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Shamanic Meditation: A Journey Within

Shamanic Meditation: A Journey Within

When pursuing a balanced life, building a strong personal connection to the spirit is essential to your journey. Most of us imagine shamans as being somewhat frightening  – but really, shamans are people who use altered states of consciousness to access the spirit world; in many respects, it’s a lot like what happens during very deep meditation! Many cultures throughout history have looked to Shamans as healers and spiritual guides, and shamans have been known to access and use both …

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Reaching Nirvana Through Ascension Meditation

Reaching Nirvana Through Ascension Meditation

Often considered as the ultimate goal of meditation, ascension is the essence of enlightenment and self-realization. Also called Nirvana, it is the final stage of an individual’s spiritual evolution – an amazing state of being in which you can fully experience oneness with all creation and realize your true nature as a spiritual being. This is most commonly achieved through ascension meditation. Steps to Prepare Yourself for Ascension 1. Engage your mind daily in meditation, prayer, thoughtful and/or spiritual contemplation, …

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Meditation at Work: Calming Down in a Revved Up Atmosphere

Meditation at Work: Calming Down in a Revved Up Atmosphere

You give yourself a few minutes for peaceful meditation before you start the work day, or maybe you reserve some time every evening to wind down after a long day. These times that you are meditating help you to connect with yourself and relax, so why not make time in the middle of your day for these practices? You’re probably thinking that your day gets too busy to take the time for meditation during the 9-5 crunch, but think of …

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Meditation Steps to Enhance and Refine Your Practice

Meditation Steps to Enhance and Refine Your Practice

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced meditator, be sure to get the most out of your meditation using the following meditation steps that will enhance your self-awareness, expand your consciousness and help you achieve your meditation goals. Meditation Steps to Enhance and Refine Your Practice 1. Relax Many experienced meditators are able to enter their meditation already in a relaxed physical and mental state. Some may still need a few minutes to get into this frame of mind …

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Practice Internal Alchemy with Inner Smile Meditation

Practice Internal Alchemy with Inner Smile Meditation

Inner smile meditation began as a Taoist principle and is still one of the most well known neidan (internal alchemy) practices. The idea here is that you take time while meditating to smile inwardly at each of the main bodily organs to activate the energy of loving-kindness and awaken your connection to the five elements. This will ease both emotional and physical tensions. You focus your internal energy on feeling good and allow your inner smile to radiate from within …

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Mind Over Matter: Meditation for Pain

Mind Over Matter: Meditation for Pain

Have you ever thought about what pain really is? The actual feeling of pain comes from nerve endings in our bodies that send signals to the brain alerting it of a trauma. Say you’ve burned yourself. Having the ability to feel the pain of being burned causes your brain to force your body to react (fast!) and remove itself from the situation or source of pain. Pain, then, is just a signal that something is wrong and the situation needs …

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Meditation Postures: A Good Posture = An Opened Mind

Meditation Postures: A Good Posture = An Opened Mind

For every style of meditation, there’s an ideal posture that facilitates energy flow and feelings of openness and oneness. Your personal comfort level plays a vital role in how easily and efficiently you can drop in to meditation. It is easy to waste time before each meditation session trying to discover the most comfortable meditation style. Use these guidelines to try out different meditation postures. You may find that there are multiple poses that work positively for you depending on …

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Quick Meditation: Maintaining Your Practice and Tools to Use

Quick Meditation: Maintaining Your Practice and Tools to Use

There are a lot of common misconceptions about meditation. One such misconception is that in order for meditation to be effective one must spend a considerable amount of time each day at the practice. This is not necessarily true. Quality – what you do during meditation – is far more important than the amount of time you assign to it. Quick meditation is one style of meditation that can give you a lot of results, fast – making it an …

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Setting a Balanced Scene for Meditation At Home

Setting a Balanced Scene for Meditation At Home

The idea of doing your own meditation practice at home can be daunting. It may feel like there is not enough time in the day or that there are too many distractions around you. Also, if you’re used to meditating in a studio with others or with a guide it can be intimidating to journey into the solo style of home meditation. It’s actually easy and rewarding to meditate in your own space, on your own terms! There are many …

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Tune Out Distractions With Binaural Beats Focus

Tune Out Distractions With Binaural Beats Focus

Have you ever noticed that some people can flip the switch and turn off all distractions, both external and internal, and focus like Border Collies at a sheep herding competition? What superpower makes these people so focused? Why is it so easy to give into distractions? Distractions are everywhere. A number of factors may be at play: the work you’re doing is boring and the distractions are even slightly more interesting you can’t take your mind off your worries or …

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