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Cheryl - gorgeous words and graphics - thanks
Lynn - absolutely wonderful - was wondering about the chocolate myself -
Lynn, that is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! I've never seen that before and it is really well done. Thanks so much. I will remember that.
beautiful gals - thank you so much - I try and not listen to news or anything like that - but very difficult when someone comes into your room and starts telling you everything you don't want to know.
These videos aer absolutely gorgeous - will have to keep coming back!
Thanks so much, Sue! I LOVE the videos and have one playing right now. Lovely, lovely, lovely. The visuals on the last one are just beautiful. The water sounds and birds I will do actual meditation to. Simply beautiful and so relaxing. One doesn not need Zen music or Tibetan chanting and wind chimes to reach states of meditational peace. (But wind chimes are a nice touch!)
So glad you like the Old Man River song with that man's amazing voice. I have the same reaction when I hear it.... it takes me back to the first time I saw Showboat and heard him sing that song. It brought me to tears (and goosebumps) it was so powerful - song and voice. And glad you find the Native music pleasing. When I first starting listening to Native music, I was amazed at how much the drums affected me. Just the continuous slow drumming was like a heartbeat -- maybe to Nature or planet Earth itself! I now have another few to listen to and watch, and I shall definitely check out those other videos you mentioned. Thanks, sis!
Have to agree that listening to too much news is a really bad thing. I limit myself now. Read only the headlines on the local TV station website unless there is something that needs more info. And never leave until I have read or watched 3 good news stories. If there are not that many, then I go to you tube and watch some silly videos. It does really help not to feel too down. It's too bad that all the bad news is reported on more, we all need to hear the good news too.
Thanks for posting the Old Man River video link. Listening to that took me back to when I was a child and saw the movie on TV. Have always loved that song and what an amazing voice he had. It is now in my music bookmark folder so I can listen whenever. Am listening to your native music now and it is really nice to have something soothing in the background while I type and catch up.
This is beautiful both visually and musically, there is a partially naked woman in it for those who prefer not to see, it is done so well though and melds with the background. If you go to see this on You Tube they have a whole channel dedicated to relaxing videos.
3 hours of a gentle waterfall and birdsong, so relaxing
I listened to the first part of this beautiful music tonight while on the computer. Some say Native American music has been changed too much, but so many other people find it doesn't matter because just about all music has additions of other instruments, etc. There were comments on some of the different ones I listened to that were from Native Americans and they enjoyed them. It was immensely calming and joyful listening.
BEAUTIFUL NATIVE AMERICAN MEDITATION MUSIC HQ
I'll be checking out more. I love the hauntingly beautiful sound of the flute, which a number of people have compared to Gaelic music.
I love the quote, Val. You are so right about how the negative things in life, constantly watched and/or discussed, affect us like a dark doom cloud within us. It even changes aura colours. What is that saying..."What we think we become".... something like that. I have it somewhere. A while ago, I was totally into CNN and all the bad news going on -- what's happening in the Ukraine, the missing Malaysian plane, floods, earthquakes, the latest trials... and on and on. Being close to an Empath (what friends have called me), depression can set in so easily because my body, mind and soul stop getting the nourishment of the positive side of life. I 'see' what you are saying about your hubby and it has to affect him, as it affected me. Have you talked to him about this? It is very easy to get caught up in the bad news/world happenings because you keep waiting for Superman to fly in and fix it all, but that doesn't happen most of the time. So the bad news gets stuck inside of you.
I was glad that my son pointed out to me that I was starting to tell him about all the negative things happening every day; thus, he found it hard to converse because he is of such a positive nature. I am so glad he did. I began to stroke my plants again (and talk to them)... yep, same as being a treehugger , look at all the Nature action going on around me, etc. I could actually feel that doom cloud leave my body, mind and spirit. It is a GOOD THING, though, that your hubby meditates at night, as you say. Hopefully that's when some positive things happen. Apart from it being just a saying, laughter really is a medicine!
