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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness

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We live during a time where Eastern philosophy is beginning to seep into the mainstream Western way of life. Words like mindfulness and meditation are becoming everyday terms in Western colloquialism. The question becomes: Are these words interchangeable?

Because these terms are often used in a similar context, confusion about the differences between mindfulness and meditation is understandable. There are many ways to define, describe, and practice both, and their practical applications are incredibly intertwined.

Mindfulness and meditation embody many similarities and can overlap, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s take a closer look.

Meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation—those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:

  • Breath-awareness meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Guided meditation

Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath—inhales and exhales—consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time—anywhere from a minute to an hour or more—in which you are tuned inward.

At the Chopra Center, we teach Primordial Sound Meditationa specific type of mantra-based meditation, and recommend meditating for 30 minutes at a time, if possible. If that’s not possible for your schedule, any amount of time will help you find your center.

Simple Mantra Meditation: So Hum

Try this seated meditation with whatever time you have available.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“.
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“.
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to the mantra So Hum.
  • When your time is up, gently release the mantra, taking a moment to sit quietly before opening your eyes.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you.

You can practice mindfulness anytimeanywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations. When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.

Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. In fact, a recent study at Harvard found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This kind of mindlessness is the norm, as the mind spends its time focused on the past (in regret mode), the future (in worry mode), and trying out should have’s and what if’s. The study also found that allowing the brain to run on auto-pilot like this can make people unhappy. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” the researchers said.

This is where mindfulness can help. Here’s an example of an informal mindfulness practice you can try at any time of the day:

5 Senses Practice

Any time you complete a simple task—like brushing your teeth or washing your dishes, tune into your five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. For each sense, name two to three examples of the things you notice as you complete the task.

For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, you may notice:

  • The flavor of the paste on your tongue.
  • The smell of the paste coming through your nostrils.
  • The cooling sensations.
  • The way the toothbrush moves over your teeth and gums.
  • The sounds of the bristles moving back and forth in your mouth.
  • Your reflection in the bathroom mirror and the lighting in the bathroom.
  • The tingling sensation of the paste on your gums and teeth.

This practice will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness. If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.

As you can see, you are practicing mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.


This summer, join Oprah and Deepak for a free online meditation journey to follow your passion and discover your purpose. Energy of Attraction starts July 23. Register for free.


Thanks to our Guest Author, Melissa Eisler
About the Author
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Melissa Eisler

Certified Leadership & Career Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Author
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also an ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach (ACC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a…Read more
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Peacefully Jane,
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I discovered long ago that love is answer to all my problems!  But…being loving every minute of the day is the challenge!  With all the unsettling world news, each day can throw me into worry about the future.  I do not let myself be in a state of fear for very long. I retreat to my inner thoughts, close my eyes, breathe in and out, meditate, find a place within that is quiet and be there even if it is only for a few minutes.  This way I can bring myself back into the present moment, be mindful and grateful.

So there are two important things I do each day to shift me into feeling peaceful -first, stay in the present moment where I can create and make choices for my day and secondly, stay in love…with me, my spouse and family and friends and my community.

I changed the name ‘A Peaceful Way’ for my programs from a Peaceful Path, because I got to a place in my life when I realized that my life was not about a ‘pathway’ but about how I was creating and living on the pathway.  I had to decide what is my ‘way’ of living.  When I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, I made a vow to live in peace.  I thought I could fulfill that vow easily. However, life threw me unexpected challenges in relationships, health problems and life events.  I had days where I wasn’t feeling any peace because of expectations that didn’t happen or conflicts in relationships…pressures of daily life, raising a family, finances etc!!

My husband supported my view of a ‘peaceful life’ too, but we found we had different views and needs that would rise up.  But we both wanted peace in our lives.  We wanted to grow old and be happy.  So that meant both of us had to make some changes!!  I think we have evolved to a very nice place, not always perfectly peaceful, but where we have space for each of us to grow, create and experience a peaceful, heart centered way.

There is a third shift I would like to share with you.  My greatest shift I had years ago was when I began to trust in the unfolding mystery of the universe.  I cannot remember how I began to trust that my life was guided.  This meant I trusted in the abundance of the universe and that the right person or event would occur at the right time. I learned I had to be open and allow my intuition to guide me. I think I knew from a young child, but I discovered that being grateful and loving were the keys that allowed me to move on and be successful.

