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2 years ago

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Absolutely amazing.  Be sure and watch her video very near the end of the site... after the last picture in the slide presentation... as well as her own website with the link near the top that says "HERE"
 
This is just too beautiful to describe...
 
The Video at the end of the little girl's website is beautiful and amazing.
 
This artist is lovely and her work is gorgeously spiritual.
 
Don't skip the video at the end... it really is a "must see"!
 
click here

 

2 years ago

Looking again at that last picture quote, I think I posted it before - somewhere. My senior mind is processing this! lol

I have been enjoying watching Oprah's Life Class Tour and her guests - wonderful people!

There was a segment on ENERGY and how we affect others as they affect us with their energy. Ever been in a room and you just "feel" someone else's energy - good or bad? This happened to me for many years while having to work under a supervisor who was a bully and just plain mean-spirited. Although I had my back to her when she would enter the room, I could always feel her presence. 

That's a good example of a person's positive and/or negative energy. I bet you all have a story of your own to tell about feeling someone else's energy and how it made you feel.


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May 18 cont'd
2 years ago

I know there are a whole bunch of scientific reasons as to why this occurs, but to me - I see it as holy ground where God and angels communicate. I could see angel wings and the waving motion is just angels busily in motion. So very beautiful! Thank you so much. I really enjoyed watching it. Perfect for this thread.

I'm glad you listened to Enya, Lynn, and found it relaxing. She certainly has a gift in making people feels peaceful and relaxed.

I LOVE the story and believe it's so true about what we plant in our minds. I confess to having planted negative things many times in my life, which lowers ones self-esteem, etc. Often we do that when we've been with abusive people (too long) who like to spend their days criticizing and finding fault. After a while we tend to start to believe it. That's why it's so important to have truly caring/loving, helpful, positive-thinking people in our lives, as we should be in theirs. WONDERFUL ANALOGY!

The gymnastic video is awesome. I think it's so relaxing because it 'demands' our complete attention, so we aren't worrying or such while watching it. I have always loved watching ballet and now... "So You Think You Can Dance" (which starts May 24). It is amazing to me how beautiful the human body can be and what it can do. Even though there were six people in this, I had the feeling of there being just ONE at times. THIS IS WHAT HUMANKIND COULD BE IF WE WORKED TOGETHER.

Thanks so much for your interesting posts. I love them! I have been watching the special "LIFE" tour Oprah is doing on Monday nights and will be posting some things I learned from the shows. There have been some "Ah ha" moments! Your story about what we plant in our mind fits in to this very well.

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I love this thread!

May 18
2 years ago

Sorry I've been away so long without letting anyone know what was happening. I've explained it on the "Chatter Box.." thread.

Lynn, the video is breathtakingly beautiful, and I don't think the word "beautiful" describes it adequately. I took some screenshots:

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2 years ago

Hi to all my peeps,

I know this may seem odd to you to post a gymnastic video on this thread, but watch this full screen and you'll be amazed at how relaxed, yet energized you'll feel when it's over. It's an astounding visual of synchronized Japanese gymnastics and I'm sure you'll all enjoy it.

2 years ago

An excerpt from
The Strangest Secret
by Earl Nightingale George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."

Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry—his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand—one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds—one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants—one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

2 years ago

Cheryl, I just listened to and watched the Enya video. She's got such a haunting voice and the pictures of the wolves are so beautiful. At one point I closed my eyes and relaxed and I felt so soothed. Thank you for posting this poignant video, sis.

2 years ago

This is astounding. The music may be a little thunderous but it does signify what is happening on the screen. It almost makes you feel small, a speck on the earth's surface.

http://vimeo.com/40555466

2 years ago

There is no getting around the fact that ENYA has a voice that can touch one's soul. This is one of those mysterious, calming, amazing songs she alone can share. The music is hauntingly beautiful and almost makes me feel nostalgic for a place...where I do not know. I hope you take some time for yourself to listen to it. 

2 years ago

This is such a calming, beautiful video that you can put on while you're doing something nearby. PEACE!