Lynn - Gandhi is so so right! Something I am working on in a difficult situation.
Cheryl - I know I am here to help re-blance my husband even though he doesn't thin he needs it but there is a saying:
"Life is like a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it." I know he meditates at night after I go to bed some - but he talks so much about all the "crap" in the world - that if you talk about over 12 hours a day and listen to it - it starts to become YOU! That's my opinion.
As for Opray - she is now a billionaire and with help - she has sold out to the globalists - I actually saw this before hubby got re-interested in all this independent news - I stopped watching her back then but she does do some good things - so please no one stop because of my opinion!
Hi Val and Lynn.
Val, I had heard something about Oprah to do with this some time ago, but I can't remember reading or hearing anything that told me "Why?" So... why, please? The one thing I notice is that she said she was now comfortable with her weight as she had always been on the larger side, yet her pictures on her 'Oh Magazine' are photobrushed to slim her down considerably. Just makes me say, "ouch!" Yes, Deepak can be difficult to understand at times but I find his voice very soothing. I'm sad to hear that about your hubby. Perhaps that comes from his frustration with illness?? You are the person who knows him the best, so if you take time to enjoy the good parts, then big hugs to you! You have a plateful of life to deal with - some quite joyful, and other parts not so much.
Lynn, I'm so glad you enjoyed the meditation! If it's classical music that soothes your soul, then you have found exactly the right thing. We all don't have to listen to Zen music to find calm and peace. I love your picture as well as the quote. I can almost feel the texture... it's (as always) beautiful!
Cheryl, thanks so much for the Oprah and Deepak meditation link called "Uniquely Me". It's so true that each and every one of us is different and unique and unlike any other person. My way of relaxing is listening to classical music. It soothes my soul. We each have to find a way to make ourselves calm and happy.
Here's what Mahatma Gandhi said:
Thanks Cheryl - have done this in the past but no longer doing anything that deals with Opray - she has sold out - is sad. But is a wonderful program. Have read and listened to a lot of Chopkra in the past but be ready - he can be difficult to understand. I still would recommend it to anyone!
I can agree that toxic people should not be in our lives - unfortunately - my husband is partially very toxic to me - and his spiritual side (which I seldome see anymore) is not - but really no way to change anything that I haven't already tried. So I look at the good parts and enjoy those. Thanks again.
The 21 Day Meditation Challenges that Deepak Chopra and Oprah put on are FREE! You can join them through your email messages sent to you daily, or through Facebook. You can purchase the set afterwards if you wish.
On occasion, they send free ones to enjoy without having to purchase them, and this is one of them. They are wonderful with earphones and you get to hear all the bits of stereo brilliance.
So, get comfy in a chair or on your bed (you don't have to sit crosslegged on the floor or a mountaintop). Close your eyes, then enjoy the journey.
Lynn, Val, Sue, and Deb! How wonderful to find you all here!
Lynn, lovely poem. Thank you!
Val, slow walks are good too! And good for you on your meditation time. I'm proud of you!
Deb, wonderful to have you here. I'm so happy you get something from the posts. We are a close, caring group, and when you pop in you are immediately "one of us."
Sue, wonderful article. Thank you so much! I used to have such a chatter mind, some call it a "monkey mind." So meditation did not come easily for me. I was fidgety and squirmy at first, but in a short period of time I actually calmed down and felt quite peaceful. Now I can't go long without meditating or I get edgy. I never thought I'd be a meditator! The Gratitude and the Compassion paragraphs in the article are important highlights to successful meditating.
I haven't gotten into our chakras yet (our body's seven energy locations) but hope to do that soon - not in a heavy way, just simple information. I am no expert.
Here's a few of the benefits of stretching -- just look at how our cats and dogs do it - constantly! The body benefits from stretching exercises in many ways (no age limit, either):
Go to website for more great info.
