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Hi Rose, glad you like it. Not everyone is 'in' to it, but it's fun and relaxing to do. Two weeks since I've been here - no wonder I'm fidgety! lol
What a wonderful Thread
Treat yourself to moments of pure relaxation... with the sound of water, birds chirping, gentle music... and control the water flow (your pick of four pictures) with your mouse! It's quite beautiful!
Everything is going to be okay."
Hi Sue - such sad news. I just came back from reading the thread with so many people expressing their sadness. This is the perfect place to put that wonderful video. Thanks so much. I will play it again, and maybe again after that. It is very spiritual and the video itself is so well done. You're right - it is a meditation to just sit quietly and absorb it. Jeanette's faith was very strong and I believe her family's faith is as well. That will help them in the days ahead.
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Very sad news this week, Jeanette G died of a massive heart attack. Here is her profile page.
Vicky F posted this amazing video in the F&S thread honouring Jeanette.
Amazing Grace sung in the Cherokee language. The pictures and music are like a meditation.
Thanks, Val. I love this picture. Just looking at this lovely woman relaxes me.
Thanks for post, Lynn. Attitude is a big part of our every day life, for sure.
Speaking of "Seniors" - we all have a different vision of what that means. If we think of growing older as being a 'senior', well... that could be any age! If we look at the word senior as to our ability to do certain activities due to a disability, illness, surgery, or having been a couch potato for a lengthy period of time, well... that could be any age, too. If we look at the word senior in the way Tao in the above video sees it, then there is no label put on it.
We all know what we are capable of doing today and maybe tomorrow, but if we could enhance our capabilities and strengthen our weaker parts, then why wouldn't we want to achieve this?
Here are some great videos to look over and to test your Body, Mind, and Spirit should you want to give them a try!
Personally - I have been doing balance exercises for a year and can say that I could feel the difference after just one week. It just gets better. This is just one link but most of the videos listed on the right-hand side are quite good.
This lovely woman is 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch. Her mantra is:"There is nothing you cannot do."
“Don’t let age dictate what you can and cannot do.” She clearly lives by the rule, setting a Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest yoga instructor; she still teaches students who are decades younger than she at the Westchester Institute of Yoga, which she opened 1982. In fact, she credits her physical activity with her mental acuity: “Tune into your body and you will experience it."
We all can't suddenly start getting into the lotus position, but listen to her gentle philosophy about life and living, the Source of life and energy within her and how she uses it. She has fallen numerous times and had numerous surgeries but tells you how to keep going and living each day to the fullest. She insists she "... is still growing up."
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...or squish a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to you if you have one!
How perfect! I thought I'd pop in here just before going to bed and I'm so glad I did.... watching and listening to this wonderful video, Wendy, is just the thing I need to settle me down and send me off to bed peacefully. What beautiful and magical scenes of our magnificent world. Thank you so much, sis! I'll be watching this again!
Hi Cheryl, I am glad to back.
Great singer Thank you.
Hello Brenda! Glad to see you back, sis!
Wendy, I just discovered the link to a wonderful 70s song on the "C'mon In..." thread that I hadn't noticed before. After enjoying that, I found K.D. LANG songs close to it and played a few tonight. Every time I listen to her sing I get shivers... and other people say that's how her voice affects them as well.
~~Because these particular songs can be of a spiritual nature to some of us, I am putting them on this thread.
~~There is something in her incredible voice that can reach down deep inside of many of us and pull out emotions we keep hidden, or perhaps dormant. Enjoy... and get good shivers!
Hello Lynn and Cheryl. I like all of your posts, don't have time to answer them now. I will be back tomorrow.
Hmmm.... so if I'm left-handed, (controlled by the right-side of brain) it says I have "no sense of time" -- is that good or bad? I guess it depends all on how you want to make it! lol
Just did a morning meditation with Dr. Chopra and I think I will take my "no sense of time" and go back to bed and watch the news (or go back to sleep for a bit). It's only 6:51 AM and it's going to be another hot day here. Should go out there and weed... (yawn)
Hope everyone is going to have a great day
-- no, I'll say it this way: you all WILL have a great day!
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LEFT-HANDED or RIGHT-HANDED? To encourage activity in the side of the brain we don't use as much, try using the hand you wouldn't normally use to pick something up, wash with, brush your teeth -- anything.
WHAT 'HANDED' ARE YOU?
Cheryl - left (pretty lousy at using my right hand for anything). My mother was left and my son is left but both good at using their right for many tasks.
