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A Three-Minute Vacation: Ocean Meditation


Please join me (Charlene) to practice ocean meditation in order to bring more joy and peace into your life by watching the video above. Also enjoy a seagull, who flies through in the video. May your rest of the week be filled with joy. If you’re interested in learning how to mediate or deepen your meditation practice, please visit:
http://www.meditatebeherenow.com/classes/
Link to Learn to Meditate YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/2ty7Eco
Link to Ocean Meditation: https://youtu.be/Rqk4URwyUA4
Link to Walking Meditation – Part 1: https://youtu.be/YMf3H5q4MtQ
Link to Walking Meditation – Part 2: https://youtu.be/VooibHMAShk

A Three-Minute Vacation: Walking Meditation – Part 2


Please join me (Charlene) to practice walking meditation in order to bring more peace and happiness into your life by watching the video below. May your weekend be filled with joy and peace!
If you’re interested in learning how to mediate or deepen your meditation practice, please visit:
http://www.meditatebeherenow.com/classes/
Link to Walking Meditation – Part 2: https://youtu.be/VooibHMAShk
Link to Walking Meditation – Part 1: https://youtu.be/YMf3H5q4MtQ

A Three-Minute Vacation: Walking Meditation – Part 1

Please join me (Charlene) to practice walking meditation in order to bring more peace and relaxation into your life by watching the video. May your rest of the week be filled with joy and peace.
Mantra mentioned in this video: Om Mani Padme Hum (ohm-mahnee-pahdmay-hoom). This mantra means: joy, happiness is within you.
If you’re interested in learning how to mediate or deepen your meditation practice, please visit:
http://www.meditatebeherenow.com/classes
Link to Walking Meditation: https://youtu.be/YMf3H5q4MtQ
Link to Mantra Meditation: https://youtu.be/1UY2ew0eTqI
Link to Peace Meditation: https://youtu.be/mLCGVy-eI6g

 

A Day Visit at Yosemite National Park

“It is by far the grandest of all of the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” – John Muir

I recently did a day trip to Yosemite National Park. It was a perfect August day. The temperature was at the high 80s. I took Route 120 into the park. My first impression was the park is filled with interesting rock formations. However, no one rock is like another. The park is also full of Ponderosa Pine. The cinnamon-red bark of these pine trees are handsomely marked with irregularly shaped plates separated by dark crevices. Ponderosa pine lives to 300 to 600 years.

I felt my worries from the week melted away simply by being in this beautiful park.

Tenaya Lake

Around lunch time, I arrived at Tenaya Lake. The lake is surrounded by granite domes and forests. The water is blue and clear. I got a sense that I could see every rock in the lake because the water is so clear. When I looked out to the lake, I felt quiet and peaceful. I secretly wished I could sit by the lake for the rest of day. It was around lunch time. Lots of people were picnicking and enjoying their sandwiches by the lake. Quite a few people were swimming in the lake. Of course, almost everyone was taking a picture of the lake using their smartphone. I was very happy to see so many people were enjoying nature and having a good time.

Tuolumne Meadows

The air is pristine and crisp. The area is quiet. The meadow, creeks and surrounding granite mountains are spectacular with remarkable rock formations. Every rock seems to be just at the right place. It is tranquil and peaceful. It was also a good break from the crowds. I spotted two young mule deers with their mother on the meadow. It was an amazing feeling to see three deers up close and personal. It was a highlight of my trip.

Lembert Dome

Lembert Dome is a gigantic rock formation situated at the east side of Tuolumne Meadows. The dome is hugged by Tuolumne River and surrounded by Alpine trees. On a sunny day like the day I visited the park, with the blue sky as the backdrop, it is simply a Kodak moment. Lember Dome trail is a moderate to strenuous hike because of its elevation and rock climbing to the top. Once you get to the top of the dome, it will afford you a panorama view of the Tuolumne Meadows.

Yosemite National Park is truly a magical place. I sincerely hope you have an opportunity to visit this amazing park in the near future. The visit will transform you.

Link to the August 19th online meditation class: http://bit.ly/2upf3ql

Could Slow Reading Be a Form of Meditation?

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Have you ever noticed how a good book can relax you? You settle in for a few minutes of reading and before you know it, the entire night has almost passed you by! What is unique about a slow read is that your mind is solely focused on the words being read and how that relates to the pictures that are created in your mind. You know what else creates that same effect? Meditation.

Is Reading a Good Book the Same As Meditating?

If you’re trying to read for speed, then your mind is not solely focused on the book or ebook that is in front of you. You’re trying to get through the book for some specific purpose and that purpose is at the forefront of your mind, driving the experience. Speed equates to stress and that means meditating benefits are ignored for the benefit of obtaining speed.

For a slow read, however, your mind is focused on every word that is observed and then given comprehension. It’s like meditating with your eyes closed and choosing to focus on a single idea, thought, or experience. Your mind gets tunnel vision, closing out the racing thoughts and other problems that may be surrounding you at any given moment because the next word is powerful and profound.