Sometimes we have separate ourselves from people who are toxic to us. They make us unhappy in many ways, perhaps by using us (and we know it when that happens), they may criticize what we think, believe in, say, dress like, etc. When they do these things it actually is more about them than about us. We may just have to bless them and let them go. I had to do that with my own brother 20 years ago. I dearly wish I had a loving brother in my life but I don't and never will. The benefits outweigh the sadness.
Namaste, dear friends
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Sue - I'll have to take a look - thanks -
Deb - first time I have seen you here - now I know why - great to have you here
I meditate basically some every AM and PM. A great to get up in the moring and go to bed at night.
I have been one the group members who reads more than posts, but I just wanted to say how much I enjoy this thread. It's a calming thread. Thanks for alll the great tips in here.
This is a very interesting and relevant article for today. When I have time will be of to look at Dr. Sood's website, the link is in the article.
Just saw this - thanks Cheryl and all that you do -
Lynn - wish I could walk 20 mintues now - maybe slowly!
“After the cloudburst and torrential rain,
The clouds disperse and the Sun shines again,
The rivers rise up and flow to the sea,
The more I let go, the more I am free.”
My friend, Jessie, who stayed with me last week, wanted to join me in my daily meditation. We enjoyed it so much that we did one in the morning and one in the evening for a couple of days - then just one in the morning the rest of the time she was here. It was different to sit silently with another person, and honestly, I could feel the warmth coming from her, and she said the same thing. I was half way into the Oprah-Deepak 21 Day Meditation Challenge when she came, so it truly was a great experience for both of us to do together. As I mentioned, she has just separated from her rather abusive husband. The meditations, she said, made her feel stronger and more empowered. And we found that during the day we didn't feel the need to talk all the time, just "Be" comfortable together as well as separate.
We listened to the "Happiness Song" by Pharrell Williams every day and we always ended up dancing and laughing. So.... here it is if anyone else wants to smile and move along with it! Looks like 220,989,506 other people also enjoy this song.
This pic shows changes in your brain after a 20 minute walk. Similar changes occur when we meditate or pray. (pictures to come)
Hi Val. Gosh I'm sorry to hear about your foot. From all the things going on in your life, Val, you really sound like you do make the "most of it" and I sure give you kudos for that. I'm glad you have a garden and a dog. Both are medicinal in a personal way, don't you think?
The more I learn about meditation and do it, and learn how to sit and just "Be" (sometimes hard to do), the more I can become the "Observer" - as if I am sitting high up on a hill looking down at myself and my loved ones, and seeing all that is going on in my life. This can be expanded to 'viewing' all that's going on in the world as well. As the Observer, send everyone love and healing thoughts and prayers. Can you imagine if millions of people did this at the same time? It really gives one a different perspective.
This one's for you, Val, and any other sister or brother who needs this in their life right now.
Cheryl - I used to walk my dog at sunrise - been if it was 5:30 AM and took tons of photos but since the rock fell on my food Oct 2012 and gave me permanent nerve damage in my right foot - I use 1 crutch to walk her so don't go as far anymore and only 1x daily - the other 2 I play with her outside. I do love the veggie garden but I miss the green, green where I have lived and there are trees and water. We are here due to my husband's health only. But I make the most of it!
Hi Val - so good to see you here! I sure agree with you that it's important we take time to center and quiet ourselves. Working in the garden, walking - especially walking our dogs - is in my humble opinion, a form of meditation. Nature centers us when we focus on it. How can it not, with it's beauty no matter what time of year.
Just before I get into my meditation (with Oprah and Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Challenge) I just want to say to everyone..
had never seen this thread before - love all the posts
Meditation is so important - the world keeps us all in a whirlwind mostly that to stop and center ourselves is vital - I find I do it a lot - sometimes for a certain amount of time but usually as I am in the garden or walking the dog or just say to myself - I need to quiet myself to find the answer.....