2 years ago

Oh Lynn - I'm so sorry that I missed your last post! I don't know how I missed it. Thank you for explaining everything. I guess I am more like Vicky and will stick to somewhat the same things, but I am toying with a few other features as it gets boring after awhile. I would like to get to where I can create winks! That's so cute!

It's all very relaxing to do and the hours just slip by. So many people don't make time for themselves, and others don't recognize the fact that we all need it.

I just posted a video in Zen's group "Hosts and Co-Hosts" and it definitely belongs here as well. I hope everyone can take a little time for themselves and watch and listen to this wonderful video. The pictures are so beautiful and I want us all to go there! You don't have to watch and listen to it all at one time (it's quite long). Just take note of the number where you left off and start up again any time. Ohhhhhh, I am so relaxed tonight after viewing this video. I truly believe it has healing qualities.

ENJOY THE PEACE AND BEAUTY -- and imagine us all there together!


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2 years ago

Oh, I love ladybugs. How sweet that they are messengers of love. I'll always remember that, Cheryl.

As for you showing your mandalas, yes there are threads called Creation Gallery for Tags and Creation Gallery for Mandalas for the ladies who don't have their own threads. They all started showing their creations there first and when they became prolific and started really producing, I gave some of them their own threads.

Vicky has her own style and way of doing things and is very reticent about trying something new so she sticks to the same type of mandala or tag with lots of glitter.

Lynne has branched out a bit but she, too, sticks to the basics.

Start showing us your beautiful mandalas and whatever you add to them. Don't feel pressured by the fact that the ladies have been creating different things. Just remember, when they started out they knew absolutely NOTHING. I taught them how to make mandalas and tags, so basically you're ahead of them because you know more than they did when they started.

Tonight I broke down the Instruction pages for tags and made separate threads for each lesson. I think it will be easier for the stoodents to look back on without poring through the original threads. Tomorrow (actually, here it is tomorrow..it's 1:30 a.m.) I'll do the same for the Mandala instructions. So, again..please post your creations in the galleries and look at the separate instructions. There's also a "Private Lesson" thread for you to ask me any questions you need answers to. I'll be waiting for you there, sis.

Now, it's time for me to go to bed. I have an opthamology appt. in the morning at 9:15 and I'm going to be bleary eyed if I don't get enough sleep, so nite, nite my sweet friend!

2 years ago

Hi sis -- no you don't have to beg. lol

I spent a few hours over there the other night and felt like I was in another land. Everyone is so advanced now! Beautiful work they are doing! I am only doing mandalas and sometimes I take them to Online Editor or Lunapic for a little something extra. But where would I start, Lynn? I read right through (and took copies) of the #1 thread and I think I'd have to go back further than that. Is there a thread for those who just haven't advanced yet and can post our little mandalas with water drops or something simple?


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P.S. Take care of Ladybugs. They have spiritual qualities and are often sent by loved ones on the other side to say "hello" - "I am here watching over you."  I was digging in my garden, planting pansies and was just about to dig out a patch of ground cover that was in my way. All of a sudden a ladybug appeared on a leaf, and when my son came over to see it a second ladybug appeared! They are very special little messengers of love.
   

2 years ago

Wonderful mantra to meditate with, Cheryl. I always try to choose happiness over anything else that comes into my life.

I see that you're posting tiny versions of your mandalas with your posts. Why don't you come into my group and show them off there in their original form? They're all so beautiful and I'll help you with anything you want to learn how to do. Do I have to beg? Pretty please? lol

2 years ago

ss   These are a few notes I took from the video, Lynn. VERY GOOD! These kind of videos and readings always make me feel better, and smile more in my day! Thanks for posting this!


"There are no chance encounters."
"I choose to see happiness instead of......."
"Make moment to moment decisions to choose love..."
"Choose peace instead of fear..."


"Happiness is a choice I make." (This is the mantra for this week)

2 years ago

Making Happiness A Choice in Your Life

2 years ago

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Taking a time-out is simply about taking the time to breathe. It’s about being aware of the holistic system that makes up who you truly are. You are body, you are mind, and you are spirit, and all of these facets are vitally important to your overall well-being.