So here I am at 72 years old, feeling like 25 years old, enjoying my passions!  I know I am getting older but inside I feel so young!  Sometimes it shocks me when someone treats me like I am old lady…LOL…

So I hope you have some shifts to create peace in your life…stay in the present moment, stay in love, trust your intuition, and live in gratitude.

Peacefully, Jane

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

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Happy summer Solstice…Welcome Summer…Welcome peace!

The movie, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”, that tells the story of St. Francis of Assisi. The theme song sung by Dovovan is really wonderful and captures Francis’ feelings as he transform from a son of rich merchant to a humble monk who has a vision of rebuilding churches that are in ruins.  As he grew more in love, he found love everywhere.

I relate to St. Francis who found peace in nature and was dedicated to creating a peaceful world. He soon had a gathering of young men who joined his visions and became monks. It is said that when he sent his monks out into the world to spread the word of Christ, he said Go and spread the teachings, and if necessary use a word.”

He wanted his monks to simply be peaceful and others would see the Christ light within them. They did not have to say a word. What an example for us to follow. In my garden, I have a statue of St. Francis, to remind me of his simple and peaceful ways.

Here is a poem attributed to Saint Francis.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Brother Sun and Sister Moon
I seldom see you seldom hear your tune
Preoccupied with selfish misery

Brother Wind and Sister Air
Open my eyes to visions pure and fair
That I may see the glory around me.
I am God’s creature, of Him I am part
I feel His love awakening my heart.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon
I now do see you, I can hear your tune
So much in love with all that I survey.

May we all simply be peaceful without saying a word…

Have a peaceful day being in love with all you survey on this first day of summer!

Peacefully, Jane
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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

 

 

Thanks to Joanne Hardy and James Redfield for sharing these thoughts!

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

 

 

livelongenergyThis is a great article by Deepak Chopra, M.D….our guest writer today!

4 Steps for Lifelong Energy
By Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Despite all the standard advice about exercise—much of it is very worthwhile—the issue of having energy all your life runs deeper than just getting more exercise. At present, more than half of young adults regularly exercise—in contrast to the obesity epidemic that is occurring at the same time—but there’s a steady decline in the exercise habits in older groups. The age group that benefits the most from physical activity are people over 70 and well up into their 80s and 90s, but these are also the most sedentary groups in society.

To have more energy today is very desirable but having abundant energy for life should be your highest goal.

Here are steps to help you cultivate lifelong energy.

1. Abandon Sedentary Habits
If you are physically active, your body will certainly benefit, and the more you exercise, the greater the benefits. Yet by far the biggest leap comes by getting up from the sofa, abandoning sedentary habits, and starting to move.

If you want an effortless regime that will also last you for life, get in the habit of standing, walking, dancing, doing yoga, and generally moving every hour. The actual amount of time is secondary; even a few minutes is helpful. If you can do 10 minutes, that is even better. The point is to activate messages from your brain to the rest of your body that sitting around is no longer the program.

2. Try New, Fun Exercise Routines
The next step for lifelong energy is repetitions in your physical exercise, because people grow sedentary and inactive by dropping the physical activity of their younger years. Unfortunately, repetition is boring for almost everyone (excluding the minority who can’t wait to do repetitions at the gym).

To counter the boredom, try movements that you really enjoy. Half an hour dancing to the radio is better than a marathon if you love it and feel enthusiastic about repeating it. Try new things all the time, though. I think it is self-defeating to use a distraction like watching TV as you walk on the treadmill—you are conceding that the exercise part is boring, and eventually you will give it up.

3. Build Psychological Resilience
The next stage isn’t physical but mental. Human beings aren’t coal-fired engines. Feeding you more fuel doesn’t lead to more energy, and often produces just the opposite, since the digestive process takes energy away from your muscles. Human beings move around to work, play, explore, and express ourselves. These things are psychological and having a relish for them during an entire lifetime requires psychological resilience. Let me explain what this means.

People who stay young and energetic for life endure the same setbacks and frustrations as everyone else. Their secret is that they bounce back from setbacks. To do this, requires a sense of self that is centered and unshakable. In addition, resilience means not getting stuck. Stuckness in old grievances, self-judgment, unhappy relationships, and an unsatisfying job sounds like a complex matter—and it is. But life can unfold without getting stuck if you dedicate yourself to consciousness, the source of renewal.

4. Dedicate Yourself to Consciousness
A life in flow—a life that focuses on the present moment—comes about from the source. You can’t work on flow; you allow it. The process comes from deep within, which is why meditation is so critical. It may sound odd that sitting still, closing your eyes, and going inward gives rise to more energy, but it does. An alert but restful state of awareness, the kind developed in meditation, serves as the ideal platform for seeing life anew every day. From that foundation, flow comes naturally, because your enthusiasm for life inspires you to move, play, explore, and express yourself.

