Imagine thinking clearly, and feeling relaxed at will. Could you get more done? Enjoy life more? Would you like to know how to do that right now? Start by learning how to put yourself more in the moment with a simple mindfulness exercise.
Basic Mindfulness Exercises
A basic mindfulness exercise begins with sitting down, relaxing and breathing deeply. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing, following the breath in and out a few times. Then move your attention to your body, one part at a time, noticing any sensations of cold, hot, tight, sore or anything you can identify. After a few minutes, start listening to the sounds of the room, without judging, criticizing or thinking about them. Just listen for a minute.
Open your eyes and look around as if seeing for the first time. Rest your eyes on any object for half a minute. Examine it without talking about it in your mind. Repeat this with another object, and then another, while still maintaining an awareness of your body and breath. Continue this state of mindfulness until you're ready to get up.
When sensing your body, your breath, and your immediate surroundings, you are more fully "in the moment." A mindfulness exercise like this puts your mind in a receptive state while removing mental distractions that hinder clear thinking. It leaves you ready to work mentally. Do this before important mental tasks and you'll find you have more focus and concentration.
Using Mindfulness For Daily Life
When you're in the middle of a task and feel stressed, stop. Take three deep breaths, then carefully watch yourself until identify what is bothering you. Find everything you can. Are you expecting something bad to happen? Is an argument from this morning still going on just below the surface of your consciousness? Are you worried about something? Is some part of your body in pain? Note everything you find.
Now deal with these thieves-of-concentration one by one. Make the phone call that's on your mind, take an aspirin if you need to, and apologize to someone if necessary. Take things from your mind and put them on a list for tomorrow (in writing). If all you can do is acknowledge that there's nothing you can do right now - do that. After doing this mindfulness exercise, you'll feel less stressed, and you'll be able to concentrate more effectively on the tasks at hand. Try it now.
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An eclectic selection. As mentioned by a previous
reviewer, you do get snippets of works. In a small number of cases you may even
get more than one track from the same work, but these do not have consecutive
track numbers. For example, you end up with two out of three movements of
Gorecki's Symphony No. 3. However, at two pennies per track this is still five
stars in my book.
This is the sound of a calm, steady rain. This is a great
recording for relaxing or sleeping. It's a very simple recording - one long
73-minute track of nothing but steady rain. Its strong points are in what it
does not have. It does not have birds, music, volume spikes, extraneous sounds,
wind noise, thunder, or interruptions - just steady rain. The sound volume level
is essentially constant throughout. The sound quality is fantastic. You can hear
individual drops! A fade out at the end and a fade in at the beginning allow
continuous play via using "repeat play." This is the gentlest (Level 1)
recording of rain in the four part rain series by "Sounds of Nature by Joe
I have always been skeptical of guided image c.d.s', until
I listened to this one. Lisa has a wonderfully soothing voice combine with
peacful and relaxing sounds and music. She gently guides you to a wonderful
place of healing and renewal. In only a couple of days of listening to Lisa's
guidence, I found myself more relaxed and centered then ever before. To listen
to her is a powerful and transforming experience.
Remarkably, "Probably the Best Music for Relaxation and
Meditation" is exactly what the title says it is. Once or twice a day, I
launch this "sonic Zen garden" in Winamp, close my eyes, and allow the tension
to drain away from me. I rarely listen to the entire track...because...after
about ten minutes I'm ready to get back in the game.
I'm new to the area of meditation, so when I picked up
this CD I was skeptical. To my pleasent surprise, this CD was not only helpful,
but has become extremely useful in my daily meditation ritual.
The CD playing time is around 45 minutes and takes you
from listening to you breathing to listening to your heart to forgiving others
to healing yourself. It is very relaxing and if you concentrate and work at it
you can heal youself of all your troubles and problems. It is truly amazing what
the body can do given the proper chance to do it.
If your new into meditation, or just looking for a change
in your daily routine, try this one. I'm glad I did and use it on a daily basis.
This CD is extremely good for relaxation purposes. I light
a candle and take a bubble bath to enjoy this one. It is very thought-provoking,
narrative, and imaginative yet relaxing somehow all at the same time. I would
highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some peace.
I've used this particular cd in my home and in my work as
a doctor of naturopathy, and the results have always been good. I've seen people
and animals calm down almost instantly, and visibly become more relaxed.
I've used this cd with my 91 year old mother when she gets
shaky and stressed; with my dogs when they want to jump and bark all around and
I just want them to rest; with children I'd like to help simmer down; and with
people who have come to me with problems like tension or hives. I use it, too,
when I just can't get to sleep.
Not to imply this music "cures," but people (and animals)
sure do seem to relax when it's being played, and sometimes that's all that the
body needs to rebalance itself...or so it would seem to me through the
experiences I've had and the observations I've made.