It’s important to keep in mind that the point of taking a time-out isn’t to escape your responsibilities. Rather, it is to regroup and refresh yourself so that you can make smarter choices. It’s about finding balance and harmony in your life and taking the time to nurture every aspect of yourself. It’s about respecting and loving yourself so that you can genuinely respect and love others as well. You can only give what you have, but if you feel lacking, you’ll simply feel like you have nothing to give. So make sure you are full of joy and love in each moment and you will have that much more to share with the world.

Excerpts from Daily OM

2 years ago


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Mountains are almost always considered holy and spiritual places, and the energy at the top of a mountain is undeniably unique. When we are on top of a mountain, it is as if we have ascended to an alternate realm, one in which the air is purer and the energy lighter. Many a human being has climbed to the top of a mountain in order to connect with a higher source of understanding, and many have come back down feeling stronger and wiser. Whenever we are feeling trapped or limited in our vision, a trip to our nearest mountain may be just the cure we need.

As they rise up from the earth, sometimes disappearing in the clouds that gather around them, they are a visual symbol of earth reaching up into the heavens. Whether we have a mountain view out of our window or just a photograph of a mountain where we see it every day, we can rely on these earthly giants to provide inspiration, vision, and a daily reminder of our humble place in the grand scheme of life.

Excerpts from Daily OM

2 years ago

I am copying this link from the other thread as it really can apply here. It is wonderful to watch these peaceful fish! Thanks Barb!


2 days ago
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It's the weekend and taxes are due on Monday. You deserve a moment to relax and here is a tip to help you do just that:

Turn on the Blue Cavern Live Cam, and let the ocean inhabitants found off the coast of Catalina Island or the hypnotic Moon Jellyfish do the trick.

We're curious, what do you usually do to relax? Share your tips in the comments or email us directly at feedback@explore.org

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2 years ago

ssP.S. I had a lovely meditational/prayerful day today. I didn't watch any of my regular newsy type programs, just enjoyed easylistening music, did a few mandalas (aaaaaahhhh-nice), had some sunshine to enjoy and did some gardening even. I made a point to enjoy everything around me - a gorgeous blue sky, trees and bushes with green sprouts and flowers starting to show their colour, enjoyed my 14 daffodils and checked over my growing tulips, had several cups of tea and read my book outside in the fresh air. It was so nice to have the rain stop for awhile.

I think my son's grieving has caused me to do and think differently right now. His suffering is where my heart is (they hurt, we hurt) and all that's happened so suddenly to his very special girlfriend reminds me to not take any part of life for granted.



 

 

2 years ago

WOW, Mary, how very beautiful those pictures are! I feel uplifted just looking at them. Thank you so much. I will enjoy these bright and happy pics many times over!

Lynn, your creations are gorgeous, as always! And the quotes are also uplifting and joyous. I love them and am loving floating through this thread with a smile on my face. Thank you.

I'm glad you both enjoyed the article, sisters. I started a new thread tonight "Celebrate Women" to take this further as there are so many facets we can cover and discuss - so many awesome women on this planet now and so many who have left their legacy one way or another. Our sisters all over the world need recognition.

2 years ago

"Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind, and spirit that was yours at birth and that can be yours again. That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness with the world around you, is still within you."

                                       - Deepak Chopra -

Excellent article about womanhood, Cheryl
2 years ago


"Each of us is here to discover our true selves; that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form; that we're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, that we're spiritual beings that
have occasional human experiences."

 

                                                - Deepak Chopra -

2 years ago

it is excellent thanks Cheryl and the mandalas are so beautiful sisters  

2 years ago

(con't) Embracing Womanhood

Seeing her own divinity, a woman learns to recognize the divinity in all women. She then can see her body as a temple, appreciating its feminine form and function, regardless of what age or stage of life she finds herself. She can enjoy all that it brings to her experience and appreciate other women and their experiences as well. Rather than seeing other women as competition, she can look around her to see the cycle of life reflected in the beauty of her sisters, reminding her of her own radiance should she ever forget. She can then celebrate all the many aspects that make her a being worthy of praise, dancing to express the physical, speaking proudly to express her intellect, sharing her emotions, and leading the way with her spiritual guidance. Embracing her womanhood, she reveals the facets that allow her to shine with the beauty and strength of a diamond to illuminate her world.

