guided meditation

Meditation - The Joy of Going Within

When you hear the word meditation what comes to mind? Is it an image of a yogi sitting cross-legged under a tree? Do you believe that you need to sit for an hour or more to get any kind of benefit from meditation?

Meditation is simply the process of quieting the mind so you can feel more connected and peaceful.

There are many techniques you can use to do this and there is no right or wrong way. It really comes down to what works best for you.

For example, after experimenting with different times of the day, I found morning meditations work the best for me. Beginning my day this way allows me to get grounded and in alignment and I notice my day goes much more smoothly.

Some days the path to getting into a mindful state can be different than the previous day. I alternate between guided meditations, focused breath work or just sitting and letting my thoughts flow. It’s important when you are developing a regular meditation practice to stay open and be present to your ever changing needs.

All it takes is 10 - 15 minutes a day! Over time, you will notice that it’s much easier to respond to situations in a calm fashion. You will find yourself more centered, balanced and able to flow and navigate anything that comes your way.

Still a skeptic? Science is validating the benefits of meditation! Harvard conducted an 8-week study and found participants were more relaxed, more peaceful and their brain chemistry had altered.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/11/meditations-positive-residual-effects/

I could rave on and on about how meditation has changed my life, but I encourage you to try it for yourself: here’s a short guided meditation I made. Enjoy!

Guided Meditation

Here is a simple meditation for you to listen to.

Meditation is a wonderful way to help you release stress and be more present.

It’s a good idea to find somewhere nice and quiet and sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the floor. This will help you stay grounded and allows for a good flow of energy.

Enjoy!


A Healing Paw

I am a cat mother to two precious felines, Moxie and Josie. Having them in my life brings me daily happiness!

I remember the first time I laid eyes on Josie. Jeremy and I had been talking about adopting a cat and I had been checking out local pet rescue organizations. One morning, I woke up and had a strong feeling that today I would find my baby. I went to Petfinder.com and there she was.

Vicky, her foster mom, lived in in San Jose, so we had to drive down to meet her.  When we arrived, Josie was incredibly nervous and hiding under a bed.  I coaxed her out and scooped her into my arms where she snuggled. It was love at first sight!

It took her a few months to relax and open up to us. Initially, she spent a lot of time hiding under a chair. Gradually, she blossomed into the little princess that she is now. Whenever I arrive home she runs to the door to greet me with sweet little meows.

She has the biggest eyes and is very expressive. She will gaze at me and then flop onto her side so I can scratch her tummy. Miss Josie loves nothing better than to sit on my keyboard while I am typing, or tear around as I am talking on the phone. Her energy is so pure and beautiful that it has the power to instantly lift my spirits and open up my heart.

There are many ways that pets heal us. Studies show that people with pets are happier, have less stress, are healthier and feel more connected. Animals are so therapeutic that at military hospitals like Walter Reed in D.C., they're using dogs to help soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Adopting Josie was one of the best things I ever did.

Did you know that there are between 5 and 7 million pets looking for homes right now?

While we can't adopt all of them, we can do our bit to help.
In honor of October being adopt a shelter pet, I will be hosting a healing night with all of the proceeds going to the East Bay Humane Society.

Mark your calendars for Monday October 29th between 6:30pm and 8:30pm @ the Butik

Friends, spouses, partners and children are all welcome!

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Guided meditation. Very relaxing!

7:30 – 8:30 PM: Short energy healings to clean out your chakras and energy channels.

Rather than set a specific amount, I am asking that you contribute whatever amount is most comfortable for you.

If you can't make it there are ways for you to be involved: you can donate directly to the EBHS, sponsor a pet, foster a pet, volunteer or talk to others about adopting a new best friend from a shelter.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. -- Anatole France