A life without play and exploration—filled with things to do and objects to own—but a life short on renewal, becomes grimmer over time. You can be just as stuck in a penthouse as anywhere else. Notice that I haven’t been talking in terms of feeling younger, because the real essence is to feel alive. Youth has its own challenges and obstacles, as we all know having lived through it. Stuckness in middle age generally has roots going back to the frustrations and obstacles of previous decades. The only time you can be alive is here and now. That’s the challenge at any age but also the greatest joy.

By going to the source as your first and highest priority, you are tapping into pure consciousness, which has infinite energy, intelligence, wonder, and joy. Only by keeping this in mind can you ensure abundant energy for life.

Discover Deepak Chopra’s keys to creating a simple, nourishing meditation practice to invite well-being and vitality into each day for years to come with our Primordial Sound Meditation Online Course. Learn More.

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine

Hope you will integrate these suggestions for greater vitality in your life.  It is too easy as we age to sit and read or watch tv.  Be active each day…throughout the day…move…dance…walk…enjoy the present moment…feel its beauty!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

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I have used my own chants for sound healing and many other sources for the power of our voice is so healing. I tone simple hums, ah’s, hah and nahn each day. There are many Hindu mantras that bring healing and clarity. One that I love is dedicated to Ganeshathat is chanted to clear our any blocks in your life or health.

It is “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” and in the Hindu tradition it is chanted 108 times.

This mantra summons the Hindu Deity Ganesha, the beloved elephant-headed trickster known as the remover of obstacles and master of knowledge. This mantra translates to “Salutations to Ganesha, the remover/breaker of obstacles, we call your name!” Call on Ganesha to clear your path when you feel stuck or creatively blocked, when you need a change of perspective, or when life feels especially challenging and you’re not sure why.

Practice suggestion:
• Say before embarking on a journey
• Say when you feel afraid
• Say silently during a difficult work meeting
• Say during a tense period in a close relationship

“If you’d like, set up a dedicated time of day to practice mantra with an altar. Place items on your altar associated with the life you desire. Consider areas of change and areas that are already working. Move your fingers across a mala bead necklace or use your fingers to track the number of times you chant your chosen mantra.

These powerful sounds can be practiced just about anywhere. How about on a walk or a bike ride? What about in the shower or in the car? Or chant while you move through asana. It truly does not matter where or when you practice mantra, the question to ask is: What is the intention behind the chant? The act of repetition is meditative in itself. And if none of these are doing the trick, make up your own mantra to create the life you desire!” By Lena Schmidt – The Chopra Centre Newsletter July 2017

It is interesting when I chant “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” mantra it seems to stay with me throughout the day…kind of like a song playing in the background of my mind.

Here is a mantra for creating abundance in your life!

OM SHRIM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI SWAHA Mantra Meditation Abundance

Try different mantras so see what one suits you.  You can find them on YouTube.

Peacefully, Jane

 

cropped-jane2-469x640Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

 

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“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted”.  ~Marianne Williamson

Learn to Love Yourself – Oliva Newton John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MpfkUAFQEc

You’re hurting, uncertain
Alone again
Still searching for someone
But so afraid

And you’ll try for love
And you’ll cry for love
‘Til you learn to love yourself
And you’ll lie for love
And you’ll die for love
‘Til you learn to love yourself…

The answer is sleeping
Inside your heart
True love that you long for
That’s where it starts

And you’ll try for love
And you’ll cry for love
‘Til you learn to love yourself
And you’ll lie for love
And you’ll die for love

Til you learn to love yourself

Breathe it out and breathe it in
Trust the light that shines within
Let it burn ’til you learn to love yourself
Breathe it out and breathe it in
Trust the light that shines within
Let it burn ’til you learn to love yourself

“None of us needs instruction in how to recognize what your heart is saying. We do need guidance, however, on how to have the courage to follow those feelings, since they will force us to change our lives in any case. But consider the consequences of not listening to the heart’s guidance: depression, confusion, and the wretched feeling that we are not on our life’s true path, but viewing it from a distance”.
~Caroline Myss

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Conscious Aging

I am currently offering IONS Conscious Aging Program in Meaford.  Conscious Aging means something unique to each individual as we are talking about how we view the world.  Our worldview comes from our life experiences.  As we move into the last third of our lives, we may deny that we are getting older or ignore the aging process, but soon we come to a moment of realization that in this part of our life we must face our aging process.