THIS MAY BE LONG TO READ BUT IT'S SO WORTH IT!!

This is from Daily OM
2 years ago

Good thing to think about when going into meditation.

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Woman
Embracing Womanhood

When any woman honors herself, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being.

There are many ways and myriad reasons for women to honor and embrace all that they are. And when any individual woman chooses to do so, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being. By honoring her experience and being willing to share it with others—both male and female—she teaches as she learns. When she can trust herself and her inner voice, she teaches those around her to trust her as well. Clasping hands with family members and friends, coworkers and strangers in a shared walk through the journey of life, she allows all to see the self-respect she possesses and accepts their respect, too, that is offered through look, word, and deed.

When a woman can look back into her past, doing so without regret and instead seeing only lessons that brought her to her current strength and wisdom, she embraces the fullness of her experience. She helps those around her to build upon the past as she does. And when she chooses to create her desires, she places her power in the present and moves forward with life into the future.

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2 years ago

What a beautiful picture, Lynn, and it goes so well with the quote. It's great to find quotes about the "inner" self because it keeps reminding us that this is where we all need to go more often. We get very busy in our worlds and often find we have anxiety/worry problems because of it. I like to have reminders! Thank you, sis. 

This is so true!
2 years ago

 
"Just as light brightens darkness, discovering inner fulfillment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort. This is truly the key to creating
balance and harmony in everything you do."

 

                                            - Deepak Chopra -

2 years ago

Thank you so much my dear sisters. It's wonderful to find such support and kindness here, and we all have had numerous experiences we've been able to share with one another. Yes, Shawn is feeling a great loss, and after many years of talking to one another almost every night he's lost when he goes to his room and her face doesn't pop up on skype. He is going back on all the emails he saved and it's like having those conversations with her again. Her name was - and still is - Keri. Thanks again dear sisters. You are very comforting and I love you.

aaMay your day be filled with peace.


2 years ago

Cheryl this is such a loss for your son , it must be a terrible shock to bear ,we are so fond of our friends ,i know you will be a great help and support to him hugs sis

2 years ago

Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear about your son's friend. As we here know, online friends can become so much part of our lives that when something happens, even a mild illness, we grieve for them, pray for them and always keep them in our hearts. To make matters even worse for your son is the fact that he met this woman in person which made them even closer friends.

I will keep your son and his departed friend's family in my thoughts and prayers. I can understand your son's devastation. Please give him a hug for me. You take care of yourself sis, because you have to be strong for him. Sending my love, as always.

2 years ago

I REALLY like it Lynn. I just watched it again to relax me. My son found out last night that one of his very best online friends, who he's talked to for about five years and has met (she was from Washington but moved to Dallas), passed away. He has been missing her since they last spoke on March 11 and found her obituary online. Apparently she passed away on March 13. He has no idea why and has left messages with some of her other friends to see if they know. They talked on skype at least every second night, if not every night.

He is grieving terribly. They had helped each other with the ups and downs of their lives. She had two little boys under age 10. My heart is breaking for them both.

So thanks again for the video, sis.  

2 years ago

Cheryl, when I first saw the video I watched it over and over. The pictures, the music, the soft and relaxing joy of it all just touched my soul. I put it in My Favorites so that I can always go to it. I'm so glad you liked it.

2 years ago

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Oh Lynn that is so beautiful! I am so glad I found this this morning -- so many beautiful pictures, as this one, and the peacefulness that comes from it.

I will be playing this over many times. Oddly enough, I was going to start looking for some videos just like this! The boy, or young yogi, used in the video seems to absorb Nature into his soul. He's not just an actor used for the part.

Thanks so much for this wonderfully relaxing and spiritual video. I smiled all the way through it at the beauty and the sounds really resonated with my whole being.