Dear Les, it is so very good to see you here. When you drop in and leave a note it's like a member of the family popping in for tea and a chat. Thank you for being such a beautiful friend. I love that you meditate, and if and when you learn to post, PLEASE come and share with us. In the meantme, keep visiting us, please!
I have read in a number of books that each day we should plant our feet flat on the earth... or walk barefoot. Walking barefoot on a beach is beneficial to our health. Walking on grass or even dirt is good also, just as long as you are making contact with Mother Earth. The ground provides healing qualities that we don't see but will feel.
Deepak CHOPRA and Oprah have joined again to provide a 21 day meditation challenge. If you are on Facebook, just go to Deepak Chopra and the links are there. It's free. We are only on Day 3 so there's lots of time to catch up if you're interested. It's so relaxing and refreshing. I do not function properly now-a-days if I haven't had my daily meditation. I am now off to do Day 2, maybe even Day 3 at the same time.
Good night dear friends. Sleep peacefully without stress and worry. Here is a cocoa to help you drift off into a pleasant dreamland.
Thank you Cheryl for all that you have posted here. All are beautiful and thought provoking. As a Native American meditation is a part of my daily life. If I ever learn how to post items I will certainly share them here. Until then I will certainly continue to look forward to what you share.
Sue, I'm so glad you get to see the hawks and those wonderful bunnies coming out for Easter! When you think of all the people who live in places that provide no view of anything - tree, flower, birds, even the sky in many dense apartment buildings - we have to count ourselves as being very fortunate. What a wonderful experience that is to watch what you do every Spring! What's also wonderful is your appreciation and joy at being able to view these wonders. It makes me happy to know this is coming to you.
Another song I just love is Ol' Man River sung by Paul Robeson from the original Showboat (1936). I watched this movie a few months ago. Every time I hear this man's amazing voice singing that amazing song, I get goosebumps. So I just looked it up on YouTube and here it is:
(I love the smile he gives at the end).
THOUGHT FOR TODAY!
Cheryl, love the Yoga Cats, it's amazing the positions they can get into. You're right Louis Armstrong belongs here, that is my favourite song of his. Have been looking for my friend the hawk, but not seen any of them for weeks now. Maybe that is why I keep seeing the wild bunnies every time I go out lately, the hawks must be hunting elsewhere. Now that we have clear skies for a change it should be easier to spot them. It is very early spring here so they must be nesting somewhere. Before too long I'll get to see them teach their young how to ride the thermals, can't wait.
(I love the unpretentious, gentle, humouress spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle and his books. I had a real LOL when I read that quote.)
(Don't cats have any bones?)
Thanks Lynn for finding this amazing bird bath/flowers/sound of water video. It is so relaxing and one can't help but smile while watching. That sneaky squirrel who steals the sunflowers... a lizard... and so many gorgeous birds! Enjoy!
P.S. Sue, that special hawk that shows up outside your place in the Spring may be coming soon!
Sue, it was such a lovely surprise to arrive here and find your video! When you saw that, watched it, and then posted it here... you were meditating! We don't have to sit cross-legged to meditate. It is absolutely beautiful and the music is perfect... couldn't help but smile and think of Louis Armstrong's song - IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD - while enjoying the video. That song belongs on this thread. Thank you so much!
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD (Louis Armstrong):
I was sent this lovely video link today and thought it was like a mini meditation. Do yourself a favour and watch it full screen the pictures are stunningly beautiful.
Cheryl, you have a lovely thread here. Thanks a million for the hawk photo. It is different than the one I saw and try as I might there does not seem to be a photo anywhere that looks just like the visitor. He/she was much taller and slimmer and pale off white all over with fudge coloured bands across the chest, wings and tail with some darker tail and wing bands too. I think it may be a Cooper's Hawk as the adolescents are paler than the adults and look almost like a different species. They are truly stunning birds and one day when I learn how to use the digital camera there will be a perfect moment to take a photo to post here for you all to see. In Spring the hawks sometimes land in the tree outside my balcony doors so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that happens this Spring.
