What’s Your Self-talk?

So often people tell me “I just can’t meditate!”

The first thing I do is smile and gently remind them that their mind will believe whatever we tell it…

There is an old saying that we believe ourselves more than anyone else…so what are you telling yourself about yourself?

That is the question.

As I have worked with people on controlling their self-talk, I have found that we all usually follow a similar pattern.

Try this:

Think of the negative thoughts you think about yourself. Examples of self-talk from past clients.

You stupid idiot! You never get anything right! Bad things always happen to me. My dad had a heart attack at 40, I probably will to. No matter what I do I cannot lose weight, or get that promotion, or find the right mate, or do anything right.

You get the idea.

Now imagine that you are sitting somewhere and you overhear a person talking to someone else that way.

What would you think about that person? Would you be tempted to say something on behalf of the person being berated?

Most of us are taught that kind words are better than harsh words and that positive encouragement brings about greater results. But that not how we treat ourselves…

Check your self-talk, the very cells of your body are listening…and will produce what you tell them they can…

Intrigued? Check back next week for more information!

P.S. Check out Chi Meditation to learn a new way to meditate and reprogram your self-talk.
www.theworrytree.com/chi-meditation-class/

I look forward to hearing your thoughts…

What did you use your imagination for today?

Imagination

Your mind was busy all day, what did you let it think about? Better yet, did you steer your mind to think on the things you want in life?

Or did you let it run its own course and think on all the things you don’t want?
Worry only draws those things to you, worry does not change any thing but your state mind and health, from to good to bad…

Either way, you used the same amount of energy.

Think on this, if you got into a boat to go down river, would you take a paddle or just let the boat float on its own?
Of course you would use a paddle, that’s the only way to ensure that you arrive at your destination.

Steering your mind to focus on the things you want is one way to ensure that achieve those things you desire in life.

The Power of Meditation

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The Power of Meditation
A friend of mine’s ten year son was having trouble at school. He and his teacher had a bit of personality conflict and his class mates were bulling him. On top of that, he had such test anxiety, that he usually froze up and failed most test even when he knew the information. This was a worry to his mother because of the upcoming high-stakes test that would determine whether he would go to the next grade.

I told her that I believed I could help him overcome these issues.

I met with him and explained what meditation was and that I would like to take him through a guided meditation. He agreed. Before we began the meditation, I asked him to tell me two good things about his teacher.

I used the positive information about his teacher in the guided meditation. At the of the end of the meditation while he was still in the calm and relaxed state, I had him put his thumb, index and middle fingers together. I told him at any time he felt stressed or worried, he could come back to this calm, relaxed state by putting his fingers back together in this manner.

After just one meditation, school was better for him; after three sessions he began to look forward to school, and after six sessions he declared that he loved school and that his teacher was the best!!
That was about a year ago.
I saw him the other day and he ran over gave me a big hug and said he still uses the techniques I taught him!
Meditation can help people of all ages. Have you meditated today??

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What if……we taught our kids…to meditate…

Think how different our world and home lives would be.

little girl with upturned hands as in prayer or meditation Since I began meditating many years ago, I noticed that I have become calmer. Things that use to upset me or stress me out no longer have that power…I have more love and compassion, for others and for life.

Now, if you had asked me during pre-meditating days I would have said that I did have love and compassion for others…but through meditating, it’s like I’ve gained a new level or deeper understanding on the depth of love. Gone are the negative thoughts, expectations and comments about life for me and it feels soooo good!
The more peace that I gain every day about my life, the better my life seems to be; good things come and happen to me every day. I get up every day with joy in my heart and an expectation of good things for my day.

So I can hear you now, what about those days when something not so good happens? Well, I handle it much better and I can usually find something good or positive in the situation. But the bottom line is, no matter what happens I’m at peace.

Did you ever notice that we, people have negative expectations about life? People say things such as;
The flu going around, I’ll probably get it again this year.
I never seem to get a raise. Someone else always gets the promotion instead of me.
I just cannot find a job in this town.
No matter what I do, I never lose weight, if I look at a piece of cake I gain 5 pounds.
I’m just so shy I could never meet anyone; I guess I’ll be alone forever.
We talk and think about negative things, almost all the time.

We think on all the bad and negative things that can happen in life, instead of believing that something good could happen to us. And really it takes the same amount of energy to think and expect positive as it does negative. We let our emotions dictate our actions…instead of choosing our actions.

I recently noticed that my two daughters responded to each other and events in their lives with this high level of emotion. They always seem to be angry or hurt and proclaiming this loudly so that everyone will know; Hey someone did me wrong! What are you going to do about it?!
And it dawned on me that we have become a world moved by emotion instead of fact, reason, love and compassion. We were given emotions to enjoy life, not let them dictate or life. We are always in react mode instead of choosing a response.