Slow reading does more than just break the chains that the outside world tries to put onto you. It helps develop the skill of concentration and this deepens a person’s ability to actively listen in any given situation.

How Can You Take Advantage of Slow Reading?

The first and most critical component of using slow reading as a form of meditation is to eliminate all of the distractions that might be around you. Turn off your phone completely because you’ll hear the vibrations, even if you’re upstairs and the phone is downstairs. You’ll want to turn off your computer as well because even with notifications turned off or the volume muted, you will be tempted to check your Facebook page in the middle of a good read.

A slow read also helps with reading comprehension skills. The mind must be fully focused not just on each word, but each part of each word in order to fully understand the nuance and meaning the author is attempting to put into the text. Books also have more formal language than what you’ll find on social media sites like Twitter, which means a complete understanding of language can be developed by the mind. Instead of reading abbreviations to understand them, you’ll start converting the abbreviations to their full meaning in your head before understanding them.

It’s a subtle difference, but an important one. It means a complete understanding is desired by the mind! That desire will fuel you in a number of personal and professional ways, from feeling less stress to being able to read and understand more effectively.

If you’re struggling with a routine that includes meditation, then try slow reading as an alternative. The benefits are similar to what meditation can provide and you’ll be able to discipline your mind to a new way of thinking. In return, you might just find that life itself can be much more exciting!

Find the Perfect Moment in Every Moment of the Day

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There’s no denying that we all want to be happy with our lives. Of course, in reading this, there is a certain level of comparative happiness that each of us has without ever realizing it. Just because others might be envious of our lives, however, doesn’t mean that we’re inevitably happy with our own circumstances. We seek out happiness in having perfect relationships, perfect jobs, or even the perfect home, but what if we’re looking at the scale too big to truly find happiness?

What if all we needed to do was to look for the perfection that each moment holds? If that perfection could be found, would it lead to an increase in overall happiness?

Be Content In Each Moment

Happiness might seem like it comes from perfection, but it really originates from being content within each moment that occurs. Moments are like snowflakes: no two are exactly alike! Each is perfect in its own way, but that perfection might not be in the exact way we want it to be. Instead of trying to manipulate each moment to meet our standards, trying being content in the inherent perfection each moment holds so that something new can always be discovered. You just might find more happiness there!

Explore Each Moment With an Open Mind

Our preconceived notions get us all in a lot of trouble, including sadness and even anger. Instead of closing off your mind when you encounter a moment that doesn’t meet your expectations of perfection, explore that moment to see what it offers. By allowing for diversity, what we’re really doing is allowing learning opportunities to occur. It is in those opportunities that each of us learns, grows, and finds a deeper overall happiness.

Allow Yourself To Be Out of Control

There’s this thought that if we can all control the moments that come our way, we’ll somehow be able to manipulate them to fit our own purpose. What ends up happening, however, is often regret and pain because let’s face it – the only thing that we can ultimately control is ourselves. Because of this, you can allow yourself to be out of control in specific moments so that the perfection of that moment may become evident. When that occurs, you might be at the mercy of some other power, but you may just have a happier experience for it!

Use Moments To Lend a Helping Hand

Sometimes the perfection of a moment isn’t about us. Instead, it could be about someone else close to you, an acquaintance, or even the stranger you just came across on the street. By focusing moments toward the help that can be provided to other people, we can experience a different kind of perfection that brings about a deeper level of happiness. It’s a happiness in the knowledge that we made an effort to eliminate someone else’s negativity.

Negative Moments Aren’t Necessarily Imperfect Moments

As a final thought, we all often associate negativity with imperfection and that makes us unhappy. What if we could explore those negative moments to see what kind of teaching moments could be there? Some of the greatest character-building traits come in losing instead of winning and that character is what can give someone the resilience to dust themselves off, stand back up, and declare that they will not be defeated!

Happiness comes in many forms and the many moments we face every day are perfect in their own unique way. Find that perfection, reflect upon it, and ultimately that will lead to a much happier life overall.

Stay Calm and Just Meditate

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It’s been a long, hard day and the only thing you want to do at home is crash. Forget dinner, forget any chores that need to be done at home… it’s time to restore the relationship you have with your couch, your television, some take-out, and maybe a favorite movie. This investment usually lasts two or three hours, right? What if you could invest just 30 minutes and not only release the stress of a bad day, but find more energy, calmness, and relaxation?

That’s what meditation can do. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be perfect at the practice of meditation to achieve these benefits!

There Are Four Basic Ways To Meditate

When you’re just getting started with meditation, it is tough to know how to begin. We often see people sitting on the ground, their legs crossed, with their arms on their knees and so that’s where we start. If you haven’t meditated before, find a place to sit that’s comfortable, then pick one of these four basic meditative methods:

Awareness cultivation. This form of meditation takes a look at the issues and problems that are causing you stress. Instead of slogging through the mires of stress, you’re placing yourself outside of the situation to look at these issues and problems from an outside observational perspective. You’re working on becoming mindful of the moments around you in a non-judgmental way.