From the website for Daniel Barden, one of the children killed a year ago in Newtown. I thought his parents' message here was important... don't wait to do something you want to do... live in the moment.
So sorry, Sue, I didn't see your post before now. Those "real world" things you mention have actually shown me where it (the real world) really is and that I have been missing so much of it because I haven't been "in tune" so to speak.
YOU WERE "IN TUNE" my friend, when you saw that hawk, and when you experienced the feelings you did! You were absolutely right in THAT moment with the little hawk. How many people, with their minds full of this and that, would have walked right by and not noticed this little guy? And the black cat - a symbol of good luck for many since ancient times. So different than our Halloween interpretation. Congratulations for taking the time to feel the experience.... and to let us know about it. There is a lot of meaning to what you experienced!
Especially for Sue:
Native Americans might call this your "Totem" bird, especially because he showed himself to you like that.
Wish I had time for all the guided meditations, but real world things and emails need taking care of before I lose my mind in being so far behind. Good to know they are here when I catch up, thanks for posting them Cheryl.
A couple of weeks ago I was walking home from the closest, but very expensive, grocery store around the corners and as I came up the driveway to the corner of the building close to mine and started walking towards the path I saw a wondrous sight. A juvenile hawk was sitting on the ground just outside one of the basement windows. As I was exhausted I was walking slowly so it was easy to just stop and stand still. While I was gazing at this glorious creature it was gazing back at me. Neither of us moved and we just stared at each other. All my pain and discomfort vanished and all I knew was that this beauty was as interested in me as I was in it.
We stood staring at each other for many minutes, then suddenly the door to my apartment building opened with it's usual nasty noise and the hawk took off, flying just above the ground as it headed for the gap between the buildings. It's wings touched the ground on the down beats. It was annoying that our meeting was cut short, but the most amazing thing was that when I walked up to where the hawk had been standing there was a pure black cat sitting in the window looking out and now I'm wondering if they were visiting with each other before I arrived!
I'm just heading into my little den to plug into a Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey meditation. I should do it in the morning so I get the day's message but better late than not at all. Is everyone remembering to take some quiet time for themselves? Hmmmm?
After much searching, I found a lovely guided meditation that is quite similar to the ones that Deepak Chopra and associates provide. It is a 30 minute meditation. You can put it on hold any time and come back to it later, but you may find the 30 minutes has gone by and you are very relaxed and feeling happy!
When a meditator says, "See you in the gap", it means that place between thoughts where there is silence and total peace (the gap). That is where we all want to go to get in touch with God, or our soul, or as some people say... the "universe" or the "source". They all mean the same place.
ENJOY. It's great with headphones if you have them.
30 Minute Meditation: Asking for Nothing .... And Receiving Everything
If you have a few moments - or even five minutes or more - get a cup of tea or coffee, lean back or lay down, close your eyes, and just float with this beautiful music. Your health will reap the benefits.
As this music video lasts for one hour, you may want to try listening to it while you are working on your computer. After doing this for the last hour, I am so completely relaxed, and I just noticed I have been smiling the whole time. It's hard to resist doing that when you feel this good. Give it a try. Happy listening, dear friends.
I've been searching for some good music, something like the ones I have from Deepak Chopra. There are a few on YouTube that aren't too bad, but there are so many that just don't seem to have the right effect and/or are somewhat boring. I'm sure I'll find something relaxing - I have one at least that I'll post soon.
Thanks, Mary. That's a beautiful post on our happy thread.
SUE.... you HAVE BEEN meditating! If you can swoop around in your mind with those birds, then YOU ARE meditating. There are so many different ways to meditate. My mind has such a chatterbox in it (they also call that "monkeymind") I find meditation really helps calm me down. I was so wiggly and restless when I first started and now can sit for quite some time. But I can't do it without the calming music, or a guided meditation by someone - yet.
