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Relax with a Seashell – Meditation

Relax with a Seashell – Meditation

Many of us make a pilgrimage to the beach around this time of year, and most of us just can’t resist picking up a seashell or two to keep. This simple, soothing meditation can be done with one of those magical finds, or with one you’ve bought from a store, or even with just a picture of a special shell.

Any way you do it, the end result is a deeper sense of calm and relaxation.

1. Choose a time when you can be undisturbed for 5-10 minutes.

2. Place a seashell, or a picture of a seashell, in front of you. Sit quietly and pay attention to your breathing.

3. Gaze at the shell. Move your eyes around its curves.

4. Sense the shell without describing it. When words or judgments pop up, just let them pass.

5. Simply allow your eyes to rest on the shell, and then to follow its shapes and curves.

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Adapted from 365 Ways to Relax Mind, Body, and Soul, by Barbara L. Heller (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Barbara L. Heller. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 365 Ways to Relax Mind, Body, and Soul, by Barbara L. Heller (Storey Books, 2000).

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11:27PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you.

11:26PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you.

11:24PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you.

11:23PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you.

9:04AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Thanks! Seashells are so beautiful.

Pamela Lewis & Mary T., yes it can be done with any pretty obect but the point of this article was to do it and focus on one particular object: the seashell and all the things specific to it only.

2:20PM PDT on Sep 10, 2007


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2:10PM PDT on Sep 10, 2007


THE SCIENCE OF BREATH SEMINAR (FREE)
An introduction to the highly-acclaimed Art of Living Course

Please remember to RSVP here for this free Meditation in the Main Library in Orlando: http://yoga.meetup.com/527/calendar/6110597/

"You have an in-built ability to calm the mind, heal the body, and energize the whole system in minutes. The secret is in the breath".

The seminar will also briefly talk about the Sudarshan Kriya ฎ (taught in the Art of Living Course) , which uses specific rhythms of breath to re-establish balance in life.

Benefits of Sudarshan Kriya
€ Greater creativity and clarity of mind
€ Reduced stress
€ Increased health & well-being
€ More ease & joy in personal relationships
€ Improved self-esteem
€ A deeper sense of community
€ Enriched spiritual life

Independent Research Findings:
€ Restores normal sleep patterns
€ Relieves depression and anxiety
€ Reduced cortisol (the "stress hormone")
€ Increased EEG alpha and prolactin (well-being hormone)
Change stressful situations into opportunities for personal growth through the Art of Living Foundation's course. AOLF a nonprofit, educational and humanitarian organization created by Sri Ravi Shankar 25 years ago.
Janael McQueen, one of the most senior AOLF’s teachers, will lead AOL Course: http://secure.artofliving.org/course_details.aspx?course_id=1503
Join us in this extraordinary path to excellence at work and in whatever you do, to peace of mind & Joy

2:38PM PDT on Jun 7, 2007

i personnally think any item that is beautiful to u could b used for the meditation

10:45AM PDT on Jun 7, 2007

Does this object necessarily awake something within us, because the same meditation can be done with any object.

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