2 years ago

This is such a relaxing thread, Cheryl. Thank you again for opening it.

I came across this wonderful meditation video in a Care2 friend's blog and I thought you'd all enjoy it. I certainly did. Watch and feel yourself becoming very calm.

Om Hari Om

2 years ago

Imagining our lives as if we are seeing them for the first time brings excitement and new energy to our activities. When we were children our lives were full of simplicity and natural good-natured fun, which allowed us to remain in the moment and be present to everything that happened to us. Letting go of our cares was easier for we knew on an intuitive level that by playing and enjoying ourselves we could savour each and every moment. By freeing yourself from your adult constraints today, you will infuse your life with dynamic moments that you will cherish forever.

~Graceful Guidance 

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2 years ago

A Meditative Positive Reading

Perhaps you can imagine that your life and everyone in it is surrounded by a bright, ever-expanding globe of light. As you picture this light enveloping you and everyone you see, you may want to imagine that all of you are as innocent and full of life as if you were children. Seeing your life in this way might make it easier to keep your spirit feeling free and unhindered throughout the day.


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2 years ago

BEAUTIFUL imagery, Lynn. As a matter of fact, one of my imageries is very close to yours but without the palm tree (only because I don't think about putting it in there). I imagine myself alone too and I think that may be because it is our time to be alone in meditation and peace.

I read an article years ago about some people who do not like being alone - ever. Although I'm sure there are psychological issues around that, I just can't imagine never wanting to be alone. I've always needed 'lone' time to revitalize myself.  


We have lots of seagulls where I live as we're not all that far from the beach. I can close my eyes when the seagulls are talking to one another around my home and can almost smell the beach. It always makes me relax.

IMAGERY IS IMPORTANT


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P.S. I dropped by the group today and left a couple of mandalas I did last night.

2 years ago

Cheryl, you're so right about the different forms of meditation. My favorite way of meditating is closing my eyes and pictures myself alone on the beach, under a swaying palm tree with the ocean's waves making a swishing sound as they ebb and flow. I find myself breathing in and out gently as my body relaxes to the point that I feel boneless. It's a wonderful feeling. Of course, making mandalas relaxes me also and the hours flee.

You're not so far behind that you won't be able to catch up, sis. Even if you don't we each go at our own pace, doing our own thing. Start slow by looking at the instruction page for tags. You already know how to make gorgeous mandalas. Make the time to come into the group. It's fun.

2 years ago

Absolutely, Lynn. I honestly do think it's a great form of meditation. I have 'come to' at times and realized a few hours have gone by. It's wonderful!

"Meditation" to many people means sitting with crossed legs and eyes closed for hours. Nope! I did a lot of meditation in my 20s and sometimes sitting alone in a dark room with eyes closed for about 20 minutes and picturing the release of anxiety and problems is like a mental massage.

One of the images I like (and am starting to get back to) is imagining my stress like a bottle of 7-up.... all fizzing up through and out of the top of my head. They (problems, worries) float above my head and upward until they disappear. VERY RELAXING.

Starting this up again after so many years is going to take time because I get fidgety easily. lol - First I need to concentrate on relaxing every single part of my body. It's surprising how rigid and tight our arms, shoulders, etc. can be and we aren't aware of it.

I will get over to your group soon, Lynn. I know I'm so far behind but it's not a race, right?

aa (This girl really has it going for her! I admire that.)


2 years ago

The way you posted the article is just fine, Cheryl. It's so interesting that by meditating, you can change your brain. I find that by making the tags and mandalas, my mind quiets down and I feel so calm and relaxed. Do you feel the same way, Cheryl?

2 years ago

Sorry about last post being in one lump. I had originally copied the article on to Word and it simply would NOT allow me to post it in paragraphs. Also, the blue links don't work - there was something coded in there originally and it's now gone. However, we can look anything else up separately. Enjoy and be calm!

2 years ago

Can Meditation Change Your Brain?

by Michelle Kay, Planet Green

 

If you're like me and practice yoga and meditation, you've probably noticed the benefits of quieting your mind.