The only meditation I have been able to do for years because of the noisy neighbours is to watch the hawks riding the thermals. It is the best way I know to calm me down and quiet my mind. Just imagining that I'm joining them in having so much fun swooping to find the best ones to ride high in the sky. It is especially good when they are teaching their babies in the Spring, then I see the parents swoop in to help the struggling young ones.
This is a lovely thread, thanks for all the wonderful postings.
Hi dear Barb and Mary. I'm so happy you two have popped into this "room" and hope it gives you a smile or peaceful feeling. One doesn't have to sit silently in meditation for hours to get the benefits of just being still for a few minutes, and/or seeing or listening to something that lifts one's spirit! Love you both and anyone else who comes here! I hope you're all having a happy weekend.
Hi Cheryl and Barb i hope your having a great day i am watching that wonderful video Cheryl love and huggs sisters
HI Cheryl, Mary and my other dear sisters!
Very beautiful posts ladies
Love and big hugs.
Beautiful, Mary. That's a great message there from Mr. Einstein! EVERYBODY is a genius with their own unique gifts. Sometimes it takes a while before we find out just what our 'purpose' is. I can't remember exactly what it was that Einstein wasn't good at, but because of it some people thought he lacked intelligence and he was made fun of.
It's so nice to be getting back to my meditation routine after holidays. I certainly feel more peaceful.
When you see this thread pop up, it doesn't mean you have to be a person who meditates. Whether it's meditation, prayer, or just a desire to feel good each day, this thread is a reminder to be good to yourself!
I'm posting this beautiful picture to concentrate on while the music from the video plays. The video pics aren't very good. I've heard this music somewhere before... can't say where... but it's catchy and stays in your mind all day! Have a happy day. You deserve it!
i am working on it thanks Cheryl i need someting to bring me back to earth after all the physio
I'm now so much in the habit of listening to a guided meditation at night that if I try to go to sleep without doing one -- I can't nod off. They really do take you to a peaceful and relaxed place.
Hi Mary -- sure you can meditate and no doubt already have many times! Often when I was horse-riding I felt so free and relaxed and at 'one' with the horse I was riding, and actually that can be a form of meditation. It's an amazing feeling, as you well know, to be alone with the horse and riding in a beautiful place. No one can 'get' you, so to speak, and you truly are one with the horse and Mom Nature. When you feel the horse enjoys the ride as much as you do, that's an awesome feeling!
I'm sure you must miss riding. BUT.... soon that wrist of yours will heal enough to get you back out there. I bet there is a horse or some horses that are missing YOU!
this fish tank is quite fascinating i wonder if i could meditate i have always been so outdoorsy i really miss riding since i crocked my wrist i'l give it a try
I cannot explain how important meditation has been in my life during that last four months of dark gray skies and rain. Day after day, one after the other with no breaks of sunshine, led me to a dark place.
Meditation is easier than you may think.
Have you ever caught yourself just staring out over an ocean or some other body of water,
or watching a group of children laughing and playing,
or gazing at a blue sky, especially if there are white fluffy clouds floating by,
or looking at a beautiful Nature picture in a magazine and marveling at the colour,
or watching your beloved dog, cat, bird as they sleep or play.....
....these are just some examples of meditation... and you didn't even know it!!
It is known that gazing at fish in a fish tank can de-stress a person, lower blood pressure, and bring great relaxation.
I've completed the 21 Day Meditation Challenge that Deepak Chopra put on and it has been an amazing experience. Being a person with a very busy mind (too chatty quite often), the meditations have been so beneficial that I have pledged (to myself) to do them every day if possible.
I will be sharing some of the information I learned with you, even if it's just quotes, pictures, and such. Each person has to be ready for this "journey" and we get there at our own pace and time.
Sometimes just looking at a beautiful picture is calming for the mind and spirit, which will affect the body's ease. Feel free to add beautiful pictures you may have to share.