So I began to wonder…What if we taught our kids to meditate at an early age. Studies have shown that even as early as four year’s old, children can begin to learn to meditate. Maybe not Zen meditating, but rather play, or guided visual meditation can be taught at very early ages. There are many types of meditation. What a different world we would live in.

I’ve added a few links for children’s books and music on meditating. You can click below to see those.

http://www.theworrytree.com/meditation-books/

Also a link to a MindBodyGreen o n Meditations for kids.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1631/Meditation-for-Kids-4-Ways-to-Start-Kids-Meditating.html

I will be writing more about this subject next week, and as always I enjoy hearing your views and opinions.

Meditation In Movement

As my love and understanding of meditation grows I become more excited about life and the tools that God has given us to live a full and peaceful life. One of these tools is called Qi or Chi.

One cannot study meditation and not discover Qi.  Qi or (chi) is life force, or energy; we are made up of energy and are constantly surrounded by energy. Tai Chi and Qigong is a graceful form of moving meditation that connects the body and mind and opens the meridians (energy channels) in the body.

Qigong and Tai Chi exercises exert no strenuous action; there is no jumping, no aerobics. The feet are always rooted and the torso and arms make graceful, focused, and sequential movements that take on a form that is physically beautiful.

In class we perform the movements of Qigong and finish by going into a guided meditation. The results are phenomenal!

No matter what your age is meditation can improve your health and life.

Below are the requested links to additional information that I have personally used and like.

How Meditation Works

As I share my love of meditation with others, one of the things I often hear is; isn’t that some mysterious mystical thing? People are not sure how it works or if it works, many people image sitting for long periods of time and feel like life is too busy for them to be able to try meditation. Some people think you have chant and sit on the floor…and while meditation can be done this way, it isn’t necessary to have to do it this way. Even a brief mediation, sitting in a chair or standing or laying down can bring huge benefits.

The reason meditation works is because of the way our mind, emotion and thoughts work together. When you have a strong emotion or think the same thought frequently your body releases neuropeptides into the blood stream to the brain, the brain will create more of the same type of receptors for the emotion/thought making it easier to have more of that particular emotion or thoughts.
When you begin to meditate and quite the mind and thoughts, the brain will create more of that type receptor making it easier and easier to calm your mind and feel peaceful, soon you find that you stress out less and less.

I use to let a lot of things bother me and stressed out over small things (most of us do) but since I began daily meditations I seldom get upset over anything and when I do, I am able to quickly clam myself within a few minutes. My health has improved I dropped a few pounds; life is a joy all the time…

If you would like to learn more check out the links below. Joe Dispenza does a wonderful job of breaking it down and teaching you how to change your mind, creating a better life.

This a link to a Ted Video with Joe Dispenza it’s only 17 minutes long and gives a summary and imagery to how your brain works, enjoy!!

Two Great Deals I Found For You

Hey Guys, after I posted the Two Minute Meditation last week, I stumbled across this great book on Amazon.

It’s filled with some great how to techniques about short meditations, breathing and visuals for just .99 on Kindle!

Relax, A Liquid Mind Experience is a beautiful composition on relaxing music, it’s fast becoming one of my favorites. This music quickly takes me to deep meditation levels.

Enjoy, my friends!

Two Minute Meditation

Good day to you guys.

As more and more people begin to follow my blog I am humbled and so grateful to you all. I hope my postings make a difference for you.

Meditation has made a huge difference in our lives. My husband went from being unable to do more than one thing at a time, to being able to multi-task. This was a big change for him and has really reduced the stress he felt at work, even on his busiest days.

Meditating will give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

Here are just a few of the health problems that regular meditation can help you overcome

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Binge eating
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance abuse

These benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.

I’ve taken many people through a meditation and there is a vast shift in people’s stress / irritation level after just one session. But one of the most common things people say to me are; “I’m just too busy meditate.” Or “I feel to stressed and tense for that.”

So I have good news for you guys! Even a two minute meditation can make a difference, but let me also say…You are worth the time it takes to meditate and the investment in meditation time pays back countless times over. Invest in yourself, you are worth it!

Two Minute Meditation:

Close your eyes or find a focal point, breath deep into the belly. Thinking to yourself over and over, I am calm and peaceful, my mind is quite but alert.  

It’s just that simple and quick, now would a longer meditation be better, well sure it would, but in a tight this will help, enjoy!

