The Simplest Relaxation Practice

I believe this is a good time for all of us to return to our basic self-care routine – or to establish one that feels good: Get up and go to bed near the same time every day. Drink plenty of room temperature water all day long. Prepare and eat nourishing real food every day. Minimize alcohol, sugar, packaged food and the news. Stay as active as possible with walking outside when possible, yoga and pilates inside. Stay in touch with loved ones and friends by phone or internet. Practice relaxation techniques, meditation, prayer or … continue reading

Awareness Practice

Awareness Of the Breath    Often when I’m teaching someone who is new to Meditation, they will say:  “I can’t meditate – I can’t quiet my mind.”  That’s when I love to suggest that thinking of it as AWARENESS PRACTICE and simply focusing on the breath can be so helpful.   Meditation is not something mysterious and mystical.  It is simply a technique and a tool to train our minds to stay in the present moment.  Sitting quietly and focusing on the sensations of the breath can help to quiet the thoughts and calm and … continue reading

Awareness Practice

Awareness Of the Breath  Often when I’m teaching someone who is new to Meditation, they will say:  “I can’t meditate – I can’t quiet my mind.”  That’s when I love to suggest that thinking of it as AWARENESS PRACTICE and simply focusing on the breath can be so helpful. Meditation is not something mysterious and mystical.  It is simply a technique and a tool to train our minds to stay in the present moment.  Sitting quietly and focusing on the sensations of the breath can help to quiet the thoughts and calm and body and … continue reading

Preparation for Meditation

The test of your success in meditation is not whether you have visions, but rather how you are changing as a person in everyday life – whether you are becoming a happier person.  The goal is to have your whole life become a meditation. Preparing for Meditation Create a comfortable and pleasant place to meditate. Set aside a specific time to meditate – best times are dawn, dusk,noon and midnight – but most importantly – be consistent about when you meditate. Find a comfortable sitting position in a chair, on a cushion or on a … continue reading

For Challenging People & Circumstances

Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation practice. The words are: May I be filled with loving kindness May I be well May I be peaceful and at ease And may I be happy. Repeat this phrase, speaking or chanting, a few times through. Then extend the practice to your loved ones: May you be filled with loving kindness May you be well May you be peaceful and at ease And may you be happy. Bringing to mind your family and friends, as you speak or chant the Metta phrases – wishing them well and happy. Here Comes … continue reading

Accessing & Trusting Your Body Wisdom

One way to find relief that helps us move beyond taking a pill or searching the internet, is to get in touch with our Body Wisdom. You may call this intuition, guidance, knowing or even magic. I have found that when I have a question about what is happening in my body – my head wants to figure out a solution and Do something. When I take the time to slow down, get quiet and ask my body for information, I usually get a different answer and somehow wiser information. I might ask “What is … continue reading

What is Visioning Guided Meditation?

The purpose of Visioning guided meditation is to open a place in our consciousness for fresh ideas to be revealed.  We center ourselves in the silence, establishing awareness of the Divine within us and opening to our inner wisdom, intuition and guidance. Visions may appear in the form of images, colors, sounds or feelings.  At times nothing may be revealed.  We accept whatever comes or doesn’t come without judgment, knowing that more will be revealed. The questions:   1.  What is the HIGHEST VISION for my life/health/career? 2.  What must I RELEASE to fulfill this vision – what … continue reading

Can’t Quiet Your Mind?

First of all, may I say, that I practice all of the techniques and practices that I teach.  I’m not just regurgitating something I read in a book or on-line.  I began to study Meditation in the early 80’s and, for many years, didn’t really have a daily spiritual practice. Then in the late 90’s I trained at The Expanding Light as an Ananda Yoga & Meditation instructor and really began to practice and understand the benefits of daily practice. Routine, environment, energization exercises, yoga postures, breathing practices, mantra and progressive relaxation are all methods … continue reading

Centering and Quieting Your Wandering Mind

I’ve had conversations with several folks recently about their challenges with quieting the mind for Meditation.  Ahhhh… Somehow we think it will be easy to center ourselves and be quiet – resting our bodies and minds.  That is not always the case, as you may have noticed. I’ve heard from several of my students that they are able to settle when we practice together in class or in a private session and not so much on their own.  There is a definite benefit to practicing with a group or with a teacher to guide you. … continue reading

The Simplest Way To Quiet Your Mind

  When my mind just won’t quiet down, I turn to humming or chanting to help relax, calm down and quiet the thoughts. It’s fun.  It’s comforting and healing and it works! You can simply hum for a few minutes before sitting in silence. You can chant Om. You can chant the Loving Kindness chant. You might sing your favorite song. Really, it all works. The sound and the vibration is very comforting and relaxing to the body and your mind will ease up and become quiet. Ahhhhh… When you’d like to add an additional feature to your humming, you might practice gently sending the … continue reading