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Momma Marj Was Green and Didn’t Even Know It!!

This Sunday would have been my mom’s 85th birthday, not a day goes by that she doesn’t enter my mind in one way or another, a smell, something I’m reading and I think ‘Mom would love this”. But this week just before her birthday is always a reflective week, a week to go through old photos, tell stories to my daughter and just really get in touch with her spirit. What I wouldn’t give to just curl up in her bosom and have her sing ‘When mothers of Salem’ to me, just one more time. ….oops sorry headed into memories, back to the blog.Momma on the Beach

I’ve always known that the way I was raised had much to do with the way I’ve come to honour Mother Earth, and the choices I make in my life to help to make people aware of environmental issues. So as I thought about this, did my mother see herself as “green”…..hell no!! An activist, my mother was not!! Did she think she was doing anything special…..nope!! Did I appreciate many of her choices…….NO!! You have no idea how much I wanted to try a TV Dinner, store bought cookies or a comforter, but that’s just not how we lived.

To anyone who can say that was the 60’s and 70’s times were simpler then, I will tell you this my mother worked full time as an overnight nurse, and raised five children, and for many years, was a single mother. So it’s not about time…..it’s about CHOICE!!

Momma Marj’s 5 Tips to Living Green

Vegetable Gardening

We had a huge vegetable garden in our back yard, no we didn’t live on a farm, we lived right in town. The garden produced vegetable bounty for our family for most of the summer months. In later years her and my step dad had a garden that was a farm sized garden and was able to feed themselves and their friends and family. You would go for a visit and come out with 4 grocery bags full of produce.

Canning, Preserving and Freezing

All of the produce that was too much to eat over the course of the summer would be turned into the fall bounty. Dill Pickles, pickled beets, stewed Rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb jam along with frozen corn, peas, strawberries and rhubarb. Whatever she didn’t pick from her garden she would get from the garden markets in the area. I remember vividly moving to Toronto when I was 18 and finding a jar of “Homemade” Raspberry jam on the shelf for $12, I called and said,” mom let’s start a business, these people have never seen homemade stuff!!”

Shopping Locally

My mother made it her mission to shop locally. Very rarely did we go out of town for anything. For her, the belief was, “if I live here then I support the people that live her too. “Was it more expensive, YES!! But she felt the community was worth it. Her clothes were bought at Prices, mine were bought at Kari’s Children’s wear, our meat at Sandell’s Meat Market, our bikes at Stoutenberg’s and our jewellery at Durrant’s Jewellers. Our groceries were bought at the local IGA that was owned by local men. When it was time for corn, off to Curries’ s; time for strawberries and asparagus off to Meester’s. Not only did she shop locally at shops and businesses that were part of the fabric of our local small town community, we ate in season almost every day when we could. To be honest until her dying day she wouldn’t thank you for a California strawberry out of season.

Handmade items and gifts

Curtain DressesKids in Curtain Dresses

Many of our clothes were fashioned by my mother; she once got a “lot” of curtain material and ended up making dresses and jackets for my 3 sisters. In her down time she would knit, crochet and sew. Many a child wore my mother’s mittens and hats to keep them warm in the winter. She was a woman who loved to give gifts but they were almost always handmade treats, both savoury and sweet.

Mended items

Does anyone even do this anymore? My mother had her button bag and if we Darned Sockhad lost a button we would bring the item to her and she would search her button bag for the perfect “almost” match and begin to mend the item. I was always grateful for her repairs as many times I would lose the button or rip my very favourite shirt. However, I BEGGED DESPERATELY not to have to wear a darned sock!!! UGH!! I hated the feel of that patch on the bottom of my foot, or even worse the doubly darned sock!!

Oh how I could go on and on!!
  • Meals were homemade, dining out was for special occasions
  • All treats were homemade
  • Bed covering were quilts made with the loving hands of my ancestors
  • She rode her bike everywhere as soon as the snow started to melt
  • We had a 4×12 compost pile…… IN OUR BACKYARD!!

So why did she do all of this?

This was at a time when conveniences had started to become the norm…trust me all I wanted was an OREO!!

She did it because she understood, she understood that food has love in it; she understood that a mended piece of clothing had love in the imperfection. She did it because she understood waste not wants not and she despised waste.

forestShe did it because she was a lover of this great planet, she would forage in the woods for leeks and fiddleheads, she would drive through the countryside and appreciate all there was to offer. Most of all, she did it not because she was told to, not because she had to, but because in the core of her being she loved this planet and the life she had been given.