 

 

 

Thought for the Day…

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
Lao Tzu

Most importantly take a few minutes each day to meditate on your hopes and dreams, seeing yourself accomplish your dreams is the best way to give them wings….release them to the universe and they will come back to you…

 

A Great Thought for the Day

lightningmultiple_phixrI stumbled across this cool photo and wish I knew who to give credit to, I think this is awesome.

Positive thoughts are much stronger than negative, but we have to become aware of our thoughts in order to change them.  It’s just about impossible to monitor every thought, but you can monitor how you are feeling. Simply ask the Universe,God, Higher Intelligence to make you aware of what you’re feeling. Then you can see what you were thinking and delete, delete, that thought and replace it with something positive!

 

 

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
– The Buddha

The method of meditation I teach involves sitting quietly with eyes closed and going slowly, in the mind, through the words of an inspirational passage that appeals to you deeply. It may be a prayer, or a poem from one of the great mystics, or a piece of scripture from any of the world’s religions. It must be a very positive selection. When you sit quietly like this every morning, concentrating completely on words that embody your highest ideals, you are giving your mind thoughts of the purest quality to work with during the day. These selfless thoughts begin to mold your life. Joy begins to follow you throughout the day.

It is meditation every morning that gives you the wonderful capacity to stay patient and forgiving no matter what the day brings. When you know from your own experience what the tremendous benefits can be, you look forward to meditation. When the alarm goes off in the morning, even in the dead of winter when the bed is warm and the blankets hold you down, you get up for your meditation with eagerness and enthusiasm every day, well or not so well, because you know that meditation is the key to the art of living.

Learn more @ http://www.easwaran.org/learning-how-to-meditate.html

Live in the Moment

Most of us never live in the moment, we just let life pass us by as we think things like, what I have to do….or what I did do today…or what he/she said or did.

Right now, you have been given this moment, what will you do with it? For just a minute stop, and notice what is going on around you and within you. Take a deep breath, feel that breath as it enters your body. Close your eyes and notice what sounds do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel mentally, emotionally and physically? Give yourself permission to stop the busy thoughts and let your mind be quite…

This very moment in time is yours, and it is an awesome gift, don’t let thoughts about things you can not change steal your moment, your peace of mind…Five minutes of quite time a day will make a huge difference in your life.

 

 

A Method of Meditation for Joy

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
– The Buddha

The method of meditation I teach involves sitting quietly with eyes closed and going slowly, in the mind, through the words of an inspirational passage that appeals to you deeply. It may be a prayer, or a poem from one of the great mystics, or a piece of scripture from any of the world’s religions. It must be a very positive selection. When you sit quietly like this every morning, concentrating completely on words that embody your highest ideals, you are giving your mind thoughts of the purest quality to work with during the day. These selfless thoughts begin to mold your life. Joy begins to follow you throughout the day.

It is meditation every morning that gives you the wonderful capacity to stay patient and forgiving no matter what the day brings. When you know from your own experience what the tremendous benefits can be, you look forward to meditation. When the alarm goes off in the morning, even in the dead of winter when the bed is warm and the blankets hold you down, you get up for your meditation with eagerness and enthusiasm every day, well or not so well, because you know that meditation is the key to the art of living.

To read more check out this site http://www.easwaran.org

 

Awarness of My Higher Self Meditation

awareness-of-higher-self-meditationI stumbled cross this meditation and thought I would share it with my readers. There is a higher you, most of us stay so busy that we are not aware of our higher self, or the fact there is a higher level of conscious that we can tap into. Take a few minutes today and meditate, the benefits of this time spend in meditation far out-way the lost of time that you will spend in meditation…treat yourself well today…

 

 

 

Read more about this meditation thought at this site http://seekinggoodvibrations.com/BlogEntries/BlogEntries_files/4b59b358335ecec8c40b112432d6b2db-2.php

 

A Meditation Thought for the Day…

believeBecause you are connected to infinite intelligence, your ability to heal your yourself mentally,  emotionally and physically are far greater than you know. Start your path to healing with a meditation…you should meditate twenty minutes everyday, unless you are too busy, then you should meditate for one hour…old Zen adage.

The truth is if you only have five minutes, then meditate for five minutes, the benefits are so great that soon you will have ten, then fifteen and even more…start today…change is not change till you change something in your life.

 

I found the above photo online but could not find who to give credit to, if you are the creator of this please let me know so that I can link to or give credit to you.

A Visualize for What Meditation Does for You…

Often people ask me, what does meditation really do for a person. It does so many things for you, your state of mind, it gives peace. It can improve your health, or help you have a more positive out- look on life, it can also help you to be more creative. And this is just a little peek at the many benefits.

When I seen this video I felt like it was an awesome visual for what meditation can do for you…enjoy.