Who likes to talk about the end of our life?  Not many of us, but if we learn what ‘conscious aging’ is about we learn the practice tools of transformation and healing that change our view of aging as we begin to embrace the present moment. Realizing we only have this ‘present moment’ where we can actually breathe, feel our emotions, create something new, reflect on our hopes and dreams and live fully, is the key to creating peace and harmony as we age.

Research shows that people with a positive view of their elder years live longer and enjoy their lives more.   Each person has their own aging challenges, so growing older is different for each of us. So how do we deal with aging challenges and still embrace conscious aging that encourages us to have a more positive view of life in spite of these challenges?

We find a practice such as meditation to heal our past hurts, to forgive ourselves and others, and begin to love ourselves deeply.  Living deeply…love, self-compassion, forgiveness, creating legacy, embracing our passions…is the transformation of our heart.  We open our hearts and live from it, no matter what our external circumstances are.  We stay connected to others, take good self care and enjoy our life by tapping into the beauty of nature, of our friends and community.

Living from an open and accessible heart becomes our ‘way’ with practice.  If we are willing to transform, our lives transform and we can live many years with passion and vitality.  This is not a dream…but a reality.  Those who are becoming elders now have a new vision for their elder years.  It is not sitting and fading away but becoming elders who still contribute to their families and communities…but mostly they allow themselves to continue to evolve, grow and bloom…

In Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the character Pierre discovered the meaning of Conscious Aging as his worldview transformed:

I may have appeared strange and queer then, he thought, but I was not so mad as I seemed. On the contrary, I was wiser and had more insight than at any other time; and I understood all that is worth understanding in life, because…I was so happy,

Pierre’s insanity consisted in not waiting , as he used to do, to discover personal grounds, which he called ‘good qualities’, in people before loving them; love filled his heart to overflowing and in loving his fellow-men without cause he never failed to discover incontestable reasons that made them worth loving.”

War and Peace , Leo Tolstoy, p1333

The ‘Conscious Aging’ process is for those who are willing to do ‘inner work’…reflect on how they feel about themselves and others, forgive and heal about the past, develop a Life Review to bring forth what they love into the present moment, transform limiting thoughts and create a new vision of what it means to age.  This is an exciting, transformative and rewarding process.

I am honoured to be facilitating this program in Meaford, ON. and look forward to offering it again in the fall.  Please visit: http://www.consciousagingsite.wordpress.com.  Contact Amber Knott for registration for the fall. aknott@meaford.ca

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

 

 

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Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring and I finally heard him among the first leaves–– then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade with his red-brown feathers all trim and neat for the new year. First, I stood still

and thought of nothing. Then I began to listen. Then I was filled with gladness–– and that’s when it happened,

when I seemed to float, to be, myself, a wing or a tree–– and I began to understand what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass stopped for a pure white moment while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising, and in fact it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing–– it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers, and also the trees around them, as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds in the perfect blue sky–––all of them

were singing. And, of course, so it seemed, so was I. Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn’t last

For more than a few moments. It’s one of those magical places wise people like to talk about. One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you’ve been there, you’re there forever. Listen, everyone has a chance. Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you, and does your own soul need comforting? Quick, then––open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song may already be drifting away.

-Mary Oliver

 

Enjoy your spring walks!

Peacefully, Jane

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

 

 

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by: Melissa Carver, Ph.D.

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, causing day and night to be of approximately equal duration all over the planet. Our planet has two yearly equinox events, one in spring and one in fall.

The spring equinox is a time of rebirth for all life on our planet. As winter places us in a life of darkness, equinox comes to rejoice with more hours of sunlight. All life on Earth is dependent upon the sun. It’s not difficult to see that every living creature and plant is in celebration at the time of spring equinox. Birds sing praise, flowers open wide, bees dance, and babies of all species are born.

What does this mean for you? Spring is a beautiful reminder for us humans to transform ourselves as well as our home. You may feel energized and more alive than you have in months. This is because our sacred sun has returned to bring new beginnings and balance. While the day and night are in equal balance, the brain, body, and nature follow this lead naturally. Here are some ideas on how you can personally get the most from spring equinox.

Home

You have probably heard the term “spring cleaning” your entire life. This is because your ancestors knew the importance of the equinox and the role it plays even indoors. Here are some ways you can refresh your home environment.

