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  • Meditation beats Medication

    21 posts, 8 voices, 798 views, started Dec 9, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Ms-kay

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    • Carnelian
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      The holiday season is a whirlwind of activity: parties, shopping, baking, hosting
      ...and that's on top of the usual workload. It's no wonder the holidays are known
      as one of the most stressful times of the year.  

      Unfortunately for women, they tend to get hit the hardest. Usually they're the
      ones picking out gifts, wrapping them, doing the holiday baking, and everything
      else that goes along with making the season festive. And that means women are
      more likely to get run down, develop headaches, have an elevated blood
      pressure, and get ill during the holidays.  

      Of course the solution would be to scale back all the holiday activity. But that's
      not going to happen. So the second-best solution is for women to exercise but not the way you think.  

      Meditate!!! This five minute meditation exercise can bring us lasting peace.  

      What is meditation...you may ask? It is communication with the Divine or a oneness with the universe. All that anxiety we feel in life is when we have stepped away from our purpose and allowed negative thoughts to control us. Is mediation a form of prayer? For many of us it is. For others it is a way to find inner peace.

      How to Start:

      Light a fragrant candle

      You can sit on your bed and mediate or sit in a comfortable chair. Relax your body. Be comfortable. Sitting in a chair or bed is okay but don’t lie down because you’ll probably fall asleep.  

      Keep your breathing regular, slow and easy. Breath in the positive, breath out the negatives. Breath in power, exhale fear and worry.  

      Feel at one with the universe. Rest in love. Accept the peace which surpasses understanding. Relax. Breath in, breath out. When you are ready end the meditation. You’ll find your day will go a lot more smoothly after you have begun with meditation even if you have only taken 5 minutes for this relaxation technique. You can add more minutes, or repeat this exercise later in the day.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 9, 2008
        • I often thought about meditation but I also thought that there was so much more to it than just lighting a candle and sitting still. All I can think of right this moment to put into words my perception of meditation is if it sounds and looks too good to be true. But I will give it a try.

          much love
          47



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 9, 2008
        • Meditation is the key for me to stay centered and grounded.
          It is a place where I go for answers and it is a place I go to ask questions.
          It is definitely not something that easily comes to most people but something to cultivated daily.
          I have learned through my meditation practices that although I may not get to the place I want to be while meditating every time I know that I am exactly were I am supposed to be.

          Meditation helps to keep me in the moment and 47 it is more than lighting a candle and sitting still.
          But you must learn to still yourself in order to achieve peace.
          Physically being still is the key when you are first learning to practice but I have even found that if I am stressing for what ever reason I can usually go back to that place in myself where I know peace resides no matter what I am doing.
          I will usually meditate for at least a half and hour in the morning when I wake and a half an hour before I go to bed at night.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Dec 9, 2008
        • Meditation with sage is also very grounding. It’s been some time since I’ve done that.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 9, 2008
        • Jenz I haven’t done a smudging in a while.
          I’ve got to dry some sage and do a good smuging for the new year.



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          Ms-kay wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • 47ntiredorunnin, candles are ideal for reaching that inner calm. This was suggested for people who were meditating for the first time.

          almostfive0 thank you for your positive feedback on meditation.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Thank you Ms.Kay for your post.

          Vintageediva...Just be patient with yourself. If you feel any thoughts start to arise don’t try to fight them but don’t entertain them either. If that makes sense?

          Like Kay says...light some candles to help you relax and quiet your mind.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • I have never thought of me sitting and just breathing in and out as meditation but i guess I have been doing that for yrs. I have learned to do that in just about anyplace I need to be calm and centered.  

          Now on smudging.....

          Can you post the how to?



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Vikki..Sage is believed to be cleansing and healing.
          Smudging is when you light a bundle of sage or put some dried sage in a bowl and light it. Blow out the flame and let the sage smolder so that the smoke can clear out any bad or negative energy from a house or the area that you want to meditate in.
          There are also prayers, mantras or affirmations you can says while doing this.
          I like to do this when I move to a new place to clear the energy of the previous owner out.



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          Ms-kay wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Yes almostfive0! I was going to post about prayers and other formations of meditations. I’m glad that you mentioned it, thank you. estatic



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • What if I want to do my entire house? Do I place a bowl in each room or only 1 bowl? And what would the paryer or mantra be to clear old energy? The house I bought 5 mos ago sat empty for almost a year.
          Any help would be great!



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • What you would generally do is walk through the house carrying the smoldering sage. I like to go into every room and ask my ancestors, the god who resides in me, the universe, etc... for their help in removing any unwanted energy or spirits, whatever feels right to you.
          Some people have traditional rituals where there are particular prayers they use but I will say whatever comes to me.
          You can probably even go online and look up smudging rituals.