Is there a choice here that you can make or adapt to your life now? Can you slow down enough to make a different choice?

Here is some of my momma’s wisdom!!

Momma Marj wisdomAnd here is what her daughter has been up to………..

Day 30 Of a 60 Day Juice Clense

My journey so far

Let me take you back……

My original plan had been to vlog and blog the entire journey, of my 60 Day Juice Cleanse but as much as I will post quite a bit, there is much of my life I like to keep private. However, as I enter into the next 30 days of this cleanse I thought I would write in a reflective manner about my journey and my hopes for the next 30 days.

Two months ago I received some results from my doctor that were not at all promising. Nothing immediately life threatening but a diagnosis that would require quite a bit of medication and put my health in a debilitating situation within the next 10 years.   A year prior I had received similar information and thought that I could handle it myself. Unfortunately, I didn’t and the test results actually got much worse with some new added higher than normal numbers in different areas.

The documentary that changed it all

I am the documentary queen, I watch them, my company Earth’s Berries sponsors them within my community. I most especially gravitate to any documentary that tends to be of the environmental nature or health as they are two of my great loves. Oddly enough, through all of the documentaries I have watched, I never felt compelled to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Likely because I am trained as a Holistic Nutritionist and have juice cleansed for years, in fact, I bought my first juicer back in 1989. For some reason, I thought oh what the heck, mainly because I had seen all of the other documentaries on Netflix, let’s watch this juice documentary. About half way through I turned to my husband and said, that’s it, that is what I need to do. I honestly think he thought I was half baked….”You want to juice fast for 60 days?” …Yep, I think this is the answer.

What Answer?

Let me clarify, I was not meaning that this was a weight loss answer, this was the answer that I needed to do a complete body, mind and soul reset. Because of my health background, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the health of your body does not come from just food and exercise alone. What you put into your mind and your soul is just as important as what you put into your mouth. As a child, I learned in science class that our bodies recreate themselves and  are brand new bodies within 7 years. It was in that moment that disease of the body no longer made any sense to me. That knowledge led me into the world of natural health, I knew there must be more than just disease of the body.

I realised that if our bodies are new every 7 years then there is no way that a disease could stay in our bodies unless we keep it there with our mind, our beliefs, and our spirit. I know this to be true for me.

Embarking on the journey

I have done many cleanses in my life, granted never one this long. For years I cleansed and fasted at the beginning of every season, so I was not new to this journey at all. I know that my day 3 is going to be the hardest.  I will feel tired like I have been hit by a mac truck, might get some flu symptoms, but by day 4 I will be up and running like a 5-year-old. BUT, this time, something strange happened, Day one was the hardest I honestly drank juice and slept the whole day and ended up in bed at 7pm and woke up at 7am the next day. AND THAT WAS IT……THAT WAS THE END OF MY CLEANSING SYMPTOMS!!! I realised when the dreaded Day 3 didn’t happen this was because this is exactly what my body, mind, and spirit desperately needed. I can honestly say there has been not one white-knuckled day that I needed to hang on and wish that the day would just end. This is a very new phenomenon for me as well.

Exceptions to the “RULES”

I must say that I did not follow anyone’s plan but my own over the last 30 days, I used to assist in doing cleanse plans and meal plans for clients so I felt that my knowledge with a bit of assistance from a few other health practitioners was more than enough to keep my cleanse nutrient dense. However, my main decision in all of this was to actually begin to go within and check in with my body. I decided that it would be my body that would decide what kind of juice I would make that day and how much of it I would like to drink.  I was not at all surprised that after day 15, the days were getting cooler, so  my body also decided that it would like something warm.  I added a butternut squash, roasted garlic and turmeric puree that I would have whenever my body felt an inner chill.  If I ever felt like I wanted to chew, I had cucumbers on hand at all times and would have a little munch and crunch. To keep my brain healthy and lubricated I have added coconut oil twice a day.

I have not once gotten caught up on the rules, what I have to have, what I should have, what I shouldn’t have I have spent the last 30 days being completely guided by my body. Honestly, I am a better woman for it.

So what has happened in the last 30 days??

I would love to say that my energy has shot through the roof and I am exercising every day and feel like I can run the next marathon….that would be false.

I feel incredible and my energy is the best it has been in a long time.

My desire to be in nature has gone from a want to a craving and a need, any chance I get to hike up the mountain, walk to the water or bike around the paths of my glorious community I take it.

