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Bask in the energy of beautiful music; uplifting and inspirational stories; and optimistic, like-minded people. As you do this, you'll find the field of all possibilities will open wide to help your dreams, hopes, and desires come to fruition.

-Deepak Chopra 

I am on the last week of the 21-Day Meditation Challenge of Deepak Chopra. It has been absolutely wonderful so far and I expect this week will also bring more peace and tranquility. It's nice reading the comments of others who are doing this as we all seem to ask the same questions, and have many of the same feelings.

Truly a wonderful experience. I am a changed person!

I'll post some of the information I've gotten when this is over.

1 year ago

Here's the link to register for - and benefit from - The 21 Day Challenge.

http://www.chopra.com/ccl-meditation/video.html

Nov. 8, 2012
1 year ago

I was looking for this thread and found it in the archives, with another thread I can see that also needs to be reactivated. Funny how you don't realize they are gone but you know something is different! lol

I am doing the 21 Day Meditation Challenge that Deepak Chopra is putting on and it is truly wonderful. I am two days behind but I'm sure I'll eventually arrive at the same place others do. I don't know if you can still enter it, but I will try to find the link in case any one else wants to do it. I walked around yesterday in such a happy and relaxed daze after doing the meditation.

This is a link to Deepak's Resource Center and it takes you to other great links. Hope you have fun trying some out.

Explore our Meditation Video Library

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2 years ago

same here Cheryl but i'l work on it and keep trying lol.its wet and wintry here this morning i'm off with the dogs for a walk now love and hugs

2 years ago

Yay, Mary! When I first started I found out how lousy my balance was. It has improved but often I need a chair behind my legs or the back of the chair to hold on to a bit. The stretching makes me feel so dog-gone GOOD! I usually hear a crack here and there when I start, which goes to show how much I need it. LOL

Let us know how it goes for you. The nice thing is that you can start and stop whenever you want. It's amazing what just laying flat on the floor for 10-15 minutes can do for your back!

I am so impressed by this picture of a little girl doing meditation and yoga. No doubt her parents are probably into it and she is learning something that will benefit her throughout her life!

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2 years ago

Hi Cheryl i am going to try out the yoga it might help my bones after cross country riding lol

2 years ago

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YOGA STARTER

I found this link on the link that Lynn posted today on the "Affirmations..." thread. It has many moves that I already do in my routine of hatha yoga stretches and many more moves that I will try to learn.

Remember that we don't have to achieve the exact same positions shown; we just do the best we can. Sometimes just watching a video like this gives us a few arm/feet/legs and other exercises we can do while sitting down if that's our limit. I did a few of the moves shown but had to have a chair behind my legs as my balance wasn't all that great (I would have fallen over!).

Now, on to do some meditation. I think if I had to do what's on the whole video I would be ready for a snooze!

Thanks Lynn!

2 years ago

Re-posting the link to #1 thread as the other one I posted doesn't seem to work:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=7846&pst=1329507


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Forgive me if I have posted this or any other quote/pic twice. I'm going through my pics and the threads to mark the ones already posted. It's that old memory thing happening!  

2 years ago

Lynn, I'm copying this great meditation that you posted on the "Buddha..." thread to this thread as it applies so well. Actually, it is full of affirmations and could go on that thread too. It's really relaxing. I need to bring down my blood pressure so I will listen to this every day. It's very effective.

My wish for you....
2 years ago

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"This is another essential part of meditation -- the cultivation of compassion toward one's self."

Elizabeth Lesser

The Seeker's Guide

2 years ago

Try to make time to watch this video. All creatures, land and sea, including humans, respond to vibration. That's what the chanting of OM does. It's supposed to be healing.




It's a beautiful video to watch as well.

2 years ago

As I learned while researching simple yoga (simply because I can`t do the contorted things we often see), one can do things while sitting in a chair that benefit the body. Just do the best you can with what you`ve got!

dd 

2 years ago

Doing even a little bit of yoga can make you feel good! Stretches do a lot for the body!

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You don’t have to be an advanced yoga practitioner to learn how to begin a yoga practice at home. This basic routine combines a four-part sequence and a few basic poses to give you an all-over stretch that’s quick, easy, and effective.

Sun salutation is a popular yoga sequence because it stretches the entire body, but it can be intimidating for beginners. This ocean salutation is a simpler version that uses a wave-like motion and combines Cat-cow, Up-dog, and Child’s Pose.