          Are you feeling a particular way in your home?
          I think it’s good to do once or twice a year or whenever you are feeling stagnant or stuck.
          Ms.Kay probably has some suggestions as well.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Vikki...
          I found this for you:

          Smudging

          Smudging, (passing through smoke,) is an ancient method of cleansing that works quite well.  

          When smudging a room, work in one direction, spiraling to the center. Which direction you use is up to you - try both. Counter clockwise is usually considered banishing; clockwise is invoking.

          I usually use Ceremonial White Sage, but garden sage works equally well. Pinon Pine, if you can get it, is super. Pine, of any kind, is generally thought to bring in desirable positive energy; while the sages are more for banishing the negative. Both can be used during the same smudging ritual.

          You can use powdered sage or pine on charcoal, or a smudge stick. I prefer a small wad of the leaves. Carry a heatproof container (ashtray) in your left hand; the smudge in your right.

          For a room, try to start near, but not in front of the door, sweeping the smoke into all corners; up to the ceiling and down to the floor. If you use leaves or a smudge stick, knock the ashes off often, so you won’t catch anything on fire. It’s a good idea to keep a container of water close by, just in case.

          Repeat the following, if you wish, during the smudging:

          ***From the Element of Fire
          Comes this smoke, which is Air.
          From the Element of Earth
          Grows this plant, which is Water.
          I call upon the Elements and the Blessings of Spirit
          To please cleanse this (area, space, being, etc.)
          For the good of all.***

          Continue till every inch of the area has been touched by the smoke and you feel that you‘re done.

          As with any magical rite, intent and visualization are important. Visualizing the movement of energy adds a lot of power to the cleansing procedure.

          Hope this helps.
          Carol



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          Ms-kay wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • almostfive0 thank you for all the info you‘re providing. God Bless!



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • You‘re welcome MsKay
          I’m glad you posted this it gave me the inspiration to do some research myself and reminded me that I need to do some clearing to my new place as well.
          Thank you.



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          Ms-kay wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • You‘re welcome, sister girl!!estatic



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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Almostfive0 shared an observation with me. Here it is:

          LOL! I know...meditation does require lots of patience and can be very frustrating but I think that is part of the process...and you do learn a lot about yourself in the process.  

          You are a person of constant movement it seems.  

          Do you ever notice the feeling you get when you practice Teakwondo?  If you think about it that is a form of meditation. It is a time when you are at a place were you are at total peace even though you are moving.  

          Time goes by and you don't realize it.
          Sometimes when I walk I am meditating.

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          When I said, “I often thought about meditation but I also thought that there was so much more to it than just lighting a candle and sitting still“.

             I was implying that I don’t have patience or time to be that STILL, I meant no disrespect to the ministry that is meditation.

          Please receive the love with which I am responding.

          much love
          47



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          Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • Thx for all the info..... I am going to do a lil house cleaning soon.
          This house is only 13 yrs old but I am sensitive to things and ‘feel’ things. Mainly in my closet but also thru out.  

          Again thank you all and if any of you happen around my part of TN and wanna drop in you are welcome!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 10, 2008
        • I was taught the following method for meditation: it is called Centering Prayers:
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          What is Centering Prayer?

          Centering prayer, as taught by Fr. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating, is a method of prayer that is supposed to lead a person into contemplation. It is supposed to be done for twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the evening. The person chooses a sacred word. He tries to ignore all thoughts and feelings, letting them go by as boats going down a stream. When the thoughts keep coming back, the person returns to the sacred word. The goal is to keep practicing until ALL THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS DISAPPEAR. Fr. Keating says in Open Mind, Open Heart, “All thoughts pass if you wait long enough.” A person then reaches a state of pure consciousness or a mental void. The thinking process is suspended. This technique is supposed to put them into direct contact with God/Higher Power/your Divine. The idea is to go to the center of your being to find the True Self. This process is supposed to dismantle the False Self, which is supposedly the result of the emotional baggage we carry.
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          So I pick a word or a sound and thoughts keep coming to me, whenever thoughts come, don’t fight it and say “Dang“, rather just switch your thought to you word or the sound.  Like any kind of physical exercise, this is a form of spiritual exercise, it takes time and practice.  Be patient, just start 15 mins. a day.  Most important, find a sacred place in your house, no destruction, soft candle and scent help.

          This is practiced by many, Catholics, Buddist or others.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Dec 11, 2008
        • Vikki...good luck and thanks for the invitation!

          Chinadoll...I like the Centering Prayer, that is a great description of meditation.
          Thank you



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