I have re-established the love of being still, sometimes on my front porch swing sometimes surrounded by crystals and candles in my treatment space meditating

I love to cook homemade food for my family, finding healthy wholesome recipes that even the pickiest eater can love

My mind is clearer and I am experiencing many moments of change in both my personal and business life

My faith has expanded beyond anything I ever felt possible

And then there is this…..darn Juice cleanse!!

Food has been my emotional crutch for most of my life, when you take that away, just like any other addiction, you need to look at all of those things you buried using your chosen addiction. So I have days where I have no desire to get out of bed, days, when I wonder, is this really the life I want to be leading. Who am I? What is my purpose? What the hell am I doing here?

And I just keep asking, it is in the asking, that lifts me from the mire and the muck and clarity finally arrives.

So? What about those numbers?

Well, there are some numbers that only my doctor can tell, but all of the ones that I can self-monitor are lower and as an added bonus I have released 22lbs of weight into the universe and hopefully someone else can use it!!

What about the next 30 days?

I did find that I got myself into a bit of a routine drinking pretty similar juices every day, so I actually bought “Reboot with Joe” book and will use some of his recipes to get me through the next 30 days. I’m Candian so Thanksgiving is next weekend and I will be spending time with my family at my sister’s cottage. I’m making my son his favourite Pumpkin Cheesecake and I will be enjoying my Butternut squash puree and a really fruity juice for dessert. Honestly being around food doesn’t bother me at all. Sunday was communion at our church so there was “church lady sandwiches” after the service, if I can survive not eating a church lady egg salad on white bread, I can survive just about anything!!

Do I recommend it?

I recommend listening to your body. Watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and see if it resonates at all with you. It did for me.

I will say this……do something!!! If your health is a concern….do something!! Burying your head in the sand and hoping it will all work itself out is not the way to live your best life.

I will also say this, you can not just change the way you eat without looking at your mental, emotional and spiritual ways that you handle food or anything that may be causing your health concerns. The change will not be long lasting if you separate your body from your mind and spirit and somehow think that will be enough.

When you no longer have the food to rely on you may get clearer and begin to question your entire reason for being on this planet and in my opinion, that is a good thing!!

Before and Nowbefore and after

Here is my Day 1 and Day 30 picture. The changes are very subtle but I can see them. The Day 1 was taken in the morning and the Day 30, just before bed. I am always smiling…not sure what’s happening in these pictures…but at least I’m a grump in both!!

A Day in the Life…of a juice cleanse

This is my sink full of fresh veggies and fruits ready to be juiced!! Shameless plug, the fruit, and veggies are all soaking in Earth’s Berries Fruit and Veggies Wash.

juice cleanse bounty

A couple of tips for your juice cleanse….

If you decide to do this, give your body love….if you can get a massage, get one. If you can take a walk, take one…..If you can ride a bike, ride one.  If you can sit in a luxurious bath….do it!!

One last tip…..

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I am a Reflexologist by trade and firmly believe that the body’s system needs constant stimulation. Unfortunately, I don’t have a reflexologist that I visit on a regular basis, but I do have
these amazing shoes, they stimulate everything!! They may hurt at first because it is putting pressure on the parts of the body that need healing, but the more you use them the less they will hurt and the more they will help your body heal.

*If  a juice cleanse is something you think you might consider please talk to your doctor

My next blog post will be about stimulating your lymphatic systems and great ways to detox your body!!

In light, love and laughter

Karen

 

Meditation Series 5……Moving Meditation

So how have your weekly meditations been coming along?

Are you sitting for 5-20 minutes a day?

Is it JUST. TOO. HARD??!!

Does this sound more like you?

Don’t make me do it, I can’t do it!!

I’m here to tell you……

YES. YOU.CAN.

Eventually, that monkey mind of yours will calm enough for you to sit, but the fact of the matter is, even if it doesn’t you can still sit and find a way to meditate.

As much as sitting and focusing for that 5- 20 minutes a day is a great way to calm yourself, the stress of the day and fully be present to who you are and who you are becoming.There is another way.

 Moving meditation

With a moving meditation, you need to be very present, sometimes I actually find a moving meditation more difficult, but many people find it much easier.pausing in mother nature moving

So how in the world do you perform a moving meditation?