Mary Jo Eshelman, ND, CTN, CNHP, All Natural HealthWorks
In recent years, mainstream Americans have begun to come
around to meditation in a big way-and scientific studies are suggesting that the
physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains
something mystical and inaccessible...and spiritually-oriented tomes on the
market don't do much to make it easier.
As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book
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and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert
and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles
of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get
in the way.
If you'd like to read about meditation and then go back to
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Lanka and venerated teacher of Buddhism, warns us that vipassana meditation is
"meant to revolutionize the whole of your life experience." In one of the best
nuts-and-bolts meditation manuals, he lays out the fundamentals of basic
Buddhist meditation, the how, what, where, when, and why, including common
problems and how to deal with them. His 52 years as a Buddhist monk make
Mindfulness in Plain English an authority on a living tradition, and his
years of teaching in America and elsewhere give it the clarity and
straightforwardness that has made it so popular. If you'd like to learn the
practice of meditation, you can't do better. --Brian Bruya
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with
remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the
four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery
slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about
being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the
waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had
told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was
born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse
that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and
how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the
disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves
children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
What should we think when on the one hand Buddhism tells
us that life is suffering and on the other we are told to enjoy life's every
moment? Loved around the world for his simple, straightforward explanations of
Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh has finally turned his hand to the very core of
Buddhism and conundrums such as this. In the traditional way, Thich Nhat Hanh
takes up the core teachings one by one--the Four Noble Truths, the Noble
Eightfold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Co-Arising--but his approach
is as fresh as a soft breeze through a plum orchard. For illustration, he dips
into the vast stores of Buddhist literature right alongside contemporary
anecdotes, pointing out subtleties that can get glossed over in other popular
introductions. He also includes three short but key sutras, essential source
teachings from which all Buddhism flows. Studying the basics of Buddhism under
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is like learning basketball from Michael Jordan.
This is a very simple 22 day meditation course to help you
begin meditating, or, for advanced meditators - if you are "stuck" and don't
feel like you are progressing.
The author has meditated for over a decade using this
simple form of focusing on the breath. The much sought after "Jhana levels" 1-8
occurred early on - within the first year, and continually after that using this
very simple system based on what the Buddha did - but, without the Buddhist
jargon for it.
The action was physical that Buddha took - not based on
religion - so, the author has removed the religion aspect of meditation so you
can practice as the Buddha did so successfully.
Beyond the Flower of Life
will bring you peace, contentment and mastery. Along with MerKaBa insights, Beyond the Flower of Life offers the new information regarding the
opening of the heart, the Christ Consciousness Grid, how to achieve Fifth
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energy than Love, Maureen believes it should be easy and effortless to marry the
ego to the Higher Self producing Heaven on Earth. With almost 15 years as a
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workshops and Sacred Journeys, she has more than proven this to be true. This
unique book consists of steps to developing an accurate understanding of the
MerKaBa Meditation and its capabilities - while strengthening your heart
connection and learning to program your MerKaBa.
Turn any room in your house into a relaxation spa with the
sound machine. Bring clarity of mind throuth the 6 nature sounds, ocean, summer
night, rain, rain forest, waterfall and heartbeat--which is great for a baby's
room. Great for travel using batteries or take along the home adaptor.
This illuminated relaxation fountain modern design brings
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ambience. The sophisticated finish softly illuminates for a more romantic
effect. Multiple water streams create a gentle presence with the soothing sounds
of water. Water flow replicates the sights and sound of a tranquil spring.
Enameled blue metal exercise balls to rotate in your hand
for coordination and also to hit the pressure points on your hand that correlate
to your major organs in your body. Instructions included. The enameled metal
balls are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and come boxed in a set of 2. One of the
balls has a Chinese Phoenix Bird on it and the other has a Dragon on a beautiful
enameled blue background. The exersize balls make a slight jingle noise while
you rotate them in your hands! Instructions are also include in your set.
Create the perfect environment to lull your baby to sleep.
There are three soothing natural sounds to choose from: heartbeat, rainforest or
ocean. Or, play one of the three tender lullabies: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,
Rock-A-Bye Baby and Brahms Cradle Song. The image projector gently rotates one
of three interchangeable image disks. Comes with easy to use 15, 30 or 45 minute
I purchased the AromaSpa Candle and couldn't be more
pleased. I've had it for 3 months and I ritualistically turn it on almost every
evening. I find it quite soothing and very realistic, with the flickering light.
I have mine located where I am able to plug it in, unobtrusively. So, I
generally leave it on until it turns itself off, in six hours. Since mine is
plugged in, I have no problems using the diffuser, if I so desire, and it offers
sufficient aroma to satisfy me, without overdoing it.
Shiloh True "Rabid Reader"
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