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Slowing Down in a Culture Built on Speed

March 05, 2012 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Poetry

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I excel at multitasking; I am currently training for a half marathon; I have multiple degrees and feel great satisfaction from the sense of accomplishment. Does this sound familiar to you? I think it’s the’American’ disease. Problem is, I’m turning 65 in June and have decided to take the next thirty years to prepare for my death. So, given that multitasking seems to be in direct opposition of cultivating my meditation practice and slowing down, I am faced with a dilemma: If my value has been self-determined by the speed and efficiency of my accomplishments, what will be my value (either self-determined or determined by our society) as a 65 year old woman who opts out of the rat race? Clearly, I have some work to do on myself.

The epiphany about taking the next 30 years to prepare for my death is a great gift that I recently received from two different sources. The first was the very heart-breaking occurrence of a young and beautiful man’s death and the prayer his father posted on Facebook in a letter. It is a poem by the Buddha:

 I am of the nature to grow old.

There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill-health.

There is no way to escape having ill-health

I am of the nature to die.

There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love

are of the nature to change.

There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.

I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.

My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

The second gift came from an 81 year old wise woman who I interviewed for our Aging With Grace and Glory series. She said that when she turned 50, she made the decision to take the next 30 years to prepare for a strong mind, body and spirit during her 80′s. She succeeded! She is bright and clear and vital. Everyday she practices Qigong. She has a strong spiritual practice that has brought her to a place of peace and a deep presence of awareness. She is prepared for her death.

Today I signed up for Qigong. And so this journey begins. What are your struggles and joys on this path of consciousness? We are, after all, all in this together. Love to hear from you.

 


Looking for Direction in All the Wrong Places

September 06, 2011 By: Michael Nagel Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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I work with many intelligent people. Despite their intelligence, often they are stymied by dilemmas with which they have struggled in thought – often for a very long time. Occasionally I may remark, “With your obvious intelligence and with all your thinking about this, if you haven’t yet arrived at answer, perhaps it might be because you’ve been searching for your answer in the wrong place.”

Such dilemmas remind me of the crazy wisdom teacher, Nasruddin, an Islamic character whose humorous exploits are spiritual teachings with many depths of meaning. Let me paraphrase one of my favorite Nasruddin stories, for it may suggest an answer to such getting stuck. Read more »


3 Steps to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit

October 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

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What if there were just three steps you could take to experience greater mind body spirit balance? Because let’s face it, who doesn’t feel out of balance these days, at least some of the time? We all want to feel more balanced, more aware, more present in our lives.  Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so it’s up to us to make our time here as full of joy and laughter as possible.

Yes there are millions of things we could or think we should do to feel happier, healthier and more vibrantly alive but see if it doesn’t boil down to these three being the magic formula for you. Read more »


What Makes Life So Full Now?

October 15, 2010 By: Sherry Ruth Anderson Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Sherry Anderson

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Imagining my younger self unable to understand my older self (in my last post) reminds me of a story I heard from Ram Das shortly after his book, Remember, Be Here Now, came out in 1971.

To the immense delight of would be meditators and druggies and college students across the province of Ontario, Ram Das came to the city of Toronto in the early 1970’s. Hundreds of us crowded into one of the great halls at the University of Toronto for what was probably our first real evidence that we were not alone. Read more »


Who Has Time to Meditate?

October 04, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit

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Yes, I know I will be more peaceful if I meditate every day.  Do I do it?  No.  I constantly struggle with getting my butt on my beautiful red satin zafu.  For heavens sake, there is so much “to do”.

So what is the ROI (yes, return on investment) to meditating?  More peace; theoretically more love, more compassion, kindness and more openness.  We all want this – at least I think we do.  There is also tons of data that it helps our health – nothing to slough off!   Read more »


Excavate Your Inherent Perfection

September 23, 2010 By: Miranda Macpherson Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Teachings

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Your spirituality will serve either to help free you from your mistaken self-concepts or it will subtly reinforce them by deepening the notion that you must ‘become’ perfect through endless prayers, meditations and practices. The intention you give your spirituality will determine where it takes you. Direct your spirituality not to becoming something different, but to unwinding what you have assimilated that is false. Read more »


Releasing Negative Thoughts – Part 3 of Celebrating Your Dreams

August 02, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Video

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Welcome to part 3 of Celebrate Your Dreams: Releasing Negative Thoughts. How do we get rid of all those awful thoughts? Here are some techniques that work. Do them and be free! Your beautiful self is waiting for you.

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Each video has an accompanying worksheet to deepen your experience. To receive the worksheets simply add your name to our email list and check the “Celebrate Your Dreams” interest box in the confirmation/profile settings email you receive. The worksheets will be automatically sent to you within 24 hours of confirmation. Email us or comment below with questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!


Meditating to Free the Mind – Celebrate Your Dreams part 2

July 27, 2010 By: celedra Category: Mind Body Spirit, Video

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Welcome to part 2 of Celebrate Your Dreams: Meditating to Free the Mind. We are only a breath away from freedom, love and connection. Live in your essence now!

If you haven’t seen part 1 yet, click here to view.

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Each video has an accompanying worksheet to deepen your experience. To receive the worksheets simply add your name to our email list and check the “Celebrate Your Dreams” interest box in the confirmation/profile settings email you receive. The worksheets will be automatically sent to you within 24 hours of confirmation. Email us or comment below with questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!


Meditation to Ease Away Stress & Anxiety

July 20, 2010 By: Janna Chin Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit

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Ease away stress and anxiety with simple mediation for the soul

Mantra Meditation is a very simple method of meditation practice involving focusing of the mind and senses on sacred sounds that bring the mind and body into harmony. A mantra is not an ordinary material sound. It is a sacred sound vibration.

Benefits of Mantra Meditation

  • Your mind is drawn away from material stresses and anxieties. No material sound or activity can effectively accomplish this.
  • The mind becomes rested, peaceful and satisfied. Mantras have a purifying effect on the mind and heart.
  • Gradually, your mind and heart becomes cleansed of anger, envy, & arrogance. In time, you will develop more tolerance, patience, concern, & love for others.
  • Confusion and illusion become cleansed from your mind and heart, and you will experience your true identity.

Gauranga Breathing (pronounced Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah)

1. Sit comfortably.
2. Let your breathing become slow and deep.
3. Relax your body with each exhalation.
4. When your breathing is more relaxed, begin the meditation by saying “Gauranga”- in your mind as you inhale.
5. When you exhale, say “Gauranga” out loud. Stretch out the sound so that it takes up the whole exhalation.
6. Allow yourself to feel the vibrations of the Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah sound.
7. Continue repeating the Gauranga sound for 5-10 minutes to relieve your mind and body of stress and tension.
8. When practiced daily, this simple meditation can relieve anxiety, stress, depression and can also be used as an effective coping skill during stressful moments throughout the day.


Mind Body Spirit Love Fest

July 12, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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How can we not feel fabulously in love with life when we meditate, exercise and drink that scrumptious green drink in the morning!

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