At the end of the day, I like to sit quietly for 30 minutes or practice an hour of yoga. Not only do I feel more focused after a meditation session, I am also calmer and more relaxed, as if I have just woken up from a blissful nap. Now there may be scientific evidence showing some of the benefits of daily meditation. Not only is it a good way to control stress naturally, according to a study done for Psychiatry Research: Neuroimagery Journal, practicing mindfulness can lead to increases in gray matter density in the brain. Brain scans of people who practiced meditation were taken before and after the practice showed increased gray matter in the hippocampus, which is an area important for learning and memory. The scans also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress.

The researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, stress and depression.

To practice mindful meditation in its simplest form, sit down somewhere quiet. You can sit crossed-legged if you want or on a chair. Close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. Try to stop distractions. If you find your mind begins to wander, simply let the thoughts flow in and then out. Try to return your focus to your breath and concentrate on that. Inhale through your nose in slow breaths. Do not try to control your breath. Just breathe deeply and be aware of the sensation as the breath comes in and out of your nostrils. Be sure to keep your spine straight to avoid feeling sleepy or sluggish.

That's it! Even though mindful meditation is simple, it takes patience and practice. Once you have tried it a few times, it will get easier and the benefits are well worth it!

 



2 years ago

Ah, Mary, that's really sweet and it's great the mandalas make you feel restful and relaxed, and I agree - Lynn is a wonderful teacher! It's nice to see you in the room with us!

I think a bit of fun and humour in this room is as important as the meditation.

2 years ago

those manalas are so beautiful and so restful you guys are artists and of course Lynn is a wonderful teacher i am so relaxed just watching ,i love the simple truths post Lynn

2 years ago

Cheryl, your mandalas are so lovely and calming. I wish you'd post them in my group. I just posted a bunch of them there from this picture. Here's a couple that I like.



By using the Mirror effect in lunapic, the image was reversed and this mandala got a lot of the green in the picture.

2 years ago

Hi Barb and Lynn. It's really great to see you in this Room. All sisters and brothers welcome here. We can meditate together.

Great article, Lynn. Our family members, friends, co-workers, and strangers deserve our time and thoughfulness and often we are rushing around so much that we forget to do simple caring things.

We all need to "Demonstrate respect and kindness..." - to give and to receive same. I love the "Learner" information. It's the part of us that lets go of our ego and really opens us up to others. which often allows them to let their guards and walls down. We all have them to some extent.

Here are the mandalas I did from the above picture.

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This one is nice and soft and gives me more of a spiritual feeling:

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Doing these mandalas is a meditation, I believe. I don't have as much chatter going on in my head and feel very relaxed while doing them. Thanks so much for introducing them to me, Lynn.

Now I want to see your mandala, please.


2 years ago

From "Simple Truths"

An excerpt from
The 100/0 Principle
by Al RitterWhat is the most effective way to create and sustain great relationships with others? It's The 100/0 Principle: You take full responsibility (the 100) for the relationship, expecting nothing (the 0) in return.

Implementing The 100/0 Principle is not natural for most of us. It takes real commitment to the relationship and a good dose of self-discipline to think, act and give 100 percent.

The 100/0 Principle applies to those people in your life where the relationships are too important to react automatically or judgmentally. Each of us must determine the relationships to which this principle should apply. For most of us, it applies to work associates, customers, suppliers, family and friends.

STEP 1 - Determine what you can do to make the relationship work...then do it. Demonstrate respect and kindness to the other person, whether he/she deserves it or not.

STEP 2 - Do not expect anything in return. Zero, zip, nada.

STEP 3 - Do not allow anything the other person says or does (no matter how annoying!) to affect you. In other words, don't take the bait.

STEP 4 - Be persistent with your graciousness and kindness. Often we give up too soon, especially when others don't respond in kind. Remember to expect nothing in return.