 Here is what works best for me…

  • Stand in one place and focus on your breath. I like to take between 5 and 10 deep breaths and focus deeply on my heart
  • Breathe your breath into your heart and breathe out your breath from your heart
  • If you have developed a mantra practice this is a good time to add your mantra to your breath
  • When you feel calm and ready you are going to take your first step
  • Put your right heel on the ground…in your mind or aloud say I am putting my right heel on the ground
  • Follow that through to the ball of your foot…in your mind or aloud I am putting the right ball of my foot on the ground, I am lifting the my left
  • I am putting my left heel on the ground, putting my left ball of my foot on the ground and lifting right foot.moving meditation

As with sitting meditation your mind will chime in and you will lose focus, but as soon as you realize this then you go back to the focus on the walk.

Advanced Practice 1

Discover what is going on in your body:

Sometimes with a moving meditation you can feel your body better. To advance your meditation once you have truly mastered focusing on witnessed your walking. Begin the noticing of your body, how it moves and how it feels.

  • Begin by focusing on your walk, then move to other parts of your body, take as much time as you like or need.
  • Move up to your legs and feel what you notice in your legs.Go back to focusing on your walk.
  •  Move up to your abdomen and feel what you feel in your abdomen.Go back to focus on your walk.
  • Move to your arms and feel what is in your arms. Go back to focusing on your walk.
  • Move to your heart and feel what is going on in your heart. Go back to focusing on your walk.

Advanced Practice 2

Discover your surroundings:

  • Focus on your walk, then say right now I notice the air…and notice the air. Is it cool? Is it warm? Is fragrant? Is it still? Is it windy? Just notice.
  • Focus on your walk, then say right now I notice my surroundings…and notice them. Is the grass green? Is the grass brown? Are there people? Are you in complete solitude?

Keep going back and focusing on the walk, especially if you find your monkey mind gets lost in the noticing. So often we do things and don’t take the time to actually be mindful of ourselves, our bodies and our surroundings.

Be careful not to create stories, just simply notice. Just simply Be.

When you finish the walk stop and give the same pause as you did in the beginning. I really like to drop into my heart and acknowledge gratitude for this time that I’ve had to calm my monkey mind.

This can happen for 5 minutes or it can happen for an hour. You can have a moving meditation every time you walk or move in any way. That way every time you are moving you are in mindfulness.

Here is Jack Kornfield’s moving meditation. Enjoy!!

In love, joy and laughter

Karen

For all the other blog titles in the Meditation series.

Beginners Meditation

Mantra Meditation

Daily Pausing

Self-Inquiry

Meditation Series 4…..Self inquiry meditation

I hope your meditation is coming along well and that you are finding time to sit for 5- 20 minutes a day. If you are new to this series here is the link to the first post.

Many of you may be asking what in the world am I doing this for, why should I be meditating? If you are asking that question you probably haven’t been doing the practice because within the practice you begin to know your inner workings much better than if you had never stopped to examine your own being. Not to mention the health benefits that you are providing you body mind and soul.

Some of you may want a measured answered to the question is it really helping?

Only you can answer that question for yourself.

  • Are you calmer on a daily basis?
  • Are you able to focus on a task more easily?
  • Are you less quick to react in stressful situations?

It is hard sometimes to make these things tangible, but they are really important aspects to our lives. I understand the frustration of not knowing if the whole thing is working. Sometimes turning to an Inquiry Mediation helps.

What is a Self Inquiry Meditation?

Before you actually start your practice, whatever your practice looks like; mindful, mantra moving, ask yourself a question, something you feel you need more help with than what your surface mind can tell you. It can be anything from what colour is best for my master bedroom to I don’t feel close to my spouse, what is my next step?

When I first started Self Inquiry Meditation, I would sit for the whole time focusing on the question, I wanted the answer by the end of that 20 minutes.  I thought if I focused really hard on the question the answer would come, that I could somehow make the answer come in the time I wanted.  Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes it does. Sometimes  you will come out of your 20 minute meditation knowing exactly what you need to do, other times you need to let go and trust that the answer will be revealed to you in time.

After you ask the question, you let the question go. You don’t continue to ask it, it is not to be your new mantra. Ask your higher self lovingly the question that you want answered and then leave the question and go into your meditation. Make sure to end your meditation in gratitude and thankfulness to your higher self.

