Many people have told Dr. John and me that “their” meditation is not sitting down “on the cushion” (as the saying goes) but rather engaging in activities that cultivate a mind that is relaxed and alert. This could include things like:
Whatever works for YOU is the main thing. As I like to say, there is no one meditation style that works fits all; if a body-centric meditation calls to you and encourages you to practice regularly, then that is what you should do!
For those of you who have heard about walking meditation, and are interested in trying it, here are some tips from the Chopra Centrethat will help you get started.
The fall is a particularly beautiful time to do walking meditation. Enjoy the sunny days, the spectacular colour of the leaves, and the cooler temperatures. It is a wonderful time to go into the forest, without the bugs swarming around your head as you slowly walk and meditate!
At times it feels as though our minds are on auto-pilot and thoughts swirl in chaotic whirlwinds. Meditation can help us calm the storms, centering and connecting us with the present moment.
Deepak Chopra is currently offering a free, four-week workshop called, “Overcoming Chaos” starting in 21 days. In this programme, Dr. Chopra will show you how to reconnect with your essential self, melt away stress and anxiety, and learn how to navigate through the inner chaos of your mind.
Need a little shelter from the inner storms? Try “Overcoming Chaos” with Deepak Chopra!
Some of you have joined me at Port Perry Flow Yoga for our six-week “Movement and Meditation” classes. If you are interested in cultivating your home practice in Tai Chi QiGong, and would like a visual reference to some of the movements we have been practicing together, please enjoy this video. The lovely, flowing music and movements of Master Wing Cheung cultivate a sense of peace and relaxation in the practitioner.
Tai Chi Qigong is a gentle, accessible practice that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or existing health issues. It is a joy to do, and deeply relaxing. Enjoy!
If you begin your meditation practice with no other intent than to cultivate your feelings of gratitude, you will reap the benefits of a heart that gently opens to the blessings that already surround you. Replenishing our spirit with recognition and thankfulness for all of the small and typically unnoticed good things in our lives gradually builds our sense of quiet joy and contentment.
Gratitude is a powerful way of nurturing inner resilience, joy and calm. Dr Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey are once again offering their free, 21-day online meditation experience called, “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude”
The event starts March 25th, 2019. The daily guided meditations are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, and are a wonderful way to start…. or end… your day.
As the saying goes, “It is not happiness that creates gratitude. It is gratitude that creates happiness.”