At times (usually few), the relationship can remain challenging, even toxic, despite your 100 percent commitment and self-discipline. When this occurs, you need to avoid being the "Knower" and shift to being the "Learner." Avoid Knower statements/thoughts like "that won't work," "I'm right, you are wrong," "I know it and you don't," "I'll teach you," "that's just the way it is," "I need to tell you what I know," etc.

Instead use Learner statements/thoughts like "Let me find out what is going on and try to understand the situation," "I could be wrong," "I wonder if there is anything of value here," "I wonder if..." etc. In other words, as a Learner, be curious!

Principle Paradox

This may strike you as strange, but here's the paradox: When you take authentic responsibility for a relationship, more often than not the other person quickly chooses to take responsibility as well. Consequently, the 100/0 relationship quickly transforms into something approaching 100/100. When that occurs, true breakthroughs happen for the individuals involved, their teams, their organizations and their families.

2 years ago

Cheryl, you're right about the picture making a wonderful mandala. Let's both try it....see what we come up with.

Thanks for starting this thread. We all need to relax and meditating is the best way to do it.

2 years ago

Thanks Cheryl I need to do this.  Beautiful pictures.

2 years ago

Lynn - if you're looking in, I just got the feeling the above pic might make a great mandala! I'm going to try it. 

2 years ago

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Meditation can also hold a place in almost all religious beliefs and practices. In fact, prayer may be thought of as a type of meditation.


http://www.morethanmedication.ca/en/article/index/meditation_techniques?gclid=CKic88SG764CFQZ_hwodLmiyJg

2 years ago

All tips, articles, personal experiences, WELCOME!

2 years ago

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Meditation made easier

The essence of meditation is to focus your attention, so that “mental clutter” — everyday thoughts of work, chores or worries — fall away. This can bring a sense of calmness, peacefulness and balance, as well as new insights and clarity. In time, you may find that these results linger with you long after the meditation session has ended.


While the specifics may vary, most meditation sessions follow these basic steps:

  1. For sitting meditation, find a comfortable position cross-legged on the floor (you may also sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor) and back straight but relaxed.


  2. Rest your hands in your lap, nesting palms up.


  3. Partially close your eyes and relax your gaze by staring into the middle distance.


  4. Choose a focal point to help direct your attention. This could be your breathing, a word that you repeat, physical sensations, a photograph of a beautiful setting or an image that you picture in your mind, such as light or water.


  5. Begin by simply being aware of yourself breathing, and gradually relax your body.


  6. Allow your mind to relax. Don’t try to empty your mind or push thoughts away. Just watch them come and go, and gently return your wandering attention to the focus of your meditation session.


If you’re not sure how to start or want to try a “meditation fix” for a particular circumstance, use our interactive “What’s bugging you?” tool and get on the road to relaxation.



http://www.morethanmedication.ca/en/article/index/meditation_techniques?gclid=CKic88SG764CFQZ_hwodLmiyJg

2 years ago
Making meditation part of your life

You can meditate almost anywhere — on the bus, at work, in a waiting room, in your living room — and for as long or as short a time as you wish. Meditation can involve sitting, walking or doing exercises such as yoga or tai chi.

There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. In fact, there are many different ways of practicing meditation, so try several to find one that suits you.

There is also no right or wrong meditation experience or outcome. Don’t be concerned if your mind buzzes with thoughts, or if you don’t feel any different when you’re finished. Just keep practicing.

You will get better at it over time, which means that you’ll see the greatest benefit if you do it regularly. For example, you might schedule ten minutes every night before bed. You could also use meditation techniques whenever you are dealing with a particularly stressful or painful situation.

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~Making Meditation a Part of Your Life~
2 years ago
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Interactive: Anytime, anywhere, everyday meditation techniques

Meditation is a powerful stress-relieving tool that you can practice anytime, anywhere to relieve tension, improve concentration and re-energize. And it’s not hard to do — really! Get started today in as little as three minutes.

Like many people, you may be reluctant to try meditation. Perhaps it seems mysterious, intimidating or too unusual. Or maybe you’ve tried it and felt silly or it didn’t seem to work. But if you find yourself stressed out, filled with worry, or just not feeling your best, you might want to give it a try. The results may surprise you!

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