Focus cultivation. Sometimes what your mind may need is clarity and focus instead of actual awareness. In this form of meditation, you’re focusing on something specific to bring out new details that can help you resolve issues. It is similar to a trance-like state because you’re looking to find something new and exciting about something you’re already familiar with seeing or doing.

Ego transcendence. What would happen if you could remove your ego, your pride, from a situation and actually look at yourself impartially? That’s the question you’re working on answering in this form of meditation. Rather than use descriptors to talk about who you are, you just look at who you are with an outside perspective.

Energy cultivation. This is the most commonly practiced form of meditation, though many people don’t know it is what they were doing. Any time you take a few deep breaths to calm down, you’re controlling your breath and beginning a fast meditation session! Imagine what you could do if you spent 30 minutes taking deep breaths or controlled your breathing in some other way! This helps to stimulate your nervous system and allows you to feel the multiple levels of energy you have flowing through your body.

Which Form of Meditation Is Right For You?

All forms of meditation are good to practice! Depending on your day, you can pick and choose which form of meditation will be right for you at any given moment. With this flexibility, you can always have a successful way to recover from a bad day with just a small investment. Why not try one of these forms of meditation the next time you’re feeling stressed out? There’s a good chance you’ll be impressed with the results!

A Day Visit at Yosemite National Park

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“It is by far the grandest of all of the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” – John Muir

I recently did a day trip to Yosemite National Park. It was a perfect August day. The temperature was at the high 80s. I took Route 120 into the park. My first impression was the park is filled with interesting rock formations. However, no one rock is like another. The park is also full of Ponderosa Pine. The cinnamon-red bark of these pine trees are handsomely marked with irregularly shaped plates separated by dark crevices. Ponderosa pine lives to 300 to 600 years.

I felt my worries from the week melted away simply by being in this beautiful park.

Tenaya Lake

Around lunch time, I arrived at Tenaya Lake. The lake is surrounded by granite domes and forests. The water is blue and clear. I got a sense that I could see every rock in the lake because the water is so clear. When I looked out to the lake, I felt quiet and peaceful. I secretly wished I could sit by the lake for the rest of day. It was around lunch time. Lots of people were picnicking and enjoying their sandwiches by the lake. Quite a few people were swimming in the lake. Of course, almost everyone was taking a picture of the lake using their smartphone. I was very happy to see so many people were enjoying nature and having a good time.

Tuolumne Meadows

The air is pristine and crisp. The area is quiet. The meadow, creeks and surrounding granite mountains are spectacular with remarkable rock formations. Every rock seems to be just at the right place. It is tranquil and peaceful. It was also a good break from the crowds. I spotted two young mule deers with their mother on the meadow. It was an amazing feeling to see three deers up close and personal. It was a highlight of my trip.

Lembert Dome

Lembert Dome is a gigantic rock formation situated at the east side of Tuolumne Meadows. The dome is hugged by Tuolumne River and surrounded by Alpine trees. On a sunny day like the day I visited the park, with the blue sky as the backdrop, it is simply a Kodak moment. Lember Dome trail is a moderate to strenuous hike because of its elevation and rock climbing to the top. Once you get to the top of the dome, it will afford you a panorama view of the Tuolumne Meadows.

Yosemite National Park is truly a magical place. I sincerely hope you have an opportunity to visit this amazing park in the near future. The visit will transform you.

5 ways to find a bit of serenity in your life

In a stressful world, it is nice to have some ways to relax and slow down. By learning how to relax, you will get more enjoyment and happiness. Here are 5 ways to find a little bit of serenity in your life.

1. Breathe easy: Relaxation begins with the breath. What happens when we tend to get overstressed is we hold our breath and we don’t realize we’re doing it. Most people are chest breathers, meaning they only breathe down to the level of the center of the sternum (around heart level). Breath should be going deep into the lungs. People who are depressed or feel a lack of whole-heartedness in their life should focus on their inhale, while those who are stressed because they are too busy should focus on their exhale.

2. Sweat it out: Exercise is typically touted as a great way to relax. Activities that focus on developing resiliency or agility are the best at helping people unwind.

3. Drink not eat: More often than not, people eat when they’re stressed, when really they should be drinking more fluids. What the water and hydration does for your body is make the cells of your body able to absorb nutrients better. Having enough water helps your brain chemistry and it helps your hormones.”

4. Drop the tongue: Gritting or clenching teeth is a common physiological response to stress. Focusing on relaxing the jaw may help. It is most helpful to instead concentrate on dropping the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. If you’re stressed the tongue is on the top of your mouth. It may seem a bit silly but the tongue drops naturally when smiling and releases happy endorphins into the body.

5. Smile more: smiling counteracts the effects of cortisol (the main stress hormone in the body) by signaling the release of other hormones like serotonin, noradrenaline and oxytocin. Smile more and you’ll get more happy hormones.