1. Begin in modified Child’s Pose, with legs folded on your mat and arms reaching out in front of you. Think of this pose as home base for this yoga sequence.
2. Inhale and use your breath to curve your spine up like a Halloween cat.
3. Exhale and move your hands a little farther away from your body, as you slowly lower your hips to your mat and come into up-dog.
4. Inhale to the full pose, curving your face and chest up.
5. Exhale and push back to the original modified Child’s Pose.
6. If your knees hurt, roll the mat slightly under your knees for a little extra padding.
7. Move through the cycle a few times.
8. When you feel comfortable, repeat the cycle twice more with your eyes closed.
9. When you’ve finished, rest for a few breaths in Child’s Pose.


http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-begin-a-yoga-practice.html

2 years ago

Here are six terrific truths about time: ss

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time...pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.


Thanks so much for your last post, Lynn. It's totally fascinating. This man's  criminal background brought out in him some life lessons, not only for himself but for everyone. And the important lessons about time are what every person should never take for granted as we never know what tomorrow will bring us. I copied the above so to emphasize it. We need to be conscious of using our time as wisely as possible.


2 years ago

First Thing Every MorningIf you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.

Here's a story that drives the point home. First Thing Every MorningBooks to inspire and motivate
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Shop now!Arthur Berry was described by Time as "the slickest second-story man in the East," truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, "I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn't. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don't leave out the biggest one of all... Don't just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry."

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time...pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

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2 years ago

VERY nice articles, Lynn. I took my time to read through them... the message the second one has about busy, busy, busy... and really got something from them. Even if we read similar things, another viewpoint or in another person's words, it reinforces what we read before. I find that TO KEEP ON READING these things is what brings me back to the present. It's so easy to float into the past without noticing myself doing it.

I love the way the writer has written about the past in the first article. I could/should read that at least once a week to remind me of why I need to keep from thinking about it, except for the memories that make me smile.

Your picture (creation) is just wonderful! How very fitting for the articles. You are really doing beautiful work!

Thanks, Lynn. I shall read these again and maybe again after that.

Stress is a Choice
2 years ago

An excerpt from
Stress is a Choice
by David Zerfoss Several years ago while listening to my pastor give a Sunday sermon, he spoke about how life is made up of a series of choices. It made me realize that my hectic professional and personal life was of my choosing. Therefore, a life of stress had become my choice.

Many of us hurry through life going from one place to the next, focused on conquering the next mountain, making the next deal, running the next errand, and believing we will never have enough time to do all the things we need to get done. Yet, there is all the time in the world if we just realize that we are the creators of this life we choose to live. That's right. Life is a series of choices and being free from stress is one of those choices.

Whether your business life is overly complicated or your personal life (or both), you have chosen this current system of chaos. The world is a tantalizing swirl of getting the next "fix," tempting us to fit more and more things, people and processes into our lives, personally and professionally. And because we are so busy being busy, it's easy to be lured into the fray, with our lengthy to-do lists. Yet, the greatest achievements have often come from the simplest of ideas and in the simplest forms.

To experience a simplified life, we first have to learn to slow down long enough to see through all the clutter. We need to realize that we are powerful magnets that attracted this life to ourselves—no matter what—good or bad.

After you read through the 10 Rules to Simplify Your Life, my wish for you is that you commit to simplify and enroll others for support. Take out a blank sheet of paper and create the life you truly want to live—with less stress and complexity—one that is anchored by a clear sense of your unique and simple purpose.

Everyday Meditation - Book Giveaway
2 years ago


The past is a veil that blinds us to our current reality, obscuring and coloring everything we see and experience, along with everyone we meet. Because of this, while we are relying on the past as our guide, we never see anything with true clarity. We see, instead, only shadows of the true world, mixed up with a conglomeration of our own projected images. In contrast, the present moment is crystal clear and beautiful to dwell on. There is a sublime perfection in it, and as you give it a space in your life, it will surround you with a sense of peace and safety. The present is very quiet and still; subtle and yet powerful; transforming but forever steady, forever present, and completely unwavering. The past, which typically emphasizes judgment, strips away the beauty of the present and imprisons us in a world of shadows and dreams, unshared thoughts, and imagination. It builds a wall that you cannot see beyond and makes life seem dulled, lifeless, and dreamlike, like the past itself. The present is pure joy; the past, absolute imprisonment. The present is liberation; the past, leaden with sorrow.

