A new beginning

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect. What  have I learned from the past? What do I hope for the future? The past is simply the lessons we have experienced, the future a clean slate on which to write.  Go forward with a spirit of hope and expectancy. Open yourself to all that is available to you. You have begun a new journey!

Sometimes I  journal before I meditate,  to let my internal thoughts go. I find that process helpful, it brings out ideas that want to be released.  I am amazed at what comes out when I honor my inner voice. After journalling, I am able to sit comfortably and quietly in my easy chair, close my eyes and just ‘be’ with my breath. I put my attention on my body and how it feels as the breath comes in and out of my lungs. I feel my heartbeat and think about the life-sustaining blood flow that travels quickly, yet effortlessly throughout my body. Putting attention on my body keeps me in the present moment.  With my eyes closed, I shut off external visual stimuli, but not the internal dialog, my mind keeps thinking, as minds will do, even when asleep. 

The key is to watch the thoughts as they drift by, while shifting your focus back to your breath or heartbeat. When we do this, we break the chain reaction of one thought leading to another. We simply observe our thoughts and gently bring our attention back to our breath. This creates space in the mind-body and allows you to experience the peace and the possibility in every moment. After twenty minutes of meditation, we are free to go on with the rest of our day, however, since we have experienced inner peace, we bring a new awareness to our day.

spring cleaning for your mind

The trees are leaving out, flowers are blooming and birds are building their nests. Another spring has sprung! How can we make the most of this special season and cherish this time of our life? One way is by pausing to take the time to look inward and reflect upon our life. What is our intention for this…

Creating Peace

How do we create peace when we feel only chaos and confusion inside?  The outer world is a reflection of our inner world. When we feel peaceful inside, we bring that peace with us into the noise and turbulence of  the outside world. We can not control what others do, only what we do and how…

Meditation to increase creativity and focus

   Type A Personality/Fast and Stop Speeds I don’t know about you, but I was born an A personality, maybe because I was the oldest and only girl in the family. There are many other factors to consider, but I will spare you, you get the point. I have always hit the ground running and…

Dispelling the myth of thoughts…

One of the most common myths that people have about meditation is that they will immediately enter a realm without thoughts.  WOW. If that were true, it would be so easy to begin meditation. But actually the whole reason people want to meditate is to start the process of self-awareness. What you will experience when…

Mindfulness

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Behind the screen of our own internal dialogue is the silence of pure awareness – a silence that is not disturbed by thoughts of the past or concerns of the future. Any form of meditation that allows the mind to be peaceful is beneficial to the physical body. The mind/body connection turns negative emotions: anger,…

Mindfulness Meditation

Beneath the mind’s daily activity of constant thought is silent awareness. Silence is the natural occurring space between our thoughts. We are all thought generators. But sometimes too many facts, figures and normal daily life lead to information overload, which produces stress in the physical body. The body was never designed to handle constant, recurrent…

Lifestyle

It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by understanding our mind-body connection and learning how to keep ourselves balanced. By understanding our individual constitution, we are able to make better choices and maximize our health and well being. Our bodies are ever changing networks…

Meet Debra May
Debra is a Certified Instructor from the Chopra Center of Well Being. She brings with her over 20 years of meditation and wellness experience.
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