Just remember, you are asking a question because you want an answer, the best answer for you may not be the one that you expected, and you might not like it very much. This is the biggest caveat to self exploration and meditation in particular, we need to let go of the expectation of what we thought the answer should be. Instead be open to signs, clues and answers of what is coming your way easily and effortlessly instead of trying to adapt the answer to somehow fit the square peg in the round hole.
inquiry meditation

Inquiry meditation is especially helpful for those who often seek advice from others for every decision that they make. I know of people who wouldn’t sneeze unless a psychic, therapist, minister told them it was okay to do so…alright so a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

I, myself used to be a bit of a physic junkie, in my twenties. I used to go to spiritual fairs looking for my answers and my directions from some kind of great guru or someone I thought who might “see” something in me or about me that I was missing. Sometimes they were helpful, but many times, they told me things I already knew. Then in my late 20’s I started meditating on a regular basis and I began to realize that all the answers I ever need are inside of me, I just need to take the time to inquire, trust and listen.

Do I still go to physics …..sure do. But I look at it differently now, I believe that we are all placed on each other’s journey to help us all reach our fullest and highest potential as human beings. Whether that is through friendship, relationship, teacher, mentor or even a physic is irrelevant, people are in our lives to give us exactly what we need.

What I been gifted with now, in my late 40’s is a complete trust that this wild, wonderful universe will provide me with the experiences for me to become the best me I can be.

Let me know how you are doing.

In love, light and laughter

Karen

Meditation Series 3…..Daily Pausing

How do you keep that meditative state of mind as you go throughout the day? Quite simply you need to take time to pause throughout your day to find your center and your balance.

We are on to week 3 of the weekly meditations, how are you doing? Have you actually begun to sit, have you taken even 5 minutes out of your day to enjoy the silence of meditation.

I hope you have, if you are new to this blog series you can find week one here and week two here.

How do you keep the stillness of mind throughout the day?

With everything that is going on throughout the day and so many people pulling you in every direction, how in the world do you stay present and recapture the stillness you felt at 6 am in your meditation room. Honestly, it is not easy, but it can be very rewarding and change your entire day if you create a regular practice of pausing for just a few moments and going inside throughout the day. pausing during the work day

I have some clients that tell me they can actually do this much more easily than sitting for an extended period of time in Meditation. It is a personal preference, but I wouldn’t give up on the sitting practice…I promise it will come and be your favourite part of the day.

 

How do you create a habit of pausing daily?

I personally have added an app to my smartphone called a “mindfulness bell.” I can set it to how many times it goes off throughout the day, what time it starts and what time it finishes.

Mine right now is set for starting at 7am and ending at 7pm and the bell chimes every 3 hours. When I first started with the mindfulness bell, I had it set at an hour and I found that it was too much and I just ended up ignoring it, so I moved it to every three hours and that is a good amount of time for me. Do what works best for you. Alternatively, you can set an alarm on your watch or your phone to remind you to pause. I work from home so the every 3 hours works well for me, but if you are in an office maybe a certain time of day might be better.

Essential oil reminders

Sometimes carrying a bottle of essential oil and taking time to breath in the oil, can help you pause and find balance, a great oil for this is lavender. 

What are you to do now that your alarm has gone off?

  • Pause
  • Breath in
  • Pause
  • Breath out
  • Pause

Repeat this 5-10 times concentrating only on your breath. Feel free to extend this if you like, some people like to do 5-10 minutes. If you can get outside for this time, it would be even better. Get a little Mother Nature Lovin!!pausing in mother nature

Personally, I really like to put a mantra on the in breath and the out breath

My favourite is…

“I breathe in love, I breathe out light”

If you have created a mantra meditation morning practice, go ahead and use that mantra to pause throughout the day,it will greatly reinforce what you are doing in your morning meditation.

In the book “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh there is a great mantra…..

“Breathing in I calm my body

Breathing out I smile

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is a wonderful moment.”

Looking for more resources?

My favourite online resources for free meditations and mindfulness information are:

Tara Brach

Jack Kornfield

Also, two incredible books to get you started

“Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Wherever you go there you are” by John Kabot Zinn

 

This week’s meditation is a short one by Tara Brach.. it helps you  find out what might be going on inside right now. I like this because in your time of pausing this is a short practice that can work throughout your day, when something is bothering you or getting on your nerves.

The power of Inquiry

May this practice of daily stopping and pausing help to bring peace and loving joy and presence to you day.

In light, love and laughter

Karen

 

Meditation Series 2……Mantra Meditation!!

Last week I asked you to simply sit. To begin meditating no matter what, just start, it doesn’t matter for how long or how you sit, just start. Start with 5 minutes but just start. Focus on your breath coming in and out and JUST SIT!! If you missed my first weekly meditation blog you can find it here.

Mantra Meditation

This week I want to give you some simple steps to beginning a mantra meditation. Scientific studies show that this kind of meditation is highly effective in promoting health and well-being. Plus it is so easy!!

