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Capturing the uncaught mind : This technique comes from the Buddhist tradition for Yoga.

This is a good technique to use for 15-20 minutes before a meditation session, especially if you are having trouble calming the mind. I find it very useful on days when my mind is incredibly active and resisting meditation. Technique: * Relax the entire being and slow the breath *

Begin to focus upon the pauses between each inhalation and exhalation * Start counting each cycle of inhalation and exhalation as one count * Count each cycle from 1-7, then start back at one and count from 1-14, then starting back at one, count each cycle from 1-21, and so on….increasing each time by 7 counts *

If at anytime the mind interferes and you forget which count or which cycle you are one, then start again 1-7, 1-14, and so on. The purpose is not to see how many counts you can get, but it is to still the mind and focus upon the pauses between inhalation and exhalation.

The counting is merely a tool to keep the mind focused and calm. You may find that some days you struggle to complete the first round of seven, this is just fine. Do not get discouraged. With constant practice you will find that you are able to complete more and more rounds and eventually you may not need this technique anymore.

After you feel that your mind is in a calm state and you would like to move into another form of meditation focus on stabilizing the captured mind. * Keep yourself in a state of neutrality, having non-reaction to thoughts. Detach from thoughts completely.

Do not feel unhappy if there are no thoughts, or disappointed if there are thoughts. * Use the witness consciousness – the stillness that exists behind every thought and action. This is the background of awareness where thoughts are coming and going. Stay in the awareness of the awareness itself~

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Meditating With Essential Oils

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Meditation is not exclusive to any one particular culture or religious/spiritual group. Generally speaking, meditation induces a sense of relaxation leading one to become receptive to enlightenment. 

Proper uses of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by grounding you and promoting a sense of calm. Essential oils like Vetiver, Sandalwood, Atlas Cedarwood, Palo Santo and Patchouli are grounding. Other oils like Clary Sage, Lavender and Roman Chamomile act as natural sedatives and can enhance the relaxed state of meditation. Oils like Helichrysum and Frankincense are said to enhance enlightenment and a spiritual connection with the divine. 

Aromatic herbs and oils, including essential oils, have been an integral part of the spiritual practices of many religions and cultures throughout history. Here is a list of more essential oils known for their particular value within spiritual applications. Please note that this is not intended to be a complete list. If a particular essential oil personally speaks out to you, by all means, consider incorporating it within your own spiritual practices after you have learned about the oil and understand any warnings or contraindications associated with the oil. 

When meditating, I personally prefer using a candle diffuser to diffuse my selected meditation essential oil blend, but other types of diffusers or even a room mist can be used. Look here for information on other types of diffusers. 

You can use the below diffuser blends as starting ideas for creating your own personal meditation blends. Be sure to understand the safety and contraindications for each oil that you use that you understand how to properly use your diffuser. 

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You want inner peace? Turn off the news, put down your smartphone and power down your laptop. Meditate in the morning before your day starts. Practice yoga in the evening. Treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated. The rest will shake itself down.
—  The Secret Sufi

The Elements:

Throughout history these elements have been symbols of strength, magic, and creation. You can call upon these elements when casting a circle, or meditating.

Earth: Connected to North, it’s a feminine element. Goddess and grounding energies. A symbol of the cycle of life.

Water: Related to the West, connected with goddess, purification, and healing. A strong emotion element that adds flow into life’s current.

Air: The element of the East, connected to the soul and breath. For communication of wisdom and the focused energy of the mind. A dream based element.

Fire: Associated with the South, connected to passion and clearing energies. Symbolizes new life and creation.

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Inner Peace Medicine

Meditation is a key element to helping reduce stress and bringing in relaxation. There are emotional and medical benefits to do doing meditation throughout your life. You can choose from 8 different types of meditation in order to help expand your inner peace. Whether you are in a negative or a positive spot in your life, meditation can help improve your state of mind and help you expand to a higher vibration. 

Free Nature Ambient Music

I’ve collected some sites and videos that offer free, long-lasting ambient music tracks! I’ve tried to include a variety of different settings and animal inclusions so hopefully everyone will find something they like!

Ambient music is great to use during yoga and meditation, studying, and sleeping or if you just want something to quiet your mind!

Sea

Rain, Thunder, and Ocean - 10h

Day Beach - 4h

Night Beach with Cicadas - 11h

Underwater with Dolphins and Whales - 1h

Ship at Sea - continuous

Forest

Cicadas - 12h

Frogs and Crickets - 12h

Gentle Stream - 11h

Birds Chirping - 11h

Birds Chirping with Light Rain - 1h 15m

Garden - 11h

Forest Day - continuous

Forest Night - 11h

Forest Night with Birds and Owls - 33m

Owls - 1h

Crickets and Wolves - 11h

Home

Windy Night - continuous

Fireplace - continuous

Bath - continuous

Romantic Bath - continuous

Wind Chimes - continuous

Cozy Kitchen - 1h

Rain

Heavy Rain - 60m

Stormy Night - 90m

Thunderstorm - continuous

Rain and Thunder - 12h

Other

Rainforest - 11h

Jungle - 11h

Deep Space - continuous

Backwater - 11h

Cave - 11h

Cat Purring - 11h

Waterfall - 11h

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Laci’s work is so important and so interesting. Loved this video on on selfies, mediation, representation, and body positivity.

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