This is an enlightening graphic about the shape (literally) of our country. If you’re trying to lose weight, congratulations to you for what you’re doing. [Read more…]
by guest author Johnathan Parker
Making guided meditation part of your daily routine can help you find inner peace and tranquility, reduce stress and transform your life.
Physically, guided meditation can help you relax, increase the oxygen circulating to muscles and even increase your energy. Emotionally, you may find yourself better able to handle crises and stress after meditating. Mentally, the practice can unlock creativity and increase concentration. Through guided meditation, you can learn to let go so you can discover your true self.
1. For your first meditation session, clear your schedule for at least twenty minutes.
Schedule your meditation for a time that you will not be interrupted by other commitments. Go to a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Being able to focus on your practice is essential to exploring your greater consciousness.
2. Find a comfortable position.
There is no need to twist yourself into an advanced yoga position when meditating. Most people prefer to sit in a chair or on a cushion. Although laying down may be most comfortable, you risk falling asleep while meditating. Wear loose clothing and dim the lights, light candles or pull the curtains down. The goal is to create a very comfortable space that is not distracting, so do whatever feels best to you.
3. There are two ways to begin your guided meditation.
First, you can begin by drawing deep breaths into your lungs. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It may feel awkward at first, but your body will soon adjust to the breathing rhythm and you can focus as the air enters and leaves the body. The goal of this practice is to relax your body and mind before meditating.
The second option is to use visualization techniques to calm and relax both body and spirit. Picture yourself in the outdoors. You may be relaxing under a tree or dipping your feet into a rippling stream. Whatever landscape you choose, imagine the sights, sounds, smells and sensations you would experience there. Think of the fresh, cool air, the song of birds twittering above or the sweet aroma of blooming roses. As you add details to your mind’s picture, you will start to feel more and more relaxed. [Read more…]
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A Secret Santa went to Reading, Pennsylvania, reportedly because it was the poorest city in America, with the goal of handing out $20,000 in cash to random people in thrift stores, laundromats and bus stops who look like they could use a helping hand. Watch this video; it will uplift you – then go commit a random act of kindness.
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I’ve had a few people get in touch with me about a video we did a few years ago about building a shelter for a ferrell cat so – although it’s not 100% about motivation, it is about taking on an assignment and completing it. Besides, it’s kind of cool. Enjoy.
You can find out more at my wife’s blog, TheVeryBestCats.com