The only thoughts from the past that easily translate to present joy are the memories of happiness you have shared with other people. These thoughts reflect a union that transcends the past, and so these gentle thoughts are not our major concern. Most of the past thoughts we tend to focus on are thoughts about how others have hurt us or how we have hurt them — in other words, attack thoughts that are directed either toward others or toward ourselves. It doesn’t truly matter which, for both types are equally disruptive to present peace.

Look at your past as it if were nothing more than a passing movie that has little, if any, bearing on your current life. Liberate yourself from the wounds of the past, whether they were inflicted by you or another, and you will begin to see the world around you through brand-new eyes. These are baby eyes, which don’t judge and always see truly. Only forgiveness of the past, which is the opposite of judgment, makes this exchange possible.



Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/everyday-meditation-book-giveaway.html#ixzz204zoMfbL
2 years ago

Cheryl, it does sound very interesting. I really like these types of books.

2 years ago

aa   That looks like a really great download/book, Lynn. I listened to a few samples (there are so many great meditations!) and what I heard was really relaxing. I wanted MORE though! lol

 

I am seriously thinking about getting this! Thanks for finding and posting it.

2 years ago
Free Healing Guided Meditation
 
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2 years ago

When I clicked on the link it said I have been denied access due to my IP address. Makes me feel a little like I have a felony record.

Good article, Lynn. Interests can change but passion usually stays, even through criticism or any other kind of negativity. I know some people with passion for what they do or want to do and it's like a road they know they are on and aren't willing to be driven off by anything. It's probably what they were born to do in life and they know and recognize that.

Thanks for posting that. Very inspiring.


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2 years ago

An excerpt from
Create a Life You Can't Wait to Live
by Zig Ziglar You are about to experience the life you can't wait to live—one filled with passion, peak performance and purpose.

I don't care what the field of endeavor is—sports, business, science, medicine, education, ministry, public service—I don't believe that anyone will perform at his or her peak without passion. Life's too tough to get to the top without passion. You're going to fail, be taken advantage of, be disappointed by people you trust, disappoint yourself, run out of resources—almost every day you're going to encounter a good, solid, logical reason why you ought to give up. And without passion, you just might. That's why passion is the prerequisite for peak performance.

Peak performance is dependent on passion, grit, determination, and a willingness to do something poorly until you can do it well. True peak performance is influenced by the condition of your physical, spiritual, business and family life.

The third part of the equation&mdashurpose—is something I have come to believe is a key to the whole dynamic of motivation.

I've met people all through my life who had passion of a sort. But because their passion wasn't fueled by purpose, it would come and go in bits and pieces. They were trying to generate their passion out of their own energy day after day, something that's ultimately unsustainable. Scientists have yet to invent the world's first perpetual-motion machine—everything runs down or runs out of gas eventually, including human beings trying to maximize their peak performance day after day.

I believe this book can help motivate you to connect the dots in life, little by little. The end result will be a picture of beauty, purpose and fulfillment—a life you can't wait to live.

2 years ago

Don't forget to breathe, breathe, breathe deeply during the day!

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2 years ago

Many people don't want to read things that have more than one paragraph. I have been one of "those people" many times as I flipped here, there, and somewhere else to get the things done that I had to do. I am learning that I am missing out on some really valuable life messages.... and the calming, peaceful feelings I am always seeking.

So, I have slowed down and am taking the time to READ. I am, at this moment, mesmerized by all the wonderful things I have read today.

Therefore, I am posting a few things that have more than one or a few paragraphs hoping some will put aside their "have to's" and give themselves a break -- some time to read, reflect, and breathe deeply. Really -- it feels so great!!

The "Affirmations & Prayers" thread, the "Quotes & Thoughts" thread, and this "Meditation..." thread seem somewhat similar, but there are slight differences. Some postings could apply to two or even three of the threads, but please post whatever you have wherever you think it fits the best.

Although I am not fully participating in Facebook I am finding some WONDERFUL things there... quotes, websites, pictures... and I'm bringing many things here to share with you - my sisters... and brothers too if they're interested (that would be nice).

I hope you can give yourselves the time to benefit from the writings, quotes, and experiences of others that I've found, as I have certainly benefitted. And let's see your postings and read your thoughts and discoveries!