Hi Sue and Lynn - on the sofa is good -- and the couch is good -- there are so many ways to meditate, they say! hee hee hee
I won't be falling asleep in my basket chair anymore, that's for sure! My Dad did hatha yoga when I was a kid so I got used to seeing how it was done. When he stopped, I kept it up in my teen years and right through to now, although what I do is very mild and more like stretching all sorts of body parts! Stretching is really really important and we all can do that --- it helps clear arteries and good for blood flow. I already have an implanted defibrillator, and a stent after my heart attack in 2003, thanks to too much stress in my life for too many years. I wish I had been more aware of what stress can do to you. PLUS... I went on a painkiller called Vioxx after I broke my ankle. It was taken off the market a year or two later because.... it caused heart attacks! I've got to keep up the meditation for stress/depression management. Always feel so peaceful after a good bout of meditation. Whatever you can do for exercise is worth it; just simple moving around, bending, reaching, counts!
Ever catch yourself sitting kinda slumped in your chair, or realize that you're neck or shoulders are tense, without having been aware of it for a period of time? THAT CALLS FOR A BIG STRETCH!! It's a in-built part of being a cat or dog, or elephant like this fella, and humans forget to do it because we need to hurry off somewhere - the shower, the kitchen, the bathroom, etc.
I hope infection is now gone, Lynn. And yes... you do have a very young mind that loves to think and create! Keep up the good work. And there's a birthday coming up! YAY -- a party! Tomorrow I'm going to visit each our of sisters and brothers profile page and write down birthdays! -seeing as how I'm not good at getting to my emails...
Hi, Sue and Cheryl, I'd wind up in the hospital if I tried the lotus position. Remember, I had my right hip replaced and my left knee replaced....can't bend too much either way. lol
My meditation is usually done before I go to bed or when I'm on the couch in the den listening to some quiet music. Closed eyes, clear mind and off I go to make believe land.
I'm back to not getting any mail at all from Care2. Eric said the tracking was all fixed but it needs more tweeking. I haven't even been in to F&S to report it because it's happening so frequently now. One day it's good and I get loads of Care2 mail and then pfffft, it's gone. No mail at all except for green star remissions. All in all, a pain in the butt!!
I'm on antibiotics for a urinary infection. Had one last year and I guess this old body is breaking down. Thankfully, the mind is still there. I'll be 82 in chronological years next month but about 20 in the brain. That's never going to grow up!!
Cheryl, lucky you to still be able to get into the crossed legs position, it gets more difficult when we haven't done it for a long time. Sadly those days are gone for me too, it just hurts too much. I meditate with my legs up on the sofa and can fall asleep easily too. Usually wake up with a stiff neck from it dangling to one side or the other. Growing up is not as much fun as I'd been led to believe.
I keep forgetting to tell everyone what happened to me shortly after Lynn posted that wonderful link above.
See that gal in the above picture sitting crosslegged, holding the lotus flowers? Well, I wasn't holding the flowers, but I was sitting crosslegged in my basket chair with my headphones on, the room was dark, and off I went into that lovely calming music. About an hour later I woke up. I hadn't planned on falling asleep. I tried to uncross my crossed legs and couldn't move them! They had fallen asleep. Holy mackeral..... I thought I was paralyzed!!
I sat there for about five minutes massaging my legs. Finally, I felt the tingling sensation that comes when blood starts to circulate again. I slowly unfolded my legs and sat for another three or four minutes while the blood cascaded through my numb veins. It was a great feeling when I could stand up finally. I slowly walked to my bedroom and fell into bed. It's funny to look back on BUT....
THERE SHOULD BE A WARNING ON THAT MEDITATION LINK:
THIS MEDITATION IS EXTREMELY RELAXING AND CALMING. MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN A COMFORTABLE POSITION IN CASE YOU FALL ASLEEP. DO NOT CROSS YOUR LEGS. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
(only kidding, of course)
Such a great collection of inspiring thoughts, quotes, meditation/music links, pictures, and other things to help us relax, refresh, and carry on through our day. Thanks to all who have participated.
Go back and look through the previous threads if you like. Here's the link to thread #4:
Reminder: take time to be good to yourself,
close your eyes and breathe deeply a few times a day,
seek Nature regularly,
meditate daily - even if it's only for a few minutes (it's easier than you may think),
be as kind and loving to yourself as you are to others,
send love, peace, and healing thoughts out into the world.