  • Open windows as often as possible this time of year. Welcome the new beginnings that seem to blow in through the breeze of a warm spring day.
  • Go through your home from top to bottom, searching through every corner and getting rid of what you no longer use. Our house rule: If it hasn’t been used in a year, we don’t need it. Although there may be a few things that this rule does not apply to, it generally holds true for each home. Detach from these items, allowing room for new as well as space to feel uncluttered. This is one of the most important items on your spring to-do list.
  • Deep clean your home, including windows, heat/AC filters, ceiling fans, etc.
  • Have your children go through their toys. Give each child a box and allow them to fill the box on their own. This is a rebirth for them, as well as reducing work for you.
  • Smudge your home after cleaning.

If you are busy outside the home or feel you will not have time to complete these tasks, consider hiring help. It is worth the money spent for a cleared living space, which creates a cleared mind.

You

You are just as much a part of nature as the tree you view from the window. With that said, flow with the natural balance that accompanies the rebirth of spring. What is your personal rebirth? This could be spiritual, physical, a new career, or relocating. These easy steps will allow you to discover what you would like to be top priority. Often in life we are aware we want something to change, we may even know what we would like the end result to be, but what must we change first? What new, fresh idea is worthy of our attention?

  • Meditate for 20 minutes each day. Begin the meditation by asking, “Who am I?” You may have asked as well as answered this question in previous meditations. This is a question that has an ever-evolving answer. The Universe may have a surprise answer for you this spring.
  • Spend as much time in the sun as possible. Temperatures are warm and welcoming in the spring. The equinox sun has a vibrational energy that sparks liveliness and new ideas. Just be sure to protect yourself from the sun and soak safely.
  • List the top three things in your life that you are ready to birth. While writing also visualize the end result.
  • Practice the Law of Least Effort. Spring equinox is pure rebirth everywhere we look, so allow your mind and body to harmonize with this and release the thoughts that create paradox.
  • Make time for Sun Salutations by appreciating the sun, giving thanks, and allowing your body to connect as one with the force.
  • Establish a fun ritual with your family, such as celebrating with an outdoor activity that involves color. For some, this is the traditional egg hunt, but you can create your own unique household tradition. Painting flowerpots for the birth of plants, planning a colorful meal where each guest brings a designated color, or planting seeds and marking each row with colorful ribbon are all ideas.

Play often this spring! Take the last list of ideas and continue to build on them. Some adults may look at play as ‘a waste of time,’ but I assure you it is quite the opposite. If you live in a cold climate, you may even have a bit of cabin fever or seasonal depression. The results from this can create blockage in any rebirth or creative ideas. Play, especially outside, will:

  • Revive youthfulness
  • Increase brain activity
  • Stimulate creativity
  • Relieve stress

The temperatures in spring are perfect for running, playing, hiking, and enjoying any of your other favorite activities. Bask in all that is new around you.

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Slide1In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I share about ‘creative consciousness’. This guest article also shows how meditation can expand your creativity! Jane Rosalea Booth

5 Ways to Improve Creativity Through Meditation

by: Tamara Lechner

Artists and art lovers alike have gathered the evidence to support their belief that unless you are filled with angst like Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette, or Ernest Hemingway, you might not be able to tap into your creativity. Even Socrates and Plato historically took “melancholic habitus” (a sulking holiday) in order to fan the flames of their creative minds. It’s understandable how in today’s analytical world you might think that this evidence proves angst and unhappiness are the fuel required to create. I’m excited to share with you that meditation actually provides the same opportunities to boost and fuel your creativity without the downside of angst, such as stress and unhappiness which often lead to poor health, both mentally and physically.

Creativity is multifaceted; we have the brain level, as well as the creative process itself. The process usually involves inspiration followed by action. Where does the inspiration come from? If I was able to look into the brain, I would not find a storage space filled with poems waiting to be written or art bursting to be put on canvas. Where do the ideas form? How do they get manifested? Creativity looks different for each individual.

“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Time Alone

Perhaps it isn’t the angst, the sadness, or the morose mood that inspires creativity but the things that happen when we are sad. Sadness can make us more focused and diligent; we tend to withdraw and have a little retreat. Quite often when you’re unhappy, angry, or taking a melancholic habitus what you’re really doing is finding space to be alone.

Meditation is commonly practiced in space alone. And even if you are meditating with a group, it’s the practice that takes your attention inward. Studies in neuroscience have discovered that solitary and inwardly focused reflection employs the brain differently and we use a different network then when we’re focusing outward so meditation is a tool for inward focus. In fact, our best ideas come when we are not engaged with the outside world.

