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RELAX: 3 Simple Guided Meditations, Soothing Music for Peace of Mind & More…

30 November 2010 No Comment

Peace,

An “old-school resurrection” from Lifestyles of the Calm & Focused. Enjoy…


———— Simple Meditation ————

black woman in nature meditatingOdd as it might sound, I don’t like talking about meditation too much because it’s so cliche (and feels kind of soft). Here’s a few that I do use on the regular though, albeit unconsciously…



For a deeper breakdown of meditation, more resources etc. etc., check out the resource page for my classic radio show on the Chakras. This post is a set of short audios that’ll guide you through a meditation yourself.



The first is a basic one I do all the time – at least 2x a day (try this with headphones if possible):

Meditation Exercise 1

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The second and third are specific NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) exercises that I blogged about before. 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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———– Natural Harmonics ————

And here’s some the music I listen to to calm myself down as well…what a good friend of mine calls “Nature Music.”



She hits it 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.



I know a lot of people who have the whole “classical music” approach, but there’s also 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:

NOTE: use video2mp3.net to download anything on youtube as an audio file…









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).


———— 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…



Thanks for checking this out…



Peace,
+B

ps: Can’t sleep??? IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT…if you have trouble falling asleep (or staying there), don’t beat yourself up over it. Sleep problems are an outgrowth of our overstressed, modern culture – making it almost impossible to avoid. Click here for more help…



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