Like the first week, I simply can’t stress enough to just do it. You can only and will only get better at meditating by making the choice and the commitment to find time for it every day. If you miss a day that is okay, just come back to it the next day. Trust me with practice you will begin to love the silence and the stillness that develops when you take the time to commit to and deepen your practice.

What is Mantra Meditation?child mantra meditation

In a very short description, Mantra meditation is the repeating of a phrase or word for either a certain length of time or a certain number of repetitions by either counting or using a mala  or a rosary. Yes using your rosary in prayer can be considered a form of mantra meditation.

In fact, many people believe that mantra meditation is something that is practiced only in religious terms and nothing could be further from the truth. Your mantra can be absolutely anything that you want it to be. I suggest choosing a quality you love about yourself or one that you want to enhance if you’re using a word. Use a word or phrase that resonates with you and its best to use a positive word

  • Love
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Glory
  • I let go
  • I let go of…..worry, sadness, stress..etc

I tend to stick with words or phrases until I can feel that they “become” a part of me, but feel free to switch up your mantra word or phrase every day. As I have said before, too many rules or barriers and people tend to quit and give up.

Some religious mantras that may resonate with you

Catholic: Hail Mary full of grace

Christian: with God all things are possible

Jewish: Shalom

Hindu: OM

Buddist: Om Mani Pade Hum 

For those who are interested in H’oponopono

  • I love you
  • I’m sorry
  • Please forgive me
  • Thank you

Tips on How to meditate using a Mantra

  • Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Either set a timer or get your mala ready
  • Sit and close your eyes
  • Look into the back of your eye lids it helps to stay focused
  • Breath In and Breath out
  • Once you are calmed and your breathing feels focused
  • Add your mantra

Mala for Mantra Meditation

I find it easiest to put my mantra on my breath, either just on the in breath or on the in and the out breath.  Again, your mind will wander off, it is okay and it is to be expected, when you realize this then bring it back to the focus of your mantra

There is never a “goal” but when you do let go and give yourself into the mantra it will become a part of you, instead of you saying the mantra the mantra is expressing itself through you.

Mantra meditation can become a very rich and deep practice for you that you may wish to explore further. This is only a beginning and a taste.

We have amazing Mala’s for sale that help to employ some women in Nepal.

This week’s meditation:

OM done 108 times

(see below for the description of the significance of 108)

Significance of Number 108
Malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun)

Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.

The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, Sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization. 

So anything if repeated 108 times, has a transformational effect. That’s the law of nature. Its like magic.

♡OM Chanting and its vibrations when repeated for 108, becomes significantly more powerful, and can help open the Crown Chakra and thus your path to Self-Realization.”

Much Love and Many Blessings

Karen

 

Meditation Series 1…..Beginner’s Meditation

Are you a firm believer that you can’t meditate? Well, the truth is you can. Give yourself a favour and start working with this beginner’s meditation.

I have had a meditation practice for over 20 years, when I go through times in my life where I am not taking the time to meditate, my life becomes out of balance very quickly. I have taught many meditation classes and my approach is very different from many, my goal is to get people to take the time to sit and practice.

Forget the rules and the regulations…

  • the should do
  • the have to do,
  • the right posture
  • the wrong posture
  • the right hand placement
  • the wrong hand placement.

All of that can come later, for now, just sit. Sit for 5 minutes everyday and soon you will find that you will be able to sit for 20 minutes, like anything it is a skill that needs to be worked and developed.

So if you are just starting out try these simple steps
1.  Find a quiet place that you won’t be interrupted for 5 minutes
2. Set a timer on your phone with a gentle alarm
3. Sit down on the floor, a chair, JUST SIT, for now I don’t care how
4. Close your eyes and if you can look into the backs of your eye lids, it helps to keep you focused
5. Begin to watch your breath, that is all
6. Breath in, breath out
7. .Your mind WILL wander, that is ok, anytime you realize that you wandered off, just come back to your breath.

Come back to this practice every day and just keep extending your time.
You can advance your practice in many ways and begin to learn different ways of meditating but for now just keep it simple and commit to the practice.
I’d love to know how you are doing.

One person I adore in the world of meditation is Tara Brach.
This is the meditation that I chose to do on Saturday. It might just resonate with you. It is about awareness and letting be.

Meditation: Space, Awareness and Letting Be (25 min)

This is a 5 part series…..find our more in our 2nd installment , Mantra meditation.

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