Intuition arises from unconscious, or spontaneous, information-processing systems, and it plays an important role in how we think or reason. It also plays a big role in creativity. If you are constantly questioning yourself rather than trusting your instinct, it’s impossible to be spontaneous which is deeply attached to creative freedom. Experienced meditators know that they develop a heightened awareness and they begin to see a series of spontaneous right choices in their lives. This self-trust fosters the freedom to follow the creative thoughts without judging the process.

Concentration

Studies have associated mindful meditation with many cognitive and psychological benefits, such as:

  • Improved task concentration
  • Sustained attention, empathy, and introspection
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improved learning

Many of these are central to creativity. Neuroscientists who study creativity have found that creativity does not involve a single brain region or even a single side of the brain, as the “right brain” myth of creativity suggests; instead, it draws on the whole brain.

The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is known as the chakra for creativity. The mantra sound that corresponds to this chakra is the sound “VAM.” By chanting VAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra. The color is orange and the gemstones for this chakra are amber, calcite orange, carnelian, or hematite.

5 Tips to Increase Creativity through Meditation

1.       Be playful with your meditation. Overthinking kills creativity and keeps your mind outward rather than inward.

2.       Plant seeds, but then let the universe work out the details. Maybe what you want is a great idea for your novel but you aren’t meditating with the purpose of attaining the idea. You can have the thought that your meditation is awakening creativity but after that thought is planted, like seeds in the garden, you just let it grow. No digging it up to see if it’s growing. Just trust that it will grow—that your idea is already sprouting.

3.       Try guided meditation if you usually practice silently. The “awaken your creativity” meditation here is a great choice, and one of many you can find that aims at tapping into your creative mind.

4.       Try silent meditation if you usually listen to guided meditations. Or try a group meditation in your city. The energy of group meditation is very different than individual meditation. Sometimes change is exactly what’s needed to rev the creative engines.

5.       Be mindful outside of meditation. Creativity comes in many forms. Your personal style, how you plate your food, or how you deliver reports at work all require creativity. Put your attention on creativity and watch how it blossoms. Heighten your awareness of where you are creative to train your brain to think creatively.

Remember: Creativity isn’t reserved for certain people who are more inspired or unique, it’s in us all just waiting for a chance to come out.

“Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Awakening the Divine Within…In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Experience the essence of Divine within you and access parts of yourself that have been dormant (or just parts that have been resting, waiting to be stirred again!) and are now ready to come out so that you may experience and remember the spiritual awakening path that awaits you!

“Ye are a carrier of divine love

In each consciousness the call and yearning

To drink from the chalice flows

The Sacred Heart within holds the remembrance,

Of purity, simplicity, of unity of consciousness” by Jane Booth

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I created In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, for you

  • to easily learn to meditate
  • begin to discover you own inner wisdom
  • reduce your stress and fears
  • experience a deep connection with spirit
  • discover the secret wisdom nature beings holds
  • practice transformative tools that can change your life
  • empower yourself to create the life you deserve

I share with you how meditation really helped me through some tough times.  It is amazing how your life transforms as you discover more about yourself!

Order today at Trafford or Amazon.ca.  Let me know how meditation benefits you!  I would love to hear from you.

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“Still is your mind

Open is your heart

It is not anywhere, not anyone

It is lightness, love of Self

To radiate your love to others

To share your joy every moment

To be one in love

With All.”

Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Meditation is the key to unlocking our inner wisdom that leads us to feeling peaceful and more aware of who we truly are.  Taking a few minutes, in silence, each day transforms your life dramatically.

During each meditation, breathe in and out to become relaxed and begin to let go of your daily stress and anxieties as your mind and body begins to relax.  Move your awareness to your heart and release your fears by asking spirit to dissolve them.   Fill your heart with the love that naturally flows inwards each time you mediate.  Open your heart to experience this love and soothe and relax in its warmth and beauty.  Feel yourself in a beautiful place, an inner sanctuary.  Enjoy this inner sanctuary within where there is only love, peace and stillness.  Stay there as long as you desire. Begin to experience an inner spiritual connection where you feel divinely loved in each moment.  Soak up all this loving energy and know that it is always presence to support you.  Feel deep gratitude for all your blessings.

Bring this loving energy back into your outer world…now share it with others…peace, love, compassion…

Peacefully, Jane

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW,  Authorized IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.   Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth)

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