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Lifestyles of the Calm & Focused pt. 2: Simple Meditation Skills, Soothing Music & Chi-Sphere Energy…

30 April 2010 2 Comments

Peace,

Part 2 of the Calm & Focused series. See part 1 here…


———— Lifestyle 2: Simple Meditation ————

black woman in nature meditatingThe second skill is meditation. Odd as it might sound, I don’t talk about meditation here on the blog too often because it’s so cliche, but since everyone knows it’s a good technique for relaxation and focus, I’m including it here.

So rather then break down the science of meditation and why you should do it (you can check out my old facebook note Yoga & Psychotherapy for that), I’ll just give you a few short audios to guide you through a meditation yourself.

The first is a basic one I do all the time – at least twice a day. (Try this with headphones if possible):

Meditation Exercise 1

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The second and third are specific NLP Techniques (neuro-linguistic programming) exercises that I blogged about last week. They’re meant to help you with your self-image and self-esteem, but since they’re visualizations they’ll also help you relax and focus as well:

Meditation Exercise 2:

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Meditation Exercise 3:

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———– Lifestyle 3: Natural Harmonics ————

The next lifestyle skill is music, or specifically, what a good friend of mine calls “Nature Music.”

I think she hits it right on the head with this term because that’s exactly what these types of songs do: put you back in touch with your natural state of relaxed awareness, deeper thought and overall clarity.

Most people have the traditional “classical music” approach to this, but there are a lot of cats you can listen to with a more uptempo but still relaxing vibe.



Try doing youtube searches for composers and artists like Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Kanno or Illaria Graziano. Here are some examples:

But first, check out “Youtube to mp3“: a firefox add on that lets you strip the audio content from youtube videos and download them straight to your computer instantly. Find it here…









You can also do a youtube search for terms like “relaxation music” “meditation music” or even certain films (the soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a great example).


———— Lifestyle 4: Chi-Spheres ————

chinese health balls with chi energyLastly, try using “Chi-Spheres”, or Chinese Health Balls. I got my newest pair in Chinatown on my last trip to New York, but I’m sure you can find some on amazon.com or wherever else online.

Some brief web research I’ve done says:

The Chi Ball is one of the simplest and most effective ways of sending healing energy and attunement…

“They’re generally heavy and within each is bell mechanism that produces a lovely and therapeutic sound while exercising…”

“According to the traditional Chinese theory of ‘Jung Luo’, there are various acupuncture points within the palm of one’s hand, (so) when exercising with the balls, those acupuncture points are stimulated…

“It’s good for:
>> blood circulation,
>> bone health,
>> muscle relaxation,
>> memory,
>> good sleep,
>> relieving stress,
>> staying calm,
>> and much more…”



Technically, “Chi Ball” refers to an ancient Chinese martial art healing technique, but these are called “Chinese Health Balls.”



Not only do these help me relax, they also help me avoid headaches and similar pains related to excessive computer work as well…



Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the importance of living in a clutter free environment, and then build on nutrition and a few other things.



Thanks for checking this out.

Peace,
+B





>> Lifestyles of the Calm & Focused pt 1: The Popular Myth of 8-Hour Sleep
>> Youtube to MP3: Download the MP3′s Straight From Youtube to Your Computer
>> Attaining Peak Performance Just Like Professional Athletes Do
>> More Great Harmonics to Soothe the Mind
>> An Archive of Other Dope Posts

2 Comments »

  • Vickens Moscova said:

    Great excercises and meditations. Def bookmarking this page.

  • Bryan Ogilvie (author) said:

    Thanks fam…glad you got some positive energy from it. Hit me up anytime…

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