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That part is the most important one for me. But then there’s this next part. It’s the hardest one for many of us. We don’t have to know the object of our attention, they can be anyone in the world. Yes, even him.

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And finally, loving kindness to all beings.

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These are simple, but they can be life changing. Nothing to lose by trying them, even if just for a day or a week.
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Learn to do a heart hug for healing the world

Learn to do a heart hug for healing the world

What if we all did a heart hug to embrace the entire world and its healing?

Here’s how:

  1. Sit comfortably, feet flat on the floor, hands where ever comfortable.
  2. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. And do the next part slowly.
  3. Imagine a loved one sitting opposite to you and in your minds eye, visualize embracing them. Imagine the warmth of your embrace and the energy being emanated out from that hug.
  4. Visualize that heart hug extending out to other loved ones…..and then out to those who are sick and dying….
  5. ….to medical professionals on the frontlines of this virus…first responders…those who keep our supplies coming…
  6. Extend your embrace out to include everyone in your community who is suffering or anxious… in the state …. in the country …and in the entire world.

And that, my friends, is a heart hug. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to extend heart hugs to the world every day? I think so, too.

Remember…. my free audios, mantras and affirmations to help manage anxiety. 100% free for all. Links next to title, just cut & paste.

Managing Anxiety Audio  bit.ly/2wKWfZA

Powerful Positive Health Mantras  bit.ly/2wyaCAI

Online Healing Affirmations bit.ly/2WO9TWt

 

4 easy relaxation hacks you can use any time, anywhere

4 easy relaxation hacks you can use any time, anywhere

easy-relaxation-hacksI don’t know about you, but for me, real relaxation can be hard-won. Even though I know all the health benefits f of true relaxation, sometimes I don’t take the time to center and calm myself. That’s why I’m sharing some of the relaxation hacks I use in my daily practice.

1. Daily short reading

I like to start the day with a short, inspirational reading. I like Pocketful of Miracles by Joan Borysenko. The readings are super-short, but meaningful and always end with a meditation idea. Five minutes is all it takes.

2. Daily healing affirmation

I use my own deck to set the tone for a healthy day. The beauty of it is you don’t have to be sick to benefit–most of the affirmations are suitable for anyone.

3. Look around.

No, I mean REALLY look around. Stop where you are for a moment, whether it’s inside or out, and appreciate your surroundings. Really see the color around you. Listen. Smell. And if you can, touch. For just a moment. Then go back to what you were doing. That’s truly an easy relaxation hack!

The day I wrote this I ran an errand. Coming out of the store I could see the trees beginning to bud a light green, the mountains surrounding our valley. I felt the slight breeze as I walked down the sidewalk and noticed a woman carrying red shopping bags. I spoke to her about her “haul”. Grateful for all the many signs of life around me, I got into my car, smiling and relaxed.

4. Breathe.

When I do my affirmation or reading meditation or look around, I use my breath to calm my body. It’s something Ido with hypnotherapy clients in every session. It is virtually impossible to feel anxiety or stress when you have oxygenated with deep, slow breaths. Even though I am the hypnotherapist, I breathe along with my client. It’s amazingly relaxing.

Subscribers to my blog and newsletter get a free, short downloadable breathing meditation for busy people. And when I say short, I do mean short: two minutes in the morning, two minutes at noon and two at bedtime. Do it anywhere, any time and without a lot of fuss. To get yours, sign up HERE. It’s one of the subscriber freebies!

That’s it! Easy relaxation hacks you can use any time, anywhere at all. Let me know how they work for you.

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How to instantly calm and refresh yourself

How to instantly calm and refresh yourself

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We hear a lot about mindfulness as it relates to just about everything. It’s easy to get intimidated by the idea of an entire “mindfulness practice.”  We forget that we can take quick calming and refreshing mindful breaks any time with the same benefit and without worrying about missing a day. Here’s how:

Sit wherever you are. Anywhere. In your living room. In your yard. Out in the world. On a hike. You can even be in  your kitchen.

Stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath in…and then let it go. Use all your senses to go into the moment.

Really look at what’s around you: plants, shadows, cups or bowls, a flowerpot, a pen,  coffee. Take another deep breath and notice what you smell.

If you’re outside, gently touch a flower. How does it feel? Is there a breeze against your skin?

If you’re inside, feel the soft fur of your pet or even the smooth surface of a spoon. Run cool water between your fingers. Take a sip of tea and savor the flavors. Feel the warmth as it travels down your body.

Continue to take deep, slow breaths. Just enter the moment and appreciate your connection with all things –animate and inanimate. Even a rock. Meditation can be this easy. You don’t need an official “practice.”

Enjoy that feeling for a few minutes and then, simply go back to what you were doing.

That’s it. Your mindful moment to instantly calm and refresh yourself.

Try it!

Just a reminder that I make and market some absolutely beautiful candles that are great meditation tools. Find them right here.

Mala bracelet absolutely free

Mala bracelet absolutely free

These are mala bracelets, traditionally used for meditation and prayer —and now the latest trend in wearable yoga. I’m sure you’ve seen people wearing at least one mala bracelet wrapped around their wrists and sometimes more.

Want one?

I’ll add a free mala bracelet to any candle order. Absolutely free from today until 11:59pm Fri., Nov. 30. While mala supplies last.

No checkout code. Just order a candle and get the mala.  I have only a limited number of malas so order now!

The next batch of candles will ship 2-day Priority US Postal Service mail starting Dec. 5, in plenty of time for Christmas.

PS I told you I love giving things away!