Mindfulness & Meditation

“In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness


“A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations”

“Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.”

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Meditation


“A mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior.” -source 

Meditation Myths

  • You need to be absent from all thoughts
  • Some people are just naturally better than me
  • There is only 1 right way to meditate
  • It is against my religion, or I will be joining a cult

“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. Don’t be attached to the future. Don’t worry about things you have to do. Don’t think about getting up or taking off to do anything. Don’t think about ‘departing.’”

 – Thich Nhat Hanh

Benefits


Pain, IBS, Colitis

High Blood Pressure, Smoking cessation, Immunity

alone

Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Stress, Mental Health

Transformational Chakra Meditation


Seventh Chakra- Violet Crown: Unification, Self-issues, Separation, oneness
Affirmations: I am, I understand

Sixth Chakra– Indio Third Eye: Perception Center, Ego, intuition, memory
Affirmations: I know, I think

Fifth Chakra– Blue Throat: Communication issues, expression, voice
Affirmations: I speak, I express

Fourth Chakra- Green Heart: Commitment, jealousy, bitterness, forgiveness
Affirmation: I Love

Third Chakra-Yellow Solar Plexes: Energy, assertiveness, fear, anger, power issues
Affirmations: I can, I do

Second Chakra: Orange Sacral: Creativity, Relationships, unresolved issues, sexuality
Affirmations: I feel, I want

First Chakra: Red Roots: Survival, Security, upbringing
Affirmations: I am, I do

“Beliefs are feelings, Feelings are only Thoughts, and Thoughts can be Changed”

 – Louise Hay

What Are Positive Affirmations?


I am going to leave this to Lousie Hay, as she said it best. 

“For those of you who aren’t familiar with the benefits of positive affirmations, I’d like to explain a little about them. An affirmation is really anything you say or think. A lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. We have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns if we want to change our lives.

An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” When I talk about doing affirmations, I mean consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life.

Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought.

Your beliefs are merely habitual thinking patterns that you learned as a child. Many of them work very well for you. Other beliefs may be limiting your ability to create the very things you say you want. What you want and what you believe you deserve may be very different. You need to pay attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences you do not want in your life.

Please realize that every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life. Every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim. If you feel that Life isn’t giving you what you want in your world, then it’s certain that you will never have the goodies that Life gives to others-that is, until you change the way you think and talk.

You’re not a bad person for thinking the way you do. You’ve just never learned how to think and talk. People throughout the world are just now beginning to learn that our thoughts create our experiences. Your parents probably didn’t know this, so they couldn’t possibly teach it to you. They taught you how to look at life in the way that their parents taught them. So nobody is wrong. However, it’s time for all of us to wake up and begin to consciously create our lives in a way that pleases and supports us. You can do it. can do it. We all can do it- we just need to learn how.” – Lousie Hay


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