I really love you all! You're very important in my life.

  ww
 

2 years ago

...cont'd

We all lose our Zen from time to time…. Just last week I was stuck in a line of traffic for 30 minutes. I waited very patiently singing to the radio and inching up in traffic. When I got to an intersection… I needed to go straight because I was within 5 streets of my house… straight ahead. Then the person directing traffic funneled all of us to the right. This meant I had to go the long way — about 10 minutes of back roads — when I could have just went straight home in a minute. After waiting 30 minutes and almost at my destination, I was now redirected. And… running low on gas.

I totally lost my marbles, rolled down my window and screamed at the guy… let loose like a longshoreman at a bar. Oh yes, I most certainly could have made a truck driver blush. I turned right, I drove faster, I talked out loud to myself, and I could feel the anger in my adrenaline shooting like bursts of fire through my veins. I totally lost it. I came home literally shaking and told my husband… “OMG, I just totally lost my Zen!” and then relayed the entire story. I began to realize how my heart was racing just like it did when the incident actually happened. I also began to realize the guy was just doing his job. I had a choice to make at the intersection, and it wasn’t about going straight or turning right. It was about how to deal with a problem and whether to let it affect me.

The Zen of it is to understand and deal with emotions in a healthy and positive way, acknowledge it and let it go. We all make mistakes. It’s all part of the journey.


by Sheila M. Burke

2 years ago

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Zen – What the heck is it?

Many people don’t quite understand what Zen is… they think it’s some new fangled thing (it’s not, it’s ancient), or that we chant all day while sitting crossed legged on pillows (we don’t). Maybe they think it’s a religion (it’s really more of a philosophy), or that we are totally calm in all situations (most of us are still learning and therefore are not).

There’s a lot to the meaning of Zen. Yet not much at all.

“Zen is not about never feeling sad, angry, joyful, or having fun; Zen is the understanding that by not clinging (or attaching) ourselves to these feelings, we can free ourselves from them and enjoy life to the fullest.”
~ from the book: Booyah! Spirit

...con't

 

2 years ago

Did I already post this somewhere or was I just thinking about it?

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2 years ago

Glad you enjoyed the pic and Akiana's explanation, Lynn. I can't stop looking at her work. It speaks to me!!

I am also having great problems here in Care2. I can't highlight anything in my mail and when I post birthday wishes they don't show up. What the heck is happening?! So exasperating and sad. I do hope things will straighten out soon (instead of getting worse) because a lot of people are not going to come here anymore or will go somewhere else.

2 years ago

I'll post here now but I don't have any expectations of it going through. My posts seem to submit, but they don't show up in my mail and don't show that they have been submitted to the group itself. So frustrating!!

Beautiful post, Cheryl. I love the picture and the writing of Akiana is so spiritual. Thanks so much.

2 years ago

(I finally got to post the above but couldn't type anything myself or it would disappear. The above was written by Akiana, which I'm sure you guessed.)

2 years ago

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POWER OF PRAYER

 

I dedicate this painting to all sincere prayers.

…The birds in this painting represent prayers. The power of prayer is direction, humbleness, sincerity, and faith.

 

 These birds just like the prayers seeking God are flying towards the light. Some birds are focused on their destination, some are distracted, others are playfully soaring, while still others are disappointed and returning back.

 

 Once in flight the birds will have to listen to God's quiet voice where to find him. If they are anxious and angry, they will crash against the steep mountains. If they lack faith, they will drown in the river. If they fly just for fun or vain curiosity, they will not hear the spiritual warnings and fly into each other.  If they fly just to show off, they will be the first to burn up by the most intense God's energy. 

 

Unless they are humble and trusting, they will not be accepted by the light.


2 years ago

(I'll try again to post here. Having terrible time doing it.)

She sure is a wonderful girl, Lynn. The inspirations seem to come from more than just deep within her. I think there really is divine help involved here!

NOW - TAKE A MOMENT ALL FOR YOURSELF, SISTERS and BROTHERS. Listen to the sweet sounds and look at the sweet pictures, or just close your eyes and enjoy. Taking a few deep breaths along the way helps bring even more relaxed and peaceful feelings. 


2 years ago

Cheryl, this lovely girl is amazing. She started painting at such a very young age and the beautiful pictures just flow from her brush. What an incredible talent!! Thanks so much for posting this again.

~Making Meditation a Part of Your Life #2~
2 years ago

previous thread:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=7846&pst=1329507

Carrying forward:

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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