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Finding Hope in Uncertain Times

Deepak Chopra is offering a free, 21-day online meditation event, called “Finding Hope in Uncertain Times”. This is a brief daily talk followed by a meditation, intended to help us harness our inner strength, find peace and create connection.


May you find wisdom, calm and companionship in “Finding Hope in Uncertain Times”


Overcoming Chaos – A Free Workshop

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!


Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude

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.”


Self-Discovery Workshop – free four-part series by Dr Deepak Chopra

Deepak ChopraJust wanted to share information regarding a free, four-part series on self-discovery, by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Beginning August 10th, Deepak Chopra will be guiding registrants on a journey of letting go of painful emotions from the past, and help us experience the present in a more joyful and calm way.

Join thousands of people who are interested in exploring new ways of connection, abundance and love.

Here is the link to Deepak Chopra’s  Discovery Workshop

Meditation for those who can’t get into meditation!

I know there a lot of people who want to meditate for the benefits of calm and peace, but just can’t seem to stand the sitting, the “not moving”, and the cyclone of thoughts that overpower them when they try to “take the cushion.” The very thought of just “doing nothing” is a total turn-off and is a very real obstacle to a regular practice.

In reality,  a meditation practice does not have to be done sitting down, eyes closed, soft music in the background and…..utter stillness. In fact, anytime you are involved in something where you are fully engaged, focused, relaxed yet alert…..that is a meditation.

The Chopra Center offers this wonderful article about alternatives to a seated meditation:

8 Activities to Reset Your Mind (That Don’t Involve Meditation)

Are you yearning to reap the benefits of a meditation practice, but intimidated by the act of sitting still? Meditation is a simple, effortless process for some—but it can feel like an overwhelming chore for others.

The good news is that there are many ways you can cultivate a state of peaceful awareness that don’t involve seated meditation. Try one of these alternative activities to practice mindfulness—and enjoy the focus, clarity, and peace that follows.

Head Outside for a Walk

Nature and exercise are both prescriptions for improved health and well-being. Henry David Thoreau made a good point when he said, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” It’s because nature feels good. It nourishes our body, mind, and spirit.

Find a walk or hike near you. Try searching AllTrails to find a new route to explore. As you walk, bring awareness to your breath as you move. Notice the sensations in your body, observe how your heart rate increases on hills, and watch your calves engage as you descend.

Notice every detail of your surroundings: the colors, the plants and trees, the rhythm and pace of your movements, and your feet as they hit the ground in a cyclical manner. Take it all in without distraction.

Try Gardening

Instead of gardening to music, try to cultivate a quiet, mindful state of being as you work in the garden. If you can keep your mind focused on paying attention to what you’re doing—the sensations of your hands in the dirt, the breeze across your face, the smell of the incoming basil, and your breath as you move, you can turn your gardening session into a mindfulness practice.

Color Between the Lines

There’s a new craze in the world of mindfulness called coloring for adults. Adult coloring books market themselves as providing hours of relaxation, stress relief, creative expression, and a mindful state of being. Plus, it sounds like a fun way to play like a child again.


Put on some good music (preferably upbeat and without words), close your eyes, and allow your body to move freely. Try using an open space like the yard, living room, or basement, and dance like no one’s watching because, well, no one’s watching. And because it feels good.

Exercise Mindfully

There are many ways to move your body in a mindful way; it just requires some focus and awareness to merge awareness and physical exercise. Try running, jumping rope, tai chi, or other aerobic exercises while following these tips to integrate mindfulness into your exercise program.


Also a way to stretch your body and get some exercise, yoga is the way many people find meditation. In the physical practice of yoga, it’s easier to focus on the body first and use that focus as a way to tame your monkey mind.

Find a yoga class near you, tune into an online yoga video, or move through a yoga sequence to strengthen your core or poses to wake you up in the morning. Allow your body and breath to lead your mind as you move from pose to pose.

Play an Instrument

Playing music is an incredible creative outlet. And you don’t have to be talented to enjoy it. In fact, if you aren’t serious with an instrument, it can serve as a great mindfulness exercise because you have no objective other than to play.

If you already play an instrument, just spend some time with it and zone everything else out. Make this a session in mindfulness, rather than perfecting a song or writing something new that others would enjoy.

If you don’t already play an instrument, pick up one of these instruments that require little-to-no knowledge to begin:

  • Drum
  • Gong
  • Singing Bowl
  • Chime
  • Kalimba
  • Maracas
  • Your voice

Remember, the purpose isn’t to win over an audience—it’s to focus your attention on the present moment as you create rhythm, melody, and sound.

Enjoy a Sunset

There isn’t a more present feeling than watching the sun slip behind a cloud or past the horizon. Aside from its natural beauty, the sunset is also a brilliant reminder that each and every day offers us a new end and a new beginning.

Get lost in the vibrant colors and spirit of the sunset, and take Mother Nature’s advice that the rest of your to-do list can wait until morning.


Assorted guided meditations from the Chopra Center

Thoughts are just thoughtsLooking for some guided meditations for your home practice? Fortunately, the Chopra Center has been kind enough to post a variety of them, ranging in time from less than five minutes up to an hour, and include themes of Gratitude, Abundance, Awakening to Perfect Health, Creativity, Letting Go of Control….and many more.

Enjoy these guided meditations from the Chopra Center!

Om Satyam!

Meditation for Beginners

master of the mind

I have yet to encounter a student who hasn’t said, “I can’t meditate. I can’t empty my mind and stop my thoughts. My head just keeps racing around.”

Well, join the human race! A busy mind is something we all suffer from – and we meditate to help us calm and focus our thoughts in ways that serve us rather than exhaust us. We may even begin to develop the skills to observe and step back from these thoughts, rather than engage in the whirlwind of the mind.

But how to do that? Joining a meditation group is one excellent way, but if you want to do some reading and try practicing at home first, you might enjoy this article by the Chopra Center. Like Dr Stewart and myself, the Chopra Center believes that there are different approaches to meditation. One style may fit you and your lifestyle more so than another – no “One Size Fits All.”

Meditation styles for beginners” is a short, simple article that describes a few different meditation approaches. You may find one that appeals to you, and helps you in your inner journey towards less stress, more relaxation, peace and calm.

If you are interested in joining a class, Dr Stewart and I are offering the last spring  “Introduction to Meditation” session starting on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Activate your inner calm with this simple technique

In our meditation classes, we discuss certain techniques that assist in activating the parasympathetic nervous system for enhancing a sense of calm and relaxation. One simple method for doing so, is to touch your upper lip repeatedly.

Watch this video to see a demo by mom and baby. The baby obviously enjoys this method – I hope you do too! If nothing else, it will bring a smile to your face!

Just before you get your 35 second “happy hit”, please note that the November Find Peace of Mind meditation classes begin on Thursday November 19th. Dr John Stewart and I hope that you can join us to learn more about this PNS technique as well as meditation approaches that help you cultivate inner peace, love and joy!

Our first Sangha will also begin in November. Please consider joining Bette Hodgins at 5:45 on Thursday November 26th for a drop-in meditation class intended to support and nurture your home meditation practice. Sangha will be held in the Ed Suite at Medical Associates. Cost of attendance is by donation, respectfully suggesting a minimum of $15 per class.

Activate your PNS 

9 Ways to Help You Through the Hard Times


9 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Going Through a Hard Time

Hard Times? Who hasn’t had them? Maybe you are going through some right now.

I just read this article, and wanted to share it with you. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, see if any of these tips